Just thought I'd mention (in the appropriate thread, even if it is shit old) that I finally finished reading book 1!
What an awesome book... at the end though, I was all like "THEN WHAT?!?!?
You really are a great author, Augustus!
I still have to leave a review on Amazon, but I'll probably do that when I order Book 2, which should be fairly soon.
(It's been a little while since I finished it... since then I finally read American Gods (Neil Gaiman) which was pretty good.
Two things were weird... the way it starts (guy in jail, gets out of jail, stranger sets them up with what turns out to be an adventure), and several points throughout, had me confusing the two books.
But then, you're a better writer than Mr. Gaiman.
(Don't get to big of a head, I'm probably a better writer too. Some of the delivery of the story was just crappy.)