Compact Crit. #12 - The Books of Babel, by Josiah Bancroft (In particular: Arm of the Sphinx)
I am publishing this (flattering) comment from author Josiah Bancroft about my review of Arm of the Sphinx, not primarily because I am chuffed that I got the review right, but because he mentions an important correction: the book is not part of a trilogy, as I had thought, but in fact part of a tetralogy with two more books to come. The next work in the series is The Hod King, due out in Dec, 2018. The title of book no. 4 is unknown at this stage.
“First, let me say thank you so much for the wonderful and thoughtful review of Arm of the Sphinx. I enjoyed reading your thoughts very much. (One small note, the series will actually be a four-book series when all is said and done. I know, Amazon and several other outlets have it listed as a trilogy. Despite my best efforts, I haven’t been able to convince them that it is not, in fact, a trilogy.) I really appreciate your time and effort in putting the review together. Thank you.” (July 12, 2018)
About the video
The clip of the animated flying ship (a galleon) is adapted from the YouTube promotion for the tabletop/TV screen game, Dynamic Dungeons, which uses animated maps for a realistic 3D look and feel of imaginary landscapes. According to the artist, Tamas Nemes, a 3D designer, musician and dungeon master, “the airship and the village map is coming in February  to Patreon,” a crowdfunding site.