It was just ok. I'm not sure if I'm enthused enough about this author's world or characters to try for book number two and maybe an improvement in herIt was just ok. I'm not sure if I'm enthused enough about this author's world or characters to try for book number two and maybe an improvement in her writing abilities.
Its fairly standard (at least in todays modern fantasy heavy publishing climate) "Fantasy elements in to a blender, pulse three times, then heave contents onto the pages of a book" stuff. Its got everything including the kitchen sink in here, and I think it gave me literary indigestion. Its not like I wouldn't care for most of the elements in this dish, aside from the nixing of medical science(which annoys the Sci-Fi nerd in me) and the making of Witchs and Warlocks as a hereditary thing that you still have to learn (I've never cared for spellcraft as something in your blood, prefering it to be something anyone could do to some degree or another and must hone as a skill). Its more like there were too many strong and/or conflicting flavors in this dish, and (not to be overly critical) they were not exactly expertly prepared or presented to you the reader. Its and interesting attempt, and I will say that at least it never devolved into paranormal porn as some others in this modern-fantasy sub-genre can tend to, so it is saved from my utter tripe shelf at least and gets a possible second in the series read from me....more
This was a very fun take on horror movies. I'm sure most fans of horror movies have thought, "I would kick the horror movie world's ass". Well this auThis was a very fun take on horror movies. I'm sure most fans of horror movies have thought, "I would kick the horror movie world's ass". Well this author thought it (or at least thought he could survive the horror movie's ass if not kick it) and he wrote it up with colorful illustrations. From how cabins are the most deadly location in the world, to how your junk just might save you from the devil; this book is loaded with fun facts. The humor is good, if a bit raunchy at times (but come on, you're reading a book about horror movies so don't get uptight). Its also short at under 200 pages. I usually wouldn't read this sort of book (the zombie survival guide, worst case scenario..etc) but this one was a perfectly enjoyable read from front to back. I recommend this book to people who like horror movies and Christopher Moore books. So come on, don't fear that living doll and that psycho with a matchety; learn how to handle these and many other situations. ...more
Well hell, now I have seen the lead in to Tony Stark becoming as a friend put it "a total D-bag". But I think everyone can see where he starts out inWell hell, now I have seen the lead in to Tony Stark becoming as a friend put it "a total D-bag". But I think everyone can see where he starts out in "Civil War" much better from this book. Its actually makes sense, I don't agree with his reasoning, but it makes sense. There is alot of great action in this, and the writing is solid. If you like Iron Man, you will find this a very entertaining read....more
This was actually my first time exposed to either of these stories, and let me tell you that this audio format is excellent. The reader had the perfecThis was actually my first time exposed to either of these stories, and let me tell you that this audio format is excellent. The reader had the perfect voice for portraying these erie tales of horrors from beyond our world. I can't wait to try volume 2....more
This book was an amazing read. Thanks to www.suvudu.com's article about the RPG that was just made based on this series, I tracked this book down. MixThis book was an amazing read. Thanks to www.suvudu.com's article about the RPG that was just made based on this series, I tracked this book down. Mix a little espionage thriller, with liberal amounts of Lovecraft inspired modern dark fantasy, with a measure of office satyr; and you've got "The Atrocity Archives".
The characters are fun, especially the main character Bob Howard our forced into occult secret policing hacker. The premise, a super secret British organization who's job is to monitor, police, and save the world (Britain especially) from extra-dimensional horrors that would make us pee ourselves. I love this premise. In fact the basic setting of this book is so awesome as to make me almost completely overlook this books only small flaw. At times there are some very extensive technical explanations of theoretical science, devices, and occult stuff. I personally found it cool and informative, but some mite be taken a little out of the flow of the narrative.
The long and short of it is this is a fun and exciting book, with two different stories in it (the second of which won a Hugo award). If you love mixed genre and you love spies and Lovecraft, well then jump on board for some of the most fun you've had in awhile. Its funny and awfully dark all at the same time....more
From the start I had high praise for this book, I said right away "This feels like a story from Chris Carter's 'Millenium'". I loved that show, and IFrom the start I had high praise for this book, I said right away "This feels like a story from Chris Carter's 'Millenium'". I loved that show, and I really liked this book as well. It has a nice blend of standard thriller/cop mystery, and some conspiracy fiction thrown in. There starts off what seem two different storylines. One story is that of an estranged son investigating the death of his parrents, and finding things aren't as they seemed all his life. The other story is that of a cop fallen from grace, and the killer that took his daughter. It all combines to create a story greater than its parts. The conspiracy elements lend the thriller aspect of the book enough exotic flavor to make it stand out from other such books I've read and give it that sense of dark mystery. I can't wait to read the 2 follow up books in the trilogy. And that, is probably the best compliment I can give any book. ...more
This is a fantastic start to a new Conan series. The art is very well done. The cimmerian is in fine form, killing, loving, and holding true to his coThis is a fantastic start to a new Conan series. The art is very well done. The cimmerian is in fine form, killing, loving, and holding true to his code of honor. The story starts with Conan trying to find Hyperborea, and ends with him getting the hell away from it and on to the next land. I am far from and expert on Conan but what I have read is very much in line with this book. I'm definitely picking up the next volume in the series, and am now very interested in reading Robert E. Howards other works.
Of interest to those who are fans of not just Conan, but Robert E. Howard in general; the end of the book has a small bio about Howard and his start into writing and then eventually his creation of Conan. There are some interesting quote from correspondence between him and his pulp contemporaries. It is full of information to tantilize me and other readers into further exploration of the pulp authors, particularly Robert E. Howard's many interesting characters. This book is well worth the read either to get you started in the fantasy world, or to expand your horrizons to the very beginings of heroic fantasy and a timeless character. ...more
I really enjoyed this book. It was one of the few translated books I've ever read, and I thought the translation was done well. The language was not nI really enjoyed this book. It was one of the few translated books I've ever read, and I thought the translation was done well. The language was not nearly as "clunky" feeling as another translated book I've read.
I thought the character of Anton held up well through most of the book. He grew, he changed. He was the humanity that most other members of his group had lost much of already. The idea of his humanity making him flawed in a way that always seems to work to further the plans of the "light" is very well done.
The secondary characters were very interesting too. I especially found the leaders of the varrious watches to be interesting.
I think my only problem with this book was about the last 80-100 pages. The rest of the book has a quickly moving narrative mommentum to it. I read through the first half of the book in no time at all. The second book in the book went a little slower, but still it kept you moving. Then the 3rd book of Nightwatch starts out very promising. There is a conflict, and I thought ooo..this is going to be good. Unfortunately after the initial few pages of excitement, we follow Anton as he becomes almost painfully indecisive(sp?). And this goes on for a long time. Its not until about 15-20 pages from the end that he finally shakes off his indecision, and we get back on track. I can honestly say that I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series, but I will take some time to digest and get ready for it....more