It was still entertaining - it was just a little slow.
After the explosive conclusion of the last arc, I wI'm dropping this one down a couple of stars.
It was still entertaining - it was just a little slow.
After the explosive conclusion of the last arc, I was really eager to dig right into the follow-up. The only problem is, not only do we get a time skip of three years - but the only character (pretty much) in this entire arc is Grant.
The art is still bang on...and filling in Grant's back story as to why he is so fucked in the head is interesting and all - but five whole issues? To much!
I still love this series to death, and I am hella excited for more - especially now that Grant has 'found himself.'
I just wish the dumb bastard coulda done it a little bit faster!...more
Seriously, I read some of the less stellar reviews here on Goodreads and I just don't get it. What is there to not like? The art I. Love. This. Series.
Seriously, I read some of the less stellar reviews here on Goodreads and I just don't get it. What is there to not like? The art is snappy as fuck! Matteo Scalera is KILLING it with this book! Every cover, page, and panel are full of brain popping artwork. With this book alone he has become one of my favorite talents in the industry today!
And then there is the story. Remender is one of my favs and as far as I am concerned Black Science is his best work. I love the story he is crafting here. I love how fucked up our little team of explorers are and I don't have a single problem with all the angsty bullshit that he pours into the pages of this story.
Basically, I just gobble it all up like freaking candy.
It was actually better than I thought. I had never read a Warhammer book before, let alone played any of the games. This was kindWell...that was fun.
It was actually better than I thought. I had never read a Warhammer book before, let alone played any of the games. This was kind of an experiment.
I'll tell ya, had 12 year old me read this book he woulda lost his shit! Like...mind blown level of awesomeness.
But, instead, 40 year old me read this book, and while still entertained, my mind wasn't blown.
That said - this book was good enough that, down the road, I won't be so hesitant to pick up a Warhammer novel. Not every story has to feel significant and earth shattering. Sometimes you just want to sit down and get lost in a crazy adventure.
And that's what this novel was. A fun, light, action-packed sci-fi romp that definitely made me fist-pump the air a few times as I read it.
Great history and lore. Which I kind of expected as it's a very in-depth game world, but I was really surprised at how awesome a lot of the stuff was. I mean seriously, Astromancers? That's fucking cooooooool!
And I have to admit....there were quite a few times as I read this where some new character or concept was introduced and I just had to sit there and take it all in for a second. So many crazy ideas. And I guess that's why the book sold me. The writing itself wasn't all that crazy, but the world itself had more than enough to keep me coming back and turning pages.
"To Resist the depths of the world's sorrow, the truth of one's heart must be honored."
That's a quote from the final issue in this volume and pretty much"To Resist the depths of the world's sorrow, the truth of one's heart must be honored."
That's a quote from the final issue in this volume and pretty much sums up the theme of the book.
In fact, the whole 'have a positive attitude and be optimistic' message is pretty much hammered into your skull every single page of the entire book. It got a little tiring after awhile, I admit.
The artwork? From the reviews here, it's pretty much split. People either love it or hate it. Me? I thought it was a slice of awesome! While I can see that it might not be for everyone, it definitely drew me in. I found myself taking way longer to read this book then it should have taken because I was so captivated by every page. It has a very Frank Frazetta/Heavy Metal approach and, not gonna lie, it's a great book to flip through and look at while smoking a joint.
I'm not sure (yet) exactly how I feel about the story. It feels somewhat generic and I can see Remender going for the whole 'character development/slow burn' approach, I only fear that he's kind of missing the mark. I'm digging on the whole post-apocalyptic underwater thing, though, and enjoyed this book enough that I am going to continue on with the next volume.
That said, whenever I read this, I kind of wish I was just reading Remender's other book, Black Science, instead.
I've been enjoying that one a heck of a lot more....more
The comic story that doesn't give a fuck if you know what's going on or not.
This first volume is 6 issues long and it wasn't until issueMercury Heat.
The comic story that doesn't give a fuck if you know what's going on or not.
This first volume is 6 issues long and it wasn't until issue 4 or so where things started to click into place. Why was the main character the way she was? Why was she doing what she was doing? All that important stuff that attaches a reader to a story are all non-existent until over half way through the arc.
By the time it all started to come together I had already kind of lost interest. I ended up reading all six issues so I could find out what happens - but I doubt that I will carry on with this series.
Luiza Bora is a space cop with an attitude. She has a murder to solve and the investigation spirals into something bigger than what she had expected. Along the way, there are lots of naughty words, some graphic violence and some sexy panels of Luiza looking hot while she smashes her way to finding answers.
And that's really all that is here. It's all fairly shallow and just ends up feeling like it is trying to hard to be badass.
I'd give this book a 2.5 if Goodreads would let me because there was some cool tech that tickled my fancy, but I can't do that so I have to stick it with 2 stars. I thought about rounding up to 3 - but that just seemed too generous....more
Wow. This one kind of came out of nowhere! I was so disappointed and let down with Aftermath that I didn't really thi(I'd give this a 4.5 if I could).
Wow. This one kind of came out of nowhere! I was so disappointed and let down with Aftermath that I didn't really think I had it in me to try another new Star Wars books so soon.
Am I ever glad I did.
What can I say? I loved everything about this book!
The story has two points of view. We follow, and skip between, Thane Kyrell and Ciena Ree. Both of who, by the end of the book, I adore just as much as any of the classic cast from the movies.
The timeline covers events from, A New Hope up to Return of the Jedi (and afterward as well). It was pretty interesting seeing all those iconic moments that take place in the original trilogy through fresh and different eyes. I absolutely loved how Claudia Gray puts a face to the nameless soldiers, pilots, and Stormtroopers, that fight for the Empire. You really get a feel for how some of them must have felt. They were people. They had lives besides just chasing the Rebels around and looking for them inside trash compactors.
It was a really interesting take.
I'm not much of a 'love story' reader. This one, though, didn't slam me over the head with angsty teenage bullshit. The relationship between Thane and Ciena felt real and plausible - even though they were on different sides of a galactic struggle. I felt for them both and often found myself rooting for them and wishing that they could just...finally...be...together!
This book was a win! It's definitely one of the better Star Wars novels I have read. I love how it's connected to A Force Awakens. I love how, without even seeing the new movie, I know things that other Star Wars fans that have not read this book do not know.
If you are a fan, read this motherfucker! Don't let the YA thing fool you. Don't dismiss it because it's a love story. Read it because it's a damn good romp in a galaxy far, far away.
The present-tense narrative choice for a Star Wars novel was a bold one.
It failed. Miserably.
As did the writing. The writing was horrid!! It felt like The present-tense narrative choice for a Star Wars novel was a bold one.
It failed. Miserably.
As did the writing. The writing was horrid!! It felt like grade school fan fiction.
I was so excited to read the NEW continuation of Return Of The Jedi. I was so pumped to see what was so great that the Lucasarts people felt like they could get rid of all the previous Star Wars extended universe material.
Now I'm just confused.
This is the story that is supposed to replace Timothy Zahn's Thrawn trilogy?
You know what? I'm sitting here writing these words and I cant even remember a single character name from Aftermath (except for the few that already existed in the Star Wars world)And I just read the damn book!
Do yourself a favor.
Pass on this one. The force is definitely not strong here....more
This volume opens up with a chariot chase scene. Normally that alone would be a big enough slice of awesome for me. However, why stop at just a chario This volume opens up with a chariot chase scene. Normally that alone would be a big enough slice of awesome for me. However, why stop at just a chariot chase scene when instead of a horse you can have a fish pulling the chariot, and while we're at it - let's throw in a super sci-fi laser gun or two...
DING, DING, DING! INSTANT FIVE STARS FOR THE FISH PULLED CHARIOT CHASE SCENE AND SUPER SCI-FI LASER GUN!
Still not convinced? How about a flying freaking hippo that shoots time vortex blastery type shit outta its mouth...?
Good gravy I love this comic! I just can't help myself. I love the words, I love the art, I love all the dysfunctional relationship angsty shit, and I love the loopy action. I mean really....techno shamans?
What can I say, I'm a Jonathon Fletcher fanboy! Think Starship Troppers or the space marines from James Cameron's Aliens movie and you will have a gooWhat can I say, I'm a Jonathon Fletcher fanboy! Think Starship Troppers or the space marines from James Cameron's Aliens movie and you will have a good idea of the kind of characters that Fletcher likes to play with.
What I mean to say is...his stories are really freaking awesome and they quite often make me wish my kindle had a hand and an arm so I could high five the thing when something especially spectacular happens in the story.
Warrior of The Space Navy is the start of a new series that takes place in Fletcher's already established universe brought to us in his Josiah Trenchard novellas. If you have yet to read of Trenchard's harrowing escapades, this story is going to have to wait - It's best to catch yourself up first before jumping on board with our new protagonist, Maximillian Fisher. Don't worry, this story is worth the wait, and I envy the ride that you, the new reader, get to take to get here. If Only I could read it all again for the first time.
So...yeah, yeah, this isn't a Trenchard novel. I was a little bummed too. I mean...c'mon...gimme some Trench. But ya know what...turns out that Max Fisher (he doesn't like it when we actually use his whole first name) is a pretty spectacular bad ass in his own right too. And the ending...don't even get me started!! Now I don't know what I want more...some more Trenchard stories or some more Fisher stories.
It was with a great relief that I quickly discovered how much extra depth and life this story breathed into Fletcher's already awesome universe. There is so much cloak and dagger brought into play with this book that I can honestly say that I have no idea what the end game is going to turn out to be. Everything that I already love about the Josiah Trenchard books is present and accounted for. It's grisly, there's lots of booze, some pretty insane action sequences and a ton of cool sci-fi techy stuff that kinda makes me wanna wet my pants in glee.
Yeah. If you've read and loved the Trenchard books you gotta check this one out!
I finished this book today - and in turn I got a massive sunburn because of it. I was so transfixed by the damn book that I wasn't paying attention to I finished this book today - and in turn I got a massive sunburn because of it. I was so transfixed by the damn book that I wasn't paying attention to the fact that my skin was taking a beating and literally roasting off my body.
There's no getting around it...Wesley Chu owes me a bottle of aloe vera!
As for the book itself:
WOW WOW WOW!
This was the final instalment of the trilogy and lemme tell ya, it ends with a very satisfying BANG! The three novels are incredibly fun reads on their own, but when you finish this one and see them all collectively as a whole it really shows the talent and skill that went into putting them all together. They are all so different from one another, and yet at the same time very in sync as well.
I don't really know what else to say. I'm not one of those reviewers that take you through, step by step, telling you what happened. there are plenty of other reviews out there if that's what you are looking for. I just prefer to babble on and on about what I liked or didn't like.
In the case of the Tao books...well hell...I liked it all!
I'll say this, however. The characters that start off in the first book are completely changed by the time they reach the last. their journey is intense and full of high risks and insurmountable odds. Along the way, there is plenty of action, tragedy, and suspense. there are also quite a few laughs and some very heart warming scenes.
I'm actually kinda sad torn into a million little pieces that it's all over and done with.
I want a Tao. Or at the very least, I wanna toss back a few beers with Roen Tan and hear him tell me a tale or two.
Belatu-Cadros, In my opinion, is Jonathon Fletcher's smartest novella yet! It was not my intention to read the entire story in one sitting, I wanted t Belatu-Cadros, In my opinion, is Jonathon Fletcher's smartest novella yet! It was not my intention to read the entire story in one sitting, I wanted to savor it, spread it out across a few days and make it last. Instead, I devoured it, gulped it down and didn't even stop to breathe.
How could I? I mean, this is the story of how Josiah Trenchard came to be! This explains where he came from and how he rose to be the grizzled warrior that we know him as from the past four books!
We don't get a whole lot of continuation or new reveals; This story, instead, is a prequel that is peppered with awesome little tidbits and tie-in's from all the previous books. The author shows off his superior story telling prowess, and teases us with how expertly he has planned out the entirety of the Fletcher universe. It was freaking awesome watching it all click together, and more or less seeing the origins of everything that was only hinted at before.
Fletcher doesn't let up once, from the opening scene it is an 'all systems go' joyride from start to finish! There are new characters for us to fall in love with, as well as the return of a cast that we already respect, admire, fear or hate. I laughed, I cringed, I white knuckled more than a few action scenes, and there was a time or two when I even felt my heart break a little.
If you are a fan of Fletcher and the past four books, than Belatu-Cadros is going to knock your socks off! Don't miss out on this one, and if you are anything at all like me, clear your schedule, you wont want to stop reading until you have made it all the way through to the end.
Jonathan Fletcher, I salute you. Thank you for another stomping good adventure! ...more
Slap my ass and call me Betty, this book was actually a lot of fun!
A chicken flies the ship. A space crab is the doctor.
That's all you need to know.
Go Slap my ass and call me Betty, this book was actually a lot of fun!
A chicken flies the ship. A space crab is the doctor.
That's all you need to know.
Go read it. Have fun. Drink whisky.
I don't really know what to say. I went into this thinking that it would be a quick easy filler while I waited for The Autumn Republic to come out. Instead, I am now sucked into reading another trilogy. Not that that is a bad thing, finding new wicked-awesome stories is always a good thing.
Enter, Deviana "Devi" Morris. She's a bad-ass merc with a no holds barred attitude. She's out to be the best of the best - She is out to become a 'DEVESTATOR.' The kings own personal guard. However, to do that, she has to get the up and up's to notice her. This means she has to take a job guarding a ship with a cursed history and a dangerous reputation. So off she goes with her plasma shotgun (she named it Mia), her anti-armour pistol (Sasha) and her freaking energy sword (Phoebe), putting on a Mech-like armoured power suit (called The Lady Gray) that makes her faster, stronger, and just an all around ass kicking motherfucker which will start the long process of making her dream of being the crème de la crème come true.
That is until, of course...plot.
Yeah. I wasn't really expecting any. But there it was; there was actually going to be a story with what was supposed to just be a quick bolter type porn fix. And it's damned good story too. The world is rich in history, the supporting cast of characters are awesome and interesting and there's some pretty unexpected plot twists peppered throughout the book as well. Top that off with some romance girly stuff and, all in all, the tight writing and fun action all mesh up perfectly to give this story a VERY well deserved 4 shiny stars!
Black Science dropped today with issue number 6 - ending its first story arc. The Trade Paper Back is up for pre-order, and available on June 10th. ItBlack Science dropped today with issue number 6 - ending its first story arc. The Trade Paper Back is up for pre-order, and available on June 10th. It's a terrific story with eye popping artwork; I'd probably throw it in the 'weird sci-fi' category.
A group of scientists fall victim to an experiment gone terribly wrong. Hopping from place to place in the 'Eververse', they fight for survival, never knowing where they are going to end up next. The mechanics and the team chemistry of the group are very rich and detailed. There is some serious deep rooted stuff going on and about between them all. The drama amongst them is all back dropped by the twisted, bizarre, and insane places they find themselves in.
I would have to say, that right along side FEAR Agent, Black Science is my favorite stuff from, Rick Remender. The story is blasted into legendary proportions with the brilliant art work by, Matteo Scalera. his style perfectly fits the tone of what is going on and really anchors everything in place. Each page, each pannel, draws you in and helps carry you along. The pacing is frantic, and I often found myself racing through the issues from word to word and picture to picture.
I really can't say enough good things about this book. Just an all around, perfect, sci-fi yarn.
Now that was a heck of a fun read!! I'm no scientist...in fact my friends make fun of me because I am always telling them magic is way cooler than sci Now that was a heck of a fun read!! I'm no scientist...in fact my friends make fun of me because I am always telling them magic is way cooler than science. This book, this story, its very scientific and full of a lot of mumble jumble that I didn't really understand or grasp the full concept of. One would think that this would detract from the enjoyment of what was happening. On the contrary...it made it pretty freaking epic!! I couldn't tell what was BS and what was actually probable, to me it all seemed legit, so in turn, I ate it up like a fat kid on apple pie; All the 'sciency' stuff just made it seem all that much more real!
Mark Watney, is a heck of an astronaut! I'd like to meet him and shake his hand! The guy got shit on over and over again. For every good thing that happened to him, about 15 other horrible things clocked him in the ass to counter it. Still, through it all, Watney persevered and never once lost his sanity or will! I think that is what impressed me the most with this story. No mater how tough things get, human character can have the strength to see you through to the end - no mater what the end may bring!
This book was like birthday cake, and I may be 40 years old, but that doesn't mean that I didn't want to smear it all over my face as I shoved those words inside of me as fast as I could!!
Author, Jonathon Fletcher, delivers a rock solid kick in the teeth with his latest Trenchard novel, Onamuji.
From start to finish this book took everyt Author, Jonathon Fletcher, delivers a rock solid kick in the teeth with his latest Trenchard novel, Onamuji.
From start to finish this book took everything that was great from the previous novels and dialed it up to eleven. Hands down, this is my favorite so far. You really begin to see how the tendrils of the story arc are interlinked and connecting everything together. While, like Fletchers previous stories, Onamuji is a self contained adventure, there are still so many things yet to be discovered.
So happy that I have stumbled across this series. I am blown away by how enjoyable they are, from the characters, the setting, professional writing, and non-stop action, there is nothing in them that I do not like.
My only regret is that now that I am caught up with the series, I have to wait around like all the other chumps for the next instalment.
I have no doubt, however, that it will be well worth the wait! ...more
You know what Wesley Chu does really well? Endings. The climax to Lives of Tao was an action packed romp for pages and pages. This second book is no d You know what Wesley Chu does really well? Endings. The climax to Lives of Tao was an action packed romp for pages and pages. This second book is no different. The Deaths of Tao clips along at a good pace...stuff happens...its all a heck of a lot of fun...and suddenly there I am waist deep in the mother of all climaxes screaming at my book like I'm some kind of a lunatic.
Thanks for that, Chu. I'ma make a mental note to make sure that the next book of yours I read I make sure that I am not in a public place when I hit the ending.
Still, its more than just the endings of these books that make them worthwhile. The characters are living breathing people that I can relate with. Well...minus the fact that they have living, breathing, alien hosts inside of them. What I mean to say is, I care about the folks that Wesley Chu has introduced me to. I like them...others...the bad guys...I hate them just as equally. I have become invested in their lives, I soar with them when they excel and I am defeated alongside of them when they fail.
The Deaths Of Tao, at least for me, is in a category that I don't really have a description for. Its not urban fantasy, its not quite Sci-fi, but rather, its a mish-mash of the two of them.
I don't know. Call it what you will...either way its pretty freaking awesome!
Deaths Of Tao continues on a few years after the first one. We follow Roen and Tao and the battle between the Prophous and the Genjix. Roen is no longer a fat, pizza eating, lazy S.O.B. Instead, he's a bona fide, ass kicking, secret agent running around the world with an alien in his tummy.
He's still a jack ass though, and throughout this second volume he is continually trying to come to terms with what he has done to his family and to his co-workers. The war of the Quasing's has taken its toll on him and there is a definite feeling of desperateness going on with him.
Tons of action, touching interactions, great villains, wonderful personal dilemmas...the author has taken everything from his first published book and kicked it up about ten notches for this second one.
This is a series most certainly worth the time. I would say that I hope everyone else is enjoying it as much as I do - but from a simple glance at the reviews I can see that's already the case!