I was recently given this book as a Christmas gift from a friend of mine, and I finally sat down to burn through it yesterday.
The book tells the taleI was recently given this book as a Christmas gift from a friend of mine, and I finally sat down to burn through it yesterday.
The book tells the tale of the Earth some time after the events of the War of the Worlds. We have learned much from retrieved alien technology, and the British Empire has pushed the war back to the Martian front line. However, the war efforts are pushing towards something else, something the Empire wants to keep desperately quiet. It's not just a war to wipe out the martian threat abroad...
The story gets a little convoluted towards the end, but the idea is sound. The art is also very distinctive if somewhat simple. Anything human or Earthlike generally is kept to ver simple design. However, anything Alien or sufficiently advanced technology-wise is much more precise, more detailed.
It's a fun read, and it has a half-crazed, one-armed Scottish ex-spy. What's not to like? ...more
What I learned is that I should read the endorsements of a novel more closely. I think this one is a Hamilton-esque trap. Too much romance focus, notWhat I learned is that I should read the endorsements of a novel more closely. I think this one is a Hamilton-esque trap. Too much romance focus, not enough sci-fi from only thirty pages in. The first three pages were awesome. I'd like to read more from THAT world....more
I am a self professed apocalyptic fiction fan. I started with Stephen King's 'The Gunslinger', moved to a book by Robert McCammon called Swan Song inI am a self professed apocalyptic fiction fan. I started with Stephen King's 'The Gunslinger', moved to a book by Robert McCammon called Swan Song in tenth grade, and read many more before reading the granddaddy of all end of the world novels, The Stand, turning once again in King's direction.
All of those books made the end of days seem so real. Plaguelands stretching across America. Nuclear war forging a new era. The slow decay into decadence, madness and eventual final quiet.
Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse makes the end of the word fun.
I bought it on a Monday as a guilty pleasure read, and here I sit Wednesday evening, all wrapped up. This was better than guilty pleasure. This was actually a really good book. If you can picture Christopher Moore getting his hands on a re-write of Mad Max, you're thinking in the right direction already.
The book's protagonist is Mortimer Tate, a former insurance salesman and divorcee who has holed himself up in the Mountains of Tennessee to ride out the death throes of civilization. After nine years of self imposed exile, he encounters three men in his mountain retreat - killing all of them in a knee-jerk moment. From then on, he decides he's got to leave. He can't take living in isolation any longer, not with people still running around, some of which might be a lot better than the corpses he just made. He takes off into the new American Wasteland in search of his ex-wife and finds the world has changed. Up from the ashes of the Union, comes the brave new economy of Joey Armageddon's Sassy A-Go-Go.
Joey Armageddon is a man with a dream and he's expanding rapidly. His currency, the Armageddon Dollar is the only common barter between towns and he's fixing to be a big player. But big players have enemies as Mort is about to find out. Along with his sidekicks Buffalo Bill (a man turned cowboy vigilante after the war) and Sheila (a Joey's Girl), they take on the post-apocalypse world with a humor that one could not possibly expect from this brand of fiction.
I enthusiastically endorse this book for those who can tolerate the barbarism and violence of certain scenes, and I liken it very much to the literary equivalent of Shaun of the Dead. It has just enough drama, just enough action, just enough comedy, and just enough horror (but NO zombies), without ever disturbing the mix. It's a deceptively good read, and I imagine I'll be making the rounds with this to a few people I know....more
A good idea, but the execution wasn't so good. I think this may have been one of the author's first books as it kind of read that way. It was anotherA good idea, but the execution wasn't so good. I think this may have been one of the author's first books as it kind of read that way. It was another Shadowrun book that covers what happens when you try to make the supernatural and high-technology work in hand, with disasterous results. If you really like the decking end of the Shadowrun world, give it a go, but it;s not exactl required reading....more
Dunkelzahn's will is made manifest in this closing book as the big picture sort of comes together. Is the Big D really dead? It would seem not, and fuDunkelzahn's will is made manifest in this closing book as the big picture sort of comes together. Is the Big D really dead? It would seem not, and furthermore it introduces another of the long forgotten races waiting for the magic levels to rise enough in the sixth-age to make an appearance - something that the game environment never officially incorporated into the setting, which I found odd.
Beyond the Pale concludes the Dragonheart Saga and makes the big reveal of the Big D's plans and the reasoning behind is assassination. A good sum up.Beyond the Pale concludes the Dragonheart Saga and makes the big reveal of the Big D's plans and the reasoning behind is assassination. A good sum up. I read all of these books in a couple of days during the college years and couldn't put em down. Ah, the guilty pleasures of RPG pulp....more
In 2056, the Shadowrun world sees the oddest special election ever. With six political parties, with one frontrunner being a great dragon, the UCAS isIn 2056, the Shadowrun world sees the oddest special election ever. With six political parties, with one frontrunner being a great dragon, the UCAS is in for a Super Tuesday like none other. When the great dragon Dunkelzahn is elected, it changes everything, and it gets much more chaotic when on the night of his inauguration, the Big D (as Dunkelzahn is known by the media) is assassinated in a fiery explosion in front of the Watergate Hotel.
The assassination of a great dragon is no small thing, and where the explosion erupted becomes a spiritual no-fly zone as an astral rift appears at ground zero. From there, the presidential entourage finds out that Dunkelzahn may have had a plan all along as in the wake of his death they find his will - a will that has far reaching consequences for the Shadowrun world.
It's a great start and it covers a lot of the world shaking events of the 2056 election and the year to come in their meta plot. Good stuff....more
This is the second book in the Dragonheart Saga. This covers the continuing efforts of the now vice president Nadjia Daviar and head of the Draco FounThis is the second book in the Dragonheart Saga. This covers the continuing efforts of the now vice president Nadjia Daviar and head of the Draco Foundation (the corporation created in the Big D's Will to execute the provisions of said will) as well as Ryan Mercury, the great dragons right-hand shadowrunner operative. When they start sniffing around in sensitive places, they end up drawing down the wrath of some pretty big enemies and end up having to deal with a crazed cyber-zombie - a creature with so many cybernetic enhancements that his parent organization has to necromantically bind his spirit to his flesh to keep his monstrous form going.
Havok ensues as Ryan and Nadjia continue to try to find out what Dunkelzahn's game is....more