Got this around the time Lemmy died, finally got around to reading it. A lot of fun for folks that liked Lemmy's candor and storytelling or those whoGot this around the time Lemmy died, finally got around to reading it. A lot of fun for folks that liked Lemmy's candor and storytelling or those who like interesting stories about drugs, rock, and life through an insider's eyes. Lemmy will make you laugh at quite a bit you might not have otherwise and startle you with some darker truths as well....more
Ash lives in an idyllic town far from the vast and complex city of Talos, a world from which his mother had fled years ago seeking a new life, separatAsh lives in an idyllic town far from the vast and complex city of Talos, a world from which his mother had fled years ago seeking a new life, separate from the society and social order that bore down on her, even leaving behind her father and sister. He is young, 12 and just old enough to be drafted for the Nova militia, he has friends, a loving family, and never expected to have things change. Change is coming to all, however, the machinations of Talos will come to sweep over the small nation of Nova, and soon the wheels of fate will come to bear down on them all. This is the first time I’ve read one of Deininger’s fantasy books and I have to say I was really pleased with the experience. As I read I often thought to some of my favorite fantasy writers, Clive Barker and China Mieville for example, and even films like Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal all of which have a strong emphasis on very immersive fantasy worlds, engaging characters, and complex and interesting societies which offer some fresh perspectives on the way we interact in our own. If you’re a fan of books like Abarat, Perdido Street Station or even the Discworld books from Terry Pratchett (though this book is serious in tone unlike many of Pratchett’s books) with their quirkiness and discussion of morality and good and evil versus human nature you’re going to find a nice experience with Deininger’s fantasy books. I highly recommend this book and its author to all fantasy fans (probably best if you’re 16+ for some of the darker bits), but especially to those who like books that deal with war, social disorder, completely separate worlds, and intrigue set in a dark fantasy world. ...more
Dream a little Dream of Me… It all started with a dream, an awful, terrible dream about an imposing man in the dark. A looming figure who pricked at meDream a little Dream of Me… It all started with a dream, an awful, terrible dream about an imposing man in the dark. A looming figure who pricked at memories long forgotten, things buried too deep to be pulled free on their own. Then the nightmares came, ones that carried over into the daylight with blood and loss, nightmares that spoke of a childhood colored by a past barely remembered. A terrible vengeance which seeks them all no matter where they go, a spirit which will stop at nothing to make them see, make them dream. Death, horror, and a terrible truth loom in the half light, will these girls, each with their own spirit, their own will, find the answers before he comes? Will the truth be too terrible a weight to bear? Dream is a very nicely put together horror novel. Here you will find themes of the psychological, surrealistic, and physical, all of which make for an impact that sticks with you. Blending elements the reader might find in some of the better supernatural giallo, Asian horror, and coming of age stories of the past, Kanuckel manages to pull together a story that creates its own narrative take on ghosts, deadly secrets, and the truth that never truly gets covered by the lie. In fact, like Stephen King’s earliest works, this is a story that takes some elements typically attributed to more claustrophobic or shocking themes of the alien or other and brings them home to creep up on you wearing faces you might see every day. Nothing is as it seems to be, not even the things that are part of these girls’ lives. As with Kanuckel’s other more fantastic novels and stories, the characters and setting are some of the primary driving forces pulling us along. Here we are treated to a very clear small town environment populated by fallible people, ones who have long grown to accept the way this life both defines and limits who they are in the community, often even doing so for their children and children’s children. It’s a life that is often idyllic and quiet, but it is also a place where others’ lives are fodder for gossip which can make or break them depending on the will of the people there. Dream’s characters are pleasing to experience things with over the course of the book, learning about them being just as engaging as learning about the events that determine the plot itself. As in life, no two are alike and so we get a varied take on the events of the novel. I was particularly fond of Miranda (Randa) “Creepshow” Conway who has a light all her own as a bad horror buff facing down a very real monster with all of her varied knowledge and Treena' dad, who is a quiet and very kind man faced with so much over the course of his life, a sort of modern Atticus Finch embattled over the way life is versus the way he wishes it were. It was also very nice to see a book that heavily featured Robin Drake, a very likable no bullshit officer of the law faced with a case far beyond anything she ever thought she might face who made her first appearance in Eat the Dead Fred. I’ve been a fan of Kanuckel’s fantasy, noir, and shorter speculative fiction for a long time and found this, his first horror novel, to be another satisfying trip into the world of D’Haventh, a world with many facets and familiar faces. Fans of Ezra Beckitt and Robin Drake will want to check this one out to get a bird’s eye view on Robin herself and how things turned out for her after Eat the Dead Fred. ...more
Desmond Reddick’s Mother of Abominations is the story of a world in which giant monsters have come to be used as a major arsenal in the quest for worlDesmond Reddick’s Mother of Abominations is the story of a world in which giant monsters have come to be used as a major arsenal in the quest for world domination. After all, who can argue with a giant beast who’s come to destroy you and your country if you don’t submit? As it happens Bree is just the sort of woman who would choose to fight, having lost her parents to a terrible attack by the restored British Empire’s Humgum, she is in the process of trying to blow up parliament when she is intercepted by the very organization she is fighting. Arrested and offered the ability to not only gain her freedom, but that of her brother Bran, Bree is pulled into a complex plot to tackle another terrorist group which threatens the organization. It is only then that she uncovers the truth and the Mother of Monsters is unleashed. This has been a really great read! Reddick’s world of intrigue plays out well even in the midst of giant monsters and we’re shown so many little bits and pieces of the plot which build upon the rest as we go. It’s tough not to reveal too much by going into the story here, so I’ll just explain that it’s a very engaging plot which features hidden cults, Aliester Crowley, giant and very unusual monsters, men and women gifted with the ability to control monsters and a very different take on the British Empire. You’ll also find strong characterization, diabolical plots, and a lot of engaging scenes. It’s a very surprising book and I think it will appeal to fans of adventure novels as much as those who adore kaiju. ...more
Cracked Sky is the story of one father's grief over the loss of his child and the nightmare that nearly pulls he and his wife apart afterward. We're dCracked Sky is the story of one father's grief over the loss of his child and the nightmare that nearly pulls he and his wife apart afterward. We're dropped into the story after everything has already happened and Stephen is attending therapy in an attempt to process his grief and tackle the mental trauma he was dealt during the crash both by injury and the event itself. Stephen is a broken man who feels directionless in the wake of his loss, his wife Shelley is drinking, he's abusing his psych meds and neither of them is able to accept what has happened. So when events begin to happen that indicate that Allie may still be somewhere nearby and in danger from the very man who ended her life in the crash, we can be forgiven for thinking this might all be in Stephen's very broken mind, but we might be very wrong all the same.
Overall I enjoyed this book it has a nice sense of emotional weight, surreal imagery, and an impact for something so short. In fact I would love to see it extended to novel length, largely to develop some of the lesser characters and make the plot just a wee bit more grounded toward the end. Still a nice little read and well worth the investment. ...more