For those of you who have only watched the Terminator movies this book is where to begin reading the continuing story.
Timothy Zahn is one of those wriFor those of you who have only watched the Terminator movies this book is where to begin reading the continuing story.
Timothy Zahn is one of those writers that could be given any existing science fiction story and take it to places that the original creator could not have imagined. Like he did with Star Wars (Dark Force Rising) Zahn jumps straight in and drags you by the collar into the thick of the action. And for the next 310 pages he does not let up or let go. Whilst keeping track of the ongoing development of the young Kyle Reese, Zahn takes us on a mission back to the desert. To the laboratory where Marcus, the terminator from the recent movie, was made: a mission that wiped out many of John Connor’s resistance fighters...
Changeling: Blood Wolf is the third in the series and continues to develop the story of Trey Laporte- the last hereditary werewolf. Set in a teenage wChangeling: Blood Wolf is the third in the series and continues to develop the story of Trey Laporte- the last hereditary werewolf. Set in a teenage world where the fifteen year old had come of age and discovered the beast that dwells within. There are two distinct yet joined story lines in this novel that are both compelling for their own reasons. Trey, our young werewolf, has discovered that he is not the last of his kind and seeks out his remaining relative. Feeling betrayed by his mentor, Lucien Charron, a defanged vampire, Trey sets out in search of his uncle in the wilds of Canada. It is there that he discovers a werewolf pack living free.
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A good fun book, much like the film only funnier. Written for children read by adults. Not one I'd read again but definitely worth a read. Off to theA good fun book, much like the film only funnier. Written for children read by adults. Not one I'd read again but definitely worth a read. Off to the library now to get the next....more
Considering that this title is over 100 years old it's telling is as fresh as ever. H.G. Wells has a way with words as unique as Shakespeare and WildeConsidering that this title is over 100 years old it's telling is as fresh as ever. H.G. Wells has a way with words as unique as Shakespeare and Wilde. Not the horror story that Hollywood has portrayed it as but a look into how a good man is corrupted by by. How he become the victim of his own creation rater than it benefactor. The Invisible man descends to the edge of madness as his bid to reverse his 'curse' becomes an anger driven obsession. A superb tale which like all of Wells' work happens around a small community of people who's only hope remains in their desire to be of the evil among them. If only today's society had such moral values....more
The time I took to read this book is no reflection upon what I thought of it. Oscar Wilde's command of the English language is sublime. Simple descripThe time I took to read this book is no reflection upon what I thought of it. Oscar Wilde's command of the English language is sublime. Simple descriptions that remain with with you of bees shouldering their way through the flower stems, or the mellow November sun,. Throughout this book drips with class an quality that suits the lead characters upper class lives so eloquently that anything else would be insulting. This story that would sit well alongside the the life of King Solomon as he explores life through all its excesses. Dorian Gray tries everything that his corrupted soul desires knowing that it will not affect his beautiful looks. A deep exploration of vanity that highlights the futility of it all. I loved this book, really loved it, not a wasted word in sight and to think that it is available free in ebook....more
A sci-fi story with similarities to Blade Runner and I Robot though not a copy of either. I still read it from time to time just to remind of how my mA sci-fi story with similarities to Blade Runner and I Robot though not a copy of either. I still read it from time to time just to remind of how my mind was working back then....more
Recently published by Vamplit Publishing. This ebook is given away free from just about everywhere it now forms the background to the current saga whiRecently published by Vamplit Publishing. This ebook is given away free from just about everywhere it now forms the background to the current saga which has been re-written and expanded. The first part of which is Young Warlock...more
A very enjoyable book tracing the life of Alan Sugar from his humble origins to the man he is today. Having been a young man when most of the shenanigA very enjoyable book tracing the life of Alan Sugar from his humble origins to the man he is today. Having been a young man when most of the shenanigans in this book were actually happening I found myself getting more and more interested in the stories. I remember only too well seeing the Amstrad name appearing on the shelves of Laskys next to my Cambridge Audio gear. Those cheap looking speakers taking up the same shelves as my Wharfdale Diamonds was incredulous. Bt at the end of the day this man understood what the average Joe in the street wanted from the money in his pocket and beat them all. There's plenty of his business dealings here to fascinate a great many but was not until the later pages when the business of business began to fade away as giant corporations snuck in while he had his eye on the ball at Spurs do we something of the man himself start to shine through. It is when we begin to see the successes wane and the empire crack and crumble that we see the man behind the mask show us his face. There are times when it is obvious that Alan Sugar does not do emotions. This comes through in hidden apologies which, as you get used to his way of speaking and dealing with people become as plain as day. When he walked away from Spurs and faced the rigours of high court for something that was just not true we see the tough guy melt. From then on with the pressure gone we see a more open man who is more willing to expose his true self to a wider audience. As the book progresses through the sale of his first baby, Amstrad, and the concern for his personnel, his consideration for their future that in selling the company they are not exposed to the asset stripping that happens so often in business. Alan, then takes through the creation of The Apprentice, and all that goes on behind the scenes and we get to see another facet of this somewhat extraordinary man who, when focused, can get the most of out of anything. It was then good to see that when he took up his seat in The House of Lords he was not not going to put up with false accusations from the Peers and toffs, which from my standpoint is quite remarkable. In the end I can thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the growth of the technology industry or is just plain nosey and like to see how the other half live....more
So opens our short story. Short? At around 160 pages, yes, all too short and I say this because I enjoyed i‘Jack had been six when it really started…’
So opens our short story. Short? At around 160 pages, yes, all too short and I say this because I enjoyed it way too much.
This book is a rare treat; a great story with artwork that more that matches the storytelling. The graphic style is the real storyteller here it reminded me of the heyday of Judge Dredd in 2000 A.D., a comic that I grew up with when it first came out. I spent a lot of time checking out the art in this novel as that is where the all the description is. Without the flowing narrative of either King or Straub to pull us in we are instead drawn in by a dark world spattered with blood and mystery.
A fine mix of a classic fantasy style fused with modern horror all told through the eyes of a young boy. A boy that I might add a great many readers already know through the sequel: The Talisman, this after all is a prequel to the massive hit penned by Messieurs King and Straub (not that I have ever read it).
At all times when reading this story (dialogue) pay attention to the details in the artwork: the tattered shadows, reflections in the blood, and where the eyes are looking. Originally this novel was published in six parts, the cover art for which is included in the book. As a series it would have been near the front of the queue waiting for each issue, as it is I’ll have to go and get the next part.
In summary then: a superb graphic novel that sets the ground for the real story to build upon. The cover price alone is just for the artwork – the story is a great bonus. Go get it.
From the very start I loved this book. The quirky sense of humour which pervades everything from place names to events right through to myths and loreFrom the very start I loved this book. The quirky sense of humour which pervades everything from place names to events right through to myths and lore is reminiscent of Tom Holt, Terry Pratchett and even at times, Douglas Adams. With a sometimes quite cowardly hero, Curtis Kalashnikov, the Detective Inspector of the rudimentary Lodnun Police Force as its hero Pogrom sets about explaining exactly what the title is about. With me so far? Good then perhaps you can explain it to me.
A pogrom is a nasty thing, the extermination of a people or race. History is peppered with such things from the earliest of times to the current day. The difference with the titular pogrom is that it is totally fictitious but nonetheless truthful. Someone is out to get the Hoplins, they want nothing less than to drive them out of the land of Lodzamonkeze.
The mystery begins with an explosion at brewery which is blamed on the Yak’s milk drinking Hoplins. It then deepens with bombings of local pubs by the HERA, the supposed Hoplin freedom fighters. Further atrocities are attributed to the peaceable Hoplins until the city of Lodnun is in revolt. The mystery deepens and then shrouds itself in a veil of mist.
Or hero is framed for the whole nasty thing and is cast into the Lord Prefect’s dungeon to rot out his days. That is until a non-existent dragon and a very pretty witch get involved with Kalashnikov and turn his already topsy turvy world completely inside out and then shove it in a sack and attempt to drown it. From here on the whole world of Lodzamonkeze is cast into utter turmoil right until the bitter end, which Clive Newnham sweetens with a dab of sherbet and just a hint of minty freshness.
This is Clive Newnham’s first novel which he has self published at lulu.com, do not be put off by this. Pogrom is a superb story told in a gentle fireside tone with the lights dimmed just a little. Let the flickering flames of Clive’s dulcet tones draw you into the off-beat world of the Hoplins. You’ll soon be imagining the Dickensian cities and knights in armour battling dragons and the cloud boarding headless sorcerers as they all fight for freedom and justice and some fresh yak’s milk. Watch and smile as d’Earth scythes her way across the battlefields handing out life stories to the recently dead. Snigger and titter at the shenanigans of the endearing Hoplins then boo and hiss at the corrupt members of the secret services that would kill and maim for fine pair of stockings.
The more I read this fantasy the more I wanted to read it. The story is well crafted with great dialogue with, as I mentioned before, has a sense of humour that permeates everything. Congratulations are in order Mr Newnham, I raise to you a glass of Yak’s milk with a resounding ‘here here, and bravo.” Long may the series continue. A full five stars none of that semi-skimmed fat free nonsense....more
I read this novel on the back of the Harry Potter books. Why do I mention this? Because my mind was away in another world of bickering teenage angst aI read this novel on the back of the Harry Potter books. Why do I mention this? Because my mind was away in another world of bickering teenage angst and dark lord this that and the others. King by Right is nothing of the sort. Magic is low key, more of a personal trait, and the hero is born to be king, kind of. What we actually have is a future past: that is we have seen the world destroyed and then re-evolved into a medieval style world. I must admit that found the prologue a bit needless and would have been happy for it have been in a another realm altogether, that was until late in the story when it is referenced a few times – but that is just my personal view. What I did enjoy was the story in itself, a very enjoyable yarn and even more so when I finally got myself away from the writing style of J.K. Rowling and into the style of Anna L. Walls. One thing is plain is that this is a first book. I’ll not dwell on writing as I’ve made many mistakes myself and if anyone thinks that they can write a novel and not make mistakes they are deluded and already living in a fantasy. What Anna does a great job of is telling a story, I like the way that this unfolded without the key moments being predictable or the end result being overdrawn. The whole thing grew on me more and more and there is a high chance that at some date I’ll read it again. On the whole the story is plausible, enjoyable and a good read, I actually enjoyed this more than some of the Potter books. Congratulations Anna on a first outing well done. I look forward to reading more of which there is plenty. ...more
This is the autobiography of Eric C. Williams. Who? you may ask. Eric was one of the founding fathers of British Science Fiction, who together with hiThis is the autobiography of Eric C. Williams. Who? you may ask. Eric was one of the founding fathers of British Science Fiction, who together with his friends John Wyndham, John Christopher and Arthur C. Clarke began the London branch of the UK Sci-Fi fans. They later, post World War II, went on to produce a regular magazine which they hand bound and posted to all their 400 plus readers. Later the magazine would be taken over by Michael Moorcock. Eric's biography is very different to most, it is an account of how marvellous he was but of how normal he was. There were no great achievements, no boasting, just humble honesty. The whole book, every word, depicts the very essence of the man who wrote a string of Sci-Fi hits in the 1970's. There are websites out there with his books listed for all to go and find and discover. He writes in a simple, elegant prose style that cradles the reader. Eric C. Williams gave me the honour of taking his typed manuscript and turning it into this book complete with some of his war time sketches and few photographs. In January 2010 Eric died at the age of 91. He was a master craftsman with words and true gentleman hat is sorely missed among his friends....more
I met John Robinson when I attended the church in Mossley, where his wife Gillian was the Vicar. This is one of those stories that pulls deep inside bI met John Robinson when I attended the church in Mossley, where his wife Gillian was the Vicar. This is one of those stories that pulls deep inside because of the raw honesty in which it is told. There is no glamour or greatness, no boasting or riches, just immense gratitude. John is a no nonsense kind on, a real genuine bloke. To know him as a friend is an honour, to then read this know where he came is the proof of miracles. A story of overcoming everything and finding out who you really are.