Fantastic book for a guy like me, who was struggling to really nail down what exactly "steampunk" means. This anthology definitely answers that questiFantastic book for a guy like me, who was struggling to really nail down what exactly "steampunk" means. This anthology definitely answers that question. Plus, some amazing stories in here. Really displays the diversity found in the (sub?)genre....more
Not what I was expecting. A little weird toward the end of the book, almost as though Hodgson was just writing down the first thing that came to mind.Not what I was expecting. A little weird toward the end of the book, almost as though Hodgson was just writing down the first thing that came to mind. Still, you have to respect your elders, and this book DID have some great ideas in it. Unfortunately, it ended when it was really starting to pick up,as so many of these old tomes seem to do....more
Excellent book. I had the ending spoiled with all the OSC stuff floating around on social media sites, but wanted to read it before I saw the film. IfExcellent book. I had the ending spoiled with all the OSC stuff floating around on social media sites, but wanted to read it before I saw the film. If you can set religion aside for a little while and read this, you won't be sorry....more
Norse gods running amok in Canada? How could you not love this book?
Okay, sooo...it's Manitoba. Still, awesome. I don't get to read nearly enough CanaNorse gods running amok in Canada? How could you not love this book?
Okay, sooo...it's Manitoba. Still, awesome. I don't get to read nearly enough Canadian fiction where cool, world-altering shit is happening in places I've actually been in this gigantic country of mine.
The story revolves around Ted Callan, a man who is dragged into the Norse world of gods, dwarves, and giants after witnessing a towering fire giant step into the realm of men during an explosion in the Alberta oilpatch. He then runs into some dwarves who bestow their "gifts" upon him - body tattoos with magic powers and which have a life of their own (think Bradbury's Illustrated Man) - turning him into a Thor-like godling so he can smash heads and wreak vengeance of those who have wronged and betrayed him along the way. Oh yeah, and stop the next Ragnarok from happening.
He travels with Loki, the god of mischief (seriously, will I be seeing Loki as Tom Hiddleston for the rest of my life?) and Tilda, a witch who uses runes for spells and can see the future. She's also a super-hawt rock n' roll chick, and about half Ted's age, making her the perfect short-term girlfriend.
Ginther has created characters you instantly want to be friends with. I'm looking forward to more books in this story (I understand more are coming) just so we can all hang out again and be buddies and talk about cool shit like muscle cars, dating hot young girls, and tattoos that grant magic powers. The book itself has a Gaiman-esque vibe to it. I was reminded of "American Gods" while reading "Thunder Road", and I imagine it was the whole 'old gods are people too' thing.
Definitely worth a read. Especially for you Canuckleheads out there....more
Amazing what you can do with simple, declarative sentences.
There's a quote in the 2008 Rambo film where John Rambo reveals the peace he has made withAmazing what you can do with simple, declarative sentences.
There's a quote in the 2008 Rambo film where John Rambo reveals the peace he has made with his nature and being an instrument of war. It goes, "You know what you are; what you're made of. War is in your blood. Don't fight it. You didn't kill for your country. You killed for yourself. God's never gonna make that go away. When you're pushed, killing's as easy as breathing."
Blood Meridian is a book that expands on this statement, revealing the good and proper nature of all men to be war-like creatures. The men in the novel are at their best when they are making war and causing chaos; during times of peace they are usually drunken agents of destruction or slowly dying from the elements. They are just as destructive to the villages they visit between battles as they are during the battles themselves.
"If you're not living, you're dying" has never been more true than in the pages of this book.
There is apparently a bit of history to this novel, as it is loosely based on actual events. A grim, stark contrast to the romanticism of the Old West, Blood Meridian reveals a land filled with people as hard and unforgiving and final as the land itself....more
There are probably about 6 writers out there who wouldn't benefit from more Elmore Leonard in their lives.
I started this book before he died, and finiThere are probably about 6 writers out there who wouldn't benefit from more Elmore Leonard in their lives.
I started this book before he died, and finished it after he died. That means there is no more Leonard coming down the pipes for me. On the bright side, I still have a lot more to go through.
I could say what everyone knows about Leonard already: tightly woven, masterful dialogue, and gritty, real characters. Clever plots. I could go into greater detail, but other people already have, and writing about them again would break Leonard's strict rule on not wasting words.
Come to Newfoundland, they said. Check out the sights, immerse yourself in culture, they said...what they didn't mention was the horde of First NationCome to Newfoundland, they said. Check out the sights, immerse yourself in culture, they said...what they didn't mention was the horde of First Nations and old Viking spirits in corporeal form running the streets and wrecking up the place. Enter Krista D. Ball's novella, "Spirits Rising".
Once the action starts, it doesn't let up until the last page. As a Canadian who has never been to the Atlantic coast of my country, there was a lot of insight into the culture of Newfoundlanders that I was especially interested in. Hopefully it's something which continues in future instalments of the series.
Ball has a tendency to write feminine protagonists who are smart, tough, and think on their feet (which are both firmly planted in reality), and it's always a refreshing change of pace from the dangerous sex kittens who haunt genre fiction. While our main character in Spirits Rising may start out a little heartsick and floopy, she comes around by the end to become the hero we all know her to be. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next in this series....more
A quick run down of every story in this collection:
I arrive at the house of some long dead/estranged/missing relative. The neighbours hate and fear thA quick run down of every story in this collection:
I arrive at the house of some long dead/estranged/missing relative. The neighbours hate and fear the house, and don't trust me. When I poke around, I find the secret occult library with every book H.P. Lovecraft ever mentioned in his stories. Somebody/something dies, and all eyes turn to me. I know not why.
I have dreams about Cthulhu.
When I awaken, I find those dreams are real!!!!
Maybe I should have written ***SPOILER ALERT!!!*** across the top of this review....more