Unfortunately i don't get to read as many Graphic Novels as i would like these days, when this one landed in my lap it initially wasn't looking like mUnfortunately i don't get to read as many Graphic Novels as i would like these days, when this one landed in my lap it initially wasn't looking like my cup of tea. What grabs you first are the very clear and stunning illustrations from Don Kramer, too often these days the artwork in new Graphic Novels can be too stylistic, but these are colourful, clear, interesting, full of mood and emotion, managing to invoke the story where the words of the authors Charlaine Harris and Christopher Golden are limited, as words are on these Graphic novels. The Plot grabbed and intrigued from the first few pages, the story delighted and by the end i was left fulfilled and wanting more. Clearly the mark of a good series in the making. I shall be getting book two (Parm)...more
When I first heard about this book I looked up the author, there were some fantastic review, Chemistry of death stood out. I had to have a copyReview
When I first heard about this book I looked up the author, there were some fantastic review, Chemistry of death stood out. I had to have a copy of the book and review it, i want to change my review pile to include more crime fiction.
Then i got the premise for the book, and i thought…Noooooooo September (at Transworld) has conned me, this is something else, this talk of a great book is all fluff to get me to read it, what is she doing to me, this is Sooooooo not my sort of book. But she was wonderfully kind enough to send me a copy and approve my net galley request, i could not let her down.
So with a heavy heart i started reading, and was instantly lost in the book. In one short evening i had read nearly half the book. I still am not sure what it was that drew me in and enveloped me in the book. The characters were so real, it was like being sat with a childhood friend as he spills out his tale of a summer gone wrong. The descriptions of France were not your classic scenes, There was no holiday romance, there was pain, fear, uncertainty, threats, hard work and reflection, and i think it was that reflection that caught me. That sudden stop of the merry go round of life, an escape from all your troubles and letting time stand still, at least until finally the clock is wound again and time starts a fresh.
The book isn’t full of surprises, i could usually spot what came next, but i don’t think its meant to hide or surprise, but to convey an odd twisted normality, that whilst the main characters issues are on hold the French families troubles still continue, in fact are exacerbated by his presence, culminating in time restarting and Seans return to the real world
absolutely everything about this book screams that i will not like it, and yet i loved it. a wonderful book that i finished before i wanted to.
I normally review a book the same night i finish reading it, so this book is new for me in 2 ways, 1) its way way outside my comfort zone 2) i wReview
I normally review a book the same night i finish reading it, so this book is new for me in 2 ways, 1) its way way outside my comfort zone 2) i waited a week before reviewing it.
I was talked into reading this book by some very nice, well read and clever ladies…. that alone would normally scare me off, but they were batting 2 for 2 on recommends so i had to give in. They had told me the book was “chilling” and “disturbing”. So Initially i was a bit worried that i didn’t find it affected me that way. I found it intriguing and thought provoking. I found it to be something that was so normal, and then so wrong, and yet so easily real that it may well be happening right now. It was then that the disturbing hit. We have a man, a normal everyday man, who has access to every house he has ever sold. Would you in his place with unfettered access to a strangers house, would you look, could you resist, and even more so, if you had access to the house of people you know, could you resist a peek?
The answer is Yes, but isn’t there just that little voice that yearns in us all to know, that little bit of uncertainty, the inner paranoid self that wants to know more…or maybe that’s me? Could you ever look is the question the book asks me. The answer thankfully is no. But the fact that it makes you ask this question and others is a testament to its clever powerful writing.
The weeks gap before writing this review has actually led me from this book being a clever read to its true impact, because in a week its not left me, i have had parts of the book jump back into my head at odd times, take over my dreams, generally disturb my thoughts, colour some of my views and question, Would I?
all of this has led me to the realisation that this book is truly a terrifyingly, creepy, disturbingly real tour de force, showing how trusting we can be with modern services and suppliers, people who we let in our lives and houses, and that’s before we even worry about digital entry. Read it and be afraid…bloody afraid.
For me Raymonds books are a different sort of thriller, the journey is just that a journey, its never for me a thrill ride. Instead its a tale on an eFor me Raymonds books are a different sort of thriller, the journey is just that a journey, its never for me a thrill ride. Instead its a tale on an epic scale everytime with a problem that has global ramifications. In this latest take we are back with our old friends Sean Reilly and Tess Chaykin (the 4th book in this series). There is a splendid time-slip element, taking us back to walk in the time of Rasputin, there is a fantastic continuation of the over all story arc for Sean Reilly and Tess Chaykin (this is also going to be frustrating as hell for anyone who has not read the last book).
The plot of this book is scary as hell, the concept of the technology (that i mention due to spoilers) is a terrorist nightmare, a horror that is so easy to envisage, the software and hardware exists, the science is sound, its just not been put together……or has it?
When you read how this technology could be used by a man or a government without a conscience, that’s just scary, and its that which is the true skill and power of a Raymond Khoury book, the power to provide horrifyingly realistic visions of what could be.
I realise i’m very late to the party when it comes to Sarah Pinborough, and i have no excuse, i have followed the lovely, lively lady on twitteReview:
I realise i’m very late to the party when it comes to Sarah Pinborough, and i have no excuse, i have followed the lovely, lively lady on twitter for quite a while promising myself i would read her books. I have most of them on my shelf waiting.
Very recently i read her novella The Language of Dying, and it was stupendous, if you can say that about a book taking you on a journey towards the cancerous death of a loved one. But her use of words was just wonderful, that sublime skill must exist in her other books?
So next up was Mayhem: first i was impressed that anyone takes on writing a ripper book, but to take on a book set in Ripper London where the murderer isn’t Jack the ripper, that’s insanity isn’t it?
Sarah Pinborough, clearly drawing on the Thames Torso murders as inspiration for this second killer, she takes us on this journey following the trail of this killer through the grim dark fear wracked Victorian London back streets. We are led by the flawed but dogged Dr Thomas Bond a man who when joined by his counter parts in this tale by a mysterious priest and Aaron Kominski starts to show a depth and complexity of character that seems to be the hallmark of Sarah Pinboroughs writing, a man brilliant and yet drawn to the back street opium den, a logical skeptic but paired with a mystic and a lunatic?. While the story for me was a wonderful blend of Supernatural, thriller and crime novel, its the history, the sights sounds and smells of london (both Rich and poor) and the wonderful characters that make this book stand out. Characters that are not inflated caricatures that many writers produce when writing this period and a ripper tale, these are people brought alive through skillful writing, with real flaws and real personas.
I look forward to the next one in the series (Murder due 2014)
A second book is always a concern, was the first a flash in the pan? or will book two be w bridge to book threeReview:
Review of book one Blood Gospel
A second book is always a concern, was the first a flash in the pan? or will book two be w bridge to book three and the finale of the trilogy? The fact of Innocent blood is its neither, its a fully fledged wonderful thriller, a book that could stand alone and do so as one of the best of its genre this year (personally i would read Blood Gospel first though).
As in book one we follow the perils of The Warrior of Man (Jordan) the Woman of Learning (Erin) and the Knight of Christ Father Rhun, the trio of prophecy confused by the death of the last of the line of Bathory? The first angel needs to be found to fulfill the prophecy, the Damnatus has his own agenda and wants to bring about the ruin of all, Rasputin is back and up to his old tricks, and Cardinal Bernard still thinks he can control destiny/ prophecy.
This book see’s the culmination of centuries of prophecy, and manipulation, history guided by two hands but with separate goals, The Order of the Sanguines are not the only immortals in the world.
The thing i love about James Rollins books is the flight of fancy, the dazzling and fantastic journey all his books take you on, occasionally that can be bordering on the edge of the imagination. What i love about this series is that despite the vampires, and the angels, the miracles and the secret world, it all feels so much more grounded, so real. I have to put that down to the influence of Rebecca Cantrell. Its like a perfect confluence of writing style and skill. It happened once before for me in a fantasy series with Raymond Feist and Janny Wurts, both splendid writers, but paired for a trilogy they produced one of the most remarkable fantasy series i have ever read. For the vampire Genre this is turning into something similar.
A truly splendid and terrifying world hidden in plain sight, believable while at the same time fantastical imagining.
Maharajah's General: Reading this book has been a pleasure, Since book one The Scarlet Thief i have been a fan of Paul Collards writing, he hasReview
Maharajah's General: Reading this book has been a pleasure, Since book one The Scarlet Thief i have been a fan of Paul Collards writing, he has an engaging style, he writes like able characters. One thing that hamstrung him slightly in book one was book brevity, as a debutante he had been limited to a low page count, and as such the book was edited down, removing, i feel some of the extra depth and flavour of the Crimea and the the books characters.
This doesn't happen in book 2, I devoured book 2 in a single day, and then broke my normal never return to a book rule and read it again the next day. This is the first book in years i have enjoyed that much that i had to go back and read it again immediately ,(i just have too many books to do this). What we the reader have here is a new Sharpe, its not since i first picked up Sharpe's Eagle that a single character captured my imagination so totally, this supported by a fast fluid pace of writing, and a vivid portrayal of the Indian country, people, time period, the east India company and as usual the brutal, uncompromising and occasionally morally bankrupt officer corp coupled with the efficiency of the ordinary men of the British army, all this condensed into 336 pages of explosive action, violent emotions, uncompromising unbending discipline and a man with the courage to do what is right.
The impressive thing about this book is that it hooks you in from the first page with realism, i have read in reviews that there is no way a man from the ranks could impersonate an officer, This isn't as far as i can see a valid point, there are examples of officer impersonation in history, Jack Lark as an orderly was around officers enough to be able to copy their mannerisms etc, so that point for me is covered. His skills as a soldier..well we see him learn most of them on the battle field, and as most officers learned the same hard way, again this is not going to make him stand out. So to any naysayers, "sit back and enjoy the book, stop looking for fault where there is none, just enjoy a bloody good book." Oh and a very nice fitting nod to the authors love of Zulu with the use of regiment and last ditch battle (loved it, as its one of my favorite films).
The spirit of Sharpe lives again in another time, in another war, in the guise of Jack Lark, buy the books and enjoy the adventures. I hope the publisher have the sense to get book 3 underway quick smart.
Very Highly recommended
Jack Lark 1. The Scarlet Thief (2013) 2. The Maharajah's General (2013)
A riveting tale of battle and adventure in a brutal land, where loyalty and courage are constantly challenged and the enemy is never far away. Jack Lark barely survived the Battle of the Alma. As the brutal fight raged, he discovered the true duty that came with the officer's commission he'd taken. In hospital, wounded, and with his stolen life left lying on the battlefield, he grasps a chance to prove himself a leader once more. Poor Captain Danbury is dead, but Jack will travel to his new regiment in India, under his name. Jack soon finds more enemies, but this time they're on his own side. Exposed as a fraud, he's rescued by the chaplain's beautiful daughter, who has her own reasons to escape. They seek desperate refuge with the Maharajah of Sawadh, the charismatic leader whom the British Army must subdue. He sees Jack as a curiosity, but recognises a fellow military mind. In return for his safety, Jack must train the very army the British may soon have to fight......more
I have come to have some very high expectations for any book that Conn Iggulden produces, he is as I have described in the past a "natural story telleI have come to have some very high expectations for any book that Conn Iggulden produces, he is as I have described in the past a "natural story teller". I'm lucky to have met the man many times, he is one of those people who commands a room with his presence. Not with arrogance or volume, just with his natural ability with a story, to make you feel like the only one in the room being spoken to. His books have that same effect, they talk to you and you alone, written for you and you alone.
Unlike the boisterous, violent affairs that are the emperor series or the Genghis series, Stormbird is a more of a story of families, of alliances made and broken, of subtle politics and deadly schemes of rebellion and action. There are some brilliant scenes of war that would be expected in any Iggulden novel, and some archer friends of mine I think will be very happy with his portrayal of the deadly English archer.
The War of the Roses is something that many of my generation touched upon at school, but like many it was butchered by poor syllabus and a teacher who didn't love his subject. Give a classroom of kids a teacher like Conn (who was a teacher) and an education brought to life in the same way as this book brings the early stages of the War of the Roses to life, and you will have a country immersed in a passion for its own past. I had to deliberately slow my reading to savour every page, every paragraph, to experience the intrigue of the spymaster, the fear and exhilaration of a new young queen, the confusion of a sick king, the plotting of an ambitious Duke, the rebellion and fury of a public owed so much more by its king and nobility. This book is packed with so much passion, so much information and so many great characters that it inundates the mind and wraps you in another time.
very highly recommended, one of my favourite books this year.
More great Iggulden magic
Emperor 1. The Gates of Rome (2003) 2. The Death of Kings (2004) 3. The Field of Swords (2004) 4. The Gods of War (2006) 5. The Blood of Gods (2013) Gates of Rome / Death of Kings (omnibus) (2009) Emperor: The Gates of Rome / The Death of Kings / The Field of Swords / The Gods of War (omnibus) (2012) The Emperor Series Books 1-5 (omnibus) (2013)
Conqueror 1. Wolf of the Plains (2007) aka Genghis: Birth of an Empire 2. Lords of the Bow (2008) aka Genghis: Lords of the Bow 3. Bones of the Hills (2008) 4. Empire of Silver (2010) aka Khan: Empire of Silver 5. Conqueror (2011) Conqueror and Lords of the Bow (omnibus) (2009) The Khan Series (omnibus) (2012) Conqueror Series 5-Book Bundle (omnibus) (2013)
Tollins 1. Tollins: Explosive Tales for Children (2009) 2. Dynamite Tales (2011) (with Lizzy Duncan)
Quick Reads 2012 Quantum of Tweed: The Man with the Nissan Micra (2012)
Wars of the Roses 1. Stormbird (2013)
Novellas Blackwater (2006)
Non fiction The Dangerous Book for Boys (2006) (with Hal Iggulden) The Pocket Dangerous Book for Boys: Things to Do (2007) (with Hal Iggulden) The Dangerous Book for Boys Yearbook (2007) (with Hal Iggulden) The Dangerous Book for Boys Kit: How to Get There (2008) The Dangerous Book for Boys Kit: Nature Fun (2008) The Dangerous Book for Boys: 2009 Day-to-Day Calendar(2008) The Pocket Dangerous Book for Boys: Facts, Figures and Fun(2008) The Pocket Dangerous Book for Boys: Things to Know (2008)(with Hal Iggulden) The Pocket Dangerous Book for Boys: Wonders of the World(2008) (with Hal Iggulden) The Dangerous Book for Boys 2010 Day-to-Day Calendar (2009)(with Hal Iggulden) The Dangerous Book of Heroes (2009) (with David Iggulden)...more
This is a book that I had put off several times, every-time it reached the top of my TBR I just felt a little cold, it was just too lauded, tooReview
This is a book that I had put off several times, every-time it reached the top of my TBR I just felt a little cold, it was just too lauded, too popular. I have had too many experiences where this book or that was the next best thing going.
If I had known Manda Scott had reviewed it as highly as she had, or that it was even half as good as it truly is......
Well, I have kicked myself a fair few times since I started the book, and more so since I finished it. I am Pilgrim is one of the most accomplished thrillers I have had the pleasure of reading. When most stories take me on a journey, I can see the possibilities of the future story, I can see the plot lines, and see flaws and in some failures, in many thrillers unfortunately I can see the predictability. Often there are leaps of super human endeavour to get out of a plot blind alley. Not the case with this book, this is a blending of so many threads, threads that escalated in fear factor, escalate in complexity, but remain human and real, believable and utterly grounded in the real world. The book scared the hell out of me, how easily this could be reality. Terry Hayes not only explores the Human condition, he explores the terrorist, the investigator, the cop, the wife, the girlfriend, the sister, the brother, the son, the family dynamic. So many facets, and yet carried out in such a subtle fashion you don't realise the depth until you have been contemplating it for a few hours unconsciously.
I have been known to throw around terms like "Great book", "Fantastic Read" etc. But I don't think I have ever used the term and also fully meant it. "Mind Blown", because that's what this book does, it well and truly blows your mind and unlike many thrillers leaves you with that satisfied complete feeling at the end.
certainly the finest thriller I have read in years, and a contender for book of the year 2013.
Once again James Aitcheson well and truly knocks the ball out of the park, his latest book Knights of the Hawk is an action packed thriller. TheReview
Once again James Aitcheson well and truly knocks the ball out of the park, his latest book Knights of the Hawk is an action packed thriller. There are very few let up in the story for you to take a breath and pause, you literally find yourself flipping to the next page then the next, just one more page, just one more chapter, and then suddenly ...its 3am... how did that happen. totally lost in the world of Tancred.
I cant say he is the most likeable character, and in this book possibly even less so, but he is well written , and allows the reader a rare first person view of what it must have been like for the Normans having conquered this wild and proud land of Britain.
As usual the mix of fact and fiction is so well done, so blurred i really don't know where one start and the other ends. I always feel i have learned something important by the end of these books, even if its just how the British as they are today were formed into who they are. This period of our history is so wild, so varied, so violent, so action packed, so full of change. Never again would this land be conquered, so its so important to understand how it happened, and how we all formed together, how people like Tancred became British, something James Aitcheson does so well, with an obvious love of the towns and villages of old Britain, and what they must have seemed like so long ago.
Every time i read his books i feel transported back to that time, the sights sounds and smells sounds so clichéd in a review, but it really is a relevant comment for his writing, because he brings them all to life.
Another fantastic novel, i look forward to the next. Very highly recommended
I have been a huge fan of this series since 2001, i stumbled across Kydd, i had no real love of sea going tales, and while i love the sight smelReview
I have been a huge fan of this series since 2001, i stumbled across Kydd, i had no real love of sea going tales, and while i love the sight smell and sound of the sea, i get sea sick on a bus, so sailing is well and truly out for me. These books are the closest i can ever get to sailing the seas. The power of the sea and a storm always fascinates me, and i love the beach in a storm more than a sunny day. Its this that captured me at first, then the brilliantly woven characters, I was almost put off by the initial sea shanty style speech, but then i quickly came to love that part of the book, enjoying the musical quality it wove through the book.
Since then Kydd has improved himself, and this has sadly removed this lilting speech. What has remained though is an amazing fictional partnership between unlikely friends, Kydd and Renzi, two men who attack adversity rather than run from it, who live in a time of real men, hero;s both sung and unsung, or honour and action, Written by a man with salt water in his veins. Even someone as landlocked as me can feel the passion for the sea in every line.
14 books in and this series shows no signs of flagging, in fact it grows and improves with every book
as usual, very highly recommended and already purchased for other family members for xmas
This is by far one of the most underrated series out there at present. The lack of volume about Mark Keatings work is deafening, and its such a huge lThis is by far one of the most underrated series out there at present. The lack of volume about Mark Keatings work is deafening, and its such a huge loss for readers and lovers of Historical fiction, sea going adventures, pirates, and action adventure. Mark keating writes wonderful characters, and writes it in style. The plot in this book for the first time only gets a 4 out of 5 stars because this book felt a bit like a filler, a bridge to the next book. But that doesn't mean it fails because of it. I'd love to say the historical research is impeccable, and im sure it is, but its not my period, i have decided to take it as fiction and just enjoy it. I hope what i have enjoyed has also taught me something, as a budding writer, i know it has taught me more about writing great character. Patrick Devlin is a wonderfully deep character, with so many depths and changes of personality, and he is just one of many in this fantastic book and series.
I really do recommend that more people pick this series up and give it a chance (Parm)...more
Red Rising by Pierce Brown: This book was a foray into something different for me, which is my challenge this year "To Read as many books as i can thaRed Rising by Pierce Brown: This book was a foray into something different for me, which is my challenge this year "To Read as many books as i can that take me out of my comfort zone". Right from the start i had to hang on to the book covers to stop from being swept up into the plot and transported to Mars. I was amazed to discover its being billed as a Young Adult novel. Its complex world building and multi layered society is leaps ahead in style and depth of almost any other YA book i have ever read.
Taking place on Mars, introducing the Red, the bottom of society, the worker slaves, in a society led by the elite Golds. One red is destined to rise from his station, to learn adapt and grow. It is this adaptation and growth that allows the reader to experience all the levels of emotion. through failure, victory, death, love, friendship, comradeship and so much more.
Inevitable comparisons will be made to Hunger Games, but this blows that series away. For me this is right up there with the quality of Wool by Hugh Howey A book that transported me to another time another place and other reality. For those that read you will understand the phrase : Book hangover, this is what i have now, i don't know what to read next as my hair of the dog... but it will need to be damn good.