Bloodtide (Blood #1)
The time is the not-too-distant future. London is in ruins. A bombed-out shell. A picked-over carcass where the only rule of law is might makes right. What remains of the city is being fought over by two ruthless gangs of warlords. In an effort to create peace, however, a truce between the two families is suggested by Val, patriarch of the Volson clan. His collateral? The...more
This is a YA book that really pushes the boundaries and REALLY deserves having a higher for mature audience rating slapped on it. Bloodtide is hard, hard, hard and if you don't like dark not fluffy at all stuff then you gotta ...more
And then there's the gods.
I wish I was kidding.
And now that I've managed to finish reading this monstrosity, I have to wonder whether I should be insulted that he was trying like hell to get with me, because obviously his taste and judgment are questionable. For one thing, he told me this book is good. It isn't. And for another thing, after a conversation we had about the book I'm writing, he said that my book sounds like this book. It doesn't. At all. The ...more
The elements of the original Icelandic saga are so seamlessly interwoven with Burgess's vision of dystopian London, that it is no more surprising that Odin turns up at a banquet than that there are mutants - half animal, half person - roaming around outside t ...more
Siggy and Signy, twins, follow their father Val around the city and find ways in and out of buildings. What Val doesn't know is that they also rob the rich, finding exci ...more
The city of London is slowly crumbling, with two prominent sides tearing the city apart. There are the half-men who are too grotesque, too unworthy of living the normal life they once had, all because of the way they were transformed against their will. Then there are the humans, the ones who would rather dominate the world around them than save the city from total chaos.
Among these humans are two clans, the Conors and the Vol ...more
Sometimes the writing style is a little bit detached and impersonal: I found this with Sara's Face too. It just depends what kind of storytelling works for you though, I wouldn't say it's a weakness.
I agree with some r ...more
Both of these two fiefdoms are in ...more
It was violent in many places and a little gruesome but then the situation that the main characters find themselves in is as well. It addresses issues of madness, chaos and prejudice and some incidents in the book reminds you scarily of what has ha ...more
I feel like this book had so much potential which is partially what made it so disappointing.
There were good points, parts of the plot from the Volsung Saga mixed in with a new dystopian universe but as another commenter said, they weren't meshed well.
I think the main thing was that I wasn't made to care. More background was needed to make me fully feel like I wanted the characters to succeed or fail, and learni ...more
There are lots of things I loved about Bloodtide: it’s gritty, vivid (the world-building is spectacular), the writing and the book doesn’t make nice. There’s no filtering or sugarcoating. I respect that and while there were parts that certainly made me sq ...more
Bon. Je refuse d'en dire plus de ce qui n'est à mon sens qu'une sinistre pochade, plagiant sans même l'ombre d'un début de talent ce que la quatrième de couverture appelle pudiquement "une ancienne saga islandaise". Donc voilà, contentez-vous de ça. C'est mauvais, et même plus e ...more
"This is the first in the series of two novels based in this universe. The book deals with two warring gangs, named the Volsons and the Connors. Each controls a large portion of London, since the city was blockaded from the outside world. Val, head of the Volsons wishes for peace between the two and offers his daughter Signy as Conor's wife in order to broker a treaty. His hopes are to unite London and destroy the half-men who occupy the outer rim of London. Once t ...more
Yet it is woven smoothly into an age old norse tale of two feuding families, the agendas of the old gods, the pursuit of revenge and how the quest for peace is never free from pain and sorrow.
The characters are all mainly over teenage years yet the struggles each goes through makes them more adult in mind then they appear on the skin.
It is a ver ...more
So I approached this, and BloodSong, with a lot of scepticism. TBH, I only read it because I was going to be meeting Melvin Burgess at a Lit Fest, where we were going to be on a panel together.
I was so wrong! This, and its sequel, are wonderful - blew me away. It's so well imagined, its world so complete, that there's not a hint of self ...more
I couldn't sleep for WEEKS.
It might be a good book--I honestly couldn't tell you, it's been over a decade--but man oh man did the screwed up parts of it stick with me. Part of me is tempted to re-read it and see how different it is from what I remember, but I'm pretty sure (view spoiler)[the teenage girl undergoing consistent emotional and physical abuse--she's HAMSTRUNG, omg--from her husband (hide spoiler)] would be just as traumati ...more
|What's The Name o...: Dystopian England, wall around London? Mutants/halfbreeds outside the wall. SOLVED [s]||5||52||Jul 25, 2014 08:10PM|