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4.27  ·  Rating details ·  67 ratings  ·  26 reviews
For eons, the ancient and powerful Meta-Warriors have betrayed, despoiled, and slain each other in a relentless pursuit of total mutual destruction. Who they are, what they are, what purposes they serve—none can tell. As they exact their dismal retributions against one another, with whatever skulduggery proves necessary for achieving those ends, they do not care to wonder ...more
Paperback, 318 pages
Published June 5th 2016 by Blood Bound Books
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Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
First of all, a heads up for those who have not heard of this book. It may well be the most fascinating and interesting book written in the last couple of years. “BleakWarrior” breaks a number of genre boundaries and is plotted in the tradition of a quest book. A quest for knowledge and enlightenment. It is also a quest utilizing the tropes of Horror, The New-Weird, Sword and Sorcery, Pornography and Literature. Rennie is truly a genius.

The story involves “Linear” beings and the “Meta-Warriors”
B.J. Swann
Apr 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
In a weird and decadent world, superhuman beings known as Meta-Warriors are compelled to seek out and destroy each other without truly knowing why. Bleakwarrior is one such being, and he’s tired of being left in the dark.

It’s a rare treat to find a book so unapologetically unique. BLEAKWARRIOR mutilates the boundaries of genre. It’s splattered in the blood of dark fantasy, the New Weird, cyberpunk, and even splatterpunk, but ultimately it belongs only to itself. This uniqueness is felt most str
11811 (Eleven)
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
One of the blurbs in the intro calls this science fantasy in power chords. I've been trying to think of a better way to put it but I can't out-do that description so I fold.

This is tripping at Woodstock while Nine Inch Nails rolls around the stage covered in mud. It's stage diving and crowd surfing at a seedy bar in Jersey while Type O Negative screams out their soul about some Christian Woman you never met. And, at it's center, lies the abuse of Mortal Kombat at your local arcade, pumping in qu
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
BleakWarrior is searching for the truth of his condition. Of who and what he is. Why he exists. He lives only for that knowledge. That and to destroy any others of his kind he runs across in the process.

He is a Meta-Warrior. There are others. And they are coming for him. They seek not the truth, only death. Unfortunately for them, the death they seek may be their own.

Holy crap. This novel has the most fantastic assemblage of crazy cool characters that I have ran across in a novel in a long time
Jun 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
BleakWarrior is literature to the Nth degree. Rennie's novel is a work meta-fiction that insists on remaining immersed within the fictional tropes that it's achingly aware of every step of the way. It's also a swords-and-sorcery/New Weird/weird science/horror story that runs exclusively on perverse acts of sex and violence -- in fact, they are grafted directly into its modus operandi -- but which revels equally in its ornate yet perfectly pitched language.
In short, Rennie has written a book tha
Ross Lockhart
Aug 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Jack Vance meets Mortal Kombat meets GWAR in this hyper-violent weird fantasy novel. BleakWarrior is one helluva ride.
Dec 28, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I feel terribly guilty writing this review because this book was a surprise Christmas gift from a friend along with his highest recommendation. He's got a great taste in books, usually very compatible with mine and so...Bill, thanks again and so sorry. This one just didn't work for me at all. I tried and tried. I think it's probably the case of the book/reader incompatibility. Maybe I'm too linear (to quote the book) minded for it. It was conceptually intriguing and very imaginative. But this ov ...more
Abraham Thunderwolf
Sep 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What the fuck did I just read? OK. OK. OK. Imagine an issue of Heavy Metal, but instead of bong hits it's like amphetamines mixed with some kind of sex drug in it and the soundtrack is bonkers heavy metal, but super literate. It sounds crazy. I was telling one of my friends about this book and they gave me a look that would be better suited to one of those big cockroaches, but maybe with a nice rack. It's so violent and perverse that it made me wonder if the author is okay. If it was a movie it ...more
Paul Roberts
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read the term “black metal new weird” concerning BleakWarrior, and I just couldn't resist. Black metal this is not. Death metal literature writ large is more like it. A magnificent novel that could only be found at the nexus of where transgressive fantasy, horror and philosophy came to destroy each other in 2016. Perhaps Rennie has created a new genre... yet more likely, this Scotsman is the dark poet presiding over the burial of yesteryear's paradigms. The coolest thing I've read in years; ca ...more
James Krstulovich
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Copy for this book reads in part, “Descend into a world of dark metaphysics, ultra-violence, senseless mayhem, and transgressive sex with a simultaneously brutal and brilliant fantasy novel unlike any other.” However, I’m not sure one can merely “descend” into the world of the MetaWarriors. You can take a peek down into that roiling maelstrom by reading a chapter or two, but if you choose to go into it, if you give yourself over to the book, you will find yourself careening about a world that ca ...more
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Alistair Rennie's BleakWarrior is like if Soul Calibur were a porno directed by Jodorowsky.

And it is also like if there was an x-rated Highlander vs. Mortal Kombat comic book drawn by Simon Bisley during an existential crisis.

And also like if you got your weirdest friend drunk on cheap tequila and asked them to describe what He-Man would be like if it were dirty and a bit Shakespearean.
Most of the reviews and commentary I've seen have described this in terms of various mash-ups containing the following words: Highlander, William S Burroughs, Masters of the Universe, Jack Vance, Heavy Metal Magazine, Jodorowsky. And while these feel essentially correct (and I would add the Taken from the Black Company series as well), it is telling that the only way to approach this thing is to say "like this but also this". And the breadth of comparisons start to lead one into the idea that th ...more
G. Brown
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So, you like Sword and Sorcery, but you think it's all been done. Alistair Rennie happily proves you wrong with BleakWarrior, which is somewhere between a pornographic Bakshi cartoon and a Guy Ritchie adaptation of King Arthur (this is a real thing and I'm as shocked as anyone). Over-the-top and in-your-face do not begin to do this justice. It's one of the wildest things I've ever read, and certainly will wake up the dormant fans of Fantasy who are sick of Tolkien rehashes. ...more
Geoff Hyatt
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
It's Frank Frazetta as drawn by Ralph Steadman. It's Robert E. Howard if he played in Hawkwind with Michael Moorcock and developed an expansive interest in philosophical inquiry and BDSM. It is not for the easily offended, the faint of heart, or those looking for an easy escape. It's brilliant, shocking, violent, appalling, hilarious, and unlike any fantasy novel that has ever been written. ...more
Vilém Koubek
Mar 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pokud máte chuť na nějakou konzumní fantastiku, hledejte dál. Chmurný válečník je totiž všechno, jen ne vaše běžná fantasy s trochou zabíjení, erotiky a podivna. Právě naopak: nejprve vás zaskočí svým jazykem, který v mnoha ohledech připomíná filosofické knihy (ať už v tom dobrém či zlém). Potom vám zasadí ránu stylem, jenž je strohý, úderný a často až klinický. Dorazí vás absolutním přetlakem. Tahle knížka totiž do ničeho nejde napolo – akce je brutální až na dřeň, erotika obskurní a šťavnatá, ...more
Apr 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, new-weird
Tohle byla vážně síla, bojím se dokonce, že mi to vypálilo pojistky, a tak mi teď nějaký čas budou všechny knížky připadat krotké jako Honzíkova cesta. I takové Nabarvené ptáče mi teď připadá jako pohodová oddechovka na noční stolek. Anotace to totiž říká přesně, takové fantasy jste ještě nečetli. A co se týká "temné metafyziky, ultranásilí, šílené řeže a odvázaného sexu", najdete to tu všechno, a to ve více než malém množství.
Věž lorda Rozbroje, kde příběh začíná, a kde se lord "pachtí a mrzko
Justin Howe
Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Elric by way of GWAR by way of the WWF by way of Jodorowsky, which seems to be the standard review of this ultraviolent fun book.
Mar 10, 2021 rated it it was ok
My first encounter with Rennie was in VanderMeer's anthology The New Weird. The story there, which is included in this as well as its a collection of related stories, it could charitably be called a mosaic novel, was so very over the top in its absurdity that I thought I'd try to read more of it. Unfortunately, I miscalculated seeing as how this utterly blew out the limits of my tolerances for inane and random debauchery that has a plot in name only or little else for that matter.

Maybe those who
yo JP
Mar 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jp-s
Má to swag, ale nesnaží se to být víc, než co to je a toho si vždycky cením. Rennie nemá tendence zbytečně se opájet vlastním popisem světa a jak "každá kapka spadla z římsy do oka ptáka, který vzhlédl od louže, kde si zrovna svlažoval hrdlo". Víceméně se jde často přímo k věci, nemáte ponětí, kde a proč se ocitáte, víte jen, že metaválečníci se jmény, co si musíte přečíst vícekrát, se objeví a jakmile na sebe narazí, budou se snažit se sprovodit ze světa... a jakmile si myslíte, že už to nemůže ...more
Ian Casey
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
But a rational acceptance of the risks involved was not a thing to motivate BleakWarrior; nor was it courage that determined his actions: it was madness that defined him and laid his course, and it ran in his veins with unstoppable motion like a river in spate.

(I am grateful to the author for voluntarily posting me a signed paperback copy free of charge, given the difficulty and expense of acquiring it in Australia - at least for now.)

'Sword and Debauchery' declares the first eye-catching statem
Dávid Novotný
Apr 06, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was quite hyped for this book. But did I get what teaser promised? Not sure. Main theme is cruel violence and bizarre sexual practices - usually combined together. So it's cool from the start, get you really hooked up, but after one third of the book it feels like same pattern is repeating itself over and over again. One metawarrior meets another, and one of them meets its crazy violent end. So you start where this is going (if somewhere really...)

But author managed to deliver some kind of co
Des Lewis
Jan 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
...with the emission of the most eviscerating, philosophically-tortured soliloquy you will ever hear ranted, or at least read by you as text here but with his rant embedded irresistibly inside your head. Shakespeare could not have done it better.

The detailed review of this book posted elsewhere under my name is too long or impractical to post here.
Above is one of its observations at the time of the review.
Ondřej Pollak
3,5/5 Četlo se to kupodivu dobře na to, že to nedávalo ani tolik rozumu jako deník šílence. Z bytí Metaválečníků jsem si nebyl schopen odnést žádnou rozumnou teorii o jejich původu. Ale na rovinu, jestli bude dvojka, tak po ní asi šáhnu.
Mar 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Remember, three stars is "I liked this book." And I liked this book. It's good. It has interesting ideas and some really cool characters. It's like if William S. Burroughs saw the movie Highlander and decided to use the idea of a race of immortals battling to the death but set it in a sort of pseudo-fantasy world. This is a book that has characters with names like The Gland Master, Liver Dye, and The Ever Decreasing Circle of Choice and it works. Which takes some chops.

And it is a lot of fun. M
Roman Tilcer
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Alistair Rennie is a Scottish author of weird and horror fiction and you may remember him from The New Weird anthology edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer – which he contributed to with the short story “The Gutter Sees the Light That Never Shines” – or from the Weird Tales Magazine where he published the short story “BleakWarrior Meets the Sons of Brawl”. Both pieces he incorporated into his debut novel.
The protagonist is one of the Meta-Warriors, deranged, not wholly human beings who mostly try t
Jacob Floyd
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I  must say that I absolutely loved this book. It's like the intellect of TC Boyle combined with the imagination of Robert Jordan going Jack Ketchum brutal and Dostoevsky philosophical on us.

The Meta-Warriors are symbolic of the baseness of human nature gone extreme with unlimited potential unlocked thanks to their dissociation from frivolous human emotion. Alistair Rennie writes highbrow fantasy horror stained in blood and guts and unapologetic carnality; but, the carnage is n
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Alistair Rennie is the author of sword and debauchery horror novel, "BleakWarrior". He has published dark fantasy and horror fiction, essays and poetry in "The New Weird" anthology, "Weird Tales" magazine, "Fabulous Whitby", "Electric Velocipede", "Mythic Delirium", "Pevnost", "Schlock Magazine", "Horror Without Victims", "Weird Fiction Review" and "Shadowed Realms".

He was born and grew up in the

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