Sunday, 5 July 2015

Plague priest - C.L.Werner


As skaven Clan Filch plots to deliver a deadly plague to the lands of men, one of the ratmen discovers a counterplot that puts him and his clan in deadly peril. While the Black Plague comes closer to completion, Skritsch finds that the plague priests of Clan Pestilens – the evil geniuses behind the monstrous disease – want to increase their power by releasing the infection in Skavenblight and destroying their rivals in one fell swoop. Can the humble clanrat stop this dastardly plot, or will Clan Pestilens reign supreme over all skavendom?

ISBN 9780857877963

Voyage of the Sunspear - Ben Counter


The high elves of Ulthuan assemble a mighty armada to revenge themselves on pirates from the Old World. What awaits them as they set out on their journey?


A high elf story by Ben Counter.

ISBN 9780857877864

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Bloodline - James Swallow


Blood Angel Sergeant Rafen is on the verge of death, torn apart by a raging torrent within him – the raw power of the blood of Sanguinius. His only hope of survival lies within the Chapter sarcophagi, where his physical wounds may heal. But another battle entirely is being fought – within his mind, Rafen must fight for his very soul. In the strange landscape of his subconscious, he must overcome shadowy enemies and delve deep into his strength and courage if he is to ever return to the Chapter. There he will come face to face with the past of the Blood Angels and the dark history that shook the universe ten millennia before.

• ISBN 9780857875556

The day of the Triffids - John Wyndham


When Bill Masen wakes up blindfolded in hospital there is a bitter irony in his situation. Carefully removing his bandages, he realizes that he is the only person who can see: everyone else, doctors and patients alike, have been blinded by a meteor shower. Now, with civilization in chaos, the triffids - huge, venomous, large-rooted plants able to 'walk', feeding on human flesh - can have their day.
I remember we had to read this book at school and I watched it on the old Black and white TV set we had. It's one scary story and still is.
The political point Wyndham was pushing in this book was the uncertainty of the cold war, of Communism, of what could happen, what about biological warfare, what about bio-engineering, where could it lead?
What would happen if a biological entity could be grown for it's oil, but its alternative use was as a biological weapon. A weapon that can self populate from release of seeds that float on the air and spread easily all over the world.
Wyndham knew exactly how to tap in to peoples fear of the Cold war, playing on the what if's and made his political stance quite clear when Bill Masen was given a choice of serfdom or freedom, he chose freedom.

Monday, 29 June 2015

Torment - Anthony Reynolds



After rebelling against his master, Burias faces punishment. But the voices in his head will not let him go quietly, and he may yet have a greater destiny among the Word Bearers...

ISBN 9780857875327

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Altar of Cyrene - Lucien Soulban


The Story

The planet of Cyrene, tainted by the touch of the Ruinous Powers, is being purged by a vengeful Imperium. The Space Marines of the Blood Ravens Chapter are among those servants of the immortal Emperor bringing death to the traitors and heretics of Cyrene, but Captain Gabriel Angelos is driven to perform a most important mission, even if it means standing against the might of the Inquisition.

ISBN 9781782510581

And the Hippos were boiled in their tanks - Burroughs/Kerouac


In 1944, Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs were charged as accessories to murder. One of their friends, Lucien Carr, had stabbed another, David Kammerrer. Carr had come to each of them and confessed; Kerouac helped him get rid of the weapon - neither told the police. For this failing they were arrested. Months later, the two writers - unpublished at the time - collaborated on And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks, a fictionalized account of the summer of the killing.
On the whole I'm no big fan of 'the beat generation', I picked this up as a Penguin modern classic, yet wonder how much it is a classic or is it only popular because of these authors other works?
The authors and I agree, state clearly this is not a particularly great work, being a predecessor for the books that made them famous.
Saying that if you are a fan you should give this book a go. And if you're not a big fan, it still far outstrips a lot of the pulp being written for the masses at the moment.