Friday, 16 November 2012

A few more books in the post...

Thanks for bearing with me through what has been a 'review light' week. The good news is that everything I have read this week (plus all the other stuff that is outstanding) will feature next week instead. Quite a few reviews then, can't say fairer than that :o) All I'll say in the meantime is, 'Ragemoor' is quite brilliant and I'm glad that I finally got round to reading it.

For now then, have a quick look at the books that were waiting for me when I got home last night; it's quite the little bundle...

The eastern seaboard of the USA is experiencing the worst winter weather in living memory, and John Redlaw is in the cold white thick of it. He's come to America to investigate a series of vicious attacks on vampire immigrants - targeted kills that can't simply be the work of amateur vigilantes.

Dogging his footsteps is Tina 'Tick' Checkley, a wannabe TV journalist with an eye on the big time.

  The conspiracy Redlaw uncovers could give Tina the career break she's been looking for. It could also spell death for Redlaw.

I've got a great feeling about this one, mostly because I loved 'Redlaw', and I'll be getting straight into it over the weekend. Can't say a lot more than that really :o)

Paris. City of lights. City of lovers. City of dreams. Yet if one man gets his way, its inhabitants will soon be forced to endure a nightmare such as they have never known.

Hero of the British Empire Ulysses Quicksilver is determined to stand in his way... even as he returns from the past to appear on the scene of a horrific murder!

Before he can hope to rescue the French capital from its fate, Ulysses must go on the run and track down the real killer. His intention: to clear his good name, and get back to England in one piece. And quickly, for the love of his life is about to take a most ill-advised trip to the Moon.

Can Quicksilver stop the terrorist known only as ‘Le Papillon’?


I'm not going to bore you with links back to all the reviews that I've done. Search the blog for Jonathan Green and you can see for yourself. Green's chunk of 'Pax Britannia' is pulp, it's Steampunk and it's a hell of a lot of fun. You really need to be reading these books if you aren't already. While you're getting caught up, 'Time's Arrow' will be another weekend read.

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. It's a prestige posting, and Andrew is even more delighted when he's assigned to the ship's Xenobiology laboratory. Life couldn't be better . . . although there are a few strange things going on...


(1) every Away Mission involves a lethal confrontation with alien forces


(2) the ship's captain, the chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these encounters


(3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed. 


Suddenly it's less surprising how much energy is expended below decks on avoiding, at all costs, being assigned an Away Mission. Andrew's fate may have been sealed . . . until he stumbles on a piece of information that changes everything . . . and offers him and his fellow redshirts a crazy, high-risk chance to save their own lives...

I heard lots of buzz about 'Redshirts' but I don't think I saw a single review although that's probably just me needing to catch up with my blog reading. Have you read it? Fair enough, what about you? Have you read it? I want to read 'Redshirts' soon but it might have to fight it out with some of the other books on the pile...

Lord Brentford has a dream. To create a Grand Exposition that will showcase The Wonders of the Worlds and encourage peace between the inhabited planets of Venus, Jupiter and Earth. Ernest Rutherford has a dream. To construct a time ship, powered by the large hadron collider he has built beneath the streets of London . Cameron Bell is England's greatest detective and he, too, has a dream. To solve the crime of the century before it takes place, without blowing up any more of London's landmarks. Darwin is a monkey butler and he also has a dream. To end Man's inhumanity to Monkey and bring a little joy into the world. Lavinia Dharkstorrm has a dream of her own. Although hers is more of a nightmare. To erase Man and Monkey alike from the face of the Earth and to hasten in the End of Days. Then there is the crime-fighting superlady, all those chickens from the past and the unwelcome arrival of The Antichrist. Things are looking rather grim on planet Earth.

A new Robert Rankin! I totally need to read this straight away, or I would if I didn't have 'The Japanese Devil Fish Girl' and 'The Mechanical Messiah' to read first. I am so behind with my Robert Rankin reading (try saying those last three words really quickly...); 'The Educated Ape' might just have to wait a little bit longer...

Any of those books take your fancy?

3 comments:

Bob Milne said...

I've got Time's Arrow and Redshirts both waiting for a read. Really excited about Time's Arrow.

Robyn said...

Great book list! You have some great titles here. I'm kind of burnt out on vampire books, but "Red Law" actually looks like a good one. I am most interested in paranormal fiction. I just finished an amazing book called, "Shadow of the Sun" by author Merrie P. Wycoff . This is historical fiction novel that showcases the mysticism/paranormal aspects of ancient Egypt. The story is told through the eyes of Princess Meri-Taten, daughter of the heretic Pharaoh Akhenaten and Queen Nefertiti.

philnorris63 said...

Redshirts is next on my Kindle after Great North Road (only just started that so could be a while).