October 2016 - Book of Bogan

Dracula vs Hitler by Patrick Sheane Duncan

Dracula vs Hitler by Patrick Sheane DuncanDracula vs Hitler, what a wonderfully click-baity title, I will admit that it got my attention. In a world where historical mashups like Abraham Lincoln – Vampire Hunter, and Android Karenina, are profligate, I had certain expectations, or ideas about what the book might involve. I supposed that it was going to be either “so... Read More »

The World of Ice and Fire by George R R Martin, Elio M Garcia Jr and Linda Antonsson

The World of Ice and Fire by George R R Martin, Elio M Garcia Jr and Linda AntonssonThe World of Ice and Fire is a sort of encyclopedia for George R R Martin’s world which he has built for his book series. However, rather than a descriptive book written from outside that universe, it is written from the point of view of a Maester of the Citadel, purporting to write a history of... Read More »

Four Legendary Kingdoms by Matthew Reilly

Four Legendary Kingdoms by Matthew ReillyI think most people know what they’re getting themselves in for when they pick up one of Matthew Reilly’s books, for good or ill, although he has dabbled outside his home turf of high-paced military thrillers in recent years with The Tournament (quasi-historical fiction) and The Great Zoo of China (his love letter to Jurassic... Read More »

The Fleet at Flood Tide by James D Hornfischer

The Fleet at Flood Tide by James D HornfischerThe Fleet at Flood Tide is an interesting, and thorough look at the latter part of the War in the Pacific, when the United States was coming into its supremacy as a naval power. The author draws on historical sources, as well as interviews to put human faces on a war. This might have been... Read More »

C21st Gods by David Tallerman, Anthony Summey (Issue 1)

C21st Gods by David Tallerman, Anthony Summey (Issue 1)I have always found the Cthulhu mythos an interesting one, and I was attracted to this comic, which puts a modern, gritty detective spin on the tale. Arriving at a house to investigate a possible kidnapping, two detective uncover a sinister cultish plot to do dastardly things in the name of Cthulhu. I don’t read... Read More »

Light Shaper by Albert Nothlit

Light Shaper by Albert NothlitLight Shaper is part post-apocalyptic story, but mostly it is a slightly off the wall cyberpunk tale cum gay romance. This book takes up well after the great apocalypse has happened, when most of the world’s population seems to be happily existing in digital utopia, which doesn’t seem to be very apocalyptic at all. The... Read More »

Livia Lone by Barry Eisler

Livia Lone is Barry Eisler at the peak of his grimdark best. I’m a fan of Barry Eisler’s John Rain series, and when I read about his new story – the tale of a former child slave who survives to hunt down the likes of those who abused her as a child – I knew that... Read More »

The Relic Guild by Edward Cox

The Relic Guild is a fantasy novel set in an interesting world, where humans are essentially trapped in a city which is both on the border of everywhere, and cut off from everywhere else at the same time. Labrys Town is a tightly controlled world, where magic is outlawed, and citizens live in fear of... Read More »

Tier One by Brian Andrews, Jeffrey Wilson

Tier One is a story about the establishment of a secret, undercover intelligence and paramilitary group that operates outside of the usual chain of command. As a former Navy Seal, John Dempsey is dragged into this world, and is tasked with fighting terrorists using methods which might not be acceptable to most ordinary people. This... Read More »