Category: Reviews


This interview has also been posted at my new blog home http://IdeasCaptured.com/blog.  Please go and follow me there.

Greg is a great new friend that lives in the same country as I do, which I am finding rarer and rarer in the cyber-world.  He has been great to talk to and even recently liked a photo of my home-made pizza.  Got to love that.

Greg Barron’s first novel ‘Rotten Gods’ received rave reviews for its style and story.  In fact, here is one of the newest ones.

‘A searing critique of Western greed and consumerism; of the atrocities committed in the name of some deity or another; and of action and suspense there is no shortage.’ ‘What makes Rotten Gods so compelling is the originality of the plot, the intelligence of the writing, the believability of the setting and the electrifying pace with which the author constructs his story.’ ‘Rotten Gods is a superlative political thriller, with a cast of characters who swarm across the pages, leaving death and destruction in their wake as well as questions of right and wrong and moments of love and remorse.’ Rob Minshull, host of ABC Radio’s Weekend Bookworm

Greag will also be appearing at the Crime and Justice Festival. Melbourne, November 16 – 18 with Ian Rankin.
http://www.crimeandjusticefestival.com/crimeandjusticefestival/Program.html

Whilst he is busy on his second, he took some time out to give this interview.

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Three Parts Dead

Max Gladstone
Tor/Forge
      Tor

Description

A  god has died, and it’s up to Tara, first-year associate in the international  necromantic firm of Kelethres, Albrecht, and Ao, to bring Him back to life  before His city falls apart.

Her  client is Kos, recently deceased fire god of the city of Alt Coulumb. Without  Him, the metropolis’s steam generators will shut down, its trains will cease  running, and its four million citizens will riot.

Tara’s  job: resurrect Kos before chaos sets in. Her only help: Abelard, a chain-smoking  priest of the dead god, who’s having an understandable crisis of  faith.

When  Tara and Abelard discover that Kos was murdered, they have to make a case in Alt  Coulumb’s courts—and their quest for the truth endangers their partnership,  their lives, and Alt Coulumb’s  slim hope of survival.

Set  in a phenomenally built world in which justice is a collective force bestowed on  a few, craftsmen fly on lightning bolts, and gargoyles can rule cities, Three  Parts Dead introduces readers to an ethical landscape in which the line between  right and wrong blurs.

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The Same Lie Twice

Ron Goulart
MysteriousPress.com/Open Road
      MysteriousPress.com/Open Road

Pub Date                Sep 25 2012

ISBN9781453277102

Description

A copywriter’s wife has vanished, and only John Easy is slick enough to save her Jim Benning makes $25,000 a year writing drivel for the admen at the Arbogast & Joseph Agency, and his wife thinks he’s worth a whole lot less. Joanna is a model: nervous, beautiful, and prone to meltdowns. In a last-ditch attempt to save their marriage, she agrees to a few sessions with a psychiatrist in San Ignacio—a quack whose psychobabble is more sinister than it appears. But when Joanna disappears, Jim’s only hope is John Easy, the hippest P.I. in Hollywood. Jim gives John a matchbook found in his wife’s purse for a club called Maybe—a swinger’s hideout where morality is not in style—and John plunges into the seedy side of sunny San Ignacio, where the copywriter’s wife led an entirely different sort of existence. To save Joanna from her shadow self, John Easy will have to swing harder than ever before.

The Constantine Affliction

T. Aaron Payton
Nightshade Books
Description

1864.  London is a city in transition.  The Constantine Affliction–a strange malady that  kills some of its victims and physically transforms others into the  opposite sex–has spread scandal and upheaval throughout society.   Scientific marvels and disasters, such as clockwork courtesans, the  alchemical fires of Whitechapel, electric carriages, and acidic monsters lurking in the Thames, have forever altered the face of the city.
Pembroke“Pimm” Hanover is an aristocrat with an interest in criminology, who  uses his keen powers of observation to assist the police or private  individuals–at least when he’s sober enough to do so.  Ellie Skyler, who hides her gender behind the byline “E. Skye,” is an intrepid journalist driven by both passion and necessity to uncover the truth, no matter  where it hides.
When Pimm and Skye stumble onto a dark plot that  links the city’s most notorious criminal overlord with the Queen’s new  consort, famed scientist Sir Bertram Oswald, they soon find the forces  of both high and low society arrayed against them.  Can they save the  city from the arcane machinations of one of history’s most monsters–and  uncover the shocking origin of . . . THE CONSTANTINE AFFLICTION.

T. Aaron Payton lives in Northern California, where he haunts the darker sections of  libraries and bookstores and indulges his love for antiques.

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The many facets of revenge are explored in this series. In the first novel, Accountable to None, the heroine experienced numerous life-altering events that set her on a course for revenge. The term revenge is a dish best served cold has never been more accurate. The flawed protagonist waited five years to wield her sword of vengeance and her rewards were sweet and fulfilling.

In the sequel, Zero Balance, the aftereffects of obtaining revenge are explored. Oftentimes while one is plotting and planning the downfall of others by making them accountable for their actions, they can suffer tunnel vision. They don’t stop to consider how their actions, even if morally justified, will touch others. The quote by John Milton from Paradise Lost is in the beginning of Zero Balance and speaks this truth:  “Revenge, at first though sweet, Bitter ere long back on it self recoiles;”

The third and final book, Adjusting Journal Entries, touches upon the depth of madness that anger and pain can drive someone to. How much emotional pain and heartache can one human being endure before their sanity breaks and they become a killer?

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It’s Halloween time, so I planned to have a very special Interview with one of the hottest writers in the Zombie world.  C. Dulaney has written two incredible books dealing with the Zombie Apocolypse that have been received with massively positive reviews.

C. agreed to do this interview as long as I promised that there would be no standard questions in the set.  I came up with some, which C. answered.  Are you ready to see what C. had to say?

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It was my birthday on Wednesday and I got lots of wonderful comments on Facebook.  I want to keep the party going so I’d like to celebrate by giving you a 25% off present. Up until Halloween, Long Lost Song is only $2.99 at Smashwords. Leftovers from the (Writing) Table is only $1.75 at Smashwords.

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If you come back and leave a comment and your order number I will put you in the draw for a signed paperback copy.  Have a look at my giveaway on Goodreads as well.  http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/35131-long-lost-song

Check out the reviews at my new future blog home http://www.ideascaptured.com/blog/

Great North Road

A Novel

Peter F. Hamilton
Random House Publishing Group
      Del Rey

Pub Date                Dec 26 2012

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  • ISBN9780345526663
  • Price30.00
  • CurrencyUSD
  • EditionHardcover

Description

New York Times bestselling author Peter F. Hamilton’s riveting new thriller combines the nail-biting suspense of a serial-killer investigation with clear-eyed scientific and social extrapolation to create a future that seems not merely plausible but inevitable.

A century from now, thanks to a technology allowing instantaneous travel across light-years, humanity has solved its energy shortages, cleaned up the environment, and created far-flung colony worlds. The keys to this empire belong to the powerful North family-composed of successive generations of clones. Yet these clones are not identical. For one thing, genetic errors have crept in with each generation. For another, the original three clone “brothers” have gone their separate ways, and the branches of the family are now friendly rivals more than allies.

Or maybe not so friendly. At least that’s what the murder of a North clone in the English city of Newcastle suggests to Detective Sidney Hurst. Sid is a solid investigator who’d like nothing better than to hand off this hot potato of a case. The way he figures it, whether he solves the crime or not, he’ll make enough enemies to ruin his career.

Yet Sid’s case is about to take an unexpected turn: because the circumstances of the murder bear an uncanny resemblance to a killing that took place years ago on the planet St. Libra, where a North clone and his entire household were slaughtered in cold blood. The convicted slayer, Angela Tramelo, has always claimed her innocence. And now it seems she may have been right. Because only the St. Libra killer could have committed the Newcastle crime.

Problem is, Angela also claims that the murderer was an alien monster.

Now Sid must navigate through a Byzantine minefield of competing interests within the police department and the world’s political and economic elite . . . all the while hunting down a brutal killer poised to strike again. And on St. Libra, Angela, newly released from prison, joins a mission to hunt down the elusive alien, only to learn that the line between hunter and hunted is a thin one.

Peter F. Hamilton is the author of numerous novels, including The Dreaming Void,Fallen Dragon, Judas Unchained, Pandora’s Star, and the acclaimed epic Night’s Dawn trilogy (The Reality Dysfunction, The Neutronium Alchemist, and The Naked God). He lives with his family in England.

My Review:

I need to start this review with WOW, this is a big, bloody book.  Peter F Hamilton is not known is writing short stories.  Having a look at his writing and you will quickly realise he writes tomes.  I have read his tomes and have thoroughly enjoyed them (except for the slight case of deus ex machina in one of them).

Even so, this book felt overly long.  I was prepared for it, but still it was a bit much.  This is a detective novel wrapped in a science fiction wrapper and on the whole is good, but not brilliant like some of his previous works.

There are parts of Great North Road that show the brilliance I expect from Peter, but it was sustained.

It’s a good read, but not his best.  A great place to read Peter for the first time, as you will like his style and go back to his really great stuff.  As a single book on my kindle, this is probably the biggest one I have read through.  Interesting science, dodgy accents and lots of ‘crap on it’ but, if you read it and enjoy it, you will let these niggles wash over you and just enjoy.

My Rating:

4 coppers out of 5

Description:

As a part of the acclaimed DC Comics – The New 52 event of September 2011, the Dark Knight continues his crusade as defender of Gotham City, taking on his greatest foes during a breakout at Arkham Asylum. But when his enemies gain powers and abilities far beyond their normal capacities, the Caped Crusader’s crusade may finally be at an end!

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Description:

Struck by a bolt of lightning and doused in chemicals, Central City Police scientist Barry Allen was transformed into the fastest man alive. Tapping into the energy field called The Speed Force, he applies a tenacious sense of justice to protect an serve the world as The Flash!The Fastest Man Alive returns to his own monthly series as part of the DC Comics—The New 52 event with the writer/artist team of Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato. The Flash knows he can’t be everywhere at once, but he has seemingly met his match when he faces DC Comic’ hottest new Super Villain, Mob Rule, who really can be everywhere at once!
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