Friday, November 30, 2012
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Sunday, November 25, 2012
TV Script writer Larry Baker is hired to pen a new horror series. On location at an old castle he encounters more drama than the second rate TV actors could muster in all too realistic vampires, fear inducing bumps in the night, and dames that are both vicious and voluptuous.
SO WHAT KILLED THE VAMPIRE is pure pulp from beginning to end. Despite being formulaic, it's still entertaining and driven by mystery. The whodunit aspect alone is worth the price of admission.
Carter Brown takes aim at b-grade horror, detailing some of the genre's traits in colourful jest. I liked the light hearted approach to this mystery which complimented Larry Baker - a guy who is hard to take serious in any event.
SO WHAT KILLED THE VAMPIRE is one of the better Carter Brown pulps. I've read it twice now and will likely keep coming back. The haunted atmosphere of the castle and colourful characters are fun to read.
I rate this Aussie author pulp 4 stars, initially 3.5 when I read it back in March 2009.
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Saturday, November 24, 2012
THE WOUNDED AND THE SLAIN exemplifies the derailment of human decency as a subsequent of vice and childhood induced trauma. In James and Cora Bevan, Goodis creates a pair of dysfunctional lovers tainted by their past and victimised by their future. For James, the consummate alcoholic, the amber liquid serves as a means to rid the reminders that hold true his reality; a hopeless sense of foreboding, crippling depression, a sham of a marriage to an almost trophy wife without perk, and a need to experiment in self obliteration. For Cora, her past dictates her every movement, life is one great horror movie, every man hides behind sinister and dirty motives, ones that threaten to soil her to the very core.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
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The plot centralises around Quinlan, a Melbourne cop turned PI and his search for the elusive Charles Avery. Hired by Avery’s sister, Quinlan follows a trail of blood through Cambodia in search of his quarry.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Vastly different from THE NIGHT ANGEL TRILOGY yet just as good as the best fantasy out there.
THE BLACK PRISM started with a bang - young Kip stumbles upon an army camp heading towards his hometown, encounters a colour wight and is subsequently thrust into battle along side unwilling accomplices. Captivating, unique and a perfect way to capture the fantastical and commence the building of a richly entrenched world of fear, violence, and magic. With such a start I was sure THE BLACK PRISM would be one of the great fantasy novels - well written, an intriguing new concept and a fast paced action romp lead by strong characters with a distinct purpose. Then the mundane set in. The concept of colour being wielded by humans as a weapon of destruction or used as a tool to create seemed 'young adult' and a little too far fetched to suspend my belief - coupled with Kip, a teen who resembled Eragon a little too much by way of cheesy adolescent dialogue and mannerisms and it looked as though my expectations were going to be severely undercut. Enter an interesting new dynamic lead by the Chromeria way of life and Gavin Guile, the latest Prism and victor of the War of the False Prisms.
The first book in the Lightbringer series is fantastic. The concepts are creative, the characters a joy to read, and the plot a never ending road of twists, turns, deceit, culminating in traditional fantasy epic violence. THE BLACK PRISM will shock and awe, just give it some time.
There are so many strong characters with interlocking plot threads to keep the lengthy story fresh - nothing felt forced or out of place. After finishing THE BLACK PRISM, the 'down-time' I experienced in the earlier stages of the novel felt warranted and helped to established the core group of characters and the mythology of drafting and the different categories of drafters.
Brent Weeks rewards his readers persistence with a blistering final third of the likes I've not commonly seen. True, the action is there but its the twists, turns, the deer-in-headlights moments of time standing still that did it for me - the revelations Weeks unravels are pure genius. I wont go into detail as I'm likely to give something away. Rest assured, you wont see these coming.
Kip, Drazen, Gavin, Kariss, Liv, Ironfist, and Lord Omnichrome to name but a few are interesting and well thought out characters who each have a back-story sure to be further exploited in further endeavours. All contribute something unique and are essential to the plot and will satisfy readers seeking a meaningful and character driven fantasy.
THE BLACK PRISM is a great start to the Lightbringer series. Safe to say, the follow-up, THE BLINDING KNIFE has been bumped up the TBR. 5 stars.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
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