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Post-apocalyptic tale of a fight for justice

Eclipse Volume 1 - Zack Kaplan

 

 

This comic collection deals with a world where the sun has become hot enough to burn and kill so, in New York, the people live underground during the day, only coming out at night. The forces of law and order try to protect their fellow citizens but someone immune to the sun's rays is out for justice and our hero “Bax” is out to stop him.

 

Quite a good yarn although the artwork does not always make it clear who each person is. This seems to be just the start of a series involving corruption in high places (there's a lot of it about!)

 

Rapid development of Babylon and the usual machinations of the various nations' leaders

East of West: The Apocalypse Year Two - Jonathan Hickman

 

 

Still difficult to follow the story completely but getting the general gist. This is quite involved but interesting nonetheless. The character of Babylon is developed as he learns the skills to survive. The various powers form alliances but betrayal is also in the air. The Chosen gather together to hear the Message with dire consequences.

 

I find this series interesting and engaging even if I don't follow everything that's going on. It's well-written and the artwork is easy on the eye, clear and well-executed. At 400+ pages, this takes time to read. There is probably more volumes to come.

 

The Jerusalem Man and Atlantis – strange combination but quite good

The Last Guardian (Jon Shannow Novel) - David Gemmell

 

This is the second book in the Jon Shannow series by David Gemmell, having read the first one many years ago. It deals with his search for Jerusalem in a post-apocalyptic era and is basically a Western (gunfighters, outlaws etc..) with beasts, Atlanteans from the distant past and some hint about what happened to bring about the world in which they all live.

Although reasonably interesting, I found the novel a bit dated and even a bit silly at times. Having read quite a few of the author's fantasy books before, I was less impressed with this one.

 

Combination of SAS thriller with police procedural – hard to put down.

Deadly Game (Robert Finlay) - Matt Johnson

 

This novel takes place after a previous one and follows on with the plot – which is a little tricky if you haven't read the previous one - like me. There is an explanation to some extent of what has come before but it emerges as the book proceeds.

Robert Finlay is an ex-SAS operative now in the police force and having recently survived an attempt on his life. He is assigned to a sex trafficking unit but his previous experiences also come into play. This book includes action from both the SAS/MI5/MI6 world and from the police environment. It's quite a page-turner, exciting and engaging. However I feel that this will lead into another book and I prefer my thrillers to be stand-alone unless I know in advance that I am looking at a series. Recommended to all fans of both genres.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.



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Yet another fun book aimed at adults based on children's novels

Five Give Up the Booze - Bruno Vincent

Yet another fun book aimed at adults based on children's novels

 

As one might expect, this short novel is an amusing take of the Famous Five in a modern context. It deals with the Five giving up alcohol for January when they realise the effect that it is having on them. Their resolve is severely tested especially with a wedding to attend.

 

Reasonably funny with as couple of laugh-out-loud moments, this is a pleasant enough experience and worth a visit. Quite enjoyable.

 

A book about rudeness – interesting but perhaps overlong

I Can't Believe You Just Said That: The truth about why people are SO rude - Danny Wallace

 

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I enjoyed Danny Wallace's study into rudeness today which is bang up-to-date and quite interesting. It looks into various aspects of rudeness from Donald Trump to ASBOs and looks into where it comes from in the first place. Although labelled as humorous, I did not find it as funny as other reviewers but there are good moments.

At 340 pages, I felt that it could have been dealt with in a shorter time and therefore fewer pages although I have to add that the author has done his research well and consulted experts, citing many examples. Recommended to fans of Danny Wallace or those wanting ot find out more about my rudeness is becoming more prevalent these days.

 

Norwegian noir tale of two journalists' investigations – quite good

Cursed (Henning Juul) - Thomas Enger, Kari Dickson

 

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This seems to be the fourth in a series of five books about the journalist, Henning Juul, but it's the first that I have read. Therein lies my only problem with this crime novel as one feeds directly into the next one (like the Millenium trilogy by Stieg Larsson). Not having read the three previous volumes left me at a disadvantage although some explanation is given as the book progresses.

The plot involves two journalists, Henning Juul and his ex-wife, Nora Klemetsen, both carrying out investigations. He is looking into past associates and the fire that killed their son while she is looking into the disappearance of a former flatmate. Eventually both cases come together to a limited extent.

The plot is well-devised and the characters are developed and interesting. A bit of a slow burner, it is nonetheless engaging and ends on a real cliffhanger, presumably heralding in the final volume. I enjoyed it but probably would have appreciated it a lot more if I'd read the three previous books.

 

More on the war between robots and humans - enlightening

Descender - Dustin Nguyen, Jeff Lemire

 

 

This third volume is mainly full of flashbacks tracking Andy's, Tim's, Effie's, Tesla's and Driller's backgrounds and origins and leading in each case up to “present-day” events as robots and scrappers clash. This volume does not have a lot of progress in the general plot but deals with these individuals.

 

The characters are developed well and makes the whole experience enjoyable. The artwork can be frustrating some times but is generally work a look. Worth a look, especially if you've read the two previous volumes.

 

Corrupt policemen, secret cults and demons – lots of action and bloodshed

Demonic - Christopher Sebela

 

 

This comic collection deals with demons and a secret cult called Novo. A policeman is “recruited” to bring down this organisation, killing everyone along the way – all this to protect and keep his family safe and healthy.

 

With the print a bit small in the digital edition, this was quite difficult to read. It's OK if that's your bag.

 

A new year, a new class – more nastiness and treachery!

Deadly Class Volume 5 - Rick Remender

 

 

I'm not sure why I persist with this series: there's a lot of violence and bloodshed, the artwork is a little too simplistic for me and the plotlines are “silly” at times.

 

A freshman year starts at the school for killers and the volume concentrates on a small group of these as well as on Saya and her development. There's also a return to Maria's fate towards the end.

 

If you enjoyed the four [previous volumes, you'll undoubtedly like this one too.

 

A cibopath and his adventures with the FDA – silly, fun and quite good

CHEW Smorgasbord Edition Volume 1 HC - John Layman

 

 

The premise behind this omnibus compilation of Chew is that Tony Chu is a cibopath – by eating something, he learns its history and all about it. He is hired by the FDA at a time when all chicken is banned due to a disastrous outbreak of avian flu.

 

Many adventures ensue, introducing a plethora of other characters. The style is cartoony and the stories are inevitably silly but quite fun. Worthy of a look.

 

Police procedural set in South London – very good plot on the whole

Let the Dead Speak (Maeve Kerrigan Novels) - Jane Casey

 

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is the seventh in the Maeve Kerrigan series of detective novels but my first. It involves the disappearance and possible murder of a single mother in Putney and the police investigation into her death. This involves many of her neighbours, her daughter, her ex-husband and his new family. Many twists and tuns along the way make this an intriguing novel although one “coincidence” didn't ring true for me.

The writing is engaging as are the characters although it's hard to warm to any of them with their flaws. Some humour is injected successfully and I enjoyed the story and would recommend it to all lovers of detective fiction.

 

A series of interesting and thought-provoking essays by a top journalist

Moranifesto - Caitlin Moran

 

 

This is a book that is easy to dip into as it is a series of essays on a huge variety of topics. Many are entertaining and/or serious but they are worth a look. Caitlin Moran can be controversial (the point really) but I really enjoyed reading these with some laugh-out-loud moments. She covers a lot from feminist issues to other ways to change the world for the better: some are deeply personal, others less so. Worth a look and good for dipping into for a change from fiction reading (my main love).

 

Cannibalism exists in this Florida backwater – interesting concept

Cannibal Vol. 1 - Matías Bergara, Brian Buccellato, Jennifer Young

 

 

This comic collection assumes that cannibalism (caused by a virus) is sweeping this area of Florida. The local characters are more involved in the disappearance of Jolene. There's a fair amount of violence and death.

 

In light-brown tones, the illustrations are well-conceived although I had difficulty keeping track of who is who and the plot moves along at a reasonable pace. The lettering in the digital edition is tight and therefore a bit hard to read. Good collection – more to come in another volume.

 

A young chemistry graduate goes to work for a “mad” scientist

Blood Stain Volume 2 - Linda Sejic



A young woman struggling to find a job eventually gets hired by a “mad” scientist. The plot again takes its time in this second volume as it ends as Elliott – our heroine – settles in and begins work at Dr Stein's lab and deals with her neuroses.

With humour and fine cartoony illustrations, this volume is entertaining and fun.
Some white lettering on black background which is not easy to read in the digital edition.

 

Financial crashes explained – the truth at last?

The Black Monday Murders Volume 1 - Jonathan Hickman

 

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This comic book collection deals with various financial crashes (which does not sound very exciting, I'm sure) but we discover that supernatural/alien elements are involved in keeping the wealthiest firms buoyant. The ruling families are often at loggerheads and murder is committed.

As one has come to expect from Jonathan Hickman, the atmosphere is dark, laden with threat and violence. It is thoroughly engaging, if a bit long, and well-illustrated with all sorts of nebulous characters. It is sometimes difficult to remember who is who but, in the end, it doesn't really matter. Reminiscent of much of his other work, it is still interesting and well-written. Another volume will follow.