Wake of The Bloody Angel by Alex Bledsoe (Book Review)

As I’ve said elsewhere before, 2012 was the big year for me, when I branched out into all sorts of different genres and subgenres. One of these was nautical fantasy and even then a more low-brow kind of nautical fantasy at that. Wake of the Bloody Angel was my first book by Alex Bledsoe and one of the very few books that I’ve finished in a day. Considering the length of it, that is certainly an achievement for me and also sort of a testament to how good the novel is. The Eddie LaCrosse books are very much stand-alone in nature, and if you want to read a slightly different kind of fantasy than the usual then Wake of the Bloody Angel is a good place to start.

In light of The Founding Fields currently suffering some major site issues recently, I’m going to be reposting my reviews from the site to the blog, so enjoy away!

The original review can be found here.

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The Winds of Khalakovo by Bradley P. Beaulieu (Book Review)

Bradley P. Beaulieu’s Lays of Anuskaya trilogy went on my “25 Series To Read In 2013” largely because of my Twitter interactions with the author at the time and because of the positive buzz I saw about his books as I made more and more friends in the reviews-sphere. Russian fantasy? Sure. Give me more. It was a very unique experience in most regards and the entire Russian bent to the story and setting definitely was one of the biggest reasons why I loved the first two books in the series.

In light of The Founding Fields currently suffering some major site issues recently, I’m going to be reposting my reviews from the site to the blog, so enjoy away!

The original review can be found here.

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Upcoming: Pretty Little Dead Girls

Formed a while ago by my author friends Tim Marquitz and Joe Martin, Ragnarok Publications has been going all-out this year, releasing books after books. It also helps in a big way that their Publicity Coordinator, Melanie Meadors, is an extremely upbeat and energetic person. One of the authors that Tim and Joe have signed up this year is Mercedes M. Yardley and her second book with Ragnarok is coming very soon, on 29th September, just under two weeks away. I haven’t read anything from Mercedes as yet, but I’m rather curious about this new release so we shall see!

Here’s the press release for the novel.

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Velvet #6-7 (Comics Review)

Each month I am more and more impressed with Velvet by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting. In the title’s first arc they’ve taken the protagonist on an almost globe-hopping mission of investigation into the death of one of Britain’s finest intelligence agents, and they’ve done so by creating a protagonist who is nuanced, balanced, and one of the finest portrayals of female characters in comics, especially espionage comics. Velvet Templeton ranks as one of my favourite characters in comics since last year, when the title debuted, and the high of that has continued ever since.

 As Velvet moves into a new phase, especially with respect to Velvet’s solo investigation, we see the action and the pure intensity of the story get really ramped up. We now know that the main reason Velvet gave up being a field operative for ARC-7 was because she had been ordered to kill her husband on their honeymoon, on suspicions of him being a mole. Issues #6 and #7 deal with the fallout of this realization and show that Velvet really means business when it comes to finding out about the truth. Truly, the art and the story have never been as good as they’ve been in these two issues.

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Judge Dredd: Anderson, Psi-Division #1-2 (Comics Review)

I got hooked on to the Judge Dredd experience back in late 2011 when I had (mis)fortune of watching the Sylvester Stallone-starrer. It was a rough experience to be sure, but soon after that I took a dip back in when I started listening to Big Finish’s Judge Dredd audios and when I saw the rebooted movie Dredd, starring Karl Urban, which was much, much better of an experience than the original movie. I also experimented with IDW’s Judge Dredd comics in 2012, and then with the original ones from 2000AD last year, and one thing has been clear to me: I really do love Judge Cassandra Anderson a hell of a lot.

And now IDW has launched a new series, starring none other than Anderson, the coolest and most kickass Psi-Judge in the Big Meg. Judge Dredd: Anderson, Psi-Division charts the early years of Judge Anderson’s service as part of the Mega City One Justice Department. For someone looking to get into the world of Judge Dredd, this would be a great start I think because of how approachable Matt Smith’s writing is, and also because of how good the art by Carl Critchlow is. The first two issues are the first half of an arc, and there is certainly a lot here to like.

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All The Windwracked Stars by Elizabeth Bear (Audio Review)

Elizabeth Bear is an author I’ve wanted to read for the longest time, alongside a long line of other authors. When I began my “25 Series To Read In 2013″ reading challenge last year, I put one of her earliest series on the list because I wanted to kind of see how she got started since I also wanted to eventually progress to her other more recent novels. It didn’t quite work out like that and I only managed to get through All The Windwracked Stars by also listening to the audiobook of the novel. It was a fun, decent experience that was must different from the usual sort of fantasy I read, so I can definitely recommend it.

In light of The Founding Fields currently suffering some major site issues recently, I’m going to be reposting my reviews from the site to the blog, so enjoy away!

The original review can be found here.

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Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach (Book Review)

As you have seen recently from my reposted reviews, Rachel Aaron is one of my favourite fantasy authors, for a whole load of different reasons. When I heard in late 2012 that Rachel was going to be publishing a new series with Orbit Books, a space opera trilogy no less, I got very excited. All the expectations that I had of the Paradox series were fulfilled when I got done reading the first novel last year, Fortune’s Pawn, and then the sequel and the third novels earlier this year. If you are looking for a space opera that is both serious and humorous at the same time with a great female protagonist, then Fortune’s Pawn has to be on your radar!

The Paradox novels are published by Orbit as written by Rachel Bach, rather than Rachel Aaron.

In light of The Founding Fields currently suffering some major site issues, I’m going to be reposting my reviews from the site to the blog, so enjoy away!

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Debris by Jo Anderton (Book Review)

2012  was the year when I really got back into reading on a regular consistent basis, and I started the year off by reading some great novels from Angry Robot. Throughout the year, I read a number of the publisher’s titles, old and new alike, and one of these was award-winning author Jo Anderton’s Debris, the first in her Veiled Worlds series. Coincidentally, Jo’s award was for Debris itself and when I got done reading it, I could definitely see why it did, because it truly is a fantastic read with a rather unique take on things. Recommended reading!

In light of The Founding Fields currently suffering some major site issues, I’m going to be reposting my reviews from the site to the blog, so enjoy away!

The original review can be found here.

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Hexed #1-2 (Comics Review)

I haven’t read a whole lot of comics from Boom Studios to date. I was onboard with their Hypernatural series for a while back in 2012, and read a few other titles here and there, but didn’t really stick with anything. Which is something that I really should correct since a lot of the publisher’s titles are really interesting, such as Polarity mini-series, or even the fact that they publish the Planet of the Apes comics, which I’ve wanted to read for a good long while now. With my increased reading capacity each week, perhaps this is the time for getting back on track with that and I already have a great title that I’m following at present.

Michael Alan Nelson’s Hexed debuted last month and the first issue was awesome. An urban fantasy involving a female thief who steals magical items so bad guys can’t get to them? Let’s chalk that up to being an awesome masterpiece. The first issue involved some crazy action involving a post-Impressionist masterpiece and led to some really interesting developments for the hero, Lucifer. And the second issue continued that, with even more action involving a trip to metaphysical realms and using magic items to stop the bad guys. This has to be Michael’s best work to date, that I’ve read, and the art by Dan Mora and Gabriel Cassata is mind-blowing as well.

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Chastity #1-3 (Comics Review)

Dynamite Entertainment has often been about dark adult fantasy, much as with Zenescope Entertainment, though the two publishers have an entirely different focus despite often focusing on the same genres. The recent year and a half has seen Dynamite experimenting quite a bit with female-led comics, with titles like Dejah of Mars making their debut, or others such as Red Sonja getting rebooted with massive promotional clout behind them. Back in July, the publisher launched another female-led title, an urban fantasy horror that saw the protagonist take on vampires, Chastity.

Marc Andreyko came to my notice recently with his run on Batwoman for DC, where he wrote quite a few good issues, the handful that I read at any rate. I kept meaning to go back and get up to date on his run, but that didn’t pan out. And then I heard about his new title Chastity for Dynamite and I got excited, especially after looking at the previous pages. Now with three issues out, I have to say that Chastity has hit most of the right buttons for me and that I am really enjoying the story here. Dave Acosta and Thiago Ribeiro’s artwork hasn’t slouched either, making the title one of the more consistent new titles in recent months.

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The Key to Creation by Kevin J. Anderson (Book Review)

After reading the massive first two Terra Incognita novels back to back, I was almost burned out, but I went on with The Key To Creation, the third novel, nonetheless. I wanted to complete the experience while the events of the first two novels were still largely fresh in my mind, while I still could recall all the intricate connections that Kevin was setting up and exploring. And thankfully, The Key To Creation delivered on most of my expectations, and ended up being the best of the trilogy by a decent margin.

In light of The Founding Fields currently suffering some major site issues, I’m going to be reposting my reviews from the site to the blog, so enjoy away!

The original review can be found here.

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The Map of All Things by Kevin J. Anderson (Book Review)

Once I got started on my reading of the Terra Incognita novels, I didn’t stop, I just plowed straight on, finishing the trilogy in about a week I think, or maybe an extra day or two at most. The experience was an intense one and I definitely immersed myself in the tales of dogmatic religious crusades, tragedies, adventures on the high seas and doomed romances. In many ways The Map of All Things was a better novel than its predecessor, The Edge of The World, and I loved that the series got better as it went on.

In light of The Founding Fields currently suffering some major site issues, I’m going to be reposting my reviews from the site to the blog, so enjoy away!

The original review can be found here.

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