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Camera Obscura (Angry Robot)
Camera Obscura (Angry Robot)
by Lavie Tidhar
Edition: Paperback

0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shot of Steampunk, 19 July 2011
Mishandling of thirst quenchers is a plot by those effete English tea-drinkers.

Tanned, two-fisted jetsetting adventurers are hardly going to make such mistakes deliberately, keeping those fine products down.

Louche English intellectuals and their word-ridden minions and their weak lager deliberately introducing such confusion. An anti-Celt anglo conspiracy..

Feh.

3 Laphroaigs + 1.6 Tullamore Dews

Or, this is the good stuff.
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Always Forever (Age of Misrule)
Always Forever (Age of Misrule)
by Mark Chadbourn
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.74

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fimbulwinter Draconis, 28 Feb 2011
Thomas the Rhymer, fancy mythological ships, and more, as the Brothers and Sisters stage a guerilla campaign to try and drive out the evil beasties and others that would like a big nasty void to happen.

Fighting a fimbulwinter with no technology is not a lot of fun, so they have to use their powers to see what they can do about getting some airpower support, in the form of large, flying lizards, who share the same magical source of energy.


Darkest Hour: Book 2 Of The World's End Trilogy (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
Darkest Hour: Book 2 Of The World's End Trilogy (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
by Mark Chadbourn
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Multi-monster struggle, 28 Feb 2011
A multi-sided political struggle develops. Humans, the Tuatha De Danaan, and the Fomorii. These are all basically opposed to each other, but the Dragon sibling group seeks an alliance with sympathetic Tuatha to help them do something about the problems that beset them.

The problem they have is that some of the others are quite nihilistic, or don't really want to do anything. God psychology can be tricky.


The Burning Man: Kingdom of the Serpent: Book 2: Burning Man Bk. 2 (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
The Burning Man: Kingdom of the Serpent: Book 2: Burning Man Bk. 2 (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
by Mark Chadbourn
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.44

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Horrible Mystery Tour, 28 Feb 2011
Horrible mystery tour.

At least for the Brothers and Sisters of Dragons, anyway. For the reader, this is as good as the last book.

Church and the rest of his Five have begun to realise what is going on with the Void's Mundane Spell - so that the everyday person is a bit stuck in the Matrix, if you like, supernatural style.

The first thing they need to do is to pull the other modern day group out of it, and this is where the start of the book finds Ruth and Church - out to retrieve Mallory and Sophie. The others have similar missions to gather the remaining two corporeal members of Mallory's Five. Tom's prophetic abilities also begin to come back, similarly.

The other problem is their power source, the Blue Fire is ebbing, and this entails a world tour and encounters with pantheons of all sorts (you even get Church going toe to toe with the Norse God of War!)

The various Tuatha and their realm still play an important part, for better or worse, helping, harming, fighting by and betraying the various members of the Five - and this is where having read the earlier volumes the Age of Misrule will enhance understanding of what is going on. Plenty of other supernatural strangeness to be had and weapons to be gathered.

Veitch and his injustice society version, the Brothers and Sisters of Spiders are still doing their own thing, as is the Libertarian. In the case of the former, an interesting dynamic develops between Etain, Veitch and Ruth. Church and company also want to make contact with those of the past Five members that Veitch and friends have not managed to slaughter, for help in the final battle.

With this rapidfire set of supernatural religious power confrontations undergone, Chadbourn also reveals there are Gnostic underpinnings to his story, and the titular figure actually comes from something a bit New Age - The Burning Man Festival. This is counterbalanced by entertaining pop culture banter anmd insults between the bunch, even to the level of Legion of Substitute Heroes jokes.

Chadbourn continues to deliver.


The Queen of Sinister (Dark Age Book 2) (Dark Age (Pyr))
The Queen of Sinister (Dark Age Book 2) (Dark Age (Pyr))
by Mark Chadbourn
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.36

3.0 out of 5 stars Middle-pinning, 28 Feb 2011
Definitely the weakest book in Chadbourn's 6 books about the Fall, so far. This one is more of an aside, as the doctor that you meet in the 6th book crosses over to the Otherworld to find a cure for a plague that is ravaging her local area.

She has a few companions, is a Sister of Dragons, gets help from the Goddess in the form of the Morrigan, and still screws up.


The Hounds of Avalon: The Dark Age 3 (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
The Hounds of Avalon: The Dark Age 3 (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
by Mark Chadbourn
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Kingmaker Setup, 28 Feb 2011
This is his sixth book set in this version of our world, I have read the first four, but not the fifth, as yet - one of the characters from the fifth appears in this novel - and it seems her story is the fifth novel, but might not be that interesting.

Anyway, this was good, and more in the vein of the third novel of his `first' trilogy. However, the ending perhaps cheesily sets up yet another likely to be trilogy about what happened to Church from the first 3 novels, when he went back into the past. That was a bit annoying. Presumably that will hopefully end the whole thing back in the present time.


Jack Of Ravens: Kingdom of the Serpent: Book 1 (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
Jack Of Ravens: Kingdom of the Serpent: Book 1 (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
by Mark Chadbourn
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dragons and Spiders, Swyfte and the Summer of Love, 28 Feb 2011
Not just trilogies.

When you start this book, you will see that Chadbourn actually has a series thing going, that presumably is being marketed as trilogies as that is what the garden variety fantasy reader wants and what sells.

The first two perhaps logically break at the start, but the end of the last book is definitely a cliffhanger leading into this one.

This is nothing like your standard walk walk walk walk chop stuff cast fireball run away type epic fantasy, either, being largely urban.

In fact, a lot of this novel is more reminiscent of Poul Anderson's time police type stories, if you added in Sidhe gods, and celtic magic powered superheroes like the Brothers and Sisters of Dragons, of course.

Church is plunged back in time, and is instrumental in grouping the very first band of Brothers and Sisters, something which is corrupted later.

Veitch is still running around, basically leading the supervillain black Brothers and Sisters version.

A very bad lot called the Army of Ten Billion Spiders is out to get rid of existence, enslaving everything from Roman Legions to Greek, Roman and Celtic gods to do so.

One serious flaw in their plan is currently they can't just bump off Church and company, they need Veitch and his black 5 to do so.

A time odyssey from then on, as Church goes from his original trip, to Rome, to Elizabethan England (teaming up with a super spy that I think Chadbourn has writtten a short story about, Will Swyfe), to Vietnam, the Summer of Love, and more.

The other usual suspects are around, and the Spider types are trying to keep Ruth, Laura, Shavi, Caitlin, Mallory, Hunter, etc. under wraps to keep the pressure on Church.

The series has hence evolved from creeping horror to a political tour, if you like, which may interest some people more than the elf gods and dragons batles of the middle books.

Jack Churchill, which all this time travel of course gets all archetypal to an even greater degree than his initials and running around with Excalibur type swords had made him before.


World's End: Book One of the Age of Misrule
World's End: Book One of the Age of Misrule
by Mark Chadbourn
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: 7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy city catastrope, 28 Feb 2011
The world is slowly changing. People are starting to see strange things, monsters, ghosts, and other oddities.

Technology is starting to fail at random, and no-one is quite sure why. It gets worse, fast, as people realise myths are coming to life, and they really don't like humans.

A group of 5 people are drawn together, and discover that they each have some sort of skill or superhuman ability, as well as a calling to try and fight back for humanity. Thus begins a quest.


The Devil in Green (Dark Age Book 1) (Dark Age (Pyr))
The Devil in Green (Dark Age Book 1) (Dark Age (Pyr))
by Mark Chadbourn
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.23

3.0 out of 5 stars A New Start, 28 Feb 2011
A new trilogy following on from the Age of Misrule. It is set some time in the future, and some of the earlier Brothers and Sisters have aged or moved on.

There is a government, and some form of organised resistance, but this book centers around Mallory, your hard nut rogue crim type. He falls in with a band wanting to re-establish the Knights Templar. They, of course, are dodgier than they look.

Mallory has to deal with monsters and madmen as he discovers he has a higher purpose than the graft, to put together a new Dragon sibling superteam.


Destroyer of Worlds: Kingdom of the Serpent: Book 3: Destroyer of Worlds Bk. 3 (Gollancz)
Destroyer of Worlds: Kingdom of the Serpent: Book 3: Destroyer of Worlds Bk. 3 (Gollancz)
by Mark Chadbourn
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Team-ups!, 28 Feb 2011
The third book in a trilogy, the third trilogy in a trio, so for now the story of Brothers and Sisters of Dragons is done, with a rather high bodycount.

The two teams, or what is left of them, have yet another desperate plan to try and save Existence.

More than one team of course given they have been collecting their own small army of counterparts throughout time. So while the X-Men and X-Force are off trying to save the universe (while hoping Emma Frost and Dark Cyclops don't stab them in the back) it is up to a Roman barbarian to try and mold an army together to give them some time to get it done. Complete with jokes about what barbarians usually due to sorcerers, too, when we discover that like Conan, he, too, has a plan.

Anyone who knows zilch about mythology might get slightly lost in the thunder god team-ups perhaps, but this is fun, as the Pendragon spirit wielders, the Tuatha De Danan and most of the gods of several Earth pantheons make a stand. Except for the Egyptians, whom Church and company discovered they really didn't like all that much in a prior installment.

Or to put it another way, there is a fair pile of Simon R. Green level crazy to be found in this one with god armies, monsters, superwitches, dragons, talking lamps, monsters and the odd ten billion spiders.

While still leaving wiggle-room for more if so desired.

3.5 out of 5


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