Monday, December 21, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Stephen Sears’ book Gettysburg is a detailed look at this important battle and the events leading up to it and after it. Sears describes the three days of hard fighting that took place and the mistakes made by both sides in the heat of battle. The one thing that stands out after reading this account is the amount of times important decisions had to be made with no were near complete information. Many times both sides had no real idea were the enemy forces were located, or if they were fighting how much of the enemy was engaged. The overall impression is of a group of people playing Marco Polo as they stumble around in the dark, and if they collide a battle starts.
Gettysburg is an absorbing read, Sears’ attention to detail comes through in the narrative and I found myself not wanting to put this book down. I feel I know a lot more about this important and bloody battle.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
I first discovered Peter Connolly as a child. I loved reading about Greek and Roman history, and here were a series of books that talked about their military history. Also the books had amazing artwork by the author that really brought the text to life. Re-reading the books now in the one volume collected edition I find that they are just as good as I remember.
Greece and Rome at War is by Peter Connolly a respected historian who also happens to be an amazing illustrator, and this second talent is what really sells the book. The book begins with the Greek army and talks about hoplites and phalanxs and how Greek military tactics developed. Next is the Roman Republic and its wars with the Carthaginians led famously in the Second Punic War by Hannibal. Finally Connolly discusses the Roman Empire and the role of the legionary. Accompanying these histories are the authors paintings of armour, weapons and maps of battles as well as paintings of various soldiers in their battle gear.
Monday, September 28, 2009
- Absolute Superman for Tomorrow. Writer - Brian Azzarello. Artist - Jim Lee. The Absolute format is great for showcasing reprints and this story about Superman's inner search for meaning is a great read.
- Punisher War Zone: The Resurrection of Ma Gnucci. Writer - Garth Ennis. Artist - Steve Dillon. Ennis is the perfect Punisher writer with a story that's full of black humour and violence.
- Wolverine: SNIKT! Writer/Artist - Tsutomu Nihei. Wolverine travels into the future to do what he does best.
- John Constantine Hellblazer: Hard Time. Writer - Brian Azzarello. Artist - Richard Corben. Constantine is in a maximum-security prison and you just know it will end badly for everyone except him.
- Ultimate X-Men: Ultimate Collection Book 2. Writer - Mark Millar. Artist - Various. The young team find out some dark secrets about Professor Xavier as they struggle with fulfilling his vision.
- Spider-Man/Wolverine. Writer - Brett Matthews. Artist - Vatche Maulian. S.H.I.E.L.D. hire out two heroes to track down rogue agents, which takes them around the world.
- Lobster Johnson and the iron Prometheus. Writer - Mike Mignola. Artist - Jason Armstrong. Pure pulp fun with Nazis, mad scientists, weird creations and furious action.
- John Constantine Hellblazer: Good Intentions. Writer - Brian Azzarello. Artist - Marcelo Frusin. Constantine goes to Doglick, West Virginia and finds himself up to his neck in all sorts of trouble.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
- The Dwarves by Markus Heitz. What does it mean to be a dwarf when you have never seen your own kind. Tunydil is about to find out as he attempts to save the world.
- The Civil War. Fort Sumter to Perryville by Shelby Foote. The first volume in an epic and gripping retelling of the American Civil War.
- Wasteland of Flint by Thomas Harlan. The galaxy spanning Mexica Empire keeps discovering ruins from an ancient civilisation and sends Dr. Gretchen Anderson to find out more. Superior science-fiction.
- The Caryatids by Bruce Sterling. In the near future environmental catastrophe has led to the collapse of nearly all nation states. Instead spheres of influence fight for control. As always a thought provoking read.
- All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. An action packed novel that doesn't let up. For people who enjoy their science-fiction at full throttle.
- Wireless by Charles Stross. A collection of short stories by one of science-fictions shining lights. A great read.
- The Spartacus War by Barry Strauss. A very readable and engaging look at the gladiator revolt led by Spartacus.
- Ravenor. The Omnibus by Dan Abnett. Join Inquisitor Gideon Ravenor as he battles the enemies of the Imperium. Balls-to-the-wall fun.
Friday, September 4, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
- The Miernik Dossier by Charles McCarry. An engaging and very readable spy novel told as a collection of intelligence reports, surveillance notes, wire taps and transcripts.
- The City and the City by China Mieville is an amazing detective novel that defies description. Read it and judge for yourself.
- Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie is a great story of revenge told by one of the modern masters of the fantasy genre.
- The Affinity Bridge by George Mann is a wonderful steampunk detective novel that is a lot of fun to read.
- Up a Tree in the Park at Night With a Hedgehog by P Robert Smith is a brilliant debut novel that will make you laugh out loud.
- Old Boys by Charles McCarry. When Paul Christopher's supposed ashes are handed to the American consulate in Beijing some of his friends are suspicious and they decide to find out where he is. Another great spy novel from a master storyteller.
- The Rise of the Iron Moon by Stephen Hunt. Third volume in a great steampunk adventure series.
- The Jackal of Nar by John Marco is the first book in an epic fantasy trilogy. The story covers war, politics, love and loyalty.
- Emperor's Mercy by Henry Zou. Chaos forces have invaded the Medina Corridor and it is up to Inquisitor Obodiah Roth to find out why. A fun read.
Monday, August 24, 2009
- Blood Games by Dan Abnett takes place on Terra and involves the Custodes as they guard the Emperor's Palace, and Terra, against traitors.
- Wolf at the Door by Mike Lee deals with the Space Wolves 13th Company as they liberate the Lammas subsector.
- Scions of the Storm by Anthony Reynolds is about the Word Bearers Space Marines.
- The Voice by James Swallow concerns the mysterious Sisters of Silence.
- Call of the Lion by Gav Thorpe loos at the Dark Angels as they explore system DX-619.
- The Last Church by Graham McNeill tells the story of the Church of the Lightning Stone and it's last priest Uriah Olathaine.
- After Desh'ea by Matthew Farrer looks at Kharn of the World Eaters Space Marines.
This is a great collection of stories that further expands events taking place during the Horus Heresy. Well worth reading, especially if you have read any of the other Horus Heresy books.
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Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
- The Fall of Marakross by Steve Parker sees Dark Angel space Marines helping defend the city of Scala from a Chaos cult, but the Dark Angel's have their own secret reasons for helping.
- Vindicare by C S Goto involves a Vindicare Assassin as she patiently waits to kill an Eldar leader on the planet of Orphean Trine.
- The Prisoner by Graham McNeill deals with a visit to the prison on Orina Septimus by Inquisitor Lord Syphax Osorkon who has come with some Grey Knights to see a very dangerous prisoner.
- The Invitation by Dan Abnett is about Cannonness Olga Karamanz and her Sister's of Battle and Catcher of Men Lowen Tegget as they hunt the same renegade.
- A Balance of Faith by Darren-Jon Ashmore is about Sister Hospitaller Verinas' fight with the forces of Chaos.
- Gate of Souls by Mike Lee sees Inquisitor Alabel Santos fight Chaos on the planet of Dirge.
- Fates Masters, Destiny's Servants by Matt Keefe follows the Ultramarines on Elysium.
- Tears of Blood by C S Goto deals with Eldar in the Tyrine System.
A good collection to dip into, it is also small enough to read in one sitting.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
James Swallow tells this story with gusto in The Flight of the Eisenstein, which introduces us to Garro and shows us aspects of his character that lead him to wanting to warn the Emperor about the treachery of Horus, and the threat that Horus is to the Imperium. While the Eisenstein is fleeing from orbit around Istvaan III it is fired on and sustains dangerous amounts of damage, despite this it jumps into the warp where the Chaos Gods begin to play with the ship. Garro and his men must survive if they are going to warn the Emperor, but the longer they stay in the warp the less likely it is that they will be able to.
Swallow does a good job of raising the tension and putting Garro through the wringer. If Garro succeeds maybe the Imperium can defeat Horus, but if the Eisenstein is lost in the warp Horus will most likely win. A good entry in the Horus Heresy series that focuses on the Space Marines themselves rather than the Primarchs for a change.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
- The Skull Harvest by Graham McNeill shows how to raise a Chaos raiding party.
- Gauntlet Run by Chris Roberson is about Imperial Fist Space Marines vs Orks.
- Renegades by Gav Thorpe tells how the third company of the Avenging Sons Chapter became traitors.
- Honour Among Friends by Dylan Owen looks at Black Legion Marine Scaevolla and his endless quest to kill Imperial Fist Marines.
- Fires of War by Nick Kyme follows the Salamanders as they try and cleanse the city of Cirrion of Chaos cultists.
- The Labyrinth by Richard Ford tells of the Sons of Malice.
- Headhunted by Steve Parker is about the Deathwatch as they cleanse an Ork ship.
- And They Shall Know No Fear ... by Darren Cox deals with Black Templars and their crusade against a Chaos cult.
- Nightfall by Peter Feheruari is about Chaos Marines.
- One Hate by Aaron Dembski-Bowden deals with the Crimson Fists as they help the Imperial Guard retake the world of Syral from the Orks, or so it seems.
Overall a great collection to dip into and read bit by bit.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
The real star of this book though is the artwork, amazing pictures from artists like Adrian Smith, Wayne England, David Gallagher and many more fill this book. Pictures of space Marines fighting, the Primarchs, and massive tanks are a joy to look at, especially for fans of Warhammer 40k. The book also contains concept art from the very talented John Blanche.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
James Swallow in Deus Encarmine and Deus Sanguinius has told the story of these tragic fighters. On the remote cemetery planet of Cybele a group of Blood Angels clash with traitor marines from the Word Bearers. But things are not as straight forward as it first seems, as there are plots within plots as the Chaos forces have their own agenda for engaging the Blood Angels.
Within the Blood Angels events are also happening that threaten to split the whole Chapter. Battle-Brother Arkio performs heroic acts in battle that have his comrades talking about him being blessed by Sanguinius. Arkio's older sibling Rafen believes that something is amiss. This feeling is shared by experienced Battle-Sergeant Koris. Amongst this turmoil the trusted friend of the Blood Angels Inquisitor Stele of the Ordo Hereticus is playing his own game which may or may not relate to what is happening to Arkio.
this series has a slow build up but once it got going it was hard to put down.
Monday, June 1, 2009
We are also introduced to Angron, Primarch of the World Eaters, and Fulgrim, Primarch of the Emperor's Children, and we get to see how different to Horus they are. Angron, barbaric and bloodthirsty and Fulgrim, proud and patrician. And of course we see Horus as he begins to question the Emperor's plans for the Imperium, and how Horus is now beginning to think that he should play a larger role in the Imperium's future. Loken, meanwhile, is caught between his duty as a Space Marine, and his feelings that something very wrong is going on.
In the final part Horus begins to make his move against the Emperor and enlists the help of some fellow Primarchs and the Mechanicum and so the die is cast. As Horus states, 'I will set the Emperor's Imperium ablaze and from the ashes will arise a new Master of Mankind.'
I'm very much looking forward to reading the next part of the story. Great read.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Tessia wants to be a healer like her father, but her mother and society would rather she settled down. A chance visit to the local magician changes everything when it is discovered that Tessia has magical ability. She then becomes his apprentice and a whole new world opens up before her, one she never dreamed possible. While this is going on, events in the outside world are coming to a head and they will have far reaching consequences for everyone, and Tessia finds herself in the middle of it all.
The Magician’s Apprentice is good solid fantasy and should appeal to genre readers, and fans of Canavan’s previous books. Don’t be put of by the large size of the book as the pages quickly go by as the story builds.