Monday, 19 September 2011

To-read pile: My Next 5 #3

Last week was slow for reading and reviewing, but a lot more successful for eating and drinking with my mates. This morning I did reach the end of my latest selection from my reading pile and it's time to make a new one. Black Library sent me some really exciting books in a big parcel so they will have the honour of going first and last this time.

Thanquol's Doom  - C L Werner

Upon his return to the Old World, the ambitious Grey Seer Thanquol is coerced into leading an army against the dwarfs of Karak Angkul. Renowned for its engineer clans, this city will not fall easily, but the true object of Thanquol’s fascination is their secret artefact of incredible power which he believes will assure his ascension to the Council of Thirteen. His efforts are thrown into disarray when the infamous skaven Ikit Claw usurps control of the army for his own nefarious schemes, and so Thanquol must act quickly before the warlock can unleash his ultimate weapon – the Doomsphere.

Grey Seer Thanquol is a great character from the Gotrek and Felix books. He is a bit of a comic relief trope to be honest, but he is a great one. I expect this book to be a lot of fun. Skavens are really fun, evil and cowards. Nothing will go as planned in this book, but it will be very entertaining.

Darkness Falling - Peter Crowther

It was a typical all-American backwater – until the night the monsters came.
When four employees of KMRT Radio investigate an unearthly light that cuts off communication with the outside world, they discover that something has taken the place of their friends and fellow townfolk, and imbued them with malign intentions. Little do they know, the phenomenon is not unique to the town of Jesman’s Bend…

I know nothing about this book apart from the blurb. Sounds like The Body Snatchers. Could be a scary book, or maybe a splatter-tastic book. The cover gives me the creeps.

The Falling Machine - Andrew P Mayer

In 1880 women aren't allowed to vote, much less dress up in a costume and fight crime...
But twenty-year-old socialite Sarah Stanton still dreams of becoming a hero. Her opportunity arrives in tragedy when the leader of the Society of Paragons, New York's greatest team of gentlemen adventurers, is murdered right before her eyes. To uncover the truth behind the assassination, Sarah joins forces with the amazing mechanical man known as The Automaton. Together they unmask a conspiracy at the heart of the Paragons that reveals the world of heroes and high-society is built on a crumbling foundation of greed and lies. When Sarah comes face to face with the megalomaniacal villain behind the murder, she must discover if she has the courage to sacrifice her life of privilege and save her clockwork friend.
I love the blurb for this book. Super heroes, steampunk and a murder mystery. Sold!

The Straight Razor Cure - Daniel Polansky

Welcome to Low Town. Here, the criminal is king. The streets are filled with the screeching of fish hags, the cries of swindled merchants, the inviting murmurs of working girls. Here, people can disappear, and the lacklustre efforts of the guard ensure they are never found.

Warden is an ex-soldier who has seen the worst men have to offer; now a narcotics dealer with a rich, bloody past and a way of inviting danger. You`d struggle to find someone with a soul as dark and troubled as his.

But then a missing child, murdered and horribly mutilated, is discovered in an alley. 

And then another. 

With a mind as sharp as a blade and an old but powerful friend in the city, he`s the only man with a hope of finding the killer.

If the killer doesn`t find him first.

Everywhere I turn I see praise for this book and I was thrilled to receive a review copy. I've read a lot of books lately which paint a bleak and way too realistic picture of the near future. I think The Straight Razor Cure could be another example of great world building. This book will be really dark, gritty and in your face.

The Outcast Dead - Graham McNeill
The galaxy is burning. The Emperor’s loyal primarchs prepare to do battle with Warmaster Horus and his turncoat Legions on the black sand of Isstvan. Such dark times herald new and yet more terrible things still to come, and when Astropath Kai Zulane unwittingly learns a secret that threatens to tip the balance of the war, he is forced to flee for his life. Alongside a mysterious band of renegades, he plunges into the deadly underworld of Terra itself, hunted like a criminal by those he once trusted. In the face of betrayal, Kai must decide where his own loyalties lie and whether some truths should be buried forever.

The Horus Heresy usually makes me a bit sad. I don't want them to betray the emperor! Horus, how could you? Warhammer 40k books are all of a high standard so expectations are high. I honestly don't know anything about the characters or events in this book and from the blurb it's not obvious how things will go. It will for sure be a dark and brutal read.


  1. Cool you read Black Library books too. Look forward to your reviews.

  2. Almost finished with Thanquol's Doom so review coming next week :)