Sunday, 9 October 2011

To Read-Pile: My Next 5

Saturday morning and I just finished reading the last book of my previous five. Can't quite start writing the review. I need some time to mull over the book before it all becomes clear. Instead I will compile my choice of the next five books to read. This time I even managed to buy a book and make some room for it. Two books from Solaris this time as I very patiently waited for them to arrive as the delivery failed the first time and they had to be sent again.

The Recollection - Gareth L Powell

When his brother disappears into a bizarre gateway on a London Underground escalator, failed artist Ed Rico and his brother’s wife Alice have to put aside their feelings for each other to go and find him. Their quest through the “arches” will send them hurtling through time,  to new and terrifying alien worlds. 

Four hundred years in the future, Katherine Abdulov must travel to a remote planet in order to regain the trust of her influential family. The only person standing in her way is her former lover, Victor Luciano, the ruthless employee of a rival trading firm.

Hard choices lie ahead as lives and centuries clash and, in the unforgiving depths of space, an ancient evil stirs…

I love Sci-Fi, and I've been looking forward to this book so it gets the honor of being my first. The Recollection has been received well by reviewers so I should be all set for a nice ride. Hopefully in a rich new universe with plenty of things to astonish me.

Johannes Cabal: The Fear Institue - Jonathan L Howard

Beyond the wall of sleep lie the Dreamlands, a whole world formed by dreams, but not a dream itself. For countless millennia, it has been explored only by those with a certain detachment from the mundane realities of our own world, its strange seas navigated, and its vast mountains climbed by philosophers, and mystics, and poets.
Well, those halcyon days are over, beatniks.

Johannes Cabal is coming.

Cabal, a necromancer of some little infamy, is employed by the mysterious Fear Institute to lead an expedition into the Dreamlands, an expedition whose goal is nothing less than to hunt and destroy the dread Phobic Animus, the font of terrors, the very source of all the world’s fear. They will enter exotic lands where magic is common and monsters abound, see wonders, and suffer dreadful hardships. Cabal will encounter witches, vile abominations, and far too many zebras.

And, when they finally come close to their goal, Cabal will have to face his own nightmares, but for a man who communes easily with devils and the dead, there is surely nothing left to fear.

Is there?

I'm a big fan of Jonathan L Howard and his creation, Johannes Cabal. It's pretty much already a must read, and hopefully it will remain one in my review.

Kultus - Richard Ford

A steam-powered burlesque of brutal demonic action!

Thaddeus Blaklok – mercenary, demonist, bastard and thug-for-hire – is pressed into retrieving a mysterious key for his clandestine benefactors. Little does he know that other parties seek to secure this artefact for their own nefarious ends and soon he is pursued by brutal cultists, bloodthirsty gangsters, deadly mercenaries and hell spawned monsters, all bent on stopping him by any means necessary.
In a lightning paced quest that takes him across the length and breadth of the steam-fuelled city of Manufactory, Blaklok must use his wits and his own demonic powers to keep the key from those who would use it for ill, and open the gates to Hell itself.

Another new writer. I think this books sounds like a lot of fun. Made me think of Hellboy when I read the blurb. Should be a fun read, with a lot of action and snappy one liners.

Salvation's Reach - Dan Abnett
The Tanith First-And-Only embark a desperate mission that could decide the fate of the Sabbat Worlds Crusade in the thirteenth book of this popular Imperial Guard series. The Ghosts of the Tanith First-and-Only have been away from front line for too long. Listless, and hungry for some action, they are offered a mission that perfectly suits their talents. The objective: the mysterious Salvation's Reach, a remote and impenetrable fortress concealing secrets that could change the course of the Sabbat Worlds campaign. But the proposed raid is so hazardous, it's regarded as a suicide mission, and the Ghosts may have been in reserve for so long they've lost their edge. Haunted by spectres from the past and stalked by the Archenemy, Colonel-Commissar Gaunt and his Ghosts embark upon what could be their finest hour - or their final mission.

Ashamed to admit this, but I have not read anything by Dan Abnett before. Obviously, this is something which needs to be rectified and where better to start than with a Gaunt's Ghosts novel? Possibly an earlier Gaunt's Ghost novel, but one should not be picky. My expectations are very high for this book. I've seen nothing but glowing reviews, so I expect to have my socks blown straight off my feet by the compressed awesomeness of this book.

The Edinburgh Dead - Brian Ruckley
Edinburgh 1827. In the starkly-lit operating theatres of the city, grisly experiments are being carried out on corpses in the name of medical science. But elsewhere, there are those experimenting with more sinister forces. Amongst the crowded, sprawling tenements of the labyrinthine Old Town, a body is found, its neck torn to pieces. Charged with investigating the murder is Adam Quire, Officer of the Edinburgh Police. The trail will lead him into the deepest reaches of the city's criminal underclass, and to the highest echelons of the filthy rich. Soon Quire will discover that a darkness is crawling through this city of enlightenment ? and no one is safe from its corruption.

Brian Ruckley is the author of the Godless World trilogy, which I enjoyed reading. The Edinburgh Dead is a another book I was excited about when I first heard of it's release. I do like crime and I recently made a promise to try and read some books, which does not take place in London or New York.

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