Saturday, February 17, 2007

Of books, variously

Today's twenty or so words of drivel...

Working on Only In Death, a feverish pace to get in finished. It's officially the creepiest Gaunt book ever (lots of action in it too, mind, fight fans). Nik read the first few chapters and remarked that it had a really chilling, menacing undertone. In a good way. You have been warned.

Saw my first printed copies of Ravenor Rogue. It looks gorgeous. Can't wait to hear what the Ravenor/Eisenhorn readership thinks.

Speaking of books, I need something good to read. Any suggestions? What was the last good book you read?

14 comments:

Martin said...

Oh, ya can bet that you'll get my review of Ravenor Rogue as fast as possible - means 2 days afterI get it ;)

Last good book I read... uuh, I had Eisenhorn Omnibus here, because of the short stories. Not that I've Xenos, Malleus and Hereticus in single volumes - then follows Tactica. I'm amazed on its beauty, it has flair, it has... it's wow!

Mark Richard said...

Well the last thing I read recently which wasn’t from The Black Library, was “Lords of the North” by Bernard Cornwall, creator of the Sharpe series. It’s set in the era of when the Vikings were invading England. It’s also the third book in this series, I believe the first is “The Last Kingdom.”

Rob Smith said...

Not the last but the BEST books i have ever read (besides gaunt's ghosts!) are the Dark Tower Series by Stephen King and A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin.

A Song of Ice and Fire are frankly the best books i have ever had the pleasure to read.

A fantasy Epic with a seriously dark and sinister story that i just cant put to words to describe (Have wrote this post over and over at least 6 times trying to explain the books), please please read these books! i have recommended these books to so many people and even bought them as gifts for friends just so i had someone to say "WOW" to and have them understand exactly why!

In fact ill go so far as to offer you a copy Mr Abnett!

Kind Regards,

Rob
Robsmith_82@hotmail.com

Soapy said...

World War Z: an oral history of the zombie wars. Excellent

I'd second the Cornwell books. He likes a formula and only has six characters but you always know what your gonna get and can kinda relax into it and enjoy the fighting.

Cheers,
Soaps.

Anonymous said...

I've resisted the urge to tuck into my copy of Ravenor Rogue for two whole days, after waiting all these years wondering how the story will end. But you'll definitely hear from me once I've overcome my foolishness and read the thing! It's sat by my bed-side as I type, looking all shiny and tantalising.

As to suggestions for reading matter, Mark Gatiss' new Lucifer Box novel 'The Devil in Amber' is rather good fun. I'm currently working my way through 'Sharpe's Fury', waiting for the big battle to kick off.

And since I've got the opportunity, I'd heartily recommend to anyone my favourite novel: 'The Man Who Was Thursday'. G K Chesterton has been woefully under-appreciated by literary history.

Regards,
His Dark Malevolence:
Matthew Churchill.

Peter B said...

Dan, Ordinary Heroes by Scott Turow. Definitely worth a read. A second world war thriller inspired by the authors fathers experiences.

Witchy for a look said...

Hi Dan,
I recently read 'Oh, Play That Thing' by Roddy Doyle the second in the Last Roundup series. Doyle's story is about the exploits of an Irish drifter called Henry Smart in 20's America delivered in a muscular and dynamic style. Simply brilliant. Book one is equally excellant (titled A Star Called Henry).

Doyle uses the first person in ways I've never read before nor realised possible.

Also anything by Bernard Cornwall is a good bet.

Awaiting Ravenor Rogue like you wouldn't believe and I look forward to sharing my thoughts on your work here.

Thanks for making 40k so cool
Chris

Anonymous said...

Hey Dan, anything by Jeffrey Deaver is great and the Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher is fantastic.

Stephen S said...

I'd suggest the Temeraire series of fantasy novels by Naomi Novik. A very enjoyable read.

hmmm...Ravenor Rogue eh? better see about getting it from Amazon.

now, back to Supreme Commander!!

narrativium said...

Last best non-BL series I read: Sir Apropos of Nothing, A Woad to Wuin, and Tong Lashing (a trilogy or ongoing series) by Peter David. Grim, funny, thought-provoking stuff.

Anonymous said...

Hi Dan,
Last book I read was "On writing" by Stephen King. Not that you might actually need to read it, but I found that your approaches of writing are quite different, and the autobiographic part is not so boring, so you might give it a shot.
Best,

Dju

Jay said...

The Complete Chronicles of Conan the Barbarian by Robert E. Howard.

I need not say more.

Anonymous said...

"The Lies of Locke Lamora" by Scott Lynch is my recommendation.

Best read so far this year for me (although I've started on "His Last Command" today, so things might change... ;-) )

Yrs
Martin Andersson, Sweden

Jack said...

Last really good book I read was Our Band Could Be Your Life. It's quite cool if you're into the American punk scene of the 70s and 80s.