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The Iron Wolves

January 28, 2014 - 12:17 am No Comments

The Iron Wolves
Author: Andy Remic
Publisher: Angry Robot
Release Date: 29th Dec 2013
Size: 416pp
Reviewer: Andy Angel

It has been 30 years since The Iron Wolves won victory at the Pass of Splintered Bones and killed the Sorcerer Morkagoth and now a new threat faces the realm in the shape of Orlana the Changer!!

At first glance I thought this was going to be another “by the numbers” fantasy tale, and, to be honest, I couldn’t have been more wrong. The premise is simple enough – evil threatens the land, send for the heroes who won the day last time around, but it’s not going to be that easy! After saving the kingdom previously The Iron Wolves were well rewarded but all now seem to have fallen on harder times, some falling further than others. Their leader, General Dalgoran, thinks reuniting them will be the answer but whether they will be able to work together is a big question.

On the whole this was an enjoyable tale, although a lot more violent and horrific than I am used to reading in this genre. This is the nastiness of war, the violence of battle. The heroes are not your typical hero types. These are people who fight and kill because it is who they are and what they do, they are soldiers and mercenaries. As I started out I did not think I would be a fan but by the time I got to the end I found I actually cared about what happened to them. As is right with this kind of tale not everyone makes it to the end and when death arrives it is well done but not lightly done.

On the downside for me, and it is only a small quibble – The Splice. These are the books ‘monsters’. When first encountered these were a good idea – take an animal (usually a horse but also bears and lions were used), take a human and, quite literally, smash them together to make a deformed, distorted hybrid. A fantastic idea and a horrifying result but after reading about the making of the creatures for the third or fourth time they became a bit ho – hum. Thankfully this stopped fairly early on and they realized their full potential later on.

So, a bloody, violent, vicious fantasy romp. If you like your fantasy full of elves, unicorns etc this may not be your thing but if you like getting up to your ears in blood, gore and nastiness you’re in for a treat.

On a final note, the very last scene in this book was not at all what I expected, and even now, five days after finishing it still hasn’t left my thoughts. I am certainly looking forward to the next book.

The Four Realms

December 16, 2012 - 4:44 pm No Comments

The Four Realms Press Release

I’m pleased to share this press release for a book from Anarchy Books, that I’m really looking forward to. Andy Remic says . . .
We’re absolutely thrilled and jiggling to announce the upcoming and incoming release of THE FOUR REALMS by Adrian Faulkner. This is a stunning debut novel, absolutely jam-packed with vampire genocide, shape-shifting cephalopods, kick-ass elderly protagonists and shotgun wielding centaurs……

Gail Z. Martin, author of THE DREAD, described Faulkner’s debut novel as “An imaginative foray into a dark world of danger and adventure. Hang onto your hat!”…. and here at Anarchy Books we are super-excited at what we believe is the BEST Anarchy Book yet!!

Advance reader copies are now available for review, and Mr Faulkner is available for interviews, comments and general “book pimping”. Contact anarchy-books@hotmail.co.uk for more information.

Release date: 26th December 2012.
Mobi: ISBN: 978-1-908328-52-6
ePUB: ISBN: 978-1-908328-53-3
PDF copies also available for review.
THE FOUR REALMS-

Half-vampire Darwin stumbles across a corpse on the streets of London, and in a pocket discovers a notebook in a mysterious language. Divided between human ethics and vampire bloodlust, Darwin finds himself both condemner and saviour of a race who’ve never considered him one of their own. Now, he must try and lead the survivors to sanctuary in New Salisbury before Mr West completes his genocide of the vampires in his quest to obtain the book…

Maureen Summerglass is eighty-two years old, and a prisoner in her ramshackle home. She is afraid to let people enter in case they discover the oak door in her cellar. Threatened with homelessness and retirement from her job as a gatekeeper between worlds, Maureen breaks protocol when the death of a close friend is covered up… and enters the city of New Salisbury to search for his missing notebook. There, she discovers a world unlike the one of myth and fairy tale she imagined, and instead one of black market economies, brand names and tuk tuks. As she investigates, not only is she in extreme danger, but discovers she may be the first human female able to use magic…
Title: The Four Realms
Author: Adrian Faulkner
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Length: 120,000 words
Published by Anarchy Books
Release Date: 26th December 2012
Cover by Matt “Iron-Cow” Cauley
Mobi: ISBN: 978-1-908328-52-6
ePUB: ISBN: 978-1-908328-53-3

A Hi-Res image of the cover can be downloaded from: http://adrianfaulkner.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/four_realms_anarch2.jpg

The Last Reef

August 31, 2012 - 5:24 pm No Comments

The Last Reef
Author: Gareth L Powell
Publisher: Anarchy Books
Page count/Size: 355KB/182 pp
Release date: 1st April 2012
Reviewer: Ken Norman

I have a confession to make: I think I may have turned into something of a luddite. Despite (or possibly because of) working in I.T., I’ve spent the last decade eschewing the latest phones and whatnot for a more old-fashioned experience. As a result, this is the first time I have read a book in any format other than physical paper. I was expecting it to be a somehow disjointed experience, devoid of the comfort and tactile feedback that a weighty tome produces. The shameful act of reading the book on a tablet was forced upon me and filled me full of foreboding… but in the end I kind of enjoyed it.

The Last Reef is a collection of stories, most of which are centred around a theme of technology nightmares. When and how a computer might be capable of going sentient (and what it would do if it did) is a premise of some of the stories here, but not in the way you might think. These tales are more involved with what happens to the unfortunate humans that get in the midst of the technological dystopia. This allows the author to explore the consequences of bad tech without getting too bogged down in the mechanics of how this might happen and without getting involved in explaining the science in too much detail. There are a few stand-out stories in here, ones that really made me forget the physical format of the book and live in the narrative. Some of the stories didn’t quite seem to inhabit the same universe as the rest of the book and felt like extras; they aren’t bad in any way, but I really wanted the entire collection to be linked together.

This book is worth reading for the one page horror story “The Long Walk Aft” alone and for the fun in stitching the threads of the related stories together as the collection becomes something whole. The prospect of a computer near me becoming self-aware and disappearing up its own parallel port is something I’m waiting for with baited breath. Any minute now…

Dark Asylum

June 8, 2012 - 1:57 pm No Comments

Author: Matthew Cowden
Publisher: Anarchy Books
Page count/Size: Kindle
Release date: Nov 2011
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin

According to author Matthew Cowden, who gives a succinct summary of his novel Dark Asylum, the novel is a tribute to the gothic horror novel with the pace and violence of a modern horror tale. It takes place in 1895/1896, in Pittsburgh, PA, in the US.

It tells the story of a governess who is hiding from her dark past with an insane family in a haunted house. She is caring for a mute boy who has had some kind of mysterious trauma in the past. Emily, the governess/ heroine, also finds a hidden journal that was written the boy’s grandpa, Edgar Gaskell. The novel interweaves horrific journal entries with the madness of the Gaskell mansion. There are numerous mysteries throughout the book, murder, a few plot twists, and some extremely dark and savage moments. It has a little bit of everything for the fan of mystery and horror.

All of the character names are derivatives of famous 19th Century writers/characters. The novel, despite its 19th century setting, does contain the odd modern colloquialism which jars a little, and there are some typo errors, however, overall this novel achieves what it sets out to achieve.

Perhaps the most authentic part of the novel is Gaskell’s journal entries, which highlight the horrors of war and also the true nature of evil. For aficionados of the period, there is also a satisfying conclusion to Edgar’s secrets.

Gruesome, visceral and fun, Dark Asylum is worth a look.

Interview

Where did the idea come from?

It is hard to tell you this without giving away the major plot twist of the novel. The main idea had been stewing in my head for some time, but then my sister, Jessica, and I were on a gothic novel reading kick. I was going back to Anne Radcliffe, even bought a copy of The Necromancer by Peter Teuthold. Wow. What a crazy book. Anyway, I decided I would take my “idea” and throw it into a gothic novel. The mansion in the book was inspired by a real-life haunted house in Pittsburgh’s North Side. It had such a wicked history that it caught fire and burned. No one knows how it blew up, but many suspect ghosts were at hand. The insane asylum in my book was also real. It has been ripped down now, sadly.

How long have you been writing?

I have been writing since I was in grade school. I always wanted to be a writer. I tried to write short stories and screenplays in my 20’s, but my stuff was too weird, and I needed to work on my craft and live life a little. Once my wife and I had our two kids, I started writing novels. I had a children’s fantasy novel published, Emma McDougal and The Quest for Father Time, a few years back. I am looking into republishing it and finishing the series I had originally intended to write.

Freakshow (out from Anarchy Books soon) sounds good. Tell us about it.

Ah, yes, Freakshow. I see Freakshow as my personal little baby. It all started years back as a film school project. It was originally a screenplay that I had signed an option deal with a Hollywood agent. Nothing ever came out of it, so I then recently decided to turn it into a novel. It is a surrealistic, very dark, often funny, but gross tale of a circus geek who sells his soul to Satan for fame and fortune as a vaudeville ventriloquist and Hollywood star. It takes place in the 1920’s, a ghastly but beautiful tribute to the stage, the circus, and the early days of film. It is filled with laughs, horrific murders, stage antics, love, and numerous cameos. I am so thrilled that Andy Remic over at Anarchy-Books has decided to publish it. There will always be a place in my heart for it, for all the hoops I have had to jump to see this show come to life.

Anarchy in the UK!

June 8, 2012 - 12:53 pm No Comments

It is with great pleasure Anarchy Books announce a special collaboration with Angry Robot Books!! From this day forward, The Robot Trading Co. (est.2012) will carry certain Anarchy titles on its illustrious site for your perusal and e-reading pleasure. We’re thrilled to be in the first push of what can only be described as support by a mainstream publisher for indie publishers.

Angry Robot’s Darren Turpin said, “Where’s the champion of the independent genre ebook publishers? Where’s the specialist genre ebook store that’s run by fans for fans, with a mission to boldly seek out new suppliers, new sources of top-notch genre ebooks and bring them to the attention of a genre audience that’s always hungry for new reading material, without opening the floodgates to all and sundry? “ … “We’re therefore delighted to announce that as of right now, as well as stocking every single Angry Robot ebook and a whole bunch of short stories by Angry Robot authors, the Robot Trading Company is also offering a range of ebooks from fellow independent publishing houses Anarchy Books and Infinity Plus Books.”

Anarchy Book’s Andy Remic said, “We’re thrilled to be collaborating with Angry Robot Books on this project. Angry Robot are very well respected in the industry, have recently been expanding with various exciting new imprints, and are a superb representative of digital titles in general. It’s brilliant they support indie book publishers!”

Anarchy titles being offered at the outset are:

A Jar of Wasps by Luis Villazon
Fynoderee by Alexander Caine Duncan
Rain Dogs by Gary McMahon
SIM by Andy Remic
The Office of Lost and Found by Vincent Holland-Keen

and

The Black Seas of Infinity by Dan Henk.

You can visit The Robot Trading Company at: http://www.robottradingcompany.com/

And visit Anarchy Books at:

http://www.anarchy-books.com/