Sunday, September 30, 2012

Review of Corruption

     CORRUPTION: A Marshal Boothe Tale of Justice (SIMON VECTOR)

     There are few things as terrifying as a truly just man. The “White Hat” of literature is an old staple, a good man fighting against a bankrupt world. In the latest Entrypoint novella Corruption (part of the Simon Vector universe), the audience is given a closer glimpse into the violent, extortionate setting of this sci-fi universe. While the plot of the story is exceedingly familiar, the characters within the book make notable what could have been a merely rote storytelling experience.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Review of "Death Angel's Shadow"

     Karl Edward Wagner’s work can be described as brutally nihilistic in both tone and scope. In a trio of short stories, Wagner sends Kane, the Mystic Swordsman, hurtling from one blood-soaked adventure to another. Each story that makes up Death Angel’s Shadow surrounds itself with death like a hedonistic lover’s arms. And while there is an amount of erudite mental wrangling done by the lead character, the majority of these stories is spent in visceral escapism.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Review of "The First Days: As the World Dies"

     Of all the monsters humans have created, zombies stand out as among the most terrifying. While vampires (representing unbridled sexuality and the lure of immortality) and werewolves (representing the animalistic id of human nature) are arguably the most popular, zombies have become the metaphor for our greatest fear: our own consumer nature run amok. Rhiannon Frater’s The First Days: As the World Dies follows the path of previous zombie stories and films but manages to break some new ground in terms of characters.