Just a Quick One Guv

Somehow I managed to read a whole book in just a day. I suppose the facts that it was a rather short book and also a really good one by my favourite author had something to do with it…or everything.

I am, of course, talking about the marvellous Skulduggery Pleasant: The End of the World by the brilliant author Mr Derek Landy, known by his ‘Minions’ as ‘The Golden God’. No joke. He is a-maz-ing!

Anywho, this new book was for World Book Day, so was rather short. And good. But I think I have already mentioned that. Oh well. It sees our favourite detective duo facing another small case, that could result in the end of the world, so perhaps not so small after all. I won’t give away to much for you avid fans out there, but it involves a Doomsday Machine, a kid named Ryan who isn’t who he thinks he is, violence, magic and a ton of sarcasm. My personal favourite.

And my favourite bit had to be the security guard. Read it and you might have some clue as to what I am on about…or not. It wouldn’t be the first time.

Now all that’s left to do is wait for the next book in the series, which comes out this September. Lovely-jubly.

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Endings Are Sad

And so ends another legacy. Eragon and friends, I shall miss you.

The deed is done and the book is read. The last page was where I couldn’t hold back the tears any more. I shed just the one, but I blame Eragon for that, as I only let it loose when he started to cry himself. Perfect timing really.

Inheritance was amazing. Christopher had me hooked with the relationships of the characters and the battles, and the plot line had chills running up and down my spine at regular intervals. And the length of the book didn’t matter in the end.

I just wish that Murtagh could have had more page time, as he was an amazing character. But it was nice for Christopher to write more about him in this one, as he wasn’t mentioned much in the last two. I think we really get to know Murtagh in this one. And other characters too.

In places the book had me in stitches too, which is rare with Christopher, as his story telling is a more serious, poetic approach than comedic, but I welcomed it. I mean only he could have thought up giant snails! Read the book if you don’t know what I’m on about. I recommend it.

But now I am sad. I have come to the end of a series of brilliant books full of amazing characters, characters of which have been with me since 2006 I think. 6 years. Wow.

So thank you Christopher Paolini, for such an amazing series of books. Thank you for the wonderful characters and please don’t stop writing.

Death Goes On Holiday

I finished another book today. I think I finished it in six days, which is quite good for me. It was a really good story and I just couldn’t stop reading. It was about zombies…typically. But not them taking over the world this time, just a holiday resort island. No biggie.

For those of you who play games, no doubt you have heard of the Xbox 360 game Dead Island. Well this book I speak of is the story behind the game. And though the game has been criticised for the many glitches and lack of co-op game play, the story itself is just brilliant. It’s actually written by Mark Morris, who any budding Doctor Who fan out there, like myself, will recognise as the author of some of the Doctor Who books, two of which by him I own (for those who care they are Ghosts of India and Forever Autumn). So it is a bit weird to read something quite this gory from someone who has written much less gory pieces of work.

Anyway, the story goes that an outbreak of the zombie virus, which you find out at the end of the book is called Pathogen 7, wipes out the resort island of Banoi. We follow a growing number of people in the end. We start off with three main characters, Purna, Sam B and Logan, then Xien Mei joins them, then they find Jin, a resident of the island, and later on in the book they find Yerema, who we know from the very beginning was locked in a cave by her father, who is head of a native tribe on the island. This tribe are cannibals, for the record.

And that’s how the virus started. It was in the tribe for centuries, having been caused by the tribe eating human flesh. It was a disease that mutated, causing victims to be violent at first. But then it started to bring the dead back to life.

Turns out that there is an organization that is using the virus, and eventually the vaccine, to get money, as the virus could be used as a biological weapon.

It’s all very complicated, gory and action packed. Our main characters, in the midst of all of this, must escape the island without bringing the virus with them. That of course would result in an apocalypse, and we have had far too many of those!

However, the book ends on a cliff-hanger. Just read it and you will see what I mean!

I won’t be writing about any books I finish any time soon, due to the length of the book I have started today. Here is a pic to show you that I’m not exaggerating!

Told you. That is 849 pages of the story alone my friends, and then some.

Sci-Fi Origins

What with my anger at injustice yesterday I actually didn’t write about the book that I finished yesterday morning.  Due to my binge on the apocalypse I decided, after listening to the album from1973, to read the book where the album and both films originate from. I am of course talking about H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds. A tale of aliens destroying the world…well at least a good proportion of the UK. Fun times guaranteed.

It was written in 1898 and was said to be one of the first ever sci-fi books. Once you can get past the language you can find that the story is a deeply moving tale of survival and faith. Despite when it was written the level of gory detail is surprisingly high as well. To me it really described the destruction of London at the hands of the Martians in perfect clarity.

There was even some humour wound into this tale of apocalyptical proportions. Here are a couple of quotes that amused me:

‘She seemed, poor woman, to imagine that the French and the Martians might prove very similiar.’

‘The Martians understood doors!’

All I can say is poor French people. That’s like saying they look like aliens. And of course aliens can use doors. If they can travel to our planet and destroy us then doors would be no problem. What I love is the exclamation mark on the end of that. That really made me laugh. It’s like the narrator was shocked at the very idea that a Martian would understand something made by man. Silly narrator.

Of course then you have the whole idea of faith and of faith breaking down. Here’s a quote that makes you think about the very concept: ‘What good is religion if it collapses under calamity?’ What good is it indeed Mr Wells.

It’s the final sentence that really ends the book well though: ‘And strangest of all is it to hold my wife’s hand again, and to think that I have counted her, and that she has counted me, among the dead.’ Truly moving, if I do say so myself…which I do, so that ends that.

I do still prefer the album though, but then I have yet to see either film adaptation. Looks like that’s all that is left to do on my The War of the Worlds list then.