Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Review: El Cazador by Chuck Dixon and Steve Epting

El Cazador is one of the rare pirate themed graphic novels that I have had the luck of getting my hands on. It is also one of the best depictions of the golden era of piracy that I've had the honour of reading. It's only downside? The story was never finished.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Review: Speaks the Nightbird by Robert McCammon

Robert McCammon was a prolific horror writer before he turned to historical fiction. His Speaks the Nightbird is set in 1699, squeezing it just barely into the century of my greatest interest. In essence, this is a "Who did it?" type of mystery novel set in the Carolinas, in a small town called Fount Royal.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Review: On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers

Although the novel is set in my favourite era (c. 17th century) I got my hands on this book mainly because of the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie that was "suggested" by this book. Admittedly, I was intrigued when I learned that "On Stranger Tides" also likely inspired the "The Secret of Monkey Island" and other Monkey Island adventure games in the 1990's, which, in turn, inspired the original Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Quite a circuitous path of inspiration and influence, if you ask me, but the important thing is that they are all stories about pirates mixed with a bit of magic and voodoo.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Review: Marvel 1602: Fantastick Four by Peter David

Marvel 1602: Fantastick Four is the third part in the 1602 series begun by Neil Gaiman in Marvel 1602. Whereas the second instalment was a grave disappointment, Peter David's entry to the series actually manages to entertain.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Review - The Hunter from the Woods by Robert R. McCammon

The Hunter from the Woods is the long-awaited sequel to McCammon's The Wolf's Hour, which is - to date - the best werewolf novel I've ever read. However, pretty much the only reason why The Hunter from the Woods doesn't surpass it is the fact that it is an anthology of short stories and novellas rather than a novel.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Review: Marvel 1602: New World by Greg Pak

Marvel 1602: New World is the first sequel to the 1602 by Neil Gaiman. And, unfortunately, you can readily see that Gaiman is no longer involved with the series.