Crimson Society Vol. 1
by Hunau, Trigo and Celestini
Published by Action Lab Entertainment
Jack Crimson has a nocturnal problem, he is a werewolf. His partner Lacey is trying to get him to seek help with it and she is determined to…sate the beast. In his ultimate frustration, instead of Viagra, Jack seeks out a sketchy doctor who says he has a cure for him. V33 is a mystery drug but it does result in Jack being a more effective killer, of Vampires. Apparently the doctor had no intentions of curing Jack at all but did give him a set of Cyborg arms and screwy programming that makes him even more out of control.
This is an INDEPENDENT comic. Not an imprint of the dominating corporate talking heads. The quality of the comic is excellent in both story and artwork. The printing quality makes this introductory volume I got from Denver Comic Con an excellent value. I’m giving this work 4 out of 5 Geek points with a possible Nerd-gasm.
Ready Player One
by Ernest Cline
narrated by Wil Wheaton
Wade Owen Watts or WOW as his initials on video games would be is a teenager gamer extraordinaire. This isn’t because he squanders time and money living in a virtual world to escape from reality…well, not mostly. James Halliday, an eccentric billionaire game designer died with no heirs and the mass of Earth are spending a lot of effort in solving the gaming mystery he set up to give away his fortune after dying. WOW is dead broke and victimized by his dead beat Aunt so he has incentive to crawl out.
WOW only really has virtual friends and goes to school online. The bulk of his world is a construct.
The story is well told how WOW and his few friends compete with a vile corporation to unravel Halliday’s monumental string of gaming clues. There is murder, theft, romance and nostalgic journeys back into the day of Galaga, Zork, D&D, Joust, Pac Man…long list buddy.
Excellent story professionally delivered by Mr. Wheaton. Four out of five.
The Prefect (Book 5 in the Revelation Space series)
by Alistair Reynolds
narrated by John Lee
Back in the Yellowstone system this story is set amongst the Glitter band, a group of ten thousand human space habitats that are governed democratically via an organization called Panoply. Each of the habitats have a central stalk that houses a poling core, using abstraction (a hand waving term for network), representatives from each habitat rotate through the civic duty of voting.
This idyllic thing comes crashing to a halt as an Alpha level imprint from the Silvestri 80, Aurora, takes over four habitats and manufactures warbots called Weevils to spread. Meanwhile, a creature from the past called the Clockmaker which was thought destroyed resurfaces to threaten the maybe invincible Aurora.
Field Prefect Tom Dreyfus, Deputy Field Talia Ing, Deputy Field hyper-pig Sparva are just some of the key spicy characters leading the fight against the dark annihilators of humans in this installment. I enjoy how the author juggles multiple story lines into a mesmerizing tapestry of entertainment. Five out of five for this one. Excellent job!
Hellblazer Vol. 1: Original Sins
Author: Jamie Delano, Author Illustrator: John Ridgway, Illustrator: Alfredo Alcada, Illustrator: Tom Mandrake
For those who are in the uninitiated this is the series of comics that birthed John Constantine and they are very gritty. Demons abound in Constantine’s world and there is one common thing he cannot be counted on…not getting you killed.
Throughout the stories in this first volume he is hounded by a herd of ghosts of friends past that he has let down. They are still trying to help him come to peace with himself. Good luck. As he bounces back and forth across the pond he is also stalked by Nergal, who has brought him back from the brink of physical ruin after a not so thought out exit from a speeding train. Nergal wants Constantine to act as his tool.
I liked the stories. I loved the art. I’m a fan. Four out of five for the quality of the volume product by the way.
Stark’s Crusade: Stark’s War, Book 3
by Jack Campbell
narrated by Eric Michael Summerer and Jack Campbell
This is the third and final installment in the Stark’s War trilogy…I think. Those of you who have seen my previous reviews of Stark’s War and Stark’s Command may get that the surviving mutinous NCOs of 1st Division hold the Lunar Colony. They have continued to repel raids attacks from other countries and US led shenanigans to protect the colony and to keep from being a television spectator sport.
They have been infiltrated, had turn coats leave doors open and had their remaining Earthbound family members used as hostages yet they’ve held the line. Now it appears the pentagon will try autonomous robotic warriors to bring about an end to this struggle. Anyone who has followed the Terminator series or Phillip K. Dick’s The Other Variety (turned into the movie Screamers) which featured a host of killing machines termed Autonomous Swords can sense where this story is taking us so I do not want to spoil it for you.
This is an excellent Military Science Fiction trilogy and was well delivered by both the author and the narrator. Considering my taste on audio books I almost took a pass on this one because of the short length of the installments. My opinion, yes it is personal, is that all three volumes should have been marketed as one thirty plus hour unit. I will still give this a five out of five. Great job guys!
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