Our zombie overlords have stuck around as an all-conquering pop culture meme a whole lot longer than I thought they would, to be honest. Although I’m not instinctively fascinated by the entire sub-genre, I do like certain iterations of zombie fiction. I’ve even kind of written some myself.
But I don’t read the head honcho of zombie comics, The Walking Dead, any more (all that suffering finally became too much for me, delicate little flower that I am). Fortunately, there are other takes on the risen dead out there in the world of comics, so I thought I’d take a look at a couple of them.
One, Revival, is the first volume of a new continuing series which is perhaps not strictly about zombies, but definitely about the living dead. The other, The New Deadwardians, is a self-contained story, complete in one volume, that’s certainly about zombies but also about vampires, thereby doubling its quotient of zeitgeisty pop culture icons.
They both demonstrate that a bit of imagination and lateral thinking can squeeze fresh and interesting blood even from a stone that’s been pretty much squeezed to death already .
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Follows the adventures of Inquisitor Gregor Eisenhorn as he fights evil in the name of the Holy Emperor…and chronicles his dangerous relationship with the ways of Chaos.
PROS: Stellar world building; superb storytelling; nonstop pacing; memorable worlds and characters; utterly engrossing; leaves you wanting more.
CONS: I kid you not when I say “none”.
BOTTOM LINE: A book that has rekindled my love of reading.
The Warhammer 40K novels have been on my radar for some time. I had dabbled in some audio short stories and enjoyed them quite a bit, but fellow sf fans had even better things to say about the novels, particularly those of WH40K veteran, Dan Abnett. Start with Eisenhorn, they said. I finally took the plunge and my only regret is that I wish I had listened sooner.
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Here’s the cover art and synopsis of the upcoming Warhammer 40,000 novel Pariah: Ravenor vs Eisenhorn by Dan Abnett.
Here’s the synopsis:
Inquisitor Gideon Ravenor returns to action to hunt the most dangerous enemy he has ever encountered, a disgraced inquisitor, driven by obsession to bind daemons to his will and consort with heretics. For Ravenor, this is more than just a manhunt; it is personal. This foe was once his greatest ally and most trusted friend: his old mentor, Gregor Eisenhorn.
Book info as per Amazon US:
- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Black Library (October 24, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1849702020
- ISBN-13: 978-1849702027
Hey, Warhammer 40K fans…here’s a brand new book trailer for The Horus Heresy Books A Thousand Sons by Graham McNeill and Prospero Burns by Dan Abnett, two upcoming Warhammer 40K books from Black Library.
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- @Talking with Tim: Dan Abnett (Triumff).
- @Whatever: Paolo Bacigalupi, author of The Windup Girl.
- @Stomping on Yeti: Alex Irvine (Buyout).
- Future interview: For the first time, readers and fans will have the opportunity to join a live online chat with authors, and friends, Terry Brooks and Christopher Paolini. On Wednesday, October 14, 2009, the authors will discuss the worlds of fantasy, film, and literature and take questions from fans.
- The winners of the 2009 BSFS Robert. A Heinlein Award are Joe Haldeman and John Varley.
- The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America announced increased support for AboutSF for the coming year, continuing a partnership that began in 2006. The SFWA board of directors voted unanimously Sept. 23 to fund AboutSF with a $5,000 one-year grant. SFWA has previously supported AboutSF with $3,000 annually. “The Lessons Library, which AboutSF has put together, is a tremendous resource and is just a fraction of the work they do to bring SF to a broader audience,” said SFWA Secretary Mary Robinette Kowal. “I am delighted that SFWA is able to partner with them on this outreach.”
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- Books Worth Reading compiles An Immortality Reading List.
- BookFinder has posted a list of The Most Sought After Out-Of-Print Books — a list which includes a section for Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror.
- In honor of the ree;lase of Surrogates today, io9 lists 10 Best Robot Bodies To Jack Your Brain Into and Moviefone lists The 14 Sexiest Androids in Movies.
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- And now, for your metal listening enjoyment, here’s the book trailer for Star Wars: Death Troopers:
- Interviews and Profiles:
- @If You’re Just Joining Us: Jeff VanderMeer.
- In a video over at Angry Robot Books, Dan Abnett talks about writing.
- @The Nebula Awards website: Jeffrey Ford.
- The Los Angeles Times profiles John Twelve Hawks…kinda…since he writes anonymously.
- @Suite101.com: Esther Friesner.
- @BoingBoing: An exit interview with Doctor Who: David Tennant and Russell T. Davies, interviewed by Richard Metzger.
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- Ian Randal Strock is no slouch when it comes to chartage either. Check out his chart of Number of times Dr. Sam Beckett leaped into various states (and foreign countries) during Quantum Leap.
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- @Unreality: An Awesome Collection of Star Trek Bloopers. [via Look At This]
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- @Omnivoracious: Kage Baker, author of The Hotel Under the Sand.
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- Nnedi Okorafor asks: Is Africa Ready for Science Fiction?
- L. Jagi Lamplighter continues her discussion on the oirgins of her first novel, Prospero Lost.
- Jeff Somers says the Singularity is NOT the end of sf.
- Jason Sanford dubs the current sf trend “SciFi Strange“. I like it.
- Video treat: Neil Gaiman reads Cory Doctorow “The Right Book”.
- Tor books announces Halo: Evolutions a collection featuring original tales by Eric Nylund, Karen Traviss, Tobias Buckell and more — coming November 24, 2009.
- Suvudu’s Free Library is a temporary condition! Get yours before they’re gone.
- Forbidden Planet announces a signing by Kim Stanley Robinson (Galileo’s Dream) at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, on Thursday 17th September 6 – 7pm.
- Real (Weird) Science: Giant new planet orbits wrong way! Astronomers have discovered a planet (dubbed WASP-17) twice the size of Jupiter (the largest planet ever discovered) that orbits opposite to its star’s direction of rotation. [via Neatorama]
- Real Weird: Hewlett-Packard employees in Palo Alto, Califormia, were greeted with a phone message from William Shatner, a tele-bullying tactic by eco-activists in retaliation for HP backing off a eco-friendly promise. Oh, and then there was the vandalism.
- I’ll never get tired of pictures like this Death Star concept art.
- I’m not the only one who loved From Dusk Till Dawn. It’s two…two…two movies in one.
- Polish TV station TVN has released a teaser (in Polish) and trailer (with English subs) of a series titled Naznaczony (Marked). Looks cool. [Thanks, Pawel!]
- ScifiSquad tells us why Torchwood and Doctor Who should merge on the big screen. Sound great to me! Green light it.
- SpoutBlog lists 9 Greatest Human-Alien Sex Scenes.
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