Grey Days

It is yet another drab, wet grey day.

This of course is perfect weather to curl up and read books. I have been working my way through a pile of books I got myself as a little birthday present just before Christmas. So I thought I would throw up some short reviews

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

This is the first book in a new series from this great writer. The basic premise is that something has caused people to manifest superpowers, however so far only evil people seem to have gained powers. The book is set in a Chicago that has been taken over and controlled by one of these villains.

A really good book, with a story that moves along nicely, but that still has time to set up a great world and also throw in a few twists. I highly recommend this one.

Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

A story set in an alternate history Seattle. In this world the US civil war is still ongoing after 20 years.  Seattle is a city completely changed by the “Boneshaker” which was a tunnelling device that dug a tunnel under Seattle that released a heavy gas that effectively causes zombism. The authroies built a big wall around the old core of Seattle, and people don’t go there anymore.

At least that’s what the main protagonist of the story believes, until her son goes into the walled town to prove his fathers innocence in the Bone Shaker incident. She has to follow, and learns all about the hidden community that still exists inside the walls.

An interesting read, with a very different world. It has a very strong Steam punk vibe and a very good set of characterisation of its main characters.

The Prince of Lies by Anne Lyle

This is the third and final volume in the Nights Masque trilogy. The trilogy is based around a set of characters mainly focused on an alternate Elizabethan England, though the second volume is set in Venice, where the characters have travelled.

This book is the climax of the trilogy, and ties up a lot of loose ends that have been introduced in earlier books. The book itself covers a large period of time as the various antagonist forces plots progress until a quite stunning climax.

I do recommend the entire series, as a good fun read.

The Shambling guide to New York City by Mur Lafferty

I was unable to find a physical copy of this book, and so i got myself the audio book version, read by Mur Lafferty. The book focuses on a woman who finds herself working for a company producing a tourist guide to New York city for the mystical community.

This book is a great mix of funny, scary, and weird. I don’t want to go into it too much as the book is so good, and anything i say would probably ruin a couple of surprises! i will say that i loved the concept of the Welsh Death Goddess who had to start working as a writer because all the followers of her religion had switched to other religions.

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