Brian and Mary have a close encounter. Edward Kramer goes back to court. S.T. Joshi offers a new Research Fellowship. Dave rakes in that Twitch money. And the gang countdown Brian’s picks for the best fifteen horror novels of 2017, with Stephen Kozeniewski, Grady Hendrix, Victor Lavalle, Maurice Broaddus, Rio Youers, Michelle Garza and Melissa Lason,…
Two great interviews this week on Arm Cast: Dead Sexy Podcast with great host Armand Rosamilia. Stephen Page is part Shawnee and part Apache. His books of poetry include The Timbre of Sand (1999) and Still Dandelions (2004). He graduated from Palomar College, Columbia University (with honors), and Bennington College. He received a Jess Cloud […]
I’ve just finished The Warmaster by Dan Abnett and wow! What a book! I loved how Abnett put this together and how it was tied into Salvations Reach (of which I’m glad I listened to immediately before embarking on The Warmaster). I’d guess there’s a lot more connections in the books that have lead up to The Warmaster, but it’s been a few years since I’ve read them. (I’m really hoping they come up on Audible because I really want to read them again, and listening is quicker for me as I can listen while at work).
The Warmaster picks up for Gaunt and his Ghosts right after their mission to Salvations Reach, but all is not right with their return.
Now, I am a huge fan of this series of books, this being the fourteenth, and I’ve been eagerly anticipating this one since I first heard about it a little while ago. There was a gap of time between Salvations Reach and The Warmaster, but it was worth the wait. Dan Abnett really turns things up to eleven in this book. He pushes characters into places that I wasn’t expecting, but that said I wasn’t really sure what to expect. With the Gaunt’s Ghosts books it feels like each book goes in somewhat of a different direction. This one is no different. A lot of the events in this book I didn’t see coming or where they were going to go. A lot of the characters had their lives turned upside down and Abnett wasn’t scared to kill any of his characters. That is something I learnt a long time ago about Abnett with this series. He is not afraid to kill the most beloved of characters, often in brutal and unfair ways. Even in war where people die for what can be the most silly of reasons, some of the deaths in these books have been a huge kick in the gut. Even when a character doesn’t die, but they are pushed into something harsh and tough to stomach it feels the same as when a loved character dies.
That is one of Abnett’s biggest strengths I think. He can write these stories with a huge cast of characters and you either love or hate them, with the odd middle of the road character in between. You get their motivations, you get their mentalities. It all works very well.
This book really opened up a whole can of hell yeah! And it puts so much out on the table for future novels that has left me bouncing and determined to re-read the previous books again in the new year.
There are many reasons why Dan Abnett is one of my favourite writers, the Gaunt’s Ghosts series is one of them. Beautifully written, to the point where you’re almost there when the las-bolts are flying.
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If you’ve read these books you’ll know there have been three characters that have left over the years that had nothing to do with dying, although one did eventually die if I remember right, but the two that always sits in my mind when I’m reading these books are Brin Milo and a scout called Mkvenner (I can’t for the life of me remember his first name). Both these characters went off for different reasons. For Milo, he went with Saint Sabbat, and I’ve heard rumours that Abnett has always intended Milo and the Ghosts to get back to each other at some point. With The Warmaster, the Saint is on the same planet as Gaunt and his Ghosts. When I found this out I was waiting for them to come together, but it didn’t happen. I really hope Abnett does so in the next book, because aside from the return of Mkvenner, that is one of the moments in this series of novels that I am eagerly waiting for.
I think Dan Abnett is setting up to bring this series to a close, to a point where the Sabbat Worlds Crusade is either won or lost.
I’ve barely written five hundred words these last two days. The cold I’ve had building for the last few days hit me hard yesterday around midday. I took medication and focused on getting my working day done. Then I went to the second launch part for Sparks An Electric Anthology. This secound launch was local to me, very local which meant I had family and close friends there. It really meant a lot to me having my loved ones there and, despite feeling like I was going to faint, reading an excerpt from my story. It was definitely a night I won’t be forgetting for a long time.
Tomorrow I was going to go to a Write-In, but I’m going to give it a miss and try and get this cold out of my system. I will be trying to add a few words to my NaNo count, but I’m not going to go crazy. I know I can catch up if I loose a few days.
Now it’s time for sleep. Have a good one, everyone!
This last week has not been that productive. I think I hit a bit of burn out earlier in the week, and then I had a couple of nights where I was catching up with friends, but come Friday I was back on it. I had three different stories fighting it out in my head for attention.
The Sparks ebook went up for pre-order over at Amazon, here’s the link.
Sparks is released on the 17th of this month.
I’m really excited about this anthology. There’s some great people involved and all the proceeds go to Resources for Autism. We are having two launch parties for Sparks, one will be in Walsall on the 21st of this month at Southcart Books & Comics at 11am. I will be there. The second is on the 3rd of November at No.84 Tearoom and Eatery at Echo Square, Gravesend. I will definitely be at this one as well, seeing as it’s my hometown.
Sparks includes stories by; Ash Hartwell, Calum Chalmers, Em Dehaney, Betty Breen, Peter Germany, Lex Jones, Christopher Law, Dani Brown, Matthew Cash, Mark Cassell, Samantha Hill, CH Baum, Pippa Bailey, GH Finn, and David Court. Sparks is edited by Matthew Cash and Em Dehaney. With the cover by Matt Hill.
This month started off with me wrapping up the final few words of the fan fiction piece I’ve been playing with for the last couple of years before I moved on to a story I’ve been thinking about for a while. I’ve had it relatively well outlined but I’ve found I’ve deviated from that outline but not like I have done in the past, and it’s adding to the larger plot of what I hope will be a trilogy when it’s done. I’m now back on track with the outline now.
Numbers wise, I’ve written 12,335 words for the month. That’s an average of 397 words a day. I only had five days where I didn’t write.
For the year I’ve written 83,116 words so far. That’s about 10,000 a month and well below my target of 20,000 words a month. I’ve not hit the 20k a month yet this year. One of my goals for the rest of the year is to hit that 20k a month.
Writing with pen and paper is a slower way to write for me but I like how I write when I write longhand.
I’m happy with how August has ended. It’s been a good month and I’m enjoying the story I’m working on now. Bring on tomorrow and more words.
This last week started well enough with a solid 1957 words last Sunday, but due to a little ill health I didn’t write anything on Monday or Tuesday. On Wednesday I wrote 451 before work and then another 555 in the evening. Thursday was 225 and Friday was 284 in the morning but nothing in the evening as I was out. Saturday I overslept in the morning and was out last night so I didn’t write then either. A lot of what I’ve been doing this week has been editing as well as writing. So I’ve spent more time then it seems on it, but I haven’t got a way to track my editing progress yet. That gives me a total of 3472 words for the week. I was aiming for about a 5000 words for the week, and considering I lost Monday and Tuesday I’m not too disappointed by my weeks tally.
I am very close to wrapping up the fan fiction piece. I’ve passed a huge moment in the story and I don’t think I want to put too much more on it. I don’t want it to feel like it’s dragging out the ending too much.
If I’m honest I still feel a little like I’ve not got any direction. I know once I’ve finished this draft of the fan fiction piece I’ll be back on the next draft of the zombie piece, but I still feel like I’m moving forward without knowing what direction I’m going in.