Thursday, 13 October 2011

Getting High on Daisy - Richard Godwin

The latest instalment of Paul Brazill's Drunk on the Moon series has been written by Richard Godwin - and it's dark. Very dark. As you would expect from the pen of Mr Godwin.

The publisher says:
Roman Dalton wakes in a flat with no memory of how he got there. Ton Ton Macoute's men are after him and millionaire Harry Nero is engaged in kidnapping and zombification. All Roman knows is he has to find Daisy before it's too late. The only problem is, he can't remember who Daisy is. A dark intense story by Richard Godwin involving slavery, which looks at the genesis and workings of Roman's lycanthropy.

My two penn'orth:
Getting High on Daisy is the fifth instalment in the Drunk in the Moon series and arguably the first to show Roman Dalton in his element. He’s more Cujo than Diefenbaker, far more animal than human. He’s certainly no puppy dog. And it’s fantastic to see that side of the character.

Richard Godwin is one of the most exciting writers to emerge in recent times. His writing is dark and lyrical, beautifully crafted, and while he never includes words or scenes purely for shock value, he never shies away from showing us the truth of a story.

Getting High on Daisy is a wild ride. Roman Dalton is dangerous, feral, visceral. And so is Daisy.

Getting High on Daisy is a bargain at just 86p/99c. Richard Godwin is one of the classiest writers around. Put the two together and you'd be mad not to pick this up.

Liverpool 5 - Luca Veste

Up until now, Luca Veste has been primarily known for being a blogger, reviewer and interviewer and a great supporter of other writers and their work. Now he's thrown his hat in the ring and published his debut collection of short stories. So, how does it measure up?

The publisher says:
'Liverpool 5’ is five short stories based in and around Liverpool, England. Showing both the light and dark side of life in a famous city, featuring characters inspired by real life situations. From a friendship between an old guy and a young upstart, to a husband and wife in the last gasps of marriage, ‘Liverpool 5’ is about life and death, and the wafer thin relationship between the two.

My two penn'orth:

Luca Veste’s debut collection of short stories is a very varied selection with one thing in common — each one is an absolute belter. You’ll meet some great characters in the pages, a park bench philosopher, a glamour model, an impressively heavy sleeper, a put-upon wife, and two very different brothers.

As the name would suggest, the collection is very firmly rooted in Liverpool and the dialogue bears that out, having, as it does, the authentic ring of real speech. This is an impressive collection by any standards. The fact that it’s the writer’s first makes me very keen to see what comes next.

Liverpool 5 is well worth the 86p/99c price tag - grab a copy and see for yourself.

Friday, 7 October 2011

Heartbreaker - Julie Morrigan

All Johnny Burns ever wanted was to be in a band. When he and his best friend Tom Watson founded Heartbreaker, they realised their wildest dreams a hundred times over.

If the sixties was a naive and charming flower child, then the seventies was her big, bad older brother; darker, more worldly, less giving … and the eighties was his garishly-painted and promiscuous girlfriend. It’s no wonder against such a backdrop that things could become confused — and that dreams could turn to heartbreak.

When Alex Weston is hired to ghostwrite a book about the life of Johnny Burns and his band — from playing down-and-dirty pubs and clubs in the sixties, through the excesses of seventies stadium rock to eighties meltdown — even she isn’t prepared for the depths of excess, betrayal and guilt that she uncovers.

At the heart of the Heartbreaker story lies the tragic deaths of two members of a band at the very summit of its success — deaths wrapped in a web of secrets and lies. As Alex sets out to learn more and digs deeper into the past, she is forced to realise that she may have to confront Johnny’s part in the devastating events of all those years ago …

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Thursday, 6 October 2011

Flashes of Revenge - Darren Sant

Darren Sant (aka Old Seth's care worker) has been at it again and this time the theme is retribution. Terrific stuff!

The publisher says:
Revenge is one of the most powerful motivating forces we can experience. A wild justice that seeks no counsel or consults no jury. People have written films about it such as Quentin Tarantino's epic two-film extravaganza Kill Bill. There have been classic novels such as Carrie by Stephen King.

Flashes of Revenge is Darren Sant's take on the idea of revenge. It's not all blood and guts. He takes a humorous sideways glance at the idea in one or two stories. Revenge can come in many forms. It can be as brutal as a stiletto to the kidneys or as cruel as a rabbit in a pot.

Are you ready to look below the surface at the dark heart of revenge? Flashes of Revenge is a collection of six short sharp tales that will leave you looking over your shoulder and wonder who might be after you.

A man walks the streets on a rainy night with just one sinister goal in mind.

A cynical hard drinking rock journalist has a surprise in store back stage at a gig.

An arranged rendezvous in a smoky dive on the wrong side of town.

A man awakes to find he is bound to a chair and with no idea why.

Two bitter rivals in a show down in a New Orleans alleyway.

Two old guys meet in a pub but is all as innocent as it seems to onlookers?

My two penn'orth:
Darren Sant’s Flashes of Revenge is a cracking collection of six tales of retribution: cruel, funny, absurd, scary and extremely human. I love the characters in this collection. Each lives and breathes on the page, each has his own strengths and failings. Each story is a satisfying read and they complement one another beautifully. If I have a favourite, it’s possibly The Ungrateful Dead, wonderfully written and wickedly funny.

Flashes of Revenge is highly recommended. Darren Sant is a writer to watch.