Talking Books

Two more books came by mail this weekend.

The first, from the Science Fiction Book ClubThe Bloody Crown of Conan, the second volume in Del Rey’s new collection of Robert E. Howard’s Conan the Barbarian stories.

The second, from Mad Norwegian PressWarlords of Utopia, Lance Parkin’s contribution to the Faction Paradox universe.

I’ve only glanced at The Bloody Crown, but I’ve read half of Warlords already.

Warlords has been an interesting read–timelines where Rome never fell battling timelines where Nazi Germany conquered the Earth. If you liked Sliders, this might be the book for you.

In other book news, the Waldenbooks near my house is closing up on Christmas Eve. Oh, the pain!

3 thoughts on “Talking Books

  1. By an amazing coincidence, I ordered Warlords and the second About Time book from Mad Norwegian not too long ago, and I’ll be ordering The Bloody Crown soon. I found it a little difficult getting into The Coming of Conan so long after my first burst of REH enthusiasm more than 25 years ago, but I’m looking forward to this one now.

  2. A few quick comments on Warlords of Utopia.

    The “prologue” in the back of Of the City of the Saved… is very misleading. In fact, it’s best not to think about how it relates to the story Warlords tells.

    I would say, of the three novels thus far, Warlords is the least tied into the Faction mythology. The narrator’s perspective on the novel’s events is such that a wider perspective isn’t really possible. It’s like Star Trek: Enterprise trying to explain the Temporal Cold War–it can’t, because the perspective on a trans-temporal war can’t be confined to a single front.

    I’m curious what Warlords would have been like had it been published as a Doctor Who novel.

    Warlords is a fast read, as with most all of Parkin’s work. In a few places a line reads as being out-of-place, as not fitting with the narrative voice, but overall I’m liking the book. I should have it finished shortly.

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