In the Mail: Grim War.

Grim War was written by Greg Stolze and Ken Hite for the Wild Talents superhero RPG, and it promises to be full of the occult-meets-mutant-meets-Cold-War goodness that I would expect from those two.  I’m a sucker for horror/occult spy stuff, to be honest*; I dunno if I’d run a game using that sort of thing, but then one of the deep, dark secrets of the roleplaying community is that we read this stuff for fun even if we’re not going to do an actual campaign about it.

Moe Lane

*If you are, too: Declare.  Tim Powers.  If you haven’t read it yet, do so if you wish to have a pleasant few days.

4 thoughts on “In the Mail: Grim War.”

  1. Declare sounds interesting. Too bad the publisher is more interested in keeping prices high on a decade-old book that’s sitting at around 82000 in the kindle sales rankings than, you know, actually selling it. Guess I’ll look for a used copy on dead tree for a quarter of the price at half price books.

      1. It’s a good one.
        Think a mixture of Le Carre and Lovecraft, and you won’t be too far off. (And that kind of highlights the reason many won’t like the book. Lots of tension, but not exactly fast-paced.)
        Another good one in a similar vein is The Laundry Files series by Charles Stross. The first book is The Atrocity Archives.
        It’s a lot faster in pacing. (But doesn’t have the sense of verisimilitude.)
        But if you haven’t been exposed to Tim Powers, by all means make his acquaintance. My favorites are The Anubis Gates, Last Call, and Three Days to Never, but his “best” book is very much a YMMV type of thing.
        I hadn’t heard of Wild Talents or Grim War. But Ken Hite and Greg Stolze together? I think I just squealed like a little girl finding a pony under the Christmas tree.

  2. Pretty much anything by Tim Powers is at least worth a look. If you’re into post-apocalyptic fiction, “Dinner at Deviant’s Palace” may be his best book overall. (Actually, IMO, the California it describes isn’t all that far from the one I keep having to travel to, come to think of it.)

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