Book of the Week: Anno Dracula 1999: Daikaiju.

It’s not coming out for a while, but I’m looking forward to Kim Newman’s next vampire novel (Anno Dracula 1999: Daikaiju) and I didn’t do much new-book reading this week, for some reason. Probably because I was busy. Still: Kim Newman. Anno Dracula. Easy enough to justify.


Book of the Week: Anno Dracula: One Thousand Monsters.

Kim Newman’s latest, and it’s an excellent choice for Halloween.  Anno Dracula: One Thousand Monsters is a vampire novel (of impressive pop culture awareness) set in Japan in 1899, which is a fascinating setting in its own right.  This book is also a standalone-sequel of sorts to Anno Dracula itself, but if you haven’t read it yet you should do so anyway. It will well reward your time.

And so, adieu to Infinite Stars.


Book of the Week: ‘Angels of Music.’

Finally got to start Kim Newman’s Angels of Music, and it is the usual cheerful invitation to go out and actually read all of these marvelous characters in their original books. As always, lots of fun. For that esoteric value of ‘fun’ that only English majors truly know.

And so, adieu to The Demolished Man


In the Mail: Angels of Music.

Kim Newman’s latest, Angels of Music appears to be a mash-up of Edwardian-era spycraft and the Phantom of the Opera.  I think.  I’ll let you know once I read it.  I do know that Newman can write this stuff in his sleep, and that reading one of his books is an easy way to get an entertaining 19th Century literary reference book.  I am looking forward to this…


Book of the Week: Anno Dracula

How could have I possibly skipped Anno Dracula? It’s marvelous fun (short version: Dracula wins, and what happens afterward), particularly if you like vampire fiction in general.  Shoot, it’s practically a bibliography for the whole blessed genre.

And so, farewell to The Nixon Challenge.


In the e-mail: “An English Ghost Story.”

An English Ghost Story.  Kim Newman.  Pretty good so far; the heroes are in the too good to be true part of the story (pretty standard for this kind of tale), and I’m quite keen to see how it all falls apart (which is also pretty standard).  In case I haven’t mentioned lately, I like Kim Newman’s books.


Halfway through Hound of the D’Ubervilles…

…which was written by Kim Newman, and which has as its conceit that it is the long-lost memoirs of Sebastian Moran, big-game hunter and right-hand man to Professor Moriarty*. So far, great fun: Newman’s portrayal of Moran is instantly and comfortably familiar to anyone who is a fan of Harry Flashman, and the multitudinous ironies of that add a certain spice to the stories. Check it out.

Moe Lane

*I refuse to explain who Professor Moriarty is.

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