Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Review: Black Vulmea's Vengeance by Robert E. Howard

Robert E. Howard is best known for his Conan Cimmerian and Solomon Kane stories, but he was an astoundingly prolific writer and visited many genres from Westerns to... pirates! Black Vulmea's vengeance & Other Tales of Pirates is a collection of three pirate stories: "Swords of the Red Brotherhood", "Black Vulmea's Vengeance" and "The Isle of Pirates' Doom".

Friday, 14 November 2014

Review: Cycle of the Werewolf by Stephen King

Stephen King's Cycle of the Werewolf is a very traditional werewolf story: a small town suffers from monthly attacks by a blood-thirsty monster that the police are unable to identify or catch. Told in twelve chapters - one for each full moon in a year - the story introduces an extensive cast of characters, but shows kindness to the reader by cutting their numbers down in splashes of blood and intestines.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Review ‘Sadan miekan mies’ (1951)

Sadan miekan mies (‘The man of a hundred swords’) is a Finnish adventure comedy from 1951, set in the year 1634, two years after the death of Gustavus Adolphus in the battle of Lützen. It tells a story of a captain who is conducting a never-explicitly-stated mission for the King as he roams the countryside of Eastern Sweden (i.e. Finland). Even though it has its weaknesses, it also has its fun moments.