Halloween

Yes, Halloween is a month and a half away. Guess what? I don’t care.

Fact is, I love Halloween. Dressing up, being goofy, funny and scary. There is no finer way to celebrate the autumn season than with the clash of colors and fun I get from a great Halloween night. This year however, Halloween falls on a Monday, so it’s effectively going to be a four day celebration. People will dress up on Friday right through to Monday. For me, that means I can do up to four costume ideas. The ol’ gear box in my head is cranking and thinking up of a few ideas.

In the mean time, I’ve taken to rereading some tales from the Old World, including Mathias Thulmann, Witch Hunter trilogy by C.L. Werner and the Blackhearts Omnibus by Nathan Long. The Warhammer Fantasy universe is far more Halloween-esque than its 40k counterpart. Why? I guess it’s because it’s less science focused and more mythical, and the colors I often see of it include more browns and oranges. The monsters tend to be more traditionally scary, like the undead, skaven and orcs. If I recall from the Witch Hunter trilogy opening, C.L. Werner is a huge Halloween fan. And something about it shows through his work. I’ll be posting reviews of these omnibuses soon enough.

Captain America? Batman? Or… would I dare go as Thulmann himself? Warhammer fans might know me, but other people would be lost. Unless of course, I could tie the idea into this oldie genius skit from Saturday Night Live. Or, this guy:

What could possibly go right?

Zombieslayer

When it's your brains or his, you chop.

When it's your brains or his, you chop.

Why? Why one may ask?

Why bother with a review of Gotrek and Felix’s latest adventure and the 12th book of the series, Zombieslayer? The fans are going to buy it anyway, while the initiates will need to catch up reading the first three omnibuses. Nathan Long has proven himself a worthy writing successor to William King, who started the series.

Well, all true. Still, I guess someone has to be vigilante for any loses in quality in the series. And now as then,  it’s as good as ever.

If anything, Zombieslayer seems even better than some of the earlier books. Most of the books have been open and closed affairs, but Zombieslayer takes place immediately following Shamanslayer after a cliffhanger ending. If you haven’t read Shamanslayer and are worried about a few minor plot spoilers, best turn away from here on.

The Gotrek, Felix, Snorri and the rest of the gang find themselves in trouble. Having killed the shaman who threatened to transform an entire army into beastmen, the crew are threatened by an evil necromancer whose power was no longer held in check. With Snorri missing a leg and memory damaged, Gotrek is determined to have him escape and releases Felix from his vow to do so. But before they have a chance, a misunderstanding leads to their arrest and incarceration, transporting them to castle Reikland.

There, they are eventually freed, but they are trapped in a long and lasting siege against a horde of no less than 10,000 strong and well, dead. Matters get worse when a powerful wight lord, whom the dwarves recognize from their book of grudges, appears with the allure of a glorious doom to the slayers. Meanwhile, not one but two mysteries grows when a traitor works to sabotage the defenders.

Zombieslayer is a top notch page turner. The siege is sharply written, the mystery kept you going right to the end. The characters are an intriguing lot. And questions about Gotrek’s fate are raised within the book, suggesting where the series is going. For any fan of Gotrek and Felix, or zombies in general, you’re going to get a kick out of this book.