pip wrote:Just finished John Connollys 'Samuel Johnson vs The Devil Pt2 - Hells Bells' the sequel to ' The Gates of Hell are Opening , Please Mind the Gap'
In the states the books are called The Gates , and The Infernals .
Definitely Fantasy genre but strikes me as a mix of Good Omens and Eric if they were to be compared to Terry Prtachett Books.
First Books is set in England where the Devil and his Minions have discovered how to open a gate to a small town by harnessing power from the Haldron Collider. Pardon the pun but all hell breaks lose with demons causing havoc while the General of hells army becomes a cross dresser and a few others discover the beauty of english lager . One becomes addicted to wine gums.
All this centres around Samuel and his dog who try to stop all this.
Second book is based around the cross dressing demons attempt at revenge for how the first book ends . She tries to drag Samuel and his dog to hell but also manages to pull in a pair of coppers , four alcoholic psycho dwarves pretending they're elves, and an icecream van driven by Dan Dan the Ice cream man.
More sentimental than the first book and a little slower paced but with very funny and exciting moments well worth reading.
I was particularly impressed with the characters of The Watcher, Old Ram and The Blacksmith.
First book a 9 out of ten and the second one an 8.5 out of ten.
Really enjoyable and not as dark than his previous 'All Age' book - 'The Book of Lost Things'(which is bloody amazing and a 10 out of 10 book based around Grimms fairy tales) or his Charlie Parker crime novels.
Yes i am promoting a fellow dubliner but seriously worth a look. The link below opens the first chapter of Hells Bells from Johns site which readds quite well as a short story in its own rights
pip wrote:Book of Lost Things still remains one of my favourite ever books. Pure Genius
He's doing a signing at my favourite bookshop next month
Real nice guy
pip wrote:I will. Did you check out the first chapter of his book i posted
meerkat wrote:For a fictional read re: time of Henry 8th, try CJ Sansom. Historically accurate and very interesting view of the country under Henry's rule!
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