The Last Days of Thunder Child

The Last Days of Thunder Child
War of the Worlds - spin off adaptation novel.

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

The Tudor Secret by C.W. Gortner (My Goodreads Review)

The Tudor Secret

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Very enjoyable historical fiction story set during the final days of England's King Edward VI. The boy king is on his death bed and plots are afoot to put Lady Jane Grey on the throne instead of Mary I (Bloody Mary) A young spymaster in the making starts his career in this atmospheric tale. Very enjoyable read.


Thursday, 24 January 2019

Unparalleled by D.S. (My Goodreads Review)

Unparalleled

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Doctor Carson is baffled by her new patient. The man is Stuart Milton. He has been telling a story of his life that is very different from the one he has been living. Stuart Milton has been living a different life to the one people keep insisting he has been living. He is obviously traumatised. He is logical and accepts he is traumatised in some way. But he knows he had a pregnant wife, despite what his honest brother and others are telling him.

Doctor Carson a psychiatrist can't detect any form of lying during her psychoanalysis. Milton is telling the truth. Even under hypnosis, Doctor Carson can only deduce her patient is telling the truth. It is as though her patient has quantum lept into the world from a parallel universe. That is just for starters. There are other things at work too. More bizarre consequences begin to unfold as Stuart Milton and Doctor Carson delve deeper into the phenomenon.

This is a very compelling science fiction story. All the credible approach to the strange phenomenon are there. Very gripping indeed.





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Monday, 14 January 2019

Did War of the Worlds' HMS Thunder Child Look Like This?



1. Did you enjoy the dreadful thought of the War of the Worlds Tripod Fighting Machines from Mars?

2. What About the War of the Worlds 1953 Radio Broadcast?

3. Or the Jeff Wayne War of the Worlds Musical?

Imagine it from the cool maths game point of view. The Martians did not make an allowance for a world of warships. Therefore, war and thunder spitting from the ironclad's guns would take the complacent Martians, in their fighting machines, by surprise.

Science Fiction Lovers Indulge This Thought.

Imagine, if you will, how it would have been to be a Victorian sailor from retro British times of 1898. You are on board HMS Thunder Child and the ship is picking up strange semaphore messages from the shore stations. Invaders from Mars are striding about and destroying the entire fabric of our nation. Would you believe such outrages things? The entire ship would be alive with speculation and disbelief. These sailors were destined to see three Martian fighting machines and confront the colossal edifices in battle.

As an impressionable young lad, I always found myself pondering such things.

I would walk about in my dream thinking, “If I was in that story, I would do this or that.” I found myself wishing for all sorts of adventures.

When I read H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds, I remember getting a tremendous lift out of the short excerpt when an ironclad called H.M.S. Thunder Child attacked three Martian tripods in the River Blackwater to save a paddle steamer full of refugees. 



 Thunder Child

Friday, 28 December 2018

Doctor Who: Spare Parts by Marc Platt - For the sci-fi Geek Geezers.

Doctor Who: Spare Parts

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A very entertaining audiobook. A Big Finish product. The Fifth Doctor (Peter Davidson) and his companion Nyssa land on the planet of Mondas. Doctor Who fans will know that Mondas was Earth's twin planet with a humanoid race living upon it. They are, of course, Modasians. The last remnants of Human/Mondasians are living under curfew. Each night squads of Cybermen come out to collect the last people for the processing factories. This was a Genesis of the Cybermen story and very compelling. If you are a Doctor Who fan, then this story is a must. Primitive Cybermen like those in the last William Hartnell story are rather chilling as they patrol the back streets of a dying civilisation in the last throws of extinction. Slowly person by person, being converted into the unfeeling and coldly logical Cybermen.


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Monday, 10 December 2018

War of the Worlds' HMS Thunder Child (A Devastation class ship)

1. Did you enjoy the dreadful thought of the War of the Worlds Tripod Fighting Machines from Mars?

2. What About the War of the Worlds 1953 Radio Broadcast?

3. Or the Jeff Wayne War of the Worlds Musical?

Imagine it from the cool maths game point of view. The Martians did not make an allowance for a world of warships. Therefore, war and thunder spitting from the ironclad's guns would take the complacent Martians, in their fighting machines, by surprise.

Science Fiction Lovers Indulge This Thought.

Imagine, if you will, how it would have been to be a Victorian sailor from retro British times of 1898. You are on board HMS Thunder Child and the ship is picking up strange semaphore messages from the shore stations. Invaders from Mars are striding about and destroying the entire fabric of our nation. Would you believe such outrages things? The entire ship would be alive with speculation and disbelief. These sailors were destined to see three Martian fighting machines and confront the colossal edifices in battle.

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

A Glorious Sunny Winter Day.



I knew I would enjoy today at work. I got up at 4 am and went out the side door to the carport. I looked up, and although it was cold and frosty, the night sky was clear. The moon and the stars looked great. I knew it would be a clear blue yet chilly day. 

It was indeed. I spent the day driving around the Fenland, close to Chatteris. I went to a small village called Benwick. Here, I stopped and drank in the glorious sight of the crisp morning. It felt like Heaven on Earth. I got out my mobile and tried to capture the moments as I walked along the river bank. It felt wonderful to be alive and out on this smashing day. 



Saturday, 1 December 2018

Abora Invasion Earth by Michael Nicolson (My Goodreads Review)

Abora Invasion Earth

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A humanoid looking race of aliens arrives on Earth seeking sanctuary. Their homeworld is dying. The British Prime Minister of the year 2070 decides to allow a settlement in the Highlands of Scotland. These humanoid looking aliens are like Nephilim giants from biblical myth. Some of the aliens have more sinister requirements. Much to the dismay of most alien settlers and completely unacceptable to the local population. Instead of looking at the sheep and cattle as livestock some of the aliens see the smaller humans as a source of protein. In some ways, the story reminds me of some of the Edmund Cooper style science fiction books I often read. Well worth reading.


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