John Birmingham is one of those authors that I know I can always rely on for an entertaining read. I started reading him in my teens when I found He Died With A Felafel in his Hand at the school library which I quickly followed up with the Tasmanian Babes Fiasco poached from my brothers library. He’s not a one trick pony with just comedy though – he also writes amazing sci-fi and alternate history novels such as The Disappearance and Axis of Time series. So when he offered a free novella in return for signing away my soul (and e-mail address) you couldn’t hold me back. Plus Here Be Monsters fulfilled a criteria for my reading challenge. Double win!
Synopsis ( from Cheeseburger Gothic)
It is 1788 and Lieutenant Watkin Tench of His Majesty’s Royal Marines is an officer in charge of transporting over a thousand ne’er-do-well convicts to the great south land. But a mysterious white squall engulfs the Fleet and then it’s not 1788 anymore. Not as Tench knew it.
A great and ghostly city of the dead appears out of the storm and the men and women of the First Fleet must fight not just for their lives, but for their immortal souls and the very future of the world.
What I Loved
Everything! Time travel, zombies, First Fleet- oh my!!!! Please sir, I would like more of all these things. A trilogy would be nice, but I’m not going to be greedy.
What I Didn’t Love
Too short! I would love a full length book with this setting, the ideas in it would expand really well, and I really want to know how the mysterious time traveller fits in.
My Rating: (5 / 5)
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