Thursday, March 10, 2011

Bloody Pulp by G.R.V. Stone (book review)

Swashbuckling fun! 

I first became familiar with this author's work through the short stories he used to post in his myspace blog. Seeing as these stories were all completely disgusting yet very humorous horror tales, I was surprised to see his first book is fantasy. 

The story revolves around Pulp, a well known assassin and major bad-ass who is hired to track down a human girl (that could be the last human) so she could become the unwilling sex slave of a dark wizard. After receiving an air ship (that is later named The Bloody Pulp) Pulp and crew set off, but finding the girl isn't the hardest part, it's getting her back that poses a challenge. The ensuing adventure is one of the most thrilling and well written tales I've read in some time. 

I suppose the story mostly reminds me of a final fantasy game, mixed with a little Pirates of the Caribbean, topped off with a monstrous main character that has the no nonsense disposition of Clint Eastwood. The adventure is fast paced and overflowing with a rich cast of enchanted supporting characters. I often found myself laughing out loud at some of the dialog. 

Though the gore is still in place, it's the authors descriptive prowess that really impressed me and had me unable to stop reading. Looking forward to reading more about Pulp and friends.

5 out of 5 stars

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