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Book (Novella) Review – The Grendel’s Shadow

Off World Hunter Meets the Monster of Legend

Sci-fi horror novel that retells a version of Beowulf. Raw Book Review

The way to determine if you might enjoy this novella is to ask you the following questions:

1) Did you enjoy the story of Beowulf?

2) Did you enjoy the movie The Ghost in the Darkness?

3) Are you fan of genre mashing, specifically Sci-fi and Pulp Adventure?

4) Is an entertaining story more important than complex literary talent?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above then you may be interested in checking out The Grendel’s Shadow by Andrew Mayne.

As with previous novels we’ve reviews, this book was stumbled upon by chance and purchased based on the sale price of $0.99. Its a novella at 126 pages long, but to our surprise we were treated to a well written adventure story that kept us entertained from beginning to end.

The story follows a professional hunter who is hired by the government of a colonized planet to rid them of a wild beast that is attacking and killing families along an undomesticated frontier region.

Sounds like science fiction right? Yes, but only for the initial worldbuilding in which the story is set. What Andrew Mayne does well is take a 1920s style pulp adventure story, one that could easily be set around the turn of the century (late 1800s) and place it in a far future.

The story hits the ground running and never lets up. It’s a short read but it doesn’t disappoint.

Is it just a new version of Beowulf?

No. We asked the Beowulf question because this novel is certainly inspired by Beowulf, but it’s unique enough to be a good read.

I’m not a fan of guns and violent stories, will I like this?

We think so. It’s almost a period piece. Almost.

Where can I get it?

We bought it on Kindle.

Book (Novella) Review – The Grendel’s Shadow

Off World Hunter Meets the Monster of Legend

Sci-fi horror novel that retells a version of Beowulf. Raw Book Review

The way to determine if you might enjoy this novella is to ask you the following questions:

1) Did you enjoy the story of Beowulf?

2) Did you enjoy the movie The Ghost in the Darkness?

3) Are you fan of genre mashing, specifically Sci-fi and Pulp Adventure?

4) Is an entertaining story more important than complex literary talent?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above then you may be interested in checking out The Grendel’s Shadow by Andrew Mayne.

As with previous novels we’ve reviews, this book was stumbled upon by chance and purchased based on the sale price of $0.99. Its a novella at 126 pages long, but to our surprise we were treated to a well written adventure story that kept us entertained from beginning to end.

The story follows a professional hunter who is hired by the government of a colonized planet to rid them of a wild beast that is attacking and killing families along an undomesticated frontier region.

Sounds like science fiction right? Yes, but only for the initial worldbuilding in which the story is set. What Andrew Mayne does well is take a 1920s style pulp adventure story, one that could easily be set around the turn of the century (late 1800s) and place it in a far future.

The story hits the ground running and never lets up. It’s a short read but it doesn’t disappoint.

Is it just a new version of Beowulf?

No. We asked the Beowulf question because this novel is certainly inspired by Beowulf, but it’s unique enough to be a good read.

I’m not a fan of guns and violent stories, will I like this?

We think so. It’s almost a period piece. Almost.

Where can I get it?

We bought it on Kindle.

Predator Combo Pack is Actually a Pretty Decent Deal.

Full Disclosure here:

Alien vs Predator (AVP) was a terrible movie. AVP 2 – Requiem was much better until the Predator/Alien hybrid showed up. I mean seriously, WTF? 
The first Predator is a classic, always has been and always will be. The squeals weren’t great, but still entertaining; and much better than the AVP films. 
Q: So, why the hell do you want to own them all? 
A: You probably don’t, or already do, either way this is a really good deal for all five Blu-rays. $19.99 with free shipping?

On a side note: io9 is reporting Shane Black (who played Hawkins in the original Predator film has been hired to write and direct the new one). 

Predator Combo Pack is Actually a Pretty Decent Deal.

Full Disclosure here:

Alien vs Predator (AVP) was a terrible movie. AVP 2 – Requiem was much better until the Predator/Alien hybrid showed up. I mean seriously, WTF? 
The first Predator is a classic, always has been and always will be. The squeals weren’t great, but still entertaining; and much better than the AVP films. 
Q: So, why the hell do you want to own them all? 
A: You probably don’t, or already do, either way this is a really good deal for all five Blu-rays. $19.99 with free shipping?

On a side note: io9 is reporting Shane Black (who played Hawkins in the original Predator film has been hired to write and direct the new one). 

Shut Up and Take My Money!

Today’s Amazon Deal is Hard to Beat

With confirmation that Pacific Rim 2 coming (Yay!) it makes sense that endless versions of the Pacific Rim Blu-ray are being released. Money money money, right? Well in this case the deal includes a badass statuette of the Gypsy Danger. 

Seriously, who doesn’t want this thing?