Monday, 26 July 2010

SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW: Black Lung Captain - Chris Wooding


Darian Frey is down on his luck. He can barely keep his squabbling crew fed and his rickety aircraft in the sky. Even the simplest robberies seem to go wrong. It's getting so a man can't make a dishonest living any more. Enter Captain Grist. He's heard about a crashed aircraft laden with the treasures of a lost civilisation, and he needs Frey's help to get it. There's only one problem. The craft is lying in the trackless heart of a remote island, populated by giant beasts and subhuman monsters. Dangerous, yes. Suicidal, perhaps. Still, Frey's never let common sense get in the way of a fortune before. But there's something other than treasure on board that aircraft. Something that a lot of important people would kill for. And it's going to take all of Frey's considerable skill at lying, cheating and stealing if he wants to get his hands on it . . . Strap yourself in for another tale of adventure and debauchery, pilots and pirates, golems and daemons, double-crosses and double-double-crosses. The crew of the Ketty Jay are back!


Having had major problems with the original title in this series, I really wasn’t looking forward to starting this book. As with the original it did contain elements that are very similar to Firefly although this time round the crew didn’t feel that they were quite as obnoxious or unlikeable. Whether that’s because I weathered the original storm I’m not sure, but here in this tale, Chris takes the elements within to a more pleasing novel. Whilst I’m still not the biggest fan of this series it has improved and the reader may well be better starting with this title than the original.

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