Saturday, 16 June 2012

URBAN FANTASY REVIEW: The Armageddon Rag - George RR Martin

Release Date: 12/04/12


Onetime underground journalist Sandy Blair has traveled far from his radical roots in the '60s-until the bizarre and brutal murder of a millionaire rock promoter draws him back. As Sandy sets out to investigate the crime, he finds himself on a magical mystery tour of the pent-up passions of his generation. For a new messiah has resurrected the once legendary rock band Nazgul-but with an apocalyptic new beat that is a requiem of demonism, mind control, and death only Sandy may be able to change in time...


Whilst this tale was released in 2007 for many readers of GRRM, its one that will be new to them and probably rereleased to fulfil readers demands whilst awaiting the next instalment from the Song of Fire and Ice series. As with all of Georges work, it repeats certain themes that are not only familiar but also allows the reader to delve into a world that has a reality about it that is hard to not love.

It’s cunningly crafted, brings back the good old days of rock and when backed with a lead protagonist that is not only knowledgeable but one you want to spend time around, gives the reader a murder mystery that will keep them gripped from start to finish. Back that up with George’s dry wit, a bit of mischief and of course a tale that is every bit as mysterious as the fantasy tales and all in the reader will be hooked. Great stuff.

1 comment:

Pat Hollett said...

I'm on book 4. A Feast for Crows and find there's so much filler in it. It's almost like he writes everything whether it moves the story forward or not. I had to check and see your review of A Dance with Dragons, but as I suspected, it's another 'filler' book. I'm extremely disappointed, and find his narrative just keeps getting worse. Thanks for the insight Gareth.