I had to go back through old reviews to see if I’d done this one before, and it turns out that 1) I seem to have done the rest of the series but not this first novel, and 2) a novel from this series was close to my first ever Cannonballer review (third one I think). Good times. I decided to re-read this for 2 reasons: 1) I wanted to do a Halloween read that was not Cassidy Blake 2 because I’m saving that for actual Halloween and something to do between door-bell rings, and 2) I am planning on […]
Episode 1-38: I Punched Satan! Wherein I review: 144. The Fall of the House of Cabal (Johannes Cabal #5) by Jonathan L. Howard 145. Post Captain (Aubrey & Maturin #2) by Patrick O’Brian I bid adieu (temporarily, dark forces willing) to my favorite necromancer and I continue the swashbuckling seafaring adventures of Captain Jack and his doctor pals. And I continue to bust through two other wonderful but long books.
Episode 1-37: Brothers Gotta Hug! Wherein I review: 143. The Brothers Cabal (Johannes Cabal #4) by Jonathan L. Howard Where I wax romantical about how much I love the Johannes Cabal series. And the joy of a solid 4th book in a series.
Episode 1-36: Ferris Bueller’s Synthesizer Wherein I review: 136. Johannes Cabal the Detective (Johannes Cabal #2) by Jonathan L. Howard 137. Master and Commander (Aubrey & Maturin #1) by Patrick O’Brian 138. The Cold Commands (A Land Fit for Heroes #2) by Richard K. Morgan 139. The Burning Page (Invisible Library #3) by Genevieve Cogman 140. The Fear Institute (Johannes Cabal #3) by Jonathan L. Howard 141. The Guilty Dead (Monkeewrench #9) by P.J. Tracy 142. Foe by Iain Reid After chunking a zero in the Yahtzee column last week, I finish everything up this week. I pop through two more […]
Episode 1-34: It’s a Dead Man’s Party, Who Could Ask For More? Wherein I review: 134. Johannes Cabal the Necromancer (Johannes Cabal #1) by Jonathan L. Howard 135. The Masked City (The Invisible Library #2) by Genevieve Cogman I fall in love with an evil bastard and our Librarian heroine continues swashbuckling through steampunk fantasticness. And I begin to fall woefully behind in my reading.
I have loved the Johannes Cabal series so far. Each installment is modeled on a different author-style, including Ray Bradbury, steam punk, Lovecraft, and a monster apocalypse. This latest looks like it will be modeled on Poe, just based on the title The Fall of the House Cabal, but it’s not. This one breaks from the trend, and does its own thing, which in a way is in keeping with traditions of the series. The author says so directly in the Preface. Some of the changes-additions work very well, other things less so. The other thing that the author tells […]
This is the fourth book in the Johannes Cabal series, and the only one that uses its main character sparingly. I loved the first three Cabal novels, particularly Johannes Cabal the Detective, which is the second one. I also love the handful of Cabal short stories, particularly Johannes Cabal and the Blustery Day, the first Cabal story and a brilliant introduction to a brilliant character. Johannes Cabal is a German-born man who was raised from middle childhood in England. He is a necromancer ‘of some little infamy’, a career he undertook at the age of 18 when the girl he loved accidentally […]