The Emperor's Railroad

The Emperor's Railroad By Guy Haley is Book Guy Haley is the author of Crash, Champion of Mars, the Richards and Klein series, The Dreaming Cities and others He is a prolific contributor to Games Workshop s Black Library imprint having written books including the bestselling Dark Imperium, Dante, Pharos and The Devastation of Baal.. Global war devastated the environment, a zombie like plague wiped out much of humanity, and civilization as we once understood it came to a standstill But that was a thousand years ago, and the world is now a very different place.Conflict between city states is constant, superstition is rife, and machine relics, mutant creatures and resurrected prehistoric beasts troubleGlobal war devastated the environment, a zombie like plague wiped out much of humanity, and civilization as we once understood it came to a standstill But that was a thousand years ago, and the world is now a very different place.Conflict between city states is constant, superstition is rife, and machine relics, mutant creatures and resurrected prehistoric beasts trouble the land Watching over all are the silent Dreaming Cities Homes of the angels, bastion outposts of heaven on Earth Or so the church claims Very few go in, and nobody ever comes out.Until now. Good Kindle The Emperor's Railroad Actual rating: 3.82 stars ← also known as a mathematical rating à la Choko.Friendly warning: this review is ever so slightly longer than the novella it is about. You're welcome.Zombies and dragons and knights, oh my!My Little Barnacles…Please allow me to introduce…Slightly Improbable Book of the Year (SIBotY™) #2! First there was City of Lights, with its dubious mix of Sci-Fi and full-on UF! Now we have The Emperor's Railroad, with its fishy combination of Fantasy stuff and Dystopian stuff and Horror stuff! And as disastrous as this recipe might sound, it bloody works! Now that's some pretty glorious cooking, if you ask me. See? Even Julia Child seems to agree with me about this one. From the tomb, too, which makes her approval super extra special and stuff.So, let's see, what do we have here? A post-apocalyptic US setting. Which sounds about as exciting as a world without me and my murderous crustaceans in it, I know. But have a little trust, my Little Barnacles. If I say this book is slightly awesome, then it obviously is. Anyone who tells you otherwise undoubtedly needs to have his or her little head examined. But I digress. Okay, where were we? Oh yes, the Not Non-Exciting Post-Apocalyptic US Setting (NNEPAUSS™). So this slightly screwed up world has been brought about by a war {insert yawns of utter disinterest and total indifference here} Oh, will you shut your Little Barnacle mouths for a minute and let me explain?! We're never going to get this review over with if you keep interrupting me, you know (view spoiler)[But hey, if you want to keep blah-blah-blah-ing to death, feel free. It's not like I'm still listening to you or anything. (hide spoiler)] Sooooooo, this war that slightly screwed up the US. It was between the freaking Angels of the Dreaming Cities (one such city being Pittsburgh and the others being I-Can't-Bloody-Remember-Because-Early-Alzheimer's-And-Stuff) and the Emperor of Virginia. What? You didn't know Virginia was once ruled by an emperor? Oh well, it doesn't really matter now since he's slightly dead and stuff. But anyway. There was a war and everybody was somewhat pissed off because of it (especially the Angels, but that's totally expected because angels are always assholes (view spoiler)[← and that right there is one of the immutable laws of the universe. It's right up there with the "the crappier the Ilona Andrews cover, the awesomer the Ilona Andrews book" law. But I think I might be slightly digressing again. Moving on and stuff. (hide spoiler)] and so we ended up with total desolation. And desperadoes and slavers roaming the land! And everybody out for themselves in a delightfully ruthless way! Aaaaaannnnnnnd yummy zombies! Aaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnd glorious dragons! Aaaaannnnnnnnnd tasty knights! Okay, so there's only one knight in this particular story. BUT he is sorta lusciously luscious, so there. His name is Quinn, by the way. And he is a teensy little bit mysterious. And he has a gun. And he has a sword. And he is slightly hot. AND he is slightly mine.I don't have to tell you I'm doing the Poof! Gone! Harem! (PGF™) on Quinn here, do I? Good, that's what I thought. But in case you're one of those Clueless Barnacles who don't know about my Hardly Noticeable Undying Love for Rehashing (HNULfR™), let me say something real quick here: I'm doing the Poof! Gone! Harem! on Quinn! Surprise, surprise, my Lovely Arthropods! Okay, my little hormones seem to be in check for the time being, so let me tell you about Quinn is mine here. So Quinn is a knight. (view spoiler)[Duh. (hide spoiler)] But not any knight. He is a Knight. And a freaking Knight of the Dreaming City of Atlantis at that. Meaning he serves the asshole angels. So of course I slightly fell for him. I mean, how can you not fall for a sword-wielding hot dude who roots for the bad guys? Okay, so I'm not 100% sure the asshole angels are the bad guys here, but they sure show promise. Anyway, my Quinn was doing his thing (whatever that thing might be), and roaming the land for dubious reasons unknown, when he stumbled upon a 12-year-old kid called Abney and his dear mommy. And thus our love story began. BUT. Thus a slightly abominable, distasteful thing came to be, too. Because it turns out that our love story was narrated by Abney. As in Abney, the bloody shrimping 12-year-old kid. Why me?Sorry, I tend to freak out when Disgusting Little Kids (DLK™) are involved. Just needed to get some fresh air for a minute there. I'm back now, so you can resume breathing and stuff. So YES, I gave this book an almost-4-star rating even though it is narrated by a DLK™. That should tell you something right there. And it should tell you something else, too. It should tell you that, had this story NOT been narrated by a DLK™, I would have most probably rated it 5+ stars. Yep yep yep yep. Because this ain't no Fluffy Bunny World (FBW™), my Little Barnacles. This world is deliciously dark and a bit on the shrimped up side and stuff. Which is slightly delightful and somewhat awesome and stuff. Plus, this world is super duper original and oh-so-fresh and ooh-yeah-I-want-more and stuff. Plus plus we've got some awfully yummy action scenes. An even though some Silly Barnacles seem to think the pace is kinda slow at first, I didn't. Think the pace was kinda slow at first, I mean. And that should tell you something again. What should that tell you? Don't ask me, I have no idea. Anyway, since we're talking about Silly Barnacles here: this story only has a 3.55 star average rating *gasps* You know what this proves, right? Yep, absolutely. It proves once again that the above mentioned Silly Barnacles are kinda sorta clueless. And that they read this story very wrong indeed. And that their case is desperately desperate and stuff.I'm afraid you're right, Gertrude. But worry not, my dear. We've survived thus far, and there is no way we will let a bunch of harebrained nitwits poor, lost souls divert us from the path to enlightenment and joy.» And the moral of this There is no Freaking Way I Will Let a Disgusting Little Kid Come Between Me and My Quinn Crappy Non Review (TinFWIWLaDLKCBMaMDCNR™) is: this book is not entirely crappy. This book is less than 200 pages, too, and therefore ADHD-enabled. AND, this book is so cheap it should be outlawed. So be bold and stuff, my Little Barnacles! Don't let Those of the Despicable Book Taste (TotDBT™) cloud your judgement! Buy this! Read this! You're welcome!» And the other moral of this There is no Freaking Way I Will Let a Disgusting Kid Come Between Me and My Quinn Crappy Non Review (TinFWIWLaDLKCBMaMDCNR™) is: my Quinn narrates book 2. YUM.» And the other, other moral of this There is no Freaking Way I Will Let a Disgusting Kid Come Between Me and My Quinn Crappy Non Review (TinFWIWLaDLKCBMaMDCNR™) is:✎ Book 2: The Ghoul King ★★★ ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

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  1. Guy Haley is the author of Crash, Champion of Mars, the Richards and Klein series, The Dreaming Cities and others He is a prolific contributor to Games Workshop s Black Library imprint having written books including the bestselling Dark Imperium, Dante, Pharos and The Devastation of Baal.

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The Emperor's Railroad Comment

  1. Actual rating 3.82 stars also known as a mathematical rating la Choko.Friendly warning this review is ever so slightly longer than the novella it is about You re welcome.Zombies and dragons and knights, oh my My Little Barnacles Please allow me to introduce Slightly Improbable Book of the Year SIBotY 2 First there was City of Lights, with its dubious mix of Sci Fi and full on UF Now we have The Emperor s Railroad, with its fishy combination of Fantasy stuff and Dystopian stuff and Horror stuff A [...]


  2. Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.My rating is 3.5 stars.The Emperor s Railroad by Guy Haley is a genre blending delight, mixing zombies, dragons, guns, swords, and knights with a post apocalyptic, dystopian world This mesmerizing recipe serving up something fresh and original, something unique and creative something all fans of speculative fiction would do well to try, because the future for the Dreaming Cities series certainly appears very bright.Told from the point of view of a 12 year old b [...]


  3. This is a short story or novella and it reads like one a slice of a post apocalyptic fantasy tale with angels, dragons, zombies and knights An enjoyable story told to us through the eyes of a 12 year old boy.


  4. Falling somewhere between King s The Dark Tower saga and Brooks Shannara series, as seen through the achingly vibrant lens of Discovery s Life After People, The Emperor s Railroad is a remarkably unique approach to post apocalyptic fantasy While I felt the choice of a 12 year old narrator put some unfortunate constraints on the tale, and held it back from realizing its true potential, I am genuinely excited to see where Guy Haley goes with his Dreaming Cities series.Here we find some of the best [...]


  5. I received this from the publisher at no cost.I m not a huge zombie story fan, so this story wasn t really aimed at me That said, turns out I can be quite a fan of your post apocalyptic, back to vaguely old west America stories, so that aspect was quite enjoyable I do like the image of human creations being subsumed into nature Quinn, the hero of the story, is intriguing, and through him we get glimpses into the rest of the world that the story is set in There are angels and dragons I kept wonde [...]


  6. When I was in high school, I remember getting a certain feeling when I sat down with an assigned reading novel GRENDEL or A SEPARATE PEACE or THE GREAT GATSBY or what have you I would start out daunted, and then as I read, realize that it was really a simple book The prose was tight, the story was easy to follow, and then as I got farther and farther I started to realize that what I had thought was simple was well plotted and immensely enjoyable There was a reason, in other words, why these assi [...]


  7. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.So the book starts off with a zombie scene But it s not really a zombie book Abney, our narrator, is looking back and telling the story almost a folk tale about how he and his mother traveled from New Karlville after its devastation by zombies through rough and dangerous country in the company of a knight This knight, Quinn, has Abney fascinated, since there aren t many knights any.Really, the book is a post apocalypt [...]


  8. I didn t actually read much about this beforehand I picked it up because it s one of the Tor novellas, and I ve generally found them worth trying, even if they haven t all been my thing I was a little wary in that I ve read part of one of Guy Haley s books before and didn t really get into it Not so with this one it has a strong voice and it s set in a fascinating post apocalyptic world I d love to know about it, and I ll definitely pick up the sequel The main character, Abney, isn t really the [...]


  9. Nice Fantasy Apocalyptic blend for a story line Interesting main character and world setting that I hope to learn of the history of as the series progresses I will definitely try the 2nd book Nice entertaining read Recommended


  10. Review also published hereDisclaimer I received an ARC for this novella from the publisher However, I had already preordered a copy the moment I saw it, back in October 2015, long before I was approached by Tor Make of that what you will.The Emperor s Railroad is a science fantasy novella set in a post apocalyptic future Mankind has declined, and the cities and technologies of old are in ruins and forbidden Angels govern the world from their Dreaming Cities, fickle in their attentions and approv [...]


  11. You can find this review and on my blog.Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you a little gem in post apocalyptic genre This is a relatively short novella only a little over 100 pages long , but it s packed full of goodies huge and very interesting world, a great catastrophe the cause of which is not fully explained, strange beings that might or might not be angels, a mysterious knight, and an engaging narrator What else would you need for a wonderful book Our narrator, Abney, is a 12 year ol [...]


  12. Vou dar uma nota 3.5 5, mas um 3.5 tendendo mais para 4 do que para 3 porque o livro melhora um tanto no final e, como o primeiro livro, eu diria que isso um bom sinal.Particularmente achei a primeira metade do livro um tanto quanto indigesta muita coisa misturada e o autor n o vai te introduzindo pouco a pouco ao mundo Ele simplesmente vai jogando algumas infoma es e voc que se vira para entender o funcionamento do mundo Vc aos poucos percebe que esse livro se passa em uma esp cie de EUA altern [...]


  13. The Emperor s Railroad is a post apocalyptic, dystopian novella A zombie plague, knights and angels , a mechanical beast, protected compounds The story is told in retrospect by Abney, who was a twelve year old boy fleeing with his mother from a town overrun by zombies at the time of the story Now, Abney is an old man, but his stories still carry weight.Abney relates how Quinn, a wandering knight, aids Abney and his mother on their journey to a place of safety There are some interesting elements [...]


  14. The Emperor s Railroad is an utterly pedestrian story that is only rescued from total mediocrity by some intriguing world building Unfortunately, Guy Haley s novella never manages to full utilize the potential of its setting, and the ending leaves the reader with far questions than answers.Read the full review at SF Bluestocking.


  15. The Emperor s Railroad is all about the world building Because, to be honest, not that much happens in this novella In our future, after some vague war brought about by creatures known as Angels, America is divided into Kingdoms and Dreaming Cities Virginia Pittsburgh Columbus These places have Knights, who do the bidding of the Angels and rulers And Quinn is a Knight Of where, I won t say Because it s a spoiler, and it s COOL He s got two swords, and a gun And he needs them, because of the zomb [...]


  16. The future is ashes, the past is treasure When you get where I am the past ll look brighter to you as well A finely told novella about a dystopic future with zombies Normally, I would have quit before discovering how well written it is Well crafted God has redeemed us to the level we deserve The zombies cost Haley a star They are an unnecessary, unimaginative shortcut He s good enough if he d thought about it he could have accomplished the same effect without resorting to such a tired trope Ever [...]


  17. 4 starsI enjoyed this, but the narrator s frequent descriptions of his surroundings were confusing and not very interesting I loved the amount of action, though, and really liked Quinn, a knight of the Dreaming Cities of Atlantis There are zombies, a dragon, and plenty of hardships to keep you turning the pages I m looking forward to the next installment of the series This was a short novel, providing a quick, entertaining read.


  18. This was absolutely stellar, I think I have offically changed my mind about novellas, This one is loaded down with a great post apocalyptic, dystopian world Engaging characters, and strangely to me, a British author who does southern characters well.Scifi, fantasy, horror all smashed into a 100 plus page package, read this one, you won t regret it.


  19. I m honestly not a zombie fan, and I didn t realise that this is essentially a zombified novella However, what kept my interest was the way Guy Haley presented this post apoc world as a kind of SciFi Western Fantasy mash up, with a strong and distinctive narrator I just wasn t the right audience for this one.


  20. This could have been a great tale Dystopian Fantastic Full of interesting characters, but the dialogue is as weak as the plot is engaging This story could have been a classic instead it is a literary miss Sad.


  21. First 3 4 of this piece was interesting, well written, but very slow and a bit un engaging However, I loved the last 1 4, the action, the drama, the interpersonal relationship Pretty encouraging piece from Haley.


  22. 3.5 5 Rating Review originally posted at MyLifeMyBooksMyEscapeFantastic history to this world Disclaimer I was provided with a review copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion and reviewZombies, machines relics, prehistoric beasts, angels and heaven, and knights These things may not seem like they would belong together, but for this story they do Guy Haley has taken these seemingly unrelated items, and put them together to create a truly fantastic world and history.Abney and his [...]


  23. In the not so distant future, in a world where the dead walk and the angels rule everything, a boy and his mother undertake a treacherous journey to find their only living relative The only thing standing between them and an army of zombies and worse is a knight who refuses to wear his badge.Quinn is an agent of the angels, one of the only remaining knights in existence But in the wake of the war and following the death of the Emperor, there s not much for a knight to do officially Which is fort [...]


  24. This book is told from the POV of Abney, a 12 year old boy that was born in the year of the Dominion of Angels 1097 Abney and his mother Sarah Hollister are on the road, trying to get from the destruction of their hometown to safety with a cousin in the town of Winfort The two must cross the Emperor s Railroad in Charleston, Virginia to get to Winfort So much easier said than done in the day and age that they live in The Kingdom of Virginia is in constant turmoil The states have been at war off [...]


  25. The Tor novella series has been pretty reliable this year I haven t liked all the ones I ve read, but of the ones I did like, I liked them quite a bit I m usually hesitant to read shorter works, since I don t always feel like they have enough time to develop plots and characters enough, but I also believe that a work should only be as long as necessary, and they ve hit that mark well The Emperor s Railroad is another good one.The novella is set in the future of our world, after a world war has d [...]


  26. This is probably my grouch against a novella that it conceals much than what is revealed And that is my chief concern about this novella There is a lot of intrigue, a lot of suspense built up but ultimately, there wasn t any pay off for me as a reader I loved the story no doubts about that part This was my introduction to Guy Haley and he did have my attention right from the start Narrator Abney recounts his first meeting with a Knight of the Dreaming Cities, Quinn who saves him and his mother [...]


  27. Just finished this one in a sitting I was thoroughly enthralled throughout It was told in one of my favorite methods old person reminiscing about their life or a memory The vernacular was simplistic to match the mood world, but it fit really well with the way the story was being told and who the narrator was It reminded me a lot of how Mark Twain told many of his stories.The world building was impressive given the short length of this novella I fell right into the world from the first couple pag [...]


  28. A strange mixture of zombies, knights, angels and dragons in a post apocaliptic setting It s interesting and exciting sometimes, but I need information about what had happened to our world to fully enjoy the experience Waiting for the next novella located in this universe.English review dreamsofelvex 201Spanish review dreamsofelvex 201


  29. Very cool novella So good in fact I ve went ahead and pre ordered the full followup out in July 2016 Post apocalyptic, western, fantasy set in America is about the best description for this tale The action is vivid but not over dramatic, the characters are believable, and there s enough mystery to keep you wondering what exactly happened to make this world the way it is.



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