Dunston by Conn Iggulden

I would like to read Dunstan by Conn Iggulden. This is another exciting historical epic. It Concerns a priest and performer, a visionary, a traitor and confessor to kings, who went on to change the fate of England. It features King Aethelstan, grandson of Alfred the Great. Aetherlstan dreams of a united kingdom however England is currently divided and broken after years of misrule so Aethelstan attempts to unite England under one crown.

By his side is Dunstan of Glastonbury – priest, soldier, visionary and, some insist, traitor, who has an enquiring, intelligent mind and is full of ambition and wit. However Dunstan has a troubled past. He is the Son of a Wessex thane and was sent to a monastery for education, however he broke his vows. betrayed those he loved and murdered many innocents. However he gets a big break when Lady Elflaed calls with a proposal after hearing about what she considers to be a miracle and the monks consider another in a long line of excuses. So Dunstan arrives at the royal court, where he is given the task to steward seven kings through fire, war, murder and fury to see Athelstan’s dream come true.

His adventures take him from rural Wessex to the hills of Rome – from exile to exaltation and The results of his actions are eventually Decided by The events on one field during the passage of a single day. Through Dunstan’s vision and guiding hand, England could either unite as one great country – or fall back into anarchy and misrule…

A Game of Ghosts by John Connolly

I would like to read the Creepy, Eerie and atmospheric supernatural thriller Game of Ghosts, by John Connolly. It is the fifteenth novel to feature Paranormal detective Charlie Parker and takes place during deep winter. It concerns a missing private detective named Jaycob Eklund who has mysteriously vanished under suspicious circumstances, so Private investigator Charlie Parker is dispatched by his employer SAC Ross to track him down. However Parker’s employer, Edgar Ross, an agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, may also have his own sinister agenda for wanting Eklund found.

Parker discovers that Eklund is no ordinary investigator. He is obsessively tracking a series of homicides and disappearances, each linked to reports of hauntings. As He investigates further his onvestigations lead him to a sick and twisted inhuman cult called “The Brethren” which is led by brother and sister Kirk and Sally who have rather an unhealthy relationship with one another and has been responsible for a reign of death and destruction spanning many years.

Parker is also fighting with his ex-wife Rachel for custody of his daughter Sam who also exhibits her own unique set of paranormal abilities and must also be protected from The Brethren. It is not long before Parker finds himself drawn into Eklund’s nightmare world, a realm in which the monstrous Mother rules a crumbling criminal empire, in which men strike bargains with angels, and where the innocent and guilty alike become unwitting pawns in a game of ghosts . . .

Robert Calvert (Hawkwind)

South African-born, English writer, poet, and musician Robin Calvert Was born 9 March 1945 in Pretoria, South Africa. He moved with his parents to England when he was two and attended school in London and Margate. Having finished school he joined The Air Training Corps, where he became a corporal and played the trumpet for the 438 squadron band. He then went on to college in Canterbury. After leaving college, and having been denied his childhood dream of becoming a fighter pilot he slowly acquainted himself with the UK’s bohemian scene. Calvert began his career in earnest by writing poetry.

At the end of the 1960s he moved to London and joined the flourishing ‘psychedelic’ subculture. He soon became one of its most active members; joining, amongst other activities, Frendz, one of the leading underground magazines of the time. During that time he formed the Street Theatre group, Street Dada Nihilismus and acquainted himself with the “New Wave” of Science Fiction writers. Acclaimed author Michael Moorcock, winner of several Science Fiction literary awards and publisher of the influential New Worlds magazine, became a lifelong friend. Calvert’s poems were published in New World and other magazines. Although he was influenced by the New Wave, Calvert developed a distinct style of his own.

His ability to change fluently between poetry, music and theatre allowed him to develop into a multimedia artist. Calvert then became acquainted with Dave Brock, and became the resident poet, lyricist and frontman of Hawkwind, intermittently from 1972–1979. Calvert co-wrote Hawkwind’s hit single “Silver Machine”, which reached No. 3 in the UK singles chart. Although Lemmy sings on the single version, this is an overdub of a live recording taken at the Roundhouse in London, with Calvert on vocals. “They tried everyone else singing it except me”, Lemmy later said. Calvert also directed Hawkwind’s live opus, the Space Ritual Tour.

Calvert suffered from bipolar disorder, which often caused a fractious relationship with his fellow musicians. At one point he was sectioned under the Mental Health Act. Despite his sometimes debilitating mental health, Calvert remained a fiercely creative, driven and multi-talented artist. During periods away from Hawkwind duties, he worked on his solo career; his creative output including albums, stage plays, poetry, and a novel. His first solo album, Captain Lockheed and the Starfighters, was released in 1974. The record is a concept album; an amalgam of music and theatre focused around the Lockheed bribery scandals. In 1975 Calvert won the Capital Radio poetry competition with his poem “Circle Line”. In 1975, musician and producer Brian Eno produced and played on Calvert’s second solo album, Lucky Leif and the Longships, a concept album, which looked at the history of the US and the Vikings, who crossed the Atlantic to reach America before Columbus.

As well as Michael Moorcock and Brian Eno, Calvert’s collaborators included Arthur Brown, Steve Peregrin Took, Jim Capaldi, Steve Pond, Inner City Unit, Vivian Stanshall, Nektar, John Greaves, Adrian Wagner, Amon Düül II and, posthumously, Spirits Burning, Dave Brock, and Krankschaft. Calvert tragically died of a heart attack in 14 August 1988 at the age of 43, in Ramsgate, England and was buried in Minster Cemetery near Margate. His gravestone is engraved with the line “Love’s not Time’s fool”, from William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116.

John Cale (Velvet Underground)

Most famous for being a member of the Velvet Underground, John Cale OBE Was born 9 March 1942. the Velvet Underground formed in NewYork City performing from 1964 to 1973, its best-known members were Lou Reed and John Cale, who both went on to find success as solo artists. Although experiencing little commercial success while together, the band is often cited by many critics as one of the most important and influential groups of the 1960s. In a 1982 interview Brian Eno made the often repeated statement that while the first Velvet Underground album may have sold only 30,000 copies in its early years, “everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band.

Although The Velvet Underground were considered a commercial failure in the late 1960s, they have gained a considerable cult following and have gone on to become one of the most widely cited and influential bands of the era.As the Velvet Underground’s principal songwriter, Lou Reed wrote about subjects of personal experience that rarely had been examined so openly in rock and roll, including sexuality and drug culture. Although the Velvet Underground never achieved great commercial success, their idosyncratic combination of harsh guitars and smooth melodies sung by Reed or the German model Nico proved enduring” Andy Warhol also incorporated the Velvet Underground’s music into his Exploding Plastic Inevitable multimedia events. As a songwriter, Reed broke new ground by writing songs about taboo subjects as S&M, transvestites and transsexuals, prostitution and drug addiction.

The Velvet Underground have long been recognizsd as a major musical influence on punk and art rock, as reflected in a quote often attributed to musician Brian Eno: “The first Velvet Underground album only sold 10,000 copies, but everyone who bought it formed a band. Andy Warhol managed the Velvet Underground and it was the house band at his studio, theFactory, and his Exploding Plastic Inevitable events. The provocative lyrics of some of the band’s songs gave a nihilistic outlook to some of their music. Their 1967 debut album, The Velvet Underground & Nico (which featured German singer Nico, with whom the band collaborated), was named the 13th Greatest Album of All Time, and the “most prophetic rock album ever made” by Rolling Stone in 2003. In 2004,Rolling Stone ranked the band No. 19 on its list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, by Patti Smith.