Cheeseburger Gothic

Orcs in New York. Hooper 3 extract

Posted July 10, 2014 into Book Extract by John Birmingham

Since I'm spending all my time inside these books, you might as well get a little look-in as well. I chose these couple of a pars because they're written from the point of view of Lord Guyuk ur Grymm, one of my fave monsters. It struck me as I was editing them just how knowledge of the Horde culture and lore they assume. But then, this is from Book 3.

To give just enough context to understand what's happening, Guyuk is leading a raid into Manhattan. I've clipped a few details here and there to avoid spoilers.

(Image from The Land of Shadow)

There was a short interlude of violence, and all resistance collapsed.

Little pride was to be had in the victory, Guyuk told himself as he used the edge of his great round shield to carve one of the last fleeing humans in two. The shield’s iron edge was chamfered to a quarter claw thickness. Keen enough to slice through boiled wulfin hide armour when wielded by a strong arm, well trained to the task. Used in such a fashion upon the unprotected bodies of the calflings, it was a spectacularly gruesome kill. Bloodwine and sweetmeats fairly exploded from the fragile bag of thin skin, painting the Lord Commander in hot gore.

Not a killing to sing about, or record in the Scrolls, but it did afford an opportunity to practice one’s self denial. His head reeled with hunger, and long tendrils of acidic drool swung from his fangs. Not one morsel did he take from the quarry, though. Nor any of his Guard. They encircled their prey, crushed all resistance with swift resolve, then stayed their claws and blades.

The Cohort had emerged many leagues from the centre of the metropolis where the human Champion and his thrall were heavily engaged. Still, the incredible scale of this settlement was of an order to daunt even the strongest mind.

Was it so great that even a Regiment might not fully invest it? Guyuk pondered this as a form of meditation to still his rumbling stomachs. He spat a stream of digestive phlegm to the unnaturally level ground. From where he stood, the whole of the sky shield-wise to the moon seemed filled with the towers of humanity. Projects, the Threshrend called them, and the word seemed freighted with a dark significance.

These man-made ranges were indeed the project of a malign and terrible power. Even as he looked upon them he saw the small flashes of light and fire which he knew to be the talebearers of the human’s ranged weaponry; the guns of the calflings, such as he had just encountered. There was no sense of massed and coordinated fire, but the occasional streak of magick light – of the cursed ‘tracer’ rounds – indicated that the attention of the armsmen was focussed on the war bands which even now rampaged through these Projects a league’s distance moonwise.

“Secure the prisoners,” he ordered. “Do not damage them.”

25 Responses to ‘Orcs in New York. Hooper 3 extract’

Darth Greybeard would have you know...

Posted July 11, 2014
Who is really the monster here Paul? Aren't you judging this thoughtful and honourable creature by your own homocentric standards? Did they ask to be deluged with seawater from a hole in the ceiling?

Hath not an Orc eyes? Hath not an Orc claws, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions; fed with the
same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same
diseases, heal'd by the same means, warm'd and cool'd by the same fire and ice, as a Human is? If you prick us, do we not bleed?
If you tickle us, do we not rip your throat out? If you poison us, do we not laugh? And if you wrong us, do we not revenge? If we are like you in
the rest, we will resemble you in that.

Who is the monster Paul? It's you isn't it?

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted July 11, 2014
You don't know my life.

Respond to this thread

Therbs ducks in to say...

Posted July 10, 2014
They're probably just heading to the Bowery to de gentrify it. These orcs hated the idea of all the flophouse residents being turfed out in favour of up market residential towers and eateries. In essence they're implementing their own version of retrospective Green Bans. Good luck to them I say.

Dave W ducks in to say...

Posted July 10, 2014

I thought it was all about the meatpackers' area, these days, for the hipsters.

Respond to this thread

BrianC puts forth...

Posted July 10, 2014
So i've been away when does book one release?

Respond to this comment

tqft ducks in to say...

Posted July 10, 2014
I am tempted to make an offer about an early release copy.

Respond to this comment

yankeedog mutters...

Posted July 10, 2014
Given the firepower and casualty rates prevalent in Chicago on most weekends, bring the orcs! First run-ins with the Disciples or Vice Lords and there'll be a giant orc meat fest on the lakefront.

Looking forward to the series. Should be fun!

Murphy_of_Missouri ducks in to say...

Posted July 11, 2014
I suspect, without offering spoilers from my unique position, that there will be a lot of Blue on Blue casualties.

Respects,
Murph
On the Outer Marches

Respond to this thread

Bangar would have you know...

Posted July 10, 2014
Orcs it just had to be Orcs didn't it, large strong and organised. Bloody Kobolds or Mongrelmen who couldn't fold a napkin with instructions (on another napkin obviously) and throw a copper piece amongst 'em to turn 'em to infighting. Bloody Orcs time to finish this 'ere lightning and head out and start swingin' the blade.

It's time for Bloody Orcs indeed.

Respond to this comment

Sudragon is gonna tell you...

Posted July 11, 2014
As long as Ashnak doesn't show up...

Surtac ducks in to say...

Posted July 11, 2014


I'm hoping he does. ;)

Anthony is gonna tell you...

Posted July 11, 2014
He and his war- band are too busy attending to their new contract with the nameless necromancer to look after security on Manus Island. They don't have time for frivolities these days.

Respond to this thread

Dave W has opinions thus...

Posted July 11, 2014

Like no restaurant I've been to.

Respond to this thread

w from brisbane mumbles...

Posted July 11, 2014
" Bloodwine and sweetmeats fairly exploded from the fragile bag of thin skin, painting the Lord Commander in hot gore."

This may be a first. A book about human-eating monsters written by a restaurant reviewer.
Because I am a bit worried. That sentence made me feel hungry.

Dave W ducks in to say...

Posted July 11, 2014
D'oh. Responded to wrong comment. Must be the lack of breakfast. Anyone know where I can get some blood pudding?

Lulu mutters...

Posted July 11, 2014
Is that the same as black pudding?

Dave W mutters...

Posted July 11, 2014

It sure is. *smacks lips*

w from brisbane would have you know...

Posted July 11, 2014
I was thinking more of a steak and kidney pie washed down by a nice West Australian cabernet sauvignon. Bloody hell! I'm trying to stay on light rations.
Damn you Guyuk and your Orc gastronome cohort!

Dave W puts forth...

Posted July 11, 2014

Well yeah, now I'm keen for steak and kidney pie. This morning I was keen for blood pudding, because it was breakfast time. Obviously.

Lulu mutters...

Posted July 11, 2014
Now I want a "full English" (or Scottish, or Irish). Eggs, sausages, bacon, black pudding, etc etc. If I have that now, I won't need to eat until Tuesday.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan asserts...

Posted July 12, 2014
Don't forget the beans, mushrooms and grilled tomato. And a cuppa. Oh dear, how I miss it.

Respond to this thread

Dino not to be confused with swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted July 11, 2014
Scary JB.
I had a real sense of Deja Vu too yesterday when I read it.
I was at the same place last year and read one of your posts there.
*Cue X Files Music*

Respond to this thread

Respond to 'Orcs in New York. Hooper 3 extract'

Follow along with RSS