The Diary of Otto Kandinsky

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About The Diary of Otto Kandinsky

The Diary of Otto Kandinsky is a companion novel to the Heavenfield series, written as a series of journal entries from a young soldier, recruited into the Exile forces several years before the events of the first book. It charts his training to survive within the hostile environment of the Field, and his selection to become a member of the notorious Wraith squads, tasked with the assassination of key figures around the globe.

Later in his service Otto would become a Commander of an armoured fighting unit and see action in all the major military engagements leading up to the inception of the Final War. Wounded at the battle to hold the American Entry-Point around Fort Caulder, Kandinsky would later take part in the Battle of Maunsworth Field, where he would defend U.S forces retreating from the Demon hordes.

Learn more about Otto Kandinsky in the Datavault.


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  1. Derek Felton

    I could go on (and on, and on) about how much I loved this book, and I probably will at some point here. [EDIT: OK, I DID go on and on; I couldn’t help it. πŸ™‚ I’ll post the same to Amazon very soon.] For now, though, I just want to thank Mr. Hulme for such an astounding listening experience. I’ve enjoyed audiobooks and audio drama for almost thirty years β€” as well as a wide range of podcasts more recently β€” and I can safely say that The Heavenfield and The Diary of Otto Kandinsky are among my favorite productions.

    I will certainly buy the print edition of The Diary when it’s available β€” because the Heavenfield books are beautiful in their own right β€” but for me, the audio productions deliver yet another level of immersion: positively stellar narration, sound effects, music, and mixing.

    And apart from my raves for the audiobooks’ technical aspects, I simply can’t get enough of the Heavenfield universe (multiverse?). The Heavenfield’s debut volume offered a glimpse of the [rare, fleeting] tranquility and [overwhelming] horror of the Holy Land, but The Diary of Otto Kandinsky plunges us into a first-hand journey through Hell itself.

    It’s a postmodern Dante’s Inferno, but it’s also a top-notch fictional military memoir Γ  la Karl Marlantes’s Matterhorn. It captures the most intriguing and awe-inspiring aspects of H.P. Lovecraft, but with none of Lovecraft’s failings. Its heavy-industrial technology is reminiscent of James Cameron’s near-future aesthetic (e.g., Aliens, The Terminator): realistically utilitarian and brutalist machines, powerful yet believably fallible in the corrosively harsh world they must traverse. It is intensely personal and philosophical science fiction, but it also transitions β€” effortlessly and frequently β€” to gripping, relentless, and harrowing sequences of action and cosmic horror. Its characters are human and relatable: flawed but endearing, often terrified but remarkably resilient, enthralled but inevitably altered (and scarred) by the wonders and terrors they encounter in the Field.

    [Minor spoilers follow.]

    Finally, I love all of the mysteries as yet only hinted at: the nature and identity of the General’s secret force, the ancient God Wars, the Muse, and more. But I also love the surreal and horrific details that could happily remain unexplained and unknowable: the sea of grasping hands beneath the Bloodfields … the towering, kilometer-wide pillars of fire … the creeping, ensnaring masses of bones near the American entry point in the Dead Plains … how Devil’s Rock is said to grow taller with every death that occurs upon it … the simple, chilling discovery that the Heavenfield’s endless red dust is actually dried blood (!!).

    As I said, I could (and did) go on and on, but for now I’ll close here. For all these reasons and more, I wish Mr. Hulme all the success, accolades, and wide fanbase that his work so richly deserves!

    • Derek Felton

      Update: I just saw that The Diary IS available in hardcover via Amazon. Ordered!

      • Eek! I didn’t even realise myself that it was on Amazon!
        How did it get there – I still haven’t had the proof yet!
        Haha, oh well, let me know how you get on with your order. If you have any trouble I’ll try and look into it. πŸ™‚
        Cheers,
        Ian

        • Derek Felton

          Will do … if Amazon’s ship date is in error, it’s no problem. I’d certainly rather they wait until you’ve had a chance to review it!

    • Wow, what a fantastic piece to read – thank you Derek!

      It’s funny, it gave me chills reading you describing some of the scenes – it was such a blur writing and recording it that it is still unfamiliar to me in places too. I can’t wait to get a chance to listen back to it all.

      It is humbling to be spoken of in the company of such fantastic authors and creatives – and wonderful to hear you speak so eloquently about it – you have obviously connected very deeply with the story and describe it in a way that I (being so wrapped up in it) am unable to. Would you mind if I quoted some of your words when describing the book?

      Many thanks again for your support!
      I G

      • Derek Felton

        I G, I’d be honored if you used my words in any way. I’m recommending The Heavenfield novels to friends and family who enjoy speculative fiction, and I’m happy to help β€œboost the signal” in any way I can. Best wishes, and thank you again!

        • Thanks Derek – and thanks for the great review on Amazon too! πŸ™‚

          • Derek Felton

            Absolutely! And for the record, I received notification that Amazon just shipped my order of The Diary in hardcover … hopefully they didn’t jump the gun by releasing it for sale before you could review it. (I’m sure it will be great, but it’s just the principle of the matter!)

          • Great stuff – keep me posted how it turns out. πŸ™‚

          • Derek Felton

            Ian, it arrived today and looks fantastic, so no worries on that account. I still wish that Amazon would have been more clearer with you about when it would be released for sale. In any case, though, it’s a fantastic addition to the series!

          • Derek Felton

            (Aggh, “wish Amazon would have been clearer” … I hate it when incomplete edits make me look illiterate. πŸ™‚ )

          • Ah, that’s brilliant! Glad it looks okay – I should get my proof through soon! πŸ˜‰
            You’ve got the first ever copy! πŸ™‚

  2. I am excited and bummed for the Otto story to end.

    • Yeah, I think I’m a bit the same! I seem to be dragging out the editing of the last episode – I keep working on it but I just can’t seem to bring myself to finish it! I’ve already re-recorded it twice!

      But I am really pleased with the way the story has turned out in the end, and I am excited to get stuck into the recording of The Dead Man’s Feast.

      I’m going to to a bit more editing to the final chapter now – hopefully I’ll get it released in the next few days!

      I G

  3. Jennifer Perkins

    OMG…. just binge listened to the Otto I’ve been away from for TOO long. I’m back on track and now craving a new episode even worse than before. Every time I start to get a vision of where the story might be headed, it changes in front of my eyes, just as if the Heavenfield has twisted it and me along with it.

    I’ve so missed the Holy Land, and now I’m back and fully immersed again, but you never do truly leave it, do you.

    • Jennifer – how great to hear from you! Glad to hear that you’re back, and hope that you are keeping well.

      I’m doing exactly the same at the moment – going through all the episodes from the beginning again. The story keeps surprising me too!
      You’ll be glad to hear that I’m sat in front of my microphone right now, ready to record the next episode!

      Thanks for your kind words Jennifer.

      I G

  4. Going early to bed tonight for some high quality pre-sleep sensation. Tnx for ep. 15.

    • Enjoy! Let me know if you get some weird dreams out of it!! πŸ˜‰

  5. Thomo

    Loving how the story is going! Thanks I G!

    • Glad you’re enjoying the story! πŸ™‚

  6. Jennifer Perkins

    Crap…… LMBO

    • Haha, I just read this first post, and for a moment thought somebody didn’t like the story! πŸ˜‰

      Great to hear that you’re enjoying it though Jennifer. I agree with what you say about how personal Otto’s experience of the Heavenfield is. I think that’s the feeling I wanted to achieve really – that sense of somebody struggling to come to terms with a reality that has rules we don’t understand.

      I had my own binge-listen myself when I was making up this new web-page, and I think I’ll go back and remaster some of the earlier episodes, and maybe join the smaller entries together to make the lengths a bit more consistent. Now that I’m getting back into my stride with the audio production, I think I could make the soundtrack a bit better for the early chapters. I was really pleased how the last couple of entries sounded, and 7.1 especially – I think that one’s quite dramatic.

      There have been some moments while writing these stories that have really surprised me, and I always like that; I feel like I’m reading them as I’m writing if you know what I mean; I always think of myself as the Heavenfield’s biggest fan!

      I’m just editing the narration of 7.2 now, so hopefully that should be out soon.

      Best wishes,
      I G

  7. Jennifer Perkins

    Meant for the above to be here. I’m loving how personal and up close Otto brings us to the Heavenfield. We get to experience it and that is what makes this audiobook unique. I’m excited to see where we go from here.

    I’m enjoying it so much!

  8. Jennifer Perkins

    All the episodes are incredible and 7.1 was awesome with the pictures it gives I’m gonna have to listen again… I.G. this is brilliant work and your voice has this stacatto to it that is mesmerizing in its own right.

    Just love the Holy Land and Otto’s story.

  9. Jennifer Perkins

    I was supposed to be in bed ASLEEP over an hour ago, but I just did an Otto mini binge. I have 7.1 to listen to but I must go to bed…. First thing in the a.m.

    • Haha, sorry to keep you awake Jennifer – normally people tell me my voice sends them to sleep! πŸ˜‰
      Glad you are enjoying the story; I think it’s starting to go off in some interesting directions in the chapters I’m writing at the moment.
      Many thanks,
      I G

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