Right, Bioshock fans, when you've quite stopped salivating over the extended Bioshock Infinite playthrough for the fourteenth time this morning, you might be pleased to hear a Bioshock book is being printed, pressed and shipped off to your local book store ahead of next Tuesday's July 19th release date. Penned by John Shirley - whose also helmed literature adaptions of Constantine, Predators and Batman, to name a few - and published by Titan Books, it tells the tale of Rapture and its early days long before Jack set foot inside.
To whet fans' appetites, Titan have published an excerpt from the book. If you're not in the mood - or don't have the time - to pore over the chunk of text, it centers on Bill McDonagh, a plumber working at Rapture during the very early days. Bill is sent to fix Andrew Ryan's toilets, and a chance encounter with the underwater utopia's creator eventually leads McDonagh down the path towards becoming a member of Rapture's City Council. His audio logs can be found in the first game inside the Fighting McDonagh Tavern, and his body was impaled on a column in Rapture Central Control after a dispute with Ryan turned ugly.
I've always been fascinated by the nascent days of Rapture, its fall from grace and descent into social and political turmoil. It's a terrific creation, and so far - going off the excerpt - Shirley seems to get the tone and the characters pretty spot on. It's well-written, the characters drawn in broad, recognizable strokes and could prove to be a great read for a day or two. [Titan Books]