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We're delighted to be the 3rd leg on Liz de Jager's Banished Blog Tour! Banished, Liz's YA debut which features spells, fighting fae and ancient weapons, will be released on 27th February 2014 from Tor Books.
Liz writes: Thanks so much for having me on I Wish I Was A Book!
My fantasy dinner guests – wow. Where do I even start?
As a regular reader of John Scalzi's blog Whatever, I've been wanting to read one of his books for quite sometime. What has put me off, up til now, is that Scalzi writes science fiction. I don't mind science fiction, but I don't love it. But, with stellar reviews and a genuinely likeable author, I finally took the plunge.
As it turns out, Scalzi's 2005 Hugo nominated debut, Old Man's War, is an action-packed fun-fest of aliens, super-humans and a bucket load of gore.
There are many awards around for speculative fiction, but few are as progressive, inclusive and frankly interesting as The Kitschies. Organised by the Pornokitsch team and sponsored by one of the most stylish drinks on the market, Kraken Rum, The Kitschies are now in their fifth year and received more submissions this time round than ever before.
The finalists have now been announced...
Barnes & Nobles' profits were down over Christmas 2013, with Nook sales plummeting by 60% year-on-year. It seems that Kobo are taking note, with the announcement that the excellent-if-a-little-dated Kobo Touch has been discounted down to £29.99. Bargain.
I have become a master of procrastination, a fount of plausible excuses.
In April 2013 I officially started writing my first novel. For about 18 months before that I was writing short stories and a little novella (novelette?), along with the usual reviews, articles and blog posts. Throughout that time I have written quite a lot, some of it I am pleased with, some of it I still shudder at. The problem is, I'm inconsistent. That's not true, actually I'm consistently inconsistent with my writing. I'll write regularly for weeks at a time, clocking up an impressive (for me) word count, and then suddenly I'll stop. I'll stop writing one evening, and then be unable to force myself to pick up a pen or open Scrivener on my laptop for weeks. I can't break the cycle.
But wait! I have excuses, I really do, it's not just laziness...
It's Christmas time, there's no need to be afraid. Unless of course a blog post starts with a Band Aid quote. Then it's brown-trouser time.
Yes! Christmas time! Don't let the bells end! And so we bring you books that evoke those lovely Christmas feelings, to keep you warm, coz baby it's cold outside.
Helene Wecker's début, The Golem & The Djinni, is a masterfully told tale of magic, mystery and a little bit of romance, set to the backdrop of late 19th century New York. It tells the story of two magical creatures, one a a Djinni recently released from a lamp after hundreds of years of captivity, let loose on an unfamiliar landscape thousands of miles from home, the other a Golem, brought to life but left masterless, terrified and alone. Despite these mythic protagonists and a plot with plenty of spells and sorcery, what makes it such a special book is just how human the Golem and the Djinni are. It's a raw and emotional tale, one that needs to be experienced.
Halloween is upon us, and to celebrate we're delighted to present a guest blog post from author Neil Spring. Neil's debut novel, The Ghost Hunters, is a historical ghost story that skillfully weaves fact with fiction. The Ghost Hunters is creepy and haunting, and is a perfect Halloween read. Here, the author explains where fiction and research and speculation meet.
Neil writes: "It's a ghost story, based on a ghost story," I explain, whenever anyone asks what the book's about. But that's not to imply that this is your average, run of the mill tale about a spooky old house. The novel is a commentary on a bygone age - a war torn nation, beside itself with grief, longing for purpose and hope.
Halloween is upon us one more, which can mean only one thing: The Great IwishIwasabook.com Halloween Book Recommendation Halloween Listing...Book...Read...Something About Cthulu... Brain... Hurts...
Right. Last year we focussed on traditional ghost stories and their ilk, so this year we've gone for some less-traditional beasts. These books are weird, creepy and unique. Enjoy! And don't forget to lock the door.
Recently released in audiobook through Audible for the first time, The Unsettled Dust by the late Robert Aickman is a collection of "strange stories" by the old master of the supernatural.
Lucy Brown writes: I'm not really into vampires. Don't get me wrong, like every nineties teenager I loved Buffy the Vampire Slayer but it was always more about the human characters for me, the vamps were an amusing backdrop. When Angel finally did the right thing and buggered off to LA I certainly did not join in the wailing and gnashing of teeth, I'm actually one of the minority that really liked the first 'college' season. I went to see the first Twilight movie because a friend had read the e-book and said that sparkly vampires were hilarious. We snickered, we chuckled, we slowly realised - with growing horror - that we were the oldest people in the cinema (at 23) and everyone else was taking it seriously...
I digress, but the point I am trying to make is that when I was sent a book called Anno Dracula by Kim Newman there was this little internal groan and suddenly a lot of books that I wanted to read instead. Just goes to show that you should never judge a book by its cover (especially when it's on Kindle and doesn't even have a cover) because I really liked it.
Countdown City by Ben H. Winters is the follow up to 2012's The Last Policeman, and continues the adventures of ex-detective Hank Palace. Hank's on a mission to 'Do The Right Thing', even in the face of the end of the world.
Lucy Brown writes: I had a lot of trouble writing this review. Not because the book is bad, that would have been easy, but because it's so good that I couldn't think of anything else to say about it. After all, it's a new book by Neil Gaiman. What more do you need to know? 'May (or may not) contain witches' and 'sorta-kinda based on a true story' were some of the other notes I had jotted down but forming my scribblings into a coherent whole was a real challenge. It's a new book by Neil Gaiman. His first novel since The Graveyard Book in 2008. In fact why are you bothering to read this when there is a new book by Neil Gaiman out there for you to shove into your eyeholes?
The Machine was my first foray into the work of James Smythe, and as such I didn't know what to expect. What I discovered was one of the most interesting, compelling and affecting novels I've read in some time...
Brandon Sanderson first came to my attention thanks to the award-winning Writing Excuses Podcast, which he hosts. Then IWIWAB had a guest review from Lucy Brown of The Final Empire, which was glowing to say the least. So when offered a review copy of the audiobook of The Rithmatist, Sanderson's first Young Adult book, narrated by Michael Kramer, I snatched it up.
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