The Girl With All The Gifts is a rare thing. It's an action packed horror story filled with gruesome violence and terrifying possibilities, but one that is all about humanity. As you read you discover characters each with their own individual drives, fears and hopes. Those that you first think of as evil are just human, and those you love as heroes to begin with are equally human, with the same flaws, just brought out in different ways by their personality.
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Apps are not usually news-worthy for me. Most book and book related apps are fairly standard, and those that do more interesting things aren't usually on areas that interest me.
There are many things you can do with comic book artist Lorenzo Etherington's Deluxe Collection II. You could use its hefty bulk as a door stop, for instance, or maybe beat a crocodile to death with it. One thing you can't do with it is flick through a couple of pages and then put it down. It's impossible. That could have something to do with its size – the book does seem to have its own gravitational pull – but mostly it's due to the compelling art bursting from the pages.
Welcome the third annual Halloween Reads on IwishIwasabook.com.
For 2014, Halloween Reads is a bit of a misnomer, as we’re going all multi-media. That’s right, we’ve got recommendations across film, TV, books and music.
I've been very slack in my writing this year, both fiction and blogging. To try and make up for that, here's a little flash fiction story I wrote a couple of months ago and has sat doing nothing since then.
We're pleased to present our latest review from Lucy Brown. After the main review, Lucy has included here an interesting and thought-provoking discussion of what is and what is not acceptable when it comes to rape in fiction - a subject that has been getting a lot of coverage at the moment due to some poorly directed "consensual" sex scenes in Game of Thrones this season.
Lucy writes: The Forgotten War is the first novel from Howard Sargent. Originally written as a serial while the author was acting as a full-time carer for his wife, it was compiled and printed by the Book Guild, a company that offers a wide range of services from full, professional publishing to small scale private printing. The first thing I can say for The Forgotten War is that it looks great. The days of shoddy self-publishing are well behind us and it is good to know that high quality printing, binding and artwork are now within the reach of all of us. However, you cannot judge a book by its cover.
Adam Christopher's latest book, The Burning Dark, is a military science fiction horror set on a near-abandonded space station orbiting a peculiar and dangerous star. It's also Christopher's first book for Tor UK, showing that he has taken the next step in his writing career.
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.
I Wish I Was A Jammer...