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Interview: ‘One Of Us’ Author Craig DiLouie
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I reluctantly put down my copy of One of Us by Craig Dilouie when I was finished. I just didn’t want that book to end. The story of “monster” children rejected by their families and society broke my heart and had me craving revolution. Ugh, it was so good. The icing on the novel cake was getting to interview the twisted mind that created Dog, Brain, and Goof… Mr. Craig DiLouie.

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Book Review: One Of Us by Craig DiLouie
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One Of Us: A Novel
Hardcover | Kindle | Audiobook
By Craig DiLouie
Publisher: Orbit | Hachette Book Group
Release date: July 17, 2018

It is 1984 and the world is a strange one. A germ spread in the 1970s, causing genetic mutations in some of the children. Not harelips or six fingers or webbed toes, but fur and blobs, and upside down faces. These children are getting older and were put in a home, treated like slaves, unwanted and unloved. In a sleepy Georgia town, Enoch — or Dog, as he is called — just wants to belong, but hate and fear of the unknown will always keep him from being “One of Us.” When someone is murdered, it’s human (monster) against monster (human).

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Book Review: The Boy On The Bridge by M.R. Carey
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The Boy On The Bridge
Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle
Written by M.R. Carey
Orbit Books
Release Date: May 2nd, 2017

The world has gone to pot. The Cordyceps fungus, a “zombie” affliction previously natural to ants, has turned the world into a dead one. Humans are now infected, and transmit the disease through saliva (with teeth), almost instantly turning victim into predator. A team of scientists and soldiers travel through England towards Scotland on the Rosalind Franklin aka “Rosie,” collecting samples to come up with something to stop or slow this epidemic. The story centers around scientist Dr. Samirah Khan and her “adopted” son, Stephen. Khan is pregnant, a scary prospect under these new circumstances. And the rotten cherry on this garbage cake is a horde of strange children who feed like hungries, but are sentient.

The Boy On The Bridge by M.R. Carey sets us back right in the middle of the unforgiving “hungry” world Carey created with The Girl With All The Gifts.

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Book Review: Fellside by M.R. Carey
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Fellside
Hardcover | Kindle Edition
Written by M.R. Carey
Orbit Books | Hachette Book Group
Release Date: April 5th, 2016

Jess is a heroin addict, a burn victim, an amnesiac, and… a murderer. She does not really remember what happened, but she knows she must be guilty, even if it was not intentional. She feels so guilty she just wants to die – she deserves it. But something pulls her back… something so unbelievable that it gives her a spark of purpose in this hell of a prison, where most are corrupt on both sides of the law.

Alex Beech – the boy she befriended and burned.

Jess realizes she has the remarkable ability to enter the dreams of others, a talent she had forgotten about. It was “therapy’d” out of her as a kid. Alex shows her that place once again, as they try to figure out what really happened to him.

We try to figure it out too in Fellside by M.R. Carey.

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Book Review: The Science Of Avatar
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The Science of Avatar

The Science of Avatar
Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle Edition
By Stephen Baxter
Orbit Books
Released May 29, 2012

Prolific science fiction author Stephen Baxter invites us to explore with him both real life science and space fiction in The Science of Avatar. There are lots of details sprawling in every direction, from speculation to established facts, in an almost scene-by-scene recount of the entire movie. He posits what our real world might be like in the year 2154, the year Avatar takes place.

We begin with Jake Sully leaving an ecologically devastated Earth, which we get the barest glimpse of in the film. Baxter explains to us what might have happened in an all too real account of ecocide, wherein Earth’s resources are depleted and space exploration offers the only hope of finding the resources we need to stay alive here. In the movie, this is the reason for the journey to Pandora.

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Book Review: Deadline (Newsflesh, Book 2)
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Deadline by Mira GrantDeadline
Newsflesh, Book 2
Paperback | Kindle Edition
Written by Mira Grant
Orbit Books
Release date: June 1, 2011

With the release this week of Blackout, the third book in Mira Grant‘s Newsflesh series, we’re taking a look back at the second book, Deadline. Deadline picks up where the first novel Feed ended and starts off with Shaun Mason dealing with the consequences of this actions in the first book. For those who haven’t read Feed – warning: the next few paragraphs mention spoilery events from Feed.

After the demise of the main character and blogger extraordinaire Georgia Mason as a result of the virus inside her amplifying and making Kellis-Amberlee activate itself, her brother is forced to kill her so that she doesn’t turn into a zombie. This decision still haunts him in Deadline, which sees Shaun finding out that there may be more to the Kellis-Amberlee disease than previously thought, including the suggestion that he could have spared his sister’s life as she would have eventually fought the transformation.

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Book Review: The Troupe
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The TroupeThe Troupe
By Robert Jackson Bennett
Published by Orbit Books
Released February 21, 2012
Paperback | Kindle

Holy Author of Creation! Robert Jackson Bennett’s latest book, The Troupe, is the wondrous and heartrending tale of 16-year-old George Carole, a gifted pianist whose mother died in childbirth and who is on a quest to find the father he’s never known. After reluctantly telling George that his father is in show business, he leaves his nagging grandmother to work at Otterman’s theater in the hopes of finding him one day. As soon as he learns his father’s traveling vaudeville troupe, The Famous Silenus Troupe, is performing in the nearby town of Parma, George quits his job and jumps on a train.

What he notices first as he steps off the train is that tiny Parma is creepy. The quality of light is all wrong and there’s an extra-dark darkness that hovers over the town. As he gets close to the hotel where the troupe is staying, George notices something else – all the sounds of the world die out and a mysterious man in a gray suit emerges from the thickening shadows. He heads straight for George and asks him about Heironimo Silenus.

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eBook Deal: The Way of Shadows (Book 1: The Night Angel Trilogy)
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The Way of Shadows

The eBook deal of the day today for the Amazon Kindle is The Way of Shadows, the first novel in The Night Angel fantasy trilogy by Brent Weeks, for only $1.99 (that’s 75% off the regular price of $7.99).

Note, this deal is valid only for today, Thursday, September 15, 2011, until 11:59 PST.

The Kindle version has Text-to-Speech enabled. If you’d like to own a physical copy of The Way of Shadows, the book is also available in paperback for $7.99. The paperback edition is currently part of Amazon’s 4-for-3 promotion, where you can purchase four select items for the price of three (see the Special Offers and Product Promotions section of the product page).

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eBook Deal: Soulless (Book 1: The Parasol Protectorate)
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Soulless The Parasol Protectorate

The eBook deal of the day today for the Amazon Kindle is the 2009 steampunk paranormal romance Soulless, the first book in the The Parasol Protectorate series, by Gail Carriger for only $1.99 (that’s 75% off the list price of $7.99).

Note, this deal is valid only for today, Tuesday, September 13, 2011, until midnight PST.

If you’d like to own a physical copy of Soulless, the book is also available in paperback for $7.99. The paperback edition is currently part of Amazon’s 4-for-3 promotion, where you can purchase four select items for the price of three (see the Special Offers and Product Promotions section of the product page).

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Book Review: Married With Zombies
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Married with ZombiesMarried With Zombies
Book 1: Living with the Dead
By Jesse Petersen
Paperback
Orbit Books
Release date: September 2010

Married With Zombies is the first book in Jesse Petersen’s three-book series entitled Living with the Dead in which we follow a twenty-something year old married couple, Sarah and David, as they work through their ample relationship issues while they slay their way across the U.S.A. in the hopes of finding loved ones alive and not undead during the sudden zombie apocalypse. Told with sarcasm and frustrated humor from Sarah’s point of view, Petersen paints a realistic portrait of marriage in the age of handheld video games and the wives who compete with them for their husbands’ attention. The zombies are almost beside the point right away as I wondered whether these two would kill each other first.

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