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Books What Are Good

A while ago, I wrote a post about 9 Low Budget Science Fiction Films More People Should See so I thought I’d write some posts about the sci-fi/fantasy horror books I’ve enjoyed this year. If you’ve not read any of these, I suggest you check them out.

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

birdboxThere’s something outside. You don’t know what it is, but if you see it madness and death will follow.

Bird Box taps directly into the primal fear of the dark, made all the worse because that darkness is self-inflicted. To survive, one must be blindfolded.

I’m not really affected by scary stories because I’m a double hard bastard, but one sequence left me shaking and terrified while sat reading on a packed tube train. This’ll stick with you long after you’ve finished it.

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Resistance is Futile by Jenny T Colgan

resistanceI like Jenny Colgan. She gives good Twitter.

I came across this when researching what turned out to be a similar story idea.

I thought I’d read it for research purposes and found out it contains jokes, snogging and hard sums. Which are three of my favourite things. Result. Funny and touching, if there was more cake it’d be perfect.

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The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North

harryHarry August keeps dying. Harry August keeps being born. He always returns to his childhood with the memory of the lives he has yet to live.

I adore time loop stories (see my love of Primer and Timecrimes on the sci-fi film link). I love to see how the writer will keep the narrative fresh as we re-visit events that have already happened.

This has a grander scope, an entire life re-lived rather than hours or days, and a grander narrative ambition.

Look, as soon as I finished this, I immediately ordered Claire North’s next book, Touch, because I wanted to keep on reading her delicious prose. I don’t think I can give any higher praise than that, can I?

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That was short and sweet, wasn’t it? I’ll continue this next week with some more recommendations. I hope I given you at least one new thing to try. What books have you enjoyed this year? Please let me know in the comments.

Hello World!

I’ve decided to start blogging regularly-ish again. Sorry about that.

I’ve cobbled together this shiny new website and will be fiddling with it over the coming weeks. There’ll be mailing lists and news and all sorts. It’s all about building the Turner brand and other such wanky concepts.

So, how’s the new book doing?

It’s selling and it’s been very well received. Thanks to everyone who’s bought it and left a nice review. In fact, have a look at this corking review from Rabid Readers. Not bad, huh? If that’s whetted your appetite, you can click on the link below and buy it from Amazon now.

Paper Cuts (How To Be Dead Book 2)

I mean, really, now. I’ve just checked and it’s currently sat at #19 in the Fantasy Horror chart. If you all go and buy it TODAY, maybe we can get to #1 and I can tell my wife all the grumpy stomping around the kitchen drinking coffee had some purpose.

If you’ve not read the first part, How To Be Dead, you can get that using the link below so you can understand what the hell is going on.

How To Be Dead

In other news, the very last Kickstarter rewards are going out this weekend. Then I can devote my time to grumpily stomping around the kitchen drinking coffee as I concentrate on the final part of the How To Be Dead series.