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New Book by Marriane de Pierres

The first book in this series won the Aurealis Award for best science fiction novel.  Marriane’s a great writer and  Angry Robot has an excellent track record for publishing new and exciting science fiction. The company has recently changed hands, so hopefully their philosophy isn’t going to change.

And now for some shameless promotion…

retryCheck out the cover of MYTHMAKER, book 2 of Marianne de Pierres’ Aurealis Award winning PEACEMAKER series. Joey HiFi has created artwork that brilliantly foreshadows the story:

Virgin’s in a tight spot. A murder rap hangs over her head and isn’t likely to go away unless she agrees to work for an organisation called GJIC with Nate Sixkiller as her immediate boss. Being blackmailed is one thing, discovering that her mother is both alive and the President of GJIC is quite another. Then there’s the escalation of Mythos sightings, and the bounty on her head. Oddly, the strange and dangerous Hamish Burns is the only one she can rely on. Virgin’s life gets… untidy.

The book is out in October from Angry Robot Books.



Are You Embarassed About Reading Zombie Fiction?

The girl with all the gifts coverWell, this is the book for you. Thanks to the lovely mainstream cover and title, everyone on the bus or train will think you’re reading something noble and literary.  Your credibility will remain intact and you’ll get to dabble your toes in the wonderful world of speculative fiction. It’s a win/win situation, so go on, give it a try. You know you want to.

Or you could just use an ebook reader and bypass the whole issue. You’ve been doing it for years with paranormal romance, haven’t you?

Now that I’ve got that out of my system…

When a review copy of M.R. Carey’s ‘The Girl With All The Gifts’ showed up in the mail (my husband’s the reviewer in the family), I couldn’t resist. I have a bit of a soft spot for zombie apocalypse novels, even though the science that makes the premise possible is almost always highly dodgy. Lets face it, any disease process that transforms a normal person into an almost unkillable, mindless (yet responsive) predator in a matter of minutes is always going to stretch the limits of physiological credibility. But hey, that’s what suspension of disbelief is for, isn’t it? Carey’s  got a set of strong, believably flawed characters, the pace doesn’t let up for a moment and, lets face it, we all love reading about the end of the world. So what are you waiting for? This is a good book. Go out and read it.

And if you don’t believe the zombie apocalypse is just around the corner, check out The Centres For Disease Control and Prevention Website. Scoff now, but sooner or later, something’s going to eat your brains. It’s only a matter of time.