Sophie: I missed my tube stop. I was reading at 4am. BARRICADE is an action-packed, unrelenting page turner. The novel follows two engineered artificial life forms– a pragmatic driver and a porn-star turned journalist – and a kidnapped ‘Real’ guide on road trip from Edinburgh to London. Jon Wallace’s BARRICADE is an unpredictable, jaw-dropping, roller coaster ride of a novel; it should NOT be missed!
Jen: I’ve just finished re-reading the epic Shadow and Bone for some super secret activity that you’ll all find out about a bit later this year. Until then, you can read the prologue and watch the trailer here!
Simon: Dining on Stones. A nightmarish and often very funny journey back and forth between Hackney and Hastings. Sinclair is clearly a serious genre fan and there are way more fantastical references in this than you might imagine. The vampire on the train was a particular surprise. Beautifully written too.
Marcus: I’ve just finished the first of my Pratchett rereads. I don’t need to read the early Pratchett’s again – like many people, I read them again and again as a teenager – but the sheer beauty of our new hardback reissues (and the fact that they were landing on my desk) meant I had no choice, really. I picked one at random – there’s no real need to read in order, especially if you’ve read them before – and went for REAPER MAN. One of the Discworld novels that focuses on DEATH, it’s a lovely tale about what happens when an immortal emotionless entity becomes human. And it is great fun. I didn’t laugh out loud much – that tends to be quite hard to do when you’ve read something before and know the punchlines – but the warmth, wit and sheer intelligence on display reminded me just how good a writer Pratchett is. I think, with the unutterably sad news of his illness, I’d lost sight of that. I’m very much looking forward to working my way through the rest of the series…
Gillian: The Echo, James Smythe
Darren: At the risk of offending the Zeitgeist, I have a confession to make: I don’t like zombies. Zombie books, zombie movies, zombie comics. Hate ‘em. Won’t watch ‘em, won’t read ‘em. Except . . . there’s always an exception, isn’t there? And mine is Mike Carey. His Nicky Heath character from the utterly brilliant Felix Castor novels is a work of genius. And he has now, under the Iain M. Banks-ishly impenetrable pseudonym, M. R. Carey, outdone himself. The internets have been buzzing about The Girl With All the Gifts for a while now, and having just finished it I can confirm that on this occasion the hype is justified. This is a taut, tense, action-packed, erudite, moving, human thriller that I raced through in a couple of days. Highly recommended to Undeadheads and my fellow zombiephobes alike.
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