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Book Review – Flood by Stephen Baxter

June 28, 2012 Leave a comment

Flood by Stephen Baxter

Book Description:

The “deeply scary”(BBC Focus) new novel from a national bestselling and critically acclaimed author.

Four hostages are rescued from a group of religious extremists in Barcelona. After five years of being held captive together, they make a vow to always watch out for one another. But they never expected this…

The world they have returned to has been transformed by water – and the water is rising. As it continues to flow from the earth’s mantle, entire countries disappear. High ground becomes a precious commodity. And finally, the dreadful truth is revealed: before fifty years have passed, there will be nowhere left to run…

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Flood by Stephen Baxter is about a truly scary (albeit theoretical) global extinction event in progress.  Covering  around fifty years, we follow a group of scattered survivors who are up against rapidly rising ocean levels that relentlessly swallow up homes, cities, countries and finally, entire continents. The world is practically in denial for majority of the book, until there is nowhere else for survivors to run to (or rather, climb to).

The science in Flood IS pretty cool – Mr. Baxter envisioned an environmental disaster that goes beyond the expected effects of global warming. In his afterword, the author explained that there is some evidence of water (oceans of it) hidden deep within the Earth’s mantle. I guess it was an easy leap for him to wonder – what if all those extra water one day started to seep through the mantle to the Earth’s surface? Where would all that water go?! DUN-dun-DUN

As a child, one of my favorite tales from the bible was the story of Noah and his Arc, and I guess my fascination with the ‘earth drowns’ theme has extended to adulthood since that may be the only reason why I managed to make it to the last page on FloodNo white dove flies in to signal Earth’s renewal, but there was a nice set-up in the end for the book’s sequel (which is actually already out – Ark (Flood 2)).  It was a bit of a slog to get to the end as I found the book to be tediously long, and I’m sorry to say that I hated practically all the characters that Mr Baxter chose to concentrate on (starting with his ‘Mary Sue’ USAF Capt. Lily Brooke who I thought was supposed to be a pilot, but seemed to have the skills for practically anything as the story went on). Honestly, they could’ve all drowned for all I cared about them.

What really held my attention in Flood was the extinction event itself – I thought that Mr. Baxter did an outstanding job in illustrating a drowning Earth. There’s a part in the book where a diver explores a drowned London –  and later, near the end – where practically what’s left of humankind gathers in rafts around the disappearing peak of Mount Everest – now those were some truly heart-wrenching memorable stuff.

Flood by Stephen Baxter from Roc / Penguin Publishing is available on Amazon as a Kindle edition, Hardcover, Mass Market Paperback and Audible Audio. *Also available for UK Kindle.

It is also available as an eBook at B&N, Kobo Books and Apple iBookstore.

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(Video) Official Trailer of ‘Alex Cross’ (Starring Tyler Perry, Matthew Fox)

June 26, 2012 Leave a comment

Popout: Official Trailer for ‘Alex Cross

Check out the official trailer for the big screen adaptation of James Patterson’s ‘Cross (Alex Cross)‘! This movie stars Tyler Perry and Matthew Fox and I’m gonna take a minute trying to absorb this …

Cross by James Patterson

Here’s a description of the book:

Alex Cross was a rising star in the Washington, DC, Police Department when an unknown shooter gunned down his wife, Maria, in front of him. The killer was never found, and the case turned cold, filed among the unsolved drive-bys in D.C.’s rough neighborhoods.

Years later, still haunted by his wife’s death, Cross is making a bold move in his life. Now a free agent from the police and the FBI, he’s set up practice as a psychologist once again. His life with Nana Mama, Damon, Jannie, and little Alex is finally getting in order. He even has a chance at a new love.

Then Cross’s former partner, John Sampson, calls in a favor. He is tracking a serial rapist in Georgetown, one whose brutal modus operandi recalls a case Sampson and Cross worked together years earlier. When the case reveals a connection to Maria’s death, Cross latches on for the most urgent and terrifying ride of his life.

From the man USA TODAY has called the “master of the genre,” CROSS is the high-velocity thriller James Patterson and Alex Cross’s fans have waited years to read – and the pinnacle of the bestselling detective series of the past two decades.

FYI, Along Came a Spider (Alex Cross) by James Patterson is still discounted to $3.99!

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‘5 Questions’ with Aris Whittier

June 26, 2012 Leave a comment

5 Questions

Today I’m thrilled to welcome indie author Aris Whittier to the blog as part of the ‘5 Questions’ with authors series!

If you are an author who would like to participate in the series, fill out the questionnaire here! And if you are a reader who wants to suggest an author for the series, just send me an email!


Secrets

Describe your book ‘Secrets‘ in ten words or less

Secrets — hauntingly good romantic suspense with some great twists and turns!

Where or how did you come up with the idea for your story?

I was addicted to watching Ghost Whisperer, and when they ended the show I was inspired to write Secrets… I was going through withdrawals and I had to do something to get my fix… LOL

Which of your characters is closest to your heart and why?

I really enjoyed writing about Ashley, the heroine of Secrets because she is so compassionate yet feisty at the same time.

Do you have a day job? If yes, tell us about it and how did that affect your writing / publishing process?

I have two kids so they are my day job. And yes they affect my writing… they interrupt it constantly.

Tell us about an upcoming book or project you’re excited about

I’m very excited about my next book; it’s going to be a beautiful love story instead of a romantic suspense.

Bonus Question! Fill in the blank: If you like ___, you’ll probably like my book too!

If you like a romantic suspense whose heroine has the ability to see spirits, you’ll probably like my book too!


Thanks again for stopping by, Aris Whittier! You can learn more about Aris at her website/blog: awhittier.blogspot.com, Facebook: facebook.com/pages/Aris-Whittier/425197890845359 and Twitter: @ariswhittier .

Secrets is available on Amazon in Kindle format. Check out Aris’ Amazon author’s page for her other published books!

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Twitter Deal Alert! Bloomberg Businessweek (1-year) at 88% OFF! (Amazon Lightning Deal)

June 24, 2012 Leave a comment

Bloomberg Businessweek (1-year)

Hurry, 3 hours left for this Lightning Deal from Amazon!

Bloomberg Businessweek (1-year) is at 88% OFF – $29.99 only for the next three hours!

Product Description:

Bloomberg Businessweek delivers the business information you need: surprising and timely perspectives on the most important issues of today and unique stories you won’t find anywhere else. With Bloomberg Businessweek you’ll have the insights you need to take advantage of the new reality and thrive in today’s complex global economy.

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New Kindle apps! Switch Mania and BINGO!

June 23, 2012 Leave a comment

Here’s some new apps for the Kindle!

Switch Mania (a Puzzle game for Kindle) by VegaMobile

Switch Mania (a Puzzle game for Kindle)‘ by VegaMobile is available on the Amazon Kindle site for $0.99. Just click here to download!

Game Description

The aim of Switch Mania is to activate as many switches around each shape as the number shown in the shape. When a shape has the right number of switches activated around it, its background is black. You can play with 2 kinds of shapes to play with:

– triangle (3 edges)
– square (4 edges)

Try to solve the 40 puzzles (20 per kind of shape).
The faster you solve a puzzle, the better it is.

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And check out the other new Kindle apps after the jump!

Read more…

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Twitter Deal Alert! NOOK Summer Weekend Reads offer is THE GATHERING by Anne Enright for $3.99!

June 23, 2012 Leave a comment

I don’t know how long B&N has had this promo, but for this weekend – their new NOOK Summer Weekend Reads offer is THE GATHERING by Anne Enright for $3.99!

The book is $8.80 for US Kindle, so hopefully, Amazon will price-match!

THE GATHERING by Anne Enright

Book Description

Winner of the 2007 Man Booker Prize for Fiction

Anne Enright is a dazzling writer of international stature and one of Ireland’s most singular voices. Now she delivers The Gathering, a moving, evocative portrait of a large Irish family and a shot of fresh blood into the Irish literary tradition, combining the lyricism of the old with the shock of the new.

The nine surviving children of the Hegarty clan are gathering in Dublin for the wake of their wayward brother, Liam, drowned in the sea. His sister, Veronica, collects the body and keeps the dead man company, guarding the secret she shares with him—something that happened in their grandmother’s house in the winter of 1968.

As Enright traces the line of betrayal and redemption through three generations, her distinctive intelligence twists the world a fraction and gives it back to us in a new and unforgettable light. The Gathering is a daring, witty, and insightful family epic, clarified through Anne Enright’s unblinking eye. It is a novel about love and disappointment, about how memories warp and secrets fester, and how fate is written in the body, not in the stars.

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(Video) Adam Lambert Performs ‘Never Close Our Eyes’ on The Graham Norton Show! @AdamLambert

June 23, 2012 Leave a comment

popout: Never Close Our Eyes Performance on The Graham Norton Show

Oh hey, Adam Lambert fans! Wondering what’s up with Adam? Well, he’s busy rehearsing with QUEEN right now, but he took a brief break to perform his single ‘Never Close Our Eyes’ on The Graham Norton Show!

Adam was also briefly interviewed – here’s the video for those who want to watch!

Grab a copy of ‘Trespassing’ on iTunes and/or Amazon! And his music video on iTunes!

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