Unexpected books in the post!

Posted: August 16, 2014 in Books received
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In the modern age of email there’s nothing better than getting a parcel in the post. Well, other than three surprise packages! All, of course, accompanied by the local, potty mouthed, Jekyll and Hyde postie’s inimitable delivery style..

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The Quick by Lauren Owen has a cryptic blurb attached adding to the gothic horror that awaits inside. I’ve overdosed slightly on zombie novels lately but I think this could be a good, scary read.

You are about to discover the secrets of The Quick –

But first you must travel to Victorian Yorkshire, and there, on a remote country estate, meet a brother and sister alone in the world and bound by tragedy. In time, you will enter the rooms of London’s mysterious Aegolius Club – a society of some of the richest, most powerful men in fin-de-siecle England. And at some point – we cannot say when – these worlds will collide.

It is then, and only then, that a new world emerges, one of romance, adventure and the most delicious of horrors – and the secrets of The Quick are revealed.

I’ve been looking forward to reading more John Scalzi and especially liked the premise of Locked In. Check out the description.

Fifteen years from now, a new virus sweeps the globe. 95% of those afflicted experience nothing worse than fever and headaches. 4% suffer acute meningitis, creating the largest medical crisis in history. And 1% find themselves ‘locked in’ – fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus.

1% doesn’t seem like a lot. But in the US that’s 1.7 million people ‘locked in’ . . . including the President’s wife and daughter.

Spurred by grief and the sheer magnitude of the suffering, America undertakes a massive scientific initiative. Nothing can fully restore the locked in. But then two new technologies emerge. One is a virtual-reality environment, ‘The Agora’, where the locked-in can interact with other humans, whether locked-in ornot. The other is the discovery that a few rare individuals have brains that are receptive to being controlled by others, allowing those who are locked in to occasionally ‘ride’ these people and use their bodies as if they were their own.

This skill is quickly regulated, licensed, bonded, and controlled. Nothing can go wrong. Certainly nobody would be tempted to misuse it, for murder, for political power, or worse . . .

I’ve heard good things about Andy Weir’s The Martian and I have a feeling this may make it to the top of the reading pile. Formerly self published and now with the film rights picked up by Fox, there’s a lot of hype to this novel. Check out the blurb below.

I’m stranded on Mars.

I have no way to communicate with Earth.

I’m in a Habitat designed to last 31 days.

If the Oxygenator breaks down, I’ll suffocate. If the Water Reclaimer breaks down, I’ll die of thirst. If the Hab breaches, I’ll just kind of explode. If none of those things happen, I’ll eventually run out of food and starve to death.

So yeah. I’m screwed

What a great Saturday surprise (including the posties choice use of the English language’s more colourful side)! Now, back to reading…

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