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Had a wonderful time signing books at BEA and have had great praise so far for It Takes Death To Reach A Star...
We received a 5 star review from Readers' Choice "I cannot fathom how Stu Jones and Gareth Worthington wrote this Masterpiece."
Booklist and Library Journal likened our work to Philip K. Dick...
One blogger wrote that the Hunger Games and Made Runner were forerunners compared with ITDTRAS
And we just won Bronze in the Authorsdb first lines contest...
We've entered a bunch more competitions... so excited for all of this...
Oh and the production company involved in the TV series Vikings is now looking at ITDRAS too....
Happy author right here!
So my new novel It Takes Death to Reach a Star, already in dev for TV/film, releases tomorrow (May 22) and I had to share two awesome reviews received this past week from two very important trade journals: Library Journal and Booklist. One of the reviewers compares the book to work by Philip K. Dick. I'm literally floating on air!BOOKLIST
It is the year 2251 and humans have barely survived the New Black Death [NBD] that swept the globe after WWIII. Civilization is now only in Etyom, a dark, freezing city in what was Siberia. There are two races of people living two very different lives. In the dark, frigid, walled cities on the ground live the Robusts, descendants of the poor who were immune to the NBD and live hand to mouth, surviving however they can, while up in the skies, on a series of “lily pads” lives the Graciles, genetically engineered descendants of the super rich, living in comfort. Readers enter this complex world effortlessly as they fall into step with Mila, a plucky, strong, and resourceful Robust and Demitri, a brilliant, scientist Gracile with heart who is hiding a dark secret. Their strong and engaging first person narrations alternate, telling the story from their diametrically opposed yet neighboring worlds, while the action and twisting plot, blending political intrigue and caper, keeps the story moving at a fun and brisk pace from the very first page. But there is also much to ponder here in this well researched tale; serious issues like the place where science and faith collide, human interference in evolution, and race and class biases. Cinematic, thought provoking, and immersive, this is a great option for fans of darker, grittier, and more science focused dystopias in the style of the Blade Runner movies or the novels of Philip K. Dick.
Further Appeal: This was a unique dystopia in that it had a very strong spiritual frame without being overtly religious and without making a judgment pro or con about that spirituality. It was refreshing in this time when things that bring up religion and spirituality usually have an agenda. I did not feel this book did.
The world building was also excellent without sacrificing the plot or the character development.
And the cast was very diverse in the Robust's world and not so much with the Gracile's [this is because they are genetically engineered to be so similar]. Like the very best SF of any era, this novel uses science to bring us to a world not possible yet, but uses that setting to make us ponder our current situations, issues, and problems.
Three Words That Describe This Book: cinematic, thought provoking, immersive
Readalikes: Any darker, hard science dystopias like those I mention in the review would work well. I also thought of Seveneves by Stephenson while reading this novel.LIBRARY JOURNALThe Third World War has come and gone. In the aftermath, everyone was so busy championing their religious ideology or acquiring wealth and resources that they failed to notice the small things. In the void arose the New Black Death, a disease that spread to every place on Earth except a gulag in Siberia. Survivors renamed this last inhabitable city Etyom, where two groups have emerged: the Robusts and the Graciles.Now through genetic modification, they live on several centuries later. One difference in this future world is a dimensional rift in which beings reside on the other side who can reach into the realm of humanity and manifest themselves as tormenting voices. Opening a portal to that sphere may potentially bring something worse than anything the world has yet known. With what remains of humanity caught in an internal elite-vs.-poor struggle, there is a need for some to rise above and care about something greater than themselves.VERDICT There are lots of moving pieces in this interesting attempt at merging the best of apocalyptic fiction and sf from Jones (“Action of Purpose” trilogy) and Worthington (Children of the Fifth Sun). And fans of both genres may find it compelling.
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How many of you create book trailers for your work? I've found that people on the edge of deciding whether or not to read have been tipped towards picking up work after seeing a trailer.
Four of mine are here if you are interested (two for Children of the Fifth Sun and two for It Takes Death to Reach a Star):
So excited to be here! I have a lot going on with my books at the moment, including Hollywood deals, audiobooks, cool and artwork by artists who worked on big sci fi/fantasy franchises. Happy to discuss and also connect people in my network if there is a good fit!
What is the name of the reading app you like to use on your phone? Is it and Android or iPhone? I'm curious to know what other people use to read e-books.
There is an open source program called Calibre that will convert .mobi to epub and other formats. It will probably screw up the formatting, but .mobi has already done that to some extent
I just compared the .mobi file on my Kindle Reader app for iPhone with the book I bought from the kindle store. They don't look the same. The .mobi has apparently stripped away some of what Amazon calls the "Enhanced Typesetting" features.
Just received word that Book 2 of The Bow of Hart Saga, An Arrow Against the Wind, has been nominated by Fantasia Reviews for their 2017 Book of the Year: https://fantasiareviews.com/2017/12/21/book-of-the-year-2017-nominees/
An Arrow Against the Wind Named Fantasia Reviews 2017 Book of the Year: https://fantasiareviews.com/2018/01/08/fantasia-reviews-book-of-the-year-2017/
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