BRISTOL TERROR SCRIBES 5/5/2012, a Remembrance
By Sue Phillips
The Terror Scribes have never invaded Bristol before and so the town did not really know what to expect. It decided that the safest option was to keep its head down and pretend that this was just another ordinary day. A casual observer might have been forgiven for thinking that all was as usual. The quiver of fear that ran through the streets went unseen, unfelt... but it was there.
What with Degrees, Terror Scribes and promoting the new book Green Living, Sacred Life, I've been travelling around England a lot this year and have eaten in pubs, cafes and restaurants all over the shop, so I thought I'd recommend the ones that impressed. Don't ever look for negative reviews from me, unless there's a serious health or safety issue, I won't condemn just because something isn't to my taste - I just won't publicise them, on the basis that all publicity is good publicity and good publicity should be earned. Anyway, here goes with some worthy eateries.
I don't usually toot my own trumpet, but since this book has been in the works for eight entire years and is full to bursting with good things, I reckon it's time, so here goes:
The book is Green Living, Sacred Life by Susan M. Phillips (that's me) and Tye Jamie Coxston. You can buy it from Capall Bann Publishing http://tiny.cc/fvp03 or Amazon http://tiny.cc/oagfa (or Waterstones or Barnes & Noble or a raft of other suppliers).
SPOILER ALERT: This review will contain heavy spoilers so if you haven't read this book or any of the previous books in the series and don't wish to be spoiled, now would be a good time to look away. There may also be some spoilers about HBO's True Blood which the books are the inspiration for.
So, now knowing that Sarah Silverman frequently Googles herself, I feel compelled to write this book review as an open letter to her. You know, put it out there that I think she's pretty hot and say lots of flattering things about her to stroke her ego.
But don't we already know everything we need to know about Sarah from her comedy routines and her show? She's Jewish (you might have guessed), is quite hirsute, and possibly the most hilariously inappropriate comedienne to hit the scene in years. And she does it all with a giddy innocence that's incredibly sexy.
Let's start this book review with a startling revelation - Pittacus Lore is not a person. It's a pseudonym for a pair of writers: Jobie Hughes and James Frey. The pair came up with the idea for I Am Number Four, which is the first of six novels about survivors of an alien race who are hiding on Earth from their intergalactic enemies.
The central characters are John Smith and his guardian, Henri. They're survivors from the planet Lorien, which was massacred by an alien race called the Mogadorians. The Lorien managed to send off a ship with nine of their children. Each child has a guardian called a Cepan, who helps them hide on Earth and develop their 'Legacies' - powers that the Lorien develop when they come of age. It's a puberty thing.
Paul Finch is a busy man this Easter. Alongside all his other projects he writes Doctor Who stories and dramas. If you’d like to meet him, pictured here with 6th Doctor Colin Baker, he will be in Waterstones, Wigan to sign copies of his latest Who novel, Hunter’s Moon on Saturday April 23rd. The story features the eleventh incarnation of the Timelord (brilliantly played by Matt Smith). The store is intending this to be an Event (note the capital E) and there are likely to be other treats on the day, including various other Doctor Who items for sale and related activities for the children.
The Lost and The Lonely
A new book was born this weekend. The Lost and The Lonely, published by Castringham Hall, is by seasoned, award winning horror writer Joseph Freeman, who earned his first payment for his writing aged just thirteen. Now, eleven books, numerous short stories and eighteen years later his raw talent has matured into a sophisticated, dark style. The hardback version of The Lost and The Lonely will be available in limited numbers, followed by the trade paperback. Here's a little excerpt to whet your appetite:
Book signing in Sheffield by award winning author Paul Kane
If you're anywhere near Orchard Square, Sheffield around 1pm on 2nd April and enjoy a really good read, you may want to toddle down to Waterstones. Paul Kane will be doing a book signing to promote his best selling Arrowhead trilogy, a post apocalyptic reworking of the Robin Hood mythos and part of the Afterblight Chronicles from Abaddon Books.
The notion of a vampire private detective is pretty cliche, especially when that vampire's name is Angel. Mick Angel, to be precise. Not the Angel of Buffy fame. But you see what I mean.
Trevor O. Munson's Angel Of Vengeance is the book that inspired the much-lamented vampire detective series Moonlight. The book was never released before the original series, but now it comes as a kind of lifeline to fans of the show - like ourselves - who were upset when Moonlight got cancelled.