Full review here.
Looking back, I’m pretty sure I first read this book when I was around the same age as my son when he read it. If nothing else, that’s a statement as to the endurance of a true classic. I read through the rest of the books in the Lewis Barnavelt series and moved onto the more YA-oriented Anthony Monday series after that. In a way, I guess you could say that Bellairs was a gateway drug into more mature thriller/horror such as Dean Koontz and Stephen King.
It’s funny to think about it, but I have a pretty significant stack of ‘milestone’ books from my childhood to share with my kids. It will be interesting to see if the things that meant so much to me impact my daughter and son in the same way.
How about you? Are there any works you read as a child that stuck with you?
I want a time machine so I can go back and slap my younger self upside the head.
My publisher has rolled out a new site. We’re just getting started, but the hope is to have fresh content every day — book reviews, movie and TV reviews, general articles, all focused on the genre.
So if you dig The Dresden Files, Supernatural, or <cough> the Paxton Locke series, check it out. Should be right up your alley.
In part 5, our thinly-veiled tropes . . . err, characters . . . received their draft notices. Existentialist debates and really bad foreshadowing followed. (Looking back, I’m pretty sure the ‘drafting people based on psych evals’ was (air fingers quote) borrowed (air fingers quote) from Joe Haldeman’s The Forever War. At one time I owned at least three copies, each of a slightly different version. That, I suppose, is the one bad thing of culling your dead tree collection of books in favor of digital. But I digress . . .
Onward with the awful!
Today I’m happy to announce that I’ve officially signed with Silver Empire to publish the Paxton Locke series!
Going forward, this means that the current edition of Fade will be . . . fading away? . . . from Amazon at some point, and be replaced with a snazzy new Silver Empire version. If you’ve already bought a dead tree version, congrats! You’ve got a collector’s edition! Track me down at a con and I’ll gladly sign it for you.
As for the e-version, no worries. If you’ve already bought it, it will remain in your Kindle even after the switch-over. If you were on the fence about giving it a whirl, go for it now with no worries about losing your purchase. Or you can wait until the re-launch here in a couple of months, followed closely by the fresh launch of ‘Night’s Black Agents!’
Another massive section today, as my long-winded, 20 years ago self finally gets around to introducing some of the characters who will actually be doing cool stuff at some point.
I’m about ready to pass ‘Night’s Black Agents’ off to the editor. More news on that later. For now, revel in the Awful.