It’s Monday! What are you reading?

Mondays are “unbearable” to most people. The weekend is over, and everyone is bummed out that life must resume. Let’s lighten the mood.

Today, April 30, 2018, Ninetoes Loves Books will start a new Monday feature asking a simple question. What are you reading? I love this question! It is one that I have been asking my friends for years! They know, in the course of conversation, this question will come up.

What are you reading?

What are you reading?

I love that question! I always get interesting answers, and some leads on interesting books. Sometimes I have to take notes, otherwise I will forget.

As for me, I am reading American Assassin by Vince Flynn. It is the 11th book in his “Mitch Rapp” series, and yet it is Mitch Rapp’s very first adventure. It shows how he got the job he has and what makes him so good.

A review will be forthcoming.

American Assassin (Mitch Rapp Series #11)

Oh yeah, and if you are so inclined, leave me what you are reading in the comments below.

 

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The Ninetoes Recommendation of the Week 4/29-5/5 2018

Eye of the Needle

Ken Follett’s The Eye of The Needle is the book that really got me interested in thrillers. This book held me fast to my seat, and left me wanting so much more.

“His code name was “The Needle.” He was a German aristocrat of extraordinary intelligence—a master spy with a legacy of violence in his blood, and the object of the most desperate manhunt in history. . . . 
 
But his fate lay in the hands of a young and vulnerable English woman, whose loyalty, if swayed, would assure his freedom—and win the war for the Nazis. . . . “

I first read this book in 1977, yes, you read that correctly, 1977. As in 41 years ago. Since then i have read it at least three more times with another one on the way, and each time I’ve read it, I found something new to think about.

Give this one a shot, you will not be disappointed.

Your Friday Fun Read

This is something new for NTLB. I am starting a new segment “Your Friday Fun Read” in which I will highlight at least one book for your weekend read! Sure, some of them may take more than the weekend, but it is at least a great start!

Today, I am going to give you three for your consideration.

  1. The TakeYou are probably thinking i need to get over this book, but with it’s fast pace, crime caper atmosphere, it can easily be knocked out in a weekend. If you have not read this one yet, now is a great time to become acquainted with it!
  2. Touched by an Alien (Katherine This is the first book in the Katherine “Kitty” Katt series. If you are looking for some light hearted fun reading, this is a good place to start. With a unique plotline, this urban science fiction novel is sure to please!
  3. DC Comics/Dark Horse: Aliens by [Edginton, Ian, Marz, Ron]The Dark Knight versus Aliens. REally, that should be a selling point all in itself, i know it worked for me. This graphic novel is 400 pages of Batman/Aliens goodness!

I would also like to invite you to suggest books to me for this segment. I promise to take a look at your suggestions, and you never know, you just may find your suggestion right here on a Friday!

For the Ray Garton Fan

For the first time, Ray Garton’s sold out special edition novella The Folks is available in digital format.

The Folks by [Garton, Ray]

“Andy Sayer knows what it’s like to feel like a freak. Ever since he was badly burned in a fire started by his drunken mother, the horrible scars on his face have set him apart from others, isolated him.

Now, the patriarch of a prominent but mysterious family, Matthew Bollinger, has taken an interest in Andy. The Bollingers own the entire area and just about everything in it. They live in an enormous house built on the side of Mt. Crag, but they are never seen. Matthew Bollinger wants Andy to come live with them.

In the Bollingers, Andy finds acceptance . . . and the deepest kind of corruption and evil.

Sometimes the worst disfigurements remain invisible . . . until it’s too late.”

Get your copy today!

*A review will be coming soon

Introducing Curtis M. Lawson

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-What is your name?

Curtis M. Lawson

-What genre do you write in?

I think I’m primarily considered a horror writer, but I run the gamut of speculative fiction, often blending genres. The threads of consistency in my work are a sense of weirdness, a dark atmosphere, and the provocation of difficult questions. My tagline is “unapologetically weird”.

-What drew you to this genre?

Just a natural inclination, I suppose. I’ve always been drawn to darker art, regardless of medium. Horror movies were a staple of my childhood, as were horror comics. I grew up listening to black metal and horror punk. The work of visual artists like Gustav Dore, H.R. Giger, and Frank Frazetta have always caught my eye and captured my imagination.

I don’t consider myself a tortured artist or troubled person, but my imagination inhabits darker spheres.

-What book(s) have you written?

I have three novels. The Devoured is a western/supernatural horror story set just after the American Civil War. It’s a Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World and To Kill an Archangel are mashups of horror, crime, and black comedy. I also have a collection of horror short stories called Black Pantheons.

Before I started writing novels I wrote comics and graphic novels. Most notable would be the dark fantasy graphic novel, Mastema.

-What is your current release?

My newest book is To Kill an Archangel – Bad World 2. It has a grindhouse, neo-noir feel, but with strong horror and occult elements. A recent review described it as a 90’s action film pulling a driveby on a post graduate dissertation on nihilism.

-How much research went into that book?

I actually had to do a lot of research for this new book. A main plot point centers around a heist in Vatican City, and I spent a lot of time studying maps, security protocols, rumors, etc… I wish I could have gone there myself to do the research, but it wasn’t in the budget.

-What was the hardest part of writing that book?

Since it is the second book in the series I was very concerned with falling into that sophomore slump. I was anxious about maintaining the tone of the first book, while expanding the story. The early reviews call it better than the first book, so that’s a good sign!

-Is this work part of a series?

Yes. It is the second book in the Bad World trilogy.

– Where can your book(s) be found?

Ebooks are exclusive to Amazon. Paperbacks can be ordered through major online retailers or directly through my website, and some select bookstores in New England have them in stock.

-Reading time is valuable. Sell me on your book.

The Bad World series is a fast paced, darkly comedic, genre bending adventure overbrimming with a wild and weird cast of villains and anti-heroes.

My other novel, The Devoured, is a brutal mashup of historical fiction and cosmic horror told through the lens of Norse and Native American myth.

It's A Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World (Bad World  Book 1) by [Lawson, Curtis M.]To Kill an Archangel: Bad World 2 by [Lawson, Curtis M.]

The Devoured by [Lawson, Curtis M.]

 

Attention George R. R. Martin Fans

It has come to my attention that George R. R. Martin, author of A Game of Thrones series, has a new book coming out! Fire and Blood is set three hundred years before A Game of Thrones and deals with the Targaryen family.

As it stands now, the book will be available on November 20, 2018, and it is available for pre-order at Barnes and Noble and at Amazon.com

Fire and Blood: 300 Years before A Game of Thrones (A Targaryen History)

Happy Alien Day!

Anyone who is familiar with the Alien movie series knows the following: “LV426”. It is the planet where colonists disappeared and the colonial marines were sent in. What they found was an alien nest, complete with a queen. Why am I discussing this on a blog dedicated to books? The answer is simple dear reader. Today, April 26 (426….get it?) is Alien Day! To celebrate, I am going to suggest some Alien books.

For starters, let’s look at Alien Omnibus Vol 1-6. This brings together the first blast of Alien novels that hit the shelves in the early 1990’s.  The best part of this omnibus series is that you are getting 2-3 books in one volume for an affordable price, $9.99 in paperback and $7.99 in e-book.

Complete Aliens Omnibus: Volume One (Earth Hive, Nightmare Asylum, The Female War)The Complete Aliens Omnibus: Volume Two (Genocide, Alien Harvest)The Complete Aliens Omnibus: Volume Three (Rogue, Labyrinth): (Rogue, Labyrinth)The Complete Aliens Omnibus: Volume Four (Music of the Spears, Berserker)

The Complete Aliens Omnibus: Volume Five (Original Sin, DNA War)The Complete Aliens Omnibus: Volume Six (Cauldron, Steel Egg)

Let’s jump ahead to 2014. The Alien franchise got a shot in the arm. A new trilogy was published featuring our beloved Aliens and the iconic character Ellen Ripley. Those books are:

Alien: Out of the Shadows by Tim Lebbon

Alien: Out of the Shadows (Novel #1)

Alien: Sea of Sorrows by James A. Moore

Alien: Sea of Sorrows (Novel #2)

Alien: River of Pain by Christopher Golden

Alien: River of Pain (Novel #3)

Another series, The Rage War by Tim Lebbon, gives us all new stories featuring Aliens AND Predators. The books in this series are:

Predator: Incursion

Predator - Incursion: The Rage War 1

Alien: Invasion

Alien - Invasion: The Rage War 2

Alien vs. Predator: Armageddon

Alien vs. Predator: Armageddon: The Rage War 3

An anthology of Alien stories was also released in 2017. Aliens: Bug Hunt edited by Jonathan Maberry gives us fifteen new stories set in the Alien universe and they hold true to all of the spine tingling feelings you get watching the movies.

Aliens: Bug Hunt

If comic books is you thing, our favorite Dark Knight faced off against the Aliens and the adventures are chronicled in DC Comics/Dark Horse: Aliens.

DC Comics/Dark Horse: Aliens by [Edginton, Ian, Marz, Ron]

 

And not to be left out, our favorite Man of Steel faced off against the Aliens in Dark Horse/DC Comics: Superman.

The Dark Horse Comics/DC: Superman by [Dixon, Chuck, Jurgens, Dan]

Whatever your reading tastes turn towards, there are plenty of Alien related books to dive into. No one may not be able to hear you scream in space, but here on Earth, it is entirely possible.