Lies, and damned lies…
Genre Talk

Lies, and damned lies…

If you haven’t been drunk or under a rock (or, ahem, living in the real world, which doesn’t actually give a damn) you’ll have heard something this week about author Hugh Howey’s Amazon stats. Y’know. The ones that PROVE that self-publishing is BETTER GODDAMIT because Amazon data scraping and graphs and charts and shiz… and … Continue reading

The fat lady’s warming up: the importance (?) of series
Genre Talk

The fat lady’s warming up: the importance (?) of series

Lately it seems readers have insatiable appetites for series. Especially in contemporary, where we’re seeing loads of related titles, featuring brothers, cousins, townsfolk, platoons, secret societies, stamp collecting clubs – whatever connection the author can find. Because series sell. Genre publishers knew this ages ago. For years, it’s been next to impossible to sell anything … Continue reading

Odd Thomas
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Odd Thomas

I picked up Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz the other day when I was in the bookstore looking for the new Mark Lawrence. I’d never actually read a Dean Koontz – I’ve always meant to try his Frankenstein series but never gotten around to it – and I’d heard good things about this series too. … Continue reading