As a part of the Dark Days of Summer 2012 Blog Tour, I’m hosting SJ Kincaid and her novel Insignia.
Today, Harper Teen has given me this question to answer: Like all book lovers, you choose your vacation destination based on what you’re reading. Lucky you— a magical genie is granting you and your copy of INSIGNIA a summer trip. If you could read INSIGNIA anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
Well, if I was offered a free summer trip where I could read all day, I would automatically pick a warm, sunny, beach location. Maybe Hawaii. Nothing beats a breezy shore, sand, and a good book for relaxing.
But related to Insignia specifically, I think it narrows my choices down to Washington, DC or Las Vegas. DC would be ideal for the politics in the book – it would be an immersion in the setting. But Las Vegas for the gaming aspect. Tom Raines, the main character in Insignia, excels at games – specifically virtual reality games. It would certainly be an experience to get immersed in a virtual reality game in between occasional breaks in reading. I’m sure I wouldn’t be good enough to get noticed by the government. So there’s no chance I’d get recruited to any branch of military where they need my gaming skills. But that’s what books are for. A chance to escape everyday life for an exciting adventure where there are no limits!
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— Leg 2 of the Dark Days of Summer 2012 Blog Tour Continues: 6/12 Aprilynne Pike at Books with Bite 6/14 Dan Wells at Hobbitsies 6/19 Veronica Roth at The Mod Pod Bookshelf 6/21 SJ Kincaid at SciFi Chick 6/26 Aprilynne Pike at Books with Bite 6/28 Dan Wells at Hobbitsies 7/3 Veronica Roth at The Mod Pod Bookshelf 7/5 SJ Kincaid at SciFi Chick
Decades in the future, the entire world can live most of their lives online in a virtual reality called OASIS. OASIS is a vast space with many worlds created by James Halliday, who on his death bed left his entire, vast fortune to the winner of a game that he installed with OASIS. Young Wade Watts, along with everyone else in the world, longs to find the three hidden keys that will lead to Halliday’s easter egg. But there are no rules to the game, and an evil mega-corporation (nicknamed Sixers) has stacked the decks in their favor. So when Wade is the first to find the first key, the Sixers are hot on his heels. And the Sixers will stop at nothing to get the egg, even murder in the real world.
Wade Watts and his contemporaries and friends in OASIS, Aech and Art3mis, are gunters (short for egg hunters). They have lived their entire short lives eating, sleeping, and breathing everything about James Halliday. All of his geeky loves are their favorites as well. And Halliday was a child of the 80s and a hardcore gamer, so he incorporated all of this into his game. Cline created a vast and complex world where the 80s still rule. Those of us who grew up in the 80s will find most of the quests and puzzles fun and nostalgic. I can’t imagine the research that went into this story, as there are a lot of obscure references as well.
Even though I’ve never been a gamer, I can appreciate the story and the references to older games and the fun puzzles that we learn along with Wade. Though some of the made-up history gets a bit lengthy at times, I still found myself enjoying the wild ride. This recent science fiction release is engaging, suspenseful, and highly entertaining. Full of mystery, 80s trivia, gaming, and a bit of romance, Ready Player One is a fun must-read for any scifi and gaming fan.
Title: Blood on the Bayou Author: Stacey Jay ISBN: 9781439189870 Price: $7.99/$9.99 On Sale: 3/27/12
Description First came a terrorist attack. Then the mutations—and Fey who had lived in harmony with humans turned deadly. Now most people hide behind iron gates. But those who are immune—and those with enough courage—can venture out into the Louisiana Delta . . . and a nightmare world of magic.
NO GOOD DEED GOES UNPUNISHED Annabelle Lee, a Fairy Containment and Control agent with immunity to fairy venom, is once again called upon to help solve a murder deep in the bayou. But this one’s off the books. Her ex-lover, Hitch, needs her help searching for a secret chemical weapons lab and an FBI mole providing it with human lab rats.
Helping Hitch means certain interpersonal disaster with her estranged boyfriend, but Annabelle knows what it feels like to be a lab rat. Her new fairy-attack-induced paranormal abilities seem to have few negative side effects, but would that change if she stopped injecting herself with the mystery drug delivered to her by the even more mysterious—not to mention ridiculously attractive—Tucker? A man who can turn invisible at will, and who makes no bones about how dead she’ll be if she reveals his secrets?
As the murder investigation progresses, Annabelle quickly learns Tucker isn’t the only one with secrets, and that the only things that cut deeper than a friend’s deception are the lies we tell ourselves.
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Title: Deadly Descendant Author: Jenna Black ISBN: 9781451606805 Price: $7.99/$9.99 On Sale: 4/24/12
Description An ancient evil is unleashed in the modern world— unless one fearless P.I. can hunt it down. . . . Nikki Glass, Immortal Huntress, returns in this new novel in the acclaimed series by Jenna Black.
As a living descendant of Artemis the Huntress, private investigator Nikki Glass knows how to track someone down. But when an Oracle shows up, warning the Descendants about wild dog attacks in Washington, D.C., Nikki is afraid it might be a trap. The Olympians believe the “dogs” are really jackals, controlled by a blood-crazed descendant of the Egyptian death-god Anubis. Whatever. . . . If Nikki hopes to muzzle Dogboy, she’s got to catch him in the act. But when she stakes out a local cemetery, she ends up face-to-snout with a snarling pack of shadow-jackals whose bite is worse than their bark. These hellhounds are deadly—even for an immortal like Nikki. “Dog” spelled backward may be “god,” but that won’t stop Nikki from teaching these old gods some new tricks. Like playing dead.
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Description MAGICAL TRICKS. DEMONIC TREATS. After narrowly escaping her fate as a sacrificial scapegoat, Arcadia Bell is back to normal. Or at least as ordinary as life can be for a renegade magician and owner of a tiki bar that caters to Earthbound demons. She’s gearing up for the busiest day of the year—Halloween—when a vengeful kidnapper paralyzes the community. The influential head of the local Hellfire Club taps Cady to track down the fiendish bogeyman, and now that she’s dating red-hot Lon Butler, the Club’s wayward son, she can hardly say no.
Cady and Lon untangle a gruesome thirty-year trail of clues that points to danger for the club members’ children. But locating the person behind the terror will require some metaphysical help from Cady’s loyal bar patrons as well as her potent new Moonchild powers—and she’d better figure it out before the final victim disappears and her own darkest secret becomes her biggest enemy.
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— Courtesy of Pocket Books, I have copies of all three of the above novels for two (2) lucky winners!
Contest is open to US only. No PO Boxes, please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends May 11. I’ll draw names on May 12, and notify winners via email.