Received in June

The following are the books, movies, television shows, etc. I received last month for review and/or giveaways:

Pennyworth – The Complete First Season
Head of the Class – The Complete First Season

The Preserve by Ariel S. Winter

CamCat Books:
So You Had To Build A Time Machine by Jason Offutt

Disney Hyperion / Marvel:
Paola Santiago and the River of Tears by Tehlor Kay Mejia
Captain Marvel: Beware the Flerken! by Calliope Glass
The Mirror Broken Wish by Julie C. Dao
The Unstoppable Wasp: Built On Hope by Sam Maggs

Harper Voyager:
Alien Secrets by Ian Douglas

Saga Press:
The Kingdom of Liars by Nick Martell

Simon Pulse:
Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland

Subterranean Press:
Fishing for Dinosaurs and Other Stories by Joe R. Lansdale
Princess Floralinda and the Forty-Flight Tower by Tamsyn Muir

Received in April

The following are the books, movies, television shows, etc. I received last month for review and/or giveaways:

Abrams / Amulet:
Deeplight by Frances Hardinge

Disney Hyperion:
Disney Princess Royally Fierce by Brittany Rubiano
Artemis Fowl: Guide to the World of Fairies by Andrew Donkin
Artemis Fowl: How to Be a LEPrecon: Your Guide to the Gear, Gadgets, and Going… by Matthew K. Manning
The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert
Camp Jupiter Classified by Rick Riordan

Storybound by Emily McKay

Harper Teen:
Don’t Call the Wolf by Aleksandra Ross

Subterranean Press:
A Stitch in Time by Kelley Armstrong
Seven of Infinities by Aliette de Bodard
Dancers in the Dark & Layla Steps Up: The Layla Collection by Charlaine Harris
The Kraken’s Tooth by Anthony Ryan

Titan Books:
Firefly – The Ghost Machine by James Lovegrove

Cerulean Queen by Sarah Kozloff
Critical Point by S. L. Huang

Tim Lebbon Guest Post: Eden Blog Tour

Author Tim Lebbon joins today to talk about horror and his latest release – Eden!

Natural Horror
by Tim Lebbon

I’ve always loved nature. As a kid we lived in the countryside and on a farm, and though we left that place when I was about 8 or 9, I still have many fond memories of damming streams, building dens in hay barns, and watching calfs being born. I’d leave home after breakfast and return home for our evening meal, spending the time wandering fields, woods and hillsides with friends, smarting from too much sun, not knowing that I’d been out making the memories of a lifetime.

We moved into a town when I was 9, and I lived there for the next eighteen years, before my wife and I bought a house in the village where we still live now. I’ll never go back to a town or city. I’m a country boy at heart, and I like nothing more than hiking, running, or cycling through the beautiful part of the world where we’re blessed enough to live.

Inevitable, then, that my love of nature would work its way into my fiction.

It’s actually present in a large amount of what I write, and if I analysed the 45 novels, dozens of novellas, and hundreds of short stories I’ve had published, I’m sure I’d find nature’s influence to some extent in a large proportion of my published work. My new novel Eden is perhaps more heavily influenced by my love of the wild than anything I’ve ever written. But the signs were always there.

In my novella The First Law (from the collection Faith in the Flesh, Razorblade Press 1998), a group of shipwrecked sailors are washed up on an island. At first they believe they’ve found salvation, but the truth proves very different. The island doesn’t want them there. It’s a paradise that’s inimical to humankind, and my characters go through some pretty gruelling times. I haven’t read this novella in maybe 20 years, but that final image still sticks with me…

My first mass market novel was The Nature of Balance, a work that very obviously takes our abuse of our planet as a central core. It’s a bit of a crazy novel in any ways, and I look back fondly on its weird concepts, surreal characters, and animals attacks. Those birds! That fox! I was also ridiculously smug with myself at my clever play on words for the title, although a small proportion of reviewers called it The Balance of Nature. Some people just rdea hwta tehy xptece ot ese.

A series of books I had great fun writing were the Noreela novels, four long novels and a few novellas and short stories set in my fantasy world of Noreela. The first two of these, Dusk and Dawn, came about when I decided to write a fantasy set in a world from which magic has withdrawn because of the land’s inhabitant’s misuse of it. I thought it was a pretty unique idea, and it also meant … I didn’t have to think up and stick to a magic system! It had its own challenges, but I also realised after I’d written it that it was another example of nature (in this case, magic and its connection to the land) taking exception to humanity’s abuse.

A later novel, The Silence (filmed with Stanley Tucci and Kiernan Shipka, available now on Netflix), was less a ‘nature’s revenge’ story, and more of a ‘we don’t know everything’ tale, when creatures who hunt by sound emerge from an isolated, cut off cave and have fun feeding upon any creature that makes a sound. The vesps were enjoyable natural monsters to create and have cause chaos, but the novel was also heavily driven by the landscape my family of survivors fled across, the chances of their survival significantly dependent on their surroundings.

And that leads me on to Eden, my latest novel, and the one that’s most heavily inspired by my fascination with the natural world and our place within it. Or, in Eden’s case, our removal from it.

Eden is one of the Virgin Zones, vast tracts of land given back to nature by the world’s governments. This is a novel of the near future, when the tipping point has been reached in the climate crisis, and humanity is doing what it can to survive, or even to turn things around. Of course, such wildernesses are tempting to those who love the wild … adventure races, trail runners. Hell, I’d LOVE to visit Eden.

Well, maybe. But not for long.

Because nature has once again found a good solid footing there, reestablishing itself, and the power of nature no longer welcomes humans into its beautiful fold.

It’s an adventure novel, with science fictional undertones, and of course a core of horror running rich and red throughout. I guess in some ways it’s a love note to nature, written from our planet’s point of view. And in Eden, nature is no longer impartial. It’s taking action.

Received in March

The following are the books, movies, television shows, etc. I received last month for review and/or giveaways:

Amazon / 47 North:
Now, Then, and Everywhen by Rysa Walker

Del Rey:
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Expanded Edition by Rae Carson
The Fall of Shannara: The Last Druid by Terry Brooks
The Last Human by Zack Jordan
Shorefall by Robert Jackson Bennett

Disney Hyperion:
Chasing Helicity Through the Storm by Ginger Zee
Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe by Carlos Hernandez
Brightly Woven: The Graphic Novel by Alexandra Bracken

Harper Teen:
Imagine Me by Tahereh Mafi

Harper Voyager:
The Sisters Grimm by Menna van Praag

Little, Brown:
Sword in the Stars by Cori McCarthy
Hawk by James Patterson

Macmillan Children / Feiwel and Friends:
The Challenger: Contender Book 2 by Taran Matharu
True or False by Cindy L Otis

Norton Young Readers:
Brightstorm A Sky Ship Adventure by Vashti Hardy

Vagabonds by Hao Jingfang

Wings of Fire: Legends: Dragonslayer by Tui T. Sutherland

Simon and Schuster Kids / Aladdin:
The Revenge of Magic: The Future King by James Riley

Subterranean Press:
Edited By by Ellen Datlow
Dispersion by Greg Egan
In the Shades of Men by Robert Jackson Bennett

A Broken Queen by Sarah Kozloff
The Last Emperox by John Scalzi
Unconquerable Sun by Kate Elliott
The Glass Magician by Caroline Stevermer

A Phoenix First Must Burn by Patrice Caldwell

Received in February

The following are the books, movies, television shows, etc. I received last month for review and/or giveaways:

Titans The Complete Second Season
A Quiet Place Steelbook

Mystery Boxes:

Amazon / Skyscape:
The Electric Heir by Victoria Lee

Cries from the Lost Island by Kathleen O’Neal Gear

Del Rey:
Bonds of Brass by Emily Skrutskie
Shorefall by Robert Jackson Bennett
Queen of the Unwanted by Jenna Glass

Disney Hyperion:
The Mouse Watch by J. J. Gilbert
Onward: Quests of Yore by Rob Renzetti
Onward: The Search for the Phoenix Gem: An In-Questigation by Steve Behling
Onward: Ian and Barley’s Magical Book of Jokes, Puns, and Gags by Disney Book Group
Mulan: Loyal. Brave. True. by Disney Book Group
A Place for Mulan by Marie Chow
Mulan Live Action Novelization by Elizabeth Rudnick
Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

First Second:
The Daughters of Ys by M. T. Anderson

Hachette / Mobius:
Our Child of the Stars by Stephen Cox

Harper Voyager:
Crush the King by Jennifer Estep

Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers:
The Deck of Omens by Christine Lynn Herman

Macmillan Children’s / Swoon / Imprint:
The Dark In-Between by Elizabeth Hrib
All Eyes on Her by L. E. Flynn
Deadly Curious by Cindy Anstey

Reflector Entertainment:
Unknown 9: Genesis: Book One of the Genesis Trilogy by Layton Green

Simon & Schuster / Scout Press / Saga:
The Companions by Katie M. Flynn
Star Trek: Picard: The Last Best Hope by Una McCormack

Subterranean Press:
The Properties of Rooftop Air by Tim Powers
The Orphans of Raspay by Lois McMaster Bujold
Tale of Dark Fantasy 3 Edited by William Schafer

Tor /
The Queen of Raiders by Sarah Kozloff
The Firmament of Flame by Drew Williams
The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water by Zen Cho
The Sin in the Steel by Ryan Van Loan
The Angel of the Crows by Katherine Addison
Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo
Flyaway by Kathleen Jennings
Network Effect by Martha Wells
Anthropocene Rag by Alex Irvine
Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi
Prosper’s Demon by Parker
Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire

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