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[REVIEW] Twist – Colby Hodge

Colby Hodge
Dorchester SHOMI (US: 29th January 2008)
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There’s a serial killer on the loose, and a mysterious leather-clad lady is stalking Abbey Shore, who accidentally stumbles into a time portal she uncovers in the house she’s been flipping. Now Abbey’s one hundred years into the future, and the only people she recognises are Dr Shane Maddox…and the lady in leather. She doesn’t want Abbey dead after all, but does have a nefarious purpose in mind. Plus Abbey has to get used to this new world where the ticks are hungry, and only those with ninja skills can defeat them.

I’m deliberately being vague so as not to spoil, but this book saved my bacon, pulling me out of a reading slump. An awesome concept with snappy execution and twist upon twist – and ninjas. Even the cats are kick-arse, in particular Jayne. This is a bloody good read.

But despite it being one hundred years into the future, everyone’s slang is much the same as now. And Abbey’s pop culture references are rather annoying. Okay, she’s from 2008 – we get it. She watches a lot of TV and films, and Jennifer Aniston’s name appears twice within the text. I would’ve deleted these things as they date the novel, and I don’t relate to them. On the other hand, had Twist been full of Family Guy references… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Also, the talk of “life-mates”, fate and destiny is not my thing. That kind of gimmick breaks my suspension of disbelief.

So the book isn’t perfect. It’s still the best thing I’ve read in awhile.

Happy Birthday, Marta Acosta; Cat with Books & New Vlog

It’s August 1st – Marta Acosta’s birthday. Give the gift of royalties by buying Happy Hour at Casa Dracula and Midnight Brunch, and pre-ordering The Bride of Casa Dracula. Miz Marta is doing RWA in San Francisco right now…

Received new books today by authors such as Keri Arthur, Colby Hodge, Marianne Mancusi and Richelle Mead. See them all here.

And here’s me yapping about the books. It’s over 7 minutes long because I wouldn’t shut up ๐Ÿ˜‰ Big file, so I couldn’t be bothered uploading it to Vimeo and Blip as well.

Borders in Oz

Went to Borders and spotted some of your books. Keep in mind that Borders specialises in imports, so it has a lot of stuff that shops like Dymocks and Angus & Robertson don’t. Of course, if you’ve sold UK (and therefore Australian) rights, you’re much more likely to have your books in any store. Like Richelle Mead and Jeff Somers. Pretty much – if you’re published by HarperCollins or Hachette, you’ve got a good chance of getting here. Because Hachette UK publishes a lot of stuff that Hachette US doesn’t do – Kelley Armstrong, Laurell K. Hamilton, etc.

Good little me only bought one book – the Weddings from Hell anthology – but here’s some other stuff I saw that wasn’t expected (because of the no UK/Australian rights thing):

Jennifer Armintrout (though unfortunately not All Souls’ Night)
Anya Bast
Colby Hodge
Eve Kenin
Marianne Mancusi
Liz Maverick
Rachel Vincent

If you’re on the list, you can poke my brain to see if I remember which of your titles I saw. As for the rest of you…better luck next time. Meanwhile, hopefully your agents and publishers are working on selling UK/Commonwealth rights. Because non-US royalties are still royalties ๐Ÿ˜‰