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Happy Birthday, Liz Maverick

It’s 22nd September – Liz Maverick’s birthday. I’m not sure how many years it’s been since I learned of her existence. But I remember borrowing Crimson City from the library. At the time, it wasn’t really what I was looking for. I read the first few chapters, and skim-read the rest.

At the time I thought it was just vampires and werewolves. But only recently have I learned there are mechs in the series. So of course now I want to get my mitts on the entire series, and read them properly. If only for the mechs ๐Ÿ˜‰

Interestingly enough, Liz’s first novel is the one that most interests me: The Shadow Runners, the third book in the Susan Grant-created 2176 series. The premise of the series is intriguing on its own, but Liz’s contribution is the one most likely to connect with me because…it’s set in Australia. New South Wales, so not Victoria, but let’s not be picky. And in this futuristic Australian incarnation, my fair country is the world’s dumpyard. For toxic waste. In real life, Oz was originally settled by British and Irish convicts – by sending felons away, the theory was that their own countries would be much nicer. Never mind how the native Australians might feel. Convicts, toxic waste…social commentary, people. We are the world’s doormat. And it’s true. Depressing, really, but we have to laugh about it – gallows humour…

Ahem. Naturally, like everyone else, I’m interested in Dorchester’s SHOMI imprint, of which Liz’s Wired was the launch title. It, like The Shadow Runners, is waiting politely on my shelf to be read. (My system of working through my To-Be-Read pile is ever-changing, and ever-lengthening.) As for the sequel, Irreversible, I don’t have it yet. But it hasn’t been released yet, so that’s not my fault ๐Ÿ™‚

Liz deserves gifts of royalties, and not just because she’ll be visiting my fair city of Melbourne in February. She’s had published many more books than I’ve mentioned here, but you can start off by buying/pre-ordering The Shadow Runners, Wired and Irreversible.

We dare not measure the size of Liz’s ego after this post ๐Ÿ˜‰