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[REVIEW] Irreversible – Liz Maverick

Liz Maverick
Irreversible (Wired, Book 2)
Dorchester Love Spell Shomi (US: 30th September 2008)
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If you didn’t completely understand straight-line wire-crossing in Wired, then Irreversible will do your head in. It deals with time anomalies; namely Katherine Gibbs who’s stuck in a week-long whilst her fiancΓ©, co-workers, and “friends” pretend whatever Leonardo Kaysar wants them to.

An old pal’s time hacker group is trying to extract Kitty from the loop, but their intern unintentionally screws things up massively. And Vesper is a pain in the arse for most of the book, until she shares a moment with Kaysar and some newspaper and they seem an unlikely but cute couple. But we never hear from her again, and I need closure, damn it! Meanwhile, things suck personally for group leader Louise, who’s feeling a bit lonely, but she goes about it in a totally non-emo way that doesn’t grate.

By the way, layers of time appear to be comprised of black ooze and white vapour. Those layers are bewildering, so give up thinking, and just enjoy the ride.

Cat with Books – Thursday 8th January 2009

Manny with S. J. Day’s Eve of Darkness, A. J. Menden’s Phenomenal Girl 5, Keri Arthur’s Destiny Kills and Liz Maverick’s Irreversible. It’s only 19C today, so he’s not suffering from heat anymore. Does seem to have the blues, though. He’s purring beside me on the couch right now…

You can see more photos of other stuff at my Flickr.

Today’s Purchase

Anyway, I tried to help the publishing industry by buying a book today. Okay, I lied – I really just bought the book because I wanted it. Selfish, aren’t I? I would’ve bought more – there were two other books I would’ve definitely bought had they been on shelf, but alas…

Yeah, so I snagged the only copy on the shelf of Marianne Mancusi’s Razor Girl. So now I can stare at the gorgeous art whenever I freaking want πŸ™‚ I asked about the state of Liz Maverick’s Irreversible, and while it was on their computer database, apparently no Borders store in Victoria has any copies yet. And even more unfortunately, A. J. Menden’s Phenomenal Girl 5 was not even in the database yet. I’ll try again in a month or two, or maybe I’ll just order them from Romance Direct (I think I have some loyalty dollars to spend). But not now – must finish purchasing Christmas presents. Then we’ll see…

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 πŸ˜‰

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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ˜‰

September 2008 Releases

Have you already bought or pre-ordered August 2008 Releases? Onto September then…

Kim Harrison
Every Which Way But Dead (The Hollows, Book 3)
HarperCollins Eos (US: 2nd September 2008)

There’s no witch in Cincinnati tougher, sexier, or more screwed up than bounty hunter Rachel Morgan, who’s already put her love life and soul in dire jeopardy through her determined efforts to bring criminal night creatures to justice. Between “runs”, she has her hands full fending off the attentions of her blood-drinking partner, keeping a deadly secret from her backup, and resisting a hot new vamp suitor. Rachel must also take a stand in the war that’s raging in the city’s underworld, since she helped put away its former vampire kingpin – and made a deal with a powerful demon to do so that could cost her an eternity of pain, torment, and degradation. And now her dark “master” is coming to collect his due.

Jackie Kessler
Hell’s Belles (Hell on Earth, Book 1)
Kensington Zebra (2nd September 2008)

Once upon a time, Jezebel was a powerful succubus, capable of seducing men and sucking out their souls. But that was before Hell put a bounty on her head. Now her only chance to escape a fate far worse than death is to live as a mortal, losing herself in a sea of unfamiliar humanity, in a place where sinners walk hand-in-hand with saints – a place like New York City. Working as an exotic dancer is a piece of cake for a former demon who once specialized in sex. But she hadn’t counted on meeting sexy Paul Hamilton, a man haunted by his past. Good-bye, succubus; hello, lovestruck. But Hell hasn’t stopped looking for her. The secrets Jezebel holds are the most dangerous of all, the kind every demon in the Underworld would do their worst to protect. Demons are closing in, which is enough to make Jezebel shiver in her G-string. But it’s her love for Paul that’s going to have deadly consequences…

John Ajvide Lindqvist
Handling the Undead
Quercus (UK: 4th September 2008)
Something very peculiar is happening in Stockholm. There’s a heatwave on and people cannot turn their lights out or switch their appliances off. Then the terrible news breaks. In the city morgue, the dead are waking up…What do they want? What everybody wants: to come home.

Suzanne McLeod
The Sweet Scent of Blood (Spellcrackers.com)
Hachette Gollancz (UK: 4th September 2008)

When Mr October, a sexy calendar pin-up vamp, is accused of murdering his girlfriend, an old debt is called in and Genny is forced to help prove his innocence, risking her job and the protection it offers – and threatening to expose her own dark secrets. Searching for the killer plunges Genny deep into the hidden heart of vampire society. It’s not long before she realises that she and Mr October are both unwitting pawns in a centuries-old power struggle between London’s non-human communities…and it’s not just her own neck that’s at stake, but the lives of all London’s supernaturals.

Lilith Saintcrow
Hunter’s Prayer (Jill Kismet, Book 2)
Hachette Orbit (UK: 4th September 2008)

Jill Kismet, Dealer in Dark Things. Spiritual Exterminator. Demon Slayer – it’s not the type of work you can put on a business card. But every city has people like me. Usually the police have us on payroll as consultants, because what ordinary cop can face down a Were or an ordinary shapechanger, or an Assyrian demon? Not to mention the silvers or the Black Mist, the adepts of Sorrow House or of the Middle Way? What ordinary cop stands a chance against a Trader, even? People disappear all the time, it’s an epidemic; some of the disappearances are murder, some are fugitives, some are kidnapped by other human beings. Some of them are even found again. But a good proportion of them are taken by the things that go bump in the night. And then it becomes a hunter’s job to bump back. Hard.

Rachel Caine
Midnight Alley (Morganville Vampires, Book 3)
Allison & Busby (UK: 5th September 2008)

Claire Danvers’s college town may be run by vampires but a truce between the living and the dead made things relatively safe. For a while. Now people are turning up dead, a psycho is stalking her, and an ancient bloodsucker has proposed private mentoring. To what end, Claire will find out. And it’s giving night school a whole new meaning…

Marta Acosta
The Bride of Casa Dracula (Casa Dracula, Book 3)
Simon & Schuster Pocket (US: 16th September 2008)

Milagro De Los Santos is having serious problems planning her wedding to fabulous Oswald Grant, M.D. Her future in-laws loathe her, her dog just died, and Oswald’s family has a genetic anomaly that makes them crave blood. Then her extravagant best friend hijacks the role of wedding coordinator, and the secretive Vampire Council assigns conniving Cornelia Ducharme to guide the couple through the ancient vampire marriage rituals. To top it all off, Milagro’s career is on the skids. She’s reduced to ghost-writing the memoirs of a loony little man who claims to be a shapeshifter. And why does Cornelia’s decadent, way too attractive brother, Ian, always show up whenever Milagro is away from Oswald? When a series of accidents interferes with wedding plans, Oswald worries that Milagro is cracking under the pressure. Is she just paranoid, or is a hidden enemy trying to make sure Milagro doesn’t wed the undead?

Liz Maverick
Dorchester SHOMI (US: 30th September 2008)

Katherine Gibbs is engaged. Engaged, popular, gorgeous, and living a life of sheer perfection. This is her best week ever. The trouble is, it’s manufactured. She’s lived this week over and over and doesn’t know it. L. Roxanne Zaborovsky, Katherine’s best friend, is outside looking in. Once again, Kitty’s life is being stolen away by a man as twisted as he is brilliant. This time, there’s something Roxy can do. The barriers of time are like the walls of an apartment – or the bars of a prison – and they can be demolished. She just has to start the jailbreak. Walter “Q” Sheffield is hot, smart, and just the man to free Kitty. A time-anomaly specialist, he can split seconds, erase hours and make the most of a minute. The one thing he can’t do? Relationships. But hate and revenge have Kitty trapped in the vagaries of time, and only love will get her out. And that love must be…IRREVERSIBLE.

Richelle Mead
Succubus Dreams (Georgina Kincaid, Book 3)
Kensington (US: 30th September 2008)

Some days, a girl just can’t catch a break…especially when the girl in question is Georgina Kincaid, a shape-shifting succubus who gets her energy from seducing men. First there’s her relationship with gorgeous bestselling writer Seth Mortensen, which is unsatisfying on a number of levels. It’s not just that they can’t have sex in case Georgina inadvertently kills him (generally a turn-off for most guys). Lately, even spending time together is a challenge. Seth’s obsessed with finishing his latest novel, and Georgina’s under demonic orders to mentor the new (and surprisingly inept) succubus on the block. Then there are the dreams. Someone, or something, is preying on Georgina at night, draining her energy, and supplying eerie visions of her future. Georgina seeks answers from Dante, a dream interpreter with ties to the underworld, but his flirtatious charm only leaves her more confused – especially as the situation with Seth reaches crisis point. Now Georgina faces a double challenge – rein in her out-of-control love life, and go toe-to-toe with an enemy capable of wreaking serious havoc among mankind. Otherwise, Georgina, and the entire mortal world, may never sleep easy again…

We only got 4 minutes to save the world

My dear pal A.J. Menden‘s Phenomenal Girl 5, before and after I made it a ShomiLOL. Mark November 2008 on your calendars, folks – you know you want it! Cover art done by the fabulous Judy York (remember I sent her a fangirly mail after becoming enamoured with her artwork for Marianne Mancusi‘s Razor Girl?). Also did the trippy art for Liz Maverick‘s Irreversible. You Shomi authors sure have been blessed with brilliant covers! πŸ™‚

Good News & A Fond Farewell

The good news is that Liz Maverick has shared the cover art for Irreversible at Rebels of Romance. Irreversible is set in the same world as Wired (I think), and is due to be released October 2008. It’s already available for pre-order at Amazon. I love pretty colours, so I’ll be staring at this cover again! I believe the artist is Judy York, who also did the cover of Marianne Mancusi‘s Razor Girl (which is due out September 2008, and is available for pre-order at Amazon). Love it πŸ™‚

The bad news is that things are really dire in my life now, and have been building up for quite some months, and involves stuff that I haven’t mentioned on my blog – public, friends only, filtered or otherwise. I’m in a very dark place that I see no end of in the near-future. This is probably a sign that I need to up my Zoloft dosage, and I promise you I will seek medical advice from my GP. No chance of suicide attempts or self-harming at this stage – people self-harm to feel pain, and I’m feeling enough pain as it is.

Anyway, I’m telling you this to explain my odd behaviour for the past year. And it’s also an explanation of why I’m going to stop blogging for a while. My purpose in life is to bring you smiles and laughter, and if I can’t do that then I have no reason to be around. I still plan to keep an eye on your happenings, but I won’t be commenting as much (because I have nothing worthy to contribute).

I don’t know how long this will last, and I don’t know how to improve my situation, so it could be some time.

Many thanks to all of you who’ve read my posts, commented and lent support in one way or another. Thanks especially to those on my LJ Friends List. And thank you even more to the authors who’ve guest-blogged, allowed me to interview them, and have sent me books and promo stuff. This really does mean so much to me, but as I’m not a good communicator, I can’t find the necessary words.

And most of all, thank you to the people who made me feel worthy of living and associating with you wonderful people. Thank you for making me feel that my opinion matters, and I do contribute goodness to the world. Thank you for being friends. Thanks for the hugs, words of support, commiserations, sympathy and – most of all – understanding. I’m a terrible communicator in that I can’t find the words to say what I really mean, but somehow you still manage to get my message. It’s so hard for me to be understood in this world, so you mean a lot to me.

This is not the end of Tez, I hope. You can always, always email me at anytime. If you prefer LiveJournal, MySpace, BlogSpot, WordPress, Facebook – you can contact me that way, too. Even Shelfari, Last.fm, Bebo and Flickr – I’ll be here whenever you need me. Not that I can do you any good, but I can try.

Thanks for giving this little Australian some hope. Thanks for supporting my endeavours to improve the Australian book industry, and books in general around the world. I’m still honoured to read your books, review them, interview you and have you guest blog at anytime. Just let me know.

Even though I can’t bring you smiles and laughter, please know that when I tell you to have a lovely day, I seriously would like you to be happy – and be happy enough for the both of us.

Thanks for everything, and have a lovely day! πŸ™‚

Tez Miller
TezMillerOz at Gmail dot com