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[REVIEW] Razor Girl – Marianne Mancusi

Marianne Mancusi
Razor Girl
Dorchester SHOMI (US: 26th August 2008)
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As a teenager, Molly Anderson entered an underground fallout shelter. Six years later her mother is dead, the doors have opened, and Molly starts trekking to Florida to meet up with her father. Her nano-enhancements are faulting, so time is of the essence, but Molly soon gains travel companions in the form of children…and her former boyfriend. But their relationship issues are nothing compared to the big picture: the Others are hungry.

I love Dorchester’s now-defunct SHOMI imprint. This book has my favourite cover art of all-time. And the premise is fabulous. William Gibson’s Neuromancer couldn’t hold my attention, but Razor Girl (an homage to the cyberpunk classic) should’ve had a much better chance. The narrative certainly grabbed me, as well as the world-building – this is fascinating stuff. But a romance novel can’t work if the characters piss off readers, and Molly and…the Griffin guy are bloody annoying.

Chase is not his real name. In high school, he was…Chris Griffin. Family Guy is one of my favourite programmes, so I can’t take any Chris Griffin seriously as a romantic hero. Sooner or later TV’s Chris Griffin will pop into your head, saying profound things like “we’ll be his period” and “now I don’t know math”. This Family Guy parody of One Tree Hill doesn’t feature Chris, but it rather sums up the teen relationships in this novel.

But Chris Griffin’s name isn’t the most irritating thing here. SPOILERS:

-Chris should be keeping an eye on his sister, but instead he’s focused on Molly. The little girl is killed.
-Chase is addicted to Vicodin and Oxycontin, and sneaks away to search for more. This leads him into unnecessary danger.
-Molly’s mother was a pill-popper, so the razor girl is effing steamed to learn that Chase endangered himself, and the group, in his selfish quest for drugs. But not long (less than a day) after the death match, they’re “lovemaking”.
-Chase later pushes Molly away for a reason he should’ve just been honest about. For feck’s sake…
-The “one year later” chapter is so twee.

Molly’s implants, the gladiator sport/entertainment, and the Hive’s history are riveting stuff, as is the all-too-brief glimpse of Disney World. I just feel let down because this novel has so many awesome ideas, but the characters totally spoil the read.

Cover Art Survey

This survey came via one of the loops I’m on. Thought I may as well share my answers with you, too.

I’ll give you my demographics, too, so you can see where I’m coming from, and perhaps why my opinions are what they are.

23 years old, Celtic-Australian female in suburban Victoria. Am a reader, not an author. Not really into romance as a genre – I prefer it as a subplot rather than the main event.

1. What kind of covers do you like? I prefer photography, or illustration that looks close enough to resemble photography. I’m easily distracted by pretty colours, swirly things, prisms throwing rainbows, pretty cityscapes, gorgeous international architecture, etc.

2. How much detail should be on them? Maybe three things maximum on the front cover – character, setting and symbol. I’m happy to have a very detailed setting, but would prefer more anonymous character models.

3. Do you prefer characters or symbols, and why? Symbols. Would rather see something ABOUT the character, rather than the character his/herself. So pretty much symbols win by default 😉

4. What don’t you like on covers? I’m so over mantitty and clinch covers, and arse/boobs shots. I guess when you’re exposed to something so much, you become desensitised, and that’s pretty much the stage I’m in.

5. What would you prefer in digital artwork? Characters, or something to do with the story? Character faces are fine, but see my above note about T&A/naked torsos. So I guess I would prefer something to do with the story, but surely there’s room on the cover for both character and something that fits the story.

6. Links to covers you do like, both digital and ‘normal’. http://judyyork.com/collections/Fantasy3/imgs/5.jpg This is my favourite cover of all time, done by Judy York for Marianne Mancusi’s Razor Girl. Love the colours, love the setting, love the look of the character – of course, you need great writing to inspire a great cover commissioned just for the book. Think it has elements of both digital and normal. http://www.stygiandarkness.com/store/images/L_a_flash_of_hex.jpg This is Timothy Lantz’s cover for Jes Battis’s A Flash of Hex. This is illustrated, I think, but may also have digital elements. I love the smoke, the colours and the glowing things. http://samhainpublishing.com/graphics/1316.jpg And as for straight digital art, I recently found this gem by Kanaxa for Nicole Kimberling’s Happy Snak. It’s got the right balance of character, setting, and swirly colours. The font is also a good match for the genre.

The Ultimate Cat-with-Book Photo

2 cats in one photo – the mind boggles…

I Can Has Cheezburger? will be released by Hachette Australia in December 2008.

Off to stare at the Razor Girl cover some more…

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 🙂 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…

August 2008 Releases

Just in case you missed them, here are the July Releases. I missed one, which you’ll find below. And to look into the future, check my Reading Wishlist. Please note that I haven’t found a summary for Stephenie Meyer’s Breaking Dawn, but I tried. The only book on the list I own is Chris Howard’s Seaborn, but I haven’t read it yet.

Stephenie Meyer
Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga, Book 4)
Hachette Little, Brown (US: 2 Aug 2008); Hachette ATOM (UK: 4 Aug 2008)

Questions will be answered and the fate of Bella and Edward will be revealed.

Chris Howard
Seaborn (Saltwater Witch, Book 1)
Prime/Wildside Juno (US: 3 Aug 2008)

There is a world deep under the sea, a kingdom that has endured thousands of years without the modern world knowing it exists. Those who dwell there are Thalassogenêis: SEABORN. Kassandra is the Seaborn king’s granddaughter – the one he wishes he’d killed when he’d had the chance. She comes from the sea, but she has spent her whole life in exile on the surface, learning to control strange and frightening powers she barely understands. But now she’s ready to declare war on the murderous king. Corina Lairsey is a scuba-diving Californian who has freed herself from a controlling relationship…and finds herself in another. Only this time, Aleximor, an ancient Seaborn sorcerer, is literally inside her head and wearing her body. Corina must strive for control of her self, fighting against time as Aleximor trades pieces of her life away in exchange for power over the path between the worlds of the living and the dead. Aleximor wants revenge for his 400-year imprisonment and his dangerous machinations threaten to destroy both young women and the world of the Seaborn.

Richelle Mead
Storm Born (Dark Swan, Book 1)
Kensington Zebra (US: 5 Aug 2008); Random House Bantam (UK: 14 Aug 2008)

Eugenie Markham is a powerful shaman who does a brisk trade banishing spirits and fey who cross into the mortal world. Mercenary, yes, but a girl’s got to eat. Her most recent case, however, is enough to ruin her appetite. Hired to find a teenager who has been taken to the Otherworld, Eugenie comes face to face with a startling prophecy – one that uncovers dark secrets about her past and claims that Eugenie’s first-born will threaten the future of the world as she knows it. Now Eugenie is a hot target for every ambitious demon and Otherworldy ne’er-do-well, and the ones who don’t want to knock her up want her dead. Eugenie handles a Glock as smoothly as she wields a wand, but she needs some formidable allies for a job like this. She finds them in Dorian, a seductive fairy king with a taste for bondage, and Kiyo, a gorgeous shape-shifter who redefines animal attraction. But with enemies growing bolder and time running out, Eugenie realizes that the greatest danger is yet to come, and it lies in the dark powers that are stirring to life within her…

Kat Richardson
Underground (Greywalker, Book 3)
Penguin Roc (US: 5 Aug 2008); Hachette Piatkus (UK: 7 Aug 2008)

Harper Blaine was your average small-time P.I. until she died – for two minutes. Now Harper is a Greywalker – walking the thin line between the living world and the paranormal realm. And she’s discovering that her new abilities are landing her all sorts of “strange” cases. Pioneer Square’s homeless are turning up dead and mutilated, and zombies have been seen roaming the underground – the city buried beneath modern Seattle. When Harper’s friend Quinton believes he may be implicated in the deaths, he persuades her to investigate. But the killer is no mere murderer – it is a creature of ancient legend. And Harper must deal with both the living and the dead to stop the monster and its master…unless they stop her first.

Ann Aguirre
Wanderlust (Sirantha Jax, Book 2)
Penguin Ace (US: 26 Aug 2008)

Sirantha Jax is a “Jumper,” a woman who possesses the unique genetic makeup needed to navigate faster than light ships through grimspace. Jax has worked for the Farwan Corporation her entire career. But now the word’s out that the Corp deliberately crashed a passenger ship, and their stranglehold on intergalactic commerce has crumbled – which means that Jax is out of a job. She’s also broke, due to being declared dead a little prematurely. So when the government asks her to head up a vital diplomatic mission, Jax takes it. Her mandate: journey to the planet Ithiss-Tor and convince them to join the Conglomerate. But Jax’s payday is light years away. First, she’ll have to contend with Syndicate criminals, a stormy relationship with her pilot, man-eating aliens, and her own grimspace-weakened body. She’ll be lucky just to make it to Ithiss-Tor alive…

Caitlin Kittredge
Pure Blood (Nocturne City, Book 2)
Macmillan St. Martin’s (US: 26 Aug 2008)

In the shadows of Nocturne City, witches lurk and demons prowl, and homicide detective Luna Wilder must keep the peace – while living life as a werewolf. Now bodies are turning up all over town, the brutal murders linked by a cryptic message: We see with empty eyes… To make matters worse for Luna, she can’t get wolfishly handsome Dmitri Sandovsky out of her mind. The last time he helped her with a case, Dmitri suffered a demon bite that infected him with a mysterious illness…and now his pack elders have forbidden him from associating with Luna. But she’ll need his help when high-level witches start turning up slaughtered. Because a war is brewing between rival clans of blood witches and caster witches – a magical gang war with the power to burn Nocturne City to the ground.

Marianne Mancusi
Razor Girl
Dorchester SHOMI (US: 26 Aug 2008)

Molly Anderson is not your average twenty-one-year-old. It’s been six years since she and her family escaped into a bunker, led by her conspiracy theorist father and his foreknowledge of a plot to bring about the apocalypse. But her father’s precautions didn’t stop there. Molly is now built to survive. Yes, Ian Anderson’s favorite book gave him ideas on how to “improve” his daughter. Molly is faster, stronger, and her ocular implants and razor-tipped nails set her apart. Apart, when – venturing alone out of the bunker and into a plague ravaged, monster-ridden wilderness – what Molly needs most is togetherness. Chase Griffin, a friend from her past, is her best bet. But while he and others have miraculously survived, the kind boy has become a tormented man. Together, these remnants of humanity must struggle toward trusting each other and journey to the one place Molly’s father believed all civilization would be reborn: the Magic Kingdom, where everyone knows it’s a small world after all.

Lilith Saintcrow
Hunter’s Prayer (Jill Kismet, Book 2)
Hachette Orbit (US: 26 Aug 2008; UK: 4 Sep 2008)

An ancient evil looms over Santa Luz. Prostitutes are showing up dead and eviscerated. And Jill Kismet just might be able to get her revenge against an old enemy. There’s just one problem. Someone wants Jill dead – again. And if they have to open up Hell itself to kill her, they will.

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! 🙂

Bloody Lie

Dutifully went to Eastland yesterday to give Anton Strout‘s Dead to Me promo postcards to the two bookstores. Dymocks accepted some. Angus & Robertson did not. Said they didn’t have space or something. Which is a bloody lie, because I saw plenty of space on the counter. I was polite and accepted their reason, though. Maybe they just didn’t like me. In other words, Mr Anton, you’ll have to get Penguin to bribe Angus & Robertson (Eastland) to display your promo stuff.

So my next move now would be to head to Knox City, where I can visit Dymocks, Borders and Angus & Robertson. Only their A&G might ditch me too. And if I go to Borders, I’ll impulse buy, and I’ve spent enough lately. But there’s no guarantee they’ll have stuff I want to buy, anyway.

Anyway, bought four albums at JB. Too much spending, Tezzy. You’ve got problems.

Oh, and I totally sent a fangirly letter to Judy York who did the art for Marianne Mancusi‘s Razor Girl. She said it was nice her work was appreciated – great lass 🙂

Nicked from : Sweet Valley Quizzes
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Fangirlying Over the Name-Unknown-to-Me Artists Who Made This

Ordinarily when I see cover art, I think “yeah, that’s cool”. But this absolutely blew me away. It’s the colours. It’s the carnival in the background. It’s the funky eyes, and neon hair.

I don’t know who the artist is, but if you happen to know who made it, please tell me. And whose leg do I have to hump to get a cover flat of that? I’ve never been this fangirly about cover art since…well, I don’t know. Maybe this is my first!

Okay, now it really is my bedtime. ‘Night, y’all.

P.S. You can view the art and the story copy here.