New Book Trailer – Watch Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children

First of three new book trailers for Ransom Riggs’ eagerly awaited sequel to Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children. Out Jan 14th 2014!

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Eamo The Geek’s Christmas Book Guide!

My guide of the best books for that geek in your life this Christmas. Sincere thanks and gratitude to all the publishers and authors who have provided me with review materials this year and I look forward to working with you all in 2014.

Hugh Howey’s Wool Trilogy (Random House)

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Hugh Howey’s Wool is a riveting experience from start to finish. I had the honour of being one of the first people to read and review the final chapter, Dust this year and it did not disappoint. Finely crafted characters inhabit an intricately-built post-apocalyptic world with more twists and turns than an Irish country road. To read it is to love it.

Doctor Sleep – Stephen King (Hodder &  Staughton)
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There was much kerfuffle in the Stephen King fan camp when he announced this sequel to The Shining. Happily he’s proved the naysayers wrong with Doctor Sleep. We meet up once again Danny Torrance, the young protagonist from The Shining as he copes with his past through adulthood and uncovers a new supernatural threat. King is back on form with a masterful story, as nostalgic as it is terrifying.


Wick Omnibus – Michael Bunker & Chris Awalt  (Amazon)

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Chronicling the downfall of the United States following an all-out attack, Wick is a brilliantly clever story initially following the journey of one man and later expanding into a sprawling epic as he accidentally discovers a terrible secret that will change his life (and everyone else’s) forever.

The Shining Girls  –  Lauren Beukes (Harper Collins)
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Lauren Beukes’ time-travelling serial killer is one of the most chilling creations in this genre for many years. Coupled with an equally fiendish storyline, The Shining Girls is a stunning example of how to catch a reader by the scruff of the neck and drag them kicking and screaming through a horrific gruesome rollercoaster and still have them coming out smiling at the end. Not for the queasy.

Nighthawks At The Mission  – Forbes West (Amazon)

nighthawksAnother diamond in the self-publishing rough, Nighthawks At The Mission is a cleverly conceived sci-fi satire of Y.A. fiction following the mostly downhill fortunes of a wayward teenager relocating to another planet where everything is not as it seems. It’s an oddball, but a great one!

The Last Policeman / Countdown City –  Ben H. Winters(Quirk Books)

policeman_final_72 CountdownCityA slick, witty pre-apocalyptic whodunit with a lot of heart, The Last Policeman introduces us to one of the most interesting protagonists in many years in rookie detective Hank Palace as we follow his adventures through a society crumbling under the threat of almost certain destruction. Unmissable.

Princesses Behaving Badly – Linda Rodriguez-McRobbie (Quirk Books)

princess_final_300Linda Rodriguez-McRobbie’s wonderful book of true tales spills the historical beans on the outrageous exploits of princesses throughout history. Not a happy ending in sight, it’s a rip-roaring subversive eye-opener that will leave you shocked, yet strangely educated!

100 Ghosts  – Doogie Horner (Quirk Books)

ghosts_final_72Doogie Horner’s hilarious depictions of ghosts using variations on the classic “sheet” ghost is one of the funniest books I’ve seen this year. Essential for any geeky coffee table!

The Geeks’ Guide To Dating – Eric Smith (Quirk Books)

geek_FINAL_72dpiEric Smith’s indispensable guide to romance in the digital age is brimming with practical advice, pop culture references and gorgeous 8-bit graphics and will steer even the most clueless of nerds in the right direction.

Nick & Tesla’s High Voltage Danger Lab – “Science Bob” Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith. (Quirk Books)

High-voltage-final72Science fun for middle schoolers with the intrepid brother and sister team Nick and Tesla using their genius to solve a mystery using practical science experiments that the reader can recreate. Electrifying fun from “Science Bob” Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith.

The Tiny Book Of Tiny Stories  – Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Harper Collins)

all_book_covers_altThis series from actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt is based on contributions to his online collaborative production company hitRECord.org and is compiled from art and tiny stories of just a few lines submitted to the site. The concept works wonderfully and you’ll be amazed at how much of a story a few lines can tell and how moving they can be.

Book Review: Cyber Storm by Matthew Mather

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It’s pretty safe to say we all take technology for granted these days. It controls all our communications, utilities and for some people, daily life down the most minute detail. We’ve become so dependent on technology we could soon be nearing a point where we can’t live without it.

But what if we had to?

CyberStorm follows the story of an unprecedented attack on the United States, disabling it’s entire communications network and causing massive power outages and disabling utilities, coupled with adverse weather conditions and it’s effects on the residents of a New York apartment building seen through the eyes of Mike Mitchell, an upper middle class businessman already struggling to keep his life and family together.

Using whatever means available the residents hunker down for what they hope is a temporary inconvenience but soon learn that they are shut off from the outside world and locked in a desperate fight for survival. Greatly helped by prepper neighbour Chuck who has stockpiled supplies they are hopeful but both external and internal forces are conspiring against our survivors and their circumstances start to deteriorate very quickly.

The pace is steady and realistic and thankfully at no point glamourises the situation the survivors are faced with with silly action sequences or needless Hollywood shootouts. It is a careful study of the depths some people will go to to survive with some going so far as to give up certain aspects of their humanity and decency while others are guided by conscience and the instinct to protect their family at all costs. There are fine moments of suspense and some snappy twists and turns excellently placed throughout carrying the story to it’s final satisfying conclusion.

Author Matthew Mather cleverly uses his frankly impressive tech background to great effect at certain points dealing with the very nature and effect of the cyber attack and also where one of the characters cleverly resurrects existing technology to suit their needs, providing an essential advantage to the survivors. At times the story becomes almost educational, and because the world events surrounding the collapse are very real and contemporary, the reader will most certainly at some point look around at the resources available to them and wonder if it’s enough and how they would react facing a similar situation.

CyberStorm is a thrilling read. Frightening, thought-provoking yet ultimately entertaining and with as much sentiment as it does adrenaline it is a strong addition to the genre.  No small wonder then that 20th Century Fox have bought the movie rights and have announced it will be scripted by House Of Cards screenwriter Bill Kennedy.

Available now

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Amazon UK & Ireland