Attention indie bookshop nerds.
This is not a drill.
A brand new indie bookshop is opening very soon in Belper, Derbyshire.
I repeat, this is not a drill.
Blighted by the effects of climate change, humanity looks to the stars.
The Rings of Mars, a ‘spy-fi’ thriller, sees mankind begin a mass migration to Mars in an endeavour to preserve the future of the species.
However, not everyone supports the evacuation. The journey aboard the shuttle Sleipnir sees cracks begin to emerge amongst the crew, revealing the fragility of social cohesion in a high pressure environment.
It’s a great concept, though the novel isn’t without its issues. Pacing is a problem, characters feel undeveloped, and frequent grammatical errors threaten to undermine the reading experience.
And yet in spite of this, Rachel Foucar’s debut novel is an undeniably exciting journey with some very good sci-fi elements.
‘One of the great things about books’, George W. Bush once said, ‘is that sometimes there are some fantastic pictures’.
But what America’s astute ex-President failed to mention was the merch.
THE MERCH, GEORGE!
I’m talking about bookish gifts. The second best thing to the book itself (sorry movies). Am I right, book lovers?!
From gothic pin badges to chocolate books, I’ve collated seven of the best gifts for book lovers so you don’t have to.
I challenge you to read this without making a purchase! (Spoilers: I failed whilst writing it up.)
*This article contains NO affiliate links – Tales from Absurdia is not monetised, so
all bookish gifts are my own recommendations!*
Nineteen Eighty-Four is one of those timeless novels and a testament to the power of language.
Such is its influence, adaptations have spanned film, television, radio, the theatre, and even ballet! Not to mention the numerous pop culture nods to the novel.
Penguin’s latest edition is an audiobook, narrated by the incredibly charismatic Peter Capaldi – the second ‘doctor’ of Dr Who fame to be involved in a production, following Christopher Ecclestone’s 2013 dramatisation.
Capaldi’s a perfect fit for the role. His austere narration captures the solemnity of Orwell’s dystopian classic. It’s bleak, atmospheric, and terrifying – mirroring the novel itself.
Netgalley is a great way for bloggers to get ARCs (advance reading copies) of new books.
However, in order to be approved for the more high-profile ARCs, you need to be seen as a reliable contributor. And that means proving your worth as a reviewer.
But first, what you really need is a Simple Guide to Netgalley.