Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Review frenzy!

Blimey, less than a month to go before publication.
My brain is a little frazzled, I’ll admit – hard at work on Total War: Rome 2 by day, and hard at work on Reviver Book 2 by night, I’m rediscovering the ups and downs of serious caffeine abuse.

Last night I shoved a quiche in a food cupboard rather than in the fridge, shoved a remote control in the fridge rather than, well, NOT in the fridge, and neglected to put a nappy on our toddler son when I put him to bed, leading to a damp and unhappy morning for the wee lad.

Also this morning I came a cropper heading to work on my bike (pedal variety). Beyond cuts and bruises, the only thing broken was pride, as I was pretty much stationary at the time. I waved away the concerns of passers-by, wearing a fixed grimace, but I probably would have told them I was fine even if blood had been spraying inconveniently far, such was the shame...

But enough complaining. Time to look at something else that’s been happening: reviews!

It’s mainly just blogs so far of course, but there are some genuinely nice reviews out there. I’ve taken the liberty of extracting the best lines. Of course.

First up, some nice quotes from authors. Actual professional ones!
A brilliant, original and very scary concept - which Seth Patrick carries off with chilling aplomb.’ Peter James
‘A highly original story skillfully told, a thriller that twists and turns all the way to the end.’ Simon Kernick
‘A great concept-based thriller. Chilling and emotional in all the right places.’  Mark Charan Newton
‘Highly recommended.’ Neal Asher (review here)

And the rest:
Here's a novel that manages to deftly extend hard-boiled forensic mystery into the next life. The plot and the implications of the novel are both going to keep readers up well into the night.
'Reviver' is a gripping thriller, but what really makes it fun is the addition of elements of horror and crime fiction into the mix.
Seth Patrick has created an entire forensic discipline, all backed up with authentic (at least, to this non-scientist) and utterly believable detail.  I was completely absorbed by the weird take on the world he has created between the covers of this book.  Heartily recommended.
Supernatural thrillers don’t get much better than British author Patrick’s assured debut.
It's intense, a little creepy and a hell of a lot of fun.
[An odd fish, this one, in that it doesn’t come across as entirely positive yet contains some superb quotes, but it's here in the name of balance (and, er, superb quotes)]
‘gripping conspiracy thriller’
‘the reading experience is resolutely thrilling’
‘an excellent sense of immediacy and quantities of unbridled excitement’

And finally...

This is going to be big. Massive big. You can just sense it.

Right, that's it for now. I've just remembered that sleep is, quite probably, important.

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