Posted in 2020, ARC, Blog Tour, Contemporary Fiction, Horror, Novel, Review Copy, Science Fiction, Tim Lebbon, Top Books

Eden by @timlebbon

From the bestselling author of The Silence comes a brand-new supernatural eco thriller. In large areas of the planet, nature is no longer humanity’s friend…

In a time of global warming and spiralling damage to the environment, the Virgin Zones were established to help combat the change.  Abandoned by humanity and given back to nature, these vast areas in a dozen remote locations across the planet were intended to become the lungs of the world. 

But there are always those drawn to such places.  Extreme sports enthusiasts and adventure racing teams target the dangerous, sometimes deadly zones for illicit races.  Only the hardiest and most experienced dare undertake these expeditions. When one such team enters the oldest Zone, Eden, they aren’t prepared for what confronts them.  Nature has returned to Eden in an elemental, primeval way.  And here, nature is no longer humanity’s friend.

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[Eden seems like a good place to die]

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(@TitanBooks, 7 April 2020, 384 pages, ebook, #ARC from @TitanBooks and voluntarily reviewed, #BlogTour 7 April)

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Eden is a fantastic book. I sped through reading it because I couldn’t put it down – literally. This reminds me a lot of the equally amazing Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer. Both books deal with similar themes – nature finding a way to thrive without human interference. Eden is much, much darker. There are two stories running parallel to each other in the book – the main story revolving around Dylan and his daughter Jenn’s infiltration of Eden, complicated when Dylan discovers his ex-wife Kat and some friends entered Eden a few days before them and Kat may have come to Eden to die. Intercepted with this are snippets which reveal titbits of the horrors that befell Kat and her group. I found the characters frustrating at times with their thoughtlessness, stupidity and stubbornness. They know something feels wrong the moment they enter Eden, it feels like it has never known people. That would be enough to make any normal sensible person turn back, yet Dylan, Jenn and their group move stubbornly on and refuse to back down, even when they start finding bodies, some old, some knew which seems to have been absorbed by Eden and they realise something is pursuing them. Eden is very dark at times and some horrific things happen when Eden’s true nature is revealed. I loved every word.

Posted in 2019, Audible, Audible Show, Audiobook, Contemporary Fiction, Horror Fiction, Tim Lebbon, Top Books

Alien: Out Of the Shadows by @timlebbon

As a child, Chris Hooper dreamed of monsters. But in deep space, he found only darkness and isolation. Then, on planet LV178, he and his fellow miners discovered a storm-scoured, sand-blasted hell – and trimonite, the hardest material known to man.

When a shuttle crashes into the mining ship Marion, the miners learn that there was more than trimonite deep in the caverns. There was evil, hibernating and waiting for suitable prey. Hoop and his associates uncover a nest of Xenomorphs, and hell takes on a new meaning. Quickly they discover that their only hope lies with the unlikeliest of saviours….

Ellen Ripley, the last human survivor of the salvage ship Nostromo.

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[Chris Hooper dreamed of monsters]

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(Audible Audio, 26 April 2016, 9 hours 25 minutes, Audible Show, free from Audible)

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I’m a huge fan of the Alien movies. Seriously. I’ve seen them all many times. Ripley is sort of my hero. I’ve never read any books in the franchise though. I’m not sure why. I knew I had to get Alien: Out of the Shadows when I saw it was a free Audible show. This is the first in a trilogy and I can’t wait to listen to the rest. First off, I’m gutted the narrator for Ripley isn’t Sigourney Weaver. I love Sigourney and the narrator sounds exactly like her. I was all oh my God; they got Sigourney when I heard Ripley for the first time. I loved this audible show. Some pretty dark and scary shit goes down as you’d expect from Alien. There are some heart-in-throat moments. The narration is fantastic and I loved the special effects as well. Bring on book number two.

Posted in 2018, Contemporary Fiction, Horror Fiction, Novel, Review Copy, Tim Lebbon

The Folded Land by Tim Lebbon

In the dark underbelly of our world, there’s a black market in arcane things—living and dead. Angela Gough has been pulled into this world, making her a criminal on the run.

In London, she encountered the Kin—satyrs and centaurs, Nephilim and wraiths, they are hunted and slaughtered for their body parts. Fleeing back to the United States, Angela discovers that the Kin are everywhere, and they are tired of being prey.

When her niece Sammi is struck by lightning, she is drawn toward the mysterious Folded Land, and its powerful and deadly ruler. Helped by her lover Vince, caught in the midst of a Kin uprising, Angela must locate Sammi before the girl is lost forever.

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[There were three men running towards him]  

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(Titan Books, 20 March 2018, ebook, 336 pages, copy from publisher and voluntarily reviewed)

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The Folded Land is hugely enjoyable and a great sequel to the rather fantastic Relics.

Like Relics, I loved the concept behind the book, the strange arcane objects, the strange creatures known as Kin, both things which are explored even more in this book. I find the world created both fascinating and terrifying.

The Folded Land is a bit darker than its predecessor. It reminds me at times of certain elements from the novella The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker. This is a good thing, believe me.

The book ticks all the boxes for me; great plot, great setting, great story and good characterisation.

4 STAR RATING

Posted in 2017, ARC, Contemporary Fiction, Crime Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, Fiction, Horror Fiction, Novel, Review Copy, Tim Lebbon

Relics

Relics by Tim Lebbon
Published by Titan Books
Ebook
Expected publication 21 March 2017
336 pages
Review copy

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I was given an ARC by the publisher and voluntarily reviewed it.

WHAT’S IT’S ABOUT

There’s an underground black market for arcane things. Akin to the trade in rhino horns or tigers bones, this group trafficks in mummified satyrs, gryphon’s claws, and more.

When Angela Gough’s lover Vince goes missing, she sets out to find him whatever the risk. She learns that he was employed by the infamous London crime lord Frederick Meloy, providing bizarre objects beyond imagining. Descending into the city’s underbelly, she uncovers a deadly side to the black market. It might have claimed Vince, and Angela may be next.

Gripping supernatural terror launching a new trilogy by the acclaimed author of Coldbrook (distinct, unique, and absorbing), The Silence (truly addictive), and the Alien-Predator Rage War.

Tim Lebbon’s RELICS opens a darkly beautiful glimpse into another world, one lurking in the shadows, hovering at the corner of the eye. If Anne Rice and Clive Barker had written a story together, it might have looked something like this novel: richly imagined, fantastical, yet grounded in the grit and reality of modern-day London. I look forward to the wonders and terrors yet to come. –JAMES ROLLINS, New York Times bestselling author of The Bone Labyrinth.

OPENING

 The door handle creaks and she opens her eyes.

WHAT I THOUGHT 

This is my first time reading a novel by the author though I’m pretty sure I’ve come across the author before in magazines or story collections.

I thought Relics was great. I adored the blend of fantasy and crime fiction. Relics reminded me a lot of the work of Clive Barker and Neil Gaiman. This is a good thing. Trust me. Relics was a bit slow to start but suddenly explodes into something wonderful. I loved it when Angela first goes to see the gangster she thinks might know where her boyfriend is and is shown something terrible and beautiful, a creature that cannot exist but somehow does and the bottom falls out of her world. It was at this point I started to fall in love with the novel. I had a great time reading Relics. I would highly recommend it and definitely want to read more of this author.

RATING

4 STAR RATING