We’ve got some stuff to take care of on the family front, the chief of which is trying to make the house at least somewhat presentable, because right now it looks like hoarders live here. All the things are out of Kid 2’s room and are everywhere, together with furniture from IKEA and remains of boxes. PS. It is really, really difficult to find an actual dressing table in white. IKEA is the only place that had it at a reasonable price.
So while we are doing that, I thought I would chat about some fun things.
Welcome to hell.
The prison ship Perdition, a floating city where the Conglomerate’s most dangerous criminals are confined for life, orbits endlessly around a barren asteroid.
Life inside is even more bleak. Hailed as the Dread Queen, inmate Dresdemona “Dred” Devos controls one of Perdition’s six territories, bordered on both sides by would-be kings eager to challenge her claim. Keeping them at bay requires constant vigilance, as well as a steady influx of new recruits to replace the fallen. Survival is a constant battle, and death is the only escape.
Of the newest convicts, only one is worth Dred’s attention. The mercenary Jael, with his deadly gaze and attitude, may be the most dangerous criminal onboard. His combat skill could give her the edge she needs, if he doesn’t betray her first. Unfortunately, that’s what he does best. Winning Jael’s allegiance will be a challenge, but failure could be worse than death…
So, how to describe this book… In the galaxy far far away in the far far future, the government had no idea what to do with criminals that are too dangerous to house in the regular maximum security prisons. They took an old space tanker, fiddled with some life support, and decided to dump all of the worst of the worst into it. Basically it’s Escape from New York inside a giant space ship. Some automated systems are functioning, but prisoners pretty much roam unsupervised.
Quickly gangs formed, each led by a really nasty prisoner, and each gang has carved out a territory. Dred, a psychic, rules one of these little prison kingdoms. Dred is empathic. When she comes across a killer, she gets flashes of what that killer has done, which is how she ended up inside Perdition in the first place. She hunted the worst of the worst. Dred is brutal, but not psychotic. She rules her little kingdom, trying to hold on to power, keep the other gangs from taking over her territory, solving things like food supply and worn-out life support systems, and trying to do it as fair as possible. In the land of the murderers, she is probably the best alternative, because the rulers of the other prison kingdoms are much worse. Then Jael arrives, with his own set of screwed up powers, and a very complicated dance begins between him and Dred.
It’s a brutal book. It’s like Prison Break in space, and it doesn’t flinch from gore and death, but the psychological undercurrent is even more interesting than the physical action. There is a thread of possible romance weaving through all of it and some hope, and you can’t help but root for Dred. Gordon and I read it and we both liked it and we both would read the second one. I beliebve this book is the first of a trilogy. As always, your mileage may vary, so there is an excerpt below. Try it, see if you like it.
You can find an excerpt here.
Also on iBooks!
And now for something completely different.
Grace Draven revealed the cover for the sequel to Master of Crows.
I received final versions of brilliant artwork from Louisa Gallie and Isis Sousa this weekend. A visual feast to be sure. I can’t show the Isis final until after the RT convention, but here is the cover reveal for THE BRUSH OF BLACK WINGS (scheduled for a summertime release)
I am really looking forward to this book. Sadly, there is nothing on her site about it yet.
And I still haven’t read Radiance. Because I am so tired, I have no brain power. It is waiting for me on Kindle. Maybe some time next week…
Speaking of the lack of bran power, the sped up production schedule has done a number on my brain. I’m so tired of thinking. I have this really, really awesome game on Steam, called Valkyria and I love it. You control a squad of soldiers in a magical World War I type setting. It is turn-based, tactical, the soldiers have vibrant personalities. It’s like solving a puzzle. Do I move Lago here and shoot the tank, or should I spend the point on my lone-wolf sniper instead, have her run up the tower, shoot, and then run down again, so when the turn ends, the enemy tank doesn’t fire at her? As I mentioned, I love it.
Yeah, I can’t play it. Thinking about it is making my brain hurt. I am playing Dragon Age Inquisition, finally, but there are days that I can’t even do that. Usually I turn to TV. As I mentioned Kid 1 is moving out. My husband really likes Forensic Files. Kid 1 living on her own + endless stories of this college student stopped returning phone calls and her family arrived to find her in a bathtub, carved into six pieces and covered in acid and only a bubblegum wrapper and a purple thread could point to her killer who may or may not have been her boyfriend are not good for my mental health. We’ve gone through most of the Ink Master. I desperately need some TV that is fiction and doesn’t involve murders of college students.
I saw an article on it somewhere and it had really intricate drawings. So I had a little debate with myself. On one hand, I am a grown woman and this is a coloring book. On other hand, I am a grown woman and nobody tells me what to do. So I bought it and this set of of gel pens.
Then I bought a larger set of gel pens, because I wanted more colors, but this set did really well for me and for $20 it was a really good value. It is surprisingly relaxing. The gallery of the designs are below, some are colored already to show off the gel pens, some are not.
So if you feel like coloring, even if you, ahem, a grown man or woman, you might like this book. Sadly it’s back-ordered right now, but if you do enjoy coloring and have some other books suggestions, I’d appreciate them. I really like flowers, animals, and actual drawing vs just mindless arrays of designs.
Well, that’s it for that. 🙂