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Qwill's Best Books of 2014


The 4 books that top my list of Best Books of 2014 share similar attributes (as one would expect): 1) fascinating main characters that I cared about and wanted to linger with; 2) exceptional world-building; and 3) stories that kept me engaged and immersed. Without further ado:



Best Fantasy - Tie

City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett

Qwill's Best Books of 2014
I am pretty much assured that I am going to really like a Robert Jackson Bennett novel. Bennett's writing and worldbuilding in City of Stairs is exceptional. There are mysteries, thrills, action and a city so askew and marvelous that it is often breathtaking. To cap it off, the main and secondary characters are captivating and interesting. Bennett mixes these wonderful characters with a fantastic mythology and a riveting story to create one of the best fantasies of 2014. I'm really looking forward to the sequel, City of Blades. (See Qwill's review here.)






Qwill's Best Books of 2014
Breach Zone by Myke Cole

Cole hit every note correctly with the third novel in his military fantasy Shadow Ops Trilogy. He's gone from strength to strength with this series. The magic system and magical world is wildly inventive and Cole puts you deep into the action as NYC is turned into a battle ground. Breach Zone also deals with issues of haves and have-nots (magical vs. non-magical). And while the novel deals with grand issues, it delves deep into the persona of the characters and is ultimately very moving. As I said in my review (here) "Breach Zone is a stunning novel." Fortunately I don't have long to wait for Cole's next novel - Gemini Cell, which is out on January 27, 2015.





Best Thriller

Qwill's Best Books of 2014
I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

I utterly adore this novel. This is the best thriller I've read in ages and ages. Pilgrim is one of those characters that stays with you well after you've finished the novel. The plot is scarily believable but what really makes I Am Pilgrim shine are the characters. The story moves back and forth from Pilgrim to Saracen who are on a collision course throughout the book. After 600 pages I really was disappointed, not in the story, but that I wasn't going to be able to read about Pilgrim any more. This is a fabulous novel all around. Fortunately Hayes is penning a second novel in the series - The Year of the Locust (Sept. 2015). (See Qwill's review here.)





Best Science Fiction/Debut

Qwill's Best Books of 2014
The Martian by Andy Weir

It's not often that I want to peek at the end of a book, but The Martian almost made me look. Weir sublimely ratchets up the tension throughout the novel - will Mark Watney survive? Watney is an incredible character which is really good since he practically carries the entire book. He's intelligent (as you would expect of an astronaut) and funny and sarcastic. I loved listening to him think as he tries to figure out how to possibly survive being left behind on Mars. It's really hard to believe that this is a debut novel - it's so assuredly and beautifully written. The science is clearly explained without bogging down the story at all and that helps makes this novel so believable. Add this to a character that you just have to root for and you have a superb nail-biter of an SF novel.

Melanie's Week in Review - November 16, 2014


Melanie's Week in Review - November 16, 2014


My reading this week was a bit like the weather - bright and sunny one minute and grey and drizzly the next. So what did I read?

Melanie's Week in Review - November 16, 2014
Instead of trying to clear another book from my TBR I had a little look on NetGalley and found the Paper Magician trilogy by Charlie N. Holmberg. I really liked the  covers so made the decision that the story was going to be as good. I was only partly right. I really liked the premise with teenage Ceony starting her apprenticeship with the paper magician Emery Thane. In Holmberg's world humans are bonded to the different elements or man made materials. Ceony had hoped to be able to be a Smelter bonded to metals bit instead she has chosen to control paper under the tutelage of the magician Emery Thane. Ceony isn't happy to be bonded to paper but soon changes her mind when Thane gets his heart ripped out in front of her eyes and in a nearly ridiculous chain of events Ceony ends up inside Thane's heart. Now Ceony just has to find a way out, defeat the evil magician who almost killed Thane, return his heart and finish her studies.

I started out quite liking this book. I liked the snippy Ceony and her journey to discovering how cool paper magic really is. At first I thought this was aimed at a younger reader but by the end and after some really grisly events I realised it was how Ceony was written. She was making quite immature decisions and always doing the opposite of what anyone else said to do. She also instantly falls in love with her tutor and guardian which was a tad unbelievable.

Melanie's Week in Review - November 16, 2014
Despite this I went back to NetGalley and requested book 2 The Glass Magician. In this instalment Ceony spends quite a bit of time swooning over Emery, blushing and when she has time learning a few new magic spells. Her life is in peril when not 1 but 2 baddies are after her following the events of book 1. A lot happens in this book and yet again Ceony defies her more magically experienced colleagues to try to save her friends, family and of course, Emery. I thought this book was just ok. I really wanted to give Ceony a few good slaps as she got on my nerves with her whining about being in danger and then running headlong into the next deadly situation quite unprepared. I think Holmberg needs to make a decision on Ceony as she can't be both shy and demure and a bold, firecracker who eats danger for breakfast.

You might remember that I was reading City of Stairs by Robert J Bennett which I finished. I loved this book. It had such great characters and an excellent plot set in a world that was rich in detail. This is a must read and one of the best books I have read this year.

That is it for me folks. I hope you have a good week. I am on annual leave so I may not have very much to tell you about next week. Until then Happy Reading.

Melanie's Week in Review - November 9, 2014



Melanie's Week in Review - November 9, 2014


Hello! I hope you have had a great week. I have been marginally frustrated with my reading progress this week. I felt like I was reading really quickly but not getting through very many books. So what did I read?

Melanie's Week in Review - November 9, 2014

I started the week with The Red Magician by Lisa Goldstein which I received from the good people at NetGalley. As you can see from the cover this novel is an award winner. Winning an award isn't always an indicator of palatable book but in the case of The Red Magician it is a must read. I can't candy coat it and say that this is an easy read as that wouldn't be doing justice to either the book or the author.

The Red Magician tells the story of Kicsi, a teenager living in a small town in rural Hungary. Her life completely changes when her father invites a a wanderer home for dinner. Voros, the red headed magician irrevocably changes Kisci's life. Voros tries to warn the village of the impending destruction of their way of life. The one person in his way is the local rabbi who is determined to silence Voros one way or another. Events take their toll not just on Kisci but everyone she knows and loves. World War 2 finds Kisci's village captured by the German army and most of her family are brutally murdered in the holocaust. She survives in an internment camp but is a shadow of her former self. Once again Voros comes into her life just when she thought hers was at an end. Faith and the power of friendship play an important part in the life of the teenage Kisci. 

This is a lovely story, a story of friendship, faith, belief in the impossible/improbable and new beginnings. Goldstein creates a story with a fairytale like feel and characters who are believable and realistic. This is a quick read but beware as its quite 'sniffy' at the end so if like me you read predominantly on public transport you may need to keep some tissues on hand.

Melanie's Week in Review - November 9, 2014
Book 2 of the week was less intense  - Pack of Lies by Annie Bellet which is the third in the Twenty-Sided Sorceress series. I started this series a few months ago and haven't really found the story challenging but it is a quick and easy read. This instalment starts a few months after the events of book 2 where Jade is still recovering for her part in the death of her father and abandonment by the hunky Justice, Alex. Trouble seems to follow Jade when a century old peace treaty amongst the wolf shifters is threatened when both shifters and human's are found murdered. Jade and her friends try to solve the murders and try not to get killed in the process. Yet again, this was an easy read but I wasn't especially challenged. I will keep reading only for the moderately big cliff-hanger at the end of this instalment.

Melanie's Week in Review - November 9, 2014
I then turned to another book from NetGalley - City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett. Qwill reviewed this book back in September. I am only partway through the novel but so far I am gripped! I shouldn't be surprised though as any book Qwill likes then I am sure to agree. In fact most of my favourite books have been recommended by Qwill so don't miss out.

That is it for me folks for this week. I hope to find some good books next week and I hope you do too. Until then Happy Reading.


The View From Monday - September 8, 2014


Happy Monday! This is a fairly light release week. There are no debuts this week. I do strongly recommend (something I rarely do) that you pick up Robert Jackson Bennett's City of Stairs tomorrow. It's a fabulous novel. More on that tomorrow!

Out this week from previously featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Red Blood (Jessica McClain 4) by Amanda Carlson;

Sword of the Bright Lady (World of Prime 1) by M.C. Planck;

and

Yesterday's Hero (No Hero / Arthur Wallace 2) by Jonathan Wood.



The View From Monday - September 8, 2014



September 8, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Carniepunk: The Cold Girl (e) Rachel Caine UF
The Land Beyond All Dreams (e) Bryan Fields UF
Carniepunk: The Demon Barker of Wheat Street (e) Kevin Hearne UF - Iron Druid Chronicles
Carniepunk: The Sweeter the Juice (e) Mark Henry Ap
Rogue's Paradise (e) Jeffe Kennedy PNR - Covenant of Thorns 3
Carniepunk: A Duet with Darkness (e) Allison Pang UF - Abby Sinclair



September 9, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
City of Stairs Robert Jackson Bennett F - City of Stairs 1
Red Blooded Amanda Carlson UF - Jessica McClain 4
Tuckitor's Last Swim: A Tor.com Original (e) Edith Cohn F
The Lazarus Prophecy (e) F. G. Cottam M
The Lazarus Prophecy: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and The People Who Play It (h2tp) David M. Ewalt Social Science / Popular Culture
Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future Ed Finn (ed)
Kathryn Cramer (ed)
SF - Anthology
The Witch with No Name Kim Harrison UF - Hollows 13
Nature Futures 2: Science Fiction from the Leading Science Journal Henry Gee (ed)
Colin Sullivan (ed)
SF - Anthology
Just His Taste (e) Candice Gilmer PNR - Guys and Godmothers 3
Doctor Who: The Blood Cell James Goss SF - Doctor Who
Exo Steven Gould SF - Jumper 4
Burning Desire: Part 1 (e) Donna Grant PNR - Dark Kings
Yesterday's Kin Nancy Kress SF
Doctor Who: Engines of War George Mann SF - Doctor Who
The Falcon Throne Karen Miller F - Tarnished Crown 1
The Old Reactor David Ohle Dys
Sherwood Nation Benjamin Parzybok Ap
Sword of the Bright Lady M.C. Planck F - World of Prime 1
Pathfinder Tales: Reign of Stars Tim Pratt F - Pathfinder Tales
The Thief Taker C.S. Quinn Su/F
Doctor Who: Silhouette Justin Richards SF - Doctor Who
Dark Redemption Angie Sandro SoGothic/R - Dark Paradise 3
Bloodeye (K e) Craig Saunders H
Rivers (h2tp) Michael Farris Smith LF
The Bloodline Feud Charles Stross UF - Merchant Princes Omnibus
Doctor Who: The Crawling Terror Mike Tucker SF - Doctor Who
Yesterday's Hero Jonathan Wood UF - Arthur Wallace 2
Stormcaller Chris Wraight SF - Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolves 2



September 10, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
As Good as New: A Tor.Com Original (e) Charlie Jane Anders F



September 11, 2014
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Aurora: Meridian (K e) Amanda Bridgeman SF


e - eBook
e K - Kindle eBook
ed - Editor
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback

Ap - Apocalyptic
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
H - Horro
LF - Literary Fiction
M - Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SoGothic - Southern Gothic
Su - Supernatural
UF - Urban Fantasy


My Favorite Novel of 2012 - The Troupe by Robert Jackson Bennett

I've never written about a favorite novel for an entire year before. I read and like, even love, many novels, but no novel has really stood out to the point that I thought of it in those terms. For 2012 though, I do have a favorite novel - The Troupe by Robert Jackson Bennett. The Troupe broke my rating system. I've stopped giving Qwills to books because once I read this exceptional novel I realized how inadequate my rating system was. I may retool it. I may just let you read my words.

This is one of those novels that is so remarkably good that I have been afraid that nothing I say about it could possibly do the novel justice, but I will try.


The Troupe
Orbit, February 21, 2012
Trade Paperback and eBook, 512 pages

My Favorite Novel of 2012 - The Troupe by Robert Jackson Bennett
Vaudeville: mad, mercenary, dreamy, and absurd, a world of clashing cultures and ferocious showmanship and wickedly delightful deceptions.

But sixteen-year-old pianist George Carole has joined vaudeville for one reason only: to find the man he suspects to be his father, the great Heironomo Silenus. Yet as he chases down his father's troupe, he begins to understand that their performances are strange even for vaudeville: for wherever they happen to tour, the very nature of the world seems to change.

Because there is a secret within Silenus's show so ancient and dangerous that it has won him many powerful enemies. And it's not until after he joins them that George realizes the troupe is not simply touring: they are running for their lives.

And soon...he is as well.



My thoughts:

The Troupe is a deeply evocative novel, at times elegiac, at times terrifying and always stunning. It is about a young man's search for the father he has never known as well as his coming of age story. For me The Troupe, at its heart, is about love. A father's love for his son, a son's love for his father and the lengths to which people will go to protect those they love and the world in which they live.

The story is set in a world where the supernatural exists, yet is not in plain sight. Mr. Bennett has created a remarkable mythos for The Troupe. We are transported from the mundane to the extraordinary and back again throughout the novel: from 1930s Vaudeville theater to immense dreamscapes; from small towns to a Fae court. We are also transported seamlessly from one emotional landscape to the next.

Silenus' Vaudeville troupe is filled with finely wrought and deeply compelling characters. Each has their own story and their own reasons for being part of the troupe. Throughout the story we learn why this odd collection of characters is together much to my delight and horror (usually at different times).

I found The Troupe deeply moving. There are several breathtaking moments as the story moves to it's conclusion which is both heartbreaking and hopeful. The writing is superb. The characters memorable. The story entrancing. For all these reasons, The Troupe is my favorite novel of 2012.



Winners x 10 - June 27, 2012

And the winners are...

One commenter will win a signed copy of Tes Hilaire’s Deliver Me from Darkness and another commenter will win Elisabeth Staab’s King of Darkness - Ended June 18, 2012 - Read the Guest Post here.

Winners x 10 - June 27, 2012

Question:  If you could ask a vampire anything, what would it be?

Deliver Me From Darkness by Tes Hilaire

miki who said...

i would like to know if they could become human/mortal again would they do it? and Why?


and


King of Darkness by Elisabeth Staab

Betty Hamilton who said...

I would ask how it felt to be immortal and if they experienced a lot of boredom knowing that this life would go on forever.


Winners x 10 - June 27, 2012


The Troupe by Robert Jackson Bennett - Ended June 20, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 10 - June 27, 2012

Question:  What is the best novel that you've read this year (so far)?

Spaz who said...

Love the interview. That line from Connelly in Mr Shivers kinda surprised me as a reader. Then I was like, hell yeah! Is there anything better than hearing writers talk about writing? (Aside from reading.)

I think my favorite read so far this year was Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Other favorites were Horns by Joe Hill, The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan (this is my first time reading it), and of course Mr. Shivers as I didn't read it until just this year.


Winners x 10 - June 27, 2012


Winner's choice of one of the Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles - Under Wraps, Under Suspicion, OR Under Attack by Hannah Jayne - Ended June 21, 2012 - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 10 - June 27, 2012

Question:   Who is your favorite vampire?

Melliane who said...

Oh a difficult question, I think I would say Malik in the Spellcrackers.com series. He is so myterious and I really love him!


Winners x 10 - June 27, 2012


Disappearing Nightly (Esther Diamond 1) by Laura Resnick (new cover) - Ended June 22, 2012 - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 10 - June 27, 2012

Question:  Which cover of Disappearing Nightly do you like better - Old or New?

Old                             New
Winners x 10 - June 27, 2012

Natalia J who said...

I like the new one, I think it has more detail than the old cover and it grabs my attention more. Thanks for the giveaway.


Winners x 10 - June 27, 2012


Undead and Unstable (Undead / Betsy 11) by MaryJanice Davidson - Ended June 23, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog here. US ONLY

Winners x 10 - June 27, 2012

How:  Leave a comment.

Joanne who said...

This series is great. I still have to get the last three. Thanks for the great post, excerpt, and giveaway.


Winners x 10 - June 27, 2012


The Last Romanov by Dora Levy Mossanen - Ended June 24, 2012 - Read the post here. US/Canada Only

Winners x 10 - June 27, 2012

Question:  What is your favorite historical era to read about?

Jenn who said...

... I love medieval Scotland or 1700 England.


Winners x 10 - June 27, 2012


Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel - Winner's choice of print or audio book - Ended June 24, 2012 - Read the interview here. US/Canada Only

Winners x 10 - June 27, 2012

Question: Zombies, Vampires, Shifters, Other. Do you have a favorite type of supernatural or paranormal being?

Martha Lawson who said...

Vamps and shifters are my favorites.


Winners x 10 - June 27, 2012


Terminal Point (Strykers Syndicate 2) by K.M. Ruiz - Ended June 25, 2012 - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 10 - June 27, 2012

Question: What are some of your favorite post-apocalyptic novels, movies, comics, etc.?

Tim who said...

Since I can only pick one, I will say the Mad Max movies. Thanks for the interview and giveaway!


Winners x 10 - June 27, 2012


Green Light Delivery by Anne E. Johnson (eBook) - Ended June 26, 2012 - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 10 - June 27, 2012

Question: Robots! Do you have a favorite from novels, comics, TV, or movies?

Barbara E. who said...

I like Sonny, the robot in I, Robot. I'm also partial to Bender from Futurama.


Winners x 10 - June 27, 2012

The winners have been notified and have until 11:59PM US Eastern Time on Wednesday, July 4, 2012 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly choose a new winner or winners.

Interview with Robert Jackson Bennett and Giveaway - June 13, 2012

Please welcome Robert Jackson Bennett to The Qwillery. Robert's most recent novel, The Troupe, is one of my favorite novels of 2012 and could very well turn out to be the best novel I will read all year.  It's beautifully written, tells a fantastical story, and was very moving (read "I may have been teary at one time or another.")  And now the interview...


TQ:   What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Robert:  I guess I write pretty fast. And I write pretty impulsively. The second I have an idea, I immediately think LET'S DO IT, only to rethink it later, so I usually have 4-6 drafts of anything I'm working on floating around in my inbox, with certain ones set aside with notes that only slightly make sense to me, like, "she doesn't die in this chapter but she does die later after the hot dog stand goes under" or "changed it so they know uncle morton is a serial molester at the fair" or "decided the talking cat was just too much."

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Robert:  Pantser. I do think spontaneity is what makes some books really click. And I also think that the feeling the writer has as they write a scene reverberates through to the readers. So the more surprised and delighted I am with a scene, the more genuine it feels to read. If I've planned it in advance, I usually have to go back and edit, edit, edit to make it feel genuine, which isn't the same thing.

TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Robert:  Probably not having enough time to do it. If I could, I'd write and read all day. But life doesn't work that way, and besides, if it did, I'd probably get sick of this.

TQ:  What inspired you to write The Troupe, your most recent novel.

Robert:  Well, I knew I wanted to write a fairy tale, of a sort. And I've always been fascinated by the performance culture - it's a culture based around deception, one that attracts people who want to show themselves off, but when they get up onstage it's not actually them they're showing off: it's practiced artifice. Then one day I read an interesting article about how vaudeville was the first "great cultural cross-pollination of America," and that made me think, "Well, of course." And I've always loved vaudeville, so later that day when my agent asked if I had any ideas for my next novel, I said, "I think I might have had a pretty good one this morning."

TQ:  What sort of research did you do for The Troupe?

Robert:  Vaudeville isn't a well-known part of history, but it is actually well-documented. A lot of the movie stars from the beginnings of cinema started in vaudeville, so they wrote about their time there. It's actually kind of surprising how a wildly popular entertainment medium can make so much money, and generate so much press, only to be eclipsed and totally forgotten in less than twenty or thirty years. It makes you wonder which medium we're going to forget about in a couple of decades.

TQ:  In The Troupe, who was the easiest character to write and why? Hardest and why?

Robert:  Silenus was the easiest. I knew his voice and his character from the start, and he's the man who carries the plot around in a box, so to speak. He takes up a lot of the spotlight - where he went, the book followed, and I wanted to follow, too. It made it very easy.

George was actually the hardest. Urban fantasy can be difficult because a lot of its appeal comes from looking in on something wonderful - but the vantage point must be somewhat normal in order for the whole thing to work. Alice from Through the Looking Glass is a perfectly ordinary girl, and I'm not sure it would work as the story it is if she walked into it a manic depressive or a budding alcoholic or something. It'd make it a totally different story, to say the least.

So you've got to have a somewhat stable center to walk through all this madness. But stable is boring. Stable is passive. Stable sits and looks, it doesn't do. So, on the second draft, I knew I had to make George - who was at that time a somewhat boring, stock fairy tale character - into something more interesting. And the second I realized that, I knew that if this kid was real, and if he'd actually been brought up as talented and spoiled as the story suggests, he'd be a hilariously preening little jerk, at least at the start.

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in The Troupe?

Robert:  The goodbyes.

TQ:  You have written three published novels - Mr. Shivers (2010), The Company Man (2011) and The Troupe (2012) - in ostensibly three different genres. Are there any themes that you explore in all three novels?

Robert:  I would say that my stories all seem to examine the relationship of an individual to a much, much larger whole, and attempting to make sense of that. In Shivers it was the relationship of life with death, with The Company Man it was the individual with the larger mechanisms of progress, and with The Troupe it was... Well. Everything.

TQ:  Describe each of your novels - Mr. Shivers, The Company Man, and The Troupe - in 140 characters or less.

Robert:  This came out a little Craigslist, but:

Mr. Shivers: The Seventh Seal told in reverse, in Dustbowl Oklahoma.

The Company Man: drunken empath seeks deep, meaningful relationship with complicated machines.

The Troupe: a young vaudevillian seeks to know everything and succeeds, and comes away understanding less.

TQ:  Which character from the three novels surprised you the most?

Robert:  Connelly, from Mr. Shivers. Connelly is such a blank space in the novel - he's big, silent, but watchful. But there's a scene where he finally shoots someone quite graphically, and right before he does so he whispers, "I never liked you." And that's always, always surprised me.

TQ:  What's next?

Robert:  My next book is American Elsewhere, coming out Spring of next year. It follows ex-cop Mona Bright, who, after a couple of rough post-divorce years, finds out she’s inherited a house that once belonged to her mother in Wink, New Mexico. But though every map and every official says the town doesn’t exist, Mona finds they’re wrong – Wink is a curiously pleasant little town constructed around a now-defunct government laboratory, like Los Alamos. But when she comes to Wink, she starts wondering – Why does this place feel so perfect? Where did these people come from, and why do they stay? And why is it that she feels she’s come back to a home she never knew she had?

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery

Robert:  Thank you for having me!


The Novels

The Troupe
Orbit, February 21, 2012
Trade Paperback and eBook, 512 pages

Interview with Robert Jackson Bennett and Giveaway - June 13, 2012
Vaudeville: mad, mercenary, dreamy, and absurd, a world of clashing cultures and ferocious showmanship and wickedly delightful deceptions.

But sixteen-year-old pianist George Carole has joined vaudeville for one reason only: to find the man he suspects to be his father, the great Heironomo Silenus. Yet as he chases down his father's troupe, he begins to understand that their performances are strange even for vaudeville: for wherever they happen to tour, the very nature of the world seems to change.

Because there is a secret within Silenus's show so ancient and dangerous that it has won him many powerful enemies. And it's not until after he joins them that George realizes the troupe is not simply touring: they are running for their lives.

And soon...he is as well.



The Company Man
Orbit, April 11, 2011
Trade Paperback and eBook, 464 pages

Interview with Robert Jackson Bennett and Giveaway - June 13, 2012
The year is 1919.

The McNaughton Corporation is the pinnacle of American industry. They built the guns that won the Great War before it even began. They built the airships that tie the world together. And, above all, they built Evesden-a shining metropolis, the best that the world has to offer.

But something is rotten at the heart of the city. Deep underground, a trolley car pulls into a station with eleven dead bodies inside. Four minutes before, the victims were seen boarding at the previous station. Eleven men butchered by hand in the blink of an eye. All are dead. And all are union.

Now, one man, Cyril Hayes, must fix this. There is a dark secret behind the inventions of McNaughton and with a war brewing between the executives and the workers, the truth must be discovered before the whole city burns. Caught between the union and the company, between the police and the victims, Hayes must uncover the mystery before it kills him.



Mr. Shivers
Orbit, September 1, 2010
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages
Hardcover, January 15, 2010

Interview with Robert Jackson Bennett and Giveaway - June 13, 2012
It is the time of the Great Depression.

Thousands have left their homes looking for a better life, a new life. But Marcus Connelly is not one of them. He searches for one thing, and one thing only: Revenge.

Because out there, riding the rails, stalking the camps, is the scarred vagrant who murdered Connelly's daughter.

One man must face a dark truth and answer the question - how much is he willing to sacrifice for his satisfaction?



About Robert

Interview with Robert Jackson Bennett and Giveaway - June 13, 2012
Robert Jackson Bennett's 2010 debut Mr. Shivers won the Shirley Jackson award as well as the Sydney J Bounds Newcomer Award. His second novel, The Company Man, one a Special Citation of Excellence for the Philip K Dick Award, as well as an Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original. His third novel, The Troupe, is out now to wide acclaim.

He lives in Austin with his wife and son. He can be found on Twitter at @robertjbennett.


Robert's Links

Website
Twitter





The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a copy of The Troupe from The Qwillery.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

What is the best novel that you've read this year (so far)? 

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)   Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)   Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3)   Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. You MUST leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Wednesday, June 20, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*
Qwill's Best Books of 2014Melanie's Week in Review - November 16, 2014Melanie's Week in Review - November 9, 2014Review - City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett and Giveaway - September 9, 2014The View From Monday - September 8, 2014My Favorite Novel of 2012 - The Troupe by Robert Jackson BennettWinners x 10 - June 27, 2012Interview with Robert Jackson Bennett and Giveaway - June 13, 2012

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