Coming Next Week to Liz Loves Books.

So Favourite Authors week is over, thank you so much to all who took part, it was great fun and I will try and arrange another one soon! Bank Holiday Weekend is upon us lets hope we all have a good one and here is what you will find should you visit the blog next week!

 

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On Monday I will be talking once again about a favourite read of mine lately – The Summer we All Ran Away by Cassandra Parkin. Recently nominated for the Amazon UK Rising Stars award, you will be able to hear from Cassandra all about that amongst other things and find a review for the book and some informative links.

 

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On Tuesday I will be revisiting Black Chalk with a “Liz Currently Loves” post all about it. Review plus links and a teaser for the Q&A with Mr Yates which you will be able to find upon the release of the book in September. Another of the reads I have adored lately.

 

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On Wednesday you can meet Amie – a great friend of mine, Singer, Writer, Teacher, Reader, Reviewer of bands and books who is about to embark on her own writing career. Writing a first novel can be daunting. I thought it would be nice to follow the process so to speak – the ups and the downs, the good and the bad. As Amie continues on this journey you will find regular updates – and hopefully at the end a terrific novel. No timescale on these things but it will be great fun as well as interesting to see how it all pans out. I know she will write a great book…because I know about these things!

 

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On Thursday it will be all about Temperance Brennan, to celebrate the release of the latest novel from Kathy Reichs. I will be talking about my love of these books, how I have followed them and will review one or two for you and if you havent read them yet, perhaps you will want to!

 

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On Friday its all about “The Keeper” the latest Sean Corrigan novel from Luke Delaney – Review and a terrific Q&A with Mr Delaney himself – don’t miss that one its going to be great, these novels are top notch and some of the best Crime Fiction you will find around currently.

 

So thats that! Another great week coming up and I hope you will join me.

 

Happy Reading Folks!

Favourite Authors Week – Will Carver

Friday already? Where do the days go! Anyway for the final day of Favourite Authors week its the turn of Will Carver.

 

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So if you want a book that at first glance appears to be a standard crime thriller but ends up sending a chill up your spine, then Will Carver is the author for you. With a brilliantly quirky writing style and an eye to the darker side of human nature these books sink into your subconcious and stay there. And I rather love January David. Here is what Will had to tell me about his favourite things.

 

Favourite Book Written.

 

For me, it’s always the book I am writing right now. I am always learning and trying to make the next book better than the last. While writing a book I tend to flit between loving the words, hating myself for being so awful and not knowing whether it is the best thing I have written or the worst. I love this. I enjoy the torture; the beautiful agony of the writing process. It never gets boring.

Until I’m finished.

Once I have hit the full-stop at the end of the last sentence, I am over it. That book is finished and I can think of nothing worse than reading through it again. I want to start something new.

But, if pushed, I’d say that The Two is my favourite book I’ve written that has been published. Although it was a hard-edged thriller, I still think of Girl 4 as a love story, but The Two was a more intense exploration into loss. January David grew increasingly complex and London felt larger and darker than before. I experimented further with foreshadowing, shifting narrative and time, even writing one section in reverse. It polarised readers’ reactions even more than Girl 4 and that was great. There’s nothing worse than a three-star review.

I’ve done something very different again with my next book in the series, Dead Set. So ask me this question again when it’s released in November and I think my answer will be different.

 

Favourite Book Read

 

This is tough as, obviously, I’ve read more books than I’ve written. There are books that I associate with different times in my life, there’s genre to consider, era, style . . .

By the time I had finished writing The Two, I had only read one crime book in my life. The Talented Mr Ripley. I still think you’d be hard-pressed to find something better. I’ve read a lot in the last couple of years. It started with a book swap. I gave a copy of Girl 4 to Erin Kelly and she gave me a copy of her book, The Poison Tree. This book is very poignant in my reading history, also.

I talk about it a lot but Fight Club really cemented the idea of becoming a writer in my brain because I had no idea you were allowed to write a book like that, in that way. I think that The Great Gatsby is a near perfect book and I love everything Hemingway ever wrote. And Fup by Jim Dodge is as elegant and heartfelt as ninety-five pages gets.

When I was younger I loved Stephen King, Julian Barnes, Nick Hornby, all authors whose books felt like they were written specifically for me. And this is where I’m reminded that the word favourite does not mean best written: it’s a book you pick up and it is just the right time for you to be reading it.

I read a book in January of this year that I have had on a bookshelf for years. I tore through five-hundred pages of war and death and friendship and was left audibly weeping for the last fifty pages, despite knowing exactly what was going to happen at the end. I read the last word and wanted to start reading it all over again. I have thought about it every day since. It was The Book Thief and I cannot recommend it enough.

 

Favourite Holiday/Destination

 

I don’t like the time of year when the sun is out. I want grey skies and cool air, perhaps a light drizzle. I also have no desire to escape to warmer climes. I love the snow. The only places I want to go where it is hot are places that are too hot for wasps. Because wasps ruin everything.

Lying on a beach and sunbathing – even with a book – is my idea of hell. I would prefer somewhere that’s cold but I could still wear a T-shirt. Perhaps with tall buildings and pollution. Somewhere that is culturally significant, where my favourite films are set and made or books are written or music is played. A city. With lots of people around.

New York is magical. There is a feeling I get when I am there that I do not get anywhere else. Even London. I feel creative and inspired and that I absolutely belong there. I overly romanticise the place but it always delivers. It was eight years ago that I stood outside the Random House building and thought, ‘One day . . .’

I was fortunate enough to travel there again last year, as a large part of my next book, Dead Set, is set in Manhattan, and it was a memorable experience to walk those streets in the footsteps of my characters and take notes and visit several police precincts and bars and buildings. There was a particularly heavy downpour the day I was in Central Park that made it’s way into the book. Best of all, there were no wasps.

In an ideal world, though, my favourite holiday destination would be Paris. In the 1920s.

 

Favourite Meal

 

My wife took me to The Fat Duck for my thirtieth birthday. I have never put food that good into my mouth. I like to cook but I never think of turning my whiskey into jelly or poaching a piece of salmon in licorice or spraying the essence of lime into the air while a meringue made using liquid nitrogen pops in my mouth as the mist descends. I even ate  foods I usually avoid and loved them. It was food plus theatre and I was allowed to wear jeans and a T-shirt, which is what I always wear. This was by far the greatest meal of my life. I can’t think of any better.

Though I do love steak.

The top three steaks I have ever eaten were all in Las Vegas. In third place is the Paris hotel. Second is The Belaggio. But the best was in a Brazilian restaurant inside The Mirage. Lovely roasted plantain, too. Oh, and Mojitos.

 

Favourite Tv show and/Or Film

 

My television is only switched off for a few hours each day while I am asleep. I watch a lot of TV shows. I can’t go week-by-week, though. I like to do it all in one large chunk. Get an entire season and watch four or five episodes each night. When 24 first came out, I would wait until the release of the box-set and watch it all in one go. Without breaks. That is the only way to do it, I think.

I loved House. What a great show. Like Sherlock Holmes in a hospital. And one of the only shows where each season is better than the last. It also has the most perfect ending to a TV show in the history of television. Exactly how it should’ve ended. Brilliant.

Twin Peaks. Wow. What an amazingly original show. Like a deliciously weird soap opera. Eastenders but with women who talk to logs and dwarves that speak in reverse. It really shows the dark underbelly of a small-town community but blurs that line between dream and reality so well. It has definitely influenced the January David series greatly. The owls are not what they seem . . .

But, my favourite TV show of all time is X-Files. The mythology surrounding Mulder’s missing sister and The Cigarette Smoking Man is superb. I even love the stand-alone quirky episodes like Jose Chung’s ‘From Outer Space’. I often hear people say they used to watch it on TV but it started going downhill after season two.

They are wrong.

It got better and better. From ‘The Erlenmeyer Flask’ to ‘Paperclip’ to ‘Anasazi’ to ‘Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man’ to ‘Redux’ to the double episode of ‘Two Fathers’ and ‘One Son’ – these are all episode titles, by the way: I think I could name about 200 off the  top of my head. I remember watching the whole of season six in one go. On video. You don’t even need to do that with X-Files like you do with 24 but I couldn’t stop myself.

Then Mulder disappears and Scully gets a new partner and you think it will never work. And it absolutely does.

Then Mulder returns and you think the ninth season is going to be brilliant and it absolutely isn’t. It’s a bit rubbish and unfulfilling. But it is still my favourite show because sometimes it is the duds that make a series great. It’s the one song you skip on an otherwise perfect album that makes that album perfect. It’s the film by your favourite director that you have only watched once. It’s the book that your favourite author wrote that you don’t like to talk about. Perfection is rare and it’s boring.

 

I have a lot of films. Thousands. Thousands and thousands. I went through a phase of watching three films each day. It lasted about ten years. Now, I don’t have as much time so it’s more like two films per day and one of those is usually a Disney film.

I’ve worked in a cinema and a video store. I once decided that I would watch every film made in Hollywood between Easy Rider and Apocalypse Now. I’m still going on that one . . .

I have two favourite films and they are interchangeable.

Cinema Paradiso. This is my favourite, today. Not only is this a gorgeous love story but it really captures the magic of the movies and that special feeling I know I still get when I go to the cinema and the lights go down. I’ve only ever watched the Director’s Cut because it’s the only one I care about.

The other film is Manhattan. I watch it once a month without fail. I’m a huge fan of Woody Allen and an even bigger fan of the city in which it is set and an era I wish I had been alive to experience. The opening monologue explains why I love this film so much. It probably has something to do with my Golden Age Syndrome.

What I find interesting is that, if you asked Woody Allen which of the films he has made is his favourite, he would say The Purple Rose of Cairo. It makes me think about how it is those imperfections that makes thing perfect, that make authors or musicians or filmmakers our favourite. And how the artist’s favourite piece of work will rarely coincide with the audience’s favourite. Consistency is stagnation. Sometimes getting something wrong is more useful than getting everything right. This is why I always try to take risks with my books, break rules, bend conventions and strive to make each story more compelling than the last.

 

Thanks Will! As Will is in the early days of what I fully expect to be a long and brilliant career, it is actually fairly easy for me to choose my favourite book. The one that started it all off…..

 

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When I first picked up “Girl 4” and started reading it I wasnt sure it was going to be for me. 3 chapters in however and I was hooked like a fish on a line and over one long night I completed the lot. My original review perhaps says it all, even though in those days my reviews were shorter and less involved.

A first outing for Detective Inspector January David, this bodes well for a brilliant new series in the world of, what I call, Crime Fiction Plus. January is investigating a serial killer, and 3 victims in, there are no clues and the killings just stop. Then comes Girl 4..someone January knows. Well he should do…its his wife. And she is still alive. Told from the point of view of January, the Killer and also his victims, this is a terrific “serial killer thriller” with just a touch of a supernatural twist. Be warned though – have “The Two” at the ready because the ending to Girl 4 is a twisty cliffhanger and you won’t want to stop reading there! I had to wait, you lucky readers will not!

 

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Will Carver will have his own page on site very soon!

Find out more here : http://www.willcarver.net/www.willcarver.net/Author_Will_Carver___January_David_Novels.html

Follow Will on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/will_carver

Linky link for purchase information http://www.amazon.co.uk/Girl-4-ebook/dp/B004YE6OBM/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1377244644&sr=1-3&keywords=will+carver

 

Happy Reading Folks!

 

 

Favourite Authors Week – Neil White.

Welcome to Thursday on Favourite Authors Week and today its the turn of Neil White, a rather nice chap!

 

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Apart from Stephen King, Neil White is probably my favouritist favourite author (yes favouritist is a word because I said so!) I’ve always loved Crime Fiction but a while ago I lost that love…probably because I felt at that point like I’d read the same book over and over again for quite a while. Then I picked up Fallen Idols and everything changed. So, here is what Neil had to tell me about some of his Favourite things.

 

Favourite Book written.

 

That’s a hard question to start with, because it is hard to be objective about them, and perhaps the ones that have been the hardest to write have been better books because of that.
 
My favourite is the one due out next month in hardback and ebook, Next To Die, because it was the first book where I felt I was starting from a good position. My previous books were five in a series and then a standalone, but of course the series stemmed from a debut, Fallen Idols, where I was still learning how to put books together, perhaps not wholly comfortable with what I was doing, and if I went back I would perhaps change one or two things.
 
Next To Die is a new start for me, because it enabled me to develop a new series but from a starting point where I don’t feel like a complete newbie anymore. For instance, in my earlier series Jack Garrett was a journalist principally because I wanted to avoid having a lawyer as a main character, as whenever I found myself writing something legal I became more interested in making it accurate than interesting. One of the two main characters in Next To Die is a lawyer, a criminal defence lawyer, and I didn’t have the same fear, and because I’m a criminal lawyer, I felt like I had “come home”. That isn’t to say that I feel like I am in any way accomplished at what I do, but I feel less bewildered by it.
 
To nominate as a favourite a book that is due to come out may come across as being a cynical marketing ploy (*innocent face*) and so if I am forced to choose my favourite from the ones people might have read I will choose my fourth book, Dead Silent. If I think about why, I would say because it is the only plot I came up with in the previous six books where the lead character generated the story. I will try and explain.
 
In all the other books, I tended to have an idea of an angle and then fitted the story around that. In Lost Souls, I became interested in precognition and an arts professor called David Mandell. Last Rites was connected to the Pendle Witch legend. Cold Kill was based on the BTK killer, and in Beyond Evil I was trying to create a low-rent, Lancashire Charlie Manson. Dead Silent had a different genesis. Jack Garrett was a freelance crime reporter, and I wondered what would be the ultimate scoop for a crime reporter, and I guessed that it would be to locate Lord Lucan, the long-disappeared aristocratic nanny-killer. So I came up with the idea of Jack being approached by someone who knew a long-disappeared murdering toff, Claude Gilbert, who would come out of hiding through Jack, provided that Jack could prove his innocence first.
 
I didn’t hide the Lucan background, as a lot of the fake sightings of Claude Gilbert in Dead Silent were in fact “real” fake sightings of Lord Lucan, and the two locations crucial to the Lucan story were used in the book: the basement where the nanny was killed, and the pub to where Lucan’s wife ran in order to escape him.
 
So Dead Silent is the answer. The pace is slightly more gentle than the others, and it’s the fact that character generated the plot rather than an idea being fitted around the characters. Ironically, it has the lowest sales figures too.
Favourite Book Read.
Like all favourite things, the answer changes every time I think about it, and the answer I give most times probably isn’t correct.
 
The answer I give usually is To Kill A Mockingbird, and this is because of one simple reason: it’s the only book I’ve ever read where I wanted to read it again as soon as I’d finished. Sometimes I give the answer Shoeless Joe by WP Kinsella, which is a whimsical Iowa-set story about a farmer who rips up his cornfield to build a baseball field. It is more recognisable as the Kevin Costner film Field of Dreams, but it is beautifully written, and is the writing style I first tried to mimic, albeit in a crime setting.
 
I’m going to choose something different, however, because the problem with favourites is that your real favourites becomes swamped by later also-rans, and so you don’t know which is your real favourite, or even whether it matters. So I’m going to choose Salem’s Lot by Stephen King, for no other reason than Stephen King was one of the writers who really got my love of reading going as a teenager. I had always read, but Stephen King gripped me, and so I think he deserves the tag as the writer of my favourite, and Salem’s Lot stands out as terrifying me.
Favourite Meal
Food is about mood. Spicy food always wins for me though, and a curry will always tick the box. I’m not of the “make it hot” brigade, but I like to feel some bite.
 
Favourite Holiday/Destination.
I love the USA, and there isn’t a better day out than having an afternoon at Fenway Park watching the Boston Red Sox as part of an all-day boozing binge, but as for real beauty I would say the Catalan region of France.
 
France is a beautiful country, so varied and stylish and so much history, but with the area in the south-western corner you get all of that but with the most sunshine. The rolling vineyards, the wave of the sunflower fields, the shabby chic of the small villages and towns. Italy is very similar, but I haven’t seen enough of Italy and so will stick with France. I have bought so many “learn French” things, hoping to learn the language and move there, but have never quite managed it.
Favourite Tv Show and/or Film
Like books, the answer changes every day.
 
I will love most things with Denzel Washington in, and I watched Flight last night and thought it was fantastic. Field of Dreams and O Brother Where Art Thou are in my top five usually, and a friend and I went to where Field of Dreams was filmed, a small farm just outside Dyersville in Iowa. The farmer realised that if the film company built it, people would indeed come, and they do, and the farmer makes a living from selling merchandise from a hut. So we spent the afternoon sitting on those small wooden bleachers. listening to the crack of the bat as people played baseball and watched the slow waft of the corn at the edge of the outfield.
 
Life of Brian is just brilliant, just perfect in so many ways, but the film I will pick as my favourite is Quadrophenia.
 
I came into my life as a lawyer somewhat late, after spending my teens and early twenties unemployed. All of that “wasted” time was spent messing about on Vespas and Lambrettas, and some of the greatest weekends I’ve had were spent on scooter rallies, where thousands of dodgy characters would take over a small seaside town and get up to things that they would rather not have appear on their curriculum vitae. Those were fun times, although so many things happened that I will not discuss or admit but could have scuppered a career in the law before it had even started. So I shudder sometimes when I think back, but smile also, although it has left its mark in the form of a pretty bad tattoo on my arm. In my defence, tattoos back then were not the art form they are now.
 
This brings me back to the film, Quadrophenia, the tale of a sixties mod who lost his way when he became involved in the mods and rockers thing in the sixties. Although my scooter times were in the eighties, the whole scooter renaissance was started by the film and the way it coincided with bands like The Jam and then the ska bands of the late 1970’s. So it feels like the film is partly responsible for the way my life has developed, and we would often put it on before going for a ride out. The music is great, the scooters are great, and the memories are great.
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Thanks Neil! My favourite book of Neils is a hard one to pick – I fell madly in love with the Parker brothers from “Next to Die” but as we are having a whole day dedicated to them nearer the release date I’m going to pick a different one….
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This book killed me. Absolutely. I don’t usually cry at crime fiction it has to be said but this one had me reaching for the tissue box…oh and in places its pretty horrific in the best way. Neil’s use of descriptive prose to describe the darker side of a crime is always evocative – in this particular book, part of the Jack/Laura series, there was an especially emotional scene. For that reason its always going to be high on my list of favourites when it comes to Mr White’s books.
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For me this was a brilliant read that I simply could not put down. I would highly recommend reading Fallen Idols and Lost Souls before reading this if you want to get the full effect of the story and a proper feeling for the main characters. The story moved along well. Some of the descriptions may not be for the faint hearted, but for me that added to the fear you felt for Sarah and the urgency to turn the next page and discover her fate. As with all of Mr White’s novels, it left me wanting more, and I am looking forward to the next in the series out soon.
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Neil also has his own page here so you can find reviews for all the books, including the new one, right there!
Find out more about Neil here: http://www.neilwhite.net/
Follow Neil on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/neilwhite1965
Thanks once again for taking part Neil!
Tomorrow we round the week off with Mr Will Carver.
Happy Reading Folks!

Favourite Authors Week – R J Ellory.

Wednesday folks! Happy Wednesday. Today on Favourite Authors Week its the turn of R J Ellory.

 

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I love Mr Ellory’s books – I like to call them Noir Plus they are always evocative and intriguing…with great characters and often dark storylines. Here is what Roger had to say when I posed the favourite questions to him…

 

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I am so often asked, ‘Of the books you’ve written, which is your favourite?’  This, like all the questions in this interview, is impossible to answer.  That’s like asking a father with a dozen kids which one he loves the most.  However, in France, I was once asked a variation of this question. ‘If you died tomorrow,’ the reporter asked, ‘which of your books would you wish left behind as your legacy, if you could in fact leave only one book behind?’  It was a close called between ‘A Quiet Vendetta’ and ‘A Quiet Belief in Angels’ (and nothing to do with the word, ‘Quiet’!)  After some consideration, I decided on ‘A Quiet Vendetta’, because I feel it perhaps best represents the kind of story I always wanted to write – broad, expansive, an all-encompassing perspective on a slice of American history and culture that fascinated me as a child.  And it deals with honour, integrity, the pursuit of truth, so many areas of human conduct that we battle with in our lives.  It’s also my wife’s favourite, and that means a lot too

 

Favourite Book Read.

 

IN COLD BLOOD – Truman Capote

What can I say about this book?  I have read this four times.  I’ll read it again.  Genius.  Absolute genius.  I feel very strongly about this book.  This was almost a case of ‘one man had one book as his life’s purpose’, and then once the book was written he never really published another word, and he drank himself to death.  For many years – simply as a result of this book – Capote was considered one of the most eminent and important twentieth century American writers.  I don’t think anything could ever take that away from him.  And then there is the Harper Lee twist.  Search out the Norman Mailer essay about the relationship between Lee and Capote (childhood friends – she the author of ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’, the only book she ever wrote, Pulitzer Prize-winner, Oscar-winning film adaptation; Capote the author of ‘In Cold Blood’, a serialised book that sold more copies of The New Yorker than ever before, generated four films, two of them adaptations of the book, two of them bio-pics of this period of his life), and see what you make of it.  An astonishing book – as William Shawn said ‘I think this book will change the way people read…it may even change the way people write…’  Superb, breathtaking, magnificent.

 

Favourite Meal

 

Late 2009, on a US east coast tour, myself, my publicist and his wife went to dinner in a small hostelry called The Bridge Street Café beneath the Brooklyn Bridge.  Once a whorehouse, then the first licensed porter establishment in New York, they served us soft-shelled crab and hanger steak the like of which I had never had, and probably never will again.  Perhaps it was the wine, the company, the atmosphere, the fact that it had been such a successful tour, but it was an evening I will remember for the rest of my life.

 

Favourite Holiday/Destination

 

Little bit difficult this one as I don’t take holidays.  Never have had, probably never will.  I think the last holiday I took was when I hitchhiked to Wales with my first wife in 1985 and slept under a tarpaulin for a week on the beach.  However, having said that, I do tour a lot, and I have been to some of the most incredible places.  If I was to choose a holiday destination right now it would be Austin, Texas.  Blues clubs, great food, wonderful people.  Either Austin or Nashville, for pretty much the same reasons.  Have been to both of them, and didn’t want to leave.

 

Favourite Film and/Or tv show

 

Another staggeringly impossible question!  I am going to go with All The President’s Men.  I could say Goodfellas or The Godfather or Apocalypse Now or The French Connection or The Third Man or Strangers on a Train or Rear Window or North by North-West or a hundred thousand others.  I spent the vast majority of my teenage years distracting myself with classic noir films from The Golden Age of Hollywood, and I am a huge fan of those films, but there is something that has always intrigued me about political conspiracy and cover-ups.  I remember watching All The President’s Men as a child, and that inspired me to want to be a journalist, a goal I kept for many years but ultimately never pursued.  Great script, great acting, great direction.  A wonderful, wonderful film.

 

Thank you so much Mr Ellory!

 

No dilemma for me today. Picking my favourite of Mr Ellory’s books was a no brainer. I book I have loved and that has stayed with me since I first read it years ago, in my Top 5 and likely to remain there….When I talked about the books that made me cry I talked about this one and here is what I said!

 

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Candlemoth. Oh Candlemoth! The first book to make me cry and realise that sometimes a book CAN touch your heart, I look back on this with great fondness. Also on my reread list to add to Mr Ellory’s page here, it was certainly one of the books that turned me into the prolific reader I am today.

Candlemoth tells the story of Daniel Ford. Sat on Death Row with only 30 days until his execution is set, he looks back on the events that lead him there – and so begins the story of a friendship that was supposed to be forever. Daniel’s story is a sad one. It is. It speaks about how life catches up with you – how events in life can change who you are. So yes, tears. Tears for Daniel and for his friend Nathan. A beautiful story….

 

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Find out more here: http://www.rjellory.com/

Follow Mr Ellory on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/rjellory

Linky link for purchase information http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1?_encoding=UTF8&field-author=R.J.%20Ellory&search-alias=books-uk&sort=relevancerank

 

Thank you once again Mr Ellory. He also has his own page here so you can peruse at your leisure!

Tomorrow its the turn of Neil White to tell us a few of his favourite things.

Happy Reading Folks!

Favourite Authors Week – Elizabeth Haynes

So, Tuesday already how did that happen? Today on Favourite Authors week its the turn of Elizabeth Haynes.

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I adore Elizabeth’s books – human stories with a twist she brings something just a little bit different to each tale which keeps them fresh and exciting to read. With a new book coming out later this year – the start of a series – my chronic impatience is in full flow…Here is what Elizabeth had to say when I posed the favourites questions to her…

 

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Favourite book I’ve written is a really tricky one. I’m tempted to say ‘the last one’ because I’m always closest to it, the characters are still with me, I’m still existing in that world, but I realise that’s not much of an answer. I’d have to say Into the Darkest Corner, because it was the first novel I finished, the first book I tried to edit and the one that launched me on this crazy journey that had just been a dream until that point. It was a difficult, emotional book to write, and there were times that I hated it. But now I can see what an impact it’s had, and how much it’s changed my life, I am phenomenally grateful that I got to write it.

 

Favourite Book Read.

 

Favourite book I’ve read – that’s even more of a challenge! I’ll take the easy way out with this one and avoid fiction: Paul Britton’s The Jigsaw Man. As much as the author has now been very publicly discredited, it’s a fascinating insight into police murder investigations and the psychology of the offender. Every time I read it I learn something new. Can I also have T S Eliot’s Complete Poems? That would be my ‘Desert Island’ book.

 

Favourite Meal

 

The best meal I’ve ever had was at the Coombe Abbey Hotel near Coventry. The whole place is amazing and the food is wonderful. I don’t have adequate words for it – good job I’m not a restaurant critic really. I’ve stayed there four or five times over the past fifteen years; the last time was for our first wedding anniversary nine years ago, and I can still remember what we ate.

 

Favourite Holiday/Destination

 

The best holiday I ever went on was in my mid twenties with my friend Sam. We went to Crete for a week and when we arrived the rep told us our hotel was no longer available and we’d been moved somewhere else. This turned out to be a newly opened, small apartment block with its own pool, run by a lovely family. We were the only guests. Sam and I wanted exactly the same thing from our holiday – pool, sun, books. We got on so well, laughed so much and loved every minute of it. In more recent years I’ve had some great family holidays too – if you like theme parks, I can highly recommend De Efteling. It’s a very well kept secret here in the UK. Shhh.

 

Favourite Tv Show and/Or Film.

 

There’s only one TV show I can possibly name as my favourite. In the 1980s the BBC filmed two series of John Christopher’s Tripods trilogy. They never made the third series, despite my many letters to Barry Took. I was obsessed with it. I had the sweatshirt, I even bought the 12” single of the theme music. More recently, I absolutely love the US show The Amazing Race. I’ve seen every series. Oh, and Jeremy Kyle – as long as I can read the Twitter feed at the same time.

 

Thank you so much Elizabeth!

Now its a dilemma for me to choose my favourite book from Ms Haynes because I truly loved every single one. Its a bit like having to pick one of your children as being more intelligent than the next! So I’ve decided to go with the one that started it all – the truly incredible “Into the Darkest Corner”.

 

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Into The Darkest Corner is quite simply stunning. One of the best debut novels I have ever had the pleasure of reading, this is fiction at its best. Dealing with some life  issues in an entertaining (from the reading point of view) but very realistic way Elizabeth Haynes takes us into the darker side of relationships and gives us an insight into domestic violence, OCD and, in a very true sense, redemption. Cathy, an outgoing fun loving lass meets Lee, who at first glance seems perfect. Good looking, attentive to her needs and intelligent, Cathy thinks that perhaps she has met her “one”. Slowly but surely though things change..Lee invades every aspect of her life and Cathy finds herself cut off from her previous persona, and relying more and more on Lee for any kind of human interaction. As we, the reader, see her disintegrate slowly but surely and go from being outgoing, popular and fun to insular, needy and alone, its scary stuff. Cathy is NOT a mouse. She is NOT a person who seems as if she would allow this to happen..and yet we watch from the sidelines in horror as everything she was is eaten away by this man. Lee himself is an interesting character – as we learn more about his past and understand the very real dangers that Cathy faces, its both fascinating and horrific. Because men like him exist. They really do. And that is what makes this all the more scary. Forget horror novels, this book is about real life horror – this happens. It happens to women all the time. Sometimes its hard to read, frustrating as you see Cathy take more and more steps towards destruction..but still you will be unable to put it down. And when you are done, you will have a greater understanding of things perhaps you have never given much thought to. Brilliant. Not to be missed.

 

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Find out more here: http://www.elizabeth-haynes.com/

You can follow Elizabeth on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/Elizjhaynes

Linky Link for Purchase information: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Elizabeth-Haynes/e/B004U4F4DK/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1376981815&sr=1-2-ent

 

Thank you once again to Elizabeth for taking part. She also has her own page here so you can find reviews of the other novels.

Tomorrow its the turn of R J Ellory to tell us about a few of his favourite things.

 

Happy Reading Folks!

 

 

 

Favourite Authors Week – Sophie Hannah.

So Happy Monday everyone and welcome to Favourite Authors week. This week will feature 5 of my favourite authors, who will tell us some of their favourite things and I will follow that with a review of my favourite book of theirs. I asked each one the same questions: Favourite Book Written. Favourite Book Read. Favourite Meal. Favourite Holiday/destination and Favourite film/tv show. I would like to thank each and every one of them for taking part and today its all about Sophie Hannah.

 

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I adore Sophie’s books – her creation Simon Waterhouse is one of my favourite detectives. Quirky, flawed yet strangely loveable he investigates the complicated cases and never fails to find the answer. The mysteries are always fun, complex and brain bending and definitely test my mettle when it comes to working out what the heck is going on…The very best thing a book can do for me. Here is what Sophie had to tell me about her favourite things..

 

Favourite Book Written

The Carrier, because although is is a (hopefully) twisty and impossible-to-guess murder mystery like all my others, it is also (again, hopefully, if I’ve done my job right) a study of virtue, vice, guilt and morality, and at its centre is a story of agonising, forbidden love.  It’s about a passionate sort-of-affair, and the love part is really just as important as the crime aspects of the novel.  I’m a mystery addict – mystery is what gets me through a book, both as a writer and as a reader – and there’s nothing more mysterious than an inaccessible love object like Tim Breary in The Carrier.  On this basis, I like to think that if I applied to the Romantic Novelists Association, they might allow me to join!
Favourite Book Read
So impossible to choose! Broken Harbour by Tana French – she is the writer whose new book I always look forward to most avidly.  She’s superb at conjuring up an atmosphere, drawing you into a story that is so rich and detailed and suspenseful that you simply can’t put it down.  And when you finish it, you actually feel mildly bereaved! How will you ever read another novel now? What can possibly live up to the brilliance of Tana French?  She’s huge in the US, and not so huge here, but she really deserves to be.  Broken Harbour is her best novel, though they’re all utterly fantastic.
Favourite Meal.
Curry in an Indian Restaurant – with so much chilli in it that my head might explode.
Favourite Holiday/Destination.
Hotel Sources Des Alpes in Leucherbad, Switzerland.  In fact, I love it so much that I sent Gaby and Tim there in The Carrier.  Unfortunately, all they managed to do while they were there was have a fraught revelatory exchange involving several key plot points, but when I go I have a much more fun time – there’s a naturally heated (i.e. from the ground) outdoor swimming pool there that is just heaven!
Favourite Tv Show/Film.
Film: Twelve Angry Men – Sidney Lumet’s jury room drama, starring Henry Fonda and Lee J Cobb.  I quote it all the time!

‘When there are eleven votes for guilty, it’s not easy to raise your hand and send a boy off to the electric chair to die.’  That’s my favourite quote from the movie, and it’s made such a big impression on me that I will probably never be allowed on a jury – I would just think of Henry Fonda and say, ‘Not guilty’ over and over again.

TV: House MD.  Brilliant medical drama, fantastic human drama, a compulsive mystery-of-the-week in every episode, and a superb investigation of what it means to be a good person.  Greg House is a drug-addicted, hooker-addicted, law-breaking, horrendously sexist and unprofessional, insulting, verbally abusive genius doctor who ignores absolutely every rule that good doctors and citizens are supposed to follow.  Many of his colleagues hate him, try to get him fired and call him a jerk. And yet, underneath all his bad behaviour, he is not only a wonderful (though damaged) person, but also the best, and the most honest (because least hypocritical) character in the drama from a moral point of view.  It’s incredibly cleverly done, the script is brilliant, and the show actually has a consistent philosophical position.  There are two central tenets to this philosophy: people are idiots and everybody lies.  It is impossible to overstate how seriously I take House.  In almost any tricky situation, I think, ‘What would Greg House do?’
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Thanks Sophie!
Now, my choice for favourite book might well have been The Carrier which I enjoyed very much – its a dilemma between that one and one other so as Sophie has talked a little about The Carrier in her answers I’m going to go for the alternative.
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Kind of Cruel is one of my favourites not only because the mystery at the heart of it is so compelling but also because Amber was such a great character! My review:
“Kind Cruel, Kind of Cruel”….words said by our protaganist, Amber Hewerdine, under hypnosis. She knows she’s seen those words somewhere before…but she can’t quite remember where. Then she is arrested on suspicion of the murder of a woman she has never heard of…So begins Sophie Hannah’s latest twisted tale. Facing her insomnia, trying to work out what she has buried in her subconcious, we follow Amber as her life twist and turns – is it something to do with the death of her friend, who’s children she now has custody of? Or is she suffering a false memory and could it be something else entirely. As usual for Ms Hannah, its unlikely that you will know until it is revealed. And again as usual you will find yourself actively engaging with the characters in either a love or hate relationship. Simon Waterhouse is on top form once more with his weird and wonderful ways and Charlie is right there along with him, rolling her eyes and getting into all sorts of scrapes all by herself. The beauty of these books is the ongoing relationship between these two…and a stranger relationship you are unlikely to encounter. Brilliant.
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Find out more about Sophie here: http://www.sophiehannah.com/
You can follow her on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/sophiehannahCB1
You may have noticed that Sophie has her own page on Liz Loves Books so you can read reviews of her other novels there as well.
Thank you SO much to Sophie Hannah for taking part today. Tomorrow it is the turn of Elizabeth Haynes.
Happy Reading Folks!

Meet Jane Casey…..And Maeve Kerrigan.

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I have long been a fan of the Maeve Kerrigan series from Jane Casey (and indeed her other novels).  Today I thought I would tell you a bit more about them (review or two to follow) so I caught up with Jane, who is a lovely lady as well as a terrific writer and she kindly agreed to answer a few questions for me. Here is what she had to say.

 

Maeve as a character develops brilliantly over the course of the books. Does she tell you where she wants to go when you are writing?

When I started to write about Maeve I made her quite lacking in confidence and vulnerable but she was angry about being those things! She’s gained in confidence and experience as she’s weathered some of the horrible things I’ve thrown at her. She’s young so there’s room for her to grow and change in a way that an older character might not. Someone picked up on the fact that she’s getting much less abuse from her colleagues in the latest book, which is deliberate – she’s earned their respect and maybe intimidated a few of them along the way, even if she’s not quite popular yet. She still has plenty of issues to work through, though. It feels as if her development has been quite natural rather than a deliberate plan on my part, though. I do feel as if I’m in her company when I’m writing, rather than inventing her, if that doesn’t sound too mad.

 

Is it difficult, especially these days in a large crime fiction market, to come up with fresh mysteries?

It’s all about character for me, and telling a gripping story, not old-school mysteries where the way the murder was committed is as important as why it happened. In real life, murders tend to be fairly prosaic. My books are grounded in reality (probably the influence of my husband who is a criminal barrister and very critical of anything too far-fetched). Plots are absolutely key, of course, and I love changing direction so readers are surprised, but as long as the characters are original, the stories have a freshness to them even if they’re a reworking of good old Cain and Abel. Mind you, there is nothing worse than that thrill of fear when you read a back cover and think someone else has written your book before you did. Luckily it usually turns out to be very different indeed.

 

Which of the novels is your favourite and why?

I love THE RECKONING because it has a very twisty plot and introduces a lot of key characters who missed the first book, THE BURNING. It sets up a couple of long-running storylines too. But I really enjoyed writing THE STRANGER YOU KNOW, which probably shows. Letting Derwent off the lead is always fun.

 

Favourite character from the series?

It’s got to be Josh Derwent. I’m not just saying that because I know you’re a big fan… Generally, ‘bad’ characters are more entertaining than ‘good’ ones. He is such a great foil to Maeve – he goads her, and bullies her, and forces her to stand up to him. Their banter is so much fun to write. If she worked with someone who gently encouraged her she’d probably still be too scared to open her mouth, but Derwent makes her too angry to stay silent. I always make sure she gets the upper hand in the end, though. And I think it’s increasingly clear that there’s more to Derwent than being a loud-mouthed misogynist. I don’t really like to do single-note characters. Everyone is complicated; everyone has reasons for behaving the way they do. Every book gives another angle on the characters which is why I love series fiction – developing them over time is fascinating.

 

Dead or Alive pick 3 people to have a drink with and why

Alexander the Great, Charles Dickens and Gwyneth Paltrow. Alexander because he has always fascinated me – he was so young and yet such a great general, and he changed the ancient world in such a short space of time. Dickens because you could guarantee he’d be interesting, whether he was talking about writing or social campaigning. Mind you, I don’t think you’d get a word in once he started yapping. Gwyneth because my chances of meeting her are nil, and I find her fascinating. I don’t mind that she’s super-privileged and perfect; she keeps trying to tell us that that’s not the full story and she gets torn apart for it, which seems unfair… I would love to see the real her behind the image.

 

First thing (apart from the people!) you would rescue from a burning building

I’d gather up as many paintings as I could. Paintings are such a vulnerable art form – burn a picture and it’s gone for good. Books go on forever, as many a zealot has discovered. Burn them, ban them – they come back even stronger, like weeds.

 

Dogs or Cats?

I’ve always had cats, since I was three and brought home a stray tabby. My first cat was my companion growing up, and lived to be about 19 – she was very special. I have a black-and-white cat called Fred, who came from Battersea Cats and Dogs Home. He’s getting old and sleepy, poor thing, and competes with the computer for lap-time. My older son, who is almost four, likes to stroke him while saying, ‘When Fred dies, we can get a kitten/puppy/other pet.’ Fred does not appreciate this.

 

Find out more here: http://www.maevekerrigan.co.uk/

Follow Jane on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/JaneCaseyAuthor

 

Thank you so much Jane! Now shall we take a look at a couple of the Kerrigan books? Recently while I was reading “The Stranger You Know” my good friend and close book buddy Hayley popped round for her usual perusal of my bookshelves before she embarked on the annual family holiday. Again as usual she asked me what I was reading. Upon telling her the response was “Why havent I read those?” then I got  the look.   Trust me when you get the look you jump to it, so I retrieved The Burning from its place and handed it over with a sheepish grin and tried to look innocent. I failed. When I received an excitable message from her later in the week telling me how much she had loved it, I thought hey, great…tell me why then I can tell you lovely readers. So first review from Hayley for the first novel, then my review for the most recent. Here we go…

 

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Hayley’s words. (and hey she hasnt even MET Derwent yet!)

Wow, I loved this book. I couldn’t put this one down until I had read through to the very end! Maeve is a very believable character and one I like a lot. Working on pretty much an all male police team looking for a serial killer, she works very hard to track down the killer. The twists and turns  this story took were fantastic and kept me gripped. I had to know if my theories were right, and if they weren’t how the heck would this one end! A mighty fine read, I look forward to more from this author and lead character!

Thanks Hayley – Yes yes I will find the others for you……

To purchase The Burning clickety click here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Burning-Maeve-Kerrigan-ebook/dp/B0049U48F0/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1376639968&sr=1-1&keywords=the+burning

 

 

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My review

So here we are at book 4, in a series I have loved from Jane Casey,  namely that of Maeve Kerrigan and more importantly (Sorry Maeve!) her sometime boss and sidekick the adorably unlikeable (but loveable) DCI Josh Derwent. This instalment finds Maeve and co on the track of a serial killer….However she is put in a difficult position when it becomes clear to her that the prime suspect is Derwent himself…

I adored this book for many reasons. Firstly the series main characters are all so very good, and much as I have a  crush on Derwent, Maeve is just as loveable – I especially like her ironic and plausible outlook on her own psyche and actions – often telling herself off as she dives head first into a situation she KNOWS she should avoid..and the way she tends to just fall into the people who are eventually going to become important to her and gives them pieces of her soul without even realising she is doing it. As someone who often has those “lightbulb” moments herself I can relate. As for Josh Derwent, well. He is difficult to describe..the best I can do. You know that silly game you play with friends called “Marry, Sleep with or Kill ?”…well in the book world Josh Derwent would be my answer to all three. Really. And he’s getting a bigger role in each novel…this one was, as described to me by the author “Wall to Wall Derwent” and that made me one happy reader. The aptly named Godley is also a treat as he tries to keep the unruly pair under control and the rest of the cast of unlikely and likely characters all add to the whole. The relationships developed amongst all the characters over the course of the novels is beautifully done – so much so that often the best bits don’t have anything to with their current mystery.

So that leads nicely on to talking about this particular mystery. It had some terrific twists and turns – and no I wasnt automatically sure during reading that my beloved Derwent wasnt a murderer…nor will you be until you read it yourself and find out. Is he? Is he not?  The current murders have their roots planted firmly in the past…and a death that Derwent was caught up in during his teenage years – in the telling of the tale you come to understand him and his motivations a lot more. I always enjoy a book where the past intrudes on the present and this one is a classic and brilliantly imagined example of that. So enjoy. You know you want to. What? Not met Maeve and more importantly (yes yes I know) Derwent (book 2 onwards)  before? Well you need to start with “The Burning”.

 

To purchase The Stranger You Know clickety click here. http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Stranger-You-Know-ebook/dp/B00CQ1D5DU/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1376640039&sr=1-1&keywords=the+stranger+you+know+jane+casey

 

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Once again my Thanks to Jane Casey and to Hayley!

Happy Reading Folks!

The Pitfalls of Book Reviewing. And the Joys.

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So since I started on this wonderful journey of mine into the world of book blogging and reviewing I have had a brilliant time.  I have been very lucky – I have “met” some lovely people, authors, publicists, editors, other bloggers and publishers all who have the same love of a good book as I do and together we get the best of the best out there for people to enjoy. But the job that I do for love not money can have its negative sides. I have been lucky enough to avoid that – others have not. So lets talk about it a little.

When an author or publisher offers you their book for review, they are looking for honest feedback.  At least thats what we are told – and 99.9% of the time that is actually the case. A bad review from a blogger who has not enjoyed your book is accepted with good grace and the understanding that not everyone will love what you write. Occasionally however reviewers can face a harsh backlash when they admit, sometimes in strong terms, that the book was not at all to their taste. Two blogger friends of mine have suffered that lately. One to the extent that the author of the novel managed to involve another author, well known in the world of books, whose fans made some very nasty comments. Ultimately she had to close her review to feedback, such was the stress being caused. Another lovely blogger friend of mine recently dared to suggest that a book she had read needed better editing and proof reading. The story itself she said, was actually good…but the reading experience suffered because of mistakes and errors in the script. The resulting backlash was way out of proportion to the review written, in this readers opinion. Yet more stress was caused and for what reason – no good one that I can see. Heck the top authors in the world, the ones who sell millions suffer from the occasional bad review – it can’t be nice to have your “baby” critisized of course it can’t. But is that not the risk you take when putting a piece of yourself out there for the world to see? And writers who do this do themselves no favours – the blogging community I’ve found is a tight knit one. We talk to each other and not just in public – and there IS a difference between engaging in active debate with a reviewer and actual abuse. One is fine, warranted even, the other is not. And those authors who resort to insults and personal attacks will find very quickly that they have trouble getting a reviewer to accept their novel…hurt one you hurt us all. Because we are not in paid employment – we do this for the love of a good book and the genuine wish to help authors and those in the book world get the word out there about the best reading experiences available. AND the worst…which brings me nicely onto a personal problem that I have…

 

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I HATE writing bad reviews. I dislike it so much that I rarely do so – If I don’t like a book it disappears into the ether never to be heard from again. I know that reviewing a book I’ve disliked should be part of the process but it leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I called my site Liz LOVES books for a reason – most of the books you find reviewed on my site, will indeed be the books I have loved. Thats not to say I won’t give the negative side of a book for people to be aware of reasons why it might not be for THEM. For example, I warned against the strong content in “The Troop” for those of a delicate nature, and my latest review for “Love Club”  made it clear that if you are not into heavy sexual content it may not be for you. My only other bad review is for a novel from an author who is well loved who I feel has been letting her readers down. But I have to feel VERY strongly about a novel to say its awful – because sometimes I think, maybe its just me! Its not that I’ve never disliked a book…its more that I feel there are plenty of people to do that sort of thing and I very much prefer to be about the love. Because I LOVE books – I promise you that the majority of books reviewed on Liz Loves Books are ones that are worth your attention – but there are no guarantee’s that you will love them as I do. We all read differently. So bad reviews – a pitfall of reviewing for this particular blogger. I am sure I will get better at it…give me time folks!

 

So there you go. I will continue to love what I do and love what I read (most of the time) and I hope that the effort is appreciated – because I appreciate the effort made by every single author out there to give us a book we will love – you rock guys!

 

Happy Reading Folks.

Books I WISH were movies…..Or TV Shows.

So, a little while ago I talked about those books that had been made into Films or Television shows and which ones I felt worked and which ones did not. Now I’m going to take a look at a few books I WISH they would snap up and do something with.  I guess its difficult to pick…after all not everything can be as successful as Game of Thrones or Twilight.

 

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Lets start with this little gem I read recently from Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg.  A brilliant adventure, with witty characters who, I’m guessing, would end up looking beautiful on screen this is perfect film material. In fact I would not be at all surprised to see it in movie form at some point in the future – Sadly I think George Clooney is becoming a little long in the tooth to play Nick Fox because in his younger years for me he would have been spot on perfect. The nice thing about this novel is there are going to be more starring Fox and O’Hare so in my mind it would probably work just as well as a tv series – following on in the footsteps of such shows as Leverage and White Collar I’m sure it would be extremely popular. I have not yet cast Ms O’Hare in my head…so if anyone else has read it…you tell me!

 

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Another recent read for me (see coming soon for review) and this one would definitely make an amazing movie. A game of chance (or is it?) lots of wonderfully intricate characters and a mystery to boot, I can see it visually with no difficulty at all. I imagine the ambience of the movie to be something like “The Sixth Sense” all dark shadows and subtle clues to the outcome, if done properly it would be truly amazing. I can see it appealing to a wide audience as a character driven mystery piece and the backdrop of University life is a perfect setting. If I ruled the world…..

 

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Lets move on. Tv series anyone? Well, Neil White’s novels starring Reporter Jack and Police Officer Laura would be a terrific serial show. You will be able to learn more about Mr White during favourite authors week and again towards the end of September when his latest standalone novel “Next to Die” is released. I’m reading it at the moment, yes I can see that being a film as well. But I digress..back to the point. I can see this being great because there are some terrific stories involved here already, and I imagine it would be easy for script writers to add their own spin for future tales. Tv shows work well when you have two terrific main protagonists who also make the perfect partnership – each bringing something to the whole and having the ability to be people you relate to and care about. The relationship that exists between the pair would also translate well to screen…I keep changing my mind on the casting for this particular imaginary adaptation – perhaps I need more of their story to be sure…over to you Mr White.

 

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There are oh so many I could go on about but for my final choices I have gone with one for the television and one for the film medium. Lets start with Jane Casey’s terrific “Maeve Kerrigan” books. A strong, independent and yet quirky female lead, backed up by many weird and wonderful characters…yes I DO want to see Derwent on my television screen and no I have no idea who would bring the most to the role – this would make what a terrific television series. Mainly because it could be both light hearted and witty (Maeve does get herself into some scrapes) yet dark and really quite terrifying if the tales are told properly. Again if I ruled the world…

Moving on to The Straw Men trilogy from Michael Marshall – as a trilogy it would make a marvellous set of films. Yes you WOULD have to be 18+ to watch them – no sanitising or it would not work – but if you like films such as “Seven” and “The Silence of the Lambs” then you would love a movie, cleverly done, of “The Straw Men” Again characters are key – The casting of Ward Hopkins, John Zandt and The Upright Man would be key to making this “pop” as I call it – but if they got that right this would be scary yet fun….a serial killer thriller with heart.

 

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So over to you. Tell me do – which books would you LOVE to see turned into terrific movies or television shows. Classics that have been missed perhaps – or that next great show that is going to conquer the world…Game of Thrones is a phenomenon – can you pick the next great thing?

Casting is key. In all.

Happy Reading Folks!

 

 

 

 

Coming Next Week to Liz Loves Books.

So here we are at yet ANOTHER weekend – where does the time go? Christmas soon. No lets not think about that..

So its been a wonderful week for me on the blog, some great author chats and of course The Humans. No idea how many people that book will touch in its lifetime but I’m guessing the numbers will be large…

Anyway onwards and upwards, lets see what I have for you next week. Hopefully another terrific time and some booky book stuff to keep you happy.

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On Monday to celebrate its release I shall be telling you a bit more about “Moon in a Dead Eye” from Pascal Garnier, a wonderfully quirky little novel and you can find out a little bit more about the author along with an extended review of the book and why I loved it.

 

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On Tuesday you can read all about the “Books I wish were movies”. A kind of a follow up piece to some recent articles I wrote about books that then become television shows and movies, this will tell you about the ones that I think SHOULD be converted to visual format. I will include some television talk as well – some books just lend themselves to being terrific television series don’t they? I often wonder why some of them have not been snatched up already….perhaps there will be some here that are already lurking in that netherworld called “development hell” and we don’t know it yet….

 

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On Wednesday I will be talking about Book reviewing. Blogging. “The Pitfalls of Reviewing” is the working title of this article. I have had a wonderful time since starting my blog and I have only been involved with the most wonderful of people – other bloggers, authors, publicists, publishers – all of them terrifically entertaining and funny people who have the same great love of books that I have. Some of my fellow bloggers have not been so lucky all the time..so I shall talk a little about that and also about my feelings about writing bad reviews. Yes I know it should be done…I have an aversion to it and will try and put into words why that is.

 

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On Thursday you can find out more about a lovely lady and terrific writer Martine Mcdonagh. I was lucky enough to “meet” her during the initial stages of my blogging life and I have read and enjoyed both of her wonderful but extremely different books. Find out more about them and also there will be a Q&A with Martine herself where she will talk about writing. And stuff. Look out for that one!

 

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On Friday its all about Kerrigan! Jane Casey writes this series of books – A series I am extremely fond of it has to be said. Maeve Kerrigan is a fantastic quirky character and she has enough tremendously terrific sidekicks to make every single novel in the series an absolute joy to read. Oh and the mysteries are always beautifully mysterious as well. Find out more about the books and the author herself as she joins me for a Q&A. You don’t want to miss this one folks, especially if you have not met Maeve before….

 

So thats your lot. Hopefully there will be something there to keep you all happy. Once again I am looking forward to the week.

Happy Reading Folks!