Review: THE REST OF US JUST LIVE HERE by Patrick Ness (Walker)

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What if you weren’t the Chosen One? The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? What if you were like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend might just be the God of mountain lions…

I’m rather conflicted about this novel. There were things I enjoyed, and Ness’s sense of humour is great — it’s more gentle, which I liked. But, when you step back and think about it, the premise of this novel is “Everything interesting happens elsewhere to other people”… Which is a pretty interesting move. It’s not quite like that, of course, as Mikey isn’t quite as distant from things as we’re led to believe. In fact, it’s really a case of “the most interesting and explode-y things happen elsewhere, but some pretty interesting and potentially weird stuff happens over here, too”. I read the novel quickly, chuckling not infrequently, but I’m still not entirely sure if I liked it. Which made it tricky to review… Continue reading

New Books (August-September)

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Featuring: Paul Cornell, Patrick DeWitt, John French, John Grisham, Garth Risk Hallberg, Lauren Holmes, Chrissie Hynde, Michael Livingston, Jonathan Maberry, Joel McIver, Patrick Ness, Nnedi Okorafor, K.J. Parker, Daniel Polansky, Alter S. Reiss, Geoff Renoff, Anthony Reynolds, Jeffrey Rotter, F. Wesley Schneider, Angela Slatter, A.J. Smith, Sylvia Spruck Wrigley, Patrick S. Tomlinson, Michael R. Underwood, Matt Wallace, Chuck Wendig, Kai Ashante Wilson, Tom Wood, Sunil Yapa

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