Welcome to real life 2.0. Are you ready to play?
Imagine a game so addictive you’ll never want it to end. There are no screens, no controls. You don’t just see and hear it – you taste, smell and touch it too. In this new reality, there are no laws to break or rules to obey. You can indulge your every desire. Why would you ever want to leave? Step into the Otherworld. Leave your body behind.
Otherworld is the first book in a new YA sci-fi gaming thriller series from Jason Segel and long time co-author Kirsten Miller. Ideal for fans of Westworld and Black Mirror and readers of James Dashner and Veronica Roth, Otherworld is an exciting, fast paced, imaginative and timely adventure, exploring VR and the advance of a brilliant and terrifying technology that’s not too far from taking on a momentum of its own.
When 18 year old Simon – an avid gamer, who uses gaming to avoid his tedious real life – hears about a new top of the range virtual reality game called Otherworld, he cannot wait to be one of the first people to play. He gets his hands on a headset for himself and for his friend Kat. Simon has drifted apart from Kat, and sees Otherworld as a perfect chance to talk to her again.
All too soon, the game becomes much more serious, some people can feel pain and even die while in the incredible virtual world. It suddenly becomes a fight to the death for Simon – the only way to escape Otherworld is to finish the game, and he finds himself battling through wonderous and terrifying realms to try and save Kat.
This is a fast paced read, involving a thoroughly addictive world where nothing is quite a straightforward as it seems.
I was kindly sent a copy of the book from the Publisher for review on this blog tour (my first – how exciting!)
You can find yourself a copy of the book if it sounds like something you would like to read by visiting one of the links below (please note, that the Wordery link is an affiliate link, so if you choose to purchase using that link, I will receive a small commission. The other links are not affiliate links).
Is it too early for the C word? I’ll whisper – it’s coming up to Christmas! We are attending two lovely Christmas fairs this year as Saltmarsh and Samphire and I thought I would share them with you.
Getting in a little bit early is North Creake Abbey Barns with their Christmas Gift Fair on 25th November 2017. We will be getting in the festive spirit from 10-3, and we are really looking forward to it.
The weekend after is our big fair of the year, we are very excited to be part of Deepdale Christmas Market this year. This is a three day event – Friday 1st December, Saturday 2nd December and Sunday 3rd December, each day we will be open from 10-5 – and it should be enough to get everyone in a Christmassy mood.
We have transformed into elves for a while, and we are busy working getting lots of lovely images ready to share with you at the fairs. We will have present ideas ranging from little stocking fillers right up to the bigger pieces just perfect for that special someone.
We hope that you will be able to come to one or both of these events – we are very much looking forward to both.
In the meantime, if you are in Wells – pop and see us in the gallery!
I was kindly sent an advanced copy of The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell recently by Profile Books, and was very eager to get stuck in straight away.
As an ex-bookseller and current small business owner I identified with so many things in this book.
“At 5 p.m a woman asked if her husband had left, so I told her that I had no idea who her husband was or what he looked like. She scowled and left”
The book takes us through a whole year in the life of The Bookshop, Wigtown, Scotland and is full of anecdotes about staff and customers, alongside insights into the day to day running of the shop. It even includes how many customers came in each day, the till totals and number of orders fulfilled, which was very interesting to me as I make the same notes in the gallery too.
“A customer came to the counter and said, ‘I’ve looked under the W section of the fiction and I can’t find anything by Rider Haggard.’ I suggested that he had a look under the H section.”
It’s laugh out loud on minute and a poignant look at the book industry the next, and I thoroughly enjoyed every page.
“An old man with a walking stick accosted Nicky as she was riling through a box of books that was destined for Cash for Clothes – ‘I’m looking for a book, but I don’t know what it’s called. I know what it looks like, though. It’s a very old book.'”
How brilliant ( and frustrating) to be in a business that goes from one extreme (above), to the other;
“In the afternoon a customer asked where we keep the ‘illustrated poetry books’. I explained that we don’t have a specific section and that he would have to trawl through the whole poetry section. He emerged two hours later, looking delighted with a pile of £200 worth of books, explaining that he had just taken up book collecting and thought that illustrated poetry was an interesting subject on which to build up a collection. I genuinely thought that this type of person had ceased to exist. I could have hugged him.”
Just brilliant, I highly recommend to everyone – but a little bit more if you have some experience of the book industry, just so you can roll your eyes in full recognition of the cast of characters you come across in this book.
I haven’t completely disappeared from the face of the earth, promise….
I will be back asap with some more images and bookish stuff – I have some posts in progress. In the meantime, enjoy the capybaras.