Well, I was very flattered to see this feature at Kirkus Reviews on books that have lingered in the mind for years after reading. Alongside Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go, PD James’s The Children of Men and Ursula Le Guin’s The Lathe of Heaven there is… The Accord by Keith Brooke.
The piece’s author, John De Nardo, has some lovely things to say about my novel, including:
Here’s a book so jam-packed with cool ideas it could have easily been the basis for multiple novels…
…It’s one of best treatments of posthumanism I’ve ever seen and its ideas are still bouncing around my head years later.
The book has had some of my best reviews. SF Site said it was “one of the finest novels of virtual reality yet written”, while the Guardian described it as “not only Brooke’s best novel to date, but one of the finest to broach the subject of virtual reality”. (It also features some of the most gruelling scenes I’ve ever written, all extrapolated from the novel’s VR premise, but perhaps that’s the subject of another post…)
It’s great to get that kind of response for a book, but I’m particularly touched to get a review like this latest one from Kirkus where it’s marked up for such a special mention.
Feeling pretty damned chuffed right now.
Oh yes, you can find out more about The Accord over on the infinity plus website.
Just out: Tomorrow by Nick Gifford
Tomorrow: a future only you can see; a future only you can save…
When fifteen-year-old Luke’s father dies, his eccentric family threatens to descend into chaos. Luke distracts himself by helping to sort through his father’s belongings, a painful process which takes on an entirely new dimension when he discovers that his father had somehow had knowledge of events in his own future. This prescience is connected in some way to a recent spate of terrorist attacks, which would explain why security forces – and others – start to take an interest in Luke’s discovery. Just what had his father known, and why are Luke and his friends suddenly at the centre of it all?
Tomorrow: an emotion- and time-tangled thriller set in the War Against Chronological Terror.
Tomorrow: when three teenagers may have the power to save or destroy a world that is yet to be.
Praise for Nick Gifford’s work
“The king of children’s horror.” Sunday Express
“Another great teen thriller.” Spot On
“Ingenious … this chilling story reads with all the power and demented logic of a thoroughly bad dream.” The Independent
“A contemporary thriller with overtones of Orwell and Huxley about it.” Rhyl Journal
“A story that genuinely chills and chafes at ethical and moral certainty… Erased is a real romp of a read. That it equips readers with an awareness of the mechanics of inhumanity must be a step towards ensuring history’s mistakes are not repeated.”Achukareviews
“An exceptional new talent in children’s literature … a bold, shocking and completely unputdownable horror story.” Waterstone’s Books Quarterly
“The pacing and plotting in this novel are superb. Twists and surprises occur at unpredictable intervals. And the ending is a blend of hope and menace … achieves a level of excellence equivalent to one of Ramsey Campbell’s books, neither condescending to his youthful readers nor slighting his adult ones. Now, that’s a truly scary accomplishment!” Asimov’s SF Magazine
“Guaranteed to scare your socks off.” Glasgow Herald