Ahh, grandparents. Sometimes the generational gap is just too much for them to try to understand. And my book is one of those things that my grandfather simply cannot fathom. In his own words, Something Strange & Deadly is a beautifully written book, but the story is just awful. “Why do you wanna go and write about […]
For this guest post, I had no idea what to write about…so Nicole suggested I write what I know. Sadly, I don’t know much. My education is so absurdly specific, that it literally has no universal appeal. Don’t believe me? Um, okay. Here are the two things I am well-versed in: fish and writing. Oh, you […]
(The following blog is a guest post I wrote for Velvet’s blog, vvb2 reads, as part of her September Zombies event.) Zombies. The undead. Revenants. Walking corpses. Some are brought to life by nasty viruses , while others are the result of a necromancer’s hand. Whatever the cause for reanimation and no matter what you […]
5 out of 5 stars. So, um… There had BETTER BE A SEQUEL TO ASHES. Ms. Bick, how can you end your book on such a cliffhanger? YAARRGH!! But it’s okay–I forgive you because you have crafted such an amazing story of survival, love, dystopia, and strength. It could happen tomorrow… A cataclysmic event. An […]
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I said my method for selecting a setting in Something Strange and Deadly was unscientific, remember? Well, just look at how I wound up choosing Victorian times. I thought it was cool. I thought it would add conflict, what with the claustrophobic etiquette and patriarchy. Yeah. Very inspired, huh?
5 out of 5 stars. At a LTWF contributor’s suggestion (Savannah Foley’s), I picked up Max Brook’s World War Z. And then I didn’t put it down until I had finished it. It was that amazing; that terrifying; and that real. Nightmares-for-days real. Planning-my-own-zombie-escape-route real. I-can’t-comprehend-such-creativity real. The book is told as a series of […]