With much of my attention fixed on Thy Fearful Symmetry in the last couple of weeks, it’s easy to forget that the novel is actually the second apocalypse I’ve been involved in orchestrating this year. Usually, of course, the apocalypse is quite a singular event. It’s not something you’re often required to think of in the plural.
World’s Collider was the first one this year though. It says ‘shared world anthology’ on the cover. There was some debate among the contributors as to whether this was right, or whether the book is a ‘mosaic novel’. For book fetishists like me, the distinction can cause all sorts of confusion – even actual angst. Do I shelve it with the novels, possibly under ‘S’ for the editor Richard Salter? Or do I shelve it separately by title, on the shelf I have aside for anthologies?
Wars have begun, over less.
Fortunately, I’m in the lucky position of being in the book, with a story called ‘Twitchers’, and so can store it on the shelf of shame, where all my own books line up together in the hope that a visitor will notice they are there so they can become a ‘talking point’*.
Which is rather off topic.
World’s Collider is free to download for the Kindle this weekend! Free, I tell you! Free! If you are the type of person who counts themselves among the Kindle-equipped, and thus free of the shelving dilemmas I describe above, go and get a copy. The freebie is courtesy of Nightscape Press, who are also giving away Trent Zelzany’s Butterfly Potion and Peter Dudar’s Requiem For Dead Flies. Between them, these three books launched the company earlier this year, and I’m very happy to see they’ve given them a solid toe-hold in a competitive publishing world. Hence the celebration. I haven’t read the other two books yet, but have taken the opportunity to download them today.
If you are an aficionado of short stories or prefer novels, if you tend to the gritty, the gory, or the understated inevitability of struggling in the face of adversity; if you like a rocking good tale regardless of the byline; if you like going places you’ve never been before (and hopefully never will be!), then find yourself a copy of World’s Collider – Sharon Browning, Litstack
So far, much of the feedback about World’s Collider has been in the form of reviews on Amazon, and we’re very grateful that people have shared their enthusiasm. Have a look while you’re downloading it. People who have already read the book have, for the most part, really enjoyed it. You might too. If you’re still on the fence, Litstack have published a more detailed review that says many nice things, and gives a good sense of how the stories all hang together to describe a much larger story (link on the left).
Anyway, now you can make up your own mind, and it won’t cost you a penny. If you’re in the UK, download the book here. If you’re in the US or India, go here instead. Go and do it now, or you’ll forget. Then you’ll be all “man, why do I never get my act together for this stuff,” and I’ll be like “dude, I was all over telling you about it,” and you’ll say “come on, you know what it’s like, can’t I get a free one now?” and I’ll go “ship has sailed my friend, gonna have to pay the cover price,” and you’ll be all “but I wanted to buy a cheeseburger, and times are tough, and it costs a couple of quid now,” and I’ll be “dude, you pay eighty quid for a Kindle and quibble about a couple more for a book to read on it? Get over it.” Or something.
Tell your friends!
Got no friends?
Currently reading: The Concrete Grove by Gary McMahon
*note to self. Have visitors. Talk to them. Make books happy.