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967 Oh no, it's right... I'm just adding the nominations to that comment as people make them. Yours just happens to be the first one. :-)
967 Oh my favorite from the Dark Tower series! That's such a good one. (Before the series went to blech.)
967 Chris wrote: "Just started The Long Walk. I read a ton of Stephen King's Bachman books when I was younger, but I completely missed even knowing this one existed."

That's a great dystopian story, sticks with most readers.
967 Amelia wrote: "I really liked this one by Eric James-Olson ...
[book:But the Angels Never Came|19514..."

He just put that one in the Read for Review section, if anyone wants to read it for free/exchange.
967 Hehe, you got it working. It is showing up right now as "added it" so you must have successfully added it to your To Read shelf. Sometimes you have to refresh the page to get that status to show. (It might be different if you are using the GR app though.)
Jan 16, 2014 02:33PM

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Welcome to 2014!

Let’s all raise a glass of champagne/sparkling wine in a toast to having an even better year than the last one. [clink!] [clink!] That’s the sound of our glasses hitting, in case you’re wondering. Cheers! Let’s dig in to all the good stuff…


For 2014, we’ll be using a new format for the giveaways. Rather than one a week, we’ll have two for the first half of the month, and two for the second half. For a couple of days after the newsletter, you’ll have access to ALL FOUR of the giveaways, so that’ll be the primo time for entering to win.

Since I know you’re just going to want to click links and get your win on, I’ll skip the blah blah so you can get straight to the good stuff:

The Water Worlds series by H.S. St. Ours

Both The Infected and The Halfways by Matthew Cronan.

Orbs, by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

Under Vanishing Skies by G.S. Fields

Authors can sign up for giveaways here.

Books in the giveaways:

Young Moon (Water Worlds, #1) by H.S. St.Ours Sami (Water Worlds, #2) by H.S. St.Ours Simma (Water Worlds, #3) by H.S. St.Ours The Infected by Matthew Cronan The Halfways (The Infected, #2) by Matthew Cronan ORBS by Nicholas Sansbury Smith Under Vanishing Skies by G.S. Fields


Apocalypse Whenever’s first annual gift exchange has progressed with many happy gift givers and receivers, although some people are still awaiting their gifts. If you signed up, you better have sent the gift out by now or I will send overfed trolls to your house to fart. A lot. But seriously, if you are signed up, please make sure that I have your update on this list. For the curious, stop by and check out the gifts .


2014 looks to be an interesting year in movies, particularly later in the year when we’ll see a number of titles you will recognize as being based on books, such as The Maze Runner, Divergent, and The Giver. Woohoo! Check out this movie list. Tell us what you’re looking forward to the most.

Is it just me, or has dystopian fiction become uber-popular?

Out now is Her, starring Joaquin Phoenix, which some might see as dystopian. It’s set in the near future, and tells the story of a man who falls in love with a bodiless AI. Discussion.

January 24th: I, Frankenstein set in a dystopia.

February 7th: After the Dark may appeal to your interests, with a very interesting premise which we can only hope lives up to its potential. A philosophy professor challenges his students with a thought experiment, “faced with an impending nuclear apocalypse, they must determine which ten of them would take shelter underground and reboot the human race.”

February 12th: Last, a reboot of one of my personal faves, Robocop.


This month’s movie is The Wall, which we will discuss beginning on the 20th. It’s on Netflix, narrated in English though German-made, and having already seen it I would highly recommend it, as it certainly provokes some emotions and thoughts from the viewer. Discussion, with spoilers.

Last month’s movie was Red Dawn, the 2012 remake. While some were underwhelmed, for the most part viewers were pleasantly surprised by enjoying it more than expected. Discussion, with spoilers.

Nominations are open for the February movie, go here to add your selection.


February’s book club selection is World Made by Hand by James Howard Kunstler. 2998, 317 pages. Written with an emphasis on realism, the story centers on the experiences of a small town after a number of catastrophes — including the end of oil, climate change, global pandemics, and resource wars . Tip: This is likely to be at your library.. The discussion will take place here, starting on the 1st.
World Made by Hand by James Howard Kunstler

The current discussion is I Am Legend by Richard Matheson. Though not without its flaws, this is a classic which many enjoyed rereading or reading for the first time.

Nominations are already open for the March book, because I’d like us to read an anthology. So do a little homework and let us know what collection of short stories you’d like to discuss!


Did you know our group has a lending library? Free books, yippee! Get started here.

Want to borrow a book? Create a NEW TOPIC with the title "WANTED: book title". Once someone replies to your request, change your topic (using the "edit" link) to say "FOUND: book title".

Have a book to lend? Create a NEW TOPIC with the title "AVAILABLE: book title". Once someone claims your generous loan, change the topic title to "TAKEN: book title".

There are quite a few books already available there, stop by and check them out. Only borrow books you can read within 14 days, since books can only be loaned out once. Enjoy!

FREEBIES, always 4 star and above (These may also be available for Nook.)

Keep an eye on the temporary freebies thread. Be sure to check into this thread weekly so you don’t miss anything.

Safety (One Eighteen: Migration)

Dead Days: Episode 1 (A Zombie Apocalypse Serial) by Ryan Casey

Dead States - Remnant by Abrey Davis

Dead Highways: Origins (A Post-Apocalyptic Adventure) by Richard Brown

It’s Better This Way by Travis Hill

Breakers by Edward W. Robertson

(Free) Read to Review Authors and Readers Co-Op folder.

This thread in particular has quite a few options.

That’s all she wrote.

Apocalyptically yours,
967 Oh god, that just hurts my heart to remember. I really try not to think about it, but we should do what we can to put support in place to prevent that from happening again.
Jan 16, 2014 02:19PM

967 True, I think only a very established or risk-taking (or wealthy) author could afford to create the whole series and then publish them very close together. Plus it doesn't give the author a chance to grow with his readers, you know?

Like Linda, I do like to read them close together too, so I guess the only solution is to start with finished series. I'm not that patient though, I usually risk it, especially since I don't know if I'll like the first one enough to finish anyway. :-)

Kim, that's an interesting premise in that series.
967 Lol, Virgin Islands Pain Killer is a deceptive drink name! It has alcohol but it is a virgin drink? Sneaky! If you want a non-alcoholic one I guess you have to order the virgin virgin islands version.
967 Ready to win a paperback copy of Under Vanishing Skies (US)? G.S. Fields has 5 he's giving away to some lucky AWers!

"Hell is different for everyone.

For Aron Atherton, hell is being trapped in the Maldives after a massive solar storm killed his family and nearly wiped out the human race, He plans to drink his way through the apocalypse, but his plans evaporate like the vanishing skies above him when he uncovers a plot that threatens mankind’s last hope for survival.

Now it's up to him to stop an army of fanatical pirates who are hell bent on launching the final Jihad."

Oh, those dang solar storms, amiright?

To enter:
• Add the book to your To Read shelf
• Comment below.
For funsies, tell us... if you were in Aron's shoes (see synopsis above), would you also try to save the remains of humankind, or would you continue drinking your way through the apocalypse? (Beverage of choice?)

967 Up for grabs are 5 paperbacks (U.S.) and 25 ebooks of ORBS by Nicholas Sansbury Smith.

"They have come for our most important resource...

THE YEAR is 2061, and the planet is dying. Cataclysmic solar storms force leaders from around the world to finally put aside their differences and agree on one thing—to jump ship. The human race is headed to Mars.

When Dr. Sophie Winston is hired by New Tech Corporation to test a Biosphere deep within the heart of Cheyenne Mountain, she believes it’s part of the mission to save the world. Their results will help prepare NTC for the three-year flight to the red planet. A flight Dr. Winston has been promised a seat on.

Just days into their six-month assignment, things start to go wrong. When the blast doors hiss open, Winton’s team finds a vastly changed world outside. Humans are gone, vanished without a trace, but they aren’t the only thing missing. The planet’s water appears gone, too.

As the team journeys deeper into Colorado Springs, they find thousands of luminous blue orbs lining the streets. It isn’t until they accidentally uncover what’s inside that they realize the nightmare that has been unleashed."

For more info about the author, visit

To enter:
• Add the book to your To Read shelf
• Comment below:
For fun, tell us something orbsy, like what your reaction would be if you saw glowing blue orbs floating around, or what you think is inside the orbs (see synopsis above).

Jan 15, 2014 11:05AM

967 Oh, I just remembered another one!
of instead of have, context:
Should of/could of/would of instead of should have/could have/would have.
Jan 15, 2014 10:31AM

967 Yeah, we do IN month ON day.

Having a different native language than English probably means noticing different oddities. I bet some of the phrases we use seem really bizarre to some folks.
Jan 15, 2014 10:28AM

967 Where I live (US) we use the same fuel for lawnmowers as we do for cars. It sounds like in the UK it is something different? What's different about it to allow it to last longer?
Jan 15, 2014 10:25AM

967 Lol. Except kitty would decide the time of death instead of you. It's hard to make a trustworthy agreement with something that licks its own crotch. (I say this with love, really.)
Jan 15, 2014 07:54AM

967 Haha, I think the phrase "I'll ask my pheasant" is going to stick with me today.
Jan 15, 2014 07:51AM

967 Oh yeah, decimation gets me too.

We actually don't often use the term apocalypse correctly, come to think of it.
967 I'd recommend the movie The Wall as it relates to this topic, it is our movie club selection for this month.
Jan 14, 2014 11:16PM

967 Do you have any phrases or words that irritate you because of overuse or misuse? How about formatting that drives you nutty?

Even if we aren't writers and don't necessarily always know the proper way to do some things either, I think many of us still notice certain pieces of writing for the reasons mentioned above.

Getting things started...

• Someone who shivers despite it not being cold
Dogs barking in the distance
"literally" used incorrectly
• Double-hyphens instead of em dashes/ -- instead of —

I just know we'll get some good responses in this thread, looking forward to what everyone has to say.
967 This conversation actually reminds me of one we have in the Horror Aficionados group, which you might find interesting:

It's on the topic of what is "too horrific horror", but also asks the question of what people find goes over the line. It's a stretch, but related enough you guys might be curious.