The A to Z April Blogging Challenge 2013 is nearing its end. Are you as exhausted as I feel? I’m co-hosting it on Amlokiblogs, so drop me a comment there if you have something to say about the challenge itself. On this blog, I’ve been featuring mostly indie-published book excerpts for all of April. I love reading, and supporting author-friends, and this is a good way to do both.
Today, for T, I give you an illustrated scifi novella: The Festival on Lyris Five by Nick Daws. The story by UK author Nick Daws is beautifully complemented by Louise Tolentino’s wry illustrations.
Elevator Pitch:Down-on-his-luck pilot Rick Barrett and his beautiful mind-reading companion Julie are heading for the semi-mythical Festival on Lyris Five. But will they find the riches they expect there, or something else entirely?
Excerpt: ‘Hu-man…I would like words with you, hu-man.’
The voice had a pronounced Thrang’I accent. I turned from glum contemplation of my fifth – or maybe sixth – Norton’s Mindwarp of the night to confront its owner. Even in my befuddled state, through the purplish fug of the Martian Arms, I could tell he was displeased. He waved an arm in my face, and I watched in fascination as muscles like boa constrictors rippled under his green skin.
‘I was just on my way out – perhaps we could leave this till tomorrow?’
Two more arms flailed threateningly. ‘Hu-man…I want words with you now.’
‘Oh, very well.’ I smiled engagingly. ‘Can I get you a drink?’
It’s difficult to read expression on a face that looks like a rotting cauliflower, but I assumed from the fact that I had been forced into a chair and had ten photosynthetic fingers tightening around my throat that my offer had been declined.
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I ‘m not a scifi person, but I read the occasional novel. Are you a scifi fan? Would you buy this book?
This sounds like something I would like. The rotting cauliflower face sounds like something out of Doctor Who. 🙂
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Doesn’t really impress me! :/
I am not much of a sci-fi fan. But thanks for visiting my blog today
The book sounds intriguing, I can’t remember the last time I read a Sci-Fi/Fantasy. I used to read them all the time. Thanks for sharing the book review.
Thanks for all your kind comments, guys. Glad you liked my story excerpt, and big thanks to Damyanti for featuring me today.
I don’t read much sci/fi these days. Love that excerpt. I’ve been mooching around the higher AtoZ’s. Glad to have caught up with yours now.
Great idea and love that you’re supporting so many writers.
Stopping by from your post on Blogging from A to Z April Challenge on Facebook!
I read that as “Lyrics 5” at first. Thought it was Woodstock in space. Still, looks like a fun read.
Why a cabbage of all things, that too a rotten one!
As long as he didn’t have the face of a rotting cabbage. I hate cabbage !
As a very eclectic reader (SF, romance, history, biography, How To, dictionary, and most anything else I can get my hands on mostly found by the box at garage sales and flea markets) I love your book reviews.
Fingers around the throat definitely isn’t friendly.
I enjoy a little sci-fi, but I’m not a huge fan. I do like the last paragraph of the excerpt though. Very creative.
Yeah, this sounds like one ugly guy if he looks like a “rotting cauliflower”.
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