Book Review: The Last Policeman

The Last Policeman
By Ben H. Winters
Quirk Books
Paperback | eBook
Release date: July 2012

It’s science fiction! It’s crime fiction! It’s a”¦sci-cri! The Last Policeman is the latest thrilling novel by New York Times best-selling author Ben H. Winters and you can watch the trailer for the book here below.

Henry Palace has just made detective after a brief career as a patrolman with the Concord Police Department. He’s one of many officers who’ve been bumped up the chain of command as the higher-ranking leave their posts in droves. What’s driving their accelerated career paths is a giant asteroid 2011GV1 named Maia and it’s on a confirmed trajectory.

By now everyone knows Maia has a 100 percent chance of slamming into Earth. No matter where it lands, the fallout will cause massive worldwide devastation. With Doomsday only six months away, many people decide to check every item off their bucket list; some turn to drugs, some to religion, while many others are committing suicide.

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Free Read: ‘Scrooge vs Aliens: A Christmas Carol Mashup’
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Ben H. Winters, author of Android Karenina and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, has once again done what he does best — mash-up monsters with classic literature.

This time around, the holiday favorite A Christmas Carol gets infused with aliens in Scrooge vs Aliens: A Christmas Carol Mashup.

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Book Review: Bedbugs

Paperback | Kindle
By Ben H. Winters
Quirk Books
Release date: September 6, 2011

Bedbugs, the latest psychological horror-thriller by Ben H. Winter, will make you itch, make you carefully inspect every tiny black dot you see, and make you look at apartment rental in a whole new way. But most of all, Bedbugs will keep you in its gruesome grip from beginning to end.

When Susan and Alex Wendt decide to leave the cozy confines of their Union Square apartment in Manhattan for a spacious, affordable duplex in Brooklyn Heights, their hopes for a bright and happy future have never been higher. Susan, a former lawyer turned stay-at-home mom, finally has a room of her own to fulfill her lifelong passion to paint, and Alex’s commercial photography business is poised on the precipice of great success. Little Emma, the couple’s happy go lucky 3 year old, is just as happy in her new digs at 56 Cranberry Street as she was in her tiny nook of a bedroom in the old place, except for the nightmares and her mommy’s scary painting room.

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Book Review: Android Karenina
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Android Karenina
By Leo Tolstoy & Ben H. Winters
Paperback Edition
Quirk Classics
Release date: June 8, 2010

This review of Android Karenina is part of the Quirk Classics Blogsplosion event, where you can enter for a chance to win one of 25 Quirk Books prize-packs. Visit Quirk Classics to enter and be sure to tell them that Geeks of Doom sent you!

Literary monster mash-ups are all the rage these days with most of the fun not only happening in England, but in the 19th century fictional world of Jane Austen thanks to titles like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. With the success of these books, it’s no wonder that historical and popular fictional characters are getting in on the action with Queen Victoria hunting demons (Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter), the young ladies of Little Women facing werewolves (Little Women and Werewolves), and even President Abraham Lincoln is out there stalking vampires (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter).

There’s no doubt vampires, werewolves, and other creatures of the night will be invading, stalking, and menacing Regency England many more times in the future, but if you want a little variety in your literary mash-ups, then look no further than Android Karenina, the newest selection in the Quirk Classics library.

In Android Karenina, author Ben H. Winters takes Leo Tolstoy‘s classic Anna Karenina, set in 19th century Russia, and converts it into a futuristic science fiction tale with robots, mechanical terrorists, and space travel, all made possible by the discovery of the “Miracle Metal” groznium.

Did you catch that? Robots… all types of robots from manservants to laborers to mechanical animals to massive attack cyborgs controlled by an anti-government terrorist organization known as UnConSciya (Union of Concerned Scientists).

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Cover Revealed For New Quirk Classics ‘Android Karenina’
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Leo Tolstoy‘s classic Anna Karenina is the next selection in the Quirk Classics’ line-up with Android Karenina, the cover of which was revealed today by publisher.

Check out the cover here at right!

If you’re not familiar with the Quirk Classics branding, you might remember their first mashup Pride and Prejudice and Zombie where zombies were inserted into Jane Austen’s literary classic. Ah, see, now you know what I’m talking about.

Android Karenina is co-written by Ben H. Winters, who took on Austen last year with Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters.

According to Quirk, Android Karenina is “an enhanced edition of the classic love story set in a dystopian world of robots, cyborgs, and interstellar space travel.” See the full official synopsis here below.

The 512-page book will be released on June 8, 2010, and is available for pre-order right now.

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