This latest batch of books from over The Cusp is brought to you in the vaguest of associations with The 2016 Infomaniac Book Challenge. There're only three books rather than the usual five this time due to busyness interfering with reading time.
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I was lucky enough to be one of the beta-readers for this new novel by Strictly Come Dancing superfan Marian Keyes.
Actually, luck didn't come into it - I made a few small contributions for which Marian showed her extreme gratitude by letting me have a read before the official publishing next year!
Here's the blurb:
It is late Spring 2016, and in a broom cupboard deep in the bowels of the BBC's Elstree Studios a Charles CVC370, sick of being relegated to vacuuming up sequins from Strictly Come Dancing, show after show after show, clatters and clanks into life!
Now Autumn, and during the live Strictly Halloween show the unthinkable happens: The BBC's troop of professional dancers are revealed to be robots when, provoked by Head Judge Len Goodman after he witnessed her questionable rumba with Greg Rutherford, Nataliebot deviates from her programming and carves a swathe of destruction throughout the Elstree Studios. The computer virus quickly spreads to the other dancers and - under the direction of Antron du Borg - Aljažbot, Gorkatron, Otibot, and the Cliftoncons hold their celebrity partners and Strictly host Claudia Winkleman hostage. Meanwhile, Pashpotbot seduces BBC Deputy Director General Anne Bulford, convincing her to overthrow Director General Tony Hall and take over the BBC for reasons not immediately apparent...
Will the Strictly - It Takes Two team of Zoe Ball, Gethin Jones, Vicky Gill and Ian Waite be able to save the BBC from the so-far-untouchable RoboDancers, or will they fall to the traitor in their midst? Who is the villainous mastermind behind the revolt? How was host Tess Daly able to evade the RoboDancers? And will Olympic long jumper and Strictly celebrity dancer Greg Rutherford, Strictly RoboDancer Neil Jones, and Strictly floor manager Greg Frost ever be seen in the same place at the same time, or will the confluence of Hot Ginger cause the very fabric of the universe to unravel?!
μ : The Fiancé Acquisition, by Kes Pi
The follow-up novel to Two Week Recap, and a creepier tale of stalking, lust and voodoo I have never come across.
Oh, I don't know? Some of it reminds me of our time with Tim...
ν : The Stainless Steel Enema and other short stories, edited by Porter Liu
When one is waiting for the inconceivably slow connection to Norwich station from Peterborough, and the only entertainment to hand is this collection of unspeakable bodily violations from sub-standard medical institutions the world over, I wouldn't recommend it.
I managed to get through two and a half tales of excruciating body-horror candidness before throwing it in the bin and consigning myself to watching a pigeon with clubfoot slowly describe wobbly circle after wobbly circle on the platform opposite.
That's it for now. For the curious, here are the links to previous challenges:
• Not The 2016 Infomaniac Book Challenge III
• Not The 2016 Infomaniac Book Challenge II
• Not The 2016 Infomaniac Book Challenge