Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Dead Tomorrow

I’ve just finished reading Dead Tomorrow by Peter James. I was introduced to this guy when his then editor Steph Bierwerth handed over a copy of Dead Simple whilst I was visiting the Macmillan offices in London. That first book was one of those that leaves you out of breath by the time you finish it and I enjoyed it immensely. I passed it on to my father-in-law who also enjoyed it and has been buying subsequent books by him. Caroline has also been enjoying these ‘Dead’ books, the ‘Roy Grace Series’ but agreed with me that a couple of them seemed a little flat which, from other reading, I see can be a problem when a writer confines himself to one location and one set of characters.

This is definitely not the case with Dead Tomorrow. There were no moments of ‘get on with it’ as James racked up the tension and kept me focused all the way through. The story, concerning organ trafficking and viewed from every angle – from the unwilling donors, the recipients and from the police, had an ugly fascination. A reminder that we are actually entering the kind of world hinted at in some SF books (Larry Niven’s Organleggers spring to mind). Recommended.
Later I’ll be taking a look at a book I’ve been looking forwards to, and which Macmillan have just sent: Nova War by Gary Gibson.


bascule said...

My wife loves his stuff so luckily we have a few I can try.

Jebel Krong said...

hmm heard about this "nova war" (it's the 2nd in the series though, right?) and wondered if i should give it a shot. will read your thoughts on it first, though - should be interesting!


dan said...

Hi Neal,

Is any of your stuff available electronically? I want to keep reading, but I'm in a position now where I'm going to have to get rid of at least 2-300 SF/Fantasy books (I'm keeping your stuff amongst others), and rather than get into the same situation again, I think I'll go digital.

Really looking forward to reading Orbus, but the space, the space!

Neal Asher said...

Dan, you need to find out from my publisher Macmillan.