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Saturday, April 7, 2012

G: Grab this book


Michael Offutt: Slipstream

Today's title is the most tenuous of links to this post but it's there, (and the book is green), so I think we're covered. I don't care anyway, I'm just so excited to be writing this post.

Michael Offutt wrote a book which was due out in May. He has a blog tour set up for May and everything. I really really want this book and, luckily for me, my birthday is in May – neat plan huh? Well, he went and ruined my plan by releasing the book. It's okay, I'm going to buy it anyway, there's no way I'm waiting until May. From what I gather, everyone who has read it thinks it's amazing. This is the blurb:

Jordan Pendragon is crazy good at fixing situations that have gone bad. It's a talent prized by his high school ice hockey team. However, when a car accident puts Jordan in the hospital, he wakes up with more than just an amazing slapshot in his toolbox. Jordan can manipulate space-time and in just a few weeks, he'll depend on it to save his life. 

When earthlings detonated the first atomic bomb in 1945, something incredible happened. The detonation triggered an extinction level event on a parallel world. A computer program saved humanity and became the ruler of this place. However, its brilliant mind fragmented and became insane. 

Jordan's power strands him in this nightmare universe. To get home, he becomes a professional in a sport where athletes are killed to boost network ratings. To survive, he discovers that the most broken among us can be fixed and that love is unpredictable. Near the end, he also learns a startling truth about his own birth. If he fails to fix the computer’s insanity, both Earth and this sister world are doomed

I nabbed that from Goodreads, as I didn't tell Michael I was writing this post but I'm hoping he won't mind :-)

I should warn you, from what Michael and others have said, this is a book that doesn't shy away from tackling dark themes and tough issues. It's not a frothy romance that's for sure. Of course, that just makes me want to read it even more :-)

Congratulations Michael, I hope the book is a huge success.

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136 comments:

  1. Sounds a great book! On my tbr list - always glad of recommendations. My birthday's in May too - are you a Gemini?

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    1. No I'm at the tail end of The Bull - okay, that didn't sound great :-)

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  2. I hope it's a hit too. The cover is awesome and the story sounds just as great. Wonderful idea for a post! :0)

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  3. That cover is amazing. It's on my TBR list ;)

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    1. Isn't it the most fabulous colour? :-)

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  4. Sounds like a great read. Like others have said I love the cover too. SO nice of you to do a little promo for Michael. I can bet he won't mind at all :)

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    1. I'm just so excited about it, I want everyone else to be too :-)

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  5. Sarah - Thanks so much for highlighting this one! Congratulations Michael and much success! I like the premise and this was an inspired idea for a post, Sarah :-)

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    1. You're welcome. I just like to post things that I think are great :-)

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  6. Green cover--I think it works. This book sounds like it will be full of twist and turns. I look forward to reading it!

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    1. It certainly sounds like a heck of a ride, doesn't it :-)

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  7. Oooo, sounds pretty intense. And the cover is edgy, it's so green.

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    1. Yep, that cover is definitely different :-)

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  8. Don't read frothy romances which is good!

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    1. Yeah, I don't see you as a frothy romance kind of guy :-)

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  9. Sonds like a good book. Good luck to Michael with it when it becomes availiable.

    Yvonne.

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  10. I'll keep an eye on this one, sounds like something I would enjoy.

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  11. Hey, I know that guy. Got this on my TBR pile on Goodreads. Looking forward to it.

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  12. Whoa! Look at that cover. Bodacious! *waving to Michael* I'll buy it. Looks great. Excellent of you to spotlight him.

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    1. That cover is just fabulous, isn't it?
      Also, I love the word bodacious :-)

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  13. Whoo! Congrats to Michael! Looking forward to the blog tour


    Jamie
    Fellow A-Z bloggy buddy
    Mithril Wisdom

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    1. Yeah. Knowing Michael, it should be interesting :-)

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  14. Grab a Book, great start to intro a new writer. I'll check him out! Sounds like a good read in the "Hunger Games" genre.

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    1. I think a bit more hard sci-fi, though.

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  15. Sounds like a good recommendation, thanks!

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  16. Sounds interesting. I'll have to check it out.

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  17. ...Michael's a pal of mine, wishing him the greatest of success with his new release.

    Very kind of you to promote his work, Sarah ;)

    El

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    1. This post was an absolute pleasure to write :-)

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  18. Michael seems like a great guy and from the blurb it seems he has a great imagination too. I'd love to read this one.

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    1. Oh yes, I can't wait to get my hands on this :-)

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  19. Thanks for the recommendation! I love trying out new books that I probably wouldn't have come across otherwise :)

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    1. You're very welcome. I hope you get the chance to enjoy it :-)

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  20. Congratulations to Michael! I didn't know he'd released it already; thanks for the post. :)

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    1. The paperback is out in May, I think. Not sure I can hold out for that though :-)

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  21. good blogging! happy easter!

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    1. Hope your Easter was happy and peaceful too.

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  22. so excited to read this book!
    Lx

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  23. Looking forward to reading this.

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  24. I've added it to my TBR list. Sounds interesting. Thanks for letting us know about it, Sarah! :)

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    1. You're very welcome. Let me know what you think, if you get to read it.

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  25. Sounds like the perfect birthday present!
    Congrats Michael on the release of your book and Sarah for getting to read it:)

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  26. Sounds right up my alley! I'm gonna check it out.

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  27. Sounds like a whole lot of story!

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  28. See? I didn't know about this book, either, so you're still teaching me, kiddo. Sounds like a great read. Good luck to Michael, and thanks to you for spotlighting his book for him.

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    1. I'm glad I can reciprocate, sort of :-)

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  29. Very cool green cover. Sounds like a fab book!
    Z

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    1. I agree. The cover is amazing, isn't it?

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  30. Sound very interesting! Unique story line, look forward to reading it too. Thanks for sharing Sarah.

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  31. I don't typically like alternate reality books, but this sounds really interesting. I always love when sentient computers lose it; and the fact that you're excited about it, gives it a lot of credit already.

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    1. Oh man, I LOVE alternate reality (and clones, and parallel universes :-))

      I also love when people are prepared to give something a go that they wouldn't normally try. You rock :-)

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  32. Sounds like a good read. Think I'll check this one out :)

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    1. Cool. Let me know what you think if you do.

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  33. Congratulations, Michael! It sounds like a really good book!

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  34. Isn't this wonderful. I am happy for Michael. The cover is very nice.
    My daughter says that she is legitimately sad that you never tried a fresh fruit smoothie. They are very easy to make. Chop some fruits into a blender, add a couple of chunks of ice, a tablespoon of water. Blend until pureed. You have a smoothie. Initially people capitalized on this, but now any one can make them at home at a reasonable cost. Smoothies are good for your health.

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    1. I think I might be the only person I know who doesn't have a blender. I keep saying I'm going to get one, but there is always something more important I have to spend the money on!

      And yes, I'm thrilled for Michael too :-)

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  35. Sounds intriguing! Matrix meets Hunger Games meets hockey? Count me in!

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    1. Sounds like a good description, from the blurb :-)

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  36. Oh, what an intriguing storyline! How have I not heard of this one before now?

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse, co-host of the 2012 #atozchallenge! Twitter: @AprilA2Z

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    1. It definitely does sound like a good one, doesn't it?

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  37. I'm really surprised Michael hasn't been here yet.... -looks around- Maybe he's hiding.

    I think the plan was he was releasing the paperback in May and the ebook earlier.

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    1. He showed up late, but to be fair it was a surprise party :-)

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  38. That blurb is amazing. Slipstream sounds like a fantastic story. Congrats to Michael on his release.

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    1. He definitely has one heck of an imagination :-)

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  39. Good luck Michael with Slipstream! Hockey and manipulating space-time! That's a combination for success.

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  40. Wow! Sounds like a winner. Many congrats to Michael.

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  41. Well, that sounds fantastic! Thanks for the rec!

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  42. Interesting premise. The very best of luck to Michael and 'Slipstream'.

    Love the neon green title, btw Sarah ;)

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    1. Oh yes, if a job's worth doing, it's worth overdoing!

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  43. Wow. That's quite to premise. I read "On the Beach" when I was a teenager, and it gave me nightmares.

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    1. I've never read that. You've got me intrigued now :-)

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  44. I love SF sports books. Scott Sigler's Galactic Football League books are super good ones too. (not to mention you can get the first three as free podcasts ^_~)

    But Slipstream is totally going on my to read list.

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  45. Hi Sarah,
    Thanks for the info about the book, Alas it released it before your plan come true anyways, that made you to post this at the appropriate place and time ha ha ha,
    Green is good I like it too in fact my fav, color after violet, hi hi but here the title too i mean the second line is in green, thats very bad i can;t read it, i blocked it and read, so pl. change the background color
    Best regard
    Anywasy Here comes my advanced B Day Greetings ha ha ha!!!

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    1. Don't worry, I won't be posting any more green titles, I promise! I just wanted to match the colour to Michael's book :-)

      And thank you for the early birthday greetings. That made me smile :-)

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  46. Sarah,
    Thanks for giving us a heads up about Michael's book. It sounds deep and engaging and a like a worthy read. I'll add it to my TBR list.

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    1. You're welcome :-)
      Knowing Michael, I suspect deep will be a good description!

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  47. Sarah, I'm catching up a bit and just read your childhood post over at Denise Covey's blog. What a story you have - I am blown away. The most interesting thing I've read in ages, for sure!

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    1. Melissa, thank you for that. I enjoyed yours too - apart from the little mean girl, grrrr! It was fun being a part of it, wasn't it?

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  48. Hi, Sarah,
    Wishing lots of success for Michael as well. He's a good buddy.

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    1. Yes, he's one of the good guys, that's for sure.

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  49. Awesome! Congrats. On my TBR list.

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  50. Wow. This one sounds really cool! I love books that can twist what we'know and what we've already seen.

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    1. I have a feeling that this one is going to get very twisty :-)

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  51. Sounds amazing. On my TBR list as well

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  52. Michael's book sounds like a cool concept. I wish him a lot of success in this effort.


    Lee
    An A to Z Co-Host
    Tossing It Out

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  53. Thank you Sarah! What a surprise. You honor me * hugs

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    1. You're very welcome. I just wanted everyone to hear about it, because I think it sounds great.

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  54. Great concept! Wishing Michael the greatest success with his book.

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  55. It sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing Sarah. The TBR pile in my mind is beginning to look like the leaning tower of Pisa!

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    1. Oh, I know all about that one! At least I can hide a load on my Kindle app :-)

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  56. I'm sure Michael appreciates any publicity he can get.

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    1. Aye. I love to shout about books that grab my attention :-)

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  57. Dark themes and tough issues? Sounds like a dose of reality!
    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Haha, doesn't it just! With a side of twistiness :-)

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  58. I just started reading this book. Can't wait!

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    1. Oooh, I'd love your opinion when you're done :-)

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  59. Color me intrigued! Loved the description too.

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  60. Congratulations to Michael and it looks as if you'll be getting an early birthday present this year.

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    1. Oh yes. Happy early birthday to me :-)

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  61. This book sounds like a wild ride!! Is it YA? Great cover too. Nice to be in the A to Z with tou

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    1. I know the main characters are high school age so I guess yes, YA sci-fi.

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  62. This book is on my list though I don't think I'll have time to read until after April.

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  63. @Life101: Yeah, I appreciate any free publicity. That is true.

    Sarah, if you ever want me to plug something for you let me know. I'll try to keep up on your projects so you don't have to ask. I appreciate this.

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    1. No worries Michael. Cool sounding stuff needs to be shared :-)

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  64. Such an attention-grabbing COLOR on the cover!
    a sport where athletes are killed to boost network ratings. I've got Hunger Games on the brain right now (saw the movie last night! Yay!) so this line reminds me of that. Sounds hectic!

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