Archive for August, 2012

Review of Dead Tropics at Horror News

“Finding originality in the zombie fiction genre is becoming quite a difficult task, but Permuted Press continue to find authors who are able to take a very hackneyed concept (the dead returning to life to feast on/massacre/infect the living) and create some very compelling stories.One such story is DEAD TROPICS by Sue Edge, which takes a look at the usual survival tropes through the eyes of a mother rather than your average badass/mercenary/chancer/Bruce Campbell knock-off…”

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Review of Dead Tropics at Horror News

Influencing Your Child to Read

Influencing Kids to Read

I have three children.  One loves to read, one is sporadic in his reading and another seems to put reading in the same category as scrubbing the toilet.  This lack of interest distresses me for several reasons.
Firstly, reading gives you an education which far surpasses what you learn in school.  From the pages of fiction books, I have developed a wide vocabulary, learned about history, science and specialised topics like boxing.  The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay not only taught me that there is an art to boxing but succeeded in making it seem positively romantic!  Twenty years later, I still find myself drawn to the game.  More than that, though, the book made me think about how one person can make a difference in this world.  It reaffirmed my belief in doing what is right, not what is easiest, and that hasn’t always been easy.

Secondly, books can help shape your beliefs and value system.  For instance, when I read Black Beauty as a young teenager, I was shocked by the ill treatment of animals described in it.  Ever since, I have done what I could to ensure animals are treated well, including volunteering at pet shelters and teaching my children to be empathetic towards helpless creatures.  I want my children to think about what kind of person they are and what kind of person they want to be.  If I tell them about the values I want them to live by, I’m preaching.  If they read it, however, they imbibe the lessons without even being aware of it.  Sneaky of me, I know.
Thirdly, books allow you to live more than one life.  I want my children to know what it is like to be a child wizard, a Dalmatian trying to find his 100 puppies or a little girl who wanders through a wardrobe into another world.  I want them to immerse themselves in a life where they can experience great love, sadness and horror, and still feel safe in the quietness of their bedroom.  I want them to imagine how they would feel if they were a queen awaiting execution because she’d loved unwisely, or living in a city gripped by the Black Plague.  I want them to dwell with wolves, fight with swords and fly with dragons.  Most of all, I want them to live a full life.  From a book, can come the dream, and from the dream can come the reality.  This is something they won’t discover from ipods, cell phones and television.
So, back to my dilemma.  How do I expose my children to the joys of a good book without having it backfire on me?  I’ve already done the things the experts said to do.  I set a good example by reading myself (oh boy, did I do that.  I usually have a stack of thirty books in my TBR pile); I read books to them every night till they were about ten years old; I took them to the library; I bought them books.  Heck, I even wrote a book (turns out they think that’s an incredibly nerdy thing to do).  As far as I can tell, my efforts have achieved zip.  Oh, they loved being read to, but they showed no desire to pick up a book themselves.
My oldest daughter finally fell in love with books at the age of 11.  Stuck in bed for several days, she picked up Harry Potter in desperation and never looked back.  Alas, my other two show an unfortunate robustness of health.
My approach in the face of their total lack of interest is to, firstly, limit time on their electronics in the hopes that boredom will drive them to books.  Secondly, I monitor the television shows and magazines they read in an attempt to find a genre that will prove irresistible.
Imagine my excitement when I recently saw a sign that my approach is working!  My middle daughter is currently reading a book in the Vampire Diaries series and there are another ten from the series sitting on her bed stand! I took a punt based on the tv shows she was watching and it paid off.  As this is the child who would rather scrub the toilet than read, you may appreciate the back-patting going on here.
Other parents get excited when they kid gets an A or kicks a goal; I’m not ashamed to say I get excited when I see a book in their hands.  Score!

Review of Dead Tropics by Persephone’s Winged Reviews

Another lovely review!

“BEST ZOMBIE BOOK that I have read so far. It is fantastic and it kept me intrigued the entire length of the novel. In terms of zombie books with a high level of action, it is going to hard for other zombie books to surpass this book…”


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Review of Dead Tropics Audio Book by The Guilded Earlobe

Dead Tropics by Sue Edge

Read by Cynthia Barrett

Published by Audible Frontiers/Permuted Press

Length: 9 Hrs

Genre: Zombie Outbreak

Quick Thoughts: While Dead Tropic has a pretty standard Zombie Outbreak plot, its unique setting and kick ass heroine gives it just enough edge to stand out in a crowded field.  Edge creates some incredibly cruel situations for her survivors, forcing her heroine to make decisions that will frustrate, thrill and shake the emotions of the readers. Sadly, the narrators inability to engage with the text blunted the visceral nature of some of the more graphic scenes of the novel.

Grade: B-

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