Book Review at Words I Write Crazy

“Dead Tropics is an excellent book, it’s got zombies, touching scenes, threat of death, and survival, Dead Tropics encases a great storyline, and characters! Lori’s had a lot of tough times, but she’s a strong leader, and if this was YA, I’d say that she was the opposite of a TSTL, because she takes charge, and she’s strong. Really loved that!…”

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Book Review at Patrick D’Orazio’s Blog

This is a zombie tale that definitely speeds along at a rapid pace.  Many undead stories that focus on the outbreak itself try to keep the energy level up throughout the story but tend to slow the tempo down at one point or another.  Such is not the case here, where the energy level remains high throughout, with barely any time for the reader to breath.  Of course, the somewhat unique angle played here is that Lori is a mother, and a fairly normal one at that.  She isn’t a superhero or has any special skills outside of the fact that she is a nurse, which does come in handy when an attempt is made to stop infection from spreading from a bite suffered by a loved one.  Other than that, the only thing that Lori seems to possess out of the ordinary is a stubborn determination to protect her family and to be a leader who takes charge of every situation they confront.  All in all, she is a realistic character that does her best, failing and succeeding in making good choices along the way, like most of us would do under the same circumstances…

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Interview at Bricks of the Dead

Bricks of the Dead: Dead Tropics is clearly oriented towards a feminine audience – it did not prevent me from enjoying it though – do you think that post apocalyptic stories for women is a genre that is under represented?

Sue Edge: Oh, Dead Tropics is aimed at parents in general. Parents can relate to that constant feeling of fear for your kids’ safety. Setting the story in a zombie environment really allowed me to tap into that fear. How do you keep your kids safe when danger is present everywhere?

I think women are definitely under represented in the zombie genre, much more so than the broader PA genre. Until the last couple of years, they were pretty much non-existent! And that was frustrating because I think male writers don’t tend to write about things that I, as a woman, want to read about. I love the guns, the violence and gore but I also want to know the little details. How does the virus spread? What happens to the families and people who aren’t armed to the teeth?

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Dead Tropics

Lego mockup of Dead Tropics

Yes, that’s right, folks!  A Lego mockup of a scene from my book!  That was not something I ever expected to see!

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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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Why Reading is so Freakin’ Awesome!

importance of reading

That’s what she said…

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"Zombies? No, I just told her I'm confiscating her phone for a week."