If you’ve been around for previous BBAWs you’ll know that each day there is a “Daily Blogging Topic” for every one to post about. Today’s is:
One of the best parts about book blogging is the exposure to books and authors you might never have heard of before. Pimp the book you think needs more recognition on this day. Get creative! Maybe share snippets from other bloggers who have reviewed it or make some fun art to get your message across.
“But Drake noticed none of these things. Instead what he noticed was the shed.
It stood in the centre of the clearing. Or perhaps slouched would have been a more appropriate word, considering it’s condition.”
I’ve decided I’ll pimp one of the most fun books I’ve read this year: The 13th Horseman by Barry Hutchison, the first book in his Afterworlds sequence.
While the book is primarily aimed at boys aged 11+ I say Pah! Why should they have all the fun!
I thought I’d share a couple of quotes the made me smile as I was reading the book, the first one of course being the introduction to the Horseman’s home from home, their shed.
“We’ve had… a number of Deaths,” War admitted. “Nine actually. Not counting you.”
“Nine? Why? What Happened to them?”
Famine crammed his food into his mouth and began counting on his fingers, “Mad, mad, suicide, mad, quit, mad, goldfish, mad,” he said.
“Wait,” said Drake replaying the list in his head. “Goldfish?”
“Admin error,” explained Pestilence. “Do not even go there, you should have seen him trying to ride the horse.”
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, stood in the clearing outside the shed. They were arguing. Or rather three of them were arguing. The other was having a Cornetto.
Hopefully, you can see from these short snippets just how much fun the book is! But here’s a little more about the book.
The first hilarious book in Barry’s AFTERWORLDS sequence.
Drake has just met the Horsemen of the Apocalypse but is that really the end of the world? Pratchett meets Python in this dark comic fantasy with plenty of action, perfect for 11+ boys.
Drake is surprised to find three horsemen of the apocalypse playing snakes and ladders in his garden shed. He’s even more surprised when they insist that he is one of them.
They’re missing a Horseman, having gone through several Deaths and they think that Drake is the boy for the job. At first he’s reluctant to usher in Armageddon but does being in charge of Armageddon have to spell the end of the world?
An apocalyptic blend of riotous comedy, heart-stopping action and a richly imagined fantasy adventure.