Friday, September 28, 2018

Street Freaks by Terry Brooks

Street Freaks. It begins with a dire call-right before his father disappears and his skyscraper home's doors explode inward. It is the kind of thrilling futuristic story only Terry Brooks can tell.

"Go into the Red Zone. Go to Street Freaks." his father directs Ashton Collins before the vid feed goes suddenly silent. The Red Zone is the dangerous heart of the mega-city of Los Angeles; it is a world Ash is forbidden from and one he knows little about. But if he can find Street Freaks, the strangest of aid awaits-human and barely human alike. As Ash is hunted, he must unravel the mystery left behind by his father and discover his role in this new world.

Brooks has long been the grandmaster of fantasy. Now he turns his hand to science fiction filled with what his readers love best: complex characters, extraordinary settings, exciting action, and a page-turning story. Through it, Brooks reimagines his bestselling career yet again.

Recommended highly, also by Publishers Weekly and many more. Interview with Terry Brooks here. "Sometimes the Magic Works," an audiobook on writing by Terry Brooks here. Learn how a master fantasy writer (who penned a Star Wars novel) listens to his muse. And order the new "Flight or Fright" horror anthology edited by Stephen King here. Many stories related to flying fears, including a new one by the King himself. Multiple narrators, along with Bev Vincent, and the classic "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" by Richard Matheson (made into one of the best Twilight Zone episodes ever.) Also Ray Bradbury, and more. The opening introduction and subsequent commentary on the stories by King are worth the price of admission alone. A must hear. As he warns, you don't want to listen to this on the plane. Remain grounded for the duration. (Also an anecdote about his own scary moment, a near collision between jumbo and commercial business jet!) Guess which flipped.

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