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Looking for a newish book to read that isn't by James Patterson? Keep reading, there are other options out there.

Severance, Ling Ma

I haven't heard a peep about this book. I found it through Book of the Month. BotM is pretty dope because it narrows down the selection for you. They give you a pick of five novels. I've *mostly* chosen the debuts this year and been pretty blown away by them. Admittedly, I haven't had a chance to read it yet, but I'm looking forward to it.

Candace Chen has just recently moved to New York. She's fallen into a strict routine of work, home, hang out with boyfriend. Without warning, a virus sweeps through the city. Poor New York. It's been destroyed so many times in books, film, television. Anyway, people pack up and leave, families flee trying to escape the Shen Fever. Side note: When I first read the synopsis, I thought Shen Fever was a character. Haha. I watch a lot of Rupaul's Drag Race so basically any two capitalized words in a row sound like a name to me. So, everyone bails except Candace. Her company, ever the good employer, keeps her on and run on a one-person skeleton crew. In her spare time, Candace takes photos of New York as a ghost town. I'd think to see these fictional photos. NYC is always packed with people, it'd be creepy to see it empty. Eventually, Candace has to give it up and flee, too. She meets a group of survivors. They're headed to a place called the Facility. Things, as always, don't go as planned.

Severance sounds a little bit like The Walking Dead if TWD were still readable/watchable. So, I'm looking forward to it. And, since it's a debut, there will be a blog about it. When I finally get around to reading it.

What in the heck is up with JP?

Y'all, he has an app. I don't know why or how, but he does. It's free! You can read his Book Shots for free and that's how he gets you! Next thing you know, JP will be all over your phone. Reviewing your On Demand movies, taking credit for writing emails you clearly wrote yourself, just being typical Jimmy Pat. I haven't downloaded it. I won't and I shan't. But, feel free to and let me know what it's all about.

Pick of the Week:

Landfall In Oblivion, M.C. Woodward

Another one of our authors! The city of Hobbs Landing has a rich history, as local historian Amadeus Kruckenkreuzer would gladly tell anyone who would listen. Told in two parts, the past and the present, the author illustrates the parallels between the founders of Hobbs Landing and its current citizens, many of them direct descendants of the founders. In Landfall In Oblivion, the M.C. Woodward uses humour, satire, and a host of colourful, memorable characters to explore the human condition and begs the question, are we really that different than our ancestors? Woodward's satirical look at the human condition will have you entertained from start to finish.

So, there you have it. And, of course, since it's Christmas time, there are about a jillion cookbooks out this week, too. So, if that's your jam, now's the time.

#Newreleases #localauthors #debutauthors #debut

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