Tuesday, July 09, 2013

"That is, until his father falls out of the sky" (Books!)

Author Andrew Leon has just released the newest installment in his ongoing serialized horror novel "Shadow Spinner":

Tiberius has always thought of himself as a normal 10-year-old boy. Maybe he's a little smarter than everyone else, but that's still normal. He's scared of shadows, but everyone's scared of something, right? His mother's completely paranoid and called the cops the one time, just one time, he went over to a friend's house after school, but, still, he's normal even if his mother is not. At least, that's what he thinks until the day his mother finally decides to tell him about his father, and she tells him things that convince him that one of them is crazy, and he's pretty sure it's not him. That is until the Man with No Eyes shows up and his father falls out of the sky.
I've been reading these as he releases them and I can vouch for this book being phenomenal.  Leon's writing is fantastic: he uses language and plot like an artist uses a paintbrush, in that the further the story goes the more is revealed by the brushstrokes.

Plus, and I probably should have said this first, this book is supercreepy in the horror parts and superfantastic in the rest.  I have no idea where Leon comes up with his ideas, but I wish I could tap into even 1% of the creativity he's got.

Get the latest installment for FREE by clicking here.

Click here to go to part one of the serialization and start at the beginning. (RECOMMENDED ONLY FOR THOSE WHO LOVE GREAT BOOKS AND READING!)

Click here to buy the ENTIRE BOOK all at once in hardcover, or "old-fashioned & outdated" format -- don't wait for the ending like me, just get the whole thing.

And, of course, learn more about Andrew at his blog, "Strange Pegs."  HE POSTS CAT PICTURES. That'll get you clicking over there.


Andrew Leon said...

Ooh! Thanks for the plug!
I'm not sure if it's related, but I went off to the grocery store and came back to find that you had posted this -and- I'd had 200 downloads on part 25. Not total, just in the time I was gone to the grocery store.
Coincidence? I have no way of knowing.

Tina said...

I think not coincidence...but I don't do super-creepy, even though I think your writing is fantastic and I thoroughly enjoy your blog...
Tina @ Life is Good

Andrew Leon said...

@Tina: Define "super-creepy," because I'm not sure I would call Spinner -that- creepy. Okay, maybe, I would. The Man with No Eyes is pretty creepy.

Andrew Leon said...

Posting over my response to your question on my blog:

Hmm... Well, first of all, and I'm in the minority on this, I liked Anansi Boys better than American Gods, and I would say that Ocean is probably closer in style and outlook to Anansi Boys. There is no "concept" at work in Ocean other than the concept of what it's like to be a child and having to deal with very adult things that are happening to you and around you. I would also say it lies in between Neverwhere and Gods in that it has bits that are magical and surreal that are more like Neverwhere but is more grounded in reality like Gods. It's closest to graveyard Book in some aspects but not quite all.
I'm not sure if any of this is helpful.

Briane P said...


Try it.


I'll have to think about whether your additions helped. I'm sure I'll still read it, though. Even his mediocre stuff is worth reading.

Also: 200 downloads? Seriously? You're my idol.

Andrew Leon said...

Well, they were free downloads. No big feat. I've had that happen before. Just not in a two hour window. They returned to a trickle after I got home, so, maybe, I just need to spend more time out.