Welcome to the blog tour for the Hobson & Choi series, including the first book The Girl Who Tweeted Wolf and the new book in the series, Rush Jobs. Author Nick Bryan talks us through his top ten series and it’s a great list. Also, read on and don’t forget to enter the tour wide giveaway below!
Guest Post from Nick Bryan
Top Ten Book Series
My dark-comedy crime book series Hobson & Choi is more serialised than a CD of the Serial podcast covered in lengthy identification numbers and buried in cornflakes, so for this blog tour post, I thought I’d run down a top ten of my favourite book series.
In order to reward serial success, I’ve only included entries where I’ve read more than one volume. Even with that rule, this proved to be a hard list to decide, but I eventually settled on an order…
#10 – The Lives Of Tao by Wesley Chu
This sci-fi action-body-possession saga started slow but had my full attention by the end of second book The Deaths Of Tao, going in some entirely unexpected directions. Excited to read not just the final book in the trilogy, but an upcoming second whole trilogy set in the same universe.
Small shout-out to Kim Curran’s Shifter trilogy here – close run between them for this spot on the list, and I’ll be there for the conclusion in Delete.
#9 – The Split Worlds by Emma Newman
This world of squabbling high-society faerie folk, highlighted by class/gender struggles and an entertaining animate gargoyle, is charming, funny and increasingly exciting throughout Newman’s first two books. Still got to read the final one (yes, I know, it’s already out, I’m getting round to it), looking forward to seeing how she concludes the current storylines, not to mention the oft-hinted future plans for the setting.
#8 – Discworld by Terry Pratchett
Is Discworld a series, or multiple interlocking series that simply share a disc? Or something entirely different? Anyway, it’s unique. Like many people, I am most partial to the Vimes/Watch books, but it’s rare not to be entertained by any given volume. Gotta recognise that kind of achievement.
#7 – The Curse Workers by Holly Black
This trilogy focuses on magic as a tool of con-artists, using their powers to take their poor unfortunate marks for even more. It lives up to that premise with twist after twist and a real sense of lingering one-mistake-and-we’re-screwed peril. First book White Cat is the highlight, but the series as a whole contains memorable characters and cliffhangers aplenty.
#6 – The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Yes, The Hunger Games trilogy had a fairly transparent allegorical set-up, but more than made up for it with constant tension and visceral violence. It sealed the deal with Mockingjay, a finale which changed the tone completely by asking: “So, um, how would someone actually react to this situation?” Divided fans in the process, won my admiration (and a higher place on this list) for taking the chance.
#5 – The Skyscraper Throne by Tom Pollock
Recently read The Glass Republic, the second book in this trilogy, and was taken aback by it. The first book presented an intriguing take on London, and the sequel delved deeper into that world with style, emotion and pace. Not read the final part yet, I may just be riding high after reading the second recently, but good series. Try it.
#4 – A Song Of Ice And Fire by George R.R. Martin
Well, you had to know this would turn up. The epic fantasy series that hooked hordes of avid not-fantasy readers using characterisation, banter and incest. These books perhaps sprawled a little too far in the most recent two volumes, but I’m no less excited to read what happens next. Or see it, if the TV show gets there first.
#3 – Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
You probably saw this guy coming as well. Harry’s grown a little over-exposed over time and there was a lot of camping in the final book, but as serialised genre adventures go, there’s a reason Potter resonated so widely. A huge immersive world, enough memorable characters for everyone to have a different favourite.
#2 – Miriam Black by Chuck Wendig
No, this series hasn’t finished yet, but I have read all three to date, and it’s great. Wry, dark, clever, thoughtful, a clear mystery emerging behind it all. To be honest, this might’ve been lower based on just the first two, but stunning third part The Cormorant shoved this over the top to become one of my favourite fictional endeavours currently ongoing. Looking forward to this year’s Thunderbird, not to mention the possible TV adaptation.
#1 – The First Law by Joe Abercrombie
Lastly and bestly, it’s Joe Abercrombie’s The First Law trilogy! A fantasy series which starts with character and finishes there too, playing with expectations and serving up wit and emotion in equal amounts. Dark humour, flashes of magic and a constant driving plot, ranging across loads of characters without ever losing clarity. One of my favourite things I’ve ever read, and I’m pretty happy that there’s another three books in the same universe out there.
Honourable mention to Abercrombie’s recent Half A King, commencing a new YA trilogy, which got off to a thrilling start. Also enjoyed the first books in Paul Cornell’s Shadow Police series, plus the start of the Heartland trilogy by Wendig – if only I’d gotten round to reading the second ones, they might’ve been included above.
So there’s a load of series books I enjoyed. I’ve tended towards recent stuff, because I think that’s part of the thrill of reading series – the feeling of being carried along in the moment. If you violently disagree, or you know a series you think I’d enjoy based on the above, let me know in the comments.
About The Girl Who Tweeted Wolf
“If we get 400 followers, John Hobson will solve that nasty wolf-murder case for free! Fight the thing himself if he has to! #HobsonVsWolf!”
Angelina Choi was only trying to drum up some Twitter followers and make a good impression on her first day interning at John Hobson’s one-man detective agency.
But the campaign went viral and now they have a murder to solve, no money coming in, and an unwilling Hobson faced with battling some enormous beast.
With both follower and body counts rising, can they crack the case without offending everyone or being eaten by a huge dog?
The Girl Who Tweeted Wolf is the first case starring Hobson & Choi, a bickering, mismatched detective duo for 21st century London. This book collects the debut storyline of the hit darkly comic crime web serial, extensively rewritten and improved for this definitive edition.
About Rush Jobs
“Sometimes #crime feels like the Matrix. Or the #patriarchy or #porn. It’s everywhere, even in people you trusted, and there’s so MUCH of it.”
Angelina Choi returns for her second and final week of work experience at John Hobson’s detective agency, ready for anything after their first successful murder solve.
After all that online buzz, they’re in phenomenal demand. Can Hobson & Choi solve a kidnapping, play chicken with corporate crime, beat back gentrification, save a dog from drug dealers and head off violent backlash from their last case?
Or will grim revelations about Hobson’s past leave them floundering in the chaos?
Rush Jobs collects the second major storyline in the Hobson & Choi saga, #1 on Jukepop Serials and #2 in Dark Comedy on Amazon, adding brand new chapters and scenes to the case.
About Nick Bryan
Nick Bryan is a London-based writer of genre fiction, usually with some blackly comic twist. As well as the detective saga Hobson & Choi, he is also working on a novel about the real implications of deals with the devil and has stories in several anthologies.
When not reading or writing books, Nick Bryan enjoys racquet sports, comics and a nice white beer.
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