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Rhys Thomas lives in Wales. He is thirty-one years old. THE SUICIDE CLUB is his first novel.
Society is on the brink of collapse. The Old World is vanishing, the New World is taking over. There are no rules. Not now that a deadly disease is spreading that causes its victims to turn violent. Previously loving people become murderous. No-one can tell who will turn and who will not.
March 2010 Debut of the Month. My favourite first novel of the month. A raw, compelling slice of teenage angst taken to the limits. It tells of the ‘new boy’ influencing a bunch of misfits, loners, who need to belong and who embrace the idea of forming an elite group. How he influences them and the dreadful consequences had me glued to the pages into the small hours. All teenagers wonder what life is about and if it’s worth it. This novel so captures that disillusionment, it’s painful. Very highly recommended. Comparison: Donna Tartt (Secret History), Joe Dunthorne (Submarine).
THE RUBY SLIPPERS OF OZ: Thirty Years Later by Rhys Thomas
This is not an ordinary love story, and Sam Holloway is not your typical hero. But he is a hero... Sam Holloway is 26 years old, and since a terrible tragedy struck in his life, he's lost faith in the world. As a means of keeping his grief at bay, he needs everything to be just so - he has a strict routine, from which he rarely deviates, and if he focuses on this, and on his mundane job at a Japanese electronics office, he can just about avoid confronting the unbearable loneliness of his life. But, three nights a week, Sam leaves his small insignificant life behind, dons his carefully constructed superhero costume, and patrols the streets of his community - preventing crime, protecting the vulnerable, an acting as a power for good. When Sam is wearing his superhero costume, he feels invincible. But his superhero activities are getting him into some sticky, and increasingly dangerous situations. And when a girl comes into his life - a beautiful, perfect girl who actually thinks he is worth talking to - it throws his careful routines into chaos. Sam needs to decide whether he can be brave enough to take a chance on love. And believing that something good can come after all the pain. This is a heart-breaking story about grief, loss and loneliness. But it's also a heart-warming story about love, and the great power of kindness.
Amory Du Brokker is an evil ex-Stasi Mitarbeiter, who, with the connivance of the sinister Gay Rights, Ambigues terrorists, kills fat women and always gets away with it. The Feminist movement are infuriated with his radio show, with the tagline "e;It is better to f**k a mattress than a fat woman!"e;. The authorities are frightened of him because no community in society has taken offense with his activities, even though they are random. But one indignant fat woman has decided to take him on!
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