17 October, 2012

Blogfest: Did I Notice Your Book?

The Did I Notice Your Book Blogfest is hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh and Ciara Knight, and is all about spreading the word about books.

Post about a book you've noticed. You can choose a book that you've read, something you saw on a blog or social media site, Goodreads, or a sales website. Anything that caught your eye because of a great cover, blurb or reviews, but DON'T tell the author that their book has been noticed. Instead, shout out on social media sites, and encourage others to do the same, until the author finds his/her book.

Leave a blog comment at Ninja Captain Alex's BLOG or Ciara Knight's BLOG when the author finds their book.

Only two rules:
  1. You can't post about your own book.
  2. The book shouldn't be on the New York Times or USA Today bestseller list. 
This is your chance to shout out about a book that might not have been noticed by others.

I had a hard time deciding which book to post about for this. I follow hundreds of authors, many of whom have published their work, and they're all impressive. However, as I had to narrow it down to something, here's what I went with:

Year Zero by Rob Reid.

An alien advance party was suddenly nosing around my planet.
Worse, they were lawyering up. . . .


In the hilarious tradition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Rob Reid takes you on a headlong journey through the outer reaches of the universe—and the inner workings of our absurdly dysfunctional music industry.

Low-level entertainment lawyer Nick Carter thinks it’s a prank, not an alien encounter, when a redheaded mullah and a curvaceous nun show up at his office. But Frampton and Carly are highly advanced (if bumbling) extraterrestrials. And boy, do they have news.

The entire cosmos, they tell him, has been hopelessly hooked on humanity’s music ever since "Year Zero" (1977 to us), when American pop songs first reached alien ears. This addiction has driven a vast intergalactic society to commit the biggest copyright violation since the Big Bang. The resulting fines and penalties have bankrupted the whole universe. We humans suddenly own everything—and the aliens are not amused.

Nick Carter has just been tapped to clean up this mess before things get ugly, and he’s an unlikely galaxy-hopping hero: He’s scared of heights. He’s also about to be fired. And he happens to have the same name as a Backstreet Boy. But he does know a thing or two about copyright law. And he’s packing a couple of other pencil-pushing superpowers that could come in handy.

Soon he’s on the run from a sinister parrot and a highly combustible vacuum cleaner. With Carly and Frampton as his guides, Nick now has forty-eight hours to save humanity, while hopefully wowing the hot girl who lives down the hall from him.

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What book(s) have you noticed recently and/or are on your TBR? If you're participating in the Did I Notice Your Book Blogfest, which book did you choose? Heard of Year Zero before?


-----The Golden Eagle

70 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Now that one sounds good - science fiction and music!
Thanks for participating in our blogfest.

Susan Kane said...

This sounds like a rollercoaster ride of a read. good choice.

Nancy Thompson said...

I've never heard of it, and I don't typically read that genre, but it actually sounds pretty darn good.

Ciara said...

I love a great science fiction. The cover is awesome in its simplicity. Thanks for participating!!

Susan Roebuck said...

Oh this sounds great - if it's a third funny as The Hitchhiker's Guide then this book's for me. Off to Amazon (for about the tenth time today). Good one, GE!

Tara Tyler said...

i loved hitchhikers guide! if it is like that i cant wait to read it! thanks!

Romance Book Haven said...

Loved reading about this book. Thanks for posting Golden.

And this sound a good blogfest to bring fellow writers books out in the open.

Nas

LynNerdKelley said...

That sounds like a fun read. No, never heard of year zero! I'm participating in the blogfest, and the book I chose is Time's Enemy by Jennette Marie Powell. It's book 1 in the Saturn Society novels. I also added the second book, too, just in case anyone wanted to check out both of them. Book 2 is Time's Fugitive. I read them both and I think they're fantastic. It's obvious the author did a ton of research for the historical settings, and I love how the MCs hop from one time period to another to escape the danger they're in.

Angela Brown said...

The premise for this book sounds like it could have readers turning the pages and enjoying the fun all the way through. Go Rob Reid!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

This sounds hilarious. I wish we had copyright police.

Connie Keller said...

I'm not usually a sci-fi fan, but this sounds great!

J. A. Bennett said...

That first line really grabbed me. Great choice!

Old Kitty said...

I've not heard of this book but it sounds like fun and anything with a whiff of Hitchiker's Guide is a-ok with me!! Yay! take care
x

Brinda said...

"Galaxy-hopping hero" - lol. This is a great choice and I've not seen this one before today. Thanks!

M Pax said...

This sounds hilarious. I need to read this one.

KarenG said...

What a cool idea for a blogfest!

klahanie said...

Hey Golden Eagle,

Wow, what a super choice! "Year Zero". Great concept. Thanks.

Gary :)

Erin Kane Spock said...

This has the fun feel of the Myth Inc. books.
Thanks for dropping by my blog.

Pat Hatt said...

Science fiction is grand, works for my land and neat idea too.

Trisha said...

This one already has me laughing and I haven't even read the first line! Definitely adding it to my list :)

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Sounds like a hoot!

Janet Johnson said...

Okay, this book sounds hilarious! And what a great idea for a blogfest. :)

J.L. Campbell said...

TGE, this cover definitely says Sci-Fi to me.

Jai Joshi said...

Since I love Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy this sounds right up my street! Great pick, Golden Eagle.

Jai

Lynda R Young said...

ha! I LOVE the cover of that book!

Jamie Gibbs said...

Ha; the premise sounds nuts on this one! Sounds like a fun read though :)

Jamie

Elise Fallson said...

What a great pic and the cover rocks! This sounds like such a fun read. Thanks for sharing, must add this to my list.

Cally Jackson said...

I don't usually like sci fi but this sounds hilarious! Might have to give it a try! :-)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi GE .. this definitely sounds interesting and I'll add it to my TBR list - love your review - sounds entertaining fun, with some serious aspects in it ... cheers Hilary

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I'll have to tell my boys about this. Sounds fun!

Hart Johnson said...

HA! Aliens lawyering up! The premise is brilliant! I love it!

Charles Gramlich said...

Very cool idea. I'll try to get involved if I can squeeze out a few minutes this evening.

Morgan said...

Never heard of this! But Rob's book looks fantastic... thanks SO much for sharing! This blogfest has been really fun to visit...

Jack said...

Aliens! I want to find this book!

Allons-y!

Beth said...

Awesome! Wish I had known about this I would have hopped in.

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Cherie Reich said...

This looks like such a fun book! Love the cover!

Carrie Butler said...

That sounds awesome! :D

Liz said...

That sounds exactly my speed.

Rusty Webb said...

my tbr pile is actually a bookshelf. My read shelves are downstairs in the den, my tbr shelf is in my bedroom. Looks like I've got about 60 books or so in my pile.

That doesn't count my 'virtual' pile of ebooks. I'd say I've got over a hundred I'm trying to get through. I'm still working my way through the Border's sell off a year ago when the went belly-up.

I've heard very good things about the book you chose for this. I hope to read it one day.

Tyrean Martinson said...

That sounds awesomely funny - I need to read that soon. Thanks for the pick!

Carol Kilgore said...

This one is totally new to me. But what a great premise! Thanks :)

....Petty Witter said...

What a great idea, I'm loving your choice. Mine would have to be The Owl Killers by Karen Maitland which isn't about the killing of birds as the title might suggest.

DWei said...

I'd suggest David Wong's This Book is Full of Spiders but it already has a lot of attention on it.

Nick Wilford said...

Wow, that sounds like it's packed with brilliant ideas. I love Hitchhiker's. Adding it to my list!

The Golden Eagle said...

Alex: I've had a lot of fun. :)

Susan: Thanks!

Nancy: Glad you liked the sound of it.

Ciara: You're welcome!

Susan: Thanks. I love The Hitchhiker's Guide as well.

Tara: Anytime!

Nas: I'm glad you enjoyed reading about it.

A lot of books got featured, that's for sure.

LynNerdKelley: I love the sound of those books. Time travel is awesome. :)

Angela: Indeed!

Susan: Well, some people would probably argue we do in the form of takedown notices and ISPs and governments shutting down people's internet . . .

Connie: It sounds like it could have a lot of cross-genre appeal.

J. A.: Thank you.

Old Kitty: Douglas Adams was such a fun writer. :)

Brinda: You're welcome!

Mary: Me, too.

Karen: Alex and Ciara really pulled it together well.

Klahanie: Thank YOU for coming by!

Erin: Myth Inc. . . . the name rings a bell. I'll have to look those books up.

Enjoyed stopping by!

Pat: Works for mine as well. :)

Trisha: Glad I could interest you in Year Zero.

Joylene: Yup!

Janet: Credit to Alex and Ciara for planning and hosting. :)

The Golden Eagle said...

J.L.: Anything with that kind of face does, it's true. :)

Jai: Thank you.

Lynda: I love it, too.

Jamie: Nutty books can be great reads. I love following (or trying to follow) an author's crazy ideas.

Elise: You're very welcome!

Cally: Cool. :)

Hilary: Actually, that's the blurb from Goodreads, not my review. I'm glad it piqued your interest, though.

Elizabeth: It does to me, too.

Hart: That line caught my eye as well.

Charles: It's nice to see people in the blogosphere spreading the word about books.

Morgan: You're welcome! :)

Jack: I love it when there are aliens in a book, too.

Beth: Maybe another book blogging event will crop up. There always seems to be something book-related happening in the blogosphere! :)

Cherie: I like it, too.

Carrie: Glad you liked the sound of it.

Liz: Mine as well. Humorous, out-of-the-box books always attract my attention.

Rusty: 160+?! Those are a lot of books to read.

Tyrean: You're welcome!

Carol: I really liked the premise as well. Hilarious.

Petty Witter: I remember your review of The Owl Killers. It's on my TBR now. :)

DWei: I have John Dies at the End on hold at the library; planning to get around to This Book is Full of Spiders after that.

Nick: It's one of my favorite series.

Stephen Tremp said...

I'm outlining something similar based on Hitchikers Guide. A crazy zany madcapped and kind of dark humor story/

Best wishes to Rob Reid and his book!

Paul Tobin said...

This sounds a very funny book. I shall have to get this one.

Talli Roland said...

SUCH a cool idea fora blogfest! Great choice of book.

mshatch said...

Oh, this sounds like fun, a bit like Christopher Moore.

scarlett clay said...

Nope, I've never heard of it but it sounds interesting. My list of TBR is getting soooo long! :)

I picked up a book this last Spring that was so phenomenal I couldn't believe I hadn't heard of it before. It's called "Gormenghast" by Mervyn Peaks...it's gothic fantasy...all I can say is that MP had an amazing gift for creating character. It's a trilogy but I've never read the other two (Titus Groan is the second I think) I'm curious to know if you've ever heard of it or read it?

Misha Gericke said...

Hahahaha this blurb alone had me laughing. I'll definitely read this one. :-D

Milo James Fowler said...

I like the sound -- and look -- of this one; nice choice.

The Golden Eagle said...

Stephen: Sounds awesome. I love those kinds of books. :)

Paul: I'll have to do the same!

Talli: Thank you.

Mshatch: Christopher Moore? I've never read anything by him.

Scarlett: LOL. Mine too. :)

I've heard of the author and Gormenghast--but I've never read it. I will have to check it out.

Misha: I thought the blurb was funny, too.

Milo: Thanks! :)

Mikazuki said...

That sounds really cool! I'll have to check it out. :D

Beth said...

What a great idea! This book sounds terrific.

Jemi Fraser said...

What an awesome concept!! Sounds like a ton of fun - thanks for the tip :)

Shannon Lawrence said...

This book sounds fun, and it's one I'd not heard of before. Great choice!

Shannon at The Warrior Muse

David P. King said...

As I'm a huge Hitchhiker's fan, I can appreciate some more sci fi comedy. Thanks for noticing this. I'm on the lookout for it now. :)

The Golden Eagle said...

Mikazuki: Glad you like the sound of the book. :)

Beth: It's certainly an original book premise.

Jemi: You're very welcome. :)

Shannon: Thank you!

The Golden Eagle said...

David: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is one of my favorites, too. Humorous SF is awesome. :)

Medeia Sharif said...

I want to read this book. I love the description. Now I'm off to Goodreads to add this to my wish list.

The Golden Eagle said...

Medeia: I really like the blurb too.

Lydia Kang said...

Sounds like a fun read, and I hadn't heard of it before. Thanks!

Jack said...

Thank you so much for you cover input and the colour wheel idea! I found one online and it helped a lot! Clever things, those.

Allons-y!

The Golden Eagle said...

Lydia: You're welcome!

Jack: Glad I could be of some help. :)

Sangu Mandanna said...

This sounds like such a fun blogfest idea! And the book certainly sounded intriguing.

Just wanted to also thank you for your comment on my blog today - I'm so, so happy you liked THE LOST GIRL! Thanks for picking it up :-)

mywithershins said...

'Year Zero' sounds hilarious! I loved Hitchhiker's Guide, so I'm sure this one will be right up my alley!

I think this Blogfest idea is a lot of fun. Did the author ever find you?

The Golden Eagle said...

Sangu: You're welcome. :) I'd been planning to read it ever since I'd heard it was being published!

Mywithershins: I don't believe he did. But maybe with time I'll sneak up the search engine listings or something.