Search

Brett Michael Orr

Category

Thoughts

THE BUREAU OF TIME Giveaway!

Have you been waiting to read my debut novel, The Bureau of Time? It could be your lucky day – you can now enter my Rafflecopter competition to win one of three copies of THE BUREAU OF TIME for your digital device. It’s a fun and free-to-enter raffle, and you can earn extra votes by simple actions like tweeting or shelving my book on Goodreads!

The competition is open now and closes 11:59pm, Friday 22nd (Brisbane, Australia time). The competition is  worldwide.

What are you waiting for? Go enter – and good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js

Opinion: The Danger of Hype

I have a problem.

It’s a problem that many bookworms, movie buffs, and gaming enthusiasts around the world share with me – a type of problem that’s easy to fall into, but desperately difficult to break free of. I am, of course, talking about over-hyping, or as it’s more commonly referred to as on the internet, the hype train or hype cycle.

Continue reading “Opinion: The Danger of Hype”

The Bureau of Time: Cover Reveal and Amazon Release

Ending 2015 with the most exciting news of all – my debut novel, The Bureau of Time, is now available on the Amazon store for purchase, and you can see the official cover below!

You can find it in the American, Australian, British, and Canadian stores, or your own localized store. It’ll soon be coming to iBookstore, Kobo, and other major digital reading platforms – so keep checking your local store, or #TheBureauOfTime on Twitter to stay up-to-date!

the-bureau-of-time-cover

Announcing: The Bureau of Time

Over the past year, I’ve been working tirelessly on the Young Adult Science-Fiction Thriller, The Bureau of Time (the first in The Timewalker Trilogy).

Today, I am thrilled to announce that The Bureau of Time will be published in early 2016 by Fontaine Publishing Group and will be available for purchase on all major digital reading platforms around the world, including Kindle, Kobo, iBookstore and more.

Continue reading “Announcing: The Bureau of Time”

2015 Bookish Awards

Inspired by the Goodreads Choice Awards, I decided to recap my Goodreads reading challenge from the year, and award some of the best books I’ve read this year! You can see a complete list of all books I’ve read here, and don’t forget that all books I read are reviewed right here on this blog!

Continue reading “2015 Bookish Awards”

Opinion: The Benefits and Dangers of Binge-reading

There’s nothing quite like discovering a new series that you’ve never read before, and throwing yourself head-first into the pages. After all, readers know better than anyone else what the painful wait between novels is like, as the calendar crawls toward the release date. Binge-reading skips the wait and delivers a unique reading experience, but it’s not without both benefits and dangers.

Continue reading “Opinion: The Benefits and Dangers of Binge-reading”

Review: ZEROES

ZEROS is available in bookstores from now! Thanks to Allen and Unwin Australia for the review copy!

ZEROES is an ambitious book. A collaboration between three authors – Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti, ZEROES tells the story of six teenagers with various supernatural powers, and their struggle to come to grips with these abilities.

No author alone could hope to pen six characters, so the collaboration is both unique and highly effective. Remarkably, all three authors wrote so similarly that I could have easily attested to a single author writing everything. The characters are all very different in their actions and abilities, so the reader never gets lost between them.

Unfortunately with multiple characters, some are bound to be better than others. Personally, I found Chizara and Flickr to be the weakest characters, simply in terms of their progression through the novel. I didn’t connect with them in the same way I connected with Kelsie and Ethan; but with so many characters, and with the chapters being relatively short, it wasn’t too distracting.

Ethan (aka ‘Scam’, according to his codename), is clearly the protagonist of the book, even with the other supporting characters. His ability is to ‘scam’ – he can start talking and convince anyone of anything. He doesn’t outright lie though – his ‘voice’ actually tells the raw, unfiltered truth quite often, knowing things about people that Ethan has absolutely no knowledge about.

The other characters have similarly intriguing powers – Nate, aka Bellwether, can influence a crowd to his purpose; Chizara (Crash) can blackout electronic devices; Riley (Flickr) is blind, but can see through other people’s eyes; Thibault (Anonymous) is almost permanently ‘forgotten’ by people; and Kelsie (Mob) can change the emotions of a gathering.

The plot revolves around one innocent mistake – Ethan becoming involved in a bank robbery after stealing a bag of cash from a local thug. This escalates into a series of connected events surrounding both a Russian gang, and the teenagers’ own struggles with eachother.

Their group – the ‘Zeroes’ – has been fractured for a year since Ethan used his voice to criticize and attack them all; this incident forms a lot of the conflict, slowly revealed piece by piece as the book unfolds.

The real heart of ZEROES is the characters’ acceptance of their powers. These are not Comic-Golden-Age powers that have no consequences, but very real and ultimately dangerous superpowers with ramifications. It’s a nice play on an old concept, and works very well.

Ultimately, I found that the ending of ZEROES perfectly wrapped the book up, which makes me a little cautious of a sequel. This is the type of novel that could stand on its own – given its length, variety of characters, and a satisfying ending, I don’t see where the series could be going. I’ll be interested to read it nonetheless, and until then, I heartily recommend that you give this book a try!

The Good

Amazingly well-written characters with carefully-thought-out superpowers. A gripping narrative and satisfying conclusion.

The Bad

I didn’t connect with all of the characters, and the novel’s length made me run out of steam towards the end of the back half.

The Verdict

An impressive collaborative novel between three clearly exceptional authors. ZEROES delivers a gritty look at heroes and superpowers – proving that everything has consequences.

star-2-32star-2-32star-2-32star-2-32star-5-32

4/5 Stars

The Best of Australian Fiction

I spend a lot of time reading and writing American fiction, but my home country of Australia produces dozens of new readers and writers every year in the genres of contemporary and commercial fiction. There are some amazing local novels just waiting to be discovered, so I turned to my fellow Australian Bloggers to unearth their favorite AusLit novels!

Continue reading “The Best of Australian Fiction”

What Is Classical Literature?

A few weeks ago, I asked the question, What Is Young Adult, because it’s my favorite genre to read and write. In the comments, Ally R (@scribble_sprite) suggested ‘What is Classical Literature’ as the next step in the ‘What Is’ series, so I enlisted the help of my good friend – and classics aficionado – Mariella Hunt to explain why she loves older novels!

I’ve been called strange by friends when I tell them what my favorite books are. Very rarely will you hear me mention a modern-day book; no, if you want to start me on a fangirlish rant, it’s got to be about classical literature. I’m an old soul who craves writing styles that take me back in time. I want to see how people lived, what the culture was like–I want to hear about it first-hand.

Continue reading “What Is Classical Literature?”

Website Powered by WordPress.com.

Up ↑