What’s Cooking

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  1. Thanks to all the people reponsible for helping refine the cover for October Song. Your feedback was much appreciated – I think it looks fab now! 🙂

  2. One of the lovely Otober Song reviews so far: ‘An absolute piledriver of a dark future thriller that instantly hooks you and doesn’t let go till the end. Horribly believable and utterly compelling.’ Neil Williamson, author of The Moon King & Thirty Years of Rain.

  3. Here’s another fantastic review by a well-known author: ‘October Song reads like a perfectly structured thriller, but filled with the same rage against the political-military establishment that nestled deep in Iain Banks’ heart. Its combination of a gritty noir aesthetic with one of the most chilling depictions of the near-future since Children of Men results in a work of superlative readability.’ Gary Gibson, award-nominated author of Angel Stations and Stealing Light.

  4. Very grateful for this from one of the UK’s bestselling SF authors, Ken MacLeod: ‘A grim and gripping near-future thriller with sharp political edges and scarily plausible projections, rooted in intimate knowledge of real places.’

  5. October Song just got a great few paragraphs in Gary Gibson’s blog, along with the hugely talented Hal Duncan. Gary says: ‘It reminded me of Iain Banks at his fiery best.’ Being something of a fan of Iain Banks, I couldn’t ask for higher praise than that! https://www.garygibson.net/

  6. Just starting to get reviews in of october Song on Amazon. Two so far – both 5 star, which is amazing. From Mr P. Quigley:

    ‘This reads like some previously lost collaboration between Iain Banks & Ken Macleod. It’s a definite page turner, written by someone with extensive geographical knowledge of and love for Argyll
    The characters are well developed and the plot fascinating and fast paced. Numerous twists and turns keep the reader involved & interested. I’ve not spent seven straight hours reading a novel for a very long time, I was engrossed from the first chapter.’

    From Angela Barron:

    ‘I devoured this novel on holiday. It is action packed and fast paced, keeping you hooked and on the edge of your seat. It has the effect that a really good novel should achieve – it gets you compulsively turning the pages to find out what happens but at the same time you don’t want to reach the end because then the experience will be over. I enjoyed the interesting and 3D characters, especially the lead – as a woman, it’s always refreshing to read a strong, female character. As a pro-indy Scot, it was frankly traumatising and emotional reading! I won’t go into detail to avoid spoilers but it was all a bit horrifyingly believable and of course the places were familiar and beloved. I really only had one small complaint – sex scene, not content wise but perspective wise. I felt that it undermined the strong, female lead because it wasn’t part of her narrative and she suddenly seemed like a supporting actor rather than the protagonist. That said I think the author wrote brilliant female characters, far better than many male authors, so I’m really at the point of being picky because the book does tick all the boxes for me besides this one minor frustration. It’s a blooming good yarn! A book you can disappear into and not notice the hours passing. At just £3.99, it’s great value too.’

  7. Fab review of October Song last Thursday in the Oban Times (7th February):

    ‘In a manner reminiscent of Richard Hannay in John Buchan’s The Thirty Nine Steps, Coira Keir finds herself in Scotland fleeing from forces who would do her harm. But the near-future world depicted here is a lot more complicated than that described by Buchan 100 years ago. Scotland has re-united with the United Kingdom after a period of independence, explosions have detonated and the Secret Service is hot on the trail of the suspects.

    In this highly-charged environment, the West Highlands and Islands offer some hope of avoiding capture, because ‘North of Oban, property crime is no longer looked at by the police.’ Pringle will take readers of this newspaper on a journey through very familiar haunts as the mystery deepens and unexplained events occur, with multiple characters including migrants in a camp. The pace is brisk as drones are deployed in the hunt for escapees from justice.

    Pringle has a background as a journalist, musician and photographer and his descriptions of the Highlands and island landscapes are highly evocative. His well-written novel will engage readers and provoke fear in equal measure. For as Britain as a whole and Scotland in particular stand today on the cusp of a momentous and unclear future, October Song has tapped into this uncertainty and offers a future vision in thriller form which is at the same time highly political and often disturbing.

    Ru Pringle’s October Song is available on Amazon, including the Amazon unlimited Subscription service.’

    Review by Eric MacIntyre.

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