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Intrusion: A Novel
A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More

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"Allyson Bird is a rare bird indeed. An original voice in a world of plain vanilla. She rides some dark waves with grace and a heart full of light and shadow. if there's any justice, she's on her way to real recognition." --Joe R. Lansdale, winner of the British Fantasy Award, the American Horror Award, the Edgar, and seven Bram Stoker Awards.

"The stories in Allyson Bird's, Wine and Rank Poison draw us into a world of dark magic, infinite possibility and abiding-terror; and she does it with a style reminiscent of Shirley Jackson and Robert Bloch. Highly recommended." --NY Times bestseller Jonathan Maberry, author of Rot & Ruin and The Dragon Factory.

"...Bird's writing is idiosyncratic, offbeat and troubling, a personal take on the complex legacy of pulp fiction." --Joel Lane, British Fantasy Award winning author of The Earth Wire and My Stone Desire.

"The stories in Allyson Bird's, Wine and Rank Poison draw us into a world of dark magic, infinite possibility and abiding-terror; and she does it with a style reminiscent of Shirley Jackson and Robert Bloch. Highly recommended." --NY Times bestseller Jonathan Maberry, author of Rot & Ruin and The Dragon Factory.

"...Bird's writing is idiosyncratic, offbeat and troubling, a personal take on the complex legacy of pulp fiction." --Joel Lane, British Fantasy Award winning author of The Earth Wire and My Stone Desire.

About the Author

Allyson Bird lives in New Zealand, with her husband. Occasionally she is drawn to strange places and people, and occasionally they are drawn to her. her favourite playground, both as an adult and child, is the village graveyard. Once she wondered what would happen if she took one of the green stones from a grave. She has been looking over her should ever since but has never given it back.

Her debut collection, Bull Running for Girls,won best collection, in the British Fantasy Society awards, 2009.Dark Regions Press published her second collection of stories, Wine and Rank Poison, in October of 2010.

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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Regions Press; First edition (April 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937128008
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937128005
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,418,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By B. Nommensen on July 14, 2012
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I read this book because I saw it had won a Bram Stoker award for best debut novel, and I've enjoyed many of the winners and nominees in the past. Now I'm wondering what it says about the other books in the category that this managed to win.

I will say this. The author created a very original world, a sort of alternate history that was well researched and very clever. The creativity of the idea kept me reading until the end.

However, that is where the positives end. To take a quote from the book, intended to describe Isis but actually apropos to the author: "Her sentences were full of unusual associations and illogical connections," to the point of frustration. This reads more like a first draft or a plot outline. Sentences are sloppy, misconstrued, and towards the end, very clipped. The omniscient perspective jumps around frequently to poor effect. Details that should have been indicated earlier are added too late. It's almost as if the author simply made things up as she went along, revealed a plot point she forgot, and then just kept going. This happens frequently, where dramatic, important events or details are told outright and out of place, while the mundane carries more description and dialog. As a result, the reader is kept at a distance from all of the characters. There are many errors in wording and tense. The creation of a brilliant world is of no use if it is not described and utilized properly. This could have been like a fantastic opium dream. Instead, it's just a lazy, dreamless snooze.
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This book will take you on a trip. In your mind, heart & soul.
Why? Because it makes you think of what happened to the Ancient Gods & Goddesses
of old? In particular, the book shines a light on the Egyptian Gods & Goddesses.
What did happen to the Egyptian Gods Thoth, Osiris or Horus? What about Isis,
the throne of Egypt? And Her twin sister Nephthys?
Take this ride & let your own ideas behind. Enjoy the thoughts
of this author's story. It is a different point of view & a good work
of fiction. Enjoy.
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A truly original melange of horror, fantasy and steampunk. I loved the concept, the characters and the story. Mummies and the undead are creatures of pathos as well as horror, and the gods are as badly behaved as one might expect from creatures with unlimited power. The steampunk Britain is well realised, and the political and religious structures involving descendents of Anthony and Cleopatra and the pantheon of Egyptian gods is unique. In some ways the book could have been longer. Some events seem to happen almost too quickly, and there is certainly enough raw material in here for a series of novels. A very minor carp was changing character points of view within individual chapters, though I know plenty of writers with back catalogues of novels who do this as well. I was impressed by the sheer originality of Allyson's book, as much as anything else. I predict great things for this writer. I was picturing an HBO TV series as I read it - and that's high praise indeed.
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