The Nights Too Dark by MH Snowy
GENRE: Science fiction
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BLURB: Hidden inside the most unlikely person can be the most extraordinary hero …
Jeremy Sunson is surrounded by crazy. Mrs Abercrombie, upstairs, is widowed because her husband glued feathers to his arms, jumped off the building and tried to fly. His neighbour, Strykland, has gone mad since his wife died in a freak car accident—his only thread to reality the doomsday machine he’s building and his daughter … and, of course, spacemen invade Jeremy’s living room.
Every night, in glorious Technicolour, there’s a battle royal between two high-tech assassins who continually blast Jeremy’s apartment to shreds. Each man has one mission: Red wants to kill Jeremy, Bronze wants to save him!
Though his therapist insists he’s just having bad dreams—Jeremy knows better. It’s time to fight. He’s sick and tired of being sick, scared and tired! Armed with rare confidence and a baseball bat, this night, Jeremy fights like the crazy man he isn’t!
But how can he ever imagine when he’s won the battle, the war is only just beginning … over and over and over again?
The Nights Too Dark—ride a wave of laughter, fun, and sci-fi fantasy all the way to Armageddon!
Excerpt: Battle? Jeremy ambled home from Dr. Smith, the word strange in his mouth. He’d never fought for anything before, let alone himself. Was that why he always felt a failure? Why he’d taken stress leave?
Battle. As he repeated the syllables in his head, he became more accustomed to them, more familiar with the concept.
Battle? Well, why not? He considered his life so far not at all successful. On any measure he merely existed. Like now: the train he boarded he treated as an inconvenience, not an adventure. A plodder, his third grade teacher labelled him, and he’d never broken out of that mould. Why not start now?
Battle. Yes—he would battle! And what better place to practice than in his dreams?
“Battle,” he said with a whisper. The old man next to him on the train glanced at him askance. “Battle.” The man moved to another seat.
The train slowed for his stop. Time for action. “Battle!” he said. “I’m going to kill you, Red!”
Women pulled their children out of his way. But Jeremy didn’t care. He strode towards battle!
Jeremy didn’t know how one went about preparing for battle in one’s dreams. He decided that physical preparation—combat training—might put him in the right frame of mind. Combat equipment not forming a traditional part of the tax return process, Jeremy didn’t have any, but he remembered adverts about Dancercise or Kickercise. And if they could do it …
AUTHOR Bio and Links: Melindra Hattfield Snowy, a part-time writer and full-time dreamer, who of course prefers to be known as MH, has penned the first three adventures of The 12 Nights of Jeremy Sunson, collected in her first novel, The Nights Too Dark. She is also the author of In Harm’s Way, the first novella in Harm’s story published by Pygaso Productions, described as epic fantasy meets The Truman Show.
MH has also penned several short stories including We Three Laws of Robotics Are and The Secret Invasion of George Kranskii which explains how road rage is result the result of an alien invasion.
You can find MH at http://www.MHSnowy.com, on Goodreads, and you can follow @MHSnowy_Dreamer on Twitter.
When not writing or occupied with her dual-identity, MH walks through the mountains with her partner or tries to unravel the secrets of her great-grandmother, an adventuress who disembarked from the French steamer Laos in 1931 seeking to uncover rumours of Mayan temples deep in the heart of the Amazon jungle, and disappeared, never to be heard of again.
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I had so much fun reading this! Jeremy is an unlikely hero. He’s timid, he’s clumsy, and he thinks he’s going insane. Every night, in his apartment, two futuristic robots stage a fight to the death, often destroying half his building in the process. But when he awakes, everything is normal. What’s happening? He decides he’s losing his mind, and contacts a shrink – who tells him it’s just a dream. So, Jeremy decides to take control of his dream and the result it hilarious as the robots are treated to the sight of Jeremy, armed with a baseball bat, telling them to get out of his head. Red robot wants to kill him, and Bronze has been sent to protect him. When Jeremy realizes it’s not a dream – he also finds out that the future of the world depends on his staying alive – but the Red robot is not the only thing he has to worry about. A suicidal neighbor has developed a mysterious weapon that can wipe out the world – and Jeremy has to somehow find a way to stop a chain of events that kicks off then the man’s wife dies. The story is told from Jeremy’s POV – and his wry, resigned voice is the perfect foil for the chaos unfolding around him. The story is gripping and funny, the writing excellent, and I highly recommend this to anyone who has loved “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, for example!