Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Ace; Original edition
Release Date: February 23, 2010
From Publishers WeeklyRead excerpt.
Benson follows up Death's Daughter with a complicated, slow-moving tale. Being the half-human daughter of the Grim Reaper has advantages—such as immortality—but Calliope Reaper-Jones would rather just get on with her ordinary life in New York City. Then Callie learns that her lost love may still be alive; a dangerous cat-shaped spirit guide seeks human form; and Cerberus, the three-headed guardian of Hell, demands Callie locate and turn over a mysterious architect who's gone missing. Callie bounces from twist to twist as she explores Benson's richly imagined world, where multiple mythologies blend, and the afterlife is run as a corporation. The chick lit voice gets its share of laughs, but the frenzied pace fails to hide the lack of heart or the sense that this time around, the stakes never really amount to much. (Mar.)
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Calliope Reaper-Jones is Death's Daughter. She owes a debt to Cerberus, the three headed dog that guards the gate's of hell-a debt that involves a trip to Purgatory, Las Vegas, ancient Egypt, and a discount department store that's more frightening than any supernatural creature she'll ever encounter.
Author of the Day.
What is the best part of being a writer? What is the worst?
The best part of being a writer is that you get to do your work in your PJ's if you want. The worst part of being a writer is working under a deadline. It always stresses me out the closer I get to finishing a book!
Name one eye-opening thing you learned from your book research.
I am a huge fan of the Greenwood's Map of London. It has all the streets that no longer exist listed. So weird and creepy how a street can just cease to be there!
Do you have a favorite motto?
Just do it. Cheesy, I know, but I believe if you don't do it for yourself, no one will do it for you.
Do you have a favorite fictional hero? Favorite fictional heroine?
I'm a big Indiana Jones fan. And as far as heroine's go, I love Lyra from the His Dark Materials books.
Which fictional character would you hang out with?
Alyosious Pendergast from the Preston/Child books.
The cover for the Gustav Flaubert book, A Sentimental Education - I think the cover painting is called 'Man With Leather Strap'.
What would readers be surprised to learn about you?
I am a secret Sweet Valley High fan!
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever learned by Googling your name?
Apparently, I wrote a bitchin' Java Programmer's Guide - or at least another Amber Benson did.
If you could go backward or forward in time which would you chose? Why?
I know what I'm getting by going backwards into the past. Forwards, well, who knows what the future holds...maybe the end of the Earth and humanity as we know it and that's scary.
Amber, please tell us more about your recent release by ACE, “CAT’S CLAW”.
Cat's Claw interweaves my love for mythology with my love of sci-fi/fantasy. I got intrigued by the female pharoah Hapshetsut and I wanted to mix her story into the weird and silly world of Death's Daughter, Calliope Reaper-Jones. There's some Wayne Newton/Vegas action and Target makes a starring appearance. If Cat's Claw makes you giggle then it's done its job!
I think it's even better than the first one. There's a lot of action and you get to know the characters and all their quirks even better.
Which do you find is most important to you as a writer, voice or story? Why?
I think you can't have one without the other. For me, voice is what starts me off, but without the plot my characters would be bored - and I have to keep them happy!
Amber, please tell us where we can find you out in cyber world. For desperate readers like me, we just need to know…:)
I am on twitter: @amber_benson, on facebook and I have a blog: http://www.amberbensonwrotethis.blogspot.com/
I know this is a difficult question with there being so many amazing authors out there to choose from but who are some of the GOT-TO-HAVE authors in your TBR pile?
I am slightly obsessed with George R.R Martin right now and anything by Charlaine Harris.
What’s next in the works for you? When can readers expect to see it out on shelves in their local bookstores?
I am working on the third Calliope Reaper-Jones book, tentatively titled, Sea Stone, which will be on the shelves March 2011. My middle grade book, Among The Ghosts, comes out in late August of this year and the film I co-directed called DRONES will be out on DVD in the fall. I think that's everything. Ugh, just thinking about all that makes my brain hurt!
I’d like to thank Amber Benson for stopping by and spending time with us, it’s been a blast getting to know more about you and your books. I wish you all the best and much success in everything you do. :)
Best known for her portrayal of Tara Maclay in the TV series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" author Amber Benson is joinging us today chatting and giving away a copy of her February 2010 release "CAT'S CLAWS", the second book in he A Calliope Reaper-Jones Novel" series. To ente here are a few simple rules.
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The contest is open to all and will be running until May 6, 2010. I'll be picking and contacting the winner directly on June 7, 2010. Please make sure to include your email with your comment. Happy Reading!