This is getting ridonkulous …


That’s right, I said ridonkulous.

I just received another free book from’s Early Reviewer’s program, and this one’s courtesy of Random House.

The Age of Conglomerates: A Novel of the Future by Thomas Nevins (by the way, that’s not what my cover looks like, since it’s just an advanced copy and I guess that’s the way RH does it for their books—or it’s just too early yet) comes out August 19 of this year, so yay for me! That’s much earlier than The Crystal Skull, which by the time I received it had already been released in stores.

Anyway, it’s $11.20 on Here’s the synopsis …

Now that they are in power, there are no more checks and balances. The Conglomerates, and their mysterious party chairman, have taken over everything and everyone. There is no one left to stop them.

Forty years in the future, in a world where Big Brother runs amok, a powerful political party known as the Conglomerates has emerged, vowing to enforce economic martial law at any cost. Dr. Christine Salter, director of genetic development at a New York medical center, is in charge of “genetic contouring,” the much-in-demand science of producing the ideal child. But Christine is increasingly troubled by odd events, including the strange disappearance of Gabriel Cruz, a co-worker for whom she has a developing affection, and the fact that her latest assignment–making the Conglomerate chairman more youthful through genetic engineering–is an especially dangerous task.

As mandated by the Family Relief Act, Christine’s grandparents are relocated to a government-designed community in the American Southwest, along with other Coots (the official term given to the elderly), who are considered an economic and social burden to family and society. But even in this cold, cruel age, the Conglomerates can only control so much.

In his enthralling debut, Thomas Nevins thrillingly chronicles a brave new world where one family struggles to survive by keeping alive feelings of mercy, loyalty, and love.

Jeez, I better start reading with all these books piling up. 🙂

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5 Responses to “This is getting ridonkulous …”

  1. 1 JC

    That’s awesome! Did you have to register for that or do they just send you random stuff?

  2. You have to make an account on, but it’s free and only takes a minute, so it’s easy. Then you just click the “Groups” tab and then “Early Reviewers,” join the group (also free and quick), and you’re good to go! Then you can start requesting books. They’ll send you an email when they get a new “batch” up for the month, so keep a look out for that and try to check the email as soon as you get it, because they go fast. It’s pretty cool.

    For several months I didn’t get anything, but my luck has really been paying off lately, since I got one before this one (The Crystal Skull), too. Plus, I won one off of Felicia Day’s blog, so go me! 😛

    There’s a lot of different random factors that go into it, but once you win one the better your chances are, and if you post a review on their site (or submit one you did elsewhere for the book, like, say, when I review them for this blog), then you apparently increase your chances of snagging another one even more.

  3. 3 comicnerd

    That is really cool but I think with 6-10 of those picture-book thingies I’ve got my hands full 😦

    I don’t know how you find the time to make such eloquent, in-depth posts. I feel like I speed through mine most of the time.

    Sorry, getting you off topic here.

  4. 4 comicnerd

    per week, I meant – 6-10 comics per week.

    See what happens when you rush!

  5. Lol, no problem. I rush sometimes, too.

    Heh, yeah. I think I have a compulsive problem where I buy books faster than I read them. So I understand, but I’d still request them anyway. It only takes a few minutes of your time and you probably won’t get any for awhile (unless you’re really lucky). And even if you do, a review isn’t required or anything, so you’re off the hook taking your time reading it. 😉

    I’ve got a ton of comics to read. Whew! I am really busy, especially of late. I have a bunch of posts I want to do for this blog and for GEN because I have a plethora of material and it’s getting a little crazy, lol!

    But thanks about the posts! I really try to make them stand out, and I put a lot of effort into them, so it always make me happy when people get something out of them. 🙂

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