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Read It Forward features bestselling and up-and-coming authors of thriller, suspense, and mystery. For readers who love books that keep you turning pages late into the night!

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Novelists Adam Sternbergh and Lev Grossman on Genre Fiction and Theories of Nerd-dom

There are essentially three kinds of nerds: Sci-Fi Nerds (e.g. Star Trek, Star Wars, etc.); Superhero Nerds (e.g. superheroes and comic books), and Fantasy Nerds (e.g. Tolkien, Dungeons & Dragons, etc.).

Adam Sternbergh: My theory is: You can’t be all three. You can be one, you can be two, but never all three.

Lev Grossman: I might suggest a refinement along the lines of: One’s nerdiness is a fixed quantity, a non-expanding pie, which can only be allocated to one genre/medium at the expense of another.

Adam Sternbergh: I like that—the Quantity Theory of Nerd-dom . . . I wonder if this biodiversity of enthusiasms has contributed to the explosion of literary-genre crossbreeds—which is to say, novels that take seriously both the pleasures of genre and the pleasures of literary fiction?

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Literary Thriller Fans! Start Reading Uncle Janice

“Matt Burgess does not sleep for one sentence. Neither will you,” says one critic. Uncle Janice has been called “an addictive read.” What makes a book hard for you to put down? Tell us in the comments!

It just doesn’t get much better than this. Carl Hiassen compared Matt Burgess to Richard Price … and then Richard Price wrote this: “Uncle Janice is a lowdown masterful contribution to Urban American lit, charismatically written with terrific sly humor and a joyous dead-on ear. An addictive read, one of those books you wish would never end.”

Start reading … you’ll be hooked!

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Enter for Your Chance to Win an Autographed Copy of Bittersweet

Think Gone Girl meets The Great Gatsby. One of the hottest thrillers of 2014. A twisty plot set in the glamorous world of the super-wealthy with dark characters and an ending that’ll keep you reading into the wee hours.

In anticipation of the paperback release of Bittersweet (in April 2015), we’re giving away autographed copies! RIFers were among the first to read Miranda Beverly-Whittemore’s novel, and they loved it.

Critics are raving, too. This review from Entertainment Weekly makes some great comparisons: “What begins a little like Curtis Sittenfeld’s Prep quickly warps into a sickly addictive thriller … think ABC’s Revenge when it was good, only more scandalous.” It’s addictive reading, that’s for sure!

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Enter for Your Chance to Win Uncle Janice by Matt Burgess

Carl Hiaasen is one of our favorites, so when he said this about Uncle Janice, we took notice: “Like Richard Price and the late, great Elmore Leonard, Matt Burgess is one of those cool, quick and funny writers who can turn a seemingly routine crime caper into something special.”

It’s true that Matt Burgess is a cool writer, but what really got us about this fast-paced thriller is “Uncle” Janice. She is brave, vulnerable, funny, surprising … we agree with critics who say that Uncle Janice is the perfect fix for people who’ve been jonesing for that yet-to-come sixth season of The Wire. It’s that good.

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Start Reading The Marauders

The Marauders is so damned good you won’t believe it’s a first novel,” says Stephen King.

“By the time you reach page 20, you won’t care. It’s rollicking, angry, eye-popping, and fall-on-the-floor funny, sometimes in the course of a single scene. The cast is winning, the post-Katrina bayou setting is richly evoked, the dialogue crackles, and the story rolls on a wave of invention.

It’s a little Elmore Leonard, a little Charles Portis, and very much its own uniquely American self. Basically, Tom Cooper has written one hell of a novel.”

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Start Reading Amnesia by Peter Carey

From the two-time Booker Prize winner: an exhilarating, exceedingly timely new novel–at once dark, suspenseful, and seriously funny–that journeys to the place where the cyber underworld collides with international power politics.

When Gaby Baillieux released the Angel Worm virus into Australia’s prison system, hundreds of asylum seekers walked free. And because the Americans run the prisons – as they do so many parts of her country – the doors of some 5,000 jails in the US also opened.

Was this a mistake, or a declaration of cyber war?

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Start Reading Near Enemy, Adam Sternbergh’s Addictive New Thriller

New York is toxic—decimated by a dirty bomb years ago. The limnosphere is a virtual safe haven—if you’re rich enough to buy in. Spademan is a hit man—box-cutter at the ready.

His latest job is to snuff out Lesser, a lowlife lurking around other people’s fantasies. As Spademan is about to close the deal, Lesser comes back from the limn with a wild claim: terrorists are planning to attack New York. Again. This time from the inside out.

Spademan has always had his share of enemies, but now they’re coming at him from all sides and it’s impossible to know whom to trust.

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Andy Weir’s The Martian Introduces a Hilarious, Do-It-All Hero

How important is a book’s genre? If you’re not a big scifi reader, will you try a science fiction novel if it comes highly recommended? Why or why not? Let’s talk in the comments.

The Martian by Andy Weir has been called “scifi for people who don’t usually read scifi.”

The Associated Press says it well: “it’s a story for readers who enjoy thrillers, science fiction, non-fiction, or flat-out adventure [and] an authentic portrayal of the future of space travel.” Plus, the narrator is hilarious.