Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Memes: Eight Million Gods by Wen Spencer

Happy Friday everybody!
Book Beginnings on Friday is now hosted by Rose City Reader. The Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's Voice. Check out the links above for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week. Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

This week I am spotlighting Eight Million Gods by Wen Spencer. this is the first book in a new urban fantasy series by an author I enjoy. It has been sitting on my TBR mountain since June 8, 2013. Here is the description:
First entry in a new urban fantasy saga by the creator of the popular Tinker contemporary fantasy/SF series. A young American expat writer in Japan suffering from OCD tries to figure out if she’s crazy or not while solving a murder that may be part of a war among Japanese deities.

A contemporary fantasy of mystery and death as American expats battle Japanese gods and monsters to retrieve an ancient artifact that can destroy the world.

On Saturday afternoon, Nikki Delany thought, "George Wilson, in the kitchen, with a blender." By dinner, she had killed George and posted his gory murder to her blog. The next day, she put on her mourning clothes and went out to meet her best friend for lunch to discuss finding a replacement for her love interest.

Nikki is a horror novelist.  Her choice of career is dictated by an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder that forces her to write stories of death and destruction.  She can't control it, doesn't understand it, but can use it to make money anywhere in the world. Currently "anywhere" is in Japan, hiding from her mother who sees Nikki's OCD as proof she's mentally unstable.  Nikki's fragile peace starts to fall apart when the police arrest her for the murder of an American expatriate. Someone killed him with a blender.

Reality starts to unravel around Nikki.  She's attacked by a raccoon in a business suit.  After a series of blackouts, she’s accompanied by a boy that no one else can see, a boy who claims to be a god.  Is she really being pursued by Japanese myths—or is she simply going insane?

What Nikki does know for sure is that the bodies are piling up, her mother has arrived in Japan to lock her up for the rest of her life—and her novels always end with everyone dead.
"Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is escape your powerful, control-freak mother," Nikki whispered to the mirror hung on the back of the apartment's door.
Friday 56:
Nikki lifted out the bag, undid the ties, and shifted the fabric aside to look closer at the sword inside. Gold swallowtail wings gleamed on a violet field.


  1. I like the 56 because it shows there is a bit of humor in the book. I also like the beginning because it seems the author makes you "see" what you're reading.
    Here's My Book Beginning/Friday 56

  2. Nikki sounds like she will entertain. I particularly enjoy fantasy, this book appears to be full of thrilling action; thanks for sharing!

    Sparrow's BB & Friday 56

  3. This sounds like a fun adventure. I just recently saw something about this book and it caught my attention.
    Here is my 56 from I'm With You -
    Thanks for the fun 56 and have a great weekend.

  4. I like the snippets much more than the cover. :-)

    Happy weekend!

  5. I LOVE the beginning. The genre isn't one I usually read but that beginning makes me want to go out and get it now!


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