I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on THE BROTHERS FLICK: THE IMPOSSIBLE DOORS by Ryan Haddock & Nick Wyche Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!
About The Book:
Title: THE BROTHERS FLICK: THE IMPOSSIBLE DOORS
Author: Ryan Haddock, Whitney Cogar, Nick Wyche (Illustrations), David Stoll (Illustrations), Jim Campbell, Rebecca Taylor (Editor)
Pub. Date: October 11, 2022
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Kindle, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD, Bookshop.org
Sherlock Holmes meets the Wayside School in this Middle Grade supernatural sleuthing graphic novel about the Flick brothers – four siblings searching for explanations to outbreaks of supernatural strangeness and otherworldly weirdness in their Edwardian-era hometown.
A bump in the night? They’re on the case! At Strander House, things are…weird. There’s an ogre wedged in the closet, and you have to be careful not to slip on the leak coming from the ocean in the attic. What’s possibly weirder than the fact that you can walk into the bathroom and end up in next Tuesday are the four brothers who investigate these strange supernatural occurrences…the Brothers Flick!
Leo, Desmond, Remy, and Cub seek to get to the bottom of every shadow you swear you saw move. If they happen to stumble upon answers to the mysterious disappearance of their own family along the way, all the better. For fans of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Gravity Falls, Whispering Pines, the Hardy Boys, the Winterhouse series, the Greenglass House series, and the Wayside School series!
“… the metaphor of “impossible doors” leading toward unending universes, where even the smallest changes reverberate, provides a unique framework for themes of grief and healing.” – Publishers Weekly
“…enjoyable.” – Kirkus
“… this graphic novel will attract mystery and adventure fans by the droves…” — Kirkus
“… a “Jonny Quest meets the Hardy Boys” vibe with a few modern twists…” — Kirkus
What are your favorite prose books – and why do you like them?
Ryan– I have been actively reading since I was four years old — the advantage of having an older sister who taught me what she was learning three grades ahead of me. And while it likely goes without saying since I’m doing my best to write them, I love books. Entire worlds and universes printed on paper, bound, and stacked on a shelf, just waiting to be visited. When this world is too much, simply choose another. It’s wonderful.
My favorite book is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. It is simply the most beautiful book I’ve ever read. The language he uses to tell the story of a little girl’s experience during the Holocaust, narrated by Death himself, is breathtaking. It’s poetic without being poetry.
I also love the work of Neil Gaiman. Picking a favorite of his would be difficult. In my experience, when it comes to selecting one’s favorite work of an artist, we tend to choose the work that introduced us to that creator. My introduction to Gaiman was his collaboration with Terry Pratchett, Good Omens. I still reread it every other year or so. Shortly after that, I read Neverwhere, then American Gods, and then Sandman. Where so many fantasy authors bring readers into elaborate worlds completely different from their own, Gaiman brings the fantasy to our world. He tells us that the gods are real, but they had to become regular people once we stopped believing in them. He tells us that an entire world of magic and wonder exists right below our feet and, if we’re lucky, we’ll never see it for ourselves. He tells us that a child can grow up in a graveyard right under our noses, raised by ghosts that love him more than human parents ever could. Gaiman’s stories show me the fantastic in the mundane, and that’s a very special kind of magic.
Another work that left an impression on me is Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. The phrase “ahead of its time” doesn’t even begin to cover it. Shelley invented an entire genre and doesn’t get nearly enough credit for it. Also, this was the story that introduced my younger self to the idea of a sympathetic villain. (Assuming, of course, that you see the creature as the villain of the story; that’s certainly up for debate, and I always welcome that discussion.) It was also the first book, to my knowledge, to explore what happens when a man plays God and meddles with things that are beyond his understanding. It’s one of my favorite themes to play with in my mind: the idea of man’s reach exceeding his grasp. It will make its way into one of my books one day. (I do graze the idea a bit in this book, but not as much as I would like to in the future.)
Nick– I love too many to name a favorite, but what I always like is characters that catch my interest in settings that intrigue me. Real-world, science-fiction, fantasy, crime, all genres are cool if the first two criteria are met.
Ryan Haddock has wanted to write books since he was six years old. Over the years, his career aspirations also included rock star, lawyer, rock star lawyer, and teacher, but writing books never left his heart. Thank goodness someone finally let him write a book.
Ryan resides with his wife and kids in a charmingly quaint city known for its ridiculously fast internet and a jingle about a train.
Hometown/State: Chattanooga, TN
Nick Wyche lives in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains with his wonderful wife, Suzanne, overlooking the Tennessee River. He has been obsessed with comics and cartoons for over 4 decades and still can’t believe he gets to draw professionally.
Hometown/State: Chattanooga, TN
2 winners will receive a finished copy of THE BROTHERS FLICK: THE IMPOSSIBLE DOORS, US Only.
Ends November 1st, midnight EST.
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