One Word Kill

One Word Kill

In January 1986, fifteen-year-old boy-genius Nick Hayes discovers he’s dying. And it isn’t even the strangest thing to happen to him that week.Nick and his Dungeons & Dragons-playing friends are used to living in their imaginations. But when a new girl, Mia, joins the group and reality becomes weirder than the fantasy world they visit in their weekly games, none of the...

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  • Mary S. R.

    ✨ :)

    is now out there on shelves! Or on tables getting used as a coaster for the overflowing coffee mugs...though I prefer hot dark-chocolate ☕

    Just a friendly advice: Don't use it to kill flies, it's a little small, tiny, and short for that. You might find the flies are suddenly invincible 😁

    I count it a shortcoming of Goodreads that there aren't enough stars available.

    ✨ :)

    is now out there on shelves! Or on tables getting used as a coaster for the overflowing coffee mugs...though I prefer hot dark-chocolate ☕

    Just a friendly advice: Don't use it to kill flies, it's a little small, tiny, and short for that. You might find the flies are suddenly invincible 😁

    I count it a shortcoming of Goodreads that there aren't enough stars available.

    The paradox of this book hooked me so bad I spent a great deal of time just staring at a blank page thinking,

    There are so many platinum points in

    that I was left trapped in a loop, with so much to say and not enough words. This book was simultaneously

    In truth, Mark Lawrence and Sci-Fi are one of those old couples that just belong together. Seriously. From his fantasy world of Broken Empire I knew

    the world needed a sci-fi book from him!

    —it's impressive what a bewitching tale he can weave in these few pages. And I'm always left needing more (why I binge read his other series like an addict, mind you. Yes, I'm an ML addict. There you have it)

    Talk about making a famous quote better...the original Casablanca quote was, of course:

    . But I know that Mark Lawrence's version will probably be my new favourite quote, and one that will be sitting in my brain for a long time, at the front row—I should probably go build a cottage for it so it's comfortable there :|

    You hold the twenty-sided die. Weigh it.

    , you think,

    . Four pairs of eyes are glued to your hand, fingers playing with the nearly ball-shaped object. You throw it.

    It's in the air.

    If it rolls seventeen, you survive. Any other chance...you die.

    The die hits the ground. It's rolled seventeen.

    In London, January

    , fifteen-year-old boy-genius Nick Hayes discovers he has cancer. He's dying, and it's not even the strangest thing to happen to him that week. Because

    Knowing things he shouldn't.

    Nick and his

    -playing friends are used to living in their imaginations. But when a new girl, Mia, joins the group and

    , none of them are prepared for what comes next.

    , he finds himself in a race against time to unravel an impossible mystery and save the girl. And all that stands in his way is

    .

    I've been obsessed with

    and its implications since I was 14—I'd abandon my school lessons in favour of reading books and articles about it and trying to understand them step by step (the teachers were no help, I guarantee you).

    After about two years of that routine, I was seriously told off by my parents and teachers to focus on school and postpone those extra readings to when I'd entered university.

    Anyways, I'm entering university this September (of 2019) and am gradually going back to deciphering texts of quantum mechanics. And this book was exactly what I needed to get in the mood :)

    focuses on the

    The author puts the science of the science fiction into words very easily and you shouldn't be worried. Anything you need to know is in the book, but I'm gonna tell you a little more about it (in simple words)—it's not necessary to read this but it's

    I'll put in spoiler tags even though it's

    a spoiler:

    the idea of Many Worlds Interpretation is that when you roll a six-sided dice, your reality branches and

    In one reality the dice rolls one, in another two, and so on. And time, as a result of quantum mechanics, shows itself to be nonexistent and an

    So it is no longer an arrow that goes only forward and can't be moved about.

    He can make you feel a thousand things after another, he can make you care with one sentence and break you with one word—one word kill indeed.

    And never forget his wit or

    ! I would laugh and laugh until the occupants of the house and even the neighbours considered taking me to a mental asylum. He'd also sneak little lessons of friendship and living into his story, and he'd

    , tear them into pieces:

    Now, this isn't a cancer book. Yes the MC has cancer. Yes we spend 4 or 5 scenes in the hospital. Yes, we read his fears hopes and acceptance. But this has a different outlook on it—and a perfect one. Mark Lawrence

    Yes, he gets the truth of cancer raw on the page (my very dear grandfather who I love with all my heart has cancer, and we've been with him every step of the way, so I say that with certainty) but his words will hit you whatever type of pain you've seen or experienced.

    That, of course, does not surprise me. As

    with a disabled daughter, I'm sure Mr. Lawrence understands pain deeply, and I wish for nothing more than steadfast strength, patience, contentment and a loving life for both him and his precious girl Celyn :)

    Meet the 5 main aka the gang ⤵

    aka

    ; has a deceased relatively famous mathematician father—or as famous as any mathematician not named Einstein can get—who

    died

    cancer but of being crushed by a train. Not pleasant, you might say, but he at least got “cured” of his cancer *shrugs*. With him, Mark Lawrence perfectly captures

    (myself included). He's a genius who tries not to declare that he's a genius. Is also scared of dancing.

    aka

    ; has

    , got a brother in jail, is deep in contact with the

    . Absolutely amazing. You don't wanna get on her bad side, cause while she might get punched in the eye, she'll leave

    bloodied on the ground. Warned ya!

    aka

    ; has too many brothers and an amazing and inspiring dad. A family of martial arts masters.

    .

    . Hilarious and one of a kind.

    Very not up to doing criminal related stuff, doesn't believe in time travel.

    aka

    ; not wired like regular people, emotions go above his head. Not great with change. Very precious. Adorable. Petrified of dancing and parties. A

    that could

    with a number like four million one hundred and forty-seven thousand two hundred, not even considering the calculations and

    . Sure peace of cake, right?

    aka

    ; very charming, supposedly confident but also very self-conscious, takes centuries to get ready for a party and dances terribly (but don't tell him that) 😂 in summary, he's more than he seems at first glance, so no judging! Specially not for having

    !

    This

    fails to make me howl with laughter 😂 ⤵

    not of the main 5 but I just had to mention her because

    I need her in my life. The

    opposite of Simon—the closest he can come to swearing is “damnation”, but his mum can make sailors blush!

    which'll make you realise what I'm talking about (note that Simon's straight 😂):

    Complicated friendships have always been something I've considered to be one of Mark Lawrence's specialities and strongest points. He has a way of

    I have felt and seen that in every single one of his books—between murderers and honourable men alike.

    Now trying his hand with teenagers of the 1980s, Mark has done it again :) One of the reasons this review was so hard for me to write was exactly that—

    Suffice it to say, Mark made me care so deeply about their friendship in such few words that I felt any small crack in their bonds in my heart.

    Now what I didn't expect was

    —and oh did I love it... To be honest, in both The Broken Empire or Red Queen's War series, the romance was always a subtle background presence that was felt in different ways and on different levels by the characters; and while I loved it and treasured it in those books, this was so exquisite and unforgettable, and man I had no idea how I'd been missing Mark Lawrence's delicate romance in my life.

    *grabs a tissue, turns away, sniffles, loudly, cleans tears, sniffles a little more, turns back* where was I?? Oh, I was talking about

    , YA or Adult. I'd move Mark Lawrence higher on my favourite authors list if he wasn't already sitting on second place after George R.R. Martin. So there you go.

    Now don't panic—and open your eyes.

    I can only tell you this: read this book—you won't regret it!

    [

    ]

    • “Dream Is Collapsing” by Hans Zimmer (main song, suspenseful, D&D, breaking and entering)

    • “Allow Me” by Kilgore (funny/gathering scenes)

    • “Carry You” by Ruelle & Fleurie (emotional/touching moments, in hospital, the end, friendship scenes)

    • “Daydream” by Ruelle (mysterious, suspenseful, dabbling in time)

  • Robin Hobb

    I've giving One Word Kill by Mark Lawrence six stars.

    Oh. You think I can't do that?

    Well, yes, I can. Even if you don't see them up there.

    Because while a five start book is a good solid read, one that I truly enjoy, there are some books and stories that are more than that. They are the stories that stay with you for a lifetime.

    My six star stories are likely different from yours. A story gets six stars when it doesn't waste a word. It opens the door, I enter the tale, and for that time, I'm in

    I've giving One Word Kill by Mark Lawrence six stars.

    Oh. You think I can't do that?

    Well, yes, I can. Even if you don't see them up there.

    Because while a five start book is a good solid read, one that I truly enjoy, there are some books and stories that are more than that. They are the stories that stay with you for a lifetime.

    My six star stories are likely different from yours. A story gets six stars when it doesn't waste a word. It opens the door, I enter the tale, and for that time, I'm in that world. It's a story that works perfectly for me. Other examples of my six star stories would be Smith of Wooton Major by J R R Tolkien. Or the Ugly Little Boy by Isaac Asimov. These stories have nothing in common, except that they worked perfectly for me.

    Anyone who has read my books may have guessed that I have a few things that utterly fascinate me. The information we carry in our blood. The nature of memory. The possibility of myriad futures. The absolute wonder of suddenly seeing the world from a different perspective. The stories we tell ourselves to make sense of the world.

    Now it would be a spoiler if I told you which of those fascinations One Word Kill dances with. But I will say that it treads the measure perfectly. It's not a very long book, especially by today's standards. But it's the perfect length for the tale it tells.

    Buy it. Read it.

    The usual Caveat. Mark Lawrence is someone I know as a fellow writer and consider a long distance friend, even though we've never met face to face. I got this story from him for free. I also have to admit that it took me awhile to figure out how to get the file to open on my phone, and then I misplaced it on my phone for several months and didn't even read it until he asked me if I'd liked it, and reminded me that I'd told him I'd managed to put it on my phone.

    The wonders of modern technology!

    I don't particularly enjoy reading things on a tiny screen. But a serendipitous 14 hour power failure left me with my (luckily) fully charged phone as my only toy. I started reading, grumbling over how small the font was, and soon forgot entirely about that as I was pulled into the world and the tale.

    So. My usual spoiler free review. Go find it and read it. I think you'll love it. I now need to get several real copies of this book, because I know people who will love receiving them from me.

  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    I snagged this book so fast when it was on the Kindle First list! I mean the wonderful Mark Lawrence was kind enough to offer me a chance to read it awhile back but I don’t do pdf or mobi downloads. 😫

    Anyhoo! I loved this book and it’s set in the freaking 80’s! I mean, I was born in the 70’s but the 80’s and 90’s rocked! Well, mostly......

    I don’t usually like time travel books but there are a few that I love and this is one of them.

    I snagged this book so fast when it was on the Kindle First list! I mean the wonderful Mark Lawrence was kind enough to offer me a chance to read it awhile back but I don’t do pdf or mobi downloads. 😫

    Anyhoo! I loved this book and it’s set in the freaking 80’s! I mean, I was born in the 70’s but the 80’s and 90’s rocked! Well, mostly......

    I don’t usually like time travel books but there are a few that I love and this is one of them.

    One Word Kill is about a bunch of cool friends that sit around playing D & D <—- I never had those kind of cool friends to play that with! Sigh...

    Moving on...

    One of the characters has cancer and it did make me cringe a bit as I still have some PTSD from my own cancer treatment. But I digress.

    There is someone that comes from the future to help save the life of one of the kids. You think it’s the cancer patient don’t you 😉

    This great group of kids go through some things, good and bad, and it’s just awesome!

    I’m ready for the next one! Where is it? Good ole Mr. Lawrence can slap down another short book, ami right?! Or a long one, I will read it either way!!

    Overall, a great little sci-fi book!

    Happy Reading!

    Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

  • شيماء ✨

    which is a fast and fun read about time travel, quantum mechanics, Dungeons & Dragons and planning a heist with your best friends because a sketchy and secretive man from the future essentially told you so...

    Full disclosure though: the ending is a heartbreaker.

  • Mark Lawrence

    The One Word Kill signed and numbered special edition hardback is available for pre-order from Anderida Books.

    -

    Any of you who've looked for a Red Sister hardback recently will know this has the potential to be a sound investment and not just a lovely object!

    Hurry, before they go.

    My first science fiction boo

    The One Word Kill signed and numbered special edition hardback is available for pre-order from Anderida Books.

    -

    Any of you who've looked for a Red Sister hardback recently will know this has the potential to be a sound investment and not just a lovely object!

    Hurry, before they go.

    My first science fiction book! The whole trilogy released during 2019.

    Read about it on ThatThornGuy.com

    .....

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