I'm using this week to shamelessly plug my novel, 'Professor Everywhere', which was just released yesterday. Some of you have been subscribing and reading my blog posts for almost two years now - if you'd like to read some of my fiction and talk to me about it, this is the perfect opportunity!
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
Chloe Chan is just about to give up on finding any real scholars at University when she starts to hear the rumours about Professor Roland Crannus. Spoken about in the whispers of conspiracy, the enigmatic Professor is idolised by students as the pinnacle of modern intellectualism - more myth than man.
As her obsession with the Professor grows, she’s plunged into an otherworldly chess game of linguistics and etymology. But the deeper she falls into his academic labyrinth, the more she begins to realise that someone, or something, is hunting them both.
Perfect for fans of Ted Chiang, Susanna Clarke and Sylvain Neuvel, Professor Everywhere is a sci-fi mystery thriller that explores the liminal spaces between language and memory, and the dangers of making heroes out of people who are only human.
It's an experiment with genre, with narrative form and with plot. I wanted to push myself to write something that was exciting, mind-bending and also challenged the way you think about books and about fiction.
PRAISE FOR PROFESSOR EVERYWHERE
Here are some of the nice things other authors are saying about it:
“Nothing is as it seems. The narrative is but the tip of a melting iceberg… and even if I give away the plot and you read the whole thing from back to front, your mind would be boggled by a damned good application of Semtex to the soul.”
--LAWRENCE GRAY, AUTHOR OF COP SHOW HEAVEN AND FOUNDER OF THE HONG KONG WRITER’S CIRCLE.
“Clever, well-written… Binge successfully manages to defy traditional genre boundaries by shifting a number of gears as the narrative progresses, from what starts as a campus satire, moves into what appears to be a psychological thriller, and then becomes a much darker story, and like Professor Crannus, more mysterious.”
-- DAVID STEPHENS, AUTHOR OF PURELY ACADEMIC, PROFESSOR OF INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION, BRIGHTON UNIVERSITY.
"Professor Everywhere is a fantastic romp through places I had never imagined, much less considered visiting. The entire novel feels like some unlikely but perfect combination of The Great Gatsby and Rick and Morty, a piece that is beautifully influenced by a long legacy of literature as well as deeply crafted from entirely modern perspectives, questions, and situations… I read the whole thing practically in one day, enchanted by the premise as well as its exciting execution and the varied and mysterious cast who bring it to life."
-- AUDREY GREATHOUSE, AUTHOR OF THE NEVERLAND WARS, THE PIPER’S PRICE AND THE GROWNUPS CRUSADE.
“A literary tradition that includes the paratextuality of J.J. Abram’s and Doug Dorst’s S., the underworld impasses of Paul Auster’s Oracle Night, the logorrhea of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest and the meta-textuality of Vladimir Nabokov’s Pale Fire. Nicholas Binge’s Professor Everywhere belongs on this dynamic list.”
-- JASON S POLLEY, AUTHOR OF CEMETERY - MISS YOU, PROFESSOR OF LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE, HONG KONG BAPTIST UNIVERSITY.
If that hasn't convinced you, feel free to check out some of the reviews from advance readers on Goodreads here.
WHERE CAN I BUY IT?
As my publisher is based in Hong Kong, where I live, the bulk of the initial in-store print run is here. It is of course available internationally online through a variety of outlets. Google well help you out, but here are some easy links:
- It can be purchased on Amazon either in paperback or Kindle here.
- If you're after a physical copy and in a country where Amazon won't deliver you one in the current crisis (apparently it's a 'non-essential item', ridiculous), it can be bought on Book Depository here.
- If you're in Asia, it might easiest to buy from The Chinese University of Hong Kong Press, who are also distributing the novel here.
I BOUGHT IT, I READ IT, I LOVED IT. WHAT NOW?
Great question. Stay up to date with my blog and I'll let you know when my next book is coming out. For the time being, I'd be eternally grateful if you could leave a review on Amazon and Goodreads, so that others can see your thoughts.
Thanks all - I promise I'll be back with my next blog post soon!
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