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  • Published: 2 August 2022
  • ISBN: 9780857669629
  • Imprint: Watkins
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $26.99

Stringers



A genius is abducted by an alien bounty-hunter for the location of a powerful inter-dimensional object. Trouble is, he can’t remember a thing.

Ben isn’t exactly a genius, but he has an immense breadth of knowledge. Whether it’s natural science (specifically the intricacies of bug sex), or vintage timepieces, he can spout facts and information with the best of experts. He just can’t explain why he knows any of it. Another thing he knows is the location of the Chime. What it is or why it’s important, he can’t say.

But this knowledge is about to get him in a whole heap of trouble, as a trash-talking, flesh construct bounty hunter is on his tail and looking to sell him to the highest bidder. And being able to describe the mating habits of Brazilian bark lice won't be enough to get him out of it.

File Under:  Science Fiction [ Bloom of God | Patton you on the back | Eels Aplenty | Some Aliens Just Suck ]

  • Published: 2 August 2022
  • ISBN: 9780857669629
  • Imprint: Watkins
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $26.99

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Praise for Stringers

"Many writers try to play it safe with the dreaded second novel. Many writers, but not all, as Chris Panatier took chances and delivered with his second book… Reminiscent of the well-loved Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy, Stringers delivers the laughs, with the jokes drawing on the author’s clear love affair with the grotesque, with poignant moments peppered throughout. A highly enjoyable read with moments of real emotional honesty that deserves to reach a wide audience." – Gabriela Houston, author of The Second Bell "Stringers is f*cking ridiculous in all the best ways. I haven't laughed this hard at anything EVER. In fact, to have this many laugh-out-loud moments should be illegal - there are nuggets of gold to be found on every page. Throw in a fun plot, characters who are rich and lively and incredibly funny in their own distinct ways, and a unique and engaging format (you'll see), and you've got yourself a joyous and exciting read. None of you are ready for this." - Dan Hanks, author of Swashbucklers and Captain Moxley and the Embers of the Empire "Panatier finds the sweet spot between the social satire of The Coming of the Great White Handkerchief and the pathos of the farting, tap dancing aliens of the planet Margo. A tour de ridicule!" - R.W.W. Greene, author of Twenty-Five to Life and The Light Years   PRAISE FOR CHRIS PANATIER “The fascinating characters are sure to keep the reader’s attention.” – Publishers Weekly “If you like your dystopian futures with a twist, then The Phlebotomist is the story for you. Highly recommended.” British Fantasy Society “A clever, inventive fantasy with a horrific twist that explores whether we are more than the sum of our parts.” – Tal Klein, author of The Punch Escrow  “Panatier’s world – wracked by war and held together by weary patriotism – seems all too close at hand, and his characters are as real as your next-door neighbors. His unlikely hero, Willa Wallace, takes on mankind’s oldest foes – poverty, prejudice, greed, and things more calculating and predatory – in this exciting and genre-challenging debut from Angry Robot Books. ” –  R.W.W. Greene author of The Light Years “With The Phlebotomist, Panatier has created a unique, intricately imagined vision of a divided society, where cash-for-blood is a booming trade and society is split by government sanctioned exsanguination. Rich, bold and visceral, this is a layered, post-apocalyptic book you won’t escape from easily, and one which left me genuinely squirming in my seat.” Gemma Amor, Bram Stoker Award nominated author of Dear Laura and White Pines “A compelling dystopian thriller that presents a fallen world and proceeds to dissect it with sanguine enthusiasm using its refreshingly unconventional heroes.” – Indrapramit Das, author of The Devourers “A terrifying tale of governmental manipulation and control, set against the kind of global health crisis that used to be a futuristic “what if” but is now very much a “what might be”… equal parts fascinating and horrifying, and never not entertaining.” – Dan Hanks, author of Captain Moxley and the Embers of the Empire “In The Phlebotomist, Chris Panatier gives us the unlikely female protagonists—a plucky grandmother, a tech-geek locksmith, and a teenager with swords—we didn’

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