Bitingduck Press Teams with Book Review TV in Interactive Video Review of Susy Gage's Academic Murder Mystery, A Slow Cold Death

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Book Review TV is an interactive vlog dedicated to the reading community. A recent review of Susy Gage's academic mystery, A Slow Cold Death (Bitingduck Press, November 2012) highlights this face-paced, humorous novel that contains a serious message about modern academia.

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Nerds don't often get to see themselves in fiction. That's why Library Journal predicted that Susy Gage's A Slow Cold Death would be greeted by "fist-pumping" among the academic set, and why the book's most loyal fans include science bloggers, physics students and professors, and astrobiologists. A fast-paced, satirical mystery that finds humor in everything--even dead bodies-- the book nonetheless carries serious messages about extreme academic competition that can lead to violence, even to murder.

A recent video review on Book Review TV highlights some of the funniest as well as the most serious aspects of the novel. The author is one of those rare birds, a female physics professor, and her heroes as well as her villains are women in science. If you like to see the "gentler sex" compare their endowments and backstab with the boys, this book is for you. The novel's heroine is socially inept Lori Barrow, who has had one lover of each gender but managed to drive them both away in her single-minded pursuit of scientific glory. A sugar-free, vegetarian, self-proclaimed "budding ecoterrorist," Lori gets around on a wide variety of non-motorized vehicles that play critical roles in the story.

A Slow Cold Death is the first in a projected series of mysteries and thrillers set at the Superior Technological Institute, a fictional university in Southern California. The second in the series, Not Easy Being Green, is expected to be released in Spring 2014. Not murder but a mysterious illness confronts Lori and her colleagues in the sequel--an illness that may not be fatal, but which has the unfortunate consequence of turning living cells green.

The publisher is Bitingduck Press of Altadena, CA and Montreal, QC. Bitingduck is an independent publisher established in 2012 by a group of scientists who wanted to help find and promote books that they wanted to read. The press focuses on fiction and narrative non-fiction about science and scientists, but also has a soft spot for young adult, quirky short stories, and anything about cycling. Authors wishing to submit manuscripts for consideration should visit the press's website.

Book Review TV is an interactive vlog dedicated to the reading community. A recent paper from the Audience Research Labs at Murdoch University found that web messaging that included interactive video was 3 times more effective than messaging without. With this in mind, BR TV produces 2-3 minute “explore-able” video book reviews where audiences can choose to learn more about the aspects of the book that interest them: the author, for example, or the publishing house. BR TV accepts unsolicited submissions for review via email and are also pleased to offer publishers and authors the opportunity to purchase a review.

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