Waiting on Wednesday [217] – CHALK by Paul Cornell

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine, and is a fun way to share upcoming books you’re excited about with other bloggers and readers.

Ready for something dark? This upcoming Tor.com title is about the dark side of bullying, and even though it doesn’t come out until next March, I thought it would be a good WoW pick for the first Wednesday in October. Check it out:

chalkAndrew Waggoner has always hung around with the losers in his school, desperately hoping each day that the school bullies — led by Drake — will pass by him in search of other prey. But one day they force him into the woods, and the bullying escalates into something more; something unforgivable; something unthinkable.

Broken, both physically and emotionally, something dies in Waggoner, and something else is born in its place.

In the hills of the West Country a chalk horse stands vigil over a site of ancient power, and there Waggoner finds in himself a reflection of rage and vengeance, a power and persona to topple those who would bring him low.

Paul Cornell plumbs the depths of magic and despair in this brutal exploration of bullying in Margaret Thatcher’s England.


Chalk by Paul Cornell. Releases in March 2017 from Tor.com. I’ve never read Paul Cornell before, but his Shadow Police series is one I’ve been meaning to read for a while. Chalk sounds very creepy, and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!

Let me know what you’re waiting on:-D

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Posted October 5, 2016 by Tammy in Waiting on Wednesday / 13 Comments


13 responses to “Waiting on Wednesday [217] – CHALK by Paul Cornell

  1. I’m very curious about this. I’ve tried his book London Falling and it was quite enjoyable, but the mixed reviews for his first tor.com novella Witches of Lychford made me kind of hesitant to try it. This one has an interesting subject matter though, I might not be able ot resist.
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    • Tammy

      I’m a complete Cornell newbie so I don’t have any expectations. This sounds pretty dark but I’m willing to try it:-)