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Distortion Blog Tour: Victor Dixen’s Recommendations!

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If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that I absolutely fell in love with Victor Dixen’s Ascension, a book billed as ‘Love Island in space’, but which turned out to be a twisty, exciting thriller of a book with amazing characters (review here). The second book in the Phobos series, Distortion, was an equally amazing read which really upped the ante, and my review for that is here. I’m now eagerly awaiting the third book, and to get you all excited, I’m taking part in the blog tour for Distortion and bringing you the books that Victor himself would take with him on a one way trip to Mars!


So, over to Victor:

Naming your favorite books is always a very difficult exercise!

Here is a very subjective top 5 list, within what we call in French the “Littératures de l’imaginaire”: all the genres dealing with imagination.

The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien

Like so many others, I read this book as a teenager, and it inspired me durably. Tolkien developed a world that is so immersive, it’s the ultimate world-building reference in literature for me. But The Lord of the Rings is not only a wonderful epic tale. It’s also a hymn to nature, slowly receding in front of human progress. It’s a chronicle of magic slowly vanishing from the world. It’s poetic and melancholic and beautiful!

Hyperion, Dan Simmons

What Tolkien did to the fantasy genre, Dan Simmons did to science-fiction. Hyperion manages to be thought-provoking, exciting, chilling, mesmerizing, all at the same time.

The Snow Queen, Hans Christian Andersen

When I was a child I was very fond of fairy tales – and I still am. These stories often seem very simple on the surface, but in reality they hide huge depths of wisdom, meaning and emotion. I can always re-read them and find new treasures.

My favorites are Charles Perrault’s and Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales.The mysterious Snow Queen mesmerized me when I was a child, and has haunted me ever since – I dedicated a novel, Animale, the Prophecy of the Snow Queen, to try to discover her secret…

His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman

One of the finest achievements in children’s literature – and literature per se. This series is a feast of inventions and sense of wonder, with both excellent storytelling and philosophical food for thought.

Carmilla, Sheridan Le Fanu

Before Dracula, before Bram Stoker, there was Sheridan Le Fanu and his magnificent Carmilla. The atmosphere of this short novel published in 1871 enchants me each time I read it. Dark forests, ruins lost in time, bathed in a never-ending moonlight… For me, this is the best of the gothic novel genre.

Sci-fi masterpieces on the small and big screens

I love the British TV series Black Mirror, which describes a near future increasingly affected by technology, with a dark twist. All episodes are equally good, but the best ones are truly excellent. I recommend the episode “Nosedive”, describing a society ruled by the dictatorship of images – a theme I also tried to address in Phobos.

When it comes to the depiction of space on the big screen, my favorite movies are 2001, A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick (metaphysical science-fiction, summoning magnificent images of space that will haunt you for a long time) and the space huis-clos, Gravity (hard science mixed with fine character psychology).

What a selection! Thanks so much to Victor for his thoughts, and I’m so happy to find another fan of Carmilla! I’m not surprised he’s been influenced by gothic novels, as the Phobos series is so full of that wonderfully tense atmosphere.

I’ve been pressing this series on all my reading buddies, and I definitely think you should give it a go if you love well-written female characters, exciting mysteries, and sheer fun – and read on if you want a chance to win your own copy of Distortion!


To celebrate the release of Distortion, Bonnier Zaffre have given one lucky reader a chance to win a paperback copy of Distortion! To enter, comment on my pinned Twitter post. One comment per entry. UK residents only. Fingers crossed!

5 thoughts on “Distortion Blog Tour: Victor Dixen’s Recommendations!

  1. You’re right, an e-reader is definitely a must-have on Mars! 😉
    Thanks again for having me on your blog, I had much fun trying to think about my Martian “reading pile”! 📚🚀

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  2. I was lucky enough to pick up a copy of Ascension at YALC this year and my gosh, it was SO MUCH FUN. The next book is on my Christmas list because technically I’m on a book buying ban and haven’t been able to buy it yet, but it’s definitely one of those sequels that I’m making grabby hands for.

    Also Victor Dixen seems so lovely and I totally agree with some of his choices!


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