Before we get to Kat's Top Ten and the giveaway, here's some information about the book and Kat!
About the Book
Title: Some Fine Day
Author: Kat Ross
July 1, 2014 (US/Can)
3 July 2014 (UK)
Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Jansin Nordqvist is on the verge of graduating from the black ops factory known as the Academy. She's smart and deadly, and knows three things with absolute certainty:
1. When the world flooded and civilization retreated deep underground, there was no one left on the surface.
2. The only species to thrive there are the toads, a primate/amphibian hybrid with a serious mean streak.
3. There's no place on Earth where you can hide from the hypercanes, continent-sized storms that have raged for decades.
Jansin has been lied to. On all counts.
About the Author
Kat Ross grew up in New York City and worked as a bike messenger, legal secretary, coat check girl, and iguana-brander before settling on a career as a reporter and editor. Kat Ross is a pseudonym for Kitty Stapp, who is an editor for Inter Press Service based out of the UN Headquarters in New York.
Kat's Top Ten Hybrid Creatures
Let's do this as a smackdown, shall we?
Brunwulf vs. Tool the Half-man
What in God's name is it? So I came up with brunwolves for a scene in Some Fine Day that I ended up cutting, but I'm quite fond of them and definitely plan to squeeze them into a later book. Brunwulves are about two hundred and fifty pounds, and most of that is a massive triangular head. Teeth like a wolf, claws and musculature of a bear. Status symbol for gang members and foolhardy rich boys everywhere.
If you haven't read Shipbreaker (and you really should, it's awesome), Paolo Bacigalupi imagined a new species called Half-men, which are a combo of human, dog, hyena, and tiger DNA. Oh yeah.
Why they're a good match: Roughly the same size. Aggressive. Fast. Basically all the big predators are covered here in one crazy Irish stew.
And the winner is… I'm betting on the Half-man, since it's more intelligent and has a longer reach. The key, obviously, is keeping the brunwulf's ginormous fangs away from your jugular.
Scorpion Man vs. Anthropophagus
What in God's name is it? Scorpion Men derive from Akkadian mythology. I'll confess, one of my favorite lists is the one of Legendary Creatures on Wikipedia. That's where I stumbled across this lovely hybrid, back when I was researching another book. So basically, the head, torso and arms of a man and the body of a scorpion.
The Anthropophagus dates to ancient Greece. I'm going with the version from Rick Yancey's Montrumologist series. No head, but a giant, fang-filled maw in the center of the chest.
Why they're a good match: Both roughly humanoid. Scorpion Man sounds pretty scary. I picture a huge stinger whipping around, so any opponent would have to be lightning-quick. Fortunately, anthropophagi are not only fast, they're nearly impossible to kill.
And the winner is…My money's on the Anthropophagus. They're like twelve feet tall and can spring the length of a tennis court.
C.H.U.D. vs. Level 10
What in God's name is it? So, when I think of mutants, generally this is the first one that comes to mind. A true cult classic. If you weren't around in the early eighties, C.H.U.D. stands for Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers. Nuff said.
Level Fives are from Bethany Wiggins' Stung. They're super-scary, super-strong mutants that had a nasty reaction to a bee flu vaccine.
Why they're a good match: Both were human once. Both now have a major vendetta against their erstwhile species. I sincerely doubt they would play well together.
And the winner is…This depends on the venue. If it were in the sewers beneath Manhattan, C.H.U.D. would clearly have the home turf advantage. But out in the open…Very little can stop a Level 10 besides a rocket-propelled grenade.
The Thing vs. Fire-Spewing Headless Mule
What in God's name is it? I had to include The Thing because it's one of my all-time favorite horror movies. That music. The creepy sled dog. Kurt Russell as a bearded wildman with a flame-thrower. I guess technically The Thing is an alien, but since it absorbs whatever it kills, I think it qualifies as a hybrid for our purposes today.
Fire-Spewing Headless Mule kind of speaks for itself.
Why they're a good match: The only weapon that's effective against The Thing is fire.
And the winner is…I'm rooting for the Mule. It derives from Brazilian folklore, and is actually a ghost that's been cursed for some pretty heavy-duty sins. But still, better than an intergalactic body-snatching blob.
Chimera vs. Jabberwock
What in God's name is it? Chimeras are a lion-snake-goat hybrid from Greek mythology.
The Jabberwock, of course, is Lewis Carroll's beastie from the poem in Through the Looking Glass.
Why they're a good match: The Chimera breathes fire, and the Jabberwock has "eyes of flame," so that's interesting. The Jabberwock has "jaws that bite and claws that catch," but so does a Chimera.
And the winner is…The Jabberwock whiffles and burbles, but the Chimera has three heads. I suspect they'd go the way of the Calico Cat and the Gingham Dog, and eat each other up.
Thanks to Kat for the smackdown, and thank you for stopping by!
--Ashley & Paul