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Zoo City by Lauren Beukes

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With the US and ebook release dates for our September titles – The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley and The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter by Rod Duncan - fast approaching, what better time to recap the wonderful and exciting things that are being said about these two fantastic books.

The Mirror Empire‘s release follows hot on the heels of Kameron‘s TWO Hugo awards at LonCon, and is certainly making waves in the fantasy circles. We are very excited for it be unleashed on the general public, and look forward to seeing and hearing reader reactions. For the full list of Kameron’s blog tour, check out her blog post here. For now, here are just some of the rave reviews The Mirror Empire has received, thus far:

The Mirror EmpireSTARRED REVIEW: “This is a hugely ambitious work, bloody and violent, with interestingly gender-flipped politics and a host of factions to keep straight, as points of view switch often. Although it is a challenging read, the strong narrative thread in this new series from Hurley (God’s War) pulls readers through the imaginative tangle of multiple worlds and histories colliding.”
- Library Journal

STARRED REVIEW: “Hurley (Rapture) reuses old tropes to excellent effect, interweaving them with original elements to create a world that will fascinate and delight her established fans and appeal to newcomers. Readers will blaze through this opening installment and eagerly await the promised sequel.”
Publishers Weekly

“Hurley intelligently tackles issues of culture and gender, while also throwing in plenty of bloodthirsty action and well-rounded characters. This is a fresh, exciting fantasy epic that’s looking to the future and asking important questions. 4****/5″
- SFX magazine

The Mirror Empire is a fresh, vigorous, and gripping entrant into the epic fantasy genre, able to stand toe-to-toe with any of the heavyweight series out there. I cannot recommend this novel highly enough.”
SF Revu

The Mirror Empire is epic in every sense of the word. Hurley has built a world – no, worlds – in which cosmology and magic, history and religion, politics and prejudice all play crucial roles. Prepare yourself for sentient plants, rifts in the fabric of reality, and remarkable powers that wax and wane with the stars themselves. Forget all about tentative, conventional fantasy; there’s so much great material in here that Hurley needs more than one universe in order to fit it all in.”
Brian Staveley, author of The Emperor’s Blades

“Taking epic fantasy down challenging and original paths. Thoughtful and thought-provoking with every twist and turn.”
Juliet E. McKenna

“For me [The Mirror Empire] did all the things a fantasy should do — holding our own societies up to the light by reflecting off worlds that are very different. Add in a magic system where the users are only powerful some of the time, and semi sentient vegetation that is possibly more of a threat than the magic users, and I happily sank into this book with a satisfied sigh.”
Francis Knight

“Bold, merciless, and wildly inventive, Kameron Hurley’s The Mirror Empire begins an epic tale of worlds at war that will linger long in readers’ imaginations.  If you’re looking for original and challenging fantasy, this is definitely the series for you.”
Courtney Schafer, author of The Whitefire Crossing

The Mirror Empire is the most original fantasy I’ve read in a long time, set in a world full of new ideas, expanding the horizons of the genre. A complex and intricate book full of elegant ideas and finely-drawn characters.”
Adrian Tchaikovsky, author of The Shadows of the Apt series and finalist for the 2014 Gemmel Legend Award

“There’s a powerful yet elegant brutality in The Mirror Empire that serves notice to traditional epic fantasy: move over, make way, an intoxicating new blend of storytelling has arrived. These are pages that will command your attention.”
Bradley Beaulieu, author of The Lays of Anuskaya trilogy

“With vividly inventive world building and a fast-paced plot, The Mirror Empire opens a smart, brutal, and ambitious epic fantasy series. Book two is already on my must-read list.”
Kate Elliott , author of the Spiritwalker Trilogy

The Mirror Empire takes look at epic fantasy patriarchy & gives it a firm kick in the balls…[it] will be the most important book you read this year.”
- Alex RisteaRistea’s Reads

“In the two worlds of The Mirror Empire, we get Deadly Plants, Blood Magic, and yes, Brutal Women. The Mirror Empire is both a chance for fantasy fans to get to know Hurley’s writing, and for previous fans of her work to see what she can do in a new vein. And for readers new to her work, this is in many ways the best place to start. 4.5****/5.”
- Paul WeimerSF Signal

“One of the most stunning epic fantasies I’ve read this year. The setting is unique and plays a major role in the story. A spectacular novel.”
Books Without Any Pictures

“I can’t even tell you how much I liked this book. It was long, yes, but I didn’t mind it because there was just so much awesome happening. I classify it as a fantasy, but it could also be considered science fiction, what with the parallel universes and binary star system and all.”
In Case of Survival

“At its best this novel is as good as anything I have read this year. Expect to hear ‘ambitious’ a lot; I couldn’t imagine the mental and physical mapping it would take to hold all these pieces together but hold together they do. The world is alive, the world is unique, and the world is actually built rather than borrowed.”
Fantasy Review Barn

The Bullet Catcher's Daughter by Rod DuncanNot content with releasing The Mirror Empire in September, we also have the award-winning author Rod Duncan with The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter, a riotous novel of alternate history, set in a divided England. The cover is the first thing to catch everyone’s attention, and rightly so. This beautiful creation is by the fantastically talented Will Staehle, and visit Tor.com for Will’s exclusive post on his design process. The first book in the Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire has certainly struck a cord with readers, and here’s some of the reasons why reviewers are loving Elizabeth Barnabus and her story:

“Steeped in illusion and grounded in an alternative history of the Luddite Rebellion, Duncan’s strong supernatural mystery serves ably as both a standalone adventure and the start to a series…Strategically placed steampunk tropes inform but do not overwhelm Elizabeth’s headlong quest to find a missing aristocrat sought by the Patent Office, which is fixated on both achieving perfection and eliminating “unseemly science.” A hazardous border crossing into the permissively corrupt Kingdom of England and Southern Wales provides ample excitement, and a glossary at the novel’s conclusion hints enticingly at a much more involved story to come.”
Publishers Weekly

A “detective story with a difference…Chapters begin with quotes from the legendary Bullet-Catcher’s Handbook, phrases that introduce not only the idea of illusion that pervades the novel, but also the author’s sly humour. [Duncan's misdirection is] subtly and well done, all the way through the book, right to a neat little twist at the end, a play on the title that had me nodding in approval. Each [character] is vividly portrayed, lively enough to feel like the heroes of their own stories, all with distinctive voices; it’s always a good sign when you find yourself reading dialogue out loud, rolling your lips and tongue around the words.

Rod Duncan’s talent has combined inventive plot and characterisation to create a smart, amusing and fascinating tale that had me reading long into the night.”
- Fantasy Faction

“It’s all steampunk and circus wonder as we follow the adventures of Elizabeth Barnabas.The double crosses along the way keep the plot tight and fun, and the conclusion sets us up nicely for book two.”
The Washington Post, Best New Science Fiction and Steampunk

“If I had a bowler hat, I’d take it off to the author of this beautifully crafted steampunk novel.”
– Chris D’Lacey, author of The Last Dragon Chronicles

“Rod Duncan’s The Bullet Catcher’s Daughter is a magic box pulsating with energy. Compulsive reading from the get-go, the blend of steampunk alternate history wrapped in the enigma of a chase makes for first-rate entertainment in this finely crafted novel.”
– Graham Joyce, author of Year of the Ladybird

“The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter is off to a solid start. Rod Duncan has created a wonderful setting in The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter taking in account the big as well as the small things that are needed to make a world go round. He has struck a perfect balance between both highlighting the characters, from our main protagonist Elizabeth Barnabus down to the secondary characters, and the world itself, using bits and pieces of exisiting history spinning it in his own way by adding enough fantasy influences to make it one-of-a-kind. It is with these kind of books that make sure the fantasy genre is kept fresh. If you are looking for something new and refreshing make sure you read The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter, it’s is everything you want and much more!”
The Book Plank

Looking for a good book?  Mystery, duplicity, secret societies, alchemy, romance, action … The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter by Rod Duncan has it all and promises to be the talked-about/must-read book for sci-fi/fantasy enthusiasts this year!”
- Looking For A Good Read

Really, a fine and well crafted novel. As per the glossary, Elizabeth plays a key role in the fall of the Gas-lit empire. Cheers to that as she is a captivating character. Angry Robot has picked a winner.”
- Koeur’s Book Reviews

“Steampunk at its best. Engaging characters, spectacular settings and snappy dialogue.”
- Cayocosta72 Book Reviews

“I was immediately hooked by the world Duncan created. What would the world look like if the Industrial Revolution had been halted, even reverse? What really made this book for me was Elizabeth Barnabas. Her unusual upbringing in a traveling circus and her five years of forced independence have made her clever and strong. She’s a wonderful character and it was a treat to watch her work through the challenges the cropped up as she find out why everyone wants to get their hands on the Duchess’s missing brother.

The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter is the opening book in a series and I will be eagerly waiting for the next installment of Elizabeth’s adventures.”
Summer Reading Project

The Bullet Catcher’s Daughter is an entertaining book that has some genuine, original touches combined with a clever story and even cleverer characters.”
SF Book Reviews

“Rod Duncan has successfully written an absorbing tale from the perspective of a woman in the early nineteenth century.  This is science-fiction with the sub genre of Steampunk, so technology is unorthodox and fascinating. A cracking read.”
- Fancy Pans Cafe

“Duncan has crafted a credible and intriguing world where the twists of a society founded on very different ideals are perhaps even more important than the technology. That makes this novel, while solidly a steampunk offering, feel very fresh and engaging. The backdrop of the circus and the surprising way Elizabeth manages to make a living give the whole story real depth. This is the first in a planned series of novels entitled The Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire: I’m certainly looking forward to the next installments. Fabulous.”
- Geek in Sydney

Have you pre-ordered your copy yet? Both books are released in the US and on ebook next Tuesday, 26 August with UK and ROW releasing Thursday, 4 September. Happy reading!

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Aug
19

Backlist Boost

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ATTENTION: Bloggers, Podcasters, Interviewers:

Is there a burning question that you wish you’d asked an author when their book first came out?

Did you read an interview or blog post – after your post – which brought more questions or ideas to you?

Or did you simply not have time to chat with a certain author and would now like to?

Too often those wonderful books which precede new title releases are relegated to ‘backlist’ and get less attention than they deserve. So today I want to bring your attention to our many fantastic authors that we’ve published, PRE-2014!

I want to know which of our authors you would like to interview, or have a blog post from, but they must have published pre-2014. This doesn’t exclude authors, that have published with us pre-2014 and throughout this year, but have a think and let me know who you’d like to get in touch with.

Our full list of authors can be found at this link and I’m looking forward to hearing from you with your author selections! Feel free to pick more than one, and I’m sure I can arrange some special giveaways for this Backlist Boost.

Simply get in touch with me, caroline.lambe@angryrobotbooks.com, and I’ll set up any interviews etc. Please note that not all authors will be available but do let me know your ideal author to talk to, and I’ll do my best!

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Aug
18

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The Hugo AwardsSoooo, we can’t imagine that if you have any interest in the wider world of science fiction that you missed the winners of this year’s Hugo Awards, presented as the climax of the massive, and massively enjoyable, Worldcon here in England’s London, aka Loncon 3. But just in case, here’s a completely biased summary:

Kameron Hurley won TWO. As we said there in the hall, hell yeah! In fact, we screamed and whooped and screamed some more.

And that’s not all. We’re so, so proud of our writer friends and colleagues who placed well in the rankings, with nominations for:

Emma Newman, for her sensational Tea & Jeopardy podcast
Both Wesley Chu and Ramez Naam, up for the John W Campbell Award for best new writer (yeah yeah, OK, not strictly a Hugo yadda yadda)
Aliette de Bodard, nominated for her lovely novelette, The Waiting Stars.
Our man Mike Underwood, up as part of the team behind the Skiffy & Fanty Podcast.
And our now-departed but still beloved Lee Harris, nominated for Best Editor (Long Form), a fitting end to his AR years as he heads off to pastures new.

Loads of other great people were justly celebrated too, of course, and you can read up on them, even see all of the breakdowns in how people voted if you like. It’s all been rather lovely. Roll on 2015.

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Aug
13

Angry Robot at LonCon

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Wondering where our Angry Robot authors are going to be over the next few days? Here’s a handy Angry Robot Guide to LonCon!

Madeline Ashby:

Wednesday 13 August

Forbidden Planet, 6 – 7pm

Thursday 14 August

The Anime Canon: From the Classics to the Defining Works of Today
Capital Suite 3 (Level 3), 4:30pm – 6pm

Friday 15 August

Reading
London Suite 5 (Level 0), 5:30pm – 6pm

Saturday 16 August

The Philosophical Mecha
London Suite 3 (Level 0), 3pm – 4:30pm

50 Years After: Asimov Predicts 2014 World’s Fair
Capital Suite 15 (Level 3), 4:30pm – 6pm

Sunday 17 August

I Can’t Do That, Dave: Artificial Intelligence, Imagination, and Fear
Capital Suite 10 (Level 3), 1:30pm – 3pm

Adam Christopher:

Wednesday 13 August

Forbidden Planet, 6 – 7pm

Thursday 14 August

Signing
Exhibits Hall Signing Space (Level 1), 3pm – 4:30pm

Reading
London Suite 1 (Level 0), 6pm – 6:30pm

Friday 15 August

Welcome Party
Fan Activity Tent (Level 0), 9pm – 11pm

Kaffeeklatsch
London Suite 5 (Level 0), 12pm – 1pm

Sunday 17 August

Authors Accept, Encourage, and Create Fan Works Too
Capital Suite 7+12 (Level 3), 11am – 12pm

Detectives in SF
Capital Suite 10 (Level 3), 4:30pm – 6pm

Wesley Chu:

Wednesday 13 August

Forbidden Planet, 6 – 7pm

Friday 15 August

Social Media and New Authors
Capital Suite 10 (Level 3), 11am – 12pm

Reading
London Suite 1 (Level 0), 5pm – 5.30pm

Saturday 16 August

The Road Goes Ever On and On: the Wheel of Time
Capital Suite 14 (Level 3), 12pm – 1:30pm

Agent Hunting
South Gallery 33, 2pm – 3pm

Reading the Other
Capital Suite 13 (Level 3), 6pm – 7pm

Sunday 17 August

Signing
Exhibits Hall Signing Space (Level 1), 12pm – 1:30pm

Kaffeeklatsch
London Suite 5 (Level 0), 2pm – 3pm

Matthew Hughes:

Saturday 16 August

Signing
Exhibits Hall Signing Space (Level 1), 11am – 12pm

Anne Lyle:

Wednesday 13 August

Forbidden Planet, 6 – 7pm

Thursday 14 August

Reading
Capital Suite 10 (Level 3), 4pm – 4:30pm

Friday 15 August

Fantasy vs. SF: Is the Universe Looking Out for You?
Capital Suite 11 (Level 3), 8pm – 9pm

Saturday 16 August

Signing
Exhibits Hall Signing Space (Level 1), 11am – 12pm

Kaffeeklatsch
London Suite 5 (Level 0), 4pm – 5pm

Sunday 17 August

Imagining London: History and Fantasy
Capital Suite 13 (Level 3), 3pm – 4:30pm

Ramez Naam:

Wednesday 13 August

Forbidden Planet, 6 – 7pm

Thursday 14 August

Internet Privacy 101
Capital Suit 13 (Level 3), 11am – 12pm

Friday 15 August

Kaffeeklatsch
London Suite 5 (Level 0), 11am – 12pm

Signing
Exhibits Hall Signing Space (Level 1), 4:30pm – 6pm

SF: What It Is, What It Could Be
Capital Suite 13 (Level 3), 7pm – 8pm

Sunday 17 August

Reading
London Suite 1 (Level 0), 1pm – 1:30pm

The Wrong Apocalypse
Capital Suite 5 (Level 3), 1:30pm – 3pm

Emma Newman:

Thursday 14 August

Kaffeeklatsch
London Suite 5 (Level 0), 12pm – 1pm

I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue
Capital Suite 7+12 (Level 3), 10pm – 11pm

Friday 15 August

Social Media and New Authors
Capital Suite 10 (Level 3), 11am – 12pm

Medieval Languages and Distant Vistas: Using The Past in Games
Capital Suite 16 (Level 3), 8pm – 9pm

Welcome Party
Fan Activity Tent (Level 0), 9pm – 11pm

Saturday 16 August

Fear and Writing
South Gallery 33, 11am – 12pm

Signing
Exhibits Hall Signing Space (Level 1), 1:30pm – 3pm

So You Want To Be A Podcaster
Capital Suite 8+11 (Level 3), 4:30pm – 6pm

Sunday 17 August

Signing
London Suite 1 (Level 0), 11am – 11:30am

Writing Roleplaying Games
Capital Suite 10 (Level 3), 12pm – 1:30pm

Mike Shevdon:

Wednesday 13 August

Forbidden Planet, 6 – 7pm

Thursday 14 August

Liechester Square: Getting London Wrong
Capital Suite 9 (Level 3), 7pm – 8pm

Friday 15 August

Signing
Exhibits Hall Signing Space (Level 1), 10am – 11am

The Art and Science of Armour
Capital Suite 14 (Level 3), 12pm – 1:30pm

Kaffeeklatsch
London Suite 4 (Level 0), 7pm – 8pm

And not forgetting, our own Michael R. Underwood:

Thursday 14 August

Tolkien Society Presents: The Unpayable Debt?
Capital Suite 13 (Level 3), 6pm – 7pm

Friday 15 August

Diversity in Comic Books: The Good, The Bad, and the Missing
Capital Suite 8 (Level 3), 12pm – 1:30pm

Cities: Where, Who, Why?
Capital Suite 10 (Level 3), 6pm – 7pm

Saturday 16 August

Literary Beer
The Bar (Level 0), 11am – 12pm

Signing
Exhibits Hall Signing Space (Level 1), 3pm – 4:30pm

Sunday 17 August

The Fantastic Now
Capital Suite 16 (Level 3), 1:30pm – 3pm

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Looking for the best way to kickstart your LonCon experience? Get yourself to Forbidden Planet tonight at 6pm to meet a host of wonderful authors!

Joining us in the London Megastore tonight from 6 – 7pm, are:

• Chris Achilleos
• Madeline Ashby
• Gregory Benford
• Adam Christopher
• Wesley Chu
• Cory Doctorow
• Phil & Kaja Foglio
• Anne Lyle
• Ramez Naam
• Kim Newman
• V. E. Schwab
• Charles Stross
• Mike Shevdon
• Danie Ware

Come along, grab yourself a signed book or two and enjoy the evening – this won’t be formal event, just a chance to find some fabulous fiction!

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At the time of writing this opening sentence, it has been 5 years 7 months, 5 days and 6 hours since I started work for Angry Robot. When I joined, I knew about genre, and I knew a bit about books, and I knew about putting together a weekly short fiction ezine, and (as a very early adopter) I knew about ebooks, but I knew very little about the business of publishing.

I’ve learned a huge amount in my time at Angry Robot, and it is only because of the mentorship of my friend and publisher Marc Gascoigne, that I have progressed as far as I have. Five years ago I would not have dreamed that I would not only be heading up the team of a new imprint for Tor.com, but find myself nominated for a Hugo award. And I couldn’t have done it without Marc’s leadership, and the support of the various fine folk who I have been proud to call my colleagues at Angry Robot.

I’m on the train, now, heading home from Angry Robot Towers for the last time, so I thought it worth mentioning a few of my highlights of the last five years and change.

Day 1
Heading into the office on January 3, 2009 for my first proper job in publishing. Treated with more professional courtesy than my newbie status probably warranted.

July 1, 2009
Our first books hit the shelves – Lauren Beukes’s Moxyland and Kaaron Warren’s Slights. Two books that even now feature highly on my Favourite Angry Robot Books list.

YALC
Amanda Rutter, the editor of our erstwhile YA imprint, said one day, “You know – there really should be a YA convention in the UK.” Marc and I both said, “Well, why don’t you go make one, then?” so Amanda contacted lots of fine folk at lots of other fine publishers, and YALC was born. Though Strange Chemistry stopped publishing before YALC happened, it happened because of Amanda, and I’m proud that Angry Robot had a part in its conception. Amanda does not get enough credit for her part in this.

The Hugo Nomination
Not only was I stunned to find myself shortlisted for Best Editor (Long Form) this year, but I was more stunned when I discovered that no British editor has ever been nominated in the past. There are plenty of other fine folk in the UK who deserve this, and I will probably blog about them at some point over the next few weeks.

Discovering New Talent
I mentioned this in the recent 5-year Celebration blog post, but it has been an absolute delight and privilege to help some of the genre’s best new authors publish their first books.

New Friends and New Family
Despite a few dirty uncles sitting in the corner, loudly drooling into their bowls, our genre has provided me with the sort of family and friendship I never experienced in any previous occupation. The quantity of alcohol consumed at conventions might have something to do with this, but that’s only part of it.

So, thank-you Marc, Mike, John, Mike 2, Amanda, Emlyn, Caroline, Bryon, Abi, Steve, Chris and all the support staff at Osprey HQ. I’m not going to say “goodbye” to Angry Robot. I was there from the start, and it will always be my baby. I will continue to follow AR with keen interest, and cheer it on from the sidelines.

As should you – it really is the best independent publisher in the world, you know!

Over and Out,

Lee

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Attention, Robot Army!

I have collected all four of the Angry Robot Live! panels so far into a YouTube Playlist, which you can find here.

 

The playlist is also embedded here, for your viewing pleasure. Partake of all of the robotic wisdom and wisecracking from the comfort of your cubicle, cabana, or wireless-enabled mobile artillery platform.

 

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We’re delighted to announce that Titan Books are joining us for our Forbidden Planet evening! Not only can you meet some of our authors, but also a host of greats from Titan.

Taking place in the London Megastore on Wednesday 13 August from 6 – 7pm, join us to meet the following authors:

• Chris Achilleos
• Madeline Ashby
• Gregory Benford
• Adam Christopher
• Wesley Chu
• Cory Doctorow
• Phil & Kaja Foglio
• Anne Lyle
• Ramez Naam
• Kim Newman
• V. E. Schwab
• Charles Stross
• Mike Shevdon
• Danie Ware

Come along, grab yourself a signed book or two and enjoy the evening – this won’t be formal event, just a chance to find some fabulous fiction!

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Aug
01

Robot Round-Up 01.08.14

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We’re welcoming in the month of August with a round-up of some of the latest reviews and activity from our authors.

The Mirror EmpireFirst up, the much-anticipated Kameron Hurley‘s The Mirror Empire, September 2014.

• Publishers Weekly rewarded Kameron’s epic fantasy novel with a starred review: “Hurley reuses old tropes to excellent effect, interweaving them with original elements to create a world that will fascinate and delight her established fans and appeal to newcomers. Readers will blaze through this opening installment and eagerly await the promised sequel.”

• It’s hard to choose just one or two great lines from Alex Ristea‘s review but here’s a taster of why he loved it so much:  “This is world-building at its finest—an imaginative and fantastical world that is unrelenting in its immersiveness…The Mirror Empire takes a look at the epic fantasy patriarchy and gives it a firm kick in the balls.” Alex ends his rave review by saying, The Mirror Empire “will be the most important book you read this year.”

• When the most a reviewer dislikes about a book is the wait for its sequel, it’s safe to say we’re pretty happy. Thus was the case when In Case of Survival read The Mirror Empire: “I can’t even tell you how much I liked this book…I cannot wait to come back to the Worldbreaker universe and find out what the characters are up to.”

• Fantasy Review Barn awards with 4 stars: “The Mirror Empire will make your head hurt in a very good way. I couldn’t imagine the mental and physical mapping it would take to hold all these pieces together but hold together they do. This book deals with gendered expectations on every page yet could be read for the story alone; different conventions and expectations are ingrained into the societies portrayed so naturally that they shouldn’t even raise a brow. The world is alive, the world is unique, and the world is actually built rather than borrowed.”

• Can’t wait for The Mirror Empire‘s release? Check out Tor.com‘s excerpt, and lastly, here’s a hat tip to Amanda Rutter, former Strange Chemistry editor, who worked on The Mirror Empire and has been blogging about it on Floor to Ceiling Books.

The Bullet Catcher's Daughter by Rod DuncanRod Duncan‘s The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter, September 2014, charmed Publishers Weekly early on, “Duncan’s strong supernatural mystery serves ably as both a standalone adventure and the start to a series.”

• Alister at Fantasy Faction is blaming TBCD for some late nights and tired mornings: “It’s fair to say I was smitten by The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter. Rod Duncan’s talent has combined inventive plot and characterisation to create a smart, amusing and fascinating tale that had me reading long into the night.”

• Annie over on the Summer Reading Project “was immediately hooked by the world Duncan created.” Eagerly awaiting the next instalment, what made this book for Annie “was Elizabeth Barnabas. Her unusual upbringing in a traveling circus and her five years of forced independence have made her clever and strong. She’s a wonderful character and it was a treat to watch her work through the challenges the cropped up as she find out why everyone wants to get their hands on the Duchess’s missing brother.”

• I’m glad to see Looking For A Good Book trusted us with an unknown author: “There wasn’t a single moment that I felt bored or wanted to skip ahead a little.  I was mesmerized early and the story and characters blossomed before me with precision…Looking for a good book?  Mystery, duplicity, secret societies, alchemy, romance, action … The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter by Rod Duncan has it all and promises to be the talked-about/must-read book for sci-fi/fantasy enthusiasts this year!”

SF Book: “The Bullet Catcher’s Daughter is an entertaining book that has some genuine, original touches combined with a clever story and even cleverer characters.”

The Shadow Master by Craig CormickThe Shadow Master by Craig Cormick, July 2014, has been instigating a lot of online chat and Craig himself has been busy with interviews on the Qwillery and Donna Maree Hanson, amongst many others.

• While Avid Fantasy Reviews thinks The Shadow Master is one of the strangest books we here at Angry Robot Books have published, it seems that works as it’s rated 8.5 / 10 and one of the best books she’s read all year!

• Upcoming4.me have Craig’s Story Behind his Story, and for more details on Craig’s inspiration for The Shadow Master, click here

• Craig has also been on Tor.com for his Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe.

 

The Guild Of Assassins by Anna KashinaAnna Kashina is celebrating the release of her second novel, The Guild of Assassins, August 2014, the sequel to Blades of the Old Empire and is enjoying dual promotion!

• The Blogger Girls “loved, loved, loved the world and the characters” of Blades of the Old Empire, and I’m sure are looking forward to The Guild of Assasins!

• Anna is on Mary Robinette Kowal’s blog talking about her Favourite Bit of The Guild of Assassins

• On August 4 Anna starts a Blog Tour with full details here, with a chance to win both Blades of the Old Empire and The Guild of Assassins as well this banner, courtesy of Tasty Book Tours:

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Last night was our fourth Angry Robot Live! We talked about Scope and Scale in Fantasy.

Our panelists were Kameron Hurley and Anna Kashina.

 

If you missed the live show, you can watch the whole thing here. Please note that you’ll want to turn up the volume for the first 23 or so minutes, as Kameron’s audio was soft until she switched over to a different mic.

Much fun was had by all!

 

During the panel, Kameron mentioned Universe Sandbox.

And this is me waving goodbye to dozens of writers reading this as they disappear for two weeks.

 

Gatsby wave goodbye

 

Paul S. Kemp wasn’t able to make the panel, but he wrote at length via twitter on his thoughts about Scope and Scale. You can read them in a Storify here.

 

And last, but not least, I’ve included a couple of questions below that we weren’t able to answer during the panel.

From Paul Weimer:

How does individual character creation and development change (or not) in working in different scale sizes in Fantasy?

Do you find maps, glossaries, concordances a necessary evil or a joy to create (and have readers read) in secondary world fantasy?

Do you start or approach a novel idea differently depending on whether its S&S or Epic in its scales/stakes?

 

Please feel free to continue the conversation here in the comments. Until next time, Stay Angry.

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We’ve been spoiling you lately with great Kindle US Daily Deals, and we are back today with another one: both vN and iD by Madeline Ashby are available at only $1.99 each! Get your grandma-eating characters at bargain prices, for one day only.

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It’s been very busy at Angry Robot HQ lately, and not just because of the fantastic titles we’ve been publishing! I know some of you have noticed I’ve been quieter, and out of the office a few days, but I’m back…and just about in one piece.

10441372_10152241483255642_8836419488324112199_nI play Gaelic Football for Roger Casements GAA Club and just last week we had a very exciting game…the Warwickshire Championship Final. This is one of three competitions we play in throughout the year and, as the county final, it was a big day for the players and the club. These big games require everyone to put their all in, and as I’m captain of the team I expect myself to give even more. However, breaking my foot 10 minutes into a 60 minute game – and continuing to play for the rest of the game – is maybe a bit more than I would usually expect. In my defence, I did think I’d ‘only’ broken my toe or something smaller than my fifth metatarsal!

As our Robot Leader, Marc, declared, we’re tough cookies here at Angry Robot Books!

Unfortunately this fancy shoe I’m wearing does mean I can’t drive and thus won’t be in the office until it’s off, so it’s best to reach me via email for the time being. If you need to have a chat, email me for my mobile number.

Let this be a lesson: don’t mess with the Robot Team…we don’t ever give up!

For anyone interested, here’s a YouTube video* that’ll give you the gist of the national sport of Ireland!

*This video displays the general rules of playing Gaelic Football but not all apply to Ladies Football e.g. we can carry for 5 steps – not 4, and we’re not allowed shoulder-to-shoulder tackles.
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It’s that time again, folks – time for Angry Robot Live!

This month, we’re bringing you a discussion of Scope and Scale in Fantasy – from the intense back-alley tales of sword & sorcery to the world-breaking sagas of epic fantasy, the genre spans a huge range in terms of scope. Our panel will discuss the benefits and tradeoffs of operating at different scales, and we’ll dig into what makes tales at the different levels of scope powerful in their own ways.

The panel includes:

Kameron Hurley, Kitsschie and Sydney J. Bounds Award-winner and nominee for the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. Her The Mirror Empire drops on August 26th in the US/CAN.
Anna Kashina, author of the Majat Code (Blades of the Old Empire, and The Guild of Assassins, which releases on August 5th in the US and CAN).
Paul S. Kemp, New York Times-bestselling author of Star Wars and Dungeons & Dragons novels, and the author of the Tales of Egil and Nix (The Hammer and the Blade, A Discourse in Steel).
James A Moore, author of over twenty novels, nominee for the Bram Stoker Award, and author of Seven Forges and The Blasted Lands.

 

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The panel will be Tuesday, July 29th, at 8:30 PM EDT (5:30 PM PDT), and should run about an hour.

If you have any questions for our panelists, please feel free to post them here in the comments, tweet them with #ARLive, or join us to ask them yourself!

RSVP for the event here.

Nexus by Ramez NaamRamez Naam is unstoppable!

Not only is Nexus Angry Robot’s top-selling book of all time, it’s been translated into more languages than any other, and has garnered more award nominations than any other, too.

And they just keep coming!

We are absolutely delighted to announce that Nexus has just been shortlisted for the prestigious Endeavour Award!

So, that makes its award record:

  • ~ 2014 Prometheus Award – WINNER (tied with Homeland by Cory Doctorow)
  • Arthur C Clarke Award – SHORTLISTED
  • Kitschies Golden Tentacle Award – SHORTLISTED
  • Endeavour Award – SHORTLISTED
  • ~ An NPR Best Book of the Year

Author headshot Ramez NaamAnd Mez himself is, of course, currently SHORTLISTED for the John W Campbell (Not a Hugo) Award for Best New Writer!

Come on, Mez – let some other writers have a chance! :-)

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