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Robot Round-Up, 31.08.12

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Hello, hello and welcome to another Robot Round-Up. It’s been a quiet week at Angry Robot HQ, what with half the Overlords jetting off to Chicago for Worldcon. But it’s been anything but quiet out in the AR-flavoured reaches of the Interwebs, with plenty of reviewage and interview action going down. Here’s what we’ve spotted this past week:

Mockingbird, by Chuck WendigWith Chuck Wendig‘s second Miriam Black book, Mockingbird, out now in US/CAN print and ebook editions and due to hit UK bookstores on September 6th, plenty of folks have been renewing their acquaintance with Miriam, with hugely satisfying results:

• Kate at Kate of Mind said: “Wendig can freaking write, delivering a potent mix of philosophical speculations on free will versus destiny, backbred inwoods shenanigans, kickass action, and moments of surprising tenderness that last just long enough for the reader to catch her breath before plunging back into the ick. Knowing full well that the plunge is what she wants, because what happens neeeeeeeext?!?”
Andrew Jack called it: “… a fresh voice in the often overloaded urban fantasy market with a memorable protagonist and a universe that manages to be both unique and just one step away from the real world we live in.”
Kindle-aholic said: “If you liked Blackbirds, you should love Mockingbird. A must for those who love troubled, twisted, kickass characters.”
• Rocky at The Geeky Guide to Nearly Everything agreed: “I enjoyed Mockingbird even more than I had Blackbirds and I think you will too.”

Meanwhile, Chuck revealed a few things that he learned while writing Mockingbird and explained the genesis of his latest über-noir book trailer over at his blog. And here is said trailer again, just in case you missed it earlier in the week:

Major kudos to director / animator Alan Stewart, voice-over artist Dan O’Shea and, of course, flash fiction wordsmith Chuck W.

Also out now in US/CAN print and ebook, coming soon in the UK is Adam Christopher‘s superhero showdown Seven Wonders. Benito at Betwixt Book Reviews reviewed it this week, saying: “I firmly believe that Christopher has written the standard against which other superhero novels will be held and is himself now coming into his own super-author powers. Seven Wonders is a big, colorful joy to read and it shows that it was also a joy to write.” Adam has been interviewed by Benito as well, and has also guested on the 115th episode of the Functional Nerds Podcast.

The Corpse-Rat King, by Lee BattersbyCompleting the hat-trick of new Angry Robot books this month is Lee Battersby‘s hugely entertaining début fantasy novel, The Corpse-Rat King. Blogger Mikel Andrews said it was: “Part History textbook, part Monty Python, and part epic fantasy, The Corpse-Rat King surprised the hell out of me. You will honestly laugh, cry, and experience the whole range in between.” Ant at SFBook.com said: “The Corpse-Rat King is different enough to appeal to most readers while the engaging, intelligent and wildly different narrative should keep any reader glued to the pages, a brilliant début from a promising talent.” And Barry at Gnostalgia said: “I like my humor like I like my chocolate… dark. The Corpse-Rat King gave me plenty of those laugh out loud moments. I could imagine the main character played by Bruce Campbell. The story marched along at a fast pace with plenty of gags.”

Lee has been interviewed by Write Note Reviews as well (you may have to scroll around on that page to find Lee’s piece, depending on who else has interviewed since).

Speaking of Seven Wonders and The Corpse-Rat King, over at Beauty in Ruins, blogger Bob Milne declared this week to be Angry Robot Week, strongly featuring both titles. Reviewing Seven Wonders, he said: “if you’re a comic book fan with an appreciation for all the different flavours of superheroes, and an avid reader with an appreciation for a novel that does something new (and does it well), then this is definitely worth a read.” And he re-posted an earlier review of The Corpse-Rat King as well: “This was a novel that I thoroughly enjoyed and will gleefully recommend, without reservation”. But that’s not all. Bob has been talking to the respective authors of these two fine novels, and has posted an interview with Adam Christopher and an interview with Lee Battersby as a result, with giveaways attached to both. But that’s still not all. He’s also given a mention to Lee Collins‘s forthcoming debut, The Dead of Winter, by way of a Waiting on Wednesday feature. Thank you very much indeed, Bob! We Angry Robot Week.

vN by Madeline Ashby, cover Martin Bland/SpyroteknikA couple more reviews for Madeline Ashby‘s début novel of robot sentience and robotic sentients, vN, this week. Leah Ryne said: “Ashby’s prose is tight and smart. She speaks the language of techies everywhere: prototypes, iterations, patches, memory leaks, bluescreens, viruses. It’s accessible science fiction, grounded here on Earth and in a reality that doesn’t seem too farfetched.” And A.D. at Pathetic Fallacy had some good things to say as well: “the premise is immacu­late, the char­ac­ters are solid and well-defined, and the world is fascinating.”

Coming Soon: The Wrong Goodbye (October), Chris F. Holm‘s second Collector series novel and we’ve seen some more early reviews: Djinn24 at The Founding Fields said: “If you are a fan of urban fantasy, thrillers, mysteries, or just like a good book then I would suggest grabbing this book when it is released.” Over at Book Snobbery, sj said: “If you’re into pulpy noir-ish prose and think adding fantastic elements to that is a great idea, you’ll love these books. If you HATE that kind of stuff, you probably won’t – but don’t blame me, because I totally warned you.” Can’t say fairer than that, sj. And Kate at Kate of Mind took a look at the first book in the Collector series, Dead Harvest, and declared it: “a perfectly fine whodunnit in the classic mode. It’s just the howdunnit and whydunnit that are so very, very strange. And I like that.”

Both of Justin Gustainis‘s Occult Investigations books – Hard Spell and Evil Dark - were reviewed by Curtis Bowman, who concluded: “Hard Spell and Evil Dark are loads of fun. I highly recommend them, and I’m definitely ready for the next one in the series.” Book three, Known Devil, will be out in May 2013, Curtis.

The latest episode of the Virtual Pizza Podcast has a review of Dan Abnett‘s Embedded.

There’s a new Aliette de Bodard short story, ‘Heaven Under Earth’ online at Electric Velocipede.

If you’re quick, and based in the UK, you might be able to grab yourself a free ebook (Kindle format) copy of the Guy Adams novella The Change: Orbital, which is currently (as at time of posting, anyhow) being offered as a freebie at Amazon.co.uk.

Right, that’s your lot. Off you go, have a great weekend. See you back here next week.

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