Robot Round-Up, 21.09.12By
Hello, hello and welcome to another round-up of Angry Robot Author Activity from around the Interwebs. Here’s what we’ve got for you this week:
We’ve seen a fresh batch of reviews this week for the second outing of the wonderful, irrepressible, un-putdownable Miriam Black in Chuck Wendig‘s Mockingbird:
• Bane of Kings at The Founding Fields said: “A dark and gritty page-turner. Wendig’s second Miriam Black novel is a brilliant read and just as enjoyable as the first.”
• Jessica at AllwaysUnmended said: “Wendig’s writing style is tight, fluid, and gripping, making the story easy to pick up and tough to put down … I would highly recommend Mockingbird to any mature reader who enjoys a little piss in their Cheerios.”
• Kristin at Owlcat Mountain said: “I cannot enumerate the many ways in which this novel will likely give you nightmares, but the story is so good that it’s worth a few restless nights.”
• Theresa at Terror Tree said: “Bursting with black comedy, and social commentary, Mockingbird is a tour-de-force of horror fantasy … This is an excellent book, with plenty of character interaction, brutal murders and laughs aplenty despite the grim material. Wendig never fails to deliver. He is a name to be watched.”
• Raymond M. Rose said: “Mockingbird rocked! I burned through it like it was nobody’s business even though I was trying not to read so fast. I loved the hell out of it and can’t wait for the next book…”
• The Guilded Earlobe reviewed the Brilliance Audio Edition, saying: “Mockingbird is the rare sequel that truly elevates a series. It’s a visceral trip through the gutters of human evil, with a character walking the fine lines between righteousness and damnation. Mockingbird expands the mythology of Blackbirds, and continues to build on it with exciting potentiality. It’s a dark journey, but one definitely worth taking.”
Likewise, Lee Battersby‘s debut fantasy novel The Corpse-Rat King has been getting some fresh attention, with Gav at Mass Movement Magazine calling it: “A very unusual and inventive examination of the age old fantasy and mythology staple, the Realm of the Dead” and Mieneke at A Fantastical Librarian saying: “If you’re looking for an interesting new voice in fantasy and an entertaining read, look no further than Lee Battersby and his debut The Corpse-Rat King.”
We’ve spotted a couple of new reviews for Adam Christopher‘s superpowered addition to the superhero prose oeuvre, Seven Wonders from The Fiction Stroker: “Clever, fresh and bringing something new to the table, Seven Wonders is another thrilling roller-coaster ride from an author who is quickly becoming a master of multi-genre adventure.” and Phil Norris said: “Seven Wonders ticks all the right boxes, it is a thrilling rollercoaster ride where the reader feels the wind in their hair, and their cape flapping behind them.” The Fiction Stroker reviewed Adam’s debut Empire State as well, saying: “Adam Christopher takes on a broad range of influences and styles and merges them in this impressive and stylish debut.”
Chris F. Holm‘s second Collector novel, The Wrong Goodbye is officially published in October but will be available in US print and ebook editions from next week and has been reviewed by Neliza for Criminal Element‘s Fresh Meat column: “It’s a fun adventure, a cross-country fantastical crime spree that fans of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods and the TV show Supernatural will likely enjoy. It hits all the right notes as both a buddy comedy and a horror show.”
We’ve seen another early review of Lee Collins‘s debut horror/western mashup The Dead of Winter (November!) with Phil at Terror Tree, who said: “I would recommend this book if you like a bit more from vampire stories than pouting teenagers.”
Two more reviews this week for Madeline Ashby‘s debut novel of artificial intelligence and machine sentience, vN, from Anna at Isotropic Fiction, who said: “Ashby’s subversion of Little Red Riding Hood and her exploration of robot-rights make vN a good read. This is the type of novel that will reassure readers about the quality of science-fiction being published today.” and Paul at The Functional Nerds, who said: “vN offers a bold and interesting vision of the future. The lack of dates and time frame allows the author to unhinge the book somewhat from the present, giving her leave to worldbuild in a delightful manner.”
The Brilliance Audiobook edition of Guy Haley‘s Realty 36 was very warmly received by Larry and Commissar Ploss at The Founding Fields, who between them concluded: “Reality 36 bounces you between beautiful sweeping digital landscapes, and dirty, grim, grimy real-world cityscapes in a wild-goose-chase to save the world. It’s fun!”
Mike Shevdon‘s Strangeness and Charm got a mention from JaymGates at SF Signal, who said: “Shevdon’s urban fantasy is unlike just about anything else I’ve read. His attention to detail and history tickle my love of historical fantasy, while long-running political and social intrigues tie the series together in a strong arc.”
Ramez Naam, whose debut science fiction novel, Nexus, we’re publishing in January, has announced the publication of his second non-fiction book, The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet, a book about how to tackle the environmental issues of today and tomorrow.
A quick shout-out for our good chums over at The Founding Fields: they’ve asked us to mention that they’re having a bit of a recruiting drive for their brand new Facebook Page. They’ll be giving stuff away to random followers – a reader’s journal once they hit 200 followers and then gift cards once they hit other key targets. Head on over to www.thefoundingfields.com and hit that Like button.
And finally, if you’re based in the UK or Ireland and have a Goodreads.com account, you could be in with a chance of winning one of ten print ARC (advance reading copies) of Lee Collins‘s horror/western debut, The Dead of Winter. See Goodreads for details.
That’s all for this week. And there won’t be a Robot Round-Up next week, on the grounds that we’re sending the majority of our bot-contingent to descend on Brighton for Fantasycon. Come say hello to us if you’re attending – we’ll be in the dealer’s room, the bar, a couple of panels, the bar, and… ah, heck, just look for us in the bar, that’ll be the quickest way of finding us. We’ll happily accept any drinks you might be desperate to buy us, although if you really wanted to gladden our robo-hearts, buying a book or two would go down really well. And of course Lee is always delighted when would-be authors pitch their book ideas to him at two a.m. in the bar, so please do feel free…