Robot Round-Up 08.01.13By Darren
Hello and welcome to our weekly Round-Up of all the Angry Robot themed online activity that’s fit to link out to. Starting with:
• Sarah Elizabeth, of Sarah Elizabeth’s Bookshelf said: “I cried on more than one occasion, the story was just so sad in places, but it was so beautifully written that even the sad parts were heartbreakingly good. I actually find it really difficult to tell you how emotionally taxing this book was, and still I loved it, and I’m not going to forget this one in a long time.”
• Tammy at Books, Bones & Buffy said: “The Mad Scientist’s Daughter reminded me of a couple of books I haven’t read in years, books I loved dearly that still haunt me. It has the strange feel of Geoff Ryman’s The Child Garden, a terribly sad story that was ultimately so rewarding. It also sparked some of the same emotions I feel while reading anything by China Miéville.”
• Christa at More Than Just Magic said: “The Mad Scientist’s Daughter is a beautiful book. Even if you’re not a science fiction fan and don’t care for stories about robots (side note: Robots are cool! What’s wrong with you?) this book has definite cross genre appeal.”
• Kallen at Geeky Library said: “As soon as I started reading this book, I was swept along by the storyline. In my opinion, a really good book will cause you to experience a range of emotions and this one certainly succeeded.”
Have you tried The Mad Scientist’s Daughter yet? No? Honestly, you don’t know what you’re missing. But don’t just take our word for it, check out the ever-growing wall of reviews to see what the reviewers have been saying.
Ramez Naam‘s Nexus is most definitely still going strong. This week Liam at The Troubled Scribe found it reassuringly exciting: “I was worried that since this book was so ‘Far-future and Technologically based’ that it would be somewhat dull and action-less. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Start to finish Nexus is a thrill ride taking main character Kade into one unforgettable scene after another.” And Matt at The Fiction Stroker appreciated the mix of action and scientific clever bits (technical term): “Naam’s (frequent) action sequences are powerful and pull a lot of punches. His language is peppered with action words that hammer home the, at times, comical violence. Yet he has the skill to incorporate dense scientific concepts in an easy-to-follow manner.” Also, 115 four-star or five-star reviews on Amazon.com tells its own story…
Ros at Warpcore SF was impressed: “Between Two Thorns is a fascinating new take on the fairytale myth, and it keeps the elegance and old-fashioned glamour we tend to associate with the fae whilst adding a fresh modern perspective.” Kristijan’s review at Upcoming4me starts with: “Wow, what a book! I can’t remember when was the last time I enjoyed reading something so much” and ends by calling it a “stunningly original take on the Faerie myth and worthy beginning of one of the most exciting fantasy series on the market today.” And Beth at Sky Rose Reviews said: “As with all first of series there are slow moments and a lot of details that need to be absorbed but I felt that Newman did a very good job of introducing and creating a world of dangerous politics, magic and a resentment for those of us that were born on the wrong side of the barrier.”
Chris Holm was interviewed by Brandon at , who also reviewed the second Collector novel, The Wrong Goodbye, and said: “I feel like the series gained a lot of ground in terms of Sam’s development … this series is only getting stronger.” He also answered questions five for Jen’s Book Thoughts.
Chuck Wendig has promised to write a twelve-part story-serial for Fireside Magazine, if the project can raise enough funding for another year’s worth of issues, via Kickstarter. He’s also been thinking thoughts on book piracy and used e-books and book piracy again, as well as taking the time to ask ten questions about Pantomime of Strange Chemistry‘s Laura Lam. Just another week in Wendig-World…
Maurice Broaddus posted agreat idea for his fellow writers on how to dispose of those mountains of complimentary books: why not donate them to a captive audience, one with plenty of time on their hands..?
That’s all for now, but there’ll be lots more linky-goodness next week, you lucky, lucky people.