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On Friday of last week, we had a mini competition to celebrate the inclusion of Zoo City on the Arthur C Clarke Award shortlist. All we asked was for you to tell us your favourite animal joke, in a single tweet.
The winner gets a signed, limited edition hardback copy of Zoo City. Only 100 of these were ever sold.
Here are some of the runners-up:
Q: Knock knock.
A: Who’s there?
Q: The Interrupting Cow.
A. The Interrupting Cow wh–
Why don’t ducks fly upside down?
Because they’d quack up.
Why is the desert lion everyone’s favorite at Christmas?
Because he has sandy claws!
Why do elephants drink so much?
A: To try to forget!
What has four legs and flies? . . A dead dog.
A mathematical one: “What is a polar bear? A cartesian bear after a coordinate transform”
“Doctor Doctor! I think I’m a dog!”
“Sit on the couch & tell me about it”
“I can’t, I’m not allowed up on the couch”
What did the octopus say to the loan shark?
Here’s the sick squid I owe you.
And the winner – because it managed to contain 3 gags in one:
What disease can you get from kissing birds?
Chirpes (It’s a canareal disease, but it’s tweetable)
Congratulations – your book should be with you, shortly.
To celebrate Zoo City making the shortlist of the Arthur C Clarke Award (and don’t forget – it’s still on the shortlist for the British Science Fiction Association Award for Best Novel) we’re dropping the price of the eBook – for 3 days, only!
From now (that’s midday GMT, March 4th) until the same time Monday 7th, you can buy Zoo City as an eBook for just £1 (that’s about US$1.60), instead of the usual price of £4.49.
You can buy this as an ePub file from angryrobotstore.com.
Got a Kindle? You can convert the ePub free of charge using Calibre (a free download), or a whole host of other free conversion tools (Google is your friend).
This is technically my first ever post on the Angry Robot website, so I am a little bit overexcited. But it is not just the first blog rush which has me bouncing round the office with a bit of a manic grin on my face. You see over the last few weeks we have received so many fabulous reviews and so much great news about our books that there is a bit of a party atmosphere in the office – and we thought it was about time to start sharing the fun!
A bunch of our books have been included in i09’s Books for Spring – so take a bow Dan Abnett (with Embedded), Guy Adams (with The World House), Matt Forbeck (with Vegas Knights) and Thomas Blackthorne (with Point).
Lauren Beukes and Lavie Tidhar are listed in the 2010 Recommended Reading list that Locus have put together, for their books Zoo City and The Bookman.
Matt could have had a whole blog dedicated to his exploits this month – from interviews to articles, to reviews. Here is a quick snapshot of what people have been saying:
Amortals is a fast and engrossing read, highly original, and with more than its fair share of surprises. If you like thrillers with a science-fiction edge, check out Matt Forbeck’s Amortals, and strap yourself in; it’s a wicked ride.
From The SF Site
Amortals has a lot going for it. It’s a political thriller with science fiction elements, conspiracy theory flavoring, and a hardboiled edge. It may start off as a guy investigating his own death while contemplating his own mortality (or lack thereof) but things inexorably spiral out of control as layer after layer is removed. The end result is a much deeper, more complex story than I was expecting, with a thought-provoking ending. What you get, thusly, is an action-filled, tense piece with plenty of cinematic moments and a heck of a payoff.
But it is not just Amortals getting all the attention. Vegas Knights has been gathering a lot of great press too!
From The Eloquent Page
If Hollywood is listening, someone needs to snap up the rights to the movie version of this sharpish. It’s a sure fire winner. I’ve never been to Las Vegas but if I did go there I would be heartily disappointed if it wasn’t exactly the way it’s described in Vegas Knights.
From The Ranting Dragon
If you’re craving a fast-paced action adventure, skip a movie and grab a copy of Vegas Knights instead. If you don’t mind characters that never break their archetypal molds, you’ll savor the magic rocket ride that is Vegas Knights and its action in spades. This is popcorn fantasy at its best.
And last but not least from SF Book
Vegas Knights is like one of those adventures that you have always dreamed of taking as a kid / young adult. It’s fantastic entertainment and I loved every minute of it, Viva Las Vegas (Knights)!
Aliette de Bodard
Aliette has been doing a bit of a blog tour, with a series of interviews and articles appearing across the interweb. Check it out at Suite 101, Nancy Fulda, Lawrence M Schoen, and The Other Side of the Story.
Aliette de Bodard has done it again. Harbinger of the Storm is an action packed Aztec mystery opera with magic, interventions from the gods and more twists and turns than the first book. It even has a love story with amusing snippets here and there, I love formidable women. The story is self contained and can be enjoyed standalone, but you will not want to miss out on the first. I wish it was 2012 already even if the world is going under while I read the final Obsidian and Blood.
Some lovely reviews this for Nekropolis:
If you dig your noir and mystery with a heavy dose of horror and fantasy (as well as a tongue-in-cheek zombie private eye that may be dead but still has a heart), Matthew Richter’s first pulp adventure through the streets of Nekropolis will not disappoint.
From Michelles Ramblins
Nekropolis is a wondrous place, populated with extraordinary beings that come alive on the page. I was immediately hooked by Matt Richter and can’t wait to read more.
I give Nekropolis 5 out of 5 stars.
From SF Book
It’s almost like Maurice Broaddus is reliving real memories rather than creating a fictional story, the suspension of disbelief is both immediate and faultless… King’s Justice performs the impossible feat of improving on it’s predecessor, it’s simply an incredible work of compelling fiction… pure genius.
Another tentacle winner (picking up the Red Tentacle award) Lauren is still garnering up rave reviews for her awesome Zoo City.
From Ranting Dragon
Zoo City is one of the most original and captivating books I have read; I was hooked in five pages. Zinzi is also one of my all-time favorite heroines—she’s spunky, difficult, articulate, emotional, tough, intelligent, and repentant. If you don’t read Zoo City, you’re missing out on one of the best modern books in and outside the fantasy genre.
Best of the rest
Slights by Kaaron Warren reviewed by Shroud.
Deaths Disciples by J Robert King reviewed by SF Book Reviews.
The Bookman by Lavie Tidhar reviewed by SF Book Reviews.
Phew! See what I mean – so much love!!
Till next time everyone…