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Jan
31

Robot Round Up 31/01/14

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Hi everyone,

It’s round up time again and this week we’re taking a look at all the fantastic awards and nominations our authors have been getting lately!

 

The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke

The Mad Scientist's Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke - Feb 2013First up, we’re so excited that The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke has been nominated for the Philip K. Dick award! What is it about this book that readers and critics love so much? Here are just a few of the many amazing reviews:

“You won’t be the same after you read The Mad Scientist’s Daughter, trust me. [...] Rich, complex, and delightfully-developed, The Madman’s Daughter opens up new worlds of possibility and does so with elegance and grace.”
-s.e. smith, at this ain’t livin’

“The characters are what drives this story, whether it’s Cat struggling through life, her mad yet grounded and caring father, the friends and lovers Cat meets throughout her life, or Finn, the android who doesn’t want to be human yet seems like the most perfect creation.”
- Katherine Stubbs, Shades of Sentience

“One of the most heart-clenching and gut-wrenching love stories I have ever read. I bet no-one reading this review has ever read an unrequited love story where the love is only unrequited because science has not made it possible, yet. Heart meet knife! Clarke’s exploration of human nature versus science versus faith versus the disingenuous youth are the reasons this book needs to be read and loved by everyone.”
– Vicki, Open Book Society

“I urge you to read this book, it will haunt you and stay with you for a long time. It is very hard to believe that this is only the author’s second novel – bravo Miss Clarke!”
- Wendy of the Geek Syndicate

“The twist is that the cool, rational Finn is a robot, and Cat’s love for him is unrequited because she ages while he does not, and he is not programmed to respond to her emotions. It’s a neat premise and Clark examines the ramifications with the precision of a poet”.
- Eric Brown, The Guardian

“It’s not a story of future heroism. It’s not even, really, a story about robots. It’s a story of live and failure and expectations. It is, perhaps, in its relentless examination of one woman’s life, one of the most realistic science fiction stories ever told.”
- Michael Ann Dobbs for IO9.com

“Cat is a finely etched character, difficult, distant, and living in denial of her true feelings for years … Cassandra Rose Clarke does a fine job of staying inside her protagonist’s head, and capturing what it’s like to drift through life without the will or the opportunity to make the best decisions.”
- Adam-Troy Castro, Sci Fi Magazine (print only)

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.”
- Tammy Sparks, Books, Bones & Buffy

“This book is about LOVE mostly and family, betrayal, emotion and what happiness means, but so totally science fiction. It is an amazing book and I enjoyed so much that I will be looking for more books by Cassandra Rose Clarke.”
- Katie Turner, Turner’s Antics

“At it’s heart, it’s a beautifully written story, not only exploring the complexities between Cat and Finn, but also her changing relationships with her parents, and the other men who enter her life.”
- Michelle, BCF Book Reviews

“I read this book with a constant sense of impending doom…I expected disaster and drama around ever corner. But this isn’t one of those books. This book is more subtle, a much more realistic picture of an imagined world, and I loved it.”
- Leah at LeahRhyne.com

“Cassandra Rose Clarke has proven she can write with the best of them in this one and I expect this was just a taste of what is to come from her.”
- Liam, The Troubled Scribe

“this book is heavy on the romance side. The science fiction element is there but very subtle but not as much until it becomes superficial. Instead, it gives the story this otherworldly quality.”
- Zuleeza at **QWERTY**

Nexus by Ramez Naam

Nexus by Ramez Naam

Nexus

Second, the fantastic Nexus by Ramez Naam has been nominated for the Golden Tentacle (Debut) award in the Kitschies! Congratulations also to the wonderful Will Staehle, whose cover art for The Age Atomic by Adam Christopher has been nominated for the Inky Tentacle.

Here’s what just a few people have had to say about Nexus:

“Ramez Naam’s debut novel Nexus is a superbly plotted high-tension technothriller about a War-on-Drugs-style crackdown on brain/computer interfaces … full of delicious, thoughtful moral ambiguity … excellent spycraft, kick-ass action scenes, and a chilling look at a future cold war over technology and ideology, making a hell of a read.”
- Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing

“It’s good. Scary good. Take a chance and stop reading now and have a great time reading a bleeding edge technical thriller that is full of surprises.”
- James Floyd Kelly, Wired.com’s GeekDad blog

“a fast, fun read which is both emotionally engaging and thought-provoking. You’ll be mulling over the implications of Nexus — the book and the drug — long after you put the book down.”
- Annalee Newitz, IO9.com

“Naam displays a Michael Crichton-like ability to explain cutting-edge research via the medium of an airport techno-thriller.”
SFX Magazine

“the action scenes are crisp, the glimpses of future tech and culture are mesmerizing”
Publishers Weekly

“Mr. Naam sees all the angles of future technology almost too imaginatively to keep up with … Nexus joins Paul McAuley’s Fairyland (1995) as a double-edged vision of the post-human.”
- Tom Shippey, Wall Street Journal

“This sophisticated page-turning techno-thriller is one of my favorite stories of all time … Naam is remarkable in his ability to address deep philosophical concepts while keeping the story line light, fast, and action-packed.”
- Stephen L. Macknik, Scientific American Illusion Chasers blog

“Naam, an expert in new technologies and author of More Than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement (2005), turns in a stellar performance with his debut sf novel … Naam has set himself a difficult challenge here: he’s telling a story in which much of the action and dialogue takes place inside the characters’ minds. But he succeeds admirably”.
- David Pitt, BookList

“a very readable book … deals with real world ramifications of next-generation technology in a believable, if somewhat scary, fashion. It’s accurate without being boring, and action-packed without being trite or vapid.”
- Matthew S. Dent, Interzone

The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu

The Lives of Tao by Wesley ChuThe Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu, which has not only been receiving amazing reviews but also made it into the top ten of the Goodreads Choice Awards science fiction novels of 2013, has now been given an Alex (ALA) Award for adult books that appeal to teens! Want a reminder of why Tao is getting so much love?

Since the moment I finished Wesley Chu’s debut novel, The Lives of Tao, I called reading it ‘the most fun I’ve had this year.’
Staffer’s Book Review

Note to James Patterson fans: this is how to write a sci-fi page turner.
Sci-Fi Bulletin

A sci-fi thriller this may be, but it has a lot of emotional depth to it.
Fantasy Faction

Wesley Chu’s debut novel The Lives of Tao is a fun book that will appeal directly to those who enjoy Charles Stross’s Laundry novels (2004-).
Strange Horizons

The Lives of Tao is a fun book with a lot of energy and it really worked for me. Full of action, adventure, martial arts, gunplay, and large quantities of geeky goodness. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for something a lighter than the current swathe of serious sci-fi / fantasy.
– Fantasy Book Review

An exceptionally entertaining book, Chu’s writing is easy to consume and leaves you wanting more.  Definitely one to read, and an author to watch.
– British Fantasy Society

…makes this book what it is: one of the freshest, most fun debuts I’ve read in quite a while!
My Bookish Ways

I think this is one of the best amalgamations of SF, Thriller, buddy-stories, comedy and other genre assortments, which was even more impressive because it’s a debut and is funny as hell. The story is a nice one with a bit of everything to satisfy most readers, beginning with characterization.
Fantasy Book Critic

We need to be able to identify with what’s going on, and while sci-fi has historically given us a vehicle to discuss some very serious things by using the unreality as a smokescreen (female officers on the Enterprise and whatnot) to tell a really compelling and interesting story in science fiction, the window dressing of future worlds and alien species needs to still allow reasonable suspension of disbelief and Chu absolutely nails it.
– Speculative Post

“Vividly entertaining, this is a book that looks past the lively and thrilling glamour of life as an international spy and also merges several genres together into a cohesive whole to tell a story that rocks from start to finish.”
– The Founding Fields (Shadowhawk)

“The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu is a very interesting book, and right from the start you will find yourself drawn into the strong narrative and the interesting characters.”
– The Founding Fields (Bane of Kings)

You guys, this book was just AWESOME. I literally don’t have a single complaint about it. It was an action-packed, fun-filled joy ride and I can’t wait to see what’s next in store for Roen and Tao.
– Sarah Says Read

It’s easy to forget about all of that science fiction stuff when you are busy laughing at and cheering for Roen Tan. And that, more than anything else, makes The Lives of Tao one of the best debuts I’ve read this year.
– The 52 Review

Pantomime by Laura Lam

Pantomime-144dpiLastly, we wanted to mention one of our Strange Chemistry titles that has also been pulling in a lot of praise and awards nominations recently. Pantomimea YA fantasy novel by Laura Lam, has been shortlisted in the 2014 NE Teen Book Award, nominated for the 2014 ALA Popular Paperbacks List in the GLBTQ category and the 2014 Cybils Award, and has been announced in the final 2014 Rainbow List! Wow! So what makes Pantomime so special? Here is just a small selection of what people have been saying:

Pantomime by Laura Lam took me into a detailed and exotic world, peopled by characters that I’d love to be friends with . . . and some I’d never want to cross paths with.”
– Robin Hobb, author of the Farseer trilogy

“Ancient myths, vintage tech and living wonders abound in the riotous carnival of fancy which is Pantomime. Lam paints her world with greasepaint and stardust while exploring the notion of the circus ‘freak’ with subtle brilliance. A spectacular and brave debut!”
- Kim Lakin-Smith, author of Cyber Circus

“The atmosphere of R.H. Ragona’s Circus of Magic is everything that I have been missing in other circus reads of late . . . It’s a brave book and one that deserves to be read by a wide audience.”
Ellie @ Curiosity Killed the Bookworm

“These characters are brilliant . . . You can’t help but fall in love with each of them in turn . . .  A completely eye-opening, enthralling debut.”
Joanne @ Once Upon a Bookcase

Pantomime is a dark, gritty world where all the fun of the fair can turn sinister at any time.”
Hannah @ My Book Journey

“A fantastic read, a stunning debut and a jaw dropping secret! I cannot wait for book two.”
Kirsty @ The Overflowing Library

“If there’s ever a book that you need to rush out and pre-order this is it . . . Pantomime is quite possibly one of the best fantasies of its type I have read this year.”
Raimy @ Readaraptor

“Read Pantomime and know what good fantasy can be: intricate, heartbreaking and heartwarming. The best new book I’ve read this year.”
Andrew Hook

Pantomime has all the magic and mystery of The Night Circus . . .”
Maria M. Elmvang

“ I actually stayed up to the early hours of the morning because I just needed to know what was going to happen . . . Pantomime is a fascinating, exciting, thought provoking, colourful read.”
Leanne @ District YA

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Hi folks,

Very excited today to introduce you to our latest NetGalley ARC – Last God Standing by American actor Michael Boatman! You may know Michael from his roles on Spin City, Anger Management, Gossip Girl, The Good Wife, and Instant Mom, and now you can find out what his debut fantasy is like!

This book is serious fun, and we cannot wait to hear what you think. So what are you waiting for? Get requesting!

 

Last God Standing by Michael Boatman

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Last God Standing by Michael BoatmanWhen God decides to quit and join the human race to see what all the fuss is about, all Hell breaks loose.

Sensing his abdication, the other defunct gods of Earth’s vanquished pantheons want a piece of the action He abandoned.

Meanwhile, the newly-humanised deity must discover the whereabouts and intentions of the similarly reincarnated Lucifer, and block the ascension of a murderous new God.
How is he ever going to make it as a stand-up comedian with all of this going on…?

File Under: Fantasy [ Gods Behaving Badly | Power Struggle | The Way He Tells ’Em | Simply Devine ]

 

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The Book of the Crowman by Joseph D’Lacey, the much anticipated sequel to the popular Black Feathers, is launching on Wednesday 5th March at Blackwell’s, Edinburgh.

The Book Of The Crowman by Joseph D'LaceyCome along on the 5th at 6.30pm to get your copy signed and chat with Joseph! Tickets are free, and are available from the front desk at Blackwell’s Bookshop or by phoning 0131 622 8218.

BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS JOSEPH D’LACEY: THE BOOK OF THE CROWMAN

Wednesday, March 5th at 18:30
Date: Wednesday 5th of March
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

 

For more information or if you would like a signed copy, please contact Ellie Wixon on 0131 622 8229 or ellie.wixon@blackwell.co.uk

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Jan
24

Robot Round Up 24/01/14

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Hey everyone,

Round up time again, and this week we’re taking a look at our 100th book(!), Adam Christopher’s Hang Wire. We’ve been getting some great reviews, and there are also some cool competitions running to celebrate 100 Angry Robot books!

 

Hang Wire by Adam Christopher

We’ve had such a great response to Hang Wire, but before we dive into what you guys have been saying about it, let’s take a look at some of things Adam has been up to.

Hang Wire by Adam ChristopherAdam talks superheroes on the Reader/Writer podcast, and over at BRSBKBLOG, Peter Sutton asks him a few questions about Hang Wire and his writing. Hang Wire also gets a mention in SF Signal’s Mind Meld: Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2014!

Meanwhile, we’re running a giveaway for Hang Wire  over on Goodreads, with ten copies to send to lucky winners! Adam is also running his own fantastic pre-order competition on his site, with plenty of goodies to be won.

But that’s not all! Want to win all 100 Angry Robot books? To celebrate the release of Hang Wire, our 100th book, readers of Tor.com in the US and Canada (excluding Quebec) can win a flash USB drive containing all 100 of our books (plus a few extra surprises). Enter over on Tor.com here. And for readers everywhere else, don’t worry – we have something coming for you very soon!

And don’t forget, Adam will be signing copies of Hang Wire (with special limited editions available at the event) at Forbidden Planet’s London Megastore at the launch party on Thursday 6th March, from 6 – 7pm!

Phew! On to the reviews…

“The sheer volume of ideas is dizzying… an enjoyably fast-paced read.”
- SFX Magazine.

“Christopher fulfils our expectations and more: just when we think the story couldn’t get any weirder, he adds a whole new layer of weird, bouncing from one unexpected moment of goofiness to another, keeping us stuck to our chairs until we think it’ll take an industrial-strength solvent to pry us loose. Days after finishing the book, you’ll still have a grin on your face.”
- Booklist Starred Review

“To put it simply, this is one of the best sci-fi novels in years. Try this one out, it’s a worthwhile experience and one that beats any number of Hollywood blockbusters for pure originality and panache. A fantastic read.”
Kafka’s Cage

“There’s only so much praise you can heap on a book, and I’m going to lay it on thick here. HANG WIRE is a damn cool book. It’s the perfect example of deep and well thought-out characterisation, diversification, multi dimensional plotting, and clever (and at times poetic) writing. ”
Just A Guy That Likes To Read

“The plot within Hang Wire is just as original as his previous work and like before, he loads it up on characters and ideas … it’s a fun novel with a hell of an interesting cast.”
EveryReadThing

“[Hang Wire] feels like an old story, but one told in a fresh and relevant way. Which to me means it is excellent storytelling. It could be read as almost anti-science or anti-science fiction even (anti- as in opposite, not against), reflecting past-times when horrors such as earthquakes and comets were explained by supernatural events … So, what is Hang Wire? A very good piece of storytelling. A damn fine read.”
Geek Syndicate

“Hang Wire tells a number of tales all at once. It’s a detective story, a horror, a little bit of science fiction and a lot of urban fantasy. It’s a heady mix and throwing all these elements together means Adam Christopher is able to keep things rolling along at a hell of a pace.”
The Taichung Bookworm

“An excellent read, Adam Christopher once again reminds us why he is your go-to writer for awesome urban fantasy as he crafts an unputdownable tale that makes Angry Robot’s 100th Novel an excellent read!”
- Bane of Kings, The Founding Fields

“It kept me on my toes and kept me wondering who it and they were. I also enjoyed the dash of mythology thrown into it and the sense of the mystical that the circus theme always brings.”
BookCharmed

“It’s an absorbing read … The pacing is really good: there was never a point where I could put it down and not wonder what was coming up next.”
The Bibliophibian

“The worldbuilding is light but effective and the plot runs along at a fair pace with some great imagery … Overall – being an Angry Robot book you expect it’ to be pacy and intelligent with good plotting and Christopher really delivers. Recommended.”
BRSBKBLOG

Jan
17

Robot Round Up 17/01/14

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Hi folks,

It’s round up time again and this week we’re taking a look at all the fabulous reviews we’ve been seeing for Chuck Wendig’s new Miriam Black book, The Cormorant. This is the third in the Miriam Black series, beginning with Blackbirds and Mockingbird. You’ve been loving this book! Here’s why:

 

The Cormorant by Chuck Wendig

The Cormorant by Chuck Wendig - Artwork by Joey Hi-Fi“Miriam’s story remains an undeniably addictive one, and I finished this in one sitting. Wendig’s writing is better than ever, and this series continues to surprise and terrify in equal measure.”
My Bookish Ways

“My immediate urge here is to just go on at length about how great this book was. And it was, I absolutely loved the hell out of ‘The Cormorant’”
Graeme’s SFF

Read an interview with Chuck on Cabin Goddess, where he talks The Cormorant, Miriam, and all things Chuck. And learn how to make The Miriam Negroni!

The Cormorant really feels like the book where Chuck Wendig decided to out-do himself. There’s something Tarantino-esque about the way he hunts down the extremes of darkness and violence and then kicks them just a little bit further down the road to blood-red insanity. It’s as if he was turning up the “Crazy” button, discovered it went all the way to 11, and then the button came off and it just kept escalating until, well, until the book was done. It’s a spectacular ride”
Tor.com

“Chuck Wendig writes a goddam good book … I really dug this book and dug what it did and I dug how it explored further and expanded on the ideas he built in the other books. It’s a great continuation of a really, really good storyline.”
Booked Podcast

“The third book in the Miriam Black series goes up another level. As per usual the humour is wickedly black. If you haven’t read this series yet jump on the band wagon now!”
- Bite The Book

“Wendig’s writing, as usual, is inordinately exquisite throughout this book. The master of the metaphor, Chuck paints scenes you can feel, a veritable Bob Ross on an LSD-laced speed binge. Characters pop out of the page, each voice unique to its owner, each owner colorful, meaningful, and truly existing in the world beyond the purpose they serve to the story.”
Tree is a Tree

“The acerbic wit of Miriam and the variety and ingenuity of her visions, which made the previous volumes such fun, are again in evidence, but Wendig takes the opportunity this time around to further explore Miriam’s personal history, in particular her relationship with her mother. Secrets are revealed and Miriam’s own perceptions and recollections are challenged in a series of scenes that illustrate the author has the skill for the tender character-based moments as well as the adrenaline pumping action scenes.”
- Ross Warren, This Is Horror

“[Chuck is] like a jazz drummer who just keeps riffing…it all comes tumbling out as if he was Jack Kerouac, cranked up on Benzedrine and writing “On the Road” on a single roll of paper without stopping from beginning to end. Is it clear yet that I think he’s a really good writer? Just checking.”
- Terry Irving, author of Courier

“If you like dark urban fantasies tinged with blood and murder, Wendig’s Miriam Black books are perfect for you. And if you think there’s no way you’d want to read them, I still urge you to try – you, like me, may find something that keeps you coming back for more in these novels.”
- Speculating on SpecFic

“What can I tell you about a book that I waited with bated breath for? A book that I stared longingly at the Amazon page over, dreaming that I could reach through and pluck it our of the sea of ones and zeroes. What can I tell you about the third book of a series that I have come to love so much they sit snuggled up against all my other favorite writers. I can tell you that this book was the best so far.”
- Adventures of a Military Housewriter

“I described the first Miriam book as GrittyDarkFast!, so I suppose I should call The Cormorant GrittierDarkerFaster!, but that doesn’t take its full measure. This book is brutal and I finished it feeling like a dirty, over-wrung dishtowel. Can we go again?”
- CheffoJeffo

“This is the best Miriam Black book so far … I have to imagine that the author has a blast writing this character. Miriam has such a desire to make things right, but always seems to get in the way of her good intentions. I’m very excited about the promise of what is to come in the fourth book.”
- iamjanesheart

“Here’s the deal: I love these books because I’ve never read anything like them. Miriam Black is not just an anti-hero, she’s a take-no-shit, hell-talking, bad-ass motherfucker. And that is rare in a female protagonist.”
- Everyday Jetsam

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Jan
13

Adam Christopher Signing Hang Wire

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Get your copies of Adam Christopher’s Hang Wire signed at a Forbidden Planet event!

On Thursday 6th March, from 6 – 7 pm, Adam Christopher will be signing copies of Hang Wire and The Burning Dark at Forbidden Planet Megastore (179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London SE1 0UP). Find out more about the event on Forbidden Planet’s site.

It’s sure to be a fantastic evening, so order your copy now or pick up your special Limited Edition Hardcover from Forbidden Planet at the event! And watch out for cool competitions on the night!

Hope we’ll see you there!

 

Hang Wire, by Adam Christopher:

Hang Wire by Adam Christopher“The sheer volume of ideas is dizzying… an enjoyably fast-paced read.”
SFX Magazine.

Ted Hall is worried. He’s been sleepwalking, and his somnambulant travels appear to coincide with murders by the notorious Hang Wire Killer.

Meanwhile, the circus has come to town, but the Celtic dancers are taking their pagan act a little too seriously, the manager of the Olde Worlde Funfair has started talking to his vintage machines, and the new acrobat’s frequent absences are causing tension among the performers.

Out in the city there are other new arrivals – immortals searching for an ancient power – a primal evil which, if unopposed, could destroy the world!

File UnderUrban Fantasy [Tensile Strength | Dual Identities | The Greatest Show | Bandits]

Buying Info:

UK Print & Ebook
Amazon.co.uk | Book Depository | Waterstones | WHSmith

North American Print & Ebook
Amazon.com | Amazon.ca | BarnesandNoble.com | IndieBound.org

Global DRM-Free Epub Ebook
On-sale December 31st 2013 from the Robot Trading Company

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Today we thought we’d take a look at some of the books that you’re most excited about.

 

Your Most Anticipated of 2014!

 

Peacemaker by Marianne de PierresFirst off, EVERYONE is talking about Peacemaker, the highly anticipated first book in a new science fiction series from Marianne de Pierres. Buzzfeed listed it in their 19 Most Anticipated Science Fiction and Fantasy Books For 2014, and it’s been mentioned in Anticipated Books of 2014 posts from Book Plank and Shadowhawk’s Shade and, of course, in our own choices for Fantasy Faction. Abhinav Jain says:

With Angry Robot’s Black Dawn series and a few other books elsewhere, I’m now on sort of a post-apocalyptic kick, and Peacemaker promises to do some really unique things. I’m always up for a bit of unique.” (Shadowhawk’s Shade)

Kirkus Reviews had all of this to say: “[Marianne's] new Peacemaker series promises to combine elements of some of our favorite genres—Western, sci-fi, crime and urban fantasy—and features a park ranger heroine in the last natural habitat in Australia. Need we say more?”

Hang Wire by Adam Christopher is another book that’s getting a lot of people very excited. Kirkus lists it in their Best Bets For Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Books of January 2014, and it’s listed on Book Plank and Fantasy Faction too. Why do we think you should get your hands on this book?

Hang Wire by Adam ChristopherIt has everything: serial killers, gods, demons, a beach-dancing surfer dude, a circus, and exploding fortune cookies!” (Angry Robot, on Fantasy Faction)

Plus, it’s already getting fantastic reviews, including a starred review from Booklist!

Blades of the Old Empire, the first book in Anna Kashina’s Majat Code series, also makes it onto various lists. Readers are excited about this start to a new fantasy series and intrigued by the setting. Last God Standing by Michael Boatman has also been getting a lot of interest. Readers can’t wait to see what the debut novel of Michael Boatman, the actor best known for his roles on Spin CityAnger ManagementGossip GirlThe Good Wife, and Instant Mom, will be like. Plus, this book is serious fun!

Last God Standing by Michael BoatmanOther highly anticipated 2014 Angry Robot titles include Morningside Fall by Jay Posey, sequel to the popular ThreeReaders are looking forward to diving into this world again! Night Terrors by Tim Waggoner is described as Supernatural meets Men in Black, a concept that has a lot of you very excited!

The Iron Wolves by Andy Remic has already been pulling in fantastic reviews, and you can’t wait to read this Gemmelesque, gritty new fantasy series. And finally, The Book of the Crowman by Joseph d’Lacey, the sequel to the much loved Black Feathers, is definitely one to watch out for. Abhinav Jain explains why he is eager for The Crownman‘s release:

The first book in this series, Black Feathers, was a surprise hit for me. It was a book unlike any other I’d read and if I could, I’d have built a time-machine to read this as soon as I finished Black Feathers.” (Shadowhawk’s Shade)

 

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Jan
09

Robot Round Up: Best of 2013

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Happy New Year everyone!

It’s our first round up of 2014, so we thought we’d take a look at your favourites from last year. What got everyone talking in 2013?

 

Your Best of 2013

 

The Lives of Tao by Wesley ChuFirst off, The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu has made it into a few of your favourites piles, and was even voted into the top ten science fiction books in the Goodreads Choice Awards! Badass Book Reviews included it on their Best Science Fiction of 2013 list. My Bookish Ways and Staffer’s Book Review both also named it a top debut of 2013. Justin of Staffer’s Book Review says:

8 months ago I called The Lives of Tao ‘the most fun I’ve had this year.’ Fast forward to today and it’s still true. He [Chu] succeeds because he’s got a clever voice, full of subtle wit and kinetic pacing.” (Staffer’s Book Review)

The reviews for this book have been phenomenal, so it’s definitely one series to catch up with if you missed it!

Three by Jay Posey is another favourite. Jasper of Book Plank says: It is not only the world that makes Three interesting, the characters are spot on and only further help make this story a winner, and Tabitha of My Shelf Confessions says: You seriously do NOT want to miss this debut! We agree!

The Big Reap by Chris F. Holm, design by Amazing15Next up is The Big Reap by Chris HolmThe Founding Fields and My Bookish Ways both included it in their top books of 2013 lists, and both bloggers, S.J. and Heather, over at Snobbery picked it to top their list as one of their two Super Best Books of 2013! Wow!

Now, let’s just talk for a moment about Between Two Thorns and the Split Worlds series by Emma NewmanBetween Two Thorns was a hit with so many of you, and not only that, but it was also listed in NetGalley’s Top Ten of the Year! The Founding Fields, My Bookish Ways, and A Fantastical Librarian are just a few of the blogs that included it in their best of lists. Justin at Staffer’s Book Review also gave the gorgeous cover by Sarah J. Coleman a mention in his Best Cover Art post.

The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke also receives some great mentions in your best of lists, with characters that are “vibrant and real” (Badass Book Reviews). Mieneke of A Fantastic Librarian saying this about it:

“The Mad Scientist’s Daughter is stunning. A gorgeous exploration of love, the ability to feel it and other emotions, and the lies we tell ourselves in order to attain happiness that probes the border between human and AI to see how far they stretch.” (A Fantastical LibrarianRead More→

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To celebrate his starred review from Booklist for Hang Wire, Adam Christopher, author of Empire State, Seven Wonders, The Age Atomic and upcoming Hang Wire, is running an amazing contest over on his site. Simply pre-order (or buy when it’s released) a copy of Hang Wire or The Burning Dark to be in with a chance of winning this truly fantastic pile of loot:

Hang Wire by Adam Christopher- The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes (South African paperback, *signed*)
- London Falling by Paul Cornell (UK trade paperback, *signed*)
- The Shambling Guide to New York City by Mur Lafferty (US trade paperback, *signed*)
- The Split Worlds Trilogy: Between Two Thorns, Any Other Name, All is Fair by Emma Newman (UK paperbacks, *signed*)
- Fiddlehead by Cherie Priest (US trade paperback, *signed*)
- Vicious by VE Schwab (US hardcover, *signed*)
- Shovel Ready by Adam Sternbergh (US hardcover, *signed*)
- Bandette: Volume One: Presto! by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover (US hardcover, *signed*)
- The Kick-Ass Writer by Chuck Wendig (US trade paperback, *signed*)
- The Copper Promise by Jen Williams (UK trade paperback, *signed*)

WOW! That’s TWELVE signed books, including Angry Robot author Chuck Wendig and our very own Split Worlds trilogy by Emma Newman! Find out more about the contest and the rules on Adam’s site, here.

Want to enter? Here’s the buying info for Hang WireRead More→

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Jan
07

January Book Birthdays!

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Hi everyone, I’m excited to announce the first book birthdays of the year! 2014 has some fantastic books coming out, and here are the first releases… Happy Book Birthday, guys!

The Iron Wolves by Andy Remic

The Iron Wolves by Andy Remic

Thirty years ago, the Iron Wolves held back mud-orc hordes at the Pass of Splintered Bones, and led a brutal charge that saw the sorcerer Morkagoth slain.

Now, a new terror stalks the realm. Orlana the Changer has escaped from the Chaos Halls and is building an army, twisting horses, lions and bears into terrible, bloody hunters, summoning mud-orcs from the slime and heading north to battle the mighty region of Vagandrak where, it said, the King has gone insane.

General Dalgoran searches to reunite the heroes of old for what he believes will be their final battle. But Dalgoran discovers the Iron Wolves are no longer the heroes of legend, and they might just be more dangerous than the invading hordes.

File UnderFantasy

Buying Info:

UK Print & Ebook
Amazon.co.uk | Book Depository | Waterstones | WHSmith

North American Print & Ebook
Amazon.com | Amazon.ca | BarnesandNoble.com | IndieBound.org

Global DRM-Free Epub Ebook
Robot Trading Company

 

The Cormorant by Chuck Wendig

The Cormorant by Chuck Wendig - Artwork by Joey Hi-Fi

The Third novel in the Miriam Black series

Miriam is on the road again, having transitioned from “thief”… to “killer”.

Hired by a wealthy businessman, she heads down to Florida to practice the one thing she’s good at. But in her vision she sees her client die by another’s hand – and on the wall, written in blood, is a message just for Miriam.

She’s expected…

File UnderUrban Fantasy [ Plying Her Trade | Inevitable | Touch of Death | No More! ]

 

Buying Info:

UK Print & Ebook
Amazon.co.uk | Book Depository | Waterstones | WHSmith

North American Print & Ebook
Amazon.com | Amazon.ca | BarnesandNoble.com | IndieBound.org

Global DRM-Free Epub Ebook
Robot Trading Company

Categories : Angry Robot
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Supernatural meets Men in Black in a darkly humorous urban fantasy from the author of Nekropolis.

We’re really excited about this cover reveal today and can’t wait to see what you think! From Tim Waggoner, author of the brilliant Nekropolis series, Night Terrors is the first in the Shadow Watch series, where nightmares are all too real…

So, on to the cover, which is by the fantastic Amazing15:

Night Terrors by Tim Waggoner

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Night Terrors

When you dream, you visit the Maelstrom. Dream long enough and hard enough, and your dreams can break through into the living world. So, alas, can your nightmares.

And who’s there to catch the dreams and nightmares as they fall into reality? Meet the Shadow Watch.

Pray you never need them…

File UnderUrban Fantasy [ Lords of Misrule | Living the Dream | Breaking In | I Make These Look Good ]

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Tim Waggoner

The Author, Tim WaggonerTim Waggoner is a novelist and college professor. His original novels include the Nekropolis series, Cross County, Darkness Wakes, Pandora Drive, and Like Death. His tie-in novels include The Lady Ruin series and the Blade of the Flame trilogy, both for Wizards of the Coast. He’s also written fiction based on Stargate: SG-1, Doctor Who, A Nightmare on Elm Street, the videogame Defender, Xena the Warrior Princess, and others. He’s published over one hundred short stories, some of which are collected in Broken Shadows and All Too Surreal. His articles on writing have appeared in Writer’s Digest, Writers’ Journal and other publications.

He teaches composition and creative writing at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio and is a faculty mentor in Seton Hill University’s Master of Arts in Writing Popular Fiction program in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.

Tim Waggoner online:
Tim’s website
Tim on Twitter
Tim’s Facebook

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Book Info

The first book in the Shadow Watch series

UK Print
Date: 5th June 2014
ISBN: 9780857663689
Format: Medium (B-Format) Paperback
R.R.P.: £8.99

US/CAN Print
Date: 27th May 2014
ISBN: 9780857663696
Format: Small (Mass-Market) Paperback
R.R.P.: US$7.99 CAN$9.99

Ebook
Date: 27th May 2014
ISBN: 9780857663702
Format: Epub & Mobi
R.R.P.: £5.49 / US$6.99

Other Books in This Series:

2. Title TBC (Spring / Summer 2015)

Other Angry Robot Books by This Author:

The Nekropolis Saga

1. Nekropolis (August 2009)
2. Dead Streets (March 2010)
3. Dark War (June 2011)
Omnibus: The Nekropolis Archives (May 2012)

Categories : Angry Robot, Cover Art
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Dec
13

Robot Round Up 13/12/13

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Hi everyone,

It’s Round Up time again, and this time we’ve got a selection of our recent titles that we really feel you should take a look at.

 

Heartwood by Freya Robertson

 

Heartwood by Freya RobertsonFirst up, Heartwood by Freya Robertson, the first in an exciting new epic fantasy series: The Elemental Wars! You can read interviews with Freya on SF Signal, Civilian Reader, Terribleminds and My Bookish Ways. On Searching for Superwomen she talks video games, and on Bookworm Blues we find out what speculative fiction has taught her. Read More→

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Want to smell like an Elizabethan? Have you seen the fabulous giveaway running over on author Anne Lyle’s blog?

Anne’s friend Naomi Clarke has created two scents based on the characters in the Night’s Masque series, one for Mal and one for Coby! To celebrate the launch of the two new fragrances, Anne is running a competition to win two sampler sets of a 1ml vial of each fragrance to try.

Head on over to enter and to find out more about the scents, and check out the fragrances on Naomi’s Etsy page here. Read More→

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In December, NetGalley looks back over the year’s titles and picks out its Top Ten that it thinks we should all be paying attention to. This year they chose Between Two Thorns by Emma Newman as one of their Top Ten Books of the Year! This is such a fantastic book, and I’m really pleased that NetGalley has chosen to share their love for it. Read More→

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Dec
06

Robot Round-Up 06/12/13

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Hey folks, today’s Robot Round-Up is a celebration of January 2014′s coming titles, and we have two exciting books to share with you! First up, the much anticipated The Cormorant, the third in Chuck Wendig’s fantastic Miriam Black series. Readers of the first two books loved the dark, punchy style (“fast, ferocious, sharp as a switchblade and fucking fantastic” – Lauren Beukes, author of Zoo City and The Shining Girls) and I can’t wait to see what you all think of the third book. Read More→