Archive for 100th Book
Hello to all you robots (angry or otherwise!),
And in honour of last night’s book signing event at the Forbidden Planet Megastore in London we’re bringing you some of the more recent reviews to remind everyone what a fantastic book this is!
Hang Wire by Adam Christopher
“Hang Wire is just pure fun. Yes, there are some dark doings here (something huge is awakening underground and gods are running around wearing human facades, and of course, murder), however, Adam Christopher manages to pull off the right amount of creepy (and some great action scenes) without ever getting too dark. Fans of quirky urban fantasy will devour this one. Loved it!” - My Bookish Ways
“Hang Wire is an awesome read (and that’s understating it by far), from the first pages I was hooked. Not only has Adam Christopher written a great story, it is also his writing style that readily pulled me in and never let me go.” - The Book Plank
“Hang Wire is flush with the sort of geek-centric weirdness and galloping, whiz-bang pace that Christopher had previously only begun to master. In spite of so many moving parts, the result is a tightly wound, dynamic piece of genre-bending machinery. If that’s a metaphor for Christopher’s awestruck vision of melting-pot America, all’s the better.” - NPR Books
“Lightning fast, overflowing with imagination and great fun to read, Hang Wire will definitely capture Adam Christopher some new fans.” - The Tattooed Book
“Adam Christopher’s HANG WIRE reads like Erin Morgenstern via Tim Powers, but the dark, creepy heart that beats at its center is entirely its own. It’s good unclean fun, and so addictive.” - Kelly Braffet
“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
Lets hope our 200th book is just as popular, if its anything like Hangwire we’re in no doubt it will be!
(If you’d like to read some more reviews of fantastic book you can find them on our Hang Wire page).
A lot of people were very excited for this, so lets see if it lived up to expectations.
Known Devil by Justin Gustainis
“Its quirky, has a great overall arc and when added to a criminal element goes on to show how tricky policing the unusual can be. Its definitely something that I would recommend to others and a series that has done nothing but entertain since its original release.” – Falcata Times
“All in all, Known Devil is a fun book. It is exactly the entertaining, action packed, supernatural beings filled novel I was hoping for.” – Luxury Reading
“I highly recommend this to people who want something a little gritty, a little dark, a bit nostalgic and different from the average Urban Fantasy novel.” – Fangs Wands and Fairy Dust
“With this many different kinds of creatures in play there seems to be no end to the possibilities in this series, and I would very much like to see what Mr. Gustainis might have in store for Stan and Karl in the future.” – That’s What I’m Talking About
“I had a great time with Known Devil and tore through it in a single sitting” – A Fantastical Librarian
Sounds like another fantastic edition to Occult Investigation Series!
WIN 100 EBOOKS!
Earlier this month we published Angry Robot’s 100th book (Adam Christopher’s Hang Wire), and we’ve had lots of special offers and competitions with various online and offline partners. Today we’re running our last competition.
This competition is not open to residents of the US and Canada (though residents of Quebec may enter)*, but if you live anywhere else in the world you may enter.
The prize? Each of the first 100 Angry Robot ebooks on a shiny robot USB stick (click here for the full list).
How To Enter
Simply leave your favourite joke in the comments section, below, and once you’ve done it copy and Tweet the following:
Happy 100th Book to Angry Robot. Read my favourite joke at http://tinyurl.com/Angry100 #AR100
You get one entry for leaving your joke, and one extra entry for Tweeting. If you don’t have a Twitter account, don’t worry, you can still enter – you just get one name in the hat, instead of two.
Competition is open until we get into the office around 8.00am GMT on Monday 3rd March. We’ll announce the winner soon after.
*The magnificent folk at the equally magnificent Tor.com ran a similar competition (with the same prize) for residents of the US and Canada (excluding Quebec), so we thought it fair to let everyone else have a turn.
Over the last four-and-a-bit years, we’ve published a range of SF/F/WTF? that we’re immensely proud of; from our very first titles, Moxyland by Lauren Beuekes and Slights by Kaaron Warren to today’s 100th title, Adam Christopher‘s Hang Wire. We’ve had award-winners (Lauren’s Zoo City), great sellers (such as Ramez Naam‘s Nexus, amongst many more) and critically-acclaimed titles, such as Cassandra Rose Clarke‘s The Mad Scientist’s Daughter (also just nominated for the Philip K. Dick award!).
To celebrate this milestone, we’ve put together a range of special events. We’re giving away 10 copies of Hang Wire over on Goodreads, and for the past week have been running an exclusive competition with Tor.com to win a USB with ALL 100 books, as well as lots of other goodies popping up around the web.
Today – the US/ebook launch date of Hang Wire - we are launching a special Robot Trading Company promotion: 100 Books for £100. On a normal day, all 100 titles would sell for £545… a recession busting saving of £445! You can choose between a single 43Mb zipfile containing all 100 ebooks and a bundle version which will allow you to download all 100 titles individually.
This is available for the first 100 purchasers only, so be sure to take advantage of our temporary celebration madness!
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.
Adam 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.”
“[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.”
“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.”
We have lots of giveaways and special treats planned to celebrate this Angry Robot milestone, so keep an eye on our site and social media pages for more details, over the next few days!