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May
27

Review Round Up

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It’s round up time again and this week we’ve received some excellent reviews on upcoming novels and old favourites alike. Starting with our newest release, Trident’s Forge by Patrick S. Tomlinson, Popcorn Reads had this to say:

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“I could not put Trident’s Forge down, and read it in one marathon sitting. That is as much due to the writing style and characters as the non-stop, nail-biting story thread. If you’re an outer space sci-fi geek like I am, you’re going to love this series!”

And Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reviews reminded us how brilliant the entire series is:

“Benson is an entertaining protagonist, and he’s surrounded by an interesting world, with an intriguing investigation, the occasional gunfight, and a supporting cast who have enough depth to feel human. If you’ve not tried The Ark, I’d start there first – but come back to this one, it’ll reward your effort.”

Speaking of brilliant series’, The Generalist reviewed both If Then and its sequel The Destructives by Matthew De Abaitua:

“If Then is by any measure an extremely fine work which stands shoulder to shoulder with some of the best for several reasons. The overall concept is complex and original and is handled with complete confidence. The characters are fully formed and the sheer quality of both the vivid descriptive passages and the believable dialogue makes the book a complete cerebral and visceral three-dimensional experience.”

The Destructives by Matthew de AbaituaThey went on to say of the The Destructives:

“Again the story contains the DNA references of past writers in the genre – strains of William Gibson, J.G. Ballard and Samuel R. Delaney. I don’t mean that it’s derivative rather that it draws strength and lineage from these other works but stands out on it’s own, a distinctive and grand work of the imagination. You don’t need a VR headset to appreciate this work of art, just eyes and a brain.”

Danielle L Jensen‘s Warrior Witch has had some love over the weekend, too, with City of Books referring to it as “a thrilling book”. Meanwhile, over at Book Nerd Addict, we were told that:

“One thing that I have learned from Danielle L. Jensen, is that she will make me laugh in one moment, only to break my heart later, and she totally did that with this book; I was totally expecting my heart to be broken and she managed to do that in the most beautiful and flawless way possible.”

Looking forward to Adam Rakunas‘ upcoming novel Like a Boss, which will be available in all good bookstores in June, Stephanie Sasse Like A Boss by Adam Rakunasof Muttcafe.com gave us an advanced review:

“The series has everything that makes for a scifi classic – a richly imagined world, a plot that is thrilling and thought provoking while successfully commenting on current issues, a diverse well developed cast of characters, and that touch of magic that comes from an author gifted with eloquence and imagination.”

And last but by no means least, over on The Conversationalist we received this lovely review for Steal the Sky, which was released back in January:

“I’m really looking forward to the next book! If you enjoyed ‘Firefly’, like steampunk in your fantasy, or like adventure stories, heist stories, or stories about loyalty then this is well worth your time.”

 

 

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May
24

Talk Tuesday To Us: K C Alexander

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kcPineappleIt’s that time of the week again where you get to see the cold metal heart beneath our cold metal exterior with another Talk Tuesday To Us. This week we’ve interrogated the magnificent K C Alexander, debut author of Necrotech, a transhumanist sci fi called “a violent thrillride” by award-nominated noir urban fantasy author Stephen Blackmoore. Necrotech is set to hit all good bookstores this September, but until then, here’s K C:

One creative person you always wanted to be:
Neil Gaiman

One influence you wish didn’t keep showing through:
The none-too- subtle demand that women pull their punches in life/fiction/work. (I am burning that out with gasoline and a blowtorch.)

Tell us a joke:
What’s the difference between a duck?
No, that’s it. Let me know if you ever find the answer.

What do you sing in the shower:
Whatever song I wake up with in my head. When I was a kid, I was afraid of the shower monsters, so I’d recite the entirety of The Little Mermaid, songs and all, until I was done. Never really made it past “Part of Your World”.
Still not a guppy.

First story you told?
I… uh… are there people who actually KNOW this? I don’t know, I’ve been telling stories forever. Uh…I’m sure it was a lie.
I was on the moon.
With Steve.

What do you say when people ask “Where do you get your ideas from?”
I cringe. And then I grab at my head and get wide-eyed and whisper, “They come from the dark. They’re everywhere. DON’T YOU HEAR THEM?” When they are staring at me in frozen uncertainty, I shrug and say normally, “Dunno, they don’t stop.”
And then people think I’m weird.

Do you have an unusual talent or skill?
I can belch like a mofo. I can run in high heels. I can pop my wrists and shoulders. I sometimes have prophetic dreams, which I assume is a glitch in the Matrix.

If you could share one recipe, what would it be?
One part Guinness, one part GOOD hard cider, drink.

What’s the view from your writing window?
My messy kitchen. …My messy messy living room. And if I turn all the way around, I can look out the sliding glass door at trees!

Complete this sentence: Rewriting is…
…the devil’s work.

Keep an eye out for the next instalment of Talk Tuesday To Us!

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May
23

The Recoletta Series: Book 3

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The Buried Life, by Carrie PatelFans of Carrie Patel, good news!

We’re super excited to announce that we’re bringing you book three in Carrie’s Recoletta series so you can delve into the underground world of Recoletta and the inhabitants we love so much from The Buried Life and Cities & Thrones. Book three, named The Song of the Dead, will be released at, oooh, about this time next year.

Carrie: “I’m thrilled to be working on The Song of the Dead, which not only continues the story of Jane, Malone, and Roman, but also answers a lot of questions about the world they live in and how it came to be.”

Our Phil: “I am truly delighted that Angry Robot will be releasing the third instalment in Carrie’s wonderful series. Her books are some of my personal favourites in our catalogue and I think anyone reading this announcement should go read them or re-read them.”

If you’ve not yet started the Recoletta series you can grab The Buried Life for just $2.99 on Nook until May 25.

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May
18

Warrior Witch Launch Party!

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Warrior Witch by Danielle L. JensenOur lovely Danielle L. Jensen had a launch party for her new novel Warrior Witch – the final book in the Malediction trilogy – last night at Owl’s Nest Books in Calgary.

As you can see from the below tweet, the venue was pretty packed out. Danielle’s mum even made blue cupcakes in theme with the Warrior Witch cover…reports are that they were delicious and disappeared very quickly indeed.

For those of you not yet familiar with the Malediction trilogy, here’s what a couple of fans had to say about it:

Amazing world building. Incredible writing. Awesome characters. No dull moments. Fierce and not-whiny-and-annoying heroine. And a swoon worthy Troll prince.  Stones and sky! I was completely engulfed in the world of Trollus. ”
The Nocturnal Fey

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May
18

May Nook Promotions

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Howdy there, folks!

We just wanted to let you know that we have four – yep, count them – books on a US Nook promotion this month. All of these books will be available for just $2.99 until 25 May.

Links to the books on Nook are available beneath each title.

Seven Forges

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Seven Forges by James A Moore

Buy Seven Forges on Nook

The people of Fellein have lived with legends for many centuries. To their far north, the Blasted Lands, a legacy of an ancient time of cataclysm, are vast, desolate and impassable, but that doesn’t stop the occasional expedition into their fringes in search of any trace of the ancients who once lived there… and oft-rumoured riches.

Captain Merros Dulver is the first in many lifetimes to find a path beyond the great mountains known as the Seven Forges and encounter, at last, the half‐forgotten race who live there. And it would appear that they were expecting him.

As he returns home, bringing an entourage of the strangers with him, he starts to wonder whether his discovery has been such a good thing. For the gods of this lost race are the gods of war, and their memories of that far-off cataclysm have not faded.

“Moore does some fresh, counterintuitive things with the genre conventions. More than once, he startled me into saying out loud, ‘I didn’t see that coming.’”
Black Gate

The Buried Life, by Carrie PatelThe Buried Life by Carrie Patel

Buy The Buried Life on Nook

The gaslight and shadows of the underground city of Recoletta hide secrets and lies. When Inspector Liesl Malone investigates the murder of a renowned historian, she finds herself stonewalled by the all-powerful Directorate of Preservation – Recoletta’s top-secret historical research facility.

When a second high-profile murder threatens the very fabric of city society, Malone and her rookie partner Rafe Sundar must tread carefully, lest they fall victim to not only the criminals they seek, but the government which purports to protect them. Knowledge is power, and power must be preserved at all costs…

“The subtly fantastical story is resplendent with surprisingly deep villains, political corruption, and a gripping whodunit feel.”
– Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

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Buy The Ark on Nook

Humankind has escaped a dying Earth and set out to find a new home among the stars aboard an immense generation spaceship, affectionately named the Ark. Bryan Benson is the Ark’s greatest living sports hero, enjoying retirement working as a detective in Avalon, his home module. The hours are good, the work is easy, and the perks can’t be beat.

But when a crew member goes missing, Benson is thrust into the centre of an ever-expanding web of deception, secrets, and violence that overturns everything he knows about living on the Ark and threatens everyone aboard. As the last remnants of humanity hurtle towards their salvation, Benson finds himself in a desperate race to unravel the conspiracy before a madman turns mankind’s home into its tomb.

The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley

“The stakes are high is this thrilling debut.”
Kirkus Reviews

The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley

Buy The Mirror Empire on Nook

On the eve of a recurring catastrophic event known to extinguish nations and reshape continents, a troubled orphan evades death and slavery to uncover her own bloody past… while a world goes to war with itself.

In the frozen kingdom of Saiduan, invaders from another realm are decimating whole cities, leaving behind nothing but ash and ruin. As the dark star of the cataclysm rises, an illegitimate ruler is tasked with holding together a country fractured by civil war, a precocious young fighter is asked to betray his family and a half-Dhai general must choose between the eradication of her father’s people or loyalty to her alien Empress.

Through tense alliances and devastating betrayal, the Dhai and their allies attempt to hold against a seemingly unstoppable force as enemy nations prepare for a coming together of worlds as old as the universe itself.

In the end, one world will rise – and many will perish.

STARRED REVIEW: “Hurley (Rapture) reuses old tropes to excellent effect, interweaving them with original elements to create a world that will fascinate and delight her established fans and appeal to newcomers. Readers will blaze through this opening instalment and eagerly await the promised sequel.”
Publishers Weekly

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United States of Japan by Peter Tieryas has already invaded the publishing houses of China and Japan and now its global reach expands again, with publishing rights sold to both Czechia (the former Czech Republic) and Spain.

The Czechia rights have been sold to Argo which is, interestingly enough, the Czechia publisher of Philip K Dick. Expect publication in spring 2017, folks.

Spanish rights were sold to Ediciones B, and publication will also be spring 2017.

Don’t mind us, we’re just dancing with joy over here in the corner.

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rod duncanThis Thursday Rod Duncan, author of The Bullet Catcher’s Daughter will taking part in a Social Media and Writers Panel hosted by Leicester Writers’ Club. He’ll be talking about the role that blogging, social media and transmedia play in both his relationship with his fans and in society as a whole, with time for questions afterwards. As a lecturer in creative writing at De Montfort University, Rod is no stranger to the stage, so this promises to be an entertaining and educational evening. Tickets are only £5, so join us on Thursday 19 May from 7pm at Phoenix Arts, 4 Midland Street, Leicester, for a great night out.

For more information visit the events page.

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May
12

Cover Reveal + Excerpt: Dominion

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Dominion, Peter McLean‘s second novel and the follow up to Drake now has a shiny new cover thanks to the brilliant Raid 71.

There’s a link to see the full cover, plus exclusive excerpt at the bottom of the page but first, here’s the synopsis:

In the tunnels deep under London, the Earth Elementals are dying.

Hunted by something they know only as the Rotman, the Elementals have no one trustworthy they can turn to. Enter Don Drake, diabolist and semi-reformed hitman, and an almost-fallen angel called Trixie.

The matriarch tells Don that Rotman is actually the archdemon Bianakith, he knows this is going to be a tough job. Bianakith is the foretold spirit of disease and decay whose aura corrupts everything it comes near, and even the most ancient foundations of London will crumble eventually. Now Don, Trixie and the Burned Man have to hatch a plan to keep Bianakith from wiping out the Elementals and bringing down the city. But the Burned Man has other plans and those may have dire consequences for everyone.

The past never stays buried, and old sins must be atoned for. Judgement is coming, and its name is Dominion.

Angels, demons, elementals and a nasty little son-of-a-gun called the Burned Man. What more could you want in a novel?

Click on the teaser image to be taken to the full reveal over at Fantasy Faction.

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robotjobWould you like to work for Angry Robot in our Nottingham office? You’ll have to wait a little longer, sorry. We did have an entry-level position but that has now closed. Keep an eye on the Jobs tag. We’ll be sure to post any further openings there.

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May
10

Talk Tuesday To Us: Meet N S Dolkart!

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Howdy Robots!

Behind a tree 10.15.13We’ve got a brand new feature for you over the summer months: Fresh Meat Mondays. (What’s that you say, it’s Tuesday? Well, um…. Oh look, the Goodyear blimp! *sound of metal feet running away*)

Aaanyway, every week we’ll be getting to know one the many lovely new authors we’ve picked up by forcing them to send us a funny pic and answer 10 random questions. First up is the delightful N S Dolkart, who you may remember signed with us last year. His début novel Silent Hall will be hitting all good book stores on June 2 in the UK and June 7 for our North American fans.

So without further ado, here’s Noah:

One Song:
Mack the Knife. I even have footage of my daughter singing it with me when she was 2.

What do you sing in the shower?
Stormy Weather. If I sang Mack the Knife, it would get too loud.

Support a Team?
Like, financially? I went to a Red Sox game once.

Earliest Memory:
Looking in the mirror and seeing that my hair was so blond, my eyebrows would have been invisible if they hadn’t been so shiny. It was brown long before I turned four though, so that must have been a very early memory.

What’s the view from your writing window?
I’m usually lying in bed with the curtain drawn, so, red curtain. If I were standing up and pulled back the curtain, it would be a parking lot for landscaping vehicles. That’s why the curtain’s drawn.

We’re buying…what’ll you have?
A dry gin martini, Bombay Sapphire, extra olives (but NOT a dirty martini – I want to taste that gin).

Would you write full-time if you could?
Oh, hell yes.

If you could ban one thing from the earth, what would it be?
Leaf blowers. They’re loud, smelly, and obnoxious, they contribute to air and especially sound pollution (which is a real and harmful thing, especially for kids), and they perform a task THAT A BREEZE WILL UNDO. And what dreadful consequences would befall us if they were banned forever? Large companies and rich folks would have to hire more people to rake their enormous lawns, which would be a good thing!

Got an irritating/bad habit?
If you ask me a question that has a short answer and a long, complex answer, I won’t give you the short one. I won’t even give you just the long one. I’ll give you both.

Who plays you in the movie?
Meryl Streep. That woman can do anything.

Stay tuned for more Fresh Meat Mondays the next time we remember to do it!

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May
06

Book Signing: James A Moore

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The Silent Army by James A. Moore

James A Moore, grade A material robot and author of the Seven Forges series (among many, many other novels) will be holding a signing tomorrow, May 7 at Jabberwocky bookstore in Newburyport, MA to celebrate the US release of The Silent Army, the fourth book in the series.

For those who have missed out on reading this epic fantasy so far, the night will provide a perfect introduction to Fellein Empire and the Sa’ba Taalor. Here’s what some lovely people have had to say about the series:

“Truly this is turning into a series to be reckoned with.”
Lynn’s Book Blog

“Moore has created a brilliantly realised world here; his characters continue to get better with each book. It’s still exciting, it’s still fresh, and brilliantly vivid. Fantasy does not get much better than this.”
Morpheus Tales

 “He does some fresh, counterintuitive things with the genre conventions. More than once, he startled me into saying out loud, ‘I didn’t see that coming.’”
Black Gate

For more information visit the Jabberwocky events page.

And here’s your handy map to get you to the event. We hope to see you there!

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May
05

Signing: Jay Posey

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Outriders by Jay PoseyThis Saturday (May 7), Jay Posey will be signing copies Outriders, the first title in his brand new military sci-fi series, at Barnes & Noble in Durham, North Carolina.

For those who are yet to have the pleasure of reading the book (waiting for the signing, maybe?), here’s the Outriders synopsis:

Captain Lincoln Suh died on a Wednesday. And things only got harder from there.

Snatched out of special operations and thrown headfirst into a secretive new unit, Lincoln finds himself as the team leader for the 519th Applied Intelligence Group, better known as the Outriders. And his first day on the job brings a mission with the highest possible stakes.

A dangerously cunning woman who most assuredly should be dead has seemingly returned. And her plans aren’t just devastating, they might be unstoppable.

How do you defeat a hidden enemy when you can’t let them know they’ve been discovered?

You send in the Outriders.

Some lovely people have already said some lovely things about the book, so why not have a peruse of the below reviews before you head off to ask Jay to sign your book/beermat/dog/robot action figure:

“Spoiler alert: The main character dies on page one. And then things get very interesting. Posey’s Outriders is thrilling, action-packed science fiction that grabs and doesn’t let go!”
Jason M. Hough, New York Times bestselling author of The Dire Earth Cycle

“At the heart of Outriders is a thriller with bursts of action and a book you begin to read and realise you’ve become so engrossed in that a whole day has passed by without you noticing.”
Strange Alliances

“It read like a good Spec Ops story, but with the added flavor of being set in the future. I look forward to reading more in this series. 5/5.”
John Purvis

“Jay Posey is stepping up and showing the science fiction community that he is a powerhouse in the genre.”
Looking for a Good Book

To register your interest in the event, please head over to the Facebook event page.

And just in case you need it, here’s your handy map to get you there on the night:

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May
05

Excerpt: Silent Hall by N S Dolkart

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Silent Hall by N. S. DolkartSilent Hall, the epic fantasy debut from N S Dolkcart is due to hit all good bookstores June 2 (UK/R.o.W) / June 7 (US/Can).

However, we’re so excited about Silent Hall – described by James A Moore as a “near perfect novel” – that we wanted to share the first couple of chapters with you. Head over to Civilian Reader where you can see them in all of their glory.

Here’s the Silent Hall synopsis:

Five bedraggled refugees and a sinister wizard awaken a dragon and defy the gods.

After their homeland is struck with a deadly plague, five refugees cross the continent searching for answers. Instead they find Psander, a wizard whose fortress is invisible to the gods, and who is willing to sacrifice anything – and anyone – to keep the knowledge of the wizards safe.

With Psander as their patron, the refugees cross the mountains, brave the territory of their sworn enemies, confront a hostile ocean and even traverse the world of the fairies in search of magic powerful enough to save themselves – and Psander’s library – from the wrath of the gods.

All they need to do is to rescue an imprisoned dragon and unleash a primordial monster upon the world.

How hard could it be?

Reviewers, if you love the first two chapters of the novel then head over to NetGalley, where it’s available to request until May 19.

 

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May
04

Peter Tieryas: Reddit AMA

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The ever delightful Peter Tieryas, author of United States of Japan, will be heading over to Reddit Science Fiction today, May 4, to take part in an AMA.

This is an excellent chance to do exactly what it says on the tin and ask him anything you can think of, within reason of course, from Peter’s creative process to his favourite kind of fast food. Make sure you get your questions in asap to get them seen!

To get you in the inquisitive spirit, Peter has created this introductory video so you can get to know him and his book a little better before the AMA kicks off, so be sure to check it out first.

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United States of Japan by Peter TieryasRights have already been sold to Japan and now hot on their heels China have scooped up translation rights for United States of Japan, Peter Tieryas‘ highly-praised alt-history with mecha. New Star Press, a publishing house renowned for their science fiction classics and new titles alike, as well as some excellent World of Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed tie-ins, will be publishing Tieryas’ novel in translation in early 2017.

We can’t wait to see what they’ll do with the cover, stay tuned for more updates!

 

 

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