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Night Terrors by Tim Waggoner
The first book in the Shadow Watch Series…
It’s Supernatural meets Men in Black in a darkly humorous urban fantasy from the author of Nekropolis.
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…
The White Towers by Andy Remic
Vagandrak is broken, and a new threat has arisen that threatens to defeat even the mighty Iron Wolves.
The twisted, deviant Elf Rats have gathered in the toxic realm beyond the White Lion Mountains… swiftly they invade the troubled land of Vagandrak, killing for profit and pleasure.
The now-disgraced Iron Wolves are the realm’s only hope, but there’s a problem: they’ve been sentenced to death by the insane King Yoon for the dark sorcery in their blood.
In the mountains of Zalazar lie the White Towers, pillars of legend said to contain the Heart of the Elves. The Iron Wolves must journey north to steal the Heart, and purify the evil in the land, but the land belongs to the Elves – and they won’t give it up without a fight!
We already knew that Nexus by Ramez Naam was shortlisted for the Kistchies Red Tentacle Award.
Last week we discovered that Nexus was is also shortlisted for the Arthur C Clarke Award.
And this morning, we were told that both Nexus and its sequel Crux have been shortlisted for the Prometheus Award!
Come on, Ramez – give some other folk a chance!
Anyway, to celebrate the awesomeness that is both Nexus and Crux, we have decided to have a time-limited HALF-PRICE offer on the ebooks.
(£2.74 at the Robot Trading company equates to approximately US$3.70, so not quite half price, but pretty darned close!)
Go get them now, while the price is low!
You know that we love our books, and we know that you love our books (awwww, isn’t this sweet!). It’s also very gratifying when we’re told that awards committees also love our books.
The shortlists of the Kitschies Awards have just been announced, and Angry Robot are once again represented.
The Kitschies is an annual prize for books containing elements of the “speculative and fantastic” for the most “progressive, intelligent and entertaining fiction” published in the previous year.
The shortlists are listed in full, below, but a shout-out to our nominees is in order, as this is our blog, and if you don’t like it we’ll just take our football and go home, and then where will you be? Huh? Huh? Huh?
Nominated for the Golden Tentacle (Debut) award is: Ramez Naam for Nexus - one of the most progressive, intelligent and entertaining books published last year!
Good luck to Mez and Will. We’ll be at the ceremony on 12th February in London to cheer you on! Good luck, also, to the other nominees (especially in the Red Tentacle race, in which we don’t have a horse. Or, you know… a book).
The Red Tentacle (Novel) nominees, selected by judges Kate Griffin, Nick Harkaway, Will Hill, Anab Jain and Annabel Wright:
- • Red Doc> by Anne Carson (Jonathan Cape)
- • A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (Canongate)
- • Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon (Jonathan Cape)
- • More Than This by Patrick Ness (Walker)
- • The Machine by James Smythe (HarperCollins / Blue Door)
The Golden Tentacle (Debut) nominees, selected by the same panel of judges:
- • Stray by Monica Hesse (Hot Key)
- • A Calculated Life by Anne Charnock (47 North)
- • Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (Orbit)
- • Nexus by Ramez Naam (Angry Robot)
- • Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan (Atlantic)
The Inky Tentacle (Cover Art) nominees, selected by judges Craig Kennedy, Sarah Anne Langton, Hazel Thompson and Emma Vieceli:
• Dreams and Shadows by C. Robert Cargill (Gollancz) / Design and illustration by Sinem Erkas
• The Age Atomic by Adam Christopher (Angry Robot) / Art by Will Staehle
• Homeland and Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow (Titan) / Design by Amazing15
• Stray by Monica Hesse (Hot Key) / Art by Gianmarco Magnani
• Apocalypse Now Now by Charlie Human (Century) / Art by Joey Hi-Fi
Once again, congratulations to all the nominees. With over 230 books submitted by 57 imprints, it’s a huge achievement to be shortlisted! (And how wonderful to see 3 regular Angry Robot cover artists and designers shortlisted for the Inky Award – Will, Amazing15 and Joey HiFi)
Angry Robot’s Kitschie Awards History
Zoo City by Lauren Beukes (winner of the Red Tentacle)
King Maker by Maurice Broaddus (winner of the Golden Tentacle)
vN by Madeline Ashby (shortlisted for the Golden Tentacle)
Costume Not Included by Matthew Hughes, Cover by Tom Gauld (shortlisted for the Inky Tentacle)
So that’s 6 books shortlisted in 5 years. We can live with that…
(Well, 4 years if you consider the fact that we weren’t publishing for the first year of these awards!)
To celebrate the publication of our 100th book in a week or so (Hang Wire by Adam Christopher), readers of Tor.com in the US and Canada (excluding Quebec) can win a flash USB drive containing all 100 books (plus a few extra surprises).
For readers everywhere else who are not eligible to enter, we’ll have something for you very soon. Oh, yes.
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
First 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!
Next up is The Big Reap by Chris Holm. The 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 Newman. Between 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 Librarian) Read More→
We love Buzzfeed. Well, how could we not love a site with wtf as one of their menu options? And a couple of days ago they published their 19 Most Anticipated Science Fiction and Fantasy Books For 2014 list (no mere Best 10 for them, puny mortals!)
And we’re thrilled to see that Marianne de Pierre’s brilliant Peacemaker is on the list (alongside Elizabeth Bear, John Scalzi, Jeff VanderMeer, Myke Cole to name but a few).
They say :
“it looks as though it’s set in a compelling future Earth”.
Oh, yes. You have no idea!
Peacemaker is out on April 29th in the US and Canada paperback, and worldwide ebook and on the 1st of May in paperback in the UK.
Happy Monday, one and all!
Last week we ran a competition asking you to change our titles into something a bit more festive, and this was no challenge for you lot! We had quite the range of answers, some made us laugh and others groan with the cheese factor, but we did enjoy reading them. It was no easy decision but there must be a winner…but before that, here’s a reminder of the prize:
And for closer inspection…for those of you who think it’s the tree you’re winning…
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→
Creator. Ruler. Stand-up Comic…
We’ve been super excited about Michael Boatman‘s Last God Standing since we first read it in acquisitions, and even more so after we were able to shout loud and proud about our latest author, but the excitement levels are pretty high now with this cover. Last God Standing is the “ultimate in divine comedy” and we’re eagerly awaiting its release next year! But less of me, and more of the cover:
Last God Standing
When 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 ]
The Ultimate in Divine Comedy…
Michael Boatman spends his days and nights pretending to be other people. For a living.
He’s acted in television shows; China Beach, Spin City, ARLI$$, Anger Management, Instant Mom,The Good Wife, films; Hamburger Hill, The Glass Shield, Bad Parents, and Broadway plays.
After many years in his chosen profession he’s decided to chuck it all and seek his fortune as a writer. (Just kidding. He secretly dreams of changing the world as a talkative mime.)
Date: 3rd April 2014
Format: Medium (B-Format) Paperback
Date: 25th March 2014
Format: Mass-Market Paperback
R.R.P.: US$7.99 / CAN$9.99
Date: 25th March 2014
Format: Epub & Mobi
R.R.P.: £5.49 / US$6.99