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Dec
03

New NetGalley ARCs Available

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Hi folks,

Delighted to introduce you to our two February 2014 Angry Robot titles, which are now on NetGalley!

We have a stand alone novel by Adam Christopher for you, and also the third in the Occult Investigations Series by Justin Gustainis. Known Devil is available to download immediately with no request needed! Read More→

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Nov
28

Team Robot Blogger Award

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As most of you are probably aware, we here at Robot HQ adore our blogs, bloggers, readers of blogs, and all things related. We really appreciate everything they do to help us promote our books, authors, and indeed Angry Robot, Strange Chemistry, and Exhibit A. With today being Thanksgiving, we thought it was the perfect time to announce our Team Robot Blogger Award. We want to give back to those bloggers who work tirelessly, for no financial gain, and in their own free time, to read more books than we can even publish, and spread the word to the reading – and buying – public. Read More→

Nov
13

Cover Reveal: Last God Standing

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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 by Michael Boatman

Cover: Chris Moore

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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…

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Michael Boatman

 

© 2013 Drake Photography HD, New York

© 2013 Drake Photography HD, New York

Michael Boatman spends his days and nights pretending to be other people. For a living.

He’s acted in television shows; China BeachSpin CityARLI$$Anger ManagementInstant Mom,The Good Wife, films; Hamburger HillThe Glass ShieldBad 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.)

Michael Boatman Online:
www.michaelboatman.us |
@MichaelBoatman on Twitter |
Facebook |
IMDB.com

 

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Book Info

UK Print
Date: 3rd April 2014
ISBN: 9780857663948
Format: Medium (B-Format) Paperback
R.R.P.: £8.99

US/CAN Print
Date: 25th March 2014
ISBN: 9780857663962
Format: Mass-Market Paperback
R.R.P.: US$7.99 / CAN$9.99

Ebook
Date: 25th March 2014
ISBN: 9780857663962
Format: Epub & Mobi
R.R.P.: £5.49 / US$6.99

 

 

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Oct
31

Forbidden Planet, tonight at 6.00pm

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Don’t forget – at London’s Forbidden Planet Megastore tonight, form 6.00pm-7.00pm, your opportunity to meet (and get books signed by):

Wesley Chu
The Lives of Tao, The Deaths of Tao

Anne Lyle
The Alchemist of Souls, The Merchant of Dreams, The Prince of Lies

Joseph D’Lacey
Black Feathers

James A Moore
Seven Forges

Emma Newman
Between Two Thorns, Any Other Name, All Is Fair

David Tallerman
Giant Thief, Crown Thief, Prince Thief

Mike Shevdon
Sixty-One Nails, The Road to Bedlam, Strangeness & Charm, The Eighth Court

Adam Christopher
Empire State, The Age Atomic, Seven Wonders

Kaaron Warren
Slights, Walking the Tree, Mistification

Some of these fine authors have travelled thousands of miles to be here this week. It’s be great to see you there, too!

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At 1.00pm this Saturday 26th October at the Forbidden Planet Megastore in London (UK), three giants of steampunk are gathering. Come along, and get some books to be signed.

Infernal Devices - Large

First up, KW Jeter. KW is the author who originally coined the term “steampunk” and he’ll be there to sign copies of all of his books, including Limited Edition Hardbacks (limited to 100 copies for sale) of his classic works, Morlock Night and Infernal Devices (published by Angry Robot). The books are exclusive to Forbidden Planet and are already selling fast! Paperback versions are also available. KW will also be signing copies of his latest novel, Fiendish Schemes.

Morlock Night - LargeAlso signing, will be Tim Powers (signing Hide Me Among the Graves as well as his other works) and James P Blaylock (signing The Aylesford Skull).

Full details at the Forbidden Planet site, here. And if you can’t get to the event, you can buy signed copies of all these books at Forbidden Planet, online.

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Oct
23

Angry Robot – Open Door 2013

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We write 'em, you sell 'emWell, we said we’d do it!

We are about to open our doors to unagented submissions, again. We’ve been gazing across the office in awe of the quality of open submissions that have been flying across the Strange Chemistry desk, and quite frankly, we want some of that in our inboxes, thank-you very much!

So, from the end of this week through to the end of the year we will be accepting submissions from authors without agents (authors with agents are also still welcome, of course!)

QTWTWBFAIWHAAT*

What sort of books will you be looking for?
SF, F and WTF.

What does that mean?
Science Fiction, Fantasy, and What the Fuck?

That’s what it stands for, not what it means.
OK, grumpy-boots. We’re after good stories told either in science fiction or fantasy settings, or with SF or fantasy flavours. You can mix in other genres if you like – we’ve had fantasy westerns, science fiction romance, urban fantasy crime, horror musicals (actually, we haven’t had that last one, but how cool would that be?) and many more variations. If it contains SF and F we’d love to see it.

You’re open until the end of the year, huh? Cool – I’ll send you my Nanowrimo book.
Hmmm.

Why the “Hmmm”? Are you anti-Nanowrimo?
Not in the slightest. It’s a fabulous way to kick-start the creative juices, but it’s unlikely you’ll start and finish a novel of sufficient quality (and length) in time, if you’re starting to write on November 1st.

I might…
Yes, you might. And if you do, great.

What do you mean by “sufficient length”?
Oo-err. We can be a bit flexible, but a guideline of 75-110,000 words for SF and 95-140,000 words for fantasy is realistic.

You’ve published books longer than that.
That’s not a question.

OK – what if I have a book that’s longer than that? Will you still look at it?
Yes.

What if it’s much shorter?
If it’s much shorter than 75,000 words, then probably not, no. If it’s a bit shorter, then yes.

Define “a bit shorter”.
No.

Anything else you can tell me?
Check back later this week for more information. Everything you need to know will be on this site by Friday night.

What if I have any questions before then?
We admire your enthusiasm, but please don’t send them. Everything will be made clear later this week.

 

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*Questions that we think would be frequently asked if we hadn’t already addressed them.
(We can’t mark them as FAQ yet, as we’ve not had any Qs)

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Oct
22

Book Cover Fun – A Competition

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We love our authors, dearly. Especially when they do weird and wonderful things like this:

The Alchemist of Souls by Anne Lyle

Alchemist_playmobil_lettered

(And no, we’re not sure why the covers are staggered like that – let’s just pretend it’s a deliberate design choice, and forget all about it).

Anne has recreated all three of her Night’s Masque books using Playmobil toys. See the full set here.

So we’ve decided to steal the idea honour her genius and run a competition.

What we’d like you to do:

Choose any Angry Robot book cover (they’re all there – over to the right and down a bit) and make your own version of it in the same way as Anne. You can use toys, people, masks, animals, trees, fish fingers – whatever you like. We’ll feature the winners on this page.

Stuff you need to know:
1) The cover should be a recognisable recreation of one of our covers.
2) Send your cover to us on a CD at the following address: Yeah, right! Email your image as a .jpg or .gif (RGB, not CMYK, please. If you don’t know what that means, just send it – it’ll be fine) to: INCOMING @ ANGRYROBOTBOOKS.COM
3) Closing date for entries: Midnight (wherever you are) on Wednesday, 30th October.
4) Q: “Do you mean midnight going into Wednesday, or midnight at the other end?”
A: Ah, you, know – whatevs.
5) Q: “No, I really need to know…”
A: {insert big, dramatic sigh} “OK, then – you can have until midnight coming out of Wednesday, and into Thursday.”
6) Anyone can enter, from anywhere in the world. Even if you’re a member of the Angry Robot team, or if you’re an Angry Robot author (though you probably won’t win), or if you’re a badger.

The Prizes.
Dunno, yet – we only just thought of the competition. Stuff from around the office, probably (books, audiobooks, stuff like that). The prize is hardly the point, is it? I mean, come on! Some people – sheesh!

 

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Due to our history of innovation we’re often contacted by start-up companies in the publishing realm (I love the word “realm”, don’t you? realm, realm, realm…) *ahem* Sometimes these companies bring us pie-in-the-sky ideas, or rehashes of things that exist elsewhere, but sometimes, just sometimes, we hear from someone with a really interesting idea.

Evanidus was one such company.Boosh

Evanidus are in the process of launching a new service called Boosh – it stands for Booshare, and it’s a way to spread the love of an ebook you’ve enjoyed by sharing it with your friends through social media networks. The books are shared on mobile phones. And the best bit? The first X number of people to download the app and the books get the books for free!

The pilot of this service will run in the UK and Ireland only, at first. You can download the Android app right now, but the iOS app has been delayed slightly due to the recent launch of iOS7 – expect this within 2-3 weeks or so…

Angry Robot will be the first SF/F publisher involved in the programme, and a whole host of our authors have signed up for it, already. We’ll bring you information about them over the coming weeks.

TheAlchemistOfSoulsFirst our of the gate is Anne Lyle, with the first in her Night’s Masque trilogy, The Alchemist of Souls.

If you live in the UK and have an Android phone you can test out the system right away and download Anne’s book! And if (“if”! when) you discover how much you love it, you can share it with a friend! Simply head to Anne’s Facebook page (facebook.com/AnneLyle.author) and hit the LIKE button, grab the Boosh app from the Google Play store, and settle down for a great read!

Sep
13

WIN STUFF: Friday 13th Giveaway

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Not that I am in anyway superstitious (only when it comes to the order of which I put on my football gear. Oh, and magpies. And not putting new shoes on a table. And fairy forts, or single trees in fields, and it just makes sense to cross a river if you’re being chased by evil spirits – of course they can’t reach you then) BUT IF I WAS, Friday 13th might not be my favourite day.

So how’s about Angry Robot make Friday 13th a lucky day? To win 13 of our titles, all you have to do is like our Facebook page and share it with your friends – couldn’t really be any easier, could it?  If you already have liked our page, you can enter by posting on our Facebook wall telling us why you love Angry Robot!

Deadline is 10pm BST today, and I’ll get in touch with the winner afterwards to arrange delivery of 13 amazing, angry, books! The winner will be picked randomly, as will the 13 titles*. Lucky dip making Friday 13th even luckier. Sorted.

Now, where’d I put my four-leaf clover?

*If you’re really lucky, I may even add some rare, brand spanking new, ARCs. But, only if you’re really lucky.

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Sep
03

Introducing : Clonefiles USA

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This past weekend at The World Science Fiction Convention in San Antonio, Texas, we announced the launch of Clonefiles in the USA.

Clonefiles is a programme where you buy the paperback from a participating independent bookstore, and get the ebook absolutely free!

This was trialled in the UK last year, and the success of the pilot has encouraged us to do the same in the USA.

It’s also gratifying to see that the giants still follow where Angry Robot innovates… :-D

More details of the US Clonefiles initiative to follow, very soon…

Angry Robot Signs Marianne de Pierres in Two-Book Deal

Angry Robot is thrilled to announce the acquisition of two genre-busting books from Marianne de Pierres.  The World English and Translation rights deal was negotiated by Senior Editor Lee Harris and Curtis Brown’s Tara Wynne. The first of this two-book series, Peacemaker, will be released in May 2014, and the as-yet-untitled sequel will follow in 2015.

 A true crossover, Peacemaker is a cracking combination scifi, fantasy, western, and crime.

MarianneMarianne de Pierres: “I’m thrilled to be joining the Angry Robot team with the Peacemaker series as I truly admire the kind of books they publish. Not to mention that Trent Jamieson, Kaaron Warren, Lee Battersby and Jo Anderton are some of my favourite Australian speculative fiction authors. It will also be great to work with Lee Harris again, who I first met as editor of Hub Magazine when he published one of my Glitter Rose stories. Angry Robot’s thinking is modern and explorative and a blast of pure oxygen in speculative fiction publishing.”

Peacemaker: In the future, a ranger protects the last remaining piece of parkland in the shadow of a sprawling mega-metropolis.

Lee Harris: “I’ve been a great admirer of Marianne’s work, ever since I started reading her brilliant Sentients of Orion series back in 2007. I’m absolutely thrilled to welcome her to the Angry Robot family and I can’t wait for you all to read Peacemaker.”

Tara Wynne: “Marianne’s Peacemaker series and Angry Robot seem a perfect match. I look forward to nurturing this new relationship and to the books’ success.”

About Marianne: Marianne de Pierres is the author of the acclaimed Parrish Plessis and award-winning Sentients of Orion science fiction series. The Parrish Plessis series has been translated into eight languages and adapted into a roleplaying game. She’s also the author of a bestselling teen dark fantasy series entitled Night Creatures. She lives in Brisbane, Australia. Marianne writes award-winning crime under the pseudonym Marianne Delacourt

 www.mariannedepierres.com             www.tarasharp.com

www.burnbright.com.au                     @mdepierres

About Angry Robot: Angry Robot is a genre publisher that brings readers the best in new SF, F and WTF?! All titles are released as paperbacks and major eBook formats. Distribution is through Random House (North America) and GBS (UK). Angry Robot Ltd is part of Osprey Group.

Contact:

Translation enquiries, contact Rights Executive Suzannah Brooksbank: SBrooksbank@ospreypublishing.com

 Publicity enquiries, contact Publicity Manager Caroline Lambe: caroline.lambe@angryrobotbooks.com

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Aug
16

Taking over the Planet…

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Forbidden Planet, that is…

In the next stage of our quest for World Domination (bwahahahahahaaaaa), Angry Robot are taking over Forbidden Planet’s London Megastore on Thursday October 31st.

From 6.00pm until 7.00pm you’ll have the opportunity to meet and greet the following authors – some of whom will be on a very rare visit to the UK.

The Lives of Tao by Wesley ChuWesley ChuThe Prince of Lies, by Anne Lyle
The Lives of Tao
The Deaths of Tao

Anne Lyle
The Alchemist of Souls
The Merchant of Dreams
The Prince of Lies

Note: The Deaths of Tao and The Prince of Lies are officially published the following week, but will be available early, exclusively for the Forbidden Planet signing.

Black Feathers by Joseph D'Lacey, April 2013Joseph D’LaceyHell to Pay, by Matthew Hughes - design by Tom Gauld
Black Feathers

Matthew Hughes
The Damned Busters
Costume Not Included
Hell to Pay

James A Moore
Seven Forges

Seven Forges by James A. Moore, artwork by Alejandro ColucciEmma NewmanAll is Fair by Emma Newman
Between Two Thorns
Any Other Name
All Is Fair

David Tallerman
Giant Thief
Crown Thief
Prince Thief

Mike Shevdon
Sixty-One Nails
Prince Thief, by David TallermanThe Road to BedlamThe Eighth Court by Mike Shevdon, cover art by John Coulthart
Strangeness and Charm
The Eighth Court

Adam Christopher
Empire State
Seven Wonders
The Age Atomic

The Age Atomic, by Adam Christopher, art & design by Will Staehle

Note: There are still a few limited edition hardbacks of all three of Adam’s novels, which are available exclusively through Forbidden Planet.

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Aug
01

August: Book Birthday Celebrations

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We’ve got not one, but two great releases for you this month with a debut from Jay Posey and the third book in the Collector Series by Chris F. Holm! Both are released today in the UK, with the US and ebook having a two-day jumpstart, and with the early reviews we’ve seen, we’re excited for the book-buying public to have their say. Here’s today’s celebratory books:

“The end of a series is such a bittersweet moment with a series as great as this one. Chris said he wanted to end this strong, he ended it Herculean.” Founding Fields

The Big Reap by Chris F. Holm, design by Amazing15The Big Reap 

Sam Thornton has had many run-ins with his celestial masters, but he’s always been sure of his own actions.

However, when he’s tasked with dispatching the mythical Brethren – a group of former Collectors who have cast off their ties to Hell – is he still working on the side of right?

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

File UnderUrban Fantasy [ Soul Solution | Secret Origins | Flaming Torches | Double Dealing ]

 

”The author’s distinctive approach to storytelling superimposes a firstly fascinating and finally satisfying dimension upon what could very easily have been a bland book. As is, it isn’t. On the contrary, I had all the fun reading Three. Honestly, all of it.” Tor.com

Three, by Jay Posey, artwork by Stephen Mayer-RassowThree

The world has collapsed, and there are no heroes any more.

But when a lone gunman reluctantly accepts the mantle of protector to a young boy and his dying mother against the forces that pursue them, a hero may yet arise.

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

File UnderScience Fiction [ Three For All | Apocalyptic Wasteland | A Journey Home | Fear the Weir ]

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Gather round folks, and find out how you can win a signed copy of Three by Jay Posey!

Three, by Jay Posey, artwork by Stephen Mayer-RassowAs part of Jay’s Blog Tour for Three, “his stunning debut”, we’re running a Tour-wide Giveaway for two signed copies of Three. Each blog has an individual question, and answers can be found on Jay’s Website, in the Book Description / Jacket Info, or by reading the Chapter 1 Excerpt. Simple!

Stay tuned to Jay’s Blog Tour to read about Post-Apocalyptic Bounty Hunting; Jay’s survival tips for the End of the world; how he built the world of the Duskwalker, and his favourite settings within; what inspired him to write Three; and much, much more! If that doesn’t sound like enough, here’s a taster of the reviews rushing in:

• “Three will unplug you! This powerhouse of an apocalyptic read cannot and will not be denied!” My Shelf Confessions
• “But even with action aplenty, Three is a novel about redemption and the return to humanity and Posey injects every character interaction with meaning and pathos to spare.” 52 Book Reviews
• “This was very impressive [with] its fast pacing and well-written action sequences, sometimes alternating between the viewpoints of the various characters like you see in movies, creating this atmosphere of danger and suspense.” The Bibliosanctum
• “The book has the hard-edged, gritty feel of postapocalyptic fiction. The dialog is terse; the action sequences pound along. But don’t think you’ve escaped into a world without tenderness. It’s there, even if in some cases its encased in armor and eclipsed by the need to survive.” Book Realms
• “Three is a great start into a new series. The post-apocalyptic world that Jay Posey created in Three is brilliantly constructed, it’s just chock-full of the cool stuff, futuristic gadgets (guns and the like), augmented people and not forget the Weir.” The Book Plank

With 20 chances stops along the way, that’s 20 chances to enter…so what are you waiting for? Hop over to My Shelf Confessions for the first Guest Post and Question 1!

Three Blog Tour Banner

Major thanks to Tabitha for the banner!

BLOG TOUR LIST! (their # corresponds to the Question # that stop has!)

1: July 17th –  My Shelf Confessions
2: July 18th –  In Case of Survival
3: July 19th –  Dangerous Dan’s Blog
4: July 20th – A Dream Within A Dream
5: July 23rd – Cabin Goddess
6: July 22nd – 52 Reviews
7: July 23rd –  Troubled Scribe
8: July 24th – My Bookish Ways
9: July 25th – Cheryl’s Book Nook
10: July 26th – SFBook.com
11: July 29th – The Founding Fields
12: July 30th – Lily Pond Reads
13: July 31st – Terror Tree
14: August 1st – Wilder’s Book Review
15: August 2nd – Working for the Mandroid
16: August 5th – SF Crow’s Nest
17: August 7th – The Book Plank
18: August 8th – Books, Bones & Buffy
19: August 9th – GeeksVersusNerds
20: August 5th – No More Grumpy Bookseller
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Jun
28

Robot Round-Up 28.06.13

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What a busy few weeks it’s been here at Robot HQ; so busy in fact, that I’ve been shamefully slow since my last Round-Up! But what better to cheer up a rainy Friday (in Nottingham, at least) than a good look back over our recent highlights:

© 2013 Drake Photography HD, New York

© 2013 Drake Photography HD, New York

Let’s start with yesterday’s exciting news that Michael Boatman has become the latest AR author! If you missed the release, check out Lee’s announcement here. Click through for all the info on Michael, his titles Last God Standing and Who Wants to be the Prince of Darkness?

This month we’ve released two titles: Madeline Ashby‘s superb sequel to vN, iD, and also Paul S. Kemp‘s second outing with Egil and Nix, A Discourse in Steel. Here’s the big splash from launch day;  since then, they’ve both been kept in a dungeon, slaves to their computers busy with blog posts, interviews, and also kept happy with rave reviews. To wit:

iD by Madeline Ashby• Bibliotropic Review on Madeline’s iD: “Ashby has a wonderful imagination, an eye for detail, and characters that I don’t want to part from. From the beginning of the first book to the end of the second, I was hooked, and I’m eagerly looking forward to anything that Ashby does in the future.”

“It really is a modern I, Robot, but with a lot more grit, moral depth, and more interesting prose. Madeline Ashby ought to be seen as one of the big new names in science fiction.” Hardcover Wonderland

• Madeline’s blog tour featured interviews and blog posts, and she’s a rare beast that always manages to say something fresh and new with each stop:
• Madeline speaks out on the SFWA Scandal on Dark Matter Fanzine in a piece brilliantly entitled, ‘Stalin, Playboy, and Lady Writers’; talks to Civilian Reader about how to make Non-Humans Seem Human; 
• John Scalzi featured Madeline on Whatever‘s The Big Idea, and it’s a moving read: on facing fears, on telling the universe “to fuck right off and die”, and about living through the impossible. Read it.
• A Fantastical Librarian and My Bookish Ways have great interviews with Madeline, as does The Qwillery whilst Madeline faced up to Ten Questions About iD with Chuck Wendig, and My Shelf Confessions was lucky enough to nab Javier for a chat!
• Cheryl Morgan recently met up with Madeline and they sat down to discuss iD, and how Madeline uses robots to ask interesting questions about gender.
• SFSignal featured vN for a recent review and had this to say: “Unrelenting and surprising conflict drives a fast-paced read; genuine, human-robot dystopia; powerful character arcs; evokes series addiction.” If you haven’t already read vN, get it and you might as well get iD at the same time…I doubt you’ll want to wait between books!

A Discourse In Steel by Paul S. Kemp• Last night Paul took part in an AMA on Reddit and go there to see what kinds of dirt they had him dish up!
• The fantastic cover, by Lee Gibbons, rightly gathered attention pre-launch, such as on Graeme’s SFF
• “Kemp gives us a great fast paced romp packed with action and with enough char­ac­ter and world build­ing to sat­isfy with­out slow­ing any­thing down.” I agree, Eoghann.com! And check out these other amazing reviews:
• “This is adventure fantasy at its finest…Kemp is a superb writer.  If you enjoy sword and sorcery, adventure, and nonstop action, this is the book for you.” Adventures Fantastic

The Founding Fields: “Egil and Nix back once again kicking serious ass in this sequel”

• Silver Pen Scribe: “enjoyable ride of pure fun fantasy.”
• Being A Big Sandwich: It is in the characters, particularly Egil and Nix, that Kemp shines and draws the reader in…The interplay between the two is well-done, and their friendship is the bedrock of the story.”
• Kobold Press: “This book has all the elements that fans of sword and sorcery should enjoy…The characters are deep and fun to get to know, the story is interesting, and the action is top shelf.”
• Odd Engine: “filled with new magic and mayhem that makes it a truly enjoyable read.”
• Mikel Andrews: ”This is the fantasy you’ve been craving.. If you’ve been dying for some real originality in the fantasy realm – with a scene of revenge that would make even Kick-Ass’ Hit Girl do a double-take – then Discourse in Steel is your next stop.”

Three, by Jay Posey, artwork by Stephen Mayer-RassowA forthcoming title that is receiving a lot of attention – and do stay tuned for Jay’s impressive blog tour and a cool tour competition – is Three, the debut by renowned games writer Jay Posey. Take a look at some of these couple of early reviews:

• The Book Plank: “Three is a great start into a new series. The post-apocalyptic world that Jay Posey created in Three is brilliantly constructed, it’s just chock-full of the cool stuff, futuristic gadgets (guns and the like), augmented people and not forget the Weir.”
• Book Realms: “The book has the hard-edged, gritty feel of postapocalyptic fiction. The dialog is terse; the action sequences pound along. But don’t think you’ve escaped into a world without tenderness. It’s there, even if in some cases its encased in armor and eclipsed by the need to survive.”
• If I could only show you the early reviews that haven’t been published yet…but not long now! Three, the first title in the Legends of the Duskwalker series is out in the US & ebook on 30 July and in the UK and RoW on 1 August.

The Big Reap by Chris F. Holm, design by Amazing15Our other August release is Chris F. Holm‘s third instalment in the Collector SeriesThe Big Reap, and take a look at some of the exciting pre-release reviews:

• Book Snobbery: “The Big Reap is the most ambitious of Holm’s Collector stories so far, and the payoff at the end is huge.  HUGE”
• Tolerably Smart: “Book Three was a game changer much to my enjoyment”
• Raging Biblioholism: “Smart, funny and unassuming… Our world is a better place with Sam Thornton in it.”
• Every Read Thing: “Sam is quickly becoming one of my favorite characters. While he carries with him the attitude of a blockbuster movie action star, he’s also a tragic character at heart. In my opinion, this is Holm’s finest work yet.”

Any Other Name by Emma Newman, Artwork by Sarah J. ColemanThe tireless Emma Newman and her Split Worlds books continue to leave reviewers and readers alike feeling all kinds of happy; take a look at these:

A Fantastical Librarian: “I think I loved Any Other Name even more than Between Two Thorns, if that’s possible. [Any Other Name is] engaging, funny, romantic, and imaginative and placed Emma Newman solidly on my must-read list of writers. I can’t wait for the conclusion to this story in October, when All is Fair is released. In the meantime, I think I’ll go and reread some of the short stories set in the Split Worlds.”

Thoughts from the Hearthfire “Emma Newman definitely knows what she is doing…In short, great characters, fabulous settings, complex plots, resolved threads within each book with plenty to arc across titles as well. I wholeheartedly recommend it!”

Kindle-aholic’s Book Pile made me giggle with this one – it’s so true: “You know you are getting into a book when you want to pull characters aside for a little chat. Will, you are an idiot. An idiot with good intentions, but you pissed me the hell off. Max, you need to listen to your gargoyle more. Mr. Sorcerer – there is something so very off about you. I feel some good bits of secrets spilling in book 3. I gave up sleep to finish this book and was very glad I did.”
• And if you want to read more about Emma, check out this SFX interview! Don’t forget that Emma also has some really fun stuff on her website. You can sign up for free Split Worlds short stories. Also, there is her Three Wishes campaign, as well as her new podcasts, Tea and Jeopardy. Emma’s now up to Podcast 6 which is with Karina Cooper; previous hostages guests have included Chuck Wendig, Sarah Pinborough, Paul Cornell, Jennifer Udden, and Dave Bradley. So, grab yourself a mug of tea and settle down with Emma for some mild peril!

The Lives of Tao by Wesley ChuMike, our fantastic North American Sales & Marketing Manager, and I had a great chat with Wesley Chu this week about all things The Deaths of Tao; for everyone anxiously awaiting the next instalment of Roen and Tao’s adventures… T-minus 4 months! To those who haven’t yet read The Lives of Tao, check out these reviews and prey tell me, how you’ve missed this summer blockbuster?

• Fantasy Book Review: “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.”
• Sarah Says Read joins the now-squadron-sized army of those who all “want a Prophus alien living in my brain!” She loved it so much, there are bullet points to describe how (which I love!) but the summary says it all: “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.”
Not a Natural Writer is certainly a Natural Reader and has this to say on The Lives of Tao: “The writing style is very easy to get into, and the story moves along at a fair old lick. The actions scenes in particular are very well crafted, with a great sense of motion, excitement and tension.”

My Bookish Ways: “It certainly makes me think that there might something in all of us that can make us great (even if it’s not an alien being), and it’s Roen’s humility, and yes, bravery, in the midst of a very extreme chain of events that makes this book what it is: one of the freshest, most fun debuts I’ve read in quite a while! I can’t wait to find out what’s next for Roen and Tao!”

Vinx Books: “There’s a dash of romance, plenty of action and the plot carries you along but with nice variations in pace so it isn’t all go go go. It is all combined very well and I really appreciate that the violence is not romanticised or gratuitous. Roen’s reactions to the fighting is very human and I think brings a moment of contemplation.”
• Tiffy Fit: “imaginative, enjoyable, wondrous. ”

And if you’re not all Chu-ed out with those rave reviews, check out what the great man himself has to say:
• 52 Book Reviews Interview
Only The Best Sci-Fi
Civilian Reader
Examiner.com

The Blue Blazes by Chuck Wendig, Art by Joey Hi-FiChuck Wendig continues to own the internet, largely because he’s too scary to stop*, but hey, it works out well for our books. Take a look at all of this goodness:

• “Wendig’s filthy dialogue and layered characters mean that it’s never less than raucously entertaining.” SFX, August 2013
• Book Chick City: “The Blue Blazes is one hell of a read, with a complex cast of morally grey characters. It’s a heart-stopping ride from beginning to end. I think it is my stand out book of the year so far.”
The Tattooed Book: “With superbly vivid characters, ballsy action and a ton of twists and turns Chuck Wendig hits home with another all round enjoyable novel.”
The Qwillery: “If you are looking for something well written and verging towards horror, then I urge you to read The Blue Blazes. I would advise not to read too close to bedtime, however, without checking under the bed a few times first!”
Fangs for the Fantasy: “This book is stylistically excellent. It’s thematically excellent. The writing is amazing. The characterisation is awesome. The world is incredible.”

All Things Urban Fantasy: “Think Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere written as a mob book…I’m kicking myself for not checking out Wendig’s work before now. Don’t make the same mistake I did.”

• My Bookish Ways: “The Blue Blazes is something very different, very twisted and very, very good. You’ll have lots of fun-I know I did!”
• With a shout-0ut to the fantastic Joey Hi-Fi cover, CheffoJeffo also says: “A Rollicking, Riotous Rampage…The Blue Blazes is the most fun I have had in years.”

For Chuck’s dulcet tones, here’s some handy interview links:

• Interview with Mahvesh Murad on CityFM89
• Podcast with NerdStravagana
• Eric Christensen

If you live, or will be, in Brooklyn on July 17, be sure to call to Word and see Chuck with Strange Chemistry author T.L. Costa as they consider the current state of speculative fiction, in both YA and adult. There’ll also be a signing and a Q&A.

You’d think that would be enough of our authors working on taking over the world, but nope, we’ve got all of these who have also been busy…and that’s the way we like them:

The Eighth Court by Mike Shevdon, cover art by John CoulthartMike Shevdon‘s series, The Courts of the Feyre, comes to a conclusion with The Eighth Court, and the mighty Tim Ward at SFSignal has this to say: “Fascinating magic; powerful and scheming villains; engaging and surprising mystery; epic conflict; dramatic and sympathetic conclusion to character arcs.”

• No More Grumpy Bookseller: “The Courts of the Feyre series is a win in every way in my humble opinion – the world, the characters, the stories, the setting, the history…it’s been a wild and crazy entertaining ride!”

The Bookman Histories omnibus, by Lavie Tidhar - artwork by John Coulthart• Lavie Tidhar‘s Omnibus collection of The Bookman Histories was released earlier in the year and Black Gate certainly recommend buying up this trilogy: “this is a guy who is clearly going places. Ignore him at your peril.” The Bookman Histories contains The BookmanCamera Obscura, and The Great Game and is available in the US and ebook.

Ramez Naam We’re fast approaching publication date for Ramez Naam‘s follow-up to NexusCrux, and here’s an early review from the IEET: “I advise readers to start with Nexus, but then to pick right up with Crux. Both books are excellent, thoughtful, and fast-paced. They are worth your time, and will leave you thinking hard about some core future questions.”

With the excitement building up towards the release of Crux, we were delighted to announce we’ve signed Ramez up for a third book, which will be released in late 2014, and here’s LitStack reporting on the deal.

Empire State by Adam ChristopherThe Age Atomic, by Adam Christopher, art & design by Will StaehleIf Reggie Lutz had this to say about Empire State: ” He makes the reader feel that we understand and recognize the place we are in the fiction…which makes the plot complications and world-instability issues contained therein all the more effective.” and Fantasy Faction say this about The Age Atomic: “[Since Empire StateAdam Christopher has grown as a writer and the growth shines through here, his prose has become stronger, his characters more real; his ideas, settings and themes bright and full of depth…he’s grown to a stylish and exciting writer, with ideas that are full of adventure and mystery.”, how damn good does that make both Empire State and The Age Atomic!

And on that note, I’m outta here – well as far as the café for lunch, but you know what I mean.

Happy Friday, everyone!

Caroline

 

 



*Chuck is the nicest man in the world. Fact.**

 

 

 

**I’ve never met him – but, so I hear.