Archive for Books
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 are in the process of launching a new service called Boosh – it stands for Book share, 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.
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!
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.
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…
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.
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.
Note: There are still a few limited edition hardbacks of all three of Adam’s novels, which are available exclusively through Forbidden Planet.
Somewhat frustrating, due to [Censored due to a National Security Issue], combined with an issue with [Redacted], our July books, which should have gone live yesterday, aren’t yet available in North America. Similarly, A Discourse in Steel is not available at Amazon UK (though iD is). These issues are being worked on by a team of highly trained ninja-like administrators, coders and ice-cream vendors, but we don’t yet have a confirmed date of when this will be resolved.
In the meantime, you can buy iD and A Discourse in Steel in DRM-free format – wherever you are in the world – from the Robot Trading Company, using the links below.
A Discourse in Steel by Paul S Kemp
Click here to buy A Discourse in Steel for your Kindle
Click here to buy A Discourse in Steel in epub format
Coming in at a whopping 1,024 pages (!) the volume comprises three novels:
- * The Crown of the Blood
- * The Crown of the Conqueror
- * The Crown of the Usurper
UK (and elsewhere) folk wanting to get their hands on this epic tale can order online at The Book Depository, which currently has it listed for just £7.70!
THE CROWN OF THE BLOOD
He had brought his master’s Empire to the furthest reaches of the world. All had fallen before him. Now he longs for home. But home isn’t what it was. Could it be that everything he’s fought for all those years has been a lie? A sweeping fantasy of immense battles, demonic magic and dark politics.
THE CROWN OF THE CONQUEROR
Ullsaard has won the crown But when he is confronted with a truth too shocking to contemplate, he has to make the impossible choice between power and honour. And now the real battle has begun in this stunning sequel to The Crown of the Blood, packed with gargantuan battles, demonic magic and treacherous politics.
THE CROWN OF THE USURPER
Ullsaard rules the known world. All are subject to his will. Yet even as another king bows before him, there are those who would wrench his empire from beneath him. He must risk losing the lands he has conquered to confront a foe far more powerful than any he has faced before.As alliances shift and old enemies return, will he save the empire he has given his life to, or let it fall to ruin?
Fantasy [ Epic battles / Political Intrigue / Mystical Powers / Hidden Rulers ]
“I tore through The Crown of the Blood in one long sitting… This is a properly high fantasy world – rock people, dark sorcery, landships, riding panther and (of course) dinosaurs – but all of it is introduced naturally and casually… his book is hairy, gory, sweaty, shameless… and perhaps even a little bit thoughtful.”
Today, we are not only celebrating the British publication of The Eighth Court, but also the The Courts of the Feyre as a whole as Mike Shevdon brings the series to an end. I know, we don’t want to believe it either!
The Courts of the Feyre follows the adventures of Niall Petersen as he uncovers a hidden world of fey magic, strange history and uncanny creatures, and The Eighth Court is the culmination of Mike’s hard work throughout this series. Mike has written a lovely piece about finishing the series over on his site, do check it out.
We’ve been running an extract from The Eighth Court, but happily for you, here’s a quick link so if you’re eagerly awaiting your copy, you can whet your appetite with a delve into Mike’s fey world. If you haven’t ordered your copy yet, or indeed haven’t started the series or are missing a book, the folks over at our Robot Trading Company have put together a great package for all four eBooks at only £13.49, which is over a third off!
To Mike, happy book birthday, and to our lovely readers, here’s a reminder of the fantastic covers (with links to the individual books on the images) from The Courts of the Feyre:
Earlier this month we asked you to tell us about your favourite indie bookstore (go read this post for details – it’s ok, we’ll wait).
Brandon Stenger wrote to tell us about Robots & Rogues in Lafayette, IN (and what a great store name!)
In Brandon’s own words:
The owners, Tricia and Kevin, have been selling books for years. They’re always friendly and welcoming, and love to talk books. They will give recommendations, especially if you ask, but I’ve never felt like they’re pushing me to buy anything. They just love to read and want to clue people in to great reading experiences.
They don’t just sell books though, they’ve made incredible efforts to become part of the community since they opened the shop two years ago.
They have SFF & drama book clubs that each meet once a month and they’ve made their store a hub for local gamers. There are several role-playing campaigns that meet there regularly and Munchkin & boardgame days usually monthly.
They’ve also opened their store to local and regional writers, hosting signings and selling their books, as well as playing host to the local writer’s group meetings every Friday evening.
It is a rare week that I’m not in the shop at least once, if not more. Tricia and Kevin have created a shining example of what an independent bookshop can be.
Brandon has been sent some Angry Robot goodies for taking the time to share the wonders of his local store with us. You can do the same. And next time you’re in Lafayette, why not call into Robots & Rogues? It looks like a fabulous store!