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Mar
14

Cover Reveal: The Shadow Master

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If you’ve seen our recent hints, you’ll know we’re pretty excited about this cover and revealing it to you. Craig had some fantastic promos created, and just to tease you before the big reveal, here’s a quick peek at them again:

 

The Shadow Master

July 2014

In a land riven with plague, in the infamous Walled City, two families vie for control – the Medicis with their genius inventor Leonardo; the Lorraines with Galileo, the most brilliant alchemist of his generation.

And when two star-crossed lovers, one from either house, threaten the status quo, a third, shadowy power – one that forever seems a step ahead of all of the familial warring – plots and schemes, and bides its time, ready for the moment to attack…

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Cover art by Steve Stone.

{ click to see the full loveliness }

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Jan
23

More Awards Love at the Kitschies

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tumblr_static_kraken_galleon-100pxYou 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!

Nominated for the Inky Tentacle (Cover Art) is Will Staehle for his cover to The Age Atomic by Adam Christopher.

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)
  • Nexus by Ramez Naam 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:

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

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• 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)

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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!)

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Jan
07

The Annual Awards Eligibility Post

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As has now become customary, we’re listing below the books we published last year that are eligible for various awards. Being British, however, we’re doing it furtively, and we’re looking up every now and then to make sure no-one’s watching us.

As ever, this list is provided purely as an aide-mémoire, not as a list of recommendations – if you’ve read the works below and consider them to be award-worthy, the authors would be thrilled if you would consider nominating/voting for them. If you haven’t read them, they’re all available from your favourite offline or online store.

Here are the books we published in 2013* (covers are gathered together by artist, not by publication date – see artist list at the end of this blog post):

Nexus 125pxCrux by Ramez Naam 125pxThe Mad Scientist's Daughter 125pxBlack Feathers by Joseph D'Lacey, 125pxEmpire Of The Blood 125pxThe Lives of Tao 125pxThe Deaths Of Tao 125pxShe Returns From War 125pxThe Merchant Of Dreams 125pxThe Prince of Lies by Anne Lyle 125pxThe Bookman Histories 125pxThe Eighth Court by MIke Shevdon 125pxBetween Two Thorns 125pxAny Other Name by Emma NewmanAll Is Fair by Emma Newman 125pxHell To Pay by Matthew HughesThe Age Atomic, by Adam ChristopherThe Marching Dead 125pxThe Blue Blazes125pxThe Cormorant by Chuck Wendig -125pxA Discourse in Steel, 125pxThe Iron Wolves by Andy Remic 125pxiD by Madeline Ashby 125pxThe Big Reap 125pxThree by Jay Posey, 125pxSeven Forges by James A Moore, 125pxHeartwood by Freya Robertson 125pxPrince Thief by David Tallerman 125px

Wow! Look at what we made, ma!  Read More→

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Supernatural meets Men in Black in a darkly humorous urban fantasy from the author of Nekropolis.

We’re really excited about this cover reveal today and can’t wait to see what you think! From Tim Waggoner, author of the brilliant Nekropolis series, Night Terrors is the first in the Shadow Watch series, where nightmares are all too real…

So, on to the cover, which is by the fantastic Amazing15:

Night Terrors by Tim Waggoner

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Night Terrors

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…

File UnderUrban Fantasy [ Lords of Misrule | Living the Dream | Breaking In | I Make These Look Good ]

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Tim Waggoner

The Author, Tim WaggonerTim Waggoner is a novelist and college professor. His original novels include the Nekropolis series, Cross County, Darkness Wakes, Pandora Drive, and Like Death. His tie-in novels include The Lady Ruin series and the Blade of the Flame trilogy, both for Wizards of the Coast. He’s also written fiction based on Stargate: SG-1, Doctor Who, A Nightmare on Elm Street, the videogame Defender, Xena the Warrior Princess, and others. He’s published over one hundred short stories, some of which are collected in Broken Shadows and All Too Surreal. His articles on writing have appeared in Writer’s Digest, Writers’ Journal and other publications.

He teaches composition and creative writing at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio and is a faculty mentor in Seton Hill University’s Master of Arts in Writing Popular Fiction program in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.

Tim Waggoner online:
Tim’s website
Tim on Twitter
Tim’s Facebook

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Book Info

The first book in the Shadow Watch series

UK Print
Date: 5th June 2014
ISBN: 9780857663689
Format: Medium (B-Format) Paperback
R.R.P.: £8.99

US/CAN Print
Date: 27th May 2014
ISBN: 9780857663696
Format: Small (Mass-Market) Paperback
R.R.P.: US$7.99 CAN$9.99

Ebook
Date: 27th May 2014
ISBN: 9780857663702
Format: Epub & Mobi
R.R.P.: £5.49 / US$6.99

Other Books in This Series:

2. Title TBC (Spring / Summer 2015)

Other Angry Robot Books by This Author:

The Nekropolis Saga

1. Nekropolis (August 2009)
2. Dead Streets (March 2010)
3. Dark War (June 2011)
Omnibus: The Nekropolis Archives (May 2012)

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Usually we start these cover reveals with some preamble, but not this evening (although this is kind of a preamble, isn’t it?) because we’ve just got a few words for you:

Joey Hi-Fi. Marianne de Pierres. Cover. Read More→

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Dec
02

Cover Reveal: Morningside Fall

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Tabitha, over at My Shelf Confessions, released the cover for Jay Posey‘s Morningside Fall over the weekend, and I’m excited to show you this, Book Two of the Legends of the Duskwalker series. Tabitha is also running a giveaway so be sure to head over to My Shelf Confessions, short-listed in our recent Team Robot Blogger Awards, and enter! Read More→

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Nov
19

Book Cover Fun – the winners!

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About 4 weeks ago we ran a competition to recreate one of our book covers using toys, people, posts of custard – whatever.

The reason we’ve waited until now to publish the winners is not because we forgot to check the email account that the entries were sent into, oh no! The reason is far more interesting than that, we’re sure – and when we’ve worked out what the reason actually is, we might post it here. Read More→

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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
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

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(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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Dear all,

Mike here, your intrepid North American Sales & Marketing Manager. I’m very excited to reveal the cover to SUNSTONE, the second book in the Elemental Wars series (following HEARTWOOD) by Freya Robertson.

Brought to us by the marvelous Alejandro Colucci (who gave us the cover to SEVEN FORGES and HEARTWOOD), here’s SUNSTONE:

Cover for Sunstone by Freya Robertson

Art by Alejandro Colucci

About SUNSTONE (warning: spoilers for HEARTWOOD)

The Incendi elementals that dwell beneath the mountains have found a way to tap into the Arbor’s roots, which stretch not only across the land but also through time, and King Pyra is determined to crush the ancient tree.

Twenty-two years after the defeat of the Darkwater Lords, Chonrad’s widow Procella and their three children are drawn back to Heartwood to investigate the rumour of strange fires springing up across the land. Across three separate timelines, the heroes must battle to join together their ancient sunstones, to overcome the Incendi threat, and to protect the Arbor and make earth victorious once more.

File Under: Fantasy

 

Excited yet? Here’s the cover to SUNSTONE next to the cover for HEARTWOOD:

Heartwood by Freya Robertson    Cover for Sunstone by Freya Robertson

Sunstone, coming March 25th in North America and ebook, April 3rd in the UK.

Heartwood, coming October 29th in North America and ebook, November 7th in the UK.

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You all know we’re fans of Joey Hi-Fi’s fantastic cover work, but the cover genie has really pulled it out of the bag (that’s a whole mixed-up metaphor, isn’t it?) with Chuck Wendig‘s The Cormorant! Less talking, more cover:

The Cormorant - January 2014

Here’s a reminder of Miriam Black’s first and second outings – don’t they look fab together?

Blackbirds, by Chuck WendigMockingbird - September 2012

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Jun
17

The Empire of the Blood – Omnibus

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Empire of the BloodOn September 24th, Gav Thorpe’s massive fantasy trilogy Empire of the Blood will be published in ebook format worldwide, and in paper format in the US and Canada.

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?

File Under:
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.”
– Pornokitsch

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We’ve got yet another gorgeous new book cover to show off today. Here’s the artwork for Any Other Name, the second book in Emma Newman‘s utterly fabulous urban fantasy series The Split Worlds, with oodles of lovely twiddly bits (technical term, there) by the wonderfully talented Sarah J. Coleman:

Any Other Name by Emma Newman, Artwork by Sarah J. Coleman

Lovely stuff, no? Thanks to Charlotte and the gang at the Central Illustration Agency for sterling help too.

We’ll be publishing Any Other Name in June and the third part of the series, All is Fair, will follow in October. We don’t hang about, us Robots.

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Readers of the mighty IO9.com have already been treated to a first-look at the cover art for Jay Posey‘s first Angry Robot novel – Three, part one of The Duskwalker Cycle – and will have had the opportunity to read an exclusive extract as well.

For anyone who missed out, here’s a second look at Steven Meyer-Rassow‘s brooding, menacing artwork:

Three, by Jay Posey

Three will be hitting bookstore shelves near you when we publish in August this year.

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If you’ve been anywhere near Tor.com since yesterday afternoon (/ evening / morning, depending on your timezone) then you’ll most likely have feasted your eyes on the exclusive cover art reveal for A Discourse in Steel, the second Tale of Egil and Nix by Paul S. Kemp. But in case you missed it (do try to pay attention next time), here it is in all its be-weaponed glory:

A Discourse In Steel by Paul S. Kemp

(Click that pic for a larger, even more in-yer-face-ier version)

The artist credit for this particular beauty goes to Lee Gibbons. A Discourse in Steel will be published in July, but if you’d like to whet your appetite with a series of sneaky peaks (of course you would!) then you can do so over at Paul S. Kemp‘s website.

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