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2) “it’s an exemplary example of an urban fantasy story and I can’t wait to read more in the series.” (S F Book, 5***** review)
3) “Whoa. Justin Gustainis has given us a fast-paced, brutal and bloody urban fantasy that kept the hits coming.” (Reading the Paranormal, review)
4) “this has to be one of the must read new releases this Summer.” (Amberkatze, review)
5) “I enjoyed every page of Hard Spell. If Sam Spade and Jack Fleming were somehow melted together, you’d get Stan Markowski. I can’t wait to see what Gustainis does next.” (Lilith Saintcrow, author of Night Shift and Working for the Devil)
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The first in the Occult Crimes Unit Investigation series:
Hard Spell is available in the UK (and worldwide as an eBook) from July 7th, and in the US/Canada from the 26th. Pre-order now, or we’ll sulk.
In a classic example of premature exhilaration, The Traveler has posted the very first review of Restoration by our very own Guy Adams at The Traveler’s Steampunk Blog (note: Restoration isn’t steampunk, though):
I cannot help but wonder what is going on in Guy’s mind… The storyline of Restoration interlocks with The World House on several occasions and the revelations you get from it are frightning.
fast-paced, gripping and terrifying
Restoration is one frightningly good book. I was enthralled by it from the first page… I actually briefly considered skipping work because I could not put it down
10 out of 10
Restoration is published in the UK on July 7th and in the US and Canada on July 26th.
If you haven’t yet read The World House, then now’s a great time to grab yourself a copy before Restoration hits the shelves!
First up, Embedded, reviewed at Graeme’s Fantasy Book Review:
I don’t know anyone who does military sci-fi better… When the ‘military’ part of this military sci-fi kicks in, Dan Abnett really brings his ‘A Game’ to the table and you are immediately caught up in a rush of fire fights, espionage and explosions… Abnett delivers the kind of pulsating military sci-fi that we all know he can. Fans of Abnett will lap this one up and fans of military sci-fi in general should check it out anyway.
Eight and a Quarter out of Ten
Next, The Damned Busters reviewed at Ginger Nuts of Horror (no, really):
A good six hours later I realised I still had all the house work to do, and I really should go and pick up the boy child from school. Yes the book is that good… Hughes writing is both funny and clever, with some great descriptive passages. he has a style that instantly hooks the reader, that manages to balance the fine line between being a funny novel, and novel that is just full of jokes…
I will be picking up the next instalment of this series without a doubt. A highly recommended read.
This is a funny and surprisingly endearing book with some interesting discussions about the role of sin and our reactions to it.
And it’s out now in the UK and at the end of this month in the US and Canada. You can read a sample, here.
Great reviews for Embedded (Dan Abnett) and Camera Obscura (Lavie Tidhar) in this month’s SFX magazine. Both get four stars!
Abnett gives the story an effectively dark, noir-ish tone, building up an intruiging backstory as well as adding in some genuinely surprising plot twists… a smart and savvy military thriller to be reckoned with.
The plot careers breathlessly through locations, characters and fascinating concepts. There are genuine shocks along the way and the lucid, compelling prose pulls you through.
At Karissa’s Reading Review, there’s also great write-up of Lavie’s steampunk romp:
The characters are interesting and unique… and the mystery and action absolutely spot on… If you like dark stories, with a little amibiguity, and a lot of strange this is definitely the book for you. 4.5 / 5
Embedded is available in the US and Canada now. The limited edition hardback is available Forbidden Planet in the UK, and the trade paperback is released in the UK on April 28th.
Camera Obscura is available in the UK now, and in the US and Canada on April 26th.
Dan and Lavie will both be at EasterCon the weekend after next, and part of a mass Angry Robot launch and signing event. If you’re there, pop along (4.00pm) and get your books signed. If you’re in the Birmingham area but not at the convention, Dan and Lavie will be at Waterstones in the High Street from 12.30 until 2.00 (along with a whole host of other Angry Robot authors).
Today sees the publication of Lavie Tidhar’s Camera Obscura and the KW Jeter classics Infernal Devices and Morlock Night.
Yes, it’s Steampunk Month at Angry Robot!
Also on sale today – and exclusive to Forbidden Planet – the limited edition hardback of Dan Abnett’s Embedded. Dan will be signing tonight at the Forbidden Planet megastore in London, where you can pick up one of only 200 copies on sale!
And what are people saying about these books? Well, I’m very please you asked:
Over at The Book Den, there’s a short – but sweet – review of Infernal Devices:
If you are a fan of steampunk, I recommend you read this one.
There’s also a good review over at Goodreads:
Through a journey of mixed breeds, loony scientists, unique creations, devoted friends and unlikely allies it all comes together in a surprising and fully satisfying conclusion.
And an interesting review of Morlock Night at SF Revu:
Whether you’re looking to deconstruct Steampunk or just fire up the boilers for a fun read, Morlock Night is great place to start.
Embedded is the Book of the Month at SF Book -
At it’s heart Embedded is a gritty military science fiction story, it’s also one of the best books you will read this year, I loved every second of it.
Camera Obscura, Morlock Night and Infernal Devices are out in the UK from today, and in the US and Canada from the 26h of this month.
Embedded is available in the US and Canada now. The hardback limited edition is available in the UK from tonight. The trade paperback is published in the UK on April 28th.
Over at The Traveler’s Steampunk Blog, both of our KW Jeter releases have been reviewed. First up, Morlock Night:
Morlock Night is an excellent read… I was both rather charmed and enthralled by Morlock Night, I could not put it down. In fact, I finished it in one sitting. Morlock Night grips you with the tension and action in it… And in the end you close the little book and think it was too short and you finished it too quickly.
Morlock Night gets nine out of ten Zeppelins.
Nothing is clear in Infernal Devices almost until the very end and there are quite a few surprising and some rather nasty turns. In Infernal Devices, you cannot be sure at all who is the protagonist’s ally and who is not.
K.W. Jeter has created quite a marvelous world in Infernal Devices. Sometimes rather weird and alien but always consistent. The novel also ends with one of the biggest surprises in the history of literature.
And about the two books, generally:
Infernal Devices and Morlock Night are two novels no Steampunk should miss in his collection. They also make great reference material for demonstrating the changes which occured in fantastic literature over the last 30 years.
And these guys know steampunk!
Weirdmage had this to say about KW Jeter’s Infernal Devices:
There is absolutely no doubt that this is a steampunk story, the whole story revolves around clockwork creations. But Jeter has not limited himself to just this aspect, there is also a distinctly Lovecraftian(-ish) element here. Both elements are handled very well, and they compliment each other…
[The action], and there is quite a bit of it, it is handled very well… a must-read novel.
Also at the Weirdmage, Dan Abnett’s superior military SF novel Embedded gets the once-over:
There is plenty of action throughout the story, and Abnett doesn’t pull any punches. He describes a bloody and dirty conflict, that owes more to Joe Haldeman’s The Forever War than to Star Wars. This is of course a good thing… this is a book you should pick up. It’s fast, relentless, and has an ending that I at least did not see coming.
And The Guardian had this to say about Embedded:
Abnett takes an ingenious idea and produces a nail-biting tale that has serious things to say about war and the news media.
It’s a great story, a dangerously more-ish mix of corporate engineering and boneshaking action. It feels fresh, it’s accessible to everyone and permeated with the vivid and immersive action that’s become Dan’s trademark. I devoured it in a couple of days and my only complaint was that there wasn’t more of it!
If you’re in the UK, Dan will be signing a Limited Edition hardcover of the novel at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, this Saturday – that’s a whole month before the main UK release! And as this edition is limited to just 200 copies on sale, this is going to be very collectible, indeed!
Dan also waxes lyrical about his life and his work in the first part of a two-part interview over at BSC Review.
Speaking of interviews, there’s a great chat with Lauren Beukes at Mail & Guardian Online.
This is one of those sequels that doesn’t require you to have read the first–but I highly recommend you do…
de Bodard’s writing is polished and striking, as she convincingly fills in the colorful elements of the Aztec culture–even if those colors tend to be of blood and bile as well as flowers and hummingbirds. The sacrifices, the never-ending rituals, the elaborate garb of the high priests…all of it paints a mosaic that is in turns beautiful, grimy, breathtaking, and morbid.
That’s not our claim (though we’re happy to agree with it), that’s the mighty SF Book site, reviewing Dan Abnett’s amazing Embedded:
The prose is tight and incredibly well written… At it’s heart Embedded is a gritty military science fiction story, it’s also one of the best books you will read this year, I loved every second of it.
They also review Aliette de Bodard’s Harbinger of the Storm:
I love the way that this series is written, and the style that the author infuses onto the page – the rich mythology of Mexica along with the very real and physical presence of the god’s (there is no room for doubt here that they exist) along with the graphic and frequent bloodletting… the plot is both mature and seductive… while the action is both bloodthirsty and imaginative.
If you haven’t yet read Servant of the Underworld I suggest that you get them both and read them in order, you won’t be dissapointed.
(Worth pointing out that while Harbinger of the Storm is the second in the Obsidian and Blood series, you don’t have to have read the first, as both books function as standalone novels).
And over at The Traveler’s Daily Steampunk, Lavie Tidhar’s superior steampunk romp, Camera Obscura gets the once-over:
A few weeks back I was wondering if Lavie would manage to dethrone himself and make Camera Obscura my new favourite Steampunk novel.
I think Camera Obscura is required reading for every Steampunk out there.
The full reinforced squadron, ten out of ten Zeppelins!
I really enjoyed this book, and blew through it far more quickly than I normally would have. Abnett’s writing is fluid, engaging, and smart, connecting pieces together seamlessly, as we move from bombing to chipping to ambush to several fight scenes, all in fairly straight-forward and logical fashion…
What Abnett’s done with Embedded is do what every really good military science fiction novel should do: there’s equal parts good, solid world-building, attention to the details and modern allegory to the recent military actions around the world. While doing so, he’s told a very exciting story, repent with action, but at the same time, quite a bit of intelligence behind it.
Summary: A smart and exciting military science fiction novel.
The limited edition hardback (exclusive to Forbidden Planet) is published on March 26th.
The eBook and US/Canada mass market editions are published on March 29th.
The UK edition is published on April 28th.