Greetings loyal robotic readers!

It is a big day in the Angry Robot office today because we are bringing you a brand new cover! Dream Stalkers by Tim Waggoner is the second book in the Shadow Watch series and its predecessor, Night Terrors, has already claimed an army of fans.

If you loved Night Terrors check out the cover below and get commenting to let us know what you think!

Dream Stalkers by Tim Waggoner

DreamStalkers-144dpiA new drug – Shut-Eye – has been developed in the dreamland, and smuggled into our world. It’s addictive, and dangerous, and Shadow Watch agents Audra and Mr Jinx are on the case, preparing new recruits to deal with the problem.

Meanwhile, a wave of ancient, bodiless Incubi are entering the dreams of humans in an attempt to possess them and live new lives. Only the criminally insane would ever risk a confrontation with them.

Thank goodness, then, for Mr Jinx: clown, Shadow Watch agent, psychopath.

UK Print
Date: 6th November 2014

North American Print and Ebook
Date: 28th October 2014

Credit to amazing15 for another incredible cover!

We’d like to thank the following sites for taking part in our reveal, they’re all running Night Terrors giveaways so make to get yourselves entered!

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Cam's Miriam Black tattoo - click to see it in all its glory!

Cam’s Miriam Black tattoo – click to see it in all its glory!

There are fans, and there are fans. We think that Cam Mezé from London (England) deserves the italics – perhaps with an “uber-” added to the front. Why? Because Cam is such a fan of Chuck Wendig’s Miriam Black (from Blackbirds, Mockingbird and The Cormorant) that she commissioned this rather brilliant tattoo:

We asked her: why?

Cam: This tattoo was going to be my great dedication to my love of books, so it took a lot of research and a long time to plan. It was a toss up between something from American Gods by Neil Gaiman or something from the Miriam Black novels. In the end I decided that I wanted it to be a complex and strong female character, and Miriam Black is just that. Plus she’s pretty kickass! She’s not afraid to be dark or grim, she’s funny, swears like a trooper, has parental issues and complicated relationships, and wants to defy fate and be better. These novels encompass many of the things that I enjoy reading about. When it came to deciding, Miriam Black was just a character I loved that stood out. I am in awe of all of Joey HiFi’s covers, they’re absolutely stunning, and it gave us (myself and Jordan Teear, the tattooist) a lot to work with.

The Cormorant by Chuck Wendig - Artwork by Joey Hi-FiSurprisingly, for the amount of detail, the tattoo took around 2 1/2 hours to complete. When I first discussed the design with Jordan he thought it was going to be a pretty awesome. He really loved the palm trees and how amazing her lips are, so he had real fun with it. There was also a lot we had to cut back on, because there’s so much detail. I knew I wanted a large skull in there somewhere, so Jordan suggested blending and fading it in with the T-shirt. I enjoy the fact that it’s on the back of her T-shirt because as much as her ‘curse’ has to do with her dealing with death and having that foresight (skulls are great on the sunglasses for that), it also follows her. But at the same time, she is slightly tilted around and is ready to face it and beat it. Of all the covers, this was the one that worked best and included the things I wanted to convey. Plus she has that devilish grin, which is perfect!

I love her flaws and the fact that she’s not perfect. And so she would be my ode in ink form to my love of books. She was my cover lady! 

I am so in awe of Jordan’s talent and absolutely love the final piece. His work is amazing, so I knew he would do a fantastic job when I chose him; there was just something that clicked when I looked through his work. And I am stoked that both Chuck Wendig and Joey HiFi love it too, because we wanted to do their hard work justice.

Thanks, Cam!

The tattooist (as mentioned, above) is Jordan Teear at Frith Street Tattoo. You can find more of his work, here.

An Angry Robot box of goodies will wing its way to Cam after the Easter break – we think you’ll agree she deserves it!

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When I was fifteen, my parents dragged me to a book release party.  Not that I knew it was a book release party; I was, like every fifteen-year-old kid, self-centered to the point that I wore my colon as a hat.  It was at the Goldsteins’ house, so I assumed it was another party celebrating the fact that brave Mrs. Goldstein had survived yet another round of brain surgery. 

But no.  Mrs. Goldstein – a clear-eyed woman who walked with the help of a cane – pressed a hardcover book into my hand.

“I wrote this,” she told me.  “About my experiences, relearning how to walk and talk and write.  It’s a memoir.”  And though I’d read so many stories that I had ink permanently dotted on my nose from sticking it in books, it had never occurred to me that actual people wrote them.  Authors were Gods who lived in little editorial heavens, flinging down books from clouds up high.

But Mrs. Goldstein had written a book.  And taken it to the publishers in New York.  And gotten it published.  She told me all about how she wrote it, how you had to send it in a manila envelope to people, the letters of rejection you’d get, and slowly I came to understand that books – books! – were written by people like you and me.

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When I was fifteen, I vowed to publish a novel.
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When I was nineteen, I wrote my first novel: “Schemer and the Magician.”  It was about a nerdy college kid (basically me) and a wiseass college kid (also basically me) who got kidnapped by aliens and sucked into a galactic war OF INCONCIEVABLE CONSEQUENCES.

…It wasn’t very good.

I sent it to two agents, who wisely never responded.
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When I was twenty-three, I wrote my second novel: “A Cup of Sirusian Coffee.”  It was a Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy-style riff on the afterlife, where for all eternity you were forced to do whatever you did in life.  Were you a plumber?  Look forward to spending the next five Pleistocene epochs fixing pipes.

I wrote the first three chapters, handed them around to my college buddies, who thought it was hysterical.  So every day I cranked out another chapter, handing out printed manuscripts to a small group of fans who demanded to know what happened next, until eventually I snowballed a slim plot into a musical Ragnarok that shut the universe down.

This one I sent out to three agents, two of whom dutifully informed me that I was not quite as clever as I thought.
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When I was thirty, I wrote my third novel: “The Autonomist Agenda, Part I.”  Screw my own muse, I thought: this one would be commercial.  So I wrote the first book in a huge and complex fantasy series, complete with smoldering relationships guaranteed to appeal to the ‘shipper crowd, and prophecies that propelled a young boy on the inevitable journey to become a Big Damn Hero, and even a gay warrior because I was Just That Ahead Of The Curve.

(Not that it was revealed he was gay until Part II.  I had Plans, you see.  I’d sell all three books at once!)

I slipped a copy to my friend Catherynne Valente, who’d had some success at this writing gig.  She read part of it, then took me out to a sad lunch at Bob Evans to break the news.

“I guess you could get this published somewhere,” she told me.  “But is this really what you want your name on?”

I guess I didn’t.

But damn, I wanted my name on something.
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When I was thirty-two, I wrote my fourth novel: “On The Losing Side Of The Dragon.”  Sure, the knight eventually kills the dragon, but what about all those poor schmucks who get killed along the way?

I gave it to my wife.  She informed me she liked how it ended, really liked it, but the beginning was tedious.  She would never have gotten to the good stuff if she hadn’t been, you know, obligated to read my crap on account of our wedding vows consisting of the words “to love, honor, and beta-read.”

I locked myself in my room and cried all evening.  Thirteen years of effort, and I had not managed to write one single novel that anyone wanted to read.  I had not sold one story.

All I’d ever wanted to do was write novels, and I pretty much sucked at it.
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When I was thirty-five, I wrote my fifth novel: “A Cup Of Sirusian Coffee.”  Wrote the whole goddamned thing from scratch.  It was a funny idea, and my college buddies still asked about it, so clearly I just needed to go back to the drawing board.

This was novel #5 – and that was the toughest one.  See, Stephen King, my favorite Unca Stephen, had written five novels before he sold his first one.  He’d famously wadded up Carrie and thrown it in the trash, and his wife had rescued it, put his ass back in the seat, told him to keep going.  He did.  Fame and fortune resulted.

That meant this was my lucky novel.  This was the one I was guaranteed to publish.  After all, how many novels did you have to write before you got good?

After sending the new manuscript far and wide, I heard back from a publisher two years later.  They told me the opening paragraphs were “interesting” but then it “fell apart quickly… if the author could capture the style of those first paragraphs again, it might be worth it.”

But by then, I’d pretty much given up trying.
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When I was thirty-eight, Catherynne Valente yelled at me.  “Just send in the damn application,” she said.

“I’m not a good writer,” I told her.  “The Clarion Science Fiction Writers’ Workshop is for serious writers.  I’ve sold three stories in twenty years, for $15 total.  I’m never going to get in.”

She smiled.  “So send it in.  Just to shut me up.”

I did.

I got accepted.

I got scourged.

I got to learn that over the last twenty years, I’d accreted all kinds of bad habits – lazy dialogue, flabby prose, a reliance on recreating stereotypes instead of actually writing about people I knew.  Clarion taught me that I wasn’t a bad writer, I’d just been too overconfident in my raw abilities… and now that I had finally been forced to acknowledge all my weak spots, I could fix those and reinvent myself for the better.

Over the next three years, I sold fourteen stories, five of them at professional rates.  For which I still thank Catherynne.

But I wasn’t quite ready to write a novel.  Not yet.
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When I was forty-one, I finally got the courage back to work on my sixth novel: a sweeping science-fiction epic called “The Upterlife.”  I spent a year revising it, and – I shit you not – not two hours after I finished the final draft of that damn novel, Mary Robinette Kowal called me up to tell me that my novelette Sauerkraut Station had been nominated for the Nebula Award.

If that wasn’t a signal from God that I was ready to sell a damn novel, what was?  I sent that manuscript to all the best agents, with a killer query, telling them by way, I’m up for a Nebula this year and I just happen to have this novel for you.

They all rejected it.

Every.

Last.

One.
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When I was forty-three, I wrote my seventh novel.  It was Breaking Bad with magic, a desperate bureaucromancer turned to manufacturing enchanted drugs to save his burned daughter, and it was by far the best thing I’d ever written.  I polished that sucker until it shined.  It shined.

But I was two novels beyond Stephen King.  I’d been struggling to get a novel published for twenty-four years now, clawing at the walls of the Word Mines, and I had no hope of anything but oh God I couldn’t stop and I realized that I wasn’t going to stop, that the breath in my body would run out before I stopped writing tales and who the hell cared if I got published or not I was locked in.  I had to create.  I had to.
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And I sold it.
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Flex, by Ferrett Steinmetz.  The story of Paul Tsabo, bureaucromancer, his daughter Aliyah, and the kinky videogamemancer Valentine DiGriz, who I’m pretty sure you’re gonna love.  Published by Angry Robot books – the very publisher of whom I said to my wife, “If I could have any publisher take my first book, it’d be Angry Robot.”

Coming to bookstores on September 30th.
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I don’t care what novel you’re on.

Do not give up.

We are excited to announce Ferrett Steinmetz has joined the ranks as an Angry Robot author. Signed from Evan Gregory (Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency) the World English deal is for two books. The first of those, Flex, will be published in October, 2014. Ferrett is a Nebula-nominated author whose blog post “Dear Daughter: I Hope You Have Awesome Sex” went viral in 2013.

Angry Robot author Ferret SteinmetzFerrett Steinmetz: “When I was shopping this novel around, I told my wife ‘If I could pick any publisher, I’d choose Angry Robot.  They’re smart, I like their books, and they care about their authors.’  And lo!  I hit the jackpot.  And now I do the Snoopy dance of happiness.”

To read more about

Amanda Rutter: “I have always enjoyed fantastic urban fantasy and reading Ferrett’s book gave me a shiver because I knew this was a really exceptional example of the genre. It’s geeky, imaginative and just plain fun, with a nod and a wink to popular culture that made me grin as I read. I can’t wait for other people to explore his world.”

Flex: 

A desperate father will do anything to heal his daughter in a novel where Breaking Bad meets Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files 

FLEX. Distilled magic in crystal form.  The most dangerous drug in the world.  Snort it, and you can create incredible coincidences to live the life of your dreams.

FLUX:  The backlash from snorting Flex.  The universe hates magic and tries to rebalance the odds; maybe you survive the horrendous accidents the Flex inflicts, maybe you don’t.

PAUL TSABO: The obsessed bureaucromancer who’s turned paperwork into a magical Beast that can rewrite rental agreements, conjure rented cars from nowhere, track down anyone who’s ever filled out a form.  But when all of his formulaic magic can’t save his burned daughter, Paul must enter the dangerous world of Flex dealers to heal her.  Except he’s never done this before – and the punishment for brewing Flex is army conscription and a total brain-wipe.

About Ferrett: After being bitten by a radioactive writing bug at the 2008 Clarion Writer’s Workshop, Ferrett Steinmetz unlocked the ability to scale previously impossible publishing walls. Since 2008, his work has appeared in Asimov’s, Apex, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Shimmer, and Escape Pod among many other publications, and in 2011 was nominated for a Nebula for his novelette, “Sauerkraut Station.” He lives in Cleveland with the best wife in the world, a small black dog of indeterminate origin, and a friendly ghost.  He blogs about puns, politics, and polyamory at his blog www.theferrett.com, and can be found Tweetering at @ferretthimself.

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SF Signal have exclusively revealed the brilliant cover of Carrie Patel‘s The Buried Life, wonderfully created by John Coulthart. They also have 3 copies (ebook or physical, winner’s choice!) of The Buried Life to give away; to enter, go to SF Signal for all the entry details.

 

The Buried Life by Carrie Patel

 

TheBuriedLife-144dpiThe gaslight and shadows of the underground city of Recoletta hide secrets and lies. When Inspector Liesl Malone investigates the murder of a renowned historian, she finds herself stonewalled by the all-powerful Directorate of Preservation – Recoletta’s top-secret historical research facility.

When a second high-profile murder threatens the very fabric of city society, Malone and her rookie partner Rafe Sundar must tread carefully, lest they fall victim to not only the criminals they seek, but the government which purports to protect them. Knowledge is power, and power must be preserved at all costs…

US & Ebook: 29 July 2014

UK & ROW: 7 August 2014

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Awards Down Under

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It’s been a busy weekend for awards in Australia and New Zealand this past weekend

Firstly, at Conflux, the Aurealis Awards were presented. The Aurealis Awards recognise the achievements of Australian science fiction, fantasy and horror writers.

Angry Robot’s very own Kaaron Warren and Jo Anderton were among the winners. Kaaron carried off the trophy for Best Science Fiction Short Story (for Air, Water and the Grove) and Jo won Best Collection for The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories.

The full list of winners can be found here.

Heartwood by Freya Robertson

Meanwhile, across the Tasman Sea, the finalists of the Sir Julius Vogel Awards 2014 were announced. The Sir Julius Vogel awards are New Zealand-based fan voted awards for various endeavours in the science fiction, fantasy or horror fields. Heartwood by Freya Robertson is one of 6 books shortlisted in the Best Novel category.

Congratulations to Kaaron and Jo, and the very best of luck to Freya!

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Angry Robot authors and staff are going to be out and about quite a lot, this year! These are some of our current Convention plans. Please note that not all of our authors are listed here, and all appearances are subject to change, of course:

The Authors

Guy Adams
September 5-7, FantasyCon, York, UK

Mike Shevdon
April 18-21, EasterCon, Glasgow, UK
August 14-18, WorldCon (LonCon), London, UK
October 25, BristolCon, Bristol, UK

Madeline Ashby
August 14-18, WorldCon (LonCon), London, UK

Ishbelle Bee
April 19, EasterCon, Glasgow, UK

Maurice Broaddus
May 2-4, Mo*Con, Indianapolis, IN
May 23-26, WisCon, Madison, WI
June 13-15, Hypericon, Nashville, TN
July 14-20, NASFIC/DetCon 1, Detroit, MI
August 14-17, GenCon, Indianapolis, IN
September 19-21, Imagimarium, Louisville, KY
September 26-28, Context, Columbus, OH

Adam Christopher
August 8-10, Nine Worlds, London, UK
August 14-18, WorldCon (LonCon), London, UK

Wesley Chu
May 1-4, Mo*Con, Indianapolis, IN
June 5-8, Phoenix Comicon, Phoenix, AZ
July 3-6, CONvergence, Minneapolis, MN
August 14-18, WorldCon (LonCon), London, UK
November 6-9, World Fantasy Convention, Washington, DC

Cassandra Rose Clarke
April 17-20, NorwesCon, Seattle, WA
May 23-26, Comicpalooza, Houston, TX
June 27-29, Apollocon, Houston, TX
July 25-27, Armadillocon, Austin, TX
August 14-17, GenCon, Indianapolis, IN

Lee Collins
June 13-15, Denver ComicCon, Denver, CO
August 14-18, WorldCon (LonCon), London, UK

Craig Cormick
April 5, Conflux Writers Day, Canberra, Aus
July 3-6, CONvergence, Minneapolis, MN

Peter Crowther
September 5-7, FantasyCon, York, UK

Matt Forbeck
June 19-22, Nexus Game Fair, Milwaukee, WI
August 14-17, GenCon, Indianapolis, IN
and possibly:
May 23-26, WisCon, Madison, WI
April 25-27, C2E2, Chicago, IL
August 22-24, Geek.Kon, Madison, WI
September 19-21, GrandCon, Grand Rapids, MI

Guy Haley
May 17-18, Horus Heresy Weekender, Nottingham, UK
September 5-7, FantasyCon, York, UK

Matthew Hughes
August 14-18, WorldCon (LonCon), London, UK
September 5-7, FantasyCon, York, UK

Kameron Hurley
July 3-6, CONvergence, Minneapolis, MN
July 10-13, ReaderCon, Boston, MA
August 14-17, GenCon, Indianapolis, IN

Anna Kashina
November 6-9, World Fantasy Convention, Washington, DC
November (dates tbc), Philcon, Philadelphia

Anne Lyle
April 18-21, EasterCon, Glasgow, UK
July 3-6, CONvergence, Minneapolis, MN
August 8-10, Nine Worlds, London, UK
August 14-18, WorldCon (LonCon), London, UK
September 5-7, FantasyCon, York, UK
October 25, BristolCon, Bristol, UK

James A Moore
July 17-20, NeCon, Portsmout, RI
August 29-September 1, DragonCon, Atlanta, GA
November 6-9, World Fantasy Convention, Washington, DC

Susan Murray
April 18-21, EasterCon, Glasgow, UK
September 5-7, FantasyCon, York, UK

Emma Newman
July 3-6, CONvergence, Minneapolis, MN
August 8-10, Nine Worlds, London, UK
August 14-18, WorldCon (LonCon), London, UK
September 5-7, FantasyCon, York, UK
October 25, BristolCon, Bristol, UK

Carrie Patel
June 27-29, Apollocon, Houston, TX
July 3-6, CONvergence, Minneapolis, MN
July 17-20, NASFIC/DetCon 1, Detroit, MI

Jay Posey
June 6-7, Phoenix Comicon, Phoenix, AZ

Chris Roberson
June 5-8, Phoenix Comicon, Phoenix, AZ

Freya Robertson
April 26, Conclave 2, Auckland, New Zealand

David Tallerman
August 8-10, Nine Worlds, London, UK
November 15-16, Thought Bubble, Leeds, UK
September 5-7, FantasyCon, York, UK

Tim Waggoner
May 8-11, World Horror Convention, Portland, OR
September 19-21, Imaginarium, Lexington, KY
September 26-28, Context, Columbus, OH

Kaaron Warren
October 3-6, Conflux 10, Canberra, Aus

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The Staff

Mike Underwood (North American Sales & Marketing Manager, also an author)
May 23-26, BaltiCon, Baltimore, MD
May 28-31, Book Expo America, New York, NY
June 5-8, Phoenix Comicon, Phoenix, AZ
July 3-6, CONvergence, Minneapolis, MN
July 10-13, ReaderCon, Boston, MA
August 14-18, WorldCon (LonCon), London, UK
September 26-28, Baltimore Book Festival, Baltimore, MD
October 9-12, New York ComicCon, New York, NY
November 6-9, World Fantasy Convention, Washington, DC
November 13-16, BoucherCon, Long Beach, CA

Lee Harris (Senior Editor)
April 18-21, EasterCon, Glasgow, UK
June 5-8, Phoenix Comicon, Phoenix, AZ
July 3-6, CONvergence, Minneapolis, MN
August 14-18, WorldCon (LonCon), London, UK
September 5-7, FantasyCon, York, UK

Amanda Rutter (Editor)
April 18-21, EasterCon, Glasgow, UK
May 3-4, DFW Writers’ Conference, Hurst, TX
May 28-31, Book Expo America, New York, NY
July 12-13, YALC @ London Film and ComicCon, London, UK
August 8-10, Nine Worlds, London, UK
August 14-18, WorldCon (LonCon), London, UK
September 5-7, FantasyCon, York, UK

Caroline Lambe (Publicity Manager)
August 14-18, WorldCon (LonCon), London, UK

Marc Gascoigne (Publisher)
August 14-18, WorldCon (LonCon), London, UK
September 5-7, FantasyCon, York, UK

 

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We love a good cover reveal here at Angry Robot Books and we’re really excited about this one!

The Guild of Assassins by Anna Kashina is the second book in the Majat Code Series and the sequel to Blades of the Old Empire. We know there are a lot of you out there excited to read about the continuing adventures of Kara, so without further ado here is the cover!

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Beautifully created by Alejandro Colucci, we hope you love it as much as we do!

But we’re not the only people with something to say about the cover, Anna Kashina has written us an exclusive guest post on what she thinks about it!

Have a read below:

The Author, Anna-Kashina

Anna Kashina

I was delighted with Angry Robot’s choice to feature Mai on the cover of “The Guild of Assassins”. While he is not the point of view character, he is the focal point of the story, and his choices and actions drive the conflict and the plot. He is also my favorite character in the entire series, the one that makes the writing process so much fun. I could not be happier about the way the artist Alejandro Colucci picked on all these things in the cover image.

In the novel, Mai is initially described as “too good-looking to be trustworthy”, following on his descriptions from the “Blades of the Old Empire” as a man of iconic beauty, elegant and graceful. He is a superb fighter and a ruthless man. He has a dark side and not everyone in the story perceives him as a good guy. He also has a romantic side. All these contrasts are instrumental to the story. In the final cover image, the artist managed to relay all of that, and to add the extra down-to-earth touches that made this iconic man of my dreams look like a person in the flesh. He is handsome and elegant, but his clothes are also dusty and practical. His weapons are unique and beautifully crafted, but also heavy–and sharp. I love the way the artist relayed all of that.
Seeing this cover for the first time was thrilling. I felt as if my vision has been grounded into reality, the person in my mind acquiring substance. I believe this cover, showing movement and speed, featuring the central character everything revolves around, would create the right expectations for the readers, of a fantasy story with lots of action and romance (and hopefully, for some, a man to swoon over). This cover is also well in style with book I of the series and I can’t wait to see how well “Blades of the Old Empire” and “The Guild of Assassins” would look side by side.
So you’ve heard what we think, you’ve heard what Anna thinks, so now the only thing to do (apart from wait excitedly for the book’s release) is let us know what you think!
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SFX247_cover_digi-610x783The lovely folks over at SFX have teamed up with us angrier people and together we’re delighted to bring you TWO free ebooks!

In case you didn’t notice with all our earlier celebrations, we’re pretty proud of reaching our 100th book release – Adam Christopher‘s Hang Wire, and we’re rounding this out with an exclusive offer for all SFX readers.

To get your free copy of Empire State by Adam Christopher and/or (hey, why not get both of them!) Zoo City by Lauren Beukes, follow the instructions in your copy of this month’s SFX.

And funny how I just happen to have some links to hand to help you pick up your copy of SFXPrint version and iPad version.

This free ebook offer is valid until 30th April, and is open to readers worldwide. The ebooks are available in epub and mobi formats.

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Hello there faithful robotic readers – and especially our beloved reviewers,

We’re bringing you exciting news from robot central today as we have two new eARCs up on NetGalley, Night Terrors by Tim Waggoner and The White Towers by Andy Remic!

Read a description of both below and then get yourselves logged into NetGalley and get requesting!

Night Terrors by Tim Waggoner

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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

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The White Towers by Andy RemicBook two in the Rage of Kings Series…

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!

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Angry Robot is delighted – nay, thrilled – to announce another amazing project, which is destined to pave the way forward for publishing from now until…

Oh, you know… Whatever. It’s April 1st. Let’s just assume we’ve come up with an Oh My God Most Amazing, Yah prank, and posted it here, and that you fell for it for about 6 seconds before glancing at the date in the top left of this post, and mentally kicking yourself, before saying, “Oh, those most angry of robots – what a wacky crew! They sure done got me!”

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And then we’ll all have a laugh and sail off into the sunset on our hover chairs.

Have a picture of some panda cubs.

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That time again folks!

2014 is already shaping up to be a great year for Angry Robot Books and this week’s mega round up is taking a look back over the last couple of months to see what you guys have thought about the books we’ve brought to you so far.

January saw the release of Andy Remic’s new novel The Iron Wolves, which grabbed the fantasy community by the throat until it begged for more books!

Before the Iron Wolves come after us too, here’s what people had to say:

The Iron Wolves by Andy Remic

The Iron Wolves by Andy Remic“I found Remic’s latest fantasy novel to be an engaging, almost hypnotic, opus of foul sorcery and violence. I mean that in the best way possible… If you like your fantasy really really dark wherein the only vibrant color is blood red than you should definitely give The Iron Wolves a shot.” – King of the Nerds!

“Holy crap, but The Iron Wolves was a hell of a lot of fun! What Andy Remic has pulled together here is absolutely genius. If you’ve read the cover blurb then you have some idea of what to expect but, like me, you probably wondered if he really could pull it off. Well, I am here to tell you to wonder no longer – pull it off he does . . . and then some!” – Beauty in Ruins

Andy Remic brings grit and realism to the fantasy genre in a fascinating and addictive way. This book is well worth a read and I’m already looking forward to the next part.” – Tony’s Thoughts

The Iron Wolves is a perfect introduction to a new hardcore fantasy series. It feels like we’re getting the band back together. I suspect we’ve only just begun when it comes to unleashing bloody mayhem. Based on the evidence displayed, you can count me in. Bring it on!” – The Eloquent Page

“I loved this book. Very violent and dark, fast paced, with a hugely imaginative world and creatures. There were also major plot twists and turns which were enjoyable as so many fantasy books don’t use this element. Great cast of characters who were all very interesting and unique and several were able to make me care about their stories and what happens to them. Tons of ultra powerful magic and sorcerers and a great backstory is weaved in throughout the book which will appeal to readers who enjoy these elements as do I. The writing was excellent and right to the point, in classic sword and sorcery style.” – Grimdark Reader

“If Quentin Tarantino read alot of Heavy Metal comics and played Dungeons and Dragons and decided “hey, I’m gonna write a book!”, this is what he would write. The Iron Wolves is a vicious, over the top violent, and throughly vulgar ripping bloodfest of a fantasy. If you wonder “is this the kind of thing I want to read?” I will answer that question for you, because I’m that kind of guy. YES. This book grabs you by various body parts and then punches you in the face when you try with all your weak little might to get loose.” – Kdawg91 (Goodreads) 

In March, Blades of the Old Empire by Anna Kashina was released, becoming the the first book in the Majat Code Series.

Blades of the Old Empire by Anna Kashina

Blades Of The Old Empire, by Anna Kashina“In another great book from Angry Robot, Blades of the Old Empire follows Prince Kythar and Kara, a member of a secretive society of assassins through the tumultuous return of an old enemy. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it for anyone who likes a good swashbuckling storyline.” – Alex McGilvery

“This is a magnificent work of literature. You get fast paced travel with political intrigue and danger, amazing martial arts fights of extreme skill, cultural immersion from around the world, and a little hint of romance without ruining the tough fighter feel… I really cannot express enough times how highly I recommend this story to everyone.” – In Pursuit of My Own Library

“This book is action packed from the very first page, and is a good start to a series that I will look forward to reading more of.” – Avid Fantasy Reviews

“The writing is so vivid that I could actually see all the scenes when I read. I think this book would make a superb movie. If you are looking for a light, fast-paced read, don’t miss this book.” – Lu 

“I really enjoyed this book despite not being a huge fan of romance-themed novels. I feel it is for those who want more romance in their fantasy while also getting a hefty dose of action, adventure, and intrigue… it was a good book, and well worth the read. I’ll be reading this one again” – R.J. Blain

“Each scene is very well written.  Action and dialog keep the story moving at a fast clip.  The fight scenes were especially well written making it easy to see what was happening. Now I want to see what happens in the next book.” – Mixed Book Bag 

“I thought the book was, on the whole, really well-written. There were quite a few scenes that I could picture really easily in my mind and there were several moments where I found it really intense and wanted to see what was going to happen. At some point, I definitely intend/want to read the other books in this series.” – Sarah 

“Both Kyth and Ellah are likeable characters and it is a joy to follow their stories. A solid start to what looks to be an exciting series.” – British Fantasy Society

**And if you were one of the many who loved Blades then keep your eyes peeled for important Majat Code news next week!**

And finally March brought with it not only Spring, but also The Book of the Crowman, the fantastic sequel to Black Feathers by Joseph D’Lacey

The Book of the Crowman by Joseph D’Lacey

TheBookOfTheCrowman-144dpi“Holy shjtsnacks this was a good novel. It is a dance between worlds of existence that overlap in surprising ways. There are moments within the novel that send clear messages about living in our current state of unawareness or choosing awareness for the sake of diminished ego by sacrificing our desires. The author weaves this message into the good vs. evil idiom on the macro scale while elevating the inner diametric towards enlightenment.” – Koeur’s Book Reviews 

D’Lacey once again brings so much skill to his story: gorgeous prose, Gordon’s dangerous and exciting survival story, and the drawn-out mystery of who the Crowman really is.” – Books, Bones & Buffy

“There is an exceptionally short list of genre books that have had a profound effect on my way of thinking. One day I may even tell you what some of the others are. Currently however, all you need to know is that Black Feathers and The Book of the Crowman have just been added to that list. Smart insightful fiction that challenges preconceived notions and makes a reader properly think is a truly wonderful thing. This is flawlessly executed fantasy that I can’t recommend highly enough. I’ve said it before, and I hope I get the opportunity to say it again, Joseph D’Lacey is an author who everyone should be reading.” – The Eloquent Page 

D’Lacey’s stories access terror and beauty, combining to produce something exquisite. It’s poetry and it’s in my soul.” – And Then I Read a Book

D’Lacey has created a beautifully written book that is in part an apocalyptic tale, and also a story with fantasy elements. Whether you love Sci-Fi or Fantasy, this is a book that lovers of all types of speculative fiction will enjoy… Overall I would give this book an 8.5/10, which is the highest rating I have given so far! It is an amazing book, and I highly recommend it.” – Avid Fantasy Reviews

“The author, as in the previous book, once again excels at painting a believable and followable sense of not just impending doom but the breakdown of the Earth itself. He can set a scene with minimal waste and satisfying freshness and bring it to life in a way that only the best storytellers can. While that alone would justify my recommendation, the well-drawn characters, masterful action, and genuinely dreadful scenes of horror that wrap themselves into this well-paced plot are selling points with just as much weight. Add in a memorable ending and this is one of those books that I just can’t recommend enough.” – After the Last Day 

So yes, 2014 has so far proven a great year for Angry Robot, and we can promise you this, it only gets better.

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Nexus, by Ramez Naam
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.

Crux by Ramez Naam

From now until the end of the month:
Kindle readers in the UK can pick up a copy of Nexus and Crux at Amazon.co.uk for just £2.74 per book! (List price is £5.49).

Kindle readers everywhere else, and those who use non-Kindle ebook readers can pick up a copy of Nexus and/or Crux for the same price at the Robot Trading Company.

(£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!

 

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Listen up Robots, we’re celebrating two book birthdays today, which means two shiny new ebooks for all you hard working robotic readers!

That’s right today is launch birthday of two new Angry Robot books, Last God Standing by Michael Boatman and Sunstone by Freya Robertson!

Happy birthday to both! And in case you haven’t already left to go and buy them or you can’t get on the Robot Trading Company website yet, here’s a description and a sample chapter of each book to let you know what’s in store!

Happy reading guys!

Last God Standing by Michael Boatman

Last God Standing by Michael BoatmanCreator. Supreme being. Stand-up comic…?!

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…?

 

The Ultimate in Divine Comedy…

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Sunstone by Freya Robertson

Sunstone, by Freya RobertsonThe 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.

 

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ALL the award nominations. We want them ALL.

Ramez Naam Ramez Naam is certainly doing his best to bring them to us. We recently had Nexus  in The Golden Tentacle category at the Kitschies, and Nexus is also shortlisted for the soon-to-be-announced Arthur C. Clarke Award. We are delighted to now announce that both Nexus AND Crux have been shortlisted for the Prometheus Award for Best Novel.

Here’s the full shortlist:

Homeland, by Cory Doctorow (TOR Books)
A Few Good Men, by Sarah Hoyt (Baen Books)
Crux, by Ramez Naam (Angry Robot Books)
Nexusby Ramez Naam (Angry Robot Books)
Brilliance, by Marcus Sakey (Thomas & Mercer)

The awards will be presented during Loncon 3, the 72nd annual World Science Fiction Convention August 14-18, 2014, in London.

Congratulations to everyone shortlisted, with a special great big WOOOOT to Ramez Naam!

Crux by Ramez NaamNexus, by Ramez Naam

 

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