Before the reviews, here’s are a of nice thing that was written about Angry Robot over the weekend:
Angry Robot, along side Pyr, represents the gold standard of what an internet savvy publishers should be. Not only have they embraced the blogosphere with their frequently updated blog, they’ve also organized one of the best virtual street teams, suitably referred to as their Robot Army. I also think every Angry Robot author is on Twitter, which is surprisingly uncommon.
… you will absolutely love at least a few books in their eclectic catalog.
From Stomping on Yeti.
Onto the reviews. First up, Dan Abnett’s pun-fest, Triumff: Her Majesty’s Hero.
Strange Horizons had this to say:
while I may just be an easy audience, Triumff did make me laff. It’s tempting to repeat some of the many jokes, which would be unfair, but as an example of Abnett’s throwaways, Triumff says, greeting a visitor, “Roger Clarence, the man of whom they say in hushed whispers ‘his name is not an instruction.'” Some of the humor, such as this, is the type that appeals to adolescent males of all ages—”guy humor.” Or puns. As some writers use extended metaphors, Abnett uses extended puns, such as an “idea hangover” which comes after a night of strong thinks (p. 97)
and Skunk Cat commented:
I expected Triumff: Her Majesty’s Hero to be a swashbuckling adventure, which it is. I had no idea it was also hysterically funny.
Well, now you do. 😀
The battle scenes come at you fast and brutal and bloody, and it’s through these scenes that Remic drops little tidbits of Kell’s past, his “Days of Blood”, which he looks at with bitterness and regret but what the rest of the world calls legend… Highly recommended to lovers of Heroic Fantasy and anyone who is looking for an action packed, satisfying read.
Moxyland is an astonishingly strong debut novel. Tightly-written, beautifully edited and nigh-on flawless. Loved it.
and Temple Library Reviews has a great interview with Kaaron Warren – author of the multi award-winning Slights. Kaaron tells of some of the inspiration behind her second novel, Walking The Tree (US/Canada in January 2011).
I live in Australia, and while I’ve spent many days at the coast in my life, this is not the same as living on an island. You couldn’t walk around Australia, unless you had half a lifetime.
So when we found out we were moving to Fiji for three years, I knew that this would help me write the book. It would give me an understanding of what it’s like to live on an island, and what it’s like to circumnavigate that island.