Oi, you! Yes, you, at the back! Stop fiddling with whatever you’re fiddling with – that’s right, I can see you, put it away – and pay attention. It’s time for this week’s Robot Round-Up!

Dead Harvest, by Chris F. HolmPrint-coverage appeared late last week of Chris F. Holm‘s forthcoming Dead Harvest: SFX Magazine reviewer Eddie Robson said: “the breakneck pace of the narrative, and the world Holm creates, make for a thrillingly brutal ride.” Four stars out of five (and it’s published at the beginning of next month, folks; any fans of Harry Dresden, Felix Castor and Matthew Swift out there, you aren’t going to want to miss this one… you’ll be kicking yourself if you do).

Grift Magazine posted an interview with Chris this week as well, about the crime-supernatural crossover milieu in Dead Harvest, the frankly rather awesome cover art that adorns the book and it’s immediate sequel, The Wrong Goodbye, which follows in November this year.

Bane of Kings and djinn24 went to town on Matt Forbeck‘s Carpathia, letting rip with a double-barrelled review at TheFoundingFields.com and they both declared it good: “Carpathia is fantastic. A page-turner that will keep you hooked right the way through the novel. Not to be missed.” quoth Bane, and djinn added: “This book has it all, a touch of romance, horror, adventure with a bunch of vampires which equals one kick-ass page turning story.”

David Marshall got in on the Carpathia action as well, with a review over at his Opinionator blog: “Carpathia is a stripped-down thrill ride as humans and vampires are set on a collision course thanks to the accident of an iceberg. It’s well worth picking up.”

The Great Game by Lavie TidharThe Great Game got some SFX-love as well, with Eddie Robson reviewing the third volume of Lavie Tidhar‘s Bookman Histories and concluding: “It’s a clever, superior thriller, inventive and entertaining.” Again, four stars for this one. And Gnostalgia had this to say: “The marvelous and oddly disturbing mind of Lavie Tidhar has once again cranked out an awesome steampunk novel.”

David Tallerman‘s Giant Thief has been reviewed by Cybermage (“I liked Giant Thief a lot. It is fast paced fun with a lot of action”) and Falcata Times (“It’s clever, it has a wonderful sense of brain (Easie) and brawn (provided by Saltlick the Giant) as the whole tale wends its merry way through your brain.”)

Publishers Weekly posted a review (a short and succinct one, as always) of Chuck Wendig‘s Blackbirds: “Visceral and often brutal, this tale vibrates with emotional rawness that helps to paint a bleak, unrelenting picture of life on the edge.”

There’s a lot more detail to get your teeth into in SQT’s review of Blackbirds at Fantasy & SciFi Lovin’ News & Reviews, with character analysis aplenty culminating in the conclusion that the novel’s anti-heroine Miriam “is one of the best characters I’ve encountered in modern fiction.” as well as a healthy and entirely justified ‘5 out of 5 star’ rating.

Meanwhile, Guy AdamsThe World House was paid a visit by Keith West at Adventures Fantastic, who liked what he found there, namely the “wonderfully dark and twisted” imagination of the author.

vN by Madeline Ashby, cover Martin Bland/SpyroteknikCivilian Reader was positively drooling with cover love for the work of art that graces Madeline Ashby‘s forthcoming debut vN (and quite rightly so, do you have any idea how much effort it took to get all those robotic bits to stay still for long enough to get that shot?)

Adam Christopher has been talking to SFX Magazine about Empire State and his dulcet tones can also be heard with your very own ears via the Thrillercast podcast.

Anne Lyle has been talking to Bob Neilson of Albedo One about writing, the path to publication of The Alchemist of Souls (April this year, folks!), life in the sixteenth century, her condemned-to-die last meal menu choices (entirely theoretical ones, we hasten to add) and plenty more.

Right, that’s your lot for this week. You can go back to whatever you’re doing. Just remember, there are cameras under the desks, so we know what you’re up to.

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