Hello! Well, another week seems to have flashed by without so much as stopping to say hello. But the good news is: that means it’s time for another Robot Round-Up! Crack open a container of your favourite beverage, put your feet up and get your finger-like link-activator ready as we take you by the hand-analogue and guide through another seven days’ worth of Angry Robot Author Activity…

Debris by Jo AndertonFirstly: Huge Congrats to Jo Anderton who has been shortlisted for the 2011 Aurealis Award (recognising the achievements of Australian science fiction, fantasy and horror writers) for best novel, with Debris. See here (that’s a pdf link, btw) for full 2011 shortlist details.

Chris F Holm discussed his ‘Maine Muse’ in a guest-blog post at Maine Crime Writers. In another act of blatant guest-blogerry he confessed to a love of writing rules at The Qwillery, and then popped up at Jungle Red Writers to muse upon genres and subgenres.

Still with Chris, Dead Harvest was reviewed by Bitesize Books who said: “this page turner will rivet fans of the thriller/crime genre as well as those whose normal staple is fantasy/horror” and by Bane of Kings at The Founding Fields, who called it: “A fantastic, page-turning and awesome début that certainly makes an impression. Highly recommended, and a must for any Urban Fantasy fans.” And by Peter Morrison at Lightsaber Rattling, who concluded: “Dead Harvest gets Lightsaber Rattling’s full-hearted endorsement”. And by Dan Malmon at Crimespree Magazine, who said: “The tension runs high in Dead Harvest, and I was exhausted when I was done reading it. But that really good kind of exhausted. The kind that leaves you with a grin on your face.” And over at Amazon’s Omnivoracious blog, Jeff VanderMeer named Dead Harvest among his recommended crossover genre novels to watch our for, saying: “From the clever packaging to the devilishly clever cross-pollination of urban fantasy and noir crime, this first novel bodes well for a long career.” Hear, hear!

The Alchemist of Souls by Anne LyleGuy Haley‘s Omega Point, sequel to last year’s Reality 36 is out very, very soon and has been very well-received indeed by Erik at I Will Read Books, who said: “Omega Point is a great sequel, ticking all the right boxes. Guy Haley delivers the same mix of adrenalin pumping action and humor as he did in Reality 36.” And over on his blog, Guy has re-posted an interview he conducted with the great Alan Garner in 2008.

Anne Lyle has posted a discussion piece on Homosexuality in Elizabethan England, apropos of some of the themes and relationships that feature in The Alchemist of Souls (April 2012, folks, nearly here!) and by way of response to points raised in a few of the early reviews. Anne has also been interviewed over at Manga Maniac Cafe, where she chats about her historical influences and bookish inspirations.

Matthew Hughes has been talking to 42 Webs about The Damned Busters and its forthcoming sequel, Costume Not Included, which will also be out in early April.

“Matt Forbeck is bloody brilliant” exclaimed The Founding Fields in their rave review of Carpathia. Sentiments which were roundly echoed by Paperless Reading: “if you’re a fan of classic horror films and looking for a bit of fun, do make sure to pick up a copy of Carpathia.” Go on. We’ll wait until you get back.

Lavie Tidhar‘s The Bookman has been examined by Desperate Dan’s Book Blog, who concluded: “now this is what all steampunk books should aspire to be!”

The Road to Bedlam by Mike Shevdon, new cover artMike Shevdon‘s The Road to Bedlam was reviewed by The Atheist’s Quill, where reviewer N.E. White said: “I’m definitely hooked on the series, and I think you will be, too. Give ’em a try.” We heartily concur.

Kaaron Warren put in a guest appearance over at the Schuler Books blog, talking about some of her favourite books and authors. And Kaaron will be Skype-ing in to join Schuler Books Lansing’s ‘Fanged Fiction’ reading club meet this coming Monday (March 26th).

Lastly (but by no means Leastly): Adam Christopher is giving away a signed copy of Empire State to one lucky blog-reader (his blog, not ours…) which is jolly nice of him. See Adam’s blog for how-to-win details.

That’s your lot for this week. Crack open another beverage and settle into the weekend, why don’t you? We’ll see you back here next week. Same time, slightly different URL…

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