Hello, hello and welcome to the latest weekly Robot Round-Up! It’s been a pretty massive week for us here at AR, all building up to the Exhibit A Announcement this morning, so you’ll excuse us if we just get the heck on with the linking…

Empire State by Adam ChristopherFirstly, have you been over to the Empire State Worldbuilder website recently? If not, you’re missing out on some terrific content inspired by Adam Christopher‘s debut novel, including the Empire State RPG rules (and an adventure module) by David Wendt, the official Empire State theme-song by John Anealio and the Silver Specter comic strip by Cheyenne ‘Girl Genius‘ Wright. Plus, there’s a bunch of fan-created short stories set in Adam Christopher’s milieu. This has resulted in much love for The Silver Specter from the legendary Joe Gordon on the Forbidden Planet International blog and for the Empire State theme song from the equally legendary John DeNardo at SFSignal. Plus: Worldbuilder Project Leader Mur Lafferty has been interviewed by Shared Story Worlds as well. Seriously, check it out if you haven’t already. If you don’t then you’re missing out on some really cool stuff.

Anne Lyle, author of the debut alt-historical fantasy The Alchemist of Souls (Out Now!), had a great time at Eastercon last weekend (hangin’ with George R.R. Martin, no less!) and the book has been reviewed this week by Carl Barker for The British Fantasy Society, who said”[The Alchemist of Souls is] an outstanding debut and Lyle is certainly a name to watch for the future. I thoroughly enjoyed it.” and by Marion Deeds for FantasyLiterature.com who called it “a big tankard of Elizabethan ale, foaming with intrigue, hidden identities, secret societies, treachery, plots, swordplay and magic.”

There’s been more great Blackbirds coverage this week, with reviews of ChuckAsk me AnythingWendig‘s first AR outing, from My Bookish Ways: “Chuck Wendig has managed to take the best of urban fantasy and crime noir, twist ’em together like barbed wire, and drag you right over the barbs.” And UpComing4.me: “Through scenes of awful things and vile villains, Chuck Wending succeeds in painting a morbid and violent landscape and even though sometimes we felt we reached the point of unease, we just couldn’t keep our eyes away until we reached a stunning finale.” And Paul at Sci-Fi Bulletin as well: “Straight into my Top 10 for 2012. 9/10.”

Evil Dark, by Justin GustainisJustin Gustianis‘ second visit to the Scranton P.D.’s Occult Investigations Unit, Evil Dark, has been warmly reviewed by Paul Simpson for SciFi Bulletin, whose verdict was: “Another hit for Sergeant Stan!”

Chris F. Holm‘s Dead Harvest continues to gather the plaudits, with a new review from Craig Knight for The British Fantasy Society: “Dead Harvest is a great story. Original, fascinating and absorbing from the onset … If you like supernatural ‘who-dunnits’ then this is the book for you.” There was another from Shadowhawk of The Founding Fields, who said: “An engaging novel that quickly pulls you in, Dead Harvest has one of the most interesting and unique takes on an ages old conflict of biblical proportions. Not to be missed.” Hear, hear.

We spotted a review of Matt Forbeck‘s Carpathia, which was actually posted a couple of weeks ago by The Salted Peanut, who said: “Carpathia has a couple of gory bits, but mostly it’s a study in creepy suspense that delivers a lot of old-fashioned chills. I really enjoyed this book’s Edwardian horror shtick.”

There’s a new review of the aforementioned Mr Adam Christopher‘s Empire State at Upcoming4.me, where Kristian said: “Adam Christopher creates fantastic atmosphere reminiscent of the movie Dark City and since all this is wrapped around interesting noir pulp detective story, Empire State works on many levels and in the end provides a very satisfying read.”

One for the horror fans: Gary McMahon‘s Pretty Little Dead Things and Dead Bad Things have been reviewed in a double-header by John Boden for Shock Totem, who concluded they were: “like an unholy cocktail of The Sixth Sense, Memento and Wire in the Blood … with an ounce of Hellraiser.” Mmmmmm, unholy cocktail…

And finally, our Amanda – of Strange Chemistry fame – has started a new blog to help highlight the amazing work being done within the fantasy genre by female writers, over at fantasymistressworks.wordpress.com. Go, read! See how you can help out.

That’s all for this week. See you in around seven days’ time…

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