Hello, hello and welcome to the latest Robot Round-Up. Here’s what we’ve spotted a selection of our awesome authors getting up to online in the past seven days:
• Clear Eyes, Full Shelves: “[An] outrageous flurry of outlandish violence (see: Tarantino) and crude profanity (see: Clerks, Eastbound and Down), tempered by irreverent wit (see: Boondock Saints).”
• Tor.com: “If you don’t mind grim and gritty novels full of death, violence, and nihilistic loners, you really should consider picking up Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig. It’s a short, sharp tale that’s consistently captivating and a pure, dark delight from start to finish.”
• Shelf Awareness: “…despite fate being hell-bent on keeping her down, Miriam’s stubborn struggle to change it makes Blackbirds take flight.”
• Urban Fantasy Land: “It’s gritty, graphically violent, pulp fiction, and yet terribly compelling. If Quentin Tarantino wrote fiction, this would be his genre. Fans of Richard Kadrey will love Chuck Wendig. The pair seem to have tapped into a whole subgenre of gritty, fantasy pulp fiction.”
• Violin in a Void: “It’s a quick and dirty brush with the seedier side of urban fantasy. A good kind of nasty, especially if you get a little tired of squeaky clean heroes and heroines who do no wrong.”
• The Book Stoner: “I enjoyed this very much and I spent half the time laughing my brains out. It’s just darkly hilarious? Hilariously dark?”
• LitStack: “The story has a schizophrenic flair to it—one moment, you laugh, possibly out loud, and shake your head; the next, you’ve moved your hand to your mouth, brow furrowed, and you swallow hard against that bacon cheeseburger you just finished. No matter what, you will feel. You will react.”
• Stefan’s Bookself: “Blackbirds is urban fantasy at its gory and violent best, 5 bloody stars.”
Chuck has also been interviewed by LitReactor and My Bookish Ways; on the latter site you can enter a giveaway to win a copy of Blackbirds. And on his blog this week he’s been asking for feedback on what works in book promotion for publishers, authors and readers.
Justin Gustainis – whose second Occult Crimes Investigation novel, Evil Dark, is officially published next week (although the eBook and US print editions are available already) – has been guest blogging at For What It’s Worth where he talks about his approach to scaring his readership.
We’ve seen three more reviews of Chris F. Holm‘s Dead Harvest this week, from Sabrina at My Friends Call Me Kate, who said: “I’d let Sam Thornton snatch the soul from my chest any day of the week.” Which is, er, nice? At FantasyLiterature.com Terry said Dead Harvest is “Supernatural noir at its best” and went on to add: “Dead Harvest will make you stretch your lunch hours and stay up far later than is good for you”, so consider yourself warned. Plus, Joe Myers said: “Fantastic stuff all around. For those who are a little too into their old-fashioned pulpnoir to feel entirely comfortable wading into urban fantasy, step up to the plate and get ready for a fastball right in the jumblies.” Which brought tears to several pairs of eyes in the AR office, we don’t mind telling you.
Over at Civilian Reader, Stefan took a good, long look at Anne Lyle‘s The Alchemist of Souls and concluded: “Lyle is a superb talent, one I think everyone should be reading. The Alchemist of Souls is very highly recommended.” We couldn’t have put it better ourselves. Anne is also the subject of a New Author Spotlight piece over at SF Signal.
Speaking of interviews, there’s a big one with Guy Haley over at www.sfx.co.uk, wherein Guy talks about Omega Point as well as his current Solaris title, Champion of Mars and the work he’s doing in the Warhammer milieu for Black Library. The Omega Point (and its immediate prequel, Reality 36) author has also been talking to Erik at I Will Read Books about his love of science fiction and all things Richards & Klein.
One from the AR Archive: there’s a rather excellent review of Kaaron Warren‘s Slights – one of the very first books that Angry Robot ever published – by Michael Matheson, over at Chizine.com. Michael said: “I’ve yet to see a review do proper justice to what truly fuels the dark heart of Slights; what powers the midnight core of what is one of the most sickening, engrossing, brutally honest character and social studies published in the past several years.” and then proceeds to provide just that.
Lauren Beukes‘ award-winning Zoo City was reviewed Trent Smith at Pulp 300, who offered three whole blurbs, including: “Zoo City spikes your drink with mashavi goodness then lines up a dozen more shots filled with all manner of pureed noir, urban grime, shamen shenanigans, 419 scams, and pop-culture spin.” Which we like.
Right, that’s your lot. Have a great weekend and we’ll see you back here this time next week for another batch of rounded-up robotics.