The Hammer and the Blade, by Paul S KempPaul S. Kemp‘s The Hammer and The Blade is Out Now and has been reviewed by Cape Rust at “There are so many things to like about this book. The characters are delicious in the way that they are under described, but never underdeveloped. The writing shows a wit and polish rarely seen these days. I knew Kemp was good, but set free in a world of his creation, he exceeds, excels, and is excellent!” Also by John Ottinger III at Grasping for the Wind, who concluded: “Kemp is an excellent write of sword and sorcery that understands its tropes so well that he is able to reinvigorate it with new themes that will resonate with modern readers.”

Paul was the guest of the 107th episode of the Skiffy and Fanty Podcast this week as well.

Also Out Now: Jo Anderton‘s Suited has been reviewed by Keith at Adventures Fantastic: “Suited is a dizzying tour de force that’s not really like anything out there. And that suits me just fine.” Also by MK at Popcorn Reads, who said: “Jo Anderton has written a unique series in The Veiled World Trilogy, on a world that has taken technology to the extreme. Suited continued to hold my interest every bit as much as Debris did. In other words, I couldn’t put it down.”

Jo has been guest-blogging as well, over at Dark Matter Fanzine, where she talks about the Veiled Worlds series to-date, and at Rabia Gale’s Website, where she discusses writing a middle book in a trilogy, and Ebon Shores where she talks about the physical practicalities of writing and the importance of an effective fitness regime.

vN by Madeline Ashby, cover Martin Bland/SpyroteknikMadeline Ashby‘s thought-provoking debut vN is out next month and continuing to recieve some great reviews, including one from Jon at Seeking the New Earth, who said: “vN is a great novel. The prose drives forward. The tension never slackens. Amy is an instantly likable character.” And over at, they’re helping to spread the love with a print ARC giveaway (closing date: July 25th).

The first early reviews of Adam Christopher‘s forthcoming superhero smackdown Seven Wonders are starting to come in: Bane of Kings at The Founding Fields called it: “An awesome novel that is one of my favourites so far this year. For those who thought that Christopher’s Empire State would be the best of his novels, then think again – Seven Wonders is much better. Reads like a superhero comic book in novel form. Unmissable.” Rocky at The Geeky Guide to Nearly Everything said it was: “the equivalent of a major comic book crossover event across several titles given the number of twists and turns the story takes. And this isn’t a bad thing – it makes the whole adventure richly complex.” And sj (not SJ) at Book Snobbery said: “I had so many passages highlighted that made me laugh OR creeped me the hell out OR were JUST SO awesome I wanted to share – but I’m not going to. I really hope you’ll all take the time to discover them on your own.” There’s also an audio review over at the Austen Space podcast (the review kicks in round about 1:09).

Mockingbird, by Chuck WendigLikewise, we’ve seen some early reviews of Chuck Wendig‘s Mockingbird, the forthcoming sequel to the sensational Blackbirds: Glenn Mehn, reviewing for the BFS Webzine said: “There’s a particularly inventive killer, and some especially vulnerable girls in danger, and Wendig grabs you by the face and drags you through 384 pages, with the pacing of a craftsman … It is a fun, playful ride and a bloody good book.” Zoe at Fantasy Bytes said: “Miriam is out doing her thing and it’s un-putdownable stuff. I read this in two days, and would’ve happily nailed it in one if work hadn’t got in the way.” Damn that work stuff, we say. Damn it! And Keith at Adventures Fantastic, nobly keeping things spoiler-free, had this to say: “Wendig has come up with a killer that is at least as scary as Hannibal Lector. There were scenes that were downright flawless in their creepiness. I doubt I’ll ever look at crows the same way again.” Intrigued? You should be…

There’s also a review of Blackbirds by Dave at Beers n Books… we’ll just skip ahead to the beer recommendations, shall we? Yes, we shall: “Rogue Dead Guy Ale or Left Hand Fade to Black are the beers to sip while reading this.” Cheers Dave, and also: noted! Here’s another from Ryan at Battle Hymns, who summarised thusly: “an interesting premise, an engaging lead character, and an easily devoured, fast-paced read”. And here’s another review that we missed when it was posted back in June, from Drew at SF Revu: “Wendig is a visceral streetfighter of an author, pulling no punches and drawing the reader into his world by a fishhook to the eye.” Fishhook where now? Ewww, Drew! Ewww!

The Corpse-Rat King, by Lee BattersbyLee Battersby‘s debut fantasy escapade The Corpse-Rat King was reviewed by Liam at The Troubled Scribe, who concluded: “the last three-fourths of this book are beyond spectacular. Lee Battersby definitely saved the best for last in this unforgettable tale of death, dead things, and more awesome dead stuff.” Also by Bob at Beauty in Ruins, who said: “This was a novel that I thoroughly enjoyed and will gleefully recommend, without reservation.”

The first book in Chris F. Holm‘s Collector series, Dead Harvest, was reviewed by Drew at Raging Biblioholism: “Sam is a reliably troubled anti-hero, the His Dark Materials-esque war between heaven and hell is always a reliably interesting backstory, and there’s a sequence where a certain New York landmark is destroyed that feels… well, I’d say it’s the most realistic ‘terrorist’ attack on New York that I’ve seen in literature in a long time.”

Matt Forbeck‘s Carpathia was reviewed by John at The Secret Lair, who said: “Carpathia is a fun and entertaining read. I would be remiss in not mentioning that the vampires involved here are not only intriguing individuals, but also delightfully menacing and horrific in the classic vein of Dracula.”

Chris F. Holm and Anne Lyle have both contributed to a discussion on whether data-mining of e-reader usage will affect writers and their writing processes in future, over at A Fantastical Librarian. Anne took part in an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit and is also taking part in the Debut Authorpalooza Q&A session over at Staffer’s Musings on July 26th. See Anne’s blog for more details.

Lauren Beukes has posted the cover art and blurb from the forthcoming Fables mini-series that she’s writing, over on her blog.

Aliette de Bodard has been talking to Khaalidah about the art, science and responsibility of Worldbuilding.

Matt Forbeck talks about the joys of writing standing up.

And finally, if you’ve ever wondered what goes on in a typical Angry Robot staff meeting…

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