Hello, hello and welcome to another Robot Round-Up from your friendly, neighbourhood Robot Overlords. Just a few links for you this week, in contrast to last week’s fortnight’s worth, so there’s absolutely no excuse to miss any of them out, is there? Is there? No. We didn’t think so…
There’s a short but exceedingly sweet review of Lee Battersby’s forthcoming fantasy debut The Corpse-Rat King (September 2012) from Zoe at Fantasy Bytes: “The Corpse Rat King is fast, furious, and Fun. In a genre that can so often take itself far too seriously it’s a hugely refreshing read. Battersby is a wonderfully fresh new voice.” And here’s another review, this time from Greg at Thirteen O’Clock, who says: “The Corpse-Rat King is the very definition of a great story; the perfect concoction of old world fantasy, intrigue, adventure and full-bodied characters that sweep you deeper into the story with each turn of the page.”
Lee has also been interviewed by author Rowena Cory Daniells, with questions asked and answers given about his career as a short story writer (70 published to-date and a collection available from Prime Books!), the transition to novel writing and the gender balance in SF/F/H publishing.
Chuck Wendig‘s Blackbirds has been reviewed by Caitlin at Chaotic Compendiums, who said: “This book is a roller coaster on the seamy side of America’s highway system. I loved it and can’t wait for Mockingbird – the upcoming sequel.” Not long to wait now, Cailtin – Mockingbird will be out in early September as well.
Over at OSgA Book Reviews, Ala took a look at Paul S. Kemp‘s sword and sorcery ass-kicker The Hammer and The Blade and declared: “The story itself is fast-paced and action packed with fights aplenty. Add in the tomb robbing and a bordello brawl and you’ve got the makings of an excellent adventure.”
Anne Lyle has been busy this week, with an interview by Justin at Staffer’s Book Review accompanied by a very early sneak-peek at the first chapter of The Merchant of Dreams, the forthcoming sequel to her swashbuckling alt-historical fantasy debut The Alchemist of Souls. Anne was also interviewed for the latest issue of the Andromeda’s Offspring fanzine (which can be downloaded from efanzines.com) and has posted her thoughts about establishing some magical ground-rules over at her blog.
And finally, we give you… Robocoq!
Have a great weekend!