Hello, hello and welcome to your regular dose of rounded-up Angry Robot online goodness. With a scorching weekend in prospect here at AR’s UK HQ we’re all eager to be off out into the sunshine (or, more likely, down the pub for a cold one) so without further faff, here’s this week’s panoply of links to peruse.

vN by Madeline Ashby, cover Martin Bland/SpyroteknikThe reviews of vN (Out Now!), Madeline Ashby‘s astonishing debut novel of robot sentience, techo-evolution and family drama are really starting to flow:

• In a piece for the Guardian blog on Women Authors in Hard SF, Damien G. Walter said: “In Ashby’s expert hands vN cuts a painful incision into the emotional complexity of oppression in our society, and the way love can feed the worst kinds of hate. vN is a powerful novel and a fine exemplar of exactly the perspectives chauvinist SF so often stifles.”
• Adrienne Martini, writing for Locus Magazine said: “The world that Ashby has created is an interesting one, as is her construction of this tightly plotted story. Her real skill is in capturing those ineffable, emotional moments when Amy juggles her longing for her parents and her newfound freedoms.”
• Tabitha at My Shelf Confessions mused: “The ideas presented in vN are fascinating. Could this be where we are headed?” Guess we’ll all have to wait and see…
• Matt at The Fiction Stroker enjoyed the character development in the novel: “Amy is a very complex character. Tuned in to detail rather than emotion, she grows throughout the story. Pairing her with the unsympathetic Javier is an interesting move as the duo bring out different qualities within each other.”

There’s an interview with Madeline by Tabitha at My Shelf Confessions as well, and a book giveaway too. Go, check them out!

If you fancy reading a chunk of Adam Christopher‘s forthcoming superhero extravaganza Seven Wonders – which is out at the end of this month (US/CAN) and early next month (UK/EU) – head on over to Tor.com. Adam has been interviewed by Zoe at Fantasy Bytes. He’s also written a tourist’s guide to San Ventura, the setting for Seven Wonders for All Things Urban Fantasy’s Deadly Destinations series and you can enter their giveaway to win a copy of the book there as well.

Chuck Wendig has started posting snippets from his soon-to-be-released second Miriam Black novel, Mockingbird, over on his This is How You Die Tumblr site. And there’s a hugely enthusiastic review of Mockingbird over at Graeme’s Fantasy Book Reviews, where Graeme gives it a Nine and a Half out of 10 score and says Mockingbird is: “…nothing short of compelling reading, a book that eclipses Blackbirds in its determination to head to new depths for the sake of a good story. Wendig knows that his readers deserve nothing less. If you’re waiting for MockingbirdMockingbird, well… you should be.” Over at Seeking the New Earth, Jon has taken a look as well and concluded: “I greatly appreciated the deepening of the supernatural aspects of the setting. Miriam is getting in touch with her abilities, and this opens up a whole can of worms – including new threats that are not of this world.”

Jo Anderton‘s Debris, the first part of the Veiled Worlds series, has been reviewed by Shadowhawk at The Founding Fields, who called it: “Fun and original … one of the most refreshing sci-fi novels I’ve read this year.” And the second Veiled Worlds book, Suited, was reviewed by Ros at Warpcore SF, who greatly enjoyed Jo’s characterisation skills and said: “It’s a fantasy that talks the language of science, with programmers and awful experiments and portals that seem to be full of something like antimatter, but the reason I really like this series is that it’s rooted in the psychological truth of how people with physical and mental difficulties experience life.”

Aliette de Bodard‘s Obsidian and Blood omnibus has been reviewed by Theresa at Terror Tree: “This is top notch fantasy with moments of horror and lots of action. A must have for fantasy fans, and a bargain to boot!”

Chris F. Holm‘s Dead Harvest was reviewed by Trent at Pulp 300, who said: “[W]hat I enjoyed most were not the slam-bang escapist thrills but Sam’s flashbacks that leaked his history throughout the novel, teasing the reader along, whetting your appetite for the ending’s big reveal.”

More giveaway action! Gav Thorpe is running a competition over on his blog, to win a set of all three Crown of the Blood books by naming a hypothetical fourth in the series. You’ve got until August 17th to add your suggestion in the comments on that post.

Another giveaway! US-based readers can win a copy of Anne Lyle‘s fantastic debut The Alchemist of Souls over at Anne’s blog, personalised and signed, too.

And another! Stefan Raets, who reviewed Madeline Ahsby‘s debut vN last week for Tor.com, is giving away two copies of the book via his own blog, Far Beyond Reality.

Anne Lyle and Adam Christopher took part in a Mind Meld at SFSignal.com talking about the important of Point of View; Anne’s in Part 1 and Adam’s in Part Two.

Matt Forbeck and Maurice Broaddus will both be attending Gencon this year and have posted their busy schedules: here’s Matt’s and here’s Maurice’s.

Tabitha's Robot PlushiesAnd finally: robot plushies! Okay, they’re not particularly angry robots, but you could probably play croquet or bash someone over the head with their feet, and apparently their heads spin round. Which is nice. Tabitha at My Shelf Confessions made these for her imminently-arriving sproglet in an effort to make his life as surreal as possible from day one.

That’s an Etsy career waiting to happen, surely? Also: very best of luck with the whole motherhood thing Tabitha! 🙂