Hello, hello and welcome to the latest Robot Round-Up, our weekly robo-compendium of Angry Robot flavoured online happenings. A short but sweet selection for you this week, so without further ado:

The Dead of Winter, by Lee CollinsWe’re seeing a steadily rising tide of reviews of Lee Collins‘s weird western debut, The Dead of Winter. Cape Rust, reviewing for Geek Life, said: “Collins has provided us with and entertaining story in an interesting setting … It’s satisfying and entertaining and it avoids feeling like a guilty pleasure. This book is just what the doctor ordered for a cold winter’s day.” N. E. White at SFFWorld.com said: “If you’ve read and seen a lot of the more recent vampire series and wished for something with a bit more grit, then this might be for you. I enjoyed it.” And Sparky at Fangs for the Fantasy said: “I really liked this book – primarily for the truly excellent protagonist. I loved this character and would love to read a whole series of her as the main character”. Well, Sparky, you’re in luck – the sequel, She Returns From War, will be out in February next year.

Chris F. Holm‘s latest Collector series novel, The Wrong Goodbye was reviewed in the past week by Morgan Crooks at Ancient Logic, who said: “The Wrong Goodbye found a way to weave a great number of disparate locations and literary motifs into one coherent vision. The set-piece inside what amounted to a demon’s crack den was pure Lovecraft fan service. The ‘amoral pilgrimage’ vibe of the second act reminded me of Hunter S Thompson without ever slipping into pastiche.” And Voxael at Spoiler Alert! has declared himself an official fanboy: “Back in the Dead Harvest review I said that Chris was close to knocking Jim Butcher off of the top of my favourite Urban Fantasy authors list but that I was waiting for a pedigree to be established. That pedigree has now been established with The Wrong Goodbye and with only his second published novel, Chris has become one of the authors I genuinely admire.”

Mockingbird, by Chuck WendigChuck Wendig‘s Mockingbird was reviewed by Michael Record for UK indie music review site Electric Banana, who called it: “a fast, punchy novel that will be a joy to anyone who likes their fantasy genre to be saturated with dark humour, pounding rain and a sense of fate holding all the cards.”

Lee Battersby‘s fantasy debut The Corpse-Rat King got a positive mention at The Sacramento & San Francisco Book Review: “Frankly, this is one of the most amusing fantasy novels of the last [insert number of years since you last read an amusing fantasy novel]. Pick it up and enjoy!”

Anne Lyle has been talking to Abhinav Jain about Names as Characters and how she blends historical and fictional figures in her Night’s Masque series, the second instalment of which, The Merchant of Dreams, we’re publishing in January.

Cassandra Rose Clarke, whose first Angry Robot novel, The Mad Scientist’s Daughter will be published next Feburary, has been interviewed by Stefan at Civilian Reader about her genre influences, reading habits and upcoming projects.

Madeline Ashby, author of the astonishing science fiction debut vN has been interviewed by Dan Nexon for the New Books Network – click through to listen to the audio interview in the embedded player.

Mandy Wrangles, posting at the website of Marianne de Pierres, author of the Parrish Plessis and Sentients of Orion series, reviewed Jo Anderton‘s second Veiled Worlds series book, Suited and said: “Suited doesn’t suffer from Flat Middle Book Syndrome – while it can’t stand alone without Debris, it moves the overall arc of the trilogy along at a great pace. If you enjoyed Debris and haven’t yet got your hands on Suited – what are you waiting for?”

Paul S. Kemp is giving away two copies of his sword and sorcery saga The Hammer and the Blade on Goodreads. Members have until November 30th to enter the comp.

And Finally… always good to see a new combat prototype rolling off the production lines. Expect to see one of these on every street corner in your robot-deominated future, meat-sacks!

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