We’ve got a double-dose of Round-Up action for you this week, seeing as we didn’t quite manage to round anything up last week (our regular compiler-unit was sent on a top secret mission into SIBA-held territory on the Thursday night and as a direct consequence of its actions had to spend most of Friday in the repair bays, recuperating). Let’s kick off our fortnight’s worth of reviews, interviews and more with…

The Dead of Winter, by Lee Collins…lots of lovely links for Lee Collins, whose weird western debut, The Dead of Winter is Out Now! The book has been reviewed this past fortnight by:

• Geonn at Geek Speak Magazine, who said: “The bottom line is that this is an entertaining horror/western adventure. It’s hard to go wrong with vampires on horseback … I think Lee Collins will definitely become a name to watch out for. You might as well get in on the ground floor.”
• Mieneke at A Fantastical Librarian, who said: “The Dead of Winter is an interesting first book from an author who shows lots of promise and is the first in a series that looks to be very entertaining.”
• Kathy at Kindle-aholic who said: “This book was so good – a mix of the action I love, interesting characters, and a few kicks to the emotional gut.”
• Jasper at Fantasy Book Review who said: “The Dead of Winter nails the supernatural part and taken together with the western theme produces a unique story.”
• Merriam at Isotropic Fiction who said: “Fans of hunter stories looking for a good Autumn read will devour The Dead of Winter as will fans of the cross-genre blend of western and fantasy.”
• Kristin at My Bookish Ways, who said it has: “plenty of vampire killin’ mayhem to satisfy any urban fantasy reader, with lots of Old West flavor thrown in.”
• Tabitha at My Shelf Confessions, who summed it all up quite neatly: “Whiskey chugging, gun slinging, monster killing done Old West style!”

Lee has also been talking to Kristin at My Bookish Ways about his interest in the Weird Wild West, his literary influences and future plans and to The Qwillery about his influences, writing practices and, of course, The Dead of Winter – which won the Qwillery’s October 2012 Debut Author Cover War as well. Meanwhile, over on his blog, Lee has been offering a few seasonal recommendations in the form of films, games and a book to scare yourself silly with. And he shared his Launch Day Thoughts as well. Go Lee!

Chris F. Holm‘s second Collector novel, The Wrong Goodbye was reviewed by StephenD at Unsquare Dance, who said: “With the second Collector novel, Holm both expands and enriches the world he so vividly created in Dead Harvest … The Collector Series is highly recommended.”

Chris has been talking to the MysteryPeople blog about the origins of Collector protagonist Sam Thornton and the development of the series to-date. He was the guest on the 124th episode of the Functional Nerds Podcast as well.

Nexus by Ramez NaamRamez Naam‘s forthcoming debut, Nexus, was reviewed by The Writing Mind, who said: “Nexus is a good read and can be a page-burner if the reader chooses to accept the reality of the world into which he is reading”

The Fiction Stroker has posted part one and part two of an interview with Empire State and Seven Wonders author Adam Christopher. Adam was also the guest of the 161st episode of the SF Signal Podcast and popped in for a 20 minute chat with The Roundtable Podcast, as well as hosting their latest Workshop Episode. Plus, he’s been chatting to fellow Antipodean Author Helen Lowe for her Fun With Friends column at SFSignal.com.

Chuck Wendig‘s first two Miriam Black novels have both been freshly reviewed: Blackbirds by Nick at Elitist Book Reviews: “If you like your fiction reeking of stale whiskey and cigarettes, sporting black eyes, bleeding from nicks and scrapes, sticky with grease and sweat and other fluids best not to mention, with Death peering over the shoulder, then this is the book for you.” and the sequel, Mockingbird by Mike at Stuff and/or Junk: “What blew my mind was the dark place that Wendig went with Mockingbird.”

Madeline Ashby‘s debut story of artificial sentience, vN, was reviewed by Kaila at Stumptown Books, who called it: “a book that explores a lot of interesting robot concepts while keeping it completely human. I will be reading the sequel when it is released.”

The Hammer and the Blade, by Paul S KempPaul S. Kemp‘s The Hammer and the Blade was reviewed by Kristin at Owlcat Mountain, who said: “The Hammer and the Blade gains strength as it goes on and finishes with some wonderful action and battle scenes. I hope to find out more about Egil and Nix in a future volume, because I think they have the potential to be a great fantasy duo.” In that case Kristin, you may be happy to know that the sequel, A Discourse in Steel, will be published in June 2013.

There’s a feature interview with Cassandra Rose Clarke – author of Strange Chemistry novel The Assassin’s Curse and forthcoming Angry Robot novel The Mad Scientist’s Daughter – in the latest issue of Writing Magazine, which is available to subscribers to Writers Online. Cassandra has also been talking about her favourite novel – Margaret Atwood’s The Blind Assassin – over at Civilian Reader.

The latest in Emma Newman‘s ongoing series of Split Worlds short stories is available on Alasdair Stuart’s blog.

Our latest Podcast edpisode was featured on Books on the Nightstand.

And finally (after a tip-off from @AnneLyle), Angry Robot strenuously denies any involvement in an alleged plot to introduce nanobots to the food chain as a short-cut to imminent world domination…