Hello, hello and welcome to your regular Robot Round-Up, bringing you all the online AR-related activity that we’ve spotted over the course of the last week or so.

The Dead of Winter, by Lee CollinsFor starters, we’ve been thoroughly chuffed to spot a bunch more reviews this week of Lee Collins‘s weird western debut The Dead of Winter:

• Tammy at Books, Bones & Buffy said: “There are so many successful elements that make up this book, but the best one has got to be the character of Cora, a truly unique protagonist whose rough edges might turn some readers off, but will more likely have you cheering by the end of the book.”
• Dave, writing for the British Fantasy Society mused: “Cora comes over a bit like Calmity Jane, from the TV show, Deadwood, albeit somewhat cleaner and not quite so drunk.”
Leah Rhyne was mightily impressed: “All-in-all, I’d call this book an entertaining journey through a much more threatening Old West world. If you like Westerns, and you’re into horror, this is totally the book for you.”
• Mel, at Mel’s Random Reviews called it: “An exciting action-packed adventure which adds vampires and creatures to the Wild West and let’s rip! The Magnificent Seven crossed with Buffy, this is very a much read for those who want more action and less angst in their Vampire and Monster Slaying.”

The Merchant of Dreams, by Anne LyleThe second instalment in Anne Lyle‘s Night’s Masque series, The Merchant of Dreams will be published in January and was reviewed this week by Leo Cristea, who said: “I loved everything about The Merchant of Dreams: it is exciting, thrilling and Lyle’s gorgeous prose drives the story elegantly forwards towards a goal … A fantastic example of historical fantasy going all the way and holding nothing back, The Merchant of Dreams is complex and exciting.” And Elloise Hopkins enjoyed the simultaneous depth and lightness of Anne’s story-telling: “The exploration of gender, relationships (both political and personal) and sacrifice continue in a historical fantasy that is as light-hearted and entertaining as it is deep. Perhaps its most admirable quality is Lyle’s willingness to explore and represent the minority in a realistic and unashamed manner.”

Ramez Naam‘s forthcoming debut novel of mind-altering nanodrugs, military skullduggery and emerging post-humanism, Nexus, was reviewed for Publishers Weekly and they declared: “the action scenes are crisp, the glimpses of future tech and culture are mesmerizing”.

Keith at Adventures Fantastic gas good things to say about Crown Thief, the second instalment in David Tallerman‘s Tales of Easie Damasco series, which began with Giant Thief and concludes with Prince Thief in 2013: “I loved David Tallerman’s debut novel, Giant Thief, earlier this year. With the next installment in the series, Tallerman proves he’s more than a flash in the pan. Crown Thief is a fast moving, exciting adventure.”

Kimberley at The Windy Pages thoroughly enjoyed Chuck Wendig‘s Mockingbird: “I wasn’t shy about my love for Blackbirds, book one of this series and lucky for me, book two does not disappoint … Pick up this book, buckle up and set some time aside. You’re going to need it.”

The latest instalment in Emma Newman‘s ongoing Split Worlds short story series, ‘Drinking Problem’ has been posted at Iain Broome’s Write For Your Life.

Chris F. Holm was interviewed by Raging Bibloholism. about the origins of the Collector series and his writing practices and preferences.

Aliette de Bodard has been talking to Luc Reid about “writing, reading, cultural divides, and the bridges that span them”.

Madeline Ashby has been explaining why she wouldn’t be a writer without Ursula K. LeGuin.

Jo Anderton has posted photos from her recent Suited book launch and it looks like a fun time was had by all 🙂

Benoit Lelievre seems to be a fan of the AR design department, with two of our covers on his shortlist for his personal choice of the Best Book Covers of 2012. Cheers Benoit!

And finally:

Can you feel the robo-future creeping ever closer..?

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