Hello, hello and welcome to this week’s round-up of Angry Roboty goodness from all around the world wide webs. What do we have for you this week? Let’s see…

Nexus by Ramez NaamRamez Naam‘s rather wonderful (if we do say so ourselves) debut science fiction thriller, Nexus was reviewed in great depth by Adam at The Page of Reviews, who said (along with much more): “As a story told from the intersection of theoretical neuroscience and contemporary geopolitical issues, Nexus is a fascinating study into how technology might inform human evolution.” We’ve also heard a whisper that a rather cracking review will be going up on Boing Boing round about publication day… here’s a taster: “Excellent spycraft, kick-ass action scenes, and a chilling look at a future cold war over technology and ideology… a hell of a read.” Oh, yes indeedy. We can’t wait to post the link to that one.

Cassandra Rose Clarke‘s astonishing novel of robot sentience and very human drama, The Mad Scientist’s Daughter (February 2013) has been reviewed by Wendy of the Geek Syndicate, who said: “I urge you to read this book, it will haunt you and stay with you for a long time. It is very hard to believe that this is only the author’s second novel – bravo Miss Clarke!”

Lee Collins‘s The Dead of Winter was reviewed by Paul for Sci-Fi Bulletin. His verdict? “A bloody good read. 7/10” And Jared at The Oracular Beard said: “I can’t gush quite enough as to how well this book holds up. The vampires and gunslinging are all well and good, but where the light really breaks through the clouds is the attention to character detail.”

Chuck Wendig‘s second Miriam Black novel, Mockingbird has been reviewed for the mighty IO9.com by Ed, who said: “What appears to be a simple ‘find the serial killer’ story at first delves down a few blind alleys before unravelling in a bizarre and stunning way. And even when the story does move in a linear manner, it’s highly entertaining.”

And if you’ve ever wondered how Chuck writes a novel, here’s a blog post from the man himself that might help: How Chuck Wendig Writes a Novel. You’re welcome.

The Corpse-Rat King, by Lee BattersbyLee Battersby‘s rip-roaring fantasy The Corpse-Rat King was reviewed by Kate at Kate of Mind, who concluded with a resounding “Hurrah for Mostly Dead Marius!”

The Brilliance Audio edition of Chris F. Holm‘s second Collector series novel The Wrong Goodbye was reviewed by Dan at SFFaudio, who said: “The narration of Brian Vander Ark of the band Verve Pipe perfectly matches the first-person hardboiled tone of these stories.”

Chris has also been talking to Karina at Nocturnal Book Reviews about the five books that have most influenced his Collector series.

Emma Newman, author of the forthcoming Split Worlds series, has been talking to Iain Broome for the Write For Your Life Podcast about “suspect writing advice and prolificness”.

All you Egil and Nix fans jonesing for another hit of Paul S. Kemp‘s demon-bashing, dungeon-mauling duo will be pleased to learn that an excerpt from the second instalment of their adventures, A Discourse in Steel (June 2013) over at Roqoo Depot or Paul’s Fecebook Page.

Congratulations to Kaaron Warren on winning a Canberra Critics’ Circle award for her short fiction collection Through Splintered Walls!

That-there Next Big Thing meme is marching on, with contributions from four more of our fine, upstanding writerly types: Jo Anderton, Aliette de Bodard, Guy Haley and Anne Lyle.

And finally:

Damn. They’re onto us.

See you next week!

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