Hello and welcome to another Robot Round-Up. Off we go:

Cassandra Rose Clarke‘s rather wonderful tale of love, loss and robots, The Mad Scientist’s Daughter is so very nearly almost, almost with us – Feb 7th in the UK, Jan 29th in the US and Ebook – and we’ve seen a flood of great new reviews this week, like these:

The Mad Scientist's Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke - Feb 2013• Mk at Popcorn Reads: “I had planned to say that you could just read the surface of this multi-dimensional story and walk away but that isn’t true. Once it grabs you, you’re going to have to dive into the deep end. You’ll look at what it means to be human with new eyes.”
• Rebekah at The Reflections of a Bookworm “Recommended to Sci-Fi fans and those of us who are incredibly nosy about what the future could hold! I would give it 4 Stars – This book was really good, a definite re-reader!”
• Janice at The Demon Librarian: “At its core, The Mad Scientist’s Daughter is a love story. An unusual one, perhaps, but powerful and thought-provoking, and a book I won’t soon forget.”
• Nafiza at Bipliophilic Monologues: “[The novel] It asks some very difficult questions and while it doesn’t expect any clear answers, it does expect that you, the reader, will think about the questions it raises.”
• Soma at Insomnia of Books: “I absolutely adored this novel. it made me laugh. It made me cry. It made me think about the true meaning of love. True love, not something cutout of cardboard and taped together with lies.”
• Katrina at On Fiction Writing: “Cat is one of the most complicated and wonderfully written female leads I’ve read this year … The Mad Scientist’s Daughter is the ideal blend of story for story’s sake and a story that leaves you thinking after the final page is turned.”
• Ellie at Curiosity Killed the Bookworm: “This book is just stunning; a beautiful story about the nature of love and the sentience of artificial intelligence.”
• Julie at New Adult Addication: “I was blown away – BLOWN away by this story. I loved it.”
Low Country Books Lover: “The Mad Scientist’s Daughter is a book that has continued to stay with me even weeks after finishing … this was one of my favorite reads this year. 5/5 stars and highly recommended.”
• AH at Badass Book Reviews: “The writing is beautiful. Ms. Clarke has a wonderful way with words. I was enthralled and I really could not put this book down.”
Sassyreads: “this is more a love story than anything else. But under that there’s a tale of a girl/woman who grows over time, stumbles, and makes mistakes, proves herself selfish… but redeems herself in the end.”
• Karissa at Karissa’s Book Reviews: “I just absolutely loved this book. The characters are spot on, the writing is beautiful, the pacing is deliberate but still absolutely engaging.”

You still need to be convinced? Here, read a few sample chapters, that should help.

We’ve spotted a bunch of fresh reviews of Nexus by Ramez NaamRamez Naam‘s kick-ass debut Nexus this week as well:
• Matthew S. Dent in the Jan/Feb 2013 issue of Interzone magazine: “a very readable book … deals with real world ramifications of next-generation technology in a believable, if somewhat scary, fashion. It’s accurate without being boring, and action-packed without being trite or vapid.”
• Char at Apocalypse Mama: “Basically, it’s made of awesome … I LOVED this book and highly recommend it to fans of near-future science fiction, action/adventure, explosions, spies, and adrenaline rushes.”
• Sarah at And The I Read a Book: “The story is tense and exciting, with that ‘just one more chapter’ addictive quality to it.”
C. Michael Miller: “Wow. I mean seriously, wow. This book is seriously science fiction, but like most good sci-fi reads, it is also a fantastic story outside of the science.”

Congratulations to Chris F. Holm, whose debut novel Dead Harvest made the preliminary ballot for this year’s Bram Stoker Awards in the Best First Novel category.

Anne Lyle is running another giveaway on her blog, this time for one of two US copies of The Merchant of Dreams. The closing date is January 28th.

Emma Newman‘s latest Split Worlds short story, ‘Tourists’ is now available from Hub Magazine.

Chris F. Holm, Lee Battersby and Paul S. Kemp were all invited to participate in the latest SF Signal Mind Meld, on the topic of “How SFF Influences Your Life”.

Speaking of loveable Aussie curmudgeon Lee Battersby, he’s launched a new feature on his blog: Room 102, in which a series of guest grumpy bastards write about their pet peeves and peccadilloes. A direct rip-off of hit TV concept ‘Room 101?’ you susepect? Why, yes. Yes, it is.

A collection of Chuck Wendig‘s writing advice – multiple volumes of which can be purchased as ebooks from Chuck’s website and the usual online ebook retailer-types – is going to be published in print form by Writer’s Digest, under the title The Kick-Ass Writer: 1001 Ways to Write Great Fiction, Get Published, and Earn Your Audience.

And finally…

Paste Magazine’s Illustrated Timeline of Robots seems to be missing Angstrom, for some reason… we’ll have to drop them a line, see if we can get that updated, eh? 😉

And that, it would seem, is that. For this week at least. Have a great weekend and we’ll see you again next week.

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