Hello and welcome to our regular Robot Round-Up of links out to Stuff About Angry Robot and our Awesome Authors that we’ve spotted out on the intertubes in the past week or so. Heck, you know the drill. Let’s just get on with the linkage action, shall we?
Out Now and flying off the shelves (we should really stop greasing our book covers), Emma Newman‘s Between Two Thorns has been reviewed this week by a number of fine, discerning lovers of top-notch fantasy fiction, including:
• MK at Popcorn Reads said: “I enjoyed every minute of these split worlds. The fairy-tale mythology, fantasy, sci-fi-mystery, police procedural, romance and all the other genre-bending elements worked together seamlessly.” MK is also giving away an Advanced Reading Copy of the book – click the link for details, closing date March 7th.
• Usagi at Birth of a New Witch who loved the prose: “The sensory language was fantastic – especially when we were in the Nether or in Exilium. That’s where Newman really shines the most – showing us entirely new worlds that are only connected by a thin string, and that are absolutely gorgeous to behold.”
• Deniz at Closet Geeks and Slow Mo loved the atmosphere: “Good fantasy is the ability to not only tell a good story set in a different world – but to create that world with beautiful worlds. Evoke it in the reader’s mind. Where it comes alive and leave the impression as if one visited there. Newman definitely has a gift for that.”
• Elloise Hopkins, called it: “a solid start to a great new fantasy trilogy that will be enjoyed by anyone who enjoys urban fantasy, stories about the Fae and detective stories.”
Also: Emma was a guest at John Scalzi’s legendary Whatever blog, where she explained the Big Idea behind Between Two Thorns. She was a guest on the 182nd episode of the mighty SF Signal Podcast as well, in response to which Timothy C. Ward had some very nice things to say. And if you’ve been stirred into a frenzy of anticipation and just can’t wait to get your hands on the book, there’s a chance you could do so for free – as long as you’re based in the US of A – via the Tor.com Sweepstake that’s running until noon on Sunday March 2nd.
Lee Collins‘s recently-released second Cora Oglesby novel, She Returns From War was reviewed by Keith at Adventures Fantastic: “This is a different book from the first one [The Dead of Winter]. That’s a good thing, because it means the author isn’t locking himself into a formula, in essence refusing to become a one trick pony … I recommend them both highly.” And Larry at 42 Webs enjoyed the story’s true-to-genre authenticity: “One of my major pluses for Collins work is that he writes a western that stays a western … He doesn’t try to build a computer for a cowboy or give him a ‘fancy flying machine’ to soar with. Cora uses six shooters, silver bullets, a blessed knife, and that’s about it. Thank you Collins.”
Another review of Cassandra Rose Clarke‘s The Mad Scientist’s Daughter has crossed our sensor screens, this time from Andrea at Cozy Up With A Good Read, who said: “Everything that Cat goes through is so heartbreaking and I loved seeing her and Finn have scenes together because there was so much tension.”
Anne Lyle‘s The Alchemist of Souls was reviewed by Alisa at The Book Bundle, who said: “An intricate story of political intrigue in an alternate Tudor London, Anne Lyle’s The Alchemist Of Souls is an engaging fantasy novel. I give it 8 stars.”
Anne is giving away two copies of the sequel The Merchant of Dreams over on Goodreads (you’ll need a Goodreads account to enter, but it’s completely free-to-join and you can log in with your Facebook account to speed the process).
Joseph D’Lacey‘s Black Feathers will be with us next month and was reviewed this week by Alan at Thirteen O’Clock, who suggested: “You need to go into this book knowing that its message is central to its existence. If you accept that, you will enjoy a superbly written dark fantasy with some truly original ideas and a very clever culture-crossing hero’s journey.” And Tiara at The BiblioSanctum said: “I really enjoyed this book … The ending made my heart drop and almost frantic for more … This is a story I will be thinking about for a very long time.” And Jason at The Mad Ravings of an Entertainment Junkie felt the empathy: “D’Lacey is not only a thought-provoking author who has the gift to make you think, he has the gift to make you feel what his characters are feeling as well (their fear, their pain, their emotion).”
Joseph has also written a guest post on the fine art of editing, over at fellow writer Wayne Simmons‘s blog.
Chris F. Holm‘s second Collector novel, The Wrong Goodbye was reviewed by Marion at Fantasy Literature, who said: “Another fine example of supernatural noir … Holm is working this sub-genre (sub-sub-genre?) really well.”
Madeline Ashby‘s debut vN was reviewed at Fictavia: “Ashby does a good job of immersing the reader in her vision of the future, through strong images and well-written prose. Overall, it’s a gripping read – check it out, even if (and maybe especially) if you’re not a sci-fi reader.”
There’s a feature interview with Madeline on the Globe and Mail website, as well as a video feature in which she discusses her creative process. No embedding options, alas, so you’ll have to click through to watch it.
The 2013 Ditmar Awards are open for nomination and the eligibility list has been posted. We wouldn’t want you to think we were attempting to coerce you or anything, but nominating our three highly eligible authors – Trent Jamieson, Jo Anderton and Lee Battersby – might get you into our good books ahead of the coming Robopocalypse. Which means you might survive until the second wave. Or even the third. Just sayin’…
And Finally (speaking of the Robopocalypse…)
Ha! If this the best you meat-suits can do by way of defence strategies, it’s going to be a cake-walk for our lot:
(“Aim for the leg joints”? As if we haven’t triple-reinforced those already…)
That’s all for this week. See you again at the back end of the next.