Today’s Robot Round-Up is a celebration of our upcoming November titles. I’m really excited to share these books with you and can’t wait to see what you all think! On a side note, Freya Robertson (author of Heartwood) is currently blog touring so don’t forget to check out her posts across the blogosphere!

Our first book up is:

The Deaths of Tao by Wesley Chu

“Chu embraced the challenge of writing a female point of view and does it exceptionally well. Simply put, Wesley Chu The Deaths Of Tao by Wesley Chuleveled up as a writer. If his third book can capture the magic of the first with the technical execution of the second, he’ll be among the elite.” – Staffer’s Book Review 

“For fast paced, extraterrestrial action and adventure sure to endure the test of time and the science fiction genre. Excellently written with a great sense of urgency and characters that are organic in their evolution, The Deaths of Tao is a Fall must-have sequel.” – Toonari Post 

“So, all in all, this is another great book by Chu. It has plenty of action, it has plenty of humor, and plenty of plot. It’s all very well balanced. Also, I don’t think this very often, but these books seem like they would also make awesome movies. I’d love to see Roen on big screen.” – Tenacious Reader 

The Deaths of Tao is a full-fledged action story filled with high stakes, undercover plots and desperate acts… and snappy dialogue  with geeky humor.” – Geeky Library 

“We get not one but three explosive clashes happening in different parts of the world, and then both alien factions raise the stakes. Now begins the wait for book three, and thanks to that cliffhanger I know I’m going to have a hard time being patient to see what happens next!” – The Bibliosanctum

Next up is:

Heartwood by Freya Robertson

Heartwood by Freya Robertson


“Compelling. I enjoyed the intricacies of the story and how detailed the world was. The interplay between elements was interesting and I would like to see future interactions between other elements. The differences between the water and the earth were well explored and their cultures were very different, both shaped by the same events, but in very different ways. I would definitely recommend this book.” – H Stoffel Book Reviews

“The author created a beautiful new world with Anguis. She also used nature in a creative way to shape her characters, their history and their religion. It was really great to read about the contrasting countries with their similar religions but with such a different interpretation of them and how they perceive each other and how that changed for certain people during their ordeal.” – Draumr Kopa Fantasy Book Blog 

Next up is:

Prince of Lies by Anne Lyle

Finally, we have more reviews to share for:

The Prince of Lies, by Anne Lyle

The Prince of Lies is a strong end to the trilogy. It wraps things up very well giving the characters a great send off and will have me
really interested in whatever Lyle writes next.” The Founding Fields 

“The explosive denouement of the novel is a skilled set piece of character beats, well described action, and exciting confrontations in an excellent location for action shenanigans. Its quite probably the best sequence in the entire trilogy.” SF Signal 

“This is as exciting and action-packed as the previous two volumes, and it picks up all the loose threads that were left hanging at the end of The Merchant of Dreams… I highly recommend this book.” Fantasy Faction

Crux by Ramez Naam 

Crux by Ramez NaamCrux does what sci-fi is supposed to do: Leave you staring into a future you never thought of. Make you wonder where you would fit. And challenge previous sci-fi scenarios.”
– Tom Shippey, The Wall Street Journal

“Smart, thoughtful, and hard to drop, this richly nuanced sequel outshines its predecessor with a wide cast of characters and some complicated, uneasy questions about power, responsibility, and the future of humanity.” – Publishers Weekly

“Potent like Naam’s vividly imagined nano-drug Nexus, Crux is a heady cocktail of ideas and page-turning prose. It left my brain buzzing for days afterwards.”
– Hannu Rajaniemi, author of The Quantum Thief and The Fractal Prince

“Nexus and Crux are a devastating probe into the political consequences of transhumanism; a sharp, chilling look at our likely future.” – Charles Stross

“A blisteringly paced technothriller that dives deeper and even better into the chunky questions raised by Nexus. This is a fabulous book, and it ends in a way that promises at least one more. Count me in.” – Cory Doctorow, author of Little Brother

“Highly recommended for preparation of the future revolution.” – Harper Reed, former CTO of Obama for America

“A brilliant book, full of mind-blowing tech drawn in highly believable fashion. Naam’s action sequences carry a brutal intensity, and every time you think he’ll finally let you breathe the stakes rise even higher.” – Jason M. HoughNew York Times best-selling author of The Darwin Elevator

Crux is an outstanding speculative fiction adventure … in the same league as Michael Crichton and Daniel Suarez. Put it at the top of your summer reading list!” – Scientific American 

“Sublime. This book is speculative fiction at its finest.. Mr. Naam masterfully mobilizes the zeitgeist of contemporary political and tech culture.. Tempts readers with equal parts dread and optimism. This is not a book to be missed.”  – Page of Reviews 

“Readers of Ramez Naam‘s techno-thriller Nexus will not want to miss the awesome sequel,Crux.” – Kurzweil AI

Crux does the work of great science fiction. It makes the reader look closely and critically at what kind of world we’re building here and now.” – Kent Peterson

“Naam’s writing is always strong, fluid and sure. With gripping, heart-pounding action scenes and muscle-binding tension normally reserved for horror stories, Crux is a book you don’t want to miss.” – Allways Unmended

“A worthy sequel that reads like a mash-up of Michael Crichton and Tom Clancy, Naam’s cyberpunk thriller is even better than the original.” – SF Signal

“I found myself tearing through the pages as chapters flew by from different characters’ perspectives until the final pieces fall into place.If you enjoyed Nexus you will absolutely love Crux.” – My Bookish Ways

Crux would probably work fantastically as a movie and I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw a whole franchise spawning from Naam’s creations. […] Until then we should enjoy the thought provoking, but ultimately fun, workings of Nexus 5.”



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