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WIN: A Signed ARC of Jeff Noon’s A Man of Shadows

A Man of Shadows by Jeff Noon

In case you’ve yet to hear, we’re publishing Jeff Noon’s highly anticipated new novel A Man of Shadows this August.

Now, we don’t often do physical advanced reading copies (ARCs) of our novels but, as a special treat, we did arrange for a limited run of physical ARCs for the novel. These were snapped up in record time, but we did manage to wrestle a single copy from the grasp of a desperate, ravenous reader. We’ve been told they’re recovering and managing well without their arms, which is lucky, as we were loathe to give up our fancy new office ornaments.

Our question is, do you want the ARC signed by Jeff (possibly (but probably not) in his own blood)?

If so, we’re going to run a competition over the next week. Here’s how you can enter:

Jeff is known for his novels Vurt, Automated Alice, Channel Sk1n, Pollen and a whole host more, but also known for his amazing Twitter feed full of strange, dreamlike tweets that read like stories in themselves. For example:

What we want you to do, dear Robot horde, is to create your own dreamlike story in 100 – 140 characters and tweet it to us (or email penny.reeve@angryrobotbooks.com, if you don’t have love for Twitter). We’ll pick the winner – and by that we mean the author of the strangest, weirdest and smartest story – next Thursday at 12 noon, UK time.

What are you still reading this for? Better get crafting that story!

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GoodReads Giveaways: The Copper Promise and The Iron Ghost

The Iron Ghost by Jen Williams (US/CAN)You’ll want to pay attention Robots, there’s some books up for grabs!

Over here at Angry Robot HQ we’re having a pre-squee moment for the upcoming release of Jen Williams The Iron Ghost on January 3! And because we want to share the joy we’ve arranged a couple of giveaways over on GoodReads. Not only that, but we’re also giving away copies of the first book in the series, The Copper Promise. Two killer fantasy books for free? Bet you won’t say no to that! One catch, as the books are only released by us in the US/Canada the giveaway is only open to residents of those two countries…sorry!

You’ll find a synopsis, plus dates each for the giveaway, below:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Copper Promise by Jen Williams

The Copper Promise

by Jen Williams

Giveaway ends December 14, 2016.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

There are some tall stories about the caverns beneath the Citadel – about magic and mages and monsters and gods.

Wydrin of Crosshaven has heard them all, but she’s spent long enough trawling caverns and taverns with her companion Sir Sebastian to learn that there’s no money to be made in chasing rumours.

But then a crippled nobleman with a dead man’s name offers them a job: exploring the Citadel’s darkest depths. It sounds like just another quest with gold and adventure … if they’re lucky, they might even have a tale of their own to tell once it’s over.

These reckless adventurers will soon learn that sometimes there is truth in rumour. Sometimes a story can save your life.

Giveaway ends December 14, 2016.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Iron Ghost by Jen Williams

The Iron Ghost

by Jen Williams

Giveaway ends December 30, 2016.
See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

Beware the dawning of a new mage…

Wydrin of Crosshaven, Sir Sebastian and Lord Aaron Frith are experienced in the perils of stirring up the old gods. They are also familiar with defeating them, and the heroes of Baneswatch are now enjoying the perks of suddenly being very much in demand for their services.

When a job comes up in the distant city of Skaldshollow, it looks like easy coin – retrieve a stolen item, admire the views, get paid. But in a place twisted and haunted by ancient magic, with the most infamous mage of them all, Joah Demonsworn, making a reappearance, our heroes soon find themselves threatened by enemies on all sides, old and new. And in the frozen mountains, the stones are walking…

Giveaway ends December 30, 2016.

The Iron Ghost will be released on January 3. The Copper Promise is available from all reputable and less reputable booksellers now.

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GoodReads Giveaways: Seven Forges Series

Hello lovely Robots!

Fancy getting your hands on a whole bundle of wonderful books?

Well if you do, you’re in luck! If you head on over to GoodReads, we’re giving away ALL the books in James A. Moore’s Seven Forges Series to celebrate the release of  his new book The Last Sacrifice, the first in The Tides of War series.

Amazing right? That’s 4 books for free! Although there’s a different book scheduled each week, this means you have four chances to win the whole series. Eeeeeek. Below is the date for each giveaway, plus synopsis for each book in the series:

December 1 – 8 Seven Forges (bundle)

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Seven Forges by James A. Moore

Seven Forges

by James A. Moore

Giveaway ends December 08, 2016.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

Synopsis: 

The people of Fellein have lived with legends for many centuries. To their far north, the Blasted Lands are vast, desolate and impassable, but that doesn’t stop the occasional expedition in search of the ancients who once live their and their rumored riches.  Captain Merros Dulver is the first to find a path beyond the great mountains known as the Seven Forges and encounter the half‐forgotten race who live there, who appear to be expecting him. He returns home with an entourage of strangers, but starts to wonder whether his discovery has been a positive one.

 

December 8 – 15 The Blasted Lands (bundle)

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Blasted Lands by James A. Moore

The Blasted Lands

by James A. Moore

Giveaway ends November 29, 2016.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

Synopsis:

The Empire of Fellein is in mourning. The Emperor is dead, and their armies have grown soft. Merros Dulver, their newly-appointed – and somewhat reluctant – commander, has been tasked with preparing them to fight the most savage enemy the world has yet seen. Meanwhile, a perpetual storm ravages the Blasted Lands, and a new threat is about to arise – the Broken are coming, and with them only Death.

December 15 – 22 City of Wonders (bundle)

Goodreads Book Giveaway

City of Wonders by James A. Moore

City of Wonders

by James A. Moore

Giveaway ends December 22, 2016.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

Synopsis:

Old Canhoon, the City of Wonders, is facing a population explosion as refugees from Tyrne and Roathes alike try to escape the Sa’ba Taalor. All along the border between the Blasted Lands and the Fellein Empire, armies clash and the most powerful empire in the world is pushed back toward the old Capital. From the far east, the Pilgrim gathers an army of the faithful, heading for Old Canhoon, where the imperial family struggles against enemies old and new. In the distant Taalor valley, Andover Lashk continues his quest and must make a final decision, while at the Mounds, something inhuman is awakened and set free.

December 22 – 29 The Silent Army (bundle)

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Silent Army by James A. Moore

The Silent Army

by James A. Moore

Giveaway ends December 29, 2016.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

Synopsis:

The City of Wonders has been saved and the Silent Army is risen, ready to defend the Fellein Empire and Empress Nachia at any cost. The power that was hidden in the Mounds is on the move, seeking a final confrontation with the entities that kept it locked away since the Cataclysm. Andover Lashk has come to accept his destiny and prepares to journey back to Fellein. The Sa’ba Taalor continue their domination over each country and people they encounter, but the final conflict is coming: The Great Wave of the Sa’ba Taalor stands to destroy an empire and the Silent Army prepares to stop them in their tracks.

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Robots vs. Aliens

Hi, Robot Legions. Sales-and-Marketing-9000 Mike here.

Alien invasions are having a resurgence. But we at Angry Robot want the earth all to ourselves. So we’ve assembled a crack squadron of Angry Robot protagonists to strike back at the alien invaders.

So why not make a contest of it?

 

Study this screenshot from my game of X-Com 2:

 

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100th Book – the last day of celebration!

WIN 100 EBOOKS!

Earlier this month we published Angry Robot’s 100th book (Adam Christopher’s Hang Wire), and we’ve had lots of special offers and competitions with various online and offline partners. Today we’re running our last competition.

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This competition is not open to residents of the US and Canada (though residents of Quebec may enter)*, but if you live anywhere else in the world you may enter.

The prize? Each of the first 100 Angry Robot ebooks on a shiny robot USB stick (click here for the full list).

How To Enter

Simply leave your favourite joke in the comments section, below, and once you’ve done it copy and Tweet the following:

Happy 100th Book to Angry Robot. Read my favourite joke at http://tinyurl.com/Angry100 #AR100

You get one entry for leaving your joke, and one extra entry for Tweeting. If you don’t have a Twitter account, don’t worry, you can still enter – you just get one name in the hat, instead of two.

Competition is open until we get into the office around 8.00am GMT on Monday 3rd March. We’ll announce the winner soon after.

*The magnificent folk at the equally magnificent Tor.com ran a similar competition (with the same prize) for residents of the US and Canada (excluding Quebec), so we thought it fair to let everyone else have a turn.

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Robot Round Up 24/01/14

Hey everyone,

Round up time again, and this week we’re taking a look at our 100th book(!), Adam Christopher’s Hang Wire. We’ve been getting some great reviews, and there are also some cool competitions running to celebrate 100 Angry Robot books!

 

Hang Wire by Adam Christopher

We’ve had such a great response to Hang Wire, but before we dive into what you guys have been saying about it, let’s take a look at some of things Adam has been up to.

Hang Wire by Adam ChristopherAdam talks superheroes on the Reader/Writer podcast, and over at BRSBKBLOG, Peter Sutton asks him a few questions about Hang Wire and his writing. Hang Wire also gets a mention in SF Signal’s Mind Meld: Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2014!

Meanwhile, we’re running a giveaway for Hang Wire  over on Goodreads, with ten copies to send to lucky winners! Adam is also running his own fantastic pre-order competition on his site, with plenty of goodies to be won.

But that’s not all! Want to win all 100 Angry Robot books? To celebrate the release of Hang Wire, our 100th book, readers of Tor.com in the US and Canada (excluding Quebec) can win a flash USB drive containing all 100 of our books (plus a few extra surprises). Enter over on Tor.com here. And for readers everywhere else, don’t worry – we have something coming for you very soon!

And don’t forget, Adam will be signing copies of Hang Wire (with special limited editions available at the event) at Forbidden Planet’s London Megastore at the launch party on Thursday 6th March, from 6 – 7pm!

Phew! On to the reviews…

“The sheer volume of ideas is dizzying… an enjoyably fast-paced read.”
– SFX Magazine.

“Christopher fulfils our expectations and more: just when we think the story couldn’t get any weirder, he adds a whole new layer of weird, bouncing from one unexpected moment of goofiness to another, keeping us stuck to our chairs until we think it’ll take an industrial-strength solvent to pry us loose. Days after finishing the book, you’ll still have a grin on your face.”
– Booklist Starred Review

“To put it simply, this is one of the best sci-fi novels in years. Try this one out, it’s a worthwhile experience and one that beats any number of Hollywood blockbusters for pure originality and panache. A fantastic read.”
– Kafka’s Cage

“There’s only so much praise you can heap on a book, and I’m going to lay it on thick here. HANG WIRE is a damn cool book. It’s the perfect example of deep and well thought-out characterisation, diversification, multi dimensional plotting, and clever (and at times poetic) writing. ”
– Just A Guy That Likes To Read

“The plot within Hang Wire is just as original as his previous work and like before, he loads it up on characters and ideas … it’s a fun novel with a hell of an interesting cast.”
– EveryReadThing

“[Hang Wire] feels like an old story, but one told in a fresh and relevant way. Which to me means it is excellent storytelling. It could be read as almost anti-science or anti-science fiction even (anti- as in opposite, not against), reflecting past-times when horrors such as earthquakes and comets were explained by supernatural events … So, what is Hang Wire? A very good piece of storytelling. A damn fine read.”
– Geek Syndicate

“Hang Wire tells a number of tales all at once. It’s a detective story, a horror, a little bit of science fiction and a lot of urban fantasy. It’s a heady mix and throwing all these elements together means Adam Christopher is able to keep things rolling along at a hell of a pace.”
– The Taichung Bookworm

“An excellent read, Adam Christopher once again reminds us why he is your go-to writer for awesome urban fantasy as he crafts an unputdownable tale that makes Angry Robot’s 100th Novel an excellent read!”
– Bane of Kings, The Founding Fields

“It kept me on my toes and kept me wondering who it and they were. I also enjoyed the dash of mythology thrown into it and the sense of the mystical that the circus theme always brings.”
– BookCharmed

“It’s an absorbing read … The pacing is really good: there was never a point where I could put it down and not wonder what was coming up next.”
– The Bibliophibian

“The worldbuilding is light but effective and the plot runs along at a fair pace with some great imagery … Overall – being an Angry Robot book you expect it’ to be pacy and intelligent with good plotting and Christopher really delivers. Recommended.”
– BRSBKBLOG

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Adam Christopher’s Awesome Pre-Order Contest

 

To celebrate his starred review from Booklist for Hang Wire, Adam Christopher, author of Empire State, Seven Wonders, The Age Atomic and upcoming Hang Wire, is running an amazing contest over on his site. Simply pre-order (or buy when it’s released) a copy of Hang Wire or The Burning Dark to be in with a chance of winning this truly fantastic pile of loot:

Hang Wire by Adam Christopher– The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes (South African paperback, *signed*)
– London Falling by Paul Cornell (UK trade paperback, *signed*)
– The Shambling Guide to New York City by Mur Lafferty (US trade paperback, *signed*)
– The Split Worlds Trilogy: Between Two Thorns, Any Other Name, All is Fair by Emma Newman (UK paperbacks, *signed*)
– Fiddlehead by Cherie Priest (US trade paperback, *signed*)
– Vicious by VE Schwab (US hardcover, *signed*)
– Shovel Ready by Adam Sternbergh (US hardcover, *signed*)
– Bandette: Volume One: Presto! by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover (US hardcover, *signed*)
– The Kick-Ass Writer by Chuck Wendig (US trade paperback, *signed*)
– The Copper Promise by Jen Williams (UK trade paperback, *signed*)

WOW! That’s TWELVE signed books, including Angry Robot author Chuck Wendig and our very own Split Worlds trilogy by Emma Newman! Find out more about the contest and the rules on Adam’s site, here.

Want to enter? Here’s the buying info for Hang WireRead More

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Festive Competition: The Winners

Happy Monday, one and all!

Last week we ran a competition asking you to change our titles into something a bit more festive, and this was no challenge for you lot! We had quite the range of answers, some made us laugh and others groan with the cheese factor, but we did enjoy reading them. It was no easy decision but there must be a winner…but before that, here’s a reminder of the prize:

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And for closer inspection…for those of you who think it’s the tree you’re winning…

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Smell Like an Elizabethan – Anne Lyle’s Fragrant Giveaway

Want to smell like an Elizabethan? Have you seen the fabulous giveaway running over on author Anne Lyle’s blog?

Anne’s friend Naomi Clarke has created two scents based on the characters in the Night’s Masque series, one for Mal and one for Coby! To celebrate the launch of the two new fragrances, Anne is running a competition to win two sampler sets of a 1ml vial of each fragrance to try.

Head on over to enter and to find out more about the scents, and check out the fragrances on Naomi’s Etsy page here. Read More

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Book Cover Fun – the winners!

About 4 weeks ago we ran a competition to recreate one of our book covers using toys, people, posts of custard – whatever.

The reason we’ve waited until now to publish the winners is not because we forgot to check the email account that the entries were sent into, oh no! The reason is far more interesting than that, we’re sure – and when we’ve worked out what the reason actually is, we might post it here. Read More

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Book Cover Fun – A Competition

We love our authors, dearly. Especially when they do weird and wonderful things like this:

The Alchemist of Souls by Anne Lyle

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(And no, we’re not sure why the covers are staggered like that – let’s just pretend it’s a deliberate design choice, and forget all about it).

Anne has recreated all three of her Night’s Masque books using Playmobil toys. See the full set here.

So we’ve decided to steal the idea honour her genius and run a competition.

What we’d like you to do:

Choose any Angry Robot book cover (they’re all there – over to the right and down a bit) and make your own version of it in the same way as Anne. You can use toys, people, masks, animals, trees, fish fingers – whatever you like. We’ll feature the winners on this page.

Stuff you need to know:
1) The cover should be a recognisable recreation of one of our covers.
2) Send your cover to us on a CD at the following address: Yeah, right! Email your image as a .jpg or .gif (RGB, not CMYK, please. If you don’t know what that means, just send it – it’ll be fine) to: INCOMING @ ANGRYROBOTBOOKS.COM
3) Closing date for entries: Midnight (wherever you are) on Wednesday, 30th October.
4) Q: “Do you mean midnight going into Wednesday, or midnight at the other end?”
A: Ah, you, know – whatevs.
5) Q: “No, I really need to know…”
A: {insert big, dramatic sigh} “OK, then – you can have until midnight coming out of Wednesday, and into Thursday.”
6) Anyone can enter, from anywhere in the world. Even if you’re a member of the Angry Robot team, or if you’re an Angry Robot author (though you probably won’t win), or if you’re a badger.

The Prizes.
Dunno, yet – we only just thought of the competition. Stuff from around the office, probably (books, audiobooks, stuff like that). The prize is hardly the point, is it? I mean, come on! Some people – sheesh!

 

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WIN STUFF: Friday 13th Giveaway

Not that I am in anyway superstitious (only when it comes to the order of which I put on my football gear. Oh, and magpies. And not putting new shoes on a table. And fairy forts, or single trees in fields, and it just makes sense to cross a river if you’re being chased by evil spirits – of course they can’t reach you then) BUT IF I WAS, Friday 13th might not be my favourite day.

So how’s about Angry Robot make Friday 13th a lucky day? To win 13 of our titles, all you have to do is like our Facebook page and share it with your friends – couldn’t really be any easier, could it?  If you already have liked our page, you can enter by posting on our Facebook wall telling us why you love Angry Robot!

Deadline is 10pm BST today, and I’ll get in touch with the winner afterwards to arrange delivery of 13 amazing, angry, books! The winner will be picked randomly, as will the 13 titles*. Lucky dip making Friday 13th even luckier. Sorted.

Now, where’d I put my four-leaf clover?

*If you’re really lucky, I may even add some rare, brand spanking new, ARCs. But, only if you’re really lucky.

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Robot For A Day – Meet the Winners!

robotthumbsmLast month we held our Robot For A Day competition, and now we can reveal the names of the winners!

Mark Nuhfer is our overseas winner, and wins a choice of 12 Angry Robot books – either physical, or pre-loaded onto a Nook ebook reader.

Congratulations, Mark!

And in the UK, Nikki Walters is the lucky recipient of the main prize: as well as the same prize as Mark, Nikki gets to come to Angry Robot Towers in Nottingham, and spend the day with us,working as part of the Angry Robot team, helping choose some books for us to buy and publish, and generally being one of the gang (oh, and having a long, luxurious pub lunch, of course).

Congratulations, Nikki – we’re looking forward to meeting you!

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Robot For A Day – The Winners

robotworldLast month we held our favourite competition so far – Robot For A Day.

The prize was the best we could think of – we announced we would have 2 winners – a UK-based winner and an overseas winner.

Both winners will get their choice of a selection of Angry Robot Books (any 12) or a Nook ebook reader loaded with a selection of titles (any 12).

The UK-based winner will also get the chance to be a Robot For A Day.

We will pay travel expenses for the winner to travel from wherever they live in mainland UK to the Angry Robot offices in Nottingham at a mutually convenient time.

The winner gets to work as part of the Angry Robot team for the day, to include:

  • • Meeting the editors and Publishing Director
  • • Wrangling book data for a selection of titles to be uploaded to major online book retailers
  • • To come up with some sample book cover blurbs for a title or two
  • • Some proofreading
  • • Pub lunch (an essential part of any publisher’s day!)
  • • Take part in an acquisitions meeting, and help to choose some books to buy for publication (how cool is that!)
  • • To get their thoughts on potential cover designs for the books in the acquisitions

Yeah, that’s pretty good.

Well, the winners have been chosen, and will be contacted over the next few days, and announced on this site once they’ve been contacted. So, if you entered the competition (and there were a lot of you!) keep an eye on your inbox and on this site, just in case.

If you didn’t win, thank you for entering. We’ll publish the results of the competition next week.

We also ran a preview competition (details here). The winner was Pete, who wins a selection of Angry Robot goodies. Check your inbox, Pete – there’s an email form me in there…

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