Blog-Love for July and Announcements!

01 Jul

Hey everyone! πŸ™‚ I am absolutely vrot (that’s Afrikaans for rotten) with a cold, but thankfully, it’s not dripping from my nose yet. πŸ˜‰

It’s that time again on the blog – get ready for links from all over the blogospere, including authors, publishers and my fellow reviewers and bloggers! πŸ™‚ But before we get to that, let’s get the announcement out of the way:

The One-Year Birthday of the Blog is coming up this month πŸ™‚ and David and I have spoken about getting a proper structure going for the blog. What does that mean? Well, I’ve been getting a lot of info lately that I’d like to share with you but, but short of blasting everyone (and that includes the Blog’s Facebook Page) with constant updates (which, let’s face it, will get very irritating very quickly), we’d like to set aside each day of the week for specific posts. Not only will this give us more of a routine to follow, but our readers will then also be able to visit the blog on specific days for specific info (if they so choose). πŸ™‚

We will also be setting up a new page with our contact details, so those who would like to get into contact with us will be able to without searching the whole blog for email addresses. πŸ™‚

David and I will be sitting soon and working everything out, and we’ll post about that new structure as soon as it’s finalized. The look of the Blog won’t be changing (I like it too much), just the way we post info and reviews. πŸ™‚

Okay, here’s what’ll be coming up in the next few days: I’ll be (finally!) posting my review of Michael J Sullivan’s Avempartha tomorrow, and David’s next review will be up after that. I will also be doing a guest-review on My Favourite Books soon (just need to send the review through to Liz), and there will also be some info regarding Chris Evans, Dark Horse, and a host of other stuff. πŸ™‚ The usual giveaways will also be occurring (got some great new books today that I can’t wait to giveaway!), and I will also be doing an interview with Mark Charan Newton soon, but this’ll be an interview with a twist! πŸ™‚

Okay, let’s get to Blog-Love! πŸ™‚

Bloggers first:

Bibliophile Stalker posted the interesting What Publishers Can Learn from Other Genre Publications and Links and Plugs for today,

Blood of the Muse in 100 pages into both Nowhere-Land and Warbreaker, and has reviewed Ken Scholes’ Lamentation (HAVE to get my hands on this one!),

Graeme has reviewed the first two issues of Olympus, has news on China Mièville in London (which I also have, at the end of this post), and also reviews the Star Trek The Next Generation manga from Tokyopop,

Over at Bookgeeks, Matthew reviews The Forest of Hands and Teeth (can’t wait for my winning copy to arrive! Yes, I won another book!), Meirion reviews Ox-Tales: Earth, and Ben review’s Miller’s Spent,

Club Jade (an awesome site for Star Wars-related news; if you haven’t been there yet, check it out!) has some EU (Expanded Universe) news, a video from an Ewok-Lover, and they also have news about the latest Star Wars Robot Chicken DVD release!

Mihai tells us about the 2009 Locus Awards, looks back on the forever-lost half of 2009 and also reviews The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (also have to read this one, and nope, haven’t seen the movie yet),

Fantasy Book Critic reviews The New Space Opera 2, Dragonseed, and has their usual excellent spotlight on books for July! πŸ™‚

Fantasy Book News & Reviews asks, What Happened to Dragonlance?

Grasping for the Winds wants to know, visualizes and reviews! πŸ™‚

My Favourite Books reviewed The Name of the Wind! πŸ™‚

Neth Space reviews Best Served Cold (yet another book I MUST make time for!),

Gav is taking a break (what’s that, can you eat it?) – joking! Enjoy, Gav! πŸ™‚

Pat, has as always, got pleanty happening on the blog: he’s posted an excerpt of the eagerly-awaited new Robin Hobb book, has received (and oh how my blood boils in jealousy!!!) page proofs of Steven Erikson’s Dust of Dreams, and also announces the winners of his The Price of Spring giveaway!

Check out these three posts for an insight into writing from Tara. πŸ™‚

The Book Swede let’s Death speak,

The Road Not Taken makes a promise πŸ™‚

Adam Whitehead suggests where new readers of Alistair Reynolds can start reading, and also reviews the Amtrak Wars book, Earth Thunder, as well as Aldiss’ Harm,

Un:Bound offers reviews on a book I’ve got but haven’t read yet (and will now make time for!), as well as P.C. and Kristin Cast’s Marked – with Undead and Uneasy. πŸ™‚

Mark Chitty reviews Xenopath and has another excellent post up focusing on SF releases for July! πŸ™‚

Okay, let’s see what some authors have been up to lately:

Brandon Sanderson let’s us know about a Mistborn-related giveaway,

David Anthony Durham recommends …… (not telling you, head on over to check it out!),

Jonathan Maberry spotlights what various authors are saying about Thrillfest 2009 in New York,

Karen Miller shows off the very cool cover of The Prodigal Mage and also points us to a post that had her giggling, πŸ™‚

Robert Redick offers his thoughts on Star Trek,

Steve Perry has the Stupid Criminal of the Week (awesome! Laughed myself breathless!),

Jasper Kent points us to 5 books that have influenced him,

Paul McAuley tells us what he saw at the Physics for Fiction meeting,

and last, but not, least, Peter V Brett rips into me, showcases some cool fan-art, and has some awesome news regarding a little something coming from SubPress!! πŸ™‚

Now for some publisher-related posts:

John Jarrold breaks the news of Nights of Villjamur being reprinted (awesome! Congrats, Mark!) and also breaks the news of a new two-book deal for a horror novelist (the news will be appearing here on the Blog, too),

Suvudu recommends what they think you should be reading after finishing Stephanie Meyer’s books (and I agree, looks like an interesting series),

Tor / Forge announce their new releases, showcase some videos from Corey Doctorow’s Little Brother play, and also announce that Little Brother has won the 2009 John W Campbell Award! Congrats, Corey! πŸ™‚

The Black Library’s blog points us toward two reviews, πŸ™‚

And last but not least, Orbit loves Nicole! πŸ™‚

And here’s a chance for you to meet China MiΓ¨ville! πŸ™‚ He will be out an about in London, so mark the dates in your diary!

China Mieville

7th July – Upstairs at The Pineapple Public House
51 Leverton Street, London , NW5 2NX
For further details, email Richard ( rtvnr1{at}googlemail{dot}com )

9th July – The Wapping Project, 7.30pm
The Greenhouse, Wapping Hydraulic Power Station Wapping Wall, London , E1W 3ST
For further information, click here.

11th July – Bookmarks Bookshop, 2pm
1 Bloomsbury Street, London , WC1B 3QE
For further information, telephone 020 7637 1848

16th July – London Literature Festival, 7pm
Level 5 Function Room, Southbank Centre
For further information, click here.

29th & 30th August – Edinburgh International Book Festival
For further information, click here.

Okay, that’s it, guys and girls. πŸ™‚ I’ll be back tomorrow with my review of Avempartha, see you then! πŸ™‚


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