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Angry Robot Review: Sixty-One Nails by Mike Shevdon

This review was originally posted over at Realms & Galaxies: Celebrating SFF on the 26th of October, 2009.

Reviewed by David Jooste.

Hey guys and girls.

David here, once again.

With Halloween just around the corner I have a great review for you. Thanks to our friends over at Angry Robot I was Fortunate enough to get my hands on an amazing book. Now by that i mean I had to force myself to put it down every single time.

Today I’m bringing you a review on Mike Shevdon’s amazing urban fantasy Sixty-One Nails. The first in the Courts of the Feyre series.


Images chaotic, a vision of a black cat, a building, a room, an underground chamber, and island of stone, a dark alter and an ominous iron door. These are the images the creature called Kareesh gave Niall. There meaning remains unsure but it is the only way for him to survive in this dark world he suddenly became a part of.

Now with his savior, the mysterious Blackbird, Naill must find his place in the world of the Feyre, forgetting his old life and learn to use his new found gifts, a gift that to the fey means nothing but death.

Will he succeed or will his failure result in the ancient seventh court returning from exile and bringing with them a new age of suffering for all human kind and half breeds.

Well there’s your little teaser, and I hope it will make you as eager to read this book as I was.

Now I have to say in my opinion there is very little wrong with this piece of mastery. the characters are well shaped and developed. The storyline keeps a constant pace, which in turn keeps you locked in, and the research done for the book is superb.

Something that i loved about the book is the amount of detail Mike placed in it. Through your journey you encounter all the myths and superstitions that make tales of the fey so memorable. None of this new age stuff.

It all falls back to things such their weakness to cold iron, the power of a simple horse shoe, even the attitudes and types of behaviours that were originally associated with these beings. Even old lore about the power held within you name is included.

As for other aspects in the book. Mike even includes an explanation of where the Quit Rent ceremony comes from, which in turn forms an integral part of the storyline and is in fact an actual even. I believe it took place in London this week or last week.

The characters in the book are completely lovable. Right from the start you grow close to Naill, aka Rabbit, and Blackbird.

As you venture through the story you go through Rabbits joy and pain, frustration and confusion as he must come to terms with the fact that he is now one of the Fey and must discover and learn to use his new gifts in order to survive. You work with him to find a lost secret that will give him access to the Six Courts of the Feyre, and possible safety not only for himself but for his daughter as well.

Blackbird is also an amazing character, if not the better. Saving Rabbit and then leading him on the path to self discovery. A creature of the Fey herself, fire and air, also known as a fey’ree, she has been around for hundreds of years having both the knowledge on how to survive and the strength of character to do what must be done.

But there is a deeper story to her past as well, the reason why she has been hiding for so long and cannot even remember what she really looks like, shocking but yes. A story that is much closer to Naill then even he could have guessed.

Though i do feel sorry for Naill as she changes her glamour from an old lady to a voluptuous beauty every so often.

Well that’s about that, I will leave the rest for you to discover. This is definitely a must read for me and one of my top books of the year.

The streets of London will never be the same with these two walking them.

Well done Mike, I can’t wait for the next one, Road to Bedlam. Warden Alshirian, that should be interesting.

Now then for our reader the UK launch date for this book is the 29th of October 2009. Over here I’m not sure but it should hit our shelves early next year so keep an eye out for this one.

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2010 in Angry Robot, Reviews

 

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Angry Robot and Robert VS Redick at Forbidden Planet!

Hey guys and girls of the UK, some great news for you that you’ve no-doubt already heard. 🙂 But you know me, spread the news far and wide I say!

The official UK launch of Angry Robot, the awesome new SF, F and WTF? imprint that’s been steadily building a robot army and bringing us some wonderful new fiction to get lost in, will be on my birthday – the 10th of October! 🙂 So, while I’m here in South Africa wishing I was at the launch to meet the authors and the people behind Angry Robot, many of you will be enjoying great company and even better books at Forbidden Planet! 🙂 I would say I’m jealous, but hey, you wouldn’t really care, right? 😉

And just because I’m not going to be there doesn’t mean I shouldn’t spread the word – after all, the more people read the awesome books that Angry Robot is bringing us, the faster they’ll take over the world!! Mwahahahahaha -ha -huhg -urgh! *clears his throat*

Check out the info below!

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Invite everyone you think will enjoy the company of great authors (Dan Abnett, Andy Remic and Colin Harvey) to celebrate the UK launch of Angry Robot! The more the merrier! 🙂

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And there’s more!

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The excellent Robert VS Redick, author of The Red Wolf Conspiracy and The Rats and the Ruling Sea, as well as friend of the ward-master, Peter V Brett, will be at Forbidden Planet too – and here’s the cherry on the icing for sure: Want to get your hands on The Rats and the Ruling Sea before the official publishing date? Well then you better be at Forbidden Planet on the 16th of October!

The event will begin at 6 and go on through to 7 (that’s the evening, yes folks, not even I would wake up that early in the freezing UK!), but you better get there early to avoid having to fight your way through other rabid fans. 🙂 Don’t want to wait until the 29th of October to get your copy of the second book in The Chathrand Voyage (that is the new official publishing date)? Then make a point of getting to Forbidden Planet on the 16th of October! 🙂

Also, if you just can’t make it to the signing (I’ve got an excuse, I’m on a different continent), you can still order your copies of The Rats and the Ruling Sea and should get them well before the 29th. 🙂

And finally, here’s a little something that I saw that’s truly wrong – if you’re on Facebook, a fan of Robert and his work, then join the fan-page! 🙂

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Posted by on September 29, 2009 in Angry Robot, Announcements

 

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Mark C Newton’s City of Ruin and New Angry Robot Author-Announcement!

Mark has unveiled the blurb and cover for his sequel (highly, highly anticipated!) to Nights of Villjamur – City of Ruin. 🙂

You can go ahead and read the blurb on his blog (just follow the link above), but I thought I’d go ahead and showcase the cover – not yet sure if I like it or not, but one thing is sure – what’s inside will be incredible! 🙂

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Can’t wait!

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Next up, Angry Robot has announced who the latest author to join the fold is: Ian Whates! Taken from the website – “He will be writing a series of novels set in one of the most extraordinary fantasy settings since Gormenghast – the vertical city of Thaiburley. From its towering palatial heights to the dregs who dwell in The City Below, it’s an incredible creation. When Tom, a teenage street thief from the depths, ventures into the uppermost levels to impress a girl, the last thing he expects to do is witness a murder. Accused of the crime, he must use all of his knowledge of the ancient city to flee certain death.” Sounds great to me, and, if I may go so far, sounds like Mark Newton might have some competition soon! 🙂

Ian is also a member of Wonderlands (just goes to show how long its been since I was there, feeling very guilty!). 🙂 Ian’s first novel for AR, City of Dreams and Nightmare, will be out in March 2010, with the sequel, City of Hope and Despair, to follow that. 🙂

AR has also unveiled the cover to Dan Abnett’s Triumff:

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Lots of goodness coming from Angry Robot! 🙂

Be EPIC!

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2009 in Angry Robot, Announcements

 

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Angry Robot Review: Moxyland by Lauren Beukes

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Last night (this being Thursday evening through till Friday morning) I plowed through a hectic sinus-headache to finish Moxyland. That’s how good this book is.

Let me try and set the scene for you: Cape Town, South Africa, some time in the future. We follow four pre-thirties characters as they go about their lives and swirl around each other in a world that seems to have gone a bit nuts – corporations run everything, the South African Police Services (SAPS, as we know them) plays pre-recorded messages to disperse unlawful gatherings before using nano-fueled dogs, and your online identity is more important that your physical life, because if you aren’t connected, you can’t do anything; well, you could, but then you wouldn’t be much better off than the homeless kids or the Rurals (more on that later)…

And then all of the above doesn’t even touch on all the subjects that Moxyland deals with. 🙂

Reading Moxyland is like being electrocuted with a blend of Philip K Dick’s A Scanner Darkly, George Orwell’s 1984 and Ian McDonald’s Necroville, with a dash of A Clockwork Orange, while enjoying the kind of great characters that writers like Stephen King and George RR Martin come up with.

As a South African reading it, I was struck by how well Lauren had captured our blend of cultures, and then taken those cultures a decade or two into the future; I haven’t ever been to Cape Town, but Lauren wrote Cape Town so well that I got the same feeling about the city after being submerged in the London of A Madness of Angels – you walk the streets, drive on the roads and smell the myriad scents, and even the people, the bergies and the internet-café employees and the shack-dwellers (most of the Rurals; as in, they come from outside SA and aren’t really a part of the country since most of them are too poor to be connected) come alive, lending the tale one of its many aspects of credibility. These aren’t stereotypes at all; they’re all normal people, struggling, as we do every day, to make sense of a world gone weird (or wired, should I say), and the way Lauren handles the integration of technology into everyday life begs the question: “How much place is there for a people’s culture, for their identity, in a world where everyone is connected to everyone else? Are we really better off when people know about the latest trends, products, games, movies and celebrities and are forgetting about who they are, as people?”

This is just one of the many questions this tale seeded in me, and that’s also one of the joys of this book: it’s the kind of book that makes you pick up your head, look around and ask, “Just what the fuck, exactly, is going on?” You may look at the world a bit differently; you may just realize that you had a life, once, without a cellphone or connection to the internet, and that, Oh my Goodness, nothing much has changed – except for the fact that we’re all learning how to be good little marketing drones for the money-makers. 🙂

Another aspect of Moxyland that I really enjoyed was the tech – none of it is outrageous or unbelievable, and everything has a proper use. Think your cellphone is cool now? Wait until you read where it may be headed! (Be afraid, I say, be very afraid!) The whole world changes with technology, even if we don’t admit it, and this is definitely reflected in Moxyland – from art galleries to how you clean your house / apartment to the clothes you wear. Not even ol’ Tom Cruise had it this fast and furious in Minority Report!

Going back to the characters, you’ll find yourself either loving or hating them. 🙂 You’ll meet Tendeka, Toby, Kendra and Lerato – they are our POV-people, and the tale unfolds as we take a ride behind their eyes.

Tendeka wants change, Toby wants fame, fortune and sugar, Kendra is finding herself, and Lerato is poised at the precipice; each character is unique, with their own lives, dramas, voices, hates, dislikes and loves. Sometimes the perspectives overlap, giving us an event from two angles, and it’s through these characters that we really connect with the world Lauren has created (and, some of you may agree, foreseen). You see all the angles, hear all the arguments, and this is particularly great because of the kind of book Moxyland is – like I said, you will question, you will ponder, you will agree and disagree, and I guarantee that at least one of the characters will resonate with you. 🙂

Lauren also kicks it into high gear from around the last 120 pages of the book, tension-wise (that’s one of the reasons that I plowed through the headache), and you’ll find yourself flipping the pages faster and faster. All of the character-arcs are resolved and there are more surprises than you can shake a stick at – one of them at least that should knock you into stunned silence. The preceding portions of the book are well-balanced with some laugh-out-loud moments, some moments that’ll have leave your eyes widened in shock, and all through it, you’ll feel amazed by Lauren’s Cape Town and the characters that inhabit it.

It is my opinion that this book will end up being one of the greats of contemporary future-fiction, and it can stand proud among the legends that authors such as Philip K Kick and George Orwell have given us – and also, coming from a South African writer, this is definitely a book that should force the rest of the publishing world to sit up and take notice. We can write here. 🙂

8.5 / 10

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Check out the official Moxyland website here, check out Moxyland’s spiffy new home here, and order your copies here (for SA), here (for the UK), and here (for the US).

Now that Angry Robot has officially launched (congrats to the guys and to all the authors who’s work will be published by Angry Robot!), expect to see much more from them, on this Blog and elsewhere! 🙂 My next Angry Robot review will be up soon! 🙂

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Posted by on July 7, 2009 in Angry Robot, Reviews

 

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Robot Army Website of the Month!

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I’m just so stoked at the moment! 🙂 Lee Harris from Angry Robot Books let me know earlier to check out the main base of the Robot Army and when I did, I saw this! 🙂

Thanks to Angry Robot and all their staff – this really is an honour! 🙂 Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside! 🙂

Although, the focus must remain on Angry Robot! 🙂 Not only have they got a batch of wonderful authors -who’s books will soon begin gracing our shelves- but they’re also one of the most promising imprints in publishing at the moment, and that’s no puffing up of the facts! To launch a new imprint when the market is as crowded as it is and to still be able to catch the authors they have (and continue to do) speaks very highly of the kind of imprint Angry Robot is and the kind of people who are behind it. 🙂

Thanks again, Angry Robot! 🙂 You guys rock! 🙂

Be EPIC!

 
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Posted by on June 17, 2009 in Angry Robot

 

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Angry Robot: The Day of the 3-Author Madness!

Some great news from Angry Robot! 🙂 Not one new-author announcement, but 3! 🙂

Press Release
15th June 2009
For Immediate Release
Angry Robot is presented today by the letter “M”s

Maurice Broaddus is one of the real good guys, so why the hell his fiction is so terrifying is beyond our understanding. The three books of the KNIGHTS OF BRETON COURT series is a modern retelling of the King Arthur cycle, set among the drug gangs of inner city America. Told through the eyes of King, as he tries to unite the crack dealers and do the right thing, it’s a stunning, edgy work, genuinely unlike anything we’ve ever read. Cheap movie analogy for you: Gilliam’s Fisher King meets The Wire. The first volume will be published by Angry Robot in summer 2010, with the remaining parts at six month intervals. Extraordinary. Check out more about Maurice here.
(Sounds awesome!)

Matt Forbeck… well, where do you start? Multiple award-winning fantasy game designer, computer game creative, writer of so many novels and comicbooks across all the major genre properties… So it’s about damn time someone allowed him free reign with his own novels, no? And we have a pair of stunners. AMORTALS, to be published November 2009, is set just a few years in the future. After a cop is killed, his reincarnated clone must find out who did the deed. Double Indemnity meets Altered Carbon? Roxor!
That’ll be followed late spring 2010 by the equally fabulous VEGAS KNIGHTS. It’s Oceans Eleven meets Harry Potter as three student wizards use Spring Break in an attempt to break a Vegas casino using magic. Only… the casino has its own sorcerers, and they’re not going to hand over all the moolah to a bunch of twenty year-old wandwavers. Check out more info on Matt here.
(Another sure-fire winner!)

Mike Shevdon is the Brit in our pile, and our debut novelist. The immense SIXTY-ONE NAILS and its sequel THE ROAD TO BEDLAM follow Niall Petersen, everyday guy, from a suspected heart attack on the London Underground, into the hidden world of the Feyre, an uncanny place of legend that lurks just beyond the surface of everyday life. The Untainted, the darkest of the Seven Courts, have made their play for power, and unless Niall can recreate the ritual of the Sixty-One Nails, their dark dominion will enslave all of the Feyre, and all of humankind too. A massive rollercoaster ride from a stunning new talent, the first volume will be in stores worldwide from November 2009. Check out more info on Mike here.
(Gimme more books like A Madness of Angels and I’m a happy man!)

Also in (older) Angry Robot news, here’s the cover for J. Robert King’s Angel of Death! 🙂

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All in all, great news from Angry Robot! 🙂

Be EPIC!

 
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Posted by on June 15, 2009 in Angry Robot

 

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Angry Robot News!

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This news from Lee Harris @ Angry Robot Books!

Hey guys and girls, the great folks over at Angry Robot have chosen their first-ever winner of the Website of the Month! 🙂 And the winner is…. (drumroll…)

SF Signal! 🙂 Congrats to the excellent people over at SFSignal – I couldn’t agree more that they definitely run a tight ship there, keeping us up to date with everything to do with SFF! 🙂 Congratulations, SFSignal 🙂

What have they won? Well, keep an eye on their site for the next two or so weeks – hopefully they’ll post the good news there, too, and fill us in on the prizes! 🙂

Once again, congrats! 🙂

Also, Angry Robot has signed a new author! 🙂

We’re over the moon to welcome British science fiction writer COLIN HARVEY to our happy but metallic band. The Bristol-based author has signed up with us for two novels, the first of which – WINTER SONG – will be appearing as soon as October this year, with the second to follow in May 2010.

Colin has for some years been an active contributor British small presses and blogs, and he is a regular reviewer for Strange Horizons, but these novels will mark his debut with a major publisher. His writing manages to combine solid action with a deeper, more reflective style that, when combined, delivers fabulous modern science fiction. The deal was done with his US-based agent, Jenny Rappaport, with the invaluable assistance of the Two Johns at Zeno Literary Agency in London.

Book one, WINTER SONG, sees bio-engineered starship pilot Karl Allman crashing his craft onto a snowy planet inhabited by Viking-like tribes, the remnants of earlier colonisation efforts. As the natives help him find a way back to the stars, he comes to realise that they are far from primitive. That will be followed by DAMAGE TIME, a near-future thriller from a world where America is on its last legs (topical, us?) and being parcelled off between the Chinese and the Muslims. A policeman who specialises in reading the last memories of murder victims comes under suspicion himself…

Colin blogs at Suite 101 and can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.

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As always, check out Angry Robot at this link – there’s plenty more news there! 🙂

Be Fantastic!

 
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Posted by on May 9, 2009 in Angry Robot

 

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SFF News!

Hey Guys and Girls, here’s wrap-up of the news I thought was interesting relating to SFF for the past week or two. 🙂

From Angry Robot, the awesome cover of Tim Waggoner’s Nekropolis was made public! It looks seriously good!

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Hah! Wouldn’t want to meet that man in a flood-lit room never mind a dark alley! 🙂

Next up, two news books from Michael Crichton will be published, too; now, I hear you saying, Uhhh, the man passed away, didn’t he? Well, apparently Michael wrote a pirate thriller titled Pirate Latitudes (during the time he was writing Next), and notes and files were left behind for a sequel to Next.

Pirate Latitudes is an adventure story about piracy in the New World. Set in 1665, when Jamaica was a British colony holding out against Spanish dominance, the story centers on a plan hatched by the island’s governor and a notorious pirate called Hunter to raid a Spanish treasure galleon. Fast-moving and suspenseful, Pirate Latitudes is a historical classic from one of America’s best-loved authors.

I’m sure these books will be treated with the proper respect, but somehow, I can’t help wondering and worrying… Announcements seen on Suvudu and Michael Crichton’s website.

Next up, the unofficial Dust of Dreams blurb has appeared on Amazon! Here it is for your reading pleasure:

On the Letherii continent the exiled Malazan army commanded by Adjunct Tavore begins its march into the eastern Wastelands, to fight for an unknown cause against an enemy it has never seen. The fate awaiting the Bonehunters is one no soldier can prepare for, and one no mortal soul can withstand – the foe is uncertainty and the only weapon worth wielding is stubborn courage. In war everyone loses, and this brutal truth can be found in the eyes of every soldier in every world. Destinies are never simple. Truths are neither clear nor sharp. “The Tales of the Malazan Book of the Fallen” are drawing to a close in a distant place, beneath indifferent skies, as the last great army of the Malazan Empire seeks a final battle in the name of redemption. Final questions remain to be answered: can one’s deeds be heroic when no one is there to see it? Can that which is unwitnessed forever change the world? The answers await the Bonehunters, beyond the Wastelands.

Man, I really need to catch up! I haven’t yet finished Reaper’s Gale and Toll the Hounds is only available here in SA in May, so I’ve still got some time to get caught up. 🙂

And finally, some really good news from The David Gemmell Legend Award – the short-listed novels have been chosen! Here they are for you:

ABERCROMBIE, Joe – Last Argument of Kings (Gollancz)

MARILLIER, Juliet – Heir to Sevenwaters (Tor UK)

SANDERSON, Brandon – The Hero of Ages (Tor US)

SAPOWSKI, Andrzej – Blood of Elves (Gollancz)

WEEKS, Brent – The Way of Shadows (Orbit)

Congratulations to those authors! 🙂 I would absolutely have loved to have seen Karen Miller and Peter V Brett, even Ian C Esslemont, on that list, but there’s always next year! 🙂

Okay, that’s it for now!

Be Fantastic!

 
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Posted by on April 13, 2009 in Announcements

 

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Angry Robot: Signings and a Competition!

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Some great, great news from Angry Robot! First of all, the signing of two, new-to-Angry-Robot authors! 🙂

Here’s the info:

Press Release

6th April 2009 • For Immediate Release

J Robert King & Andy Remic sign to Angry Robot

ANGRY ROBOT have been busy signing more brilliant authors for its upcoming SF/F/WTF?! imprint, due to launch in July 2009. No flannel, here they are…

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Award-winning US author J ROBERT KING has been snapped up for two novels brimming with wild creativity and extraordinary ideas. He calls his books “metaphysical suspense” – don’t worry, that just means they blow your imagination apart while at the same time freezing your blood. Rob’s debut for Angry Robot, the fabulously named THE ANGEL OF DEATH, does exactly that.

The Grim Reaper becomes strangely fascinated with a human cop investigating the deaths caused by a serial killer that Death has been following. But Death is a killer too, of course, and is not above the law. It’ll be published in the UK, US and Australia in September 2009, as a mass-market paperback.

This will be followed early next year by DEATH’S DISCIPLES. The sole survivor of a terrorist attack on a plane starts to hear the voices of the dead passengers. But what they’re telling her is far worse than what she’s suffered already.

King’s recent Sherlock Holmes novel for Tor, The Shadow of Reichenbach Falls, attracted a mass of critical attention, as did his Mad Merlin trilogy for the same publisher. And he can ride a unicycle, though maybe not while typing. Find out more at jrobertking.com

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From the UK, meanwhile, we’re delighted and just a little scared to welcome ANDY REMIC to our ravening horde. His reputation as the hard man of British SF is well-deserved. Now he’s taking the tough guy stylings of Quake, Spiral and his recent Combat-K novels into fantasy, for a brand new trilogy that sees him, in one mighty bound, become the natural successor to the much-missed David Gemmell.

KELL’S LEGEND, due September 2009 in mass-market paperback, introduces Kell, grizzled veteran warrior much at odds with a civilised world where humanity has become soft. When a new foe arises to threaten the cit y of Jalder, only Kell remembers that to live, you have to fight, and fight dirty. But how can one man hold off against the Vachine, the terrifying clockwork vampires of legend?

SF Signal said this about Remic’s books: “A roller-coaster of fun… fun and fast-paced @$$-kicking action.”

Fantasy Book Critic agreed: ”Every once in a while a novel comes along that surprises the hell out of you. That was the case with “War Machine” by Andy Remic. Imagine my surprise when “War Machine” became my favorite science fiction novel of the year. Yes, you heard correctly. Gary Gibson’s “Stealing Light”, Peter F Hamilton’s “The Dreaming Void”, Neal Asher’s “Hilldiggers”, Josh Conviser’s “Empyre”, Richard K. Morgan’s “Black Man/Thirteen”, Matthew Jarpe’s “Radio Freefall”; “War Machine” topped them all and no one is more shocked than I am! …I loved every testosterone-fuelled second.”

Join the battle at andyremic.com

More information on Angry Robot can be found at angryrobotbooks.com

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And now for the competition! 🙂 See that Angry Robot above this? All you have to do is come up with a cool name for him – that’s right, just name the Robot!

The winner, drawn by the folks over at Angry Robot, will be winning a set of the first 7 (that was not a typo, I really did type) 7 novels from the Angry Robot imprint! Sound awesome or what? So go ahead and follow this link through to Angry Robot’s competition-page, read the rules and fill in your details with the Robot’s name! 🙂 Couldn’t be easier! I might win something, too, so enter here! 🙂

Note: South African readers – YOU TOO MAY ENTER!! 🙂

And last but not least, do you want to see a real honest-to-goodness Angry Robot? Just click here and watch. 🙂

Be Fantastic!

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2009 in Angry Robot

 

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Angry Robot: News!

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Hey Guys and Girls, here’s some various news-bits from the great people over at Angry Robot!

First off, and you’ve probably seen this already elsewhere, Dan Abnett joins Angry Robot (as of 19 March)! 🙂


We are delighted to announce we’ve signed noted SF & Fantasy author Dan Abnett for three original novels, for a substantial five-figure advance.

Dan made his name in the tie-in SF and Fantasy fiction field, selling more than 1.2 million copies in English language of his Warhammer 40,000 novels for Games Workshop’s Black Library imprint. They’ve also been translated into ten other languages. He’s also recently made the UK fiction charts with original Torchwood and Doctor Who novels. His comicbook scripts, for major publishers such as Marvel, DC Comics and the UK’s 2000 AD, have attracted critical plaudits and strong sales on both sides of the Atlantic.

The three novels for Angry Robot will allow Abnett to play to all his strengths as a writer. His penchant for wildly imaginative world-building and lovable characters comes to the fore in TRIUMPH, a ribald, swashbuckling alternate history set in a warped version of our present day … only with Elizabeth the XXX on the throne, ushering a new Elizabethan age of wonder and exploration. This will be published, in both the UK and US, in October 2009.
Next year will see two novels set in the same stunning future-war setting. EMBEDDED sends a journalist into the frontline of a distant planetary war… chipped inside the head of a combat veteran. When the soldier is killed, the journo must use all his resourcefulness to get safely home again, reporting on a live feed all the way. No one writes future war as well as Dan Abnett, and fans of tie-in series such as “Gaunt’s Ghosts” and his “Horus Heresy” novels will be blown away by this bold new move into original science fiction.

Great news! Now, I haven’t yet had the chance to read any of Dan Abnett’s work, and even BL’s (Black Library) books have only recently (within the last 4 to 6 months) been appearing in book shops here in SA, so I’m very pleased by this!

Next up, did you think Lauren Beukes was just an author? Nope! Check out this link!

And here, Tim Waggoner takes us into The Making of Necropolis, a book that I’m itching to get my head into! 🙂

Now, check out this cover:

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Damn, that looks CREEPY! I’m definitely getting a copy of this when it hits the shelves!

And last, but not least, the announcement of a space opera with a difference:

We are absolutely delighted to announce our first truly crossover novel. We’re a huge fan of the crossover, and have been working hard behind the scenes to bring you something truly special and innovative. Something that will make other publishers think Why didn’t I think of that?

Novels that cross genre boundaries are not new, but with the release of Perl One (1 December, 2009) we’re not just crossing genres, we’re crossing media! Perl One is a space opera, huge in scope, with one big difference – it’s a “knit your own adventure”.

It can be read front-to back as a standard novel (and what a great novel it is!) but the truly innovative part is that the bottom 20% of every page is set aside for knitting instructions (in a mid-grey font so as not to detract from the prose). As the knitter completes each page, another clue is revealed within their fabric, and by halfway through, the knitter is able to influence the outcome of the story by choosing to knit one here, drop a stitch there, etc. There really has been nothing like this in fiction, ever!

The beauty of the format is that non-knitters can read the story like a straightforward novel (set on the asteroid Perl One, a renegade supersoldier must be brought to justice), and will lose nothing of the vitality of the story. Knitters, however, will get the added bonus of reading the first science fiction novel ever written with them in mind!
Perl One will be available to pre-order from May, and the sequel – The Needle of Axos – will be published by Angry Robot in mid-2010.

Although, looking at the original post, I’m thinking this in an April Fool prank… 🙂

Be fantastic!

 
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