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Review: Twisted Metal by Tony Ballentyne

Twisted Metal

You wont see the review here. 🙂

But you will see it over at Liz & Mark’s blog, My Favourite Books. 🙂 Liz asked me to do a guest review on her blog -in fact, the review happened as a repayment of many favours Liz has done for me- and then something else happened that made the review even better, but more on that at the end of this post. 🙂

Suffice it to say that Twisted Metal is an excellent SF book, a worthy addition to the already-great lore of Robots, and a surprisingly original take on robots themselves. 🙂 If you’ve been overloaded with robots of all kinds in the past while (what with Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen & Terminator Salvation), don’t worry, Twisted Metal doesn’t emulate them in any way. Trust me when I say that you’ve never quite met robots like those that populate the world Tony has created in Twisted Metal.
Do head on over to Liz and Mark’s excellent blog and read my review. 🙂

Next up, I’m also announcing the new giveaway here – it’s already been announced by Liz. 🙂 Here’s the info, and how to enter. 🙂

There are TWO copies of Twisted Metal up for grabs: 1 paperback and 1 hardback.

We are throwing the competition open ONLY to British peeps AND South African peeps. The UK peeps get the chance to win the paperback and the South African peeps get to win the hardback – this is of course due to postage costs.

Here’s what you do: email us with your name and address to EITHER of the following addresses: ours – myfavouritebooksatblogspot(at)googlemail(dot)com or DaveBrendon’s email: davebrendon(at)gmail(dot)com. Duplicate entries will be disqualified! Put TWISTED METAL in the subject line. The two winners will be chosen (via from the combined list of entires we get. Competition ends next week Friday: 17th July 2009.

Good luck!

Check out Tony Ballantyne‘s website here, and if you’d like to order the book, click here for SA, here for USA, here for UK. 🙂


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Posted by on July 10, 2009 in Giveaways, Reviews


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One day while doing our grocery shopping…

… I got a phone call from my Human Resources Manager. As soon as I knew who it was, my heart did this funny little lurching jump, and by the end of our conversation, I was practically in tears. No joke here, I was very emotional.

We basically spoke about some of us booksellers once again having a job. 🙂 Here’s the gist of what happened: a bigger company (and bigger means much more money) bought the company at an auction, and after much deliberation, they decided to a)close some of the stores for good, b) convert some of the stores into Bargain Books, and c) keep the most profitable stores open, for at least the next 3 months.

So tomorrow I’ll be signing my new 3 month contract, and I’ll also be getting the rest of my October salary on Tuesday or Wednesday! 🙂 So, this post is dedicated to good news!!! 🙂 I’ve got a job again! 🙂

This brings me to the next thing: I’m going to try my damndest and get giveaways going here. 🙂 I’ll swing my proposal by the publishers here in SA, see what they have to say, and let you all know as soon as I know. 🙂

And last but not least, I’ve decided on the next book I’ll be reading! 🙂 I asked you guys to help me out in this post, and since I’ve been reading pleanty of Fantasy the last while, I thought I’d go with the next option (votes-wise), so I chose Incandescence by Greg Egan. 🙂 I’m about a hundred pages in at the moment, and let me tell you, it boggles my mind! This is an intense hard-SF book, not emotionally, but in terms of the concepts. 🙂 I’m really enjoying it, so I should have that review for you in the next week or two. 🙂

Okay, I’m off to smoke a cigarette, watch Awake, and then I’ll be posting a new interview later! 🙂

Be Fantastic!

P.S. thanks to Liz, Mark, Carole, Peter, and everyone else who sent their support and best wishes through – you guys all helped me get through one of the scariest moments in my life (so far), and I could never thank you all enough! 🙂


Posted by on November 2, 2008 in Announcements, Musings


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My signed The Painted Man & my Star Wars collection.

Monday was an awesome day. 🙂 Around ten in the morning, I was signing for a package from a courier; it had mu name on it, not the bookshop’s name, and I knew without even opening it that it was my signed copy of The Painted Man. I opened it, took out the beautiful hardcover, and read Peter’s note, and then promptly showed the copy off to everyone (not letting them handle it of course!). 🙂 I was able to get a signed copy because a wonderful person was there at Peter’s signing at Forbidden Planet, and she graciously told me that she would buy me a copy and post it off to me. 🙂 That person is Liz, and she’s one of the two great people at My Favourite Books; she’s also on Wonderlands, and she’s one of the nicest people I’ve never met! 🙂 So, thank you, Liz, for doing this for me! 🙂 And thank you, Peter, for writing such an incredible book in the first place and signing a copy for me. 🙂 You guys rock! 🙂

My copy of The Painted Man

My copy of The Painted Man


Peter's message and signature



Next up, to prove what I’ve been saying about beeing a huge Star Wars fan, I thought I would put up pics of my still-growing collection. 🙂 In the first pic, the poster on the left (Legacy of the Force Invinsible) was a poster I won; when Troy Denning did a book signing to promote the release of the final Legacy of the Force novel, one of the guys from TheForceNet (Jimmy Mac) was there, did an interview with Troy, and got some posters signed; I am now one of the lucky owners of an autographed poster. 🙂 The poster on the right is something that Jimmy brought back from Celebration Japan, also very cool, but I have no idea what it says because it’s all in japanese. 🙂 But it is Star Wars, and that’s all that counts. 🙂

Star Wars 1

Star Wars 1


The second pic is a pic of all my books – well okay, not all of them; some are with friends (looking after them, I hope). 🙂

Star Wars 2

Star Wars 2


Okay, that’s it. 🙂 Hope someone out there is jealous! 🙂 Hehehe


Posted by on September 25, 2008 in Announcements


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I’m a Winner!! :-)

I was boared, checking out the blogs I usually go to, and saw the good news: I won the autographed copy of The Temporal Void that Pat was giving away over at the Hotlist! 🙂 So it’s gonna be Peter V Brett’s The Painted Man, Phillip Palmer’s Debatable Space and Peter F Hamilton’s The Temporal Void, all autographed, that are getting pride of place on my bookshelf!! 🙂 (Excuse me while I jump up and down a bit). 🙂

Also, check out Liz’s review of The Painted Man here:

Trust Liz, Graeme and myself: the book is excellent! So stop procrastinating and buy it! 🙂

Anyway, still reading The Name of The Wind, and when I’m done with that, I’ll be reading Greg Egan’s Incandescence and C.C Humphreys’ Vlad: The Last Confession, as well as John Meaney’s Dark Blood. Plus there’ll be more interviews soon! 🙂

Also, follow this link over to Karen Miller’s page where you’ll be able to get more info on her Rogue Agent series, which begins with The Accidental Sorcerer, and you’ll be able to read an extract. 🙂 Here’s the link:


Be fantastic!


Posted by on September 21, 2008 in Announcements


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