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Video Reviews – Part 1

Hey everyone, Dave here!

Yep, FINALLY, I hear you say! 😉 No worries – I know I’ve been away for a while, but I’ve figured out a way to be able to review the books I’ve read while keeping up the pace of the writing of my second novel – and this is it! 🙂

In part one of my new Video Review series, I take a look at Joe Hill’s ‘NOS4R2’ and Kate Griffin’s ‘The Midnight Mayor’ – links after the vid!

NOS4R2: Amazon US, Amazon UK, Barnes and Noble, Exclusive Books. Joe Hill’s website.

The Midnight Mayor: Amazon US, Amazon UK, Barnes and Nobel, Exclusive Books. Kate Griffin’s website.

In part two, I talk about Benedict Jacka’s ‘Cursed’, John Lange’s ‘Zero Cool‘, Andrea Sokoloff’s ‘The Harrowing‘ and Mark Lawrence’s ‘Prince of Thorns’! Again, links after the vid. 🙂

Cursed: Amazon US, Amazon UK, Barnes and Noble, Exclusive Books. Benedict Jacka’s website.

Zero Cool: Amazon US, Amazon UK, Barnes and Noble, Exclusive Books. Titan Books‘ and Hard Case Crime‘s website.

The Harrowing: Amazon US, Amazon UK, Barnes and Noble, Exclusive Books. Andrea Sokoloff’s website.

Prince of Thorns: Amazon US, Amazon UK, Barnes and Noble, Exclusive Books. Mark Lawrence’s website.


There we go, hope you’ve enjoyed the video – this will be how I’ll be doing things from now on, so look for my next review-video next week. 🙂

Until then, and as always,


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Posted by on February 18, 2015 in Reviews, Video Reviews


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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!


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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Obama Wins and Crichton Dies

Yesterday was a day of incredible high’s and desolate lows.

I want to extend my happiness to every Armerican citizen out there at the resounding victory of Obama! 🙂 I’m so glad that a man with his head on straight is going to be sitting in the all-important White Seat, and I’m sure that he’ll be taking the US back to every great thing it has lost under the leadership of George W. Bush. 🙂 I’m lucky enough to have made a few acquaintences with Americans, and it’s great to be able to share the happiness with them! In a comment on David Anthony Durham’s blog, I said that I wish that I was an American just to be able to have cast my vote for Obama. 🙂

On to sadder news: Michael Crichton has passed away. I was utterly and completely shocked when I saw the news.. This is not only a loss to his family, but to the world. Michael often tackled subjects that no-one would touch, and not only made them popular, but went a long way to changing public opinion on many important matters. If it wasn’t for this man, I would be just another uneducated layman, and uninterested in the world and all its beautiful complexity, and I offer my heartfelt condolences to his family. You will be missed, Michael, and remembered.

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Posted by on November 6, 2008 in Announcements


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