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Anticipated Books (Summer-Fall) 2014: Science Fiction and Horror

2014Welcome to the third post in my Anticipated Books series for the second half of 2014. Today I bring you both my science fiction and my horror picks. For some of these I already have an (e)ARC or review copy, so they’ll definitely be read and reviewed. And for the rest, I’ll have to see whether I get the chance to get my hands on them!  Continue reading »

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Anticipated Books (Summer-Fall) 2014: Fantasy October-December

2014Day two of my Anticipated Books series for the second half of 2014. As usual I had so many fantasy books catch my fancy I had to split them into two posts. For some of these I already have an (e)ARC or review copy, so they’ll definitely be read and reviewed. And for the rest, I’ll have to see whether I get the chance to get my hands on them!  Continue reading »

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Guest Post: Sarah Cawkwell asks So What’s the Alternative?

sarahcawkwell-uprisingAlternative history is a form of historical fiction that has fascinated me since forever, but it is also a form of historical and speculative fiction I’ve not explored that much as I was often worried I wouldn’t pick up on all the nuances that had been changed. I’ve grown out of that worry, but the opportunity to read alternative history hasn’t really presented it that much. Cue Abaddon’s new shared world setting Heirs of the Demon King and the first novel set in that world, Uprising by Sarah Cawkwell. An alternate history set in an England where Richard III won the day at Bosworth Field and kept his crown. I’m really looking forward to reading the book, but I also really wanted to ask Sarah about the intricacies of writing alternate history as a part of my historical fiction month. In response Sarah wrote the following:  Continue reading »

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Anticipated Books (Winter-Spring) 2014: Fantasy April-June

2014Welcome to the next post in my Anticipated Books series for the first half of 2014. As usual I had so many fantasy books catch my fancy I had to split them into two posts; this is the second half of the lists. For some of these I already have an (e)ARC or review copy, so they’ll definitely be read and reviewed. And for the rest, I’ll have to see whether I get the chance to get my hands on them!   Continue reading »

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Eric Brown – Weird Space: Satan’s Reach

ericbrown-satansreachTelepath Den Harper did the dirty work for the authoritarian Expansion, reading the minds of criminals, spies and undesirables. Unable to take the strain, he stole a starship and headed into the unknown, a sector of lawless space known as Satan’s Reach. For five years he worked as a trader among the stars – then discovered that the Expansion had set a bounty hunter on his trail.

But what does the Expansion want with a lowly telepath like Harper? Is there validity in the rumours that human space is being invaded by aliens from another realm? Harper finds out the answer to both these questions when he rescues an orphan girl from certain death – and comes face to face with the dreaded aliens known as the Weird.

Satan’s Reach is the second volume in the Weird Space series, a fast-paced action-adventure that pits humanity against the unimaginable Terror from Beyond.

Satan’s Reach is the second book set in the shared world of the Weird Space, a property developed by Eric Brown for Abaddon Books. Being rather unfamiliar with shared worlds, especially in book form, I was curious to see what it would be like to move away from that first story told in The Devil’s Nebula and start all over with new characters in a new place. Would we see more of the protagonists in the first book? Would what happened there impact the story much? The answers to both questions would be yes and no. We do see Carew and crew and the events from The Devil’s Nebula certainly impact Den Harper’s story in Satan’s Reach, but we don’t meet up with Carew until almost at the end of the book and the influence on Harper’s story is indirect at best. But knowing the events from the first book makes for a richer reading experience, plus it is fun to spot things we know the background for.  Continue reading »

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Anticipated Books (Summer-Fall) 2013: Science Fiction and Horror

2013Welcome to another post in my Anticipated Books series for the second half of 2013. Today it’s time for my Science Fiction and Horror picks. For some of these I already have an (e)ARC or review copy, so they’ll definitely be read and reviewed. And for the rest, I’ll have to see whether I get the chance to get my hands on them!

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Anticipated Books (Summer-Fall) 2013: Fantasy July-September

2013Welcome to the first post in my Anticipated Books series for the second half of 2013. As usual I had so many fantasy books catch my fancy I had to split them into two posts. For some of these I already have an (e)ARC or review copy, so they’ll definitely be read and reviewed. And for the rest, I’ll have to see whether I get the chance to get my hands on them!  Continue reading »

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Anticipated Books (Winter/Spring) 2013: Fantasy April-June

2013The second day of my Anticipated Books posts and the second half of the fantasy books. For some of these I already have an (e)ARC or review copy, so they’ll definitely be read and reviewed. And for the rest, I’ll have to see whether I get the chance to get my hands on them!

 

April

Mark Alder – Son of the Morning (Gollancz)markalder
Meet Hal Romsey
Priest, sorcerer, assassin
A good man
Who fights for the Devil

It’s 1337. Genoese mercenaries under the French are harrying the channel ports and Edward III is powerless to stop them. He’s bankrupt, up to his ears in debt to Florentine bankers. He can’t hope to defend his lands in France, which are subject to a vicious scorched earth policy pursued by the French king.

Hal Romsey is a sixteen year old boy, frightened and intimidated by exalted company. But he is a Luciferist – a visionary and a disciple of the devil. He has one of the keys to Hell, and knows how to use it. Hell is willing to ally with England – and thus begins a story that will shake the thrones of medieval Europe and see angels and demons fighting for the future of England and France.

richardford-heraldofthestormRichard Ford – Herald of the Storm (Headline)
Under the reign of King Cael the Uniter, this vast cityport on the southern coast has for years been a symbol of strength, maintaining an uneasy peace throughout the Free States. But now a long shadow hangs over the city, in the form of the dread Elharim warlord, Amon Tugha. When his herald infiltrates the city, looking to exploit its dangerous criminal underworld, and a terrible dark magick that has long been buried, once again begins to rise, it could be the beginning of the end.

Stella Gemmell – The City (Transworld)stellagemmell
The City is ancient and vast, built up over the millennia, layer upon layer. Once a thriving metropolis, it has sprawled beyond its walls, inciting and waging constant wars with neighbouring tribes and kingdoms – creating a barren wasteland of what was once green and productive.

At the heart of the City lives the emperor. Few have ever seen him, but those who have recall a man in his prime, though he should be very old. Some speculate that he is no longer human, others wonder if indeed he truly ever was. And a small number have have come to the desperate conclusion that the only way to stop the City’s incessant war and the constant bloodshed is to end the emperor’s unnaturally long life.

From the maze-like sewers and catacombs below the City, where the poor struggle to stay alive in the dark, to the blood-soaked fields of battle where few heroes manage to survive the never-ending siege, these rebels pin their hopes on one man:Shuskara. Once the emperor’s foremost general, he was betrayed long ago and is believed to be dead. But, under different aliases, he has survived, forsaking his City and hiding from the man to whome he once vowed his allegiance. Now, the time has come for Shuskara to emerge from the shadows and lead a final bid to free the City from those who have brought it and its people to their knees for so long…

justingustainisJustin Gustainis – Morris & Chastain Investigations: Play With Fire & Midnight at the Oasis (Solaris)
In Play With Fire houses of worship are burning around the U.S. From churches, to synagogues, to mosques. Usually while the places are full of people. Initially dismissed as random acts of violence, Morris and Chastain uncover the deadly meaning behind the fires, and the terrifying cause they seek to serve. In Midnight at the Oasis Middle Eastern terrorists have conjured a deadly djin that will lay waste to America — unless Morris and Chastain can stop it first.

Elizabeth May – The Falconer (Gollancz)elizabethmay
Edinburgh, Scotland, 1844

18 year old Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, was destined to a life carefully planned around Edinburgh’s social events – right up until a faery kills her mother.

Now it’s the 1844 winter season. Between a seeming endless number of parties, Aileana slaughters faeries in secret. Armed with modified percussion pistols and explosives, every night she sheds her aristocratic facade and goes hunting. She’s determined to track down the faery who murdered her mother, and to destroy any who prey on humans in the city’s many dark alleyways.

But she never even considered that she might become attracted to one. To the magnetic Kiaran MacKay, the faery who trained her to kill his own kind. Nor is she at all prepared for the revelation he’s going to bring. Because Midwinter is approaching, and with it an eclipse that has the ability to unlock a Fae prison and begin the Wild Hunt.

A battle looms, and Aileana is going to have to decide how much she’s willing to lose – and just how far she’ll go to avenge her mother’s murder.

brianmcclellan-promiseofbloodBrian McClellan – Promise of Blood (Orbit)
‘The Age of Kings is dead. And I have killed it.‘

Field Marshal Tamas’s coup against his king sends corrupt aristocrats to the guillotine and brings bread to the starving. But it also provokes war in the Nine Nations, internal attacks by royalist fanatics and greedy scrambling for money and power by Tamas’s supposed allies: the Church, workers’ unions and mercenary forces.

Stretched to his limit, Tamas relies heavily on his few remaining powder mages, including the embittered Taniel, a brilliant marksman who also happens to be Tamas’s estranged son, and Adamat, a retired police inspector whose loyalty will be tested to its limit.

Now, amid the chaos, a whispered rumour is spreading. A rumour about omens of death and destruction. Just old peasant legends about the gods returning to walk the earth. No modern educated man believes that sort of thing . . .

But perhaps they should.

Sarah Pinborough – Poison (Gollancz)Sarah Pinborough-1x3a
POISON is a beautifully illustrated retelling of the Snow White story which takes all the elements of the classic fairytale that we love (the handsome prince, the jealous queen, the beautiful girl and, of course, the poisoning) and puts a modern spin on the characters, their motives and their desires. It’s fun, contemporary, sexy, and perfect for fans of ONCE UPON A TIME, GRIMM, SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN and more.

May
Mur_lafferty-300x198Mur Lafferty – The Shambling Guide to New York City (Orbit)
Following the disaster that was her last job, Zoe is searching for a fresh start as a travel writer in New York City. After stumbling across a seemingly perfect position, though, Zoe is blocked at every turn because of the one thing she can’t take off her résumé – human.

Not to be put off by anything – especially not her blood-drinking boss or death goddess co-worker – Zoe delves deep into the monster world. But her assignments turn deadly when the careful balance between humans and monsters starts to crumble – with Zoe right in the middle.

Justin Gustainis – Known Devil (Angry Robot Books)justingustainis
My name’s Markowski. I carry a badge. Also, a crucifix, some wooden stakes, a big vial of holy water, and a 9mm Beretta loaded with silver bullets.
A new supernatural gang is intent on invading Scranton – as if I didn’t have enough to contend with!

Supernatural gang warfare? Not on my watch!

benjaminpercy-redmoonBenjamin Percy – Red Moon (Hodder & Stoughton)
They live amongst us. They are your neighbour, your mother, your lover. You think they are safe. They change.

Every teenage girl thinks she’s different. When government agents kick down Claire Forrester’s front door and murder her parents, Claire realises just how different she is.

Patrick Gamble was nothing special until the day he got on a plane and, hours later, stepped off it, the only passenger left alive. A hero.

President Chase Williams has sworn to eradicate the menace. Unknown to the electorate, however, he is becoming the very thing he has sworn to destroy.

Each of them is caught up in a war that has been controlled with laws and violence and drugs. But an uprising is about to leave them tied to one another for ever.

Jonathan Strahan (ed) – Fearsome Journeys: The New Solaris Book of FantasyJonathan Strahan (Solaris)
Nothing further announced yet, but I loved the The New Solaris Book of Science Fiction last year and I well respect Jonathan Strahan’s chops as an editor, so I’m very much looking forward to this.

 

chuckwendig-uncleanspiritsChuck Wendig – Gods & Monsters: Unclean Spirits (Abaddon)
Exiled to Earth, the gods now walk amongst us, bringing with them their children and their servants and their monsters. Their power is a mere fraction of what it once was, but even a mote of divine magic is awesome – in the truest sense of the word.

Cason Cole knows this firsthand. He’s been serving the gods for the better part of a decade, their leash fastened tight around his neck. But when his most recent divine master gets killed – a thing Cason didn’t even know could happen – he finds himself once more a free man. All he’s got left is a burning need for vengeance against the very gods who forced him to kneel, but he’ll soon discover that getting revenge against the gods is no easy feat. He’ll have to put his life, love, sanity and soul on the line. Will he pay the cost? How priceless is his wrath?

June
Ben Aaronovitch – Broken Homes (Gollancz)benaaronovitch-brokenhomes
A new case for Peter Grant takes him into the heart of a crowded south London housing estate where he finds a brooding horror.

 

 

 

alexbledsoeAlex Bledsoe – Wisp of a Thing (Tor Books)
Touched by a very public tragedy, musician Rob Quillen comes to Cloud County, Tennessee, in search of a song that might ease his aching heart. All he knows of the mysterious and reclusive Tufa is what he has read on the internet: they are an enigmatic clan of swarthy,, black-haired mountain people whose historical roots are lost in myth and controversy. Some people say that when the first white settlers came to the Appalachians centuries ago, they found the Tufa already there. Other hint that Tufa blood brings special gifts.

Rob finds both music and mystery in the mountains. Close-lipped locals guard their secrets, even as Rob gets caught up in a subtle power struggle he can’t begin to comprehend. A vacationing wife goes missing, raising suspicions of foul play, and a strange feral girl runs wild in the woods, howling in the night like a lost spirit.

Change is coming to Cloud County, and only the night wind knows what part Rob will play when the last leaf falls from the Widow’s Tree…and a timeless curse must be broken at last.

Stephen Deas – The Dragon Queen (Gollancz)stephendeas-thedragonqueen
The war that destroyed mankind had a beginning shadowed by dragons.

This is the second standalone novel set in the world of Stephen Deas’ Memory of Flames trilogy. A pseudo-medieval world where life and politics are dominated by massive fire breathing dragons.

 

 

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Neil Gaiman – The Ocean at the End of the Lane (Headline)
THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE is a fable that reshapes modern fantasy: moving, terrifying and elegiac – as pure as a dream, as delicate as a butterfly’s wing, as dangerous as a knife in the dark, from storytelling genius Neil Gaiman.

It began for our narrator forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Dark creatures from beyond the world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive: there is primal horror here, and menace unleashed – within his family and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it.

His only defense is three women, on a farm at the end of the lane. The youngest of them claims that her duckpond is ocean. The oldest can remember the Big Bang.

Kevin Hearne – Hunted (Del Rey/Orbit)KevinHearne
For a two-thousand-year-old Druid, Atticus O’Sullivan is a pretty fast runner. Good thing, because he’s being chased by not one but two goddesses of the hunt – Artemis and Diana – for messing with one of their own. Dodging their slings and arrows, Atticus, his apprentice Granuaile and his wolfhound Oberon are making a mad dash across modern-day Europe to seek help from a friend of the Tuatha Dé Danann. His usual magical option of shifting planes is blocked, so instead of playing hide and seek, the game plan is . . . run like hell.

Crashing the pantheon marathon is the Norse god Loki. Killing Atticus is the only loose end he needs to tie up before unleashing Ragnarok – AKA the Apocalypse. Atticus and Granuaile have to outfox the Olympians and contain the god of mischief if they want to go on living – and still have a world to live in.

snorri_kristjanssonSnorri Kristjansson – The Swords of Good Men (Jo Fletcher Books)
To Ulfar Thormodsson, the Viking town of Stenvik is the penultimate stop on a long journey. Tasked with looking after his cousin after disgracing his father, he has travelled the world and now only wants to go home.

But Stenvik is different; it contains the beautiful and tragic Lilja, who immediately captures Ulfar’s heart. Because of her, he persuades his cousin to stay. But Stenvik is also home to some very deadly men, who could break Ulfar in an instant.

King Olav is marching on Stenvik from the East, determined to bring the White Christ to the masses at the point of his sword, and a host of bloodthirsty raiders led by a mysterious woman are sailing from the north. But Ulfar is about to learn that his enemies are not all outside the walls.

Mercedes Lackey – Steadfast (DAW)mercedeslackey
Lionel Hawkins is a magician whose act is only partially sleight of hand. The rest is real magic. He’s an Elemental Magician with the power to persuade the Elementals of Air to help him create amazing illusions. It doesn’t take long before his assistant, acrobat Katie Langford, notices that he’s no ordinary magician—and for Lionel to discover that she’s no ordinary acrobat, but rather an untrained and unawakened Fire Magician. She’s also on the run from her murderous and vengeful brute of a husband. But can she harness her magic in time to stop her husband from achieving his deadly goal?

willmcintosh-loveminuseightyWill McIntosh – Love Minus Eighty (Orbit)
Welcome to dating a hundred years into the future: Technology has extended the lives of the rich and attractive by decades. The wealthy can arrange to be reanimated multiple times. While in cryogenic dating farms, dead women await lonely suitors to resurrect them and take them home . . .

Love Minus Eighty follows interconnected lives touched by these dating farms.

There’s Rob, who accidentally kills a jogger, then sells everything to visit her, seeking her forgiveness but instead falling in love.

Veronika, a socially awkward dating coach, finds herself responsible for the happiness of a man whose life she saved against his will.

And Mira, a gay woman accidentally placed in the heterosexual dating centre near its inception, desperately seeks a way to reunite with her frozen partner as the centuries pass.

Lou Morgan – Blood and Feathers: Rebellion (Solaris)Lou 4
“This is a war. The war. There is no stopping; no getting out. You’re in this – just like the rest of us – to the end.”

Driven out of hell and with nothing to lose, the Fallen wage open warfare against the angels on the streets of our cities. And they’re winning.

As the balance tips towards the darkness, Alice – barely recovered from her own ordeal in hell and struggling to start over – once again finds herself in the eye of the storm.

But with the chaos spreading and the Archangel Michael determined to destroy Lucifer whatever the cost, is the price simply too high; and what sacrifices will Alice and the angels have to make in order to pay it?

The Fallen will rise. Trust will be betrayed. And all hell will break loose.

sethpatrick-reviverSeth Patrick – Reviver (Tor UK)
Revivers. Able to wake the recently dead, and let them bear witness to their own demise. Twelve years after the first reviver came to light, they have become accepted by an uneasy public. The testimony of the dead is permitted in courtrooms across the world. Forensic revival is a routine part of police investigation.

In the United States, that responsibility falls to the Forensic Revival Service. Despite his troubled past, Jonah Miller is one of their best. But while reviving the victim of a brutal murder, he encounters a terrifying presence. Something is watching. Waiting. His superiors tell him it was only in his mind, a product of stress. Jonah is not so certain.

Then Daniel Harker, the first journalist to bring revival to public attention, is murdered, and Jonah finds himself getting dragged into the hunt for answers. Working with Harker’s daughter Annabel, he becomes determined to find those responsible and bring them to justice. Soon they uncover long hidden truths that call into doubt everything Jonah stands for, and reveal a threat that if not stopped in time, will put all of humanity in danger . . .

S.M. Wheeler – Sea Change (Tor Books)smwheeler-seachange
The unhappy child of two powerful parents who despise each other, young Lilly turns to the ocean to find solace, which she finds in the form of the eloquent and intelligent sea monster Octavius, a kraken. In Octavius’s many arms, Lilly learns of friendship, loyalty, and family. When Octavius, forbidden by Lilly to harm humans, is captured by seafaring traders and sold to a circus, Lilly becomes his only hope for salvation. Desperate to find him, she strikes a bargain with a witch that carries a shocking price.

Her journey to win Octavius’s freedom is difficult. The circus master wants a Coat of Illusions; the Coat tailor wants her undead husband back from a witch; the witch wants her skin back from two bandits; the bandits just want some company, but they might kill her first. Lilly’s quest tests her resolve, tries her patience, and leaves her transformed in every way.

chuckwendigChuck Wendig – The Blue Blazes (Angry Robot Books)
Meet Mookie Pearl.

Criminal underworld? He runs it.

Supernatural underworld? He hunts in it.

Nothing stops Mookie when he’s on the job.

But when his daughter takes up arms and opposes him, something’s gotta give…

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Eric Brown – Weird Space: The Devil’s Nebula

Starship Captain Ed Carew leads a carefree life of smuggling, gun-running and other illicit pursuits in a far future ruled by the fascistic Expansion Authority. But when an Expansion judiciary ship captures Carew leaving the planet of Hesperides, an out-of-bounds world now governed by the fearsome Vetch extraterrestrials, Carew and his crew are sentenced to death…

Unless they agree to travel through Vetch territory in pursuit of a human vessel that set off for the Devil’s Nebula one hundred years ago. Why are the Expansion authorities so eager to track down the ship? Will Carew and co. survive the journey through Vetch territory? And what might they find when they arrive at the Devil’s Nebula?

I love Eric Brown’s writing. His Kéthani made me believe I might enjoy SF outside of the military SF subgenre, that I wasn’t too dense to get it, as it were. Though other than Kéthani I haven’t read any of his other novels, I did love his short story with Keith Brooke in Solaris Rising and loved the snippets I’ve read of Kings of Eternity, which has been on my TBR-pile for far too long. So when Abaddon Books announced that Brown would be creating a new shared world for them, I was duly excited. Here was a shared world I could not only get in on from the ground level, it was thought up by one of my favourite SF writers. So reviewing The Devil’s Nebula, the first book set in the Weird Space universe was really a no-brainer for me. And I’m glad to say, Brown lived up to my expectations.

After introducing us to Captain Ed Carew, his pilot Lania and his engineer Jeb while they are in the middle of – let’s call it an asset extraction – on Hesperides, during which he also manages to impart the basic facts about humanity’s relations with its nearest alien neighbours, the Vetch, these three intrepid adventurers get caught by Expansion officials for breaking the law. In three short chapters Brown manages not only to establish two of his three points of view, he shows us the two main powers in his universe, humanity’s Expansion and their alien adversaries, the Vetch and gives us an idea how the power balance between the two lies. Once caught, Carew and his crew get offered the same Dirty Dozen deal as the one I referenced in my Control Point review. This time the analogy is even closer, as our trio are criminals who get their sentence commuted if they agree to go on a very dangerous mission. It’s probably just coincidence, but I was amused by the fact that I’ve read two novels so close together that both utilise this same trope. The crew’s storyline, which is told from both Carew’s and Lania’s points of view, alternates with that of Maatja, a young woman living on World in a society of human settlers dominated by the Weird, a strange and terrifying alien species. She is our window on World and shows us what living with the Weird is like. When these two storylines converge, Brown has made the stakes clear, not just for the inhabitants of World, but for all humanity. They are high and they make for an exciting climax of The Devil’s Nebula.

Brown’s stories are mostly character-driven in my experience and The Devil’s Nebula is no different. I like Carew and Lania. They live on the fringes of both society and the law, but all the same are likeable and seemingly decent human beings. There seems to be a lot of emotional baggage for the both of them, which we only learn about in full by the end of the novel. I liked that Brown keeps us guessing a little at their history, while at the same time making clear that this history is what is informing their decisions. I loved Lania’s relationship with Gina. It’s good to see a same-sex coupling forming without any raised eyebrows or emphasis on such. While I was rather surprised by the swiftness of their bonding, the fact that it is cemented by the stressful situations they find themselves in made it more believable. Maatja is an outsider, similar to Carew and Lania, though in her case less by choice than by necessity. While she wants things to change, she wants to change them from within her community, even though she knows this really isn’t possible. If I’d have one critique, it would be that some characters were a little telegraphed, particularly Jeb, but it’s hard to explain this without giving spoilers for the story. Suffice it to say, that some things aren’t as surprising as they should be.

The Devil’s Nebula is the set up for a new shared world. Brown does this admirably. While he gives us a clear outline of the universe/humanity and its eventual main nemesis, there is still much left to explore. I can see stories going both forward in time and stories exploring the history of this universe and how space came to be divided as it is between the Expansion and the Vetch. It will be interesting to see whether any of the writers who will be part of this world will choose to set their stories in the Vetch world instead of in the Expansion. One thing is for sure, Brown has created a solid base for others to work from and expand upon themselves.

Weird Space has a lot of potential and I’m curious to see where it will go. As for The Devil’s Nebula, I hope it is only the first chapter in many chronicling the adventures of Carew and Lania, because I’ve the feeling their story is far from over, even if the narrative is self-contained. This book was a great start to a shared universe and once more Eric Brown proves he’s my gateway author to non-military SF. I think I have to move Kings of Eternity up on the TBR pile! Weird space: The Devil’s Nebula will be available from Abaddon Books May 29th in the US and Canada and June 21st in the UK.

This book was provided for review by the publisher.

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In The News: In My Inbox

So I had a lot of press releases and stuff in my inbox, so I thought I’d do a quick catch up post on those! To start off with, I wanted to give you a heads up on this coming week on A Fantastical Librarian. I’m having my first theme week. And it’s Dracula! On Monday, though this could slip to Tuesday depending on whether I manage to finish the book tomorrow morning, there will be a review of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, followed on Wednesday by a guest post by Steven P. Unger, the author of In the Footsteps of Dracula and on Friday I’m posting a review of his book. I hope you enjoy Dracula week! Now for the other press releases in my inbox:

The David Gemmell Awards
Voting is open on the short lists for the David Gemell Awards. There are some amazing nominees and I can’t wait to see who wins. The nominees are as follows:

Legend Award
The Alchemist in the Shadows – Pierre Pevel (Gollancz)
The Desert Spear – Peter V Brett (Voyager)
The Black Prism – Brent Weeks (Orbit)
The Way of Kings – Brandon Sanderson (Gollancz/Tor US)
Towers of Midnight – Brandon Sanderson & Robert Jordan (Orbit/Tor US)
The War of the Dwarves – Markus Heitz (Orbit)

Morningstar (Best Fantasy Debut)
Shadow Prowler – Alexey Pehov (Tor US)
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms – N K Jemisin (Orbit)
Warrior Priest – Darius Hinks (Black Library)
Spellwright – Blake Charlton (Tor US)
Tymon’s Flight – Mary Victoria (Harper Collins Australia)

Ravenheart (Best Fantasy Artwork)
Todd Lockwood for The Ragged Man (Pyr edition)
Frank Victoria for Tymon’s Flight (Harper Collins Australia)
Jon Sullivan for Shadow King (Black Library)
Cliff Nielsen for The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Orbit)
Olof Erla Einarsdottir for Power & Majesty (Harper Collins Australia)

If you live close to London, you might be interested to know that the awards ceremony is open to the public. Tickets are costed at £20 and all ticket enquiries can be sent to christineharrison_007@hotmail.com. The prestigious ceremony is taking place on 17th June at the Magic Circle in London, and will be an awesome event! Alas, I won’t be able to attend, as I’ll have long flown back home after my London trip by then, so those of you who can go will have to have fun for me as well! Meanwhile there are some interesting discussions going on about the Awards, you can check some of them out over at Amanda’s and Sarah’s.

Abaddon Books
Abaddon has had an exciting few weeks. Not only will this Tuesday see the release of the latest Pax Britannica book, Anno Frankenstein by Jonathan Green, but one of their novels was also optioned to be made into a film! Scott Andrews School’s Out was optioned by Multistory Films to be adapted for the big screen. Part of the Afterblight Chronicles, the book is elevator-pitched in the press release as ‘Attack the Block meets Lord of the Flies in a post-apocalyptic landscape where pupils at a public school grow up fast or they don’t grow up at all’. This is the second Abaddon title to be optioned for film and goes to show that SFF and horror is alive and kicking on the big screen!

Solaris Books
Abaddon’s sister imprint, Solaris also has a new title out. It’s the sequel to Ian Whates’ highly acclaimed The Noise Within and is titled The Noise Revealed. The book sounds very exciting, though I haven’t read the first book. In fact I’ve only ever encountered one story by Mr. Whates, The Gift of Joy as podcasted by StarShipSofa. I really liked that story, so I guess that in my quest to widen my SF reading I should add these two titles to my ever-lengthening to-read list.

Knighttime
Speaking of podcasts, I was contacted by one of the Hazardous Players about their cross-medial online fantasy project Knighttime. They’re creating a fantasy adventure about the knights Sir Cottington and Sir Bratwurst through writing, audio performance, art and video, to be a full on fantasy experience for both children and adults. While the story isn’t my cup of tea, I did enjoy the episode I listened to and if you enjoy traditional quest fantasy laced with a quirky sense of humour, I think this would be worth checking out. In any case I think this kind of cross-medial approach to storytelling is very cool and I wanted to give the Hazardous Players some more exposure, so I thought I’d mention them in this inbox post.

Well, that’s all of my inbox cleared and I’d best get back to Mina and Lucy in Whitby, if I’m to post that review tomorrow!

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