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Book Review – A Brightness Long Ago

I used to hate reviewing books before they were available in the shops. My readers would only get angry with me when they discovered that this great story I had told them about was still weeks away from being available. … Continue reading

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Best Seller Again

The Green Man’s Heir has been on sale at Amazon UK all month. A month-long deal is never going to reach the intensity of sales of a single-day sale, so we won’t be #1 in all science fiction and fantasy … Continue reading

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Book Review – A Memory Called Empire

There’s so much good SF&F being published at the moment. It is almost as if the universe has noticed the void left by the death of Gene Wolfe and is rushing to fill it. There’s no one of Wolfe’s class … Continue reading

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Book Review: Luna: Moon Rising

Few things get a book up to the top of my To Read pile quicker than it being by Ian McDonald. I’ve been waiting eagerly for the final installment in the Luna series for some time. Obviously it had to … Continue reading

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New Asterix Book in October

I get all sorts of odd PR emails from publishers, many of which are of no interest to me whatsoever. This one was different. I grew up on Asterix books, and while I know they are not quite the same … Continue reading

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Zoran Živković on Writing

Many of you will know Zoran Živković as one of our finest contemporary writers of weird fiction. Fewer, I suspect, know that for many years he taught courses in creative writing at the University of Belgrade. Now a book based … Continue reading

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Book Review – Rosewater Insurrection

The last couple of weeks have been manic work-wise, but I have managed to get some reading done and today, finally, I have managed to write about some of it. Tade Thompson is not only a very fine writer, he’s … Continue reading

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Another Amazon Sale

I’m delighted to report that Amazon UK is once again putting The Green Man’s Heir on sale. This time it is for the whole of April. So if you don’t have a copy yet, do please pick one up. It … Continue reading

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Book Review – Ancestral Night

I do enjoy a good Elizabeth Bear novel. Also I can’t remember ever reading a bad Elizabeth Bear novel, so I tend to pick them up when they come out these days. Ancestral Night is no exception. It is a … Continue reading

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Maria Dahvana Headley in the Salon

Continuing my efforts to catch up on audio recordings, I have posted my interview with Maria Dahvana Headley, which I recorded when Maria was in Oxford talking about The Mere Wife to experts on Anglo Saxon literature. We did talk … Continue reading

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Book Review – The Raven Tower

Well, this is a new departure for Ann Leckie: a fantasy novel. The good news, folks, is that it is a stand-alone fantasy novel. It is not book one in an interminable epic saga. But will it please fantasy fans? … Continue reading

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Joanne Harris at FantasyCon

This is another interview I did at FantasyCon last year and subsequently used on Ujima. It is with Joanne Harris who, as she explains, is very much a fantasy writer no matter what bookshops might think. Joanne and I talked … Continue reading

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Book Review – The Ruin of Kings

For World Book Day I have something a bit special for you. I read a lot of fantasy debuts (Crawford award, remember?), but I have rarely seen one as sophisticated and assured as this one. It is, in many ways, … Continue reading

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Book Review – The Haunting of Tram Car 015

I do love the thing that Tor.com is doing with novellas. I adored The Black God’s Drums. P Djèlí Clark and his editor, Diana M Pho, will be on my Hugo ballot as a result. But that’s last year. This … Continue reading

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Book Reviews: Embers of War & Fleet of Knives

Bonus time: two for the price of one. As I was reviewing Gareth L Powell’s Fleet of Knives I figured I should go back and do Embers of War as well. It’s not like you can read book 2 of … Continue reading

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The HFRN 2019 Conference

As Twitter followers will be aware, I spent a couple of days in Manchester last week attending the Historical Fiction Research Network Annual Conference. This is a brief report of what went down. First of all, what is HFRN? Well, … Continue reading

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Book Review – The City in the Middle of the Night

I’m having a sick day today, having acquired a slight cold. All I had out in the world today were a couple of meetings, both of which can do without me, and both of whose attendees will doubtless be grateful … Continue reading

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Book Review – Black Leopard, Red Wolf

It seems like a long time since I did one of these things. I got out of the habit while I was on the Tiptree jury because I wasn’t allowed to review any submissions. Hopefully I can get back into … Continue reading

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New Book – Contains Romance

The above book is due out tomorrow, though you can pre-order it now from you know who. I’m writing about it now because tomorrow I’m traveling to Belfast via Dublin to give a talk at Queens University. The book is … Continue reading

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New Book – Lyda Gets an Omnibus

Now that I have the Wizard’s Tower bookstore open again I have been able to do something I have wanted to do for a couple of years: offer omnibus editions of some of the books we publish. The Tales of … Continue reading

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