Category Archives: Books

Book Review – The Poetic Edda

The nice people at Oxford University Press sent me a review copy of their new edtion of The Poetic Edda, as translated by Professor Carolyne Larrington. There’s not a huge amount I can say about the text, partly because the … Continue reading

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Happy Solstice, McKenna Fans

When considering when to do a cover reveal for The Green Man’s Foe, Juliet and I decided that the Summer Solstice would be an ideal time. The Green Man, after all, is deeply connected to the natural world. And frankly, … Continue reading

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Book Review – This is How You Lose the Time War

Last week I ran an interview with Amal El-Mohtar on my radio show. The main reason for talking to her was the fabulous new novella that she and Max Gladstone have coming out any day now. There has been a … Continue reading

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Book Review – The Light Brigade

Slowly but surely I am catching up with the book reviews. The latest is of Kameron Hurley’s very smart military SF novel, The Light Brigade. This is a book that is very much aware of its place the the history … Continue reading

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More Champagne for Juliet

Last March I happily announced that The Thief’s Gamble by Juliet E. McKenna had become the first book from Wizard’s Tower to reach 1,000 sales. I was really pleased by that. It had taken 6 years to get to that … Continue reading

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Book Review – The Dreaming Stars

I’d been hoping to get a few book reviews published while I was at Åcon, but I was having way too much fun at the convention. Maybe now I can catch up. I’ll start with the latest book in Tim … Continue reading

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Åcon – Part 1

Hello from the Åland Islands. I’m not exactly on holiday, because email chases me everywhere. Also I have two programme items at the con and I have the charity walk for One25 to finish. But I am doing my best … Continue reading

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Book Review – Atlas Alone

There aren’t many authors whose latest book I will grab and read immediately. Emma Newman is one. It has taken me a little while to get around to writing the review, but we are there now. As I explain in … Continue reading

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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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