My Friday reads this week isn’t one of our books. Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer is published by 4th Estate (and they’re to be congratulated for producing a book that looks every bit as gorgeous and mysterious as you’d want given what’s inside).
Jeff was a writer who I’d heard a lot about, an editor and anthologist whose work I was very familiar with, but also an author of novels I’d never actually managed to get round to reading. That has now changed with … More
Our book of the month for April is the mighty Son of the Morning by Mark Alder. The best way to introduce it is via an edited letter from Simon,our Associate Publisher for Gollancz, which he penned to our Geeks earlier in the year (who you’ll be hearing more from later in the month) to bring them to this epic read. The first chapter is below, and we’re be serializing it throughout the month with a giveaway to come.
The events of the Hundred Years War would make for an extraordinary novel even if you wrote them as a straight novel. The characters were larger than life, the politicking every bit as devious as anything George RR Martin could imagine and the battles every bit as brutal. Add into the mix the angels and demons of medieval religion made real and you have an amazing story. Simon Spanton, Son of the Morning’s editor gives … More
Our book of the month for March is the brilliant debut The Boy With the Porcelain Blade from Den Patrick, which is out this Thursday (20th). The blogosphere is already beginning to light up with buzz about it – advance reviews are full of how gripping it is, how appealing the characters are and how rich the world is. We couldn’t agree more! Click on the publication links to read the full reviews, and scroll down to get … More
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A lovely thing about working in the genre (perhaps the most lovely) is how supportive publishers and authors are of each other. There really is a sense of community, a shared love of great books whoever has published them or written them. If there is rivalry it’s nearly always very friendly and most often there is support. So just as Den Patrick looks around at the other authors in the genre and sees kindred spirits so do they. So … More