Friday Reads: Mythago Wood

This week  Simon Spanton looks back at the masterpiece that is Mythago Wood.  Rob Holdstock died on this day in 2009. It was, of course, far too soon and a massive loss to his family and friends. But we also lost one of this country’s finest fantasists. Our Friday Reads blog today really couldn’t be for any book other than Rob’s masterpiece, Mythago Wood. I read this book for the first time in about 1986. Perhaps 1987. I came to it as a relatively new fantasy reader, one brought up on Tolkien and Moorcock. But one who had foundered in some shallower…

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Happy Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Thursday!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who celebrates, whether Americans, expats or people who love to join in on the 4th Thursday in November. Thanksgiving is the one day of the year when I’m truly homesick. Living in London for seven years, I’ve learned to do without fireworks on Independence Day, but making due without pumpkin pie and my grandmother’s delicious secret stuffing (which she makes in the dead of night to make so that none of us can write down the recipe!) and mashed potatoes (the lumpy bits are made of love) is far more difficult. Because, really, home is what…

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Moon’s Artifice: Chapter Four

Tom Lloyd’s brilliant new fantasy series has kicked off with Moon’s Artifice, which published last week. We recently sent it out to our Gollancz Geeks so we’re looking forward to seeing what you guys make of it. If you’ve missed the previous chapters, fear not, you can catch up on chapter one, chapter two and chapter three still. Tom also wrote us a piece on fantasy heroes for the blog that you can read here, which also has one of our legendary giveaways for your chance to get your hands on a copy. To read Chapter Four, just click here.  

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What happened to heroes?

  Gollancz is delighted to bring you a guest post from the brilliant Tom Lloyd, author of our Gollancz Geeks title of the month Moon’s Artifice. We asked Tom to share his thoughts on  fantasy heroes and where they’ve gone, what exactly has happened to them and where we might find a few of them  . . .  Like most people, I blame Joe Abercrombie for much of what’s wrong in the industry, nay life itself. He mostly ignores this, but there are some subjects fairly close to his black and withered heart, heroes being one of them. Fantasy heroes have got pretty dark these days…

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Behind the Sofa with Simon Spanton

As you can imagine, certain members of the Gollancz team are very excitable about the 50th Anniversary celebrations for Doctor Who, not least because we’ve published a book about it. Behind the Sofa collates lots of celebrity memories of watching the Doctor, and we wanted to share our own. If you’ve missed any of our extracts from the book, you can catch up on them here. We’ll also be watching The Day of The Doctor at the weekend (some of us have even gone for 3D), and we will of course let you know our views. Today, Simon, Associate Publisher…

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