DestinyQuest 3 – are you ready for the challenge?

The Eye of Winter’s Fury is the third entry in the best-selling DestinyQuest gamebook series. We asked the series creator, Michael J. Ward, for some top tips to help readers prepare for this exciting new instalment in the epic fantasy saga. Over to you Mike… ‘FOOLISH MORTALS! Yes, it is I – the gamesmaster of doom – and your worthless lives have finally come to an end!’ Pauses. Listens to crackly Gollancz voice on the other end of phone. ‘What, I can’t kill them off? I have to actually help them? Oh lord, how tiresome.’ Glances over shoulder. ‘Maureen! Put…

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Interactive fiction – we’re with the cool kids now

We’re delighted to welcome Michael J. Ward back to the Gollancz Blog! Today we’ve got a special blog post to celebrate the publication of Destiny Quest: The Eye of Winter’s Fury.  Sometimes, a gamebook can be a hard sell to people. I know – I’ve stood in front of countless groups of surly teenagers at various book signings, trying to ignore their frowns and body language that says ‘oh em gee – hashtag nearest exit, please?’ as I try and convince them that gamebooks are really cool again. Even the word ‘gamebook’ can be enough to induce nervous convulsions, as…

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Congratulations to our Gemmell Awards Shortlisted authors and cover designers

Everyone here at Gollancz is thrilled by the announcement of the Gemmell Awards shortlist, which you can find here. There are three very strong shortlists, with 5 books up for each of the Legend (best novel) and Morningstar (best debut), and six covers up for the Ravenheart (Best Cover). We’re delighted that Joe Abercrombie’s RED COUNTRY is on the shortlist for both the Legend and Ravenheart awards. THE RED KNIGHT by Miles Cameron is the first of two Gollancz books up for the Morningstar award. The mass market paperback came out this week, and it’s well worth checking out this…

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Ready player one?

As a geek in the eighties (well, let’s face it – every decade really), I lapped up movies, comics and games like no tomorrow. I didn’t get out much, as you can probably tell – being able to recite most of the lines from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off  or do a (bad) Yoda impression was never going to be a winner at parties. Therefore it came as quite a surprise to one of the Waterstones staff at a signing I did recently, that I hadn’t read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. The title was familiar and I was sure I…

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DestinyQuest 2: The Heart of Fire Prologue

Tomorrow sees the launch of the second of Michael J. Ward’s DestinyQuest adventures, The Heart of Fire. Below you will find the prologue to the adventure, and be sure to check back tomorrow for your chance to win a copy of this remarkable book!   Prologue:  The Great Escape   You are in free fall. The black rock of the mountainside streaks past in a deadly blur. Your descent is fast – unstoppable. You can only watch, paralysed by fear, as the world tumbles through blue sky and earth. Then a wave of ash washes over you, turning bright day into…

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