Monthly Archives: January 2013

2012 Juice Box Award: Cover of the Year

My short list for Cover of the Year is six books long (see below). There’s not really a connective thread between them except that none are photograph based — a trend I loathed in lasts years award, and I continue to find repellent  Additionally, you’ll see no hooded men because hooded men are still lame and… Read more »

2012 Juice Box Award: Editor of the Year

In previous years, I’ve awarded this Juice Box to the editor whom I felt best directed an imprint. To do it any other way is really difficult. While I believe an award for best editor SHOULD go to an editor who best improves the work they buy through actual editing, it’s impossible to judge. I… Read more »

2012 Juice Box Award: Most Consistent Press

Consistency is how brands are built. I buy Land O’ Lakes Butter because I’ve baked with it so many times and it does the trick. There’s certainly something to be said for happenstance, I mean how many other kinds of butter have I realistically tried? But, it’s never let me down, so here we are…. Read more »

Myke Cole theorizes undiscovered magic talents. . . (Guest Post & Giveaway)

I recently detailed the intricacies of the Shadow Ops magic system over at Fantasy Faction. In that post, I hinted that there was more to magic than the basic authorized and Probe school system I laid out in Control Point. In this article, I’ve decided to gives a glimpse into the more esoteric, one might even say singular,… Read more »

Fortress Frontier by Myke Cole

I hear two main complaints among those who read Myke Cole’s debut novel, Control Point. First, the novel’s protagonist Oscar Britton was an indecisive and unlikable whiner. Second, that the writing and dialogue lacked polish. Personally, I didn’t find either of those items to be true, but I can say without a shadow of doubt that both… Read more »

French Cover: The Skybound Sea by Sam Sykes

News flash, intrepid readers. France knows how to paint. I could say Marc Simonetti knows how to paint, but it seems like everyone in French publishing gets it to a degree America does not. Look at this gorgeous cover for Sam Sykes’ newest novel, The Skybound Sea: I don’t want to belittle the covers for… Read more »

2012 Juice Box Awards: Best Small Press

A year ago I would given this award to Night Shade Books without hesitation. They were publishing consistently good novels, most of which were debuts, that felt polished. 2012 not so much. Their debut line-up slipped noticeably, although there were several standouts, and even their more seasoned authors felt untouched by the editorial process. Who then wears… Read more »

Today I wrote a post somewhere else…

I didn’t get a copy of A Memory of Light from Tor. But, the Mad Hatter did. He didn’t feel up to date enough in the series to review the book, so he paid it forward and I offered to write the review for his site. He also says some nice things about me at… Read more »

Announcing the 2012 Juice Box Awards

So, 2012 is over and that means it’s time for the ‘Best of 2012′ lists to start trickling out.  The truth is I’m a little behind the trend due to some real world constraints, but it’s time to get on the horse. Last year I debuted my ‘Juice Box Awards’ and I dug it. The’re… Read more »

SpecFic 2012: Cover Reveal and Details

Last year, I began a partnership with Jared Shurin, co-owner/editor of Pandemonium Fiction, to release an anthology titled Speculative Fiction 2012, The Years Best Online Reviews, Essays and Commentary, with proceeds to be donated to charity. Our goal, if any such thing can be claimed, is to create a record of all the incredibly rich content being… Read more »