Posts Tagged: Orbit

Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie and Space Case by Stuart Gibbs

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Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie How to talk about Ancillary Sword? In the front pages of the novel, I am quoted about it’s predecessor, saying “Ancillary Justice does everything science fiction should do. It engages, it excites, and it challenges the way the reader views our world.” A sequel, doing many of the same kinds of… Read more »

Brian Ruckley’s The Free and Karen Miller’s The Falcon Throne

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I apologize for the lack of reviews lately. Life has caught up with me to some degree. My kids, in particular, are now old enough to demand an excessive amount of attention. Who the hell do they think they are anyway? Not to mention the day job has become increasingly demanding and for some reason all… Read more »

Duck and Covers: A Cover Stained Sykes

Today, Sam Sykes unveiled his cover for his fourth novel, and first with Orbit Books, The City Stained Red. Orbit Art Director Lauren Panepinto did the cover herself, using voodoo. Personally, I adore the type setting, although I was more  a fan of the background from an earlier version that was circulated. Either way this… Read more »

Duck and Covers: Special Tor.com Edition

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My normal Duck and Covers feature was co-opted yesterday by Tor.com to give a shout out to the brilliant artist voice at Orbit Books. Here’s an excerpt from the article with a link to the complete article. Art is important. It’s important socially and culturally and, when it comes to publishing, commercially. The cover art is the… Read more »

Thief’s Magic by Trudi Canavan

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It says it right on the cover of the Thief’s Magic advanced review copy that Trudi Canavan has sold two million books worldwide—which is roughly 1/50th of the Super Bowl’s audience, or about 100 times the audience of a moderately successful debut novel. You might think that’s a common level of success. It isn’t. It’s… Read more »

Review Collage!

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Edge of Tomorrow by Hiroshi Sakurazaka Retitled to coincide with the film release, Edge of Tomorrow was originally known as All You Need is Kill, which, as far as I’m concerned, is a much more powerful appellation. The world Sakurazaka imagines is one where an alien race has invaded via nanobot proxies to terraform the… Read more »

Amazon vs. Hachette, a cage match

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Amazon, after discouraging customers from buying books from publisher Hachette (Orbit), has abruptly escalated the battle by refusing orders late Thursday for upcoming Hachette books. Although this situation has generated a great deal of anger, it’s worth pointing out this is not new behavior as in 2010 Amazon removed direct access to Macmillan (Tor) books. And, of course, we all… Read more »

KJ Parker: A Glimpse Behind the Curtain

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KJ Parker is a myth. A more mysterious figure there is not outside the hallowed identity cloud of Thomas Pynchon. Personally, I have been a fan of Parker’s for some years. Encouraged by Pornokitsch blogger Jared Shurin to read The Folding Knife, I was immediately hooked. Two years ago I was given a chance to ask… Read more »

Not-Reviews: Sworn in Steel and Crimson Campaign

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Technically speaking, I read both of these books last summer. Even then Sworn in Steel and The Crimson Campaign were polished, technically sound, and absolute blasts to read from start to finish. Jealous? You should be. With these books Douglas Hulick and Brian McClellan go from debut authors to professionals with careers ahead of them. Of course, I… Read more »

Round-up of older titles read recently (and one new one)

#1) Jhereg by Steven Brust Somehow I’ve gone 25 years of genre without reading Steven Brust. I remember very distinctly  buying The Phoenix Guards at a middle-school book fair, but found it not to my tastes at the time. Jhereg, Brust’s first novel, is nothing like how I remember that first foray. Stripped to the bare essentials,… Read more »