Posts Tagged: Orbit

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 Edition

cover by Lauren Panepinto

My normal Duck and Covers feature was co-opted yesterday by 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

Thiefs Magic Slice

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!


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


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


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


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 »

2013 Juice Box Awards: Book of the Year

I read 101 books this year. 32 weren’t published in 2013, 11 were manuscripts set for publication over the next several years, leaving 58 titles from which I am drawing conclusions about the book of the year. In other words, take what I say with a grain of salt. I haven’t read everything, including what… Read more »

2013 Juice Box Awards: Debut of the Year

In a typical year about one third of my reading is debuts. 2013 that number was closer to 20%. If I was guessing why that might be I would say it’s because Night Shade fell apart. I wrote about it extensively here. The truth is Night Shade was one of the bastions of debut writers,… Read more »