Posts Tagged: Pyr

The Future of Pyr: Reply Hazy, Try Again


Editor’s note: I believe Lou Anders leaving Pyr is a red flag for the imprint. I also believe that Anders is a very good editor, art director, and person. Nothing in this article is intended to discredit his ability. Publishing is a casino, as Kameron Hurley’s coined phrase goes. Sometimes things just come up snake… Read more »

Duck and Covers: I Can’t Get Behind This


W.C. Bauers’ debut novel, Unbreakable, is set to release in January of 2015. Today, Tor Books released the cover by Stephan Martiniere with a not-so-pithy quote from David Weber. I don’t mean to belittle the quote, but c’mon D-Web, you can do better than that! The cover though, which I quite like, seems awful familiar… Read more »

Duck and Covers: Are you not entertained?!

I wish Raymond Swanland did more cover work. No one captures motion like he does. Admittedly, his style is so unique as to be almost one-note, but I love it nevertheless. Here he is with a new novel from K.V. Johansen and Pyr. I feel like Swanland really should be illustrating X-Men when I see… Read more »

Take a Risk or Stay the Course? Reviews of The Scroll of Years and Blood Song

Two novels read this past month demonstrate an ongoing dichotomy in fantasy fiction. Anthony Ryan’s much heralded first novel, Blood Song, was a run away success as a self-published novel before it was bought by big publishing. It is, for all intents and purposes, a classic epic fantasy structurally reminiscent of Patrick Rothfuss’s Name of the… Read more »

The Abercrombie Reread–How much blood will be spilled?

Today begins my deep, dark, dive into the mind of Joe Abercrombie. I touch on my interpretation of grimdark, what Abercrombie is trying to accomplish in The First Law Trilogy, and begin rereading the prologue. Go check it out: Welcome to the officially unofficial reread of Joe Abercrombie’s The Blade Itself, and, unless I do… Read more »

If you liked… Joe Abercrombie

It’s been a long time since I did an “If you liked” post. Since Joe Abercrombie is becoming the center of my blogging life for the foreseeable future, I figured I’d talk about him some more. One of the things that makes Abercrombie unique is that all of his books are written in a different style…. Read more »

Announcing: Joe Abercrombie Obsession

Yes, that’s a really big picture of the title of Joe Abercrombie’s first book. I’m a pretty big proponent of his work, in case anyone wasn’t aware yet. I posted it in celebration of my first post at which was published this morning. In it I review Abercrombie’s newest short story “Some Desperado”. I had not… Read more »

Is Abaddon’s Gate really just a Black Halo? A review of novels by James S.A. Corey and Sam Sykes

Where do novels begin? Is it the protagonist? The plot? Some cool magic system? Or a world detail? It’s a silly question, because there is no right answer. And even if there was, it only matters insofar as it scratches a bad interviewer’s curiosity. But, it is interesting, and meaningful, to discuss which of those… Read more »

Duck and Covers: Is the Baen art director taking side jobs?

When you’re Baen, you know you have a bit of a reputation for ridiculous covers. Not just over sexed ones either, but classics like: The covers below are not from Baen, a fact I find difficult to rationalize given the styles employed. Do you think Baen’s art director might be freelancing? First up, young adult… Read more »

Duck and Covers: Beauty and the Crashed Spaceships

I’ve read Erin Hoffman first two books, Sword of Fire and Sea and Lance of Earth and Sky. Truth be told, I didn’t find either particularly good, although the world she created is incredibly rich. In fact, they feel at times like exactly what they are. . . novels written by a video game designer. In… Read more »