Review: King Maker By Maurice Broaddus


A LEGEND RE-IMAGINED AS THE WIRE MEETS EXCALIBUR

URBAN FANTASY BUT NOT AS YOU KNOW IT. WHO SAYS THERE IS NO MORE ORIGINALITY LEFT IN THE GENRE?

 

Book CoverKing Maker
(The Knights Of Breton Court, Book 1)

Maurice Broaddus

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Angry Robot
Format: Paperback, 416 Pages
Date: 4th March 2010

ISBN-10: 0007343310
ISBN-13: 978-0007343317

 
Purchase From: Amazon | Book Depository
 

In recent years there has been a growing trend that has to lead to the publication of numerous re-tellings/re-imaginings of classic works of fiction. Whether it be the reworking of popular children’s fairy tales into adult erotic novels, or unconventional “mashups” blending horror with Victorian literature in the vein of Austen and the Bronte sisters, there has been several interesting, if not particularly good books written.

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Review: The Minority Report By Philip K. Dick


GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY

POLICE COMMISSIONER GETS A TASTE OF HIS OWN MEDICINE BUT FAILS TO LEARN THE RIGHT LESSON FROM THE NIGHTMARE HE HELPED CREATE

 

Book CoverThe Minority Report

Philip K. Dick
 

Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Orion
Format: Paperback
Date: 24th March 2005 (First Published 1956)

ISBN-10: 0752864319
ISBN-13: 978-0752864310

 
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The Minority Report is a thought-provoking short story with a central premise that is as equally disturbing as it is intriguing. A tale in which the protagonist finds himself being victimised by the system he was instrumental in creating. Yet he somehow manages to remain unwilling to acknowledge the fundamental flaws and unfairness of that system.

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Giveaway: Signed Copy Of Under The Shadow, Plus Amazon Gift Card

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Welcome to the first stop on the Blog Tour for Under The Shadow by J.M. Kay. To mark this occasion Another World in association with BooksEndependent has two gifts to giveaway for one lucky reader; an autographed copy of the novel, plus a $15 Amazon gift card.

For your chance to win, simply click the link below to enter the prize draw.

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Interview: Author J.M. Kay Enters The Interrogation Room

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Twenty Questions with J. M. Kay, author of Under The Shadow: Children Of The First Star, Volume 1

 
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ImageThe Interrogation Room here at Another World has remained unoccupied for far too long. Today this oversight will finally be rectified as I have secured my very first victim interviewee.

To mark the imminent publication of Under The Shadow: Children Of The First Star, Volume 1, I have brought in its author J.M. Kay to face twenty probing questions; the first ten to gain some insight into the book and the author, and the second ten to examine his geek credentials.

Enjoy the interview, and keep an eye out for the giveaway that I’ll post shortly, as one lucky reader will have the chance to win a signed copy of the novel, plus a $15 Amazon gift card.

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Announcement: Under The Shadow Blog Tour Schedule

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With the start of the blog tour for Under The Shadow only a couple of days away, I just want to post the finalised tour schedule below, so that you may follow its progress over the next two weeks.

 

MONDAY, 22nd SEPTEMBER

London Kickoff: Author Interview @ Another World
U.S. Kickoff: Author Spotlight, Part 1 @ The Bridge Of Deaths

WEDNESDAY, 24th SEPTEMBER

Author Guest Blog @ The Howling Turtle

FRIDAY, 26th SEPTEMBER

Book Excerpt @ Librarina

MONDAY, 29th SEPTEMBER

Book Review @ The Bitter Optimist

TUESDAY, 30th SEPTEMBER

Book Review @ Tween Book Blog

WEDNESDAY, 1st OCTOBER

Book Release!!! Launch Party!!!
You can join in all the fun by visiting BooksEndependent‘s official Facebook Page.

SATURDAY, 4th OCTOBER

Author Spotlight, Part 2 @ 4Covert2Overt


Review: Stormdancer By Jay Kristoff


AN EXTRAORDINARY GIRL STANDS UP TO DEFY AN EMPIRE

THE START OF THE LOTUS WAR TRILOGY IS A GRIPPING STEAMPUNK ADVENTURE WITH A PSEUDO-JAPANESE AESTHETIC

 

Book CoverStormdancer
(The Lotus War, Book 1)

Jay Kristoff

Genre: Historical Fantasy, Steampunk
Publisher: Tor UK
Format: Paperback, 465 Pages
Date: 13th September 2012

ISBN-10: 0230762883
ISBN-13: 978-0230762886

 
Purchase From: Amazon | Book Depository
 

What do you do when a novel with a premise you find intriguing, garners numerous scathing reviews from book bloggers you follow, thereby putting you off reading it? In this particular instance, having noted that many of these bad reviews were actually, less than subtle, attacks on the author, I simply ignored the reviews and subsequently read the book. And what a good decision it proved to be; Stormdancer is an engrossing tale of one girl’s journey from reluctant, disdainful acceptance of the status quo, to becoming the focal point for armed rebellion against an oppressive empire.

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The Spotlight: Under The Shadow By J.M. Kay


A PROMISING NEW YOUNG ADULT SCIENCE FICTION TALE

Keep an eye out for Under The Shadow, the first volume of Children Of The First Star by debut author J.M. Kay.

 

Book CoverAs I mentioned early last week, Another World will be the first stop on the upcoming blog tour for Under The Shadow: Children Of The First Star, Volume 1. The tour commences the beginning of next week and has been extended until 4th October. I am very fortunate to have secured an interview with the book’s author, J.M. Kay, so be sure to check it out next Monday.

So what is the Under The Shadow all about? I can’t give away much at the moment, but I hope to have a full review ready for you, to coincide with the book’s publication in October. In the meantime, you can read a synopsis and view the finalised cover art below.

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Review: The Ambassador’s Mission By Trudi Canavan


LIGHTNING NEVER STRIKES TWICE

THE FOLLOW UP TO THE BLACK MAGICIAN TRILOGY MISSES THE MARK AS IT FAILS TO RECAPTURE LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE

 

Book CoverThe Ambassador’s Mission
(The Traitor Spy Trilogy, Book 1)

Trudi Canavan

Genre: High Fantasy
Publisher: Orbit
Format: Paperback, 560 Pages
Date: 7th April 2011 (First Published 2010)

ISBN-10: 1841495921
ISBN-13: 978-1841495927

 
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There is an adage which teaches us that, “you should never go back”. This saying is usually used in reference to romantic relationships, but perhaps it should also serve as a warning to authors wanting to revisit past glories; though the temptation to do so is, of course, perfectly understandable. Returning to the scene of a previous triumph no doubt seems like the safe and easy path to take. But how often does it turn out not to be the case? Certainly, The Ambassador’s Mission, provides a perfect illustration as to the wisdom of the words, “you should never go back”.

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Review: Full Moon Rising By Keri Arthur


HALF VAMPIRE. HALF WEREWOLF. ALL TROUBLE.

A HORNY HEROINE IN HEAT UNCOVERS A SINISTER CONSPIRACY, IN BETWEEN ALL THE SEX SHE’S HAVING

 

Book CoverFull Moon Rising
(Riley Jensen Guardian, Book 1)

Keri Arthur

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Piatkus
Format: Paperback, 368 Pages
Date: 3rd February 2011 (First Published 2006)

ISBN-10: 0749955872
ISBN-13: 978-0749955878

 
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Once you have been reading Urban Fantasy by female authors for long enough, you start to take for granted that there are certain constituents that you can reasonably expect to encounter each time you read a new title. For instance, the protagonist will invariably be an independent, kick-ass heroine who can beat the living daylights out of any man; without so much as breaking a sweat. She will be an annoyingly quirky personality, with a tendency to exhibit neurotic behaviour. And it is all but guaranteed that her love life/sex life will be an unnecessarily complicated mess.

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Announcement: Upcoming Blog Tour For Under The Shadow

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An exciting new voice in young adult science fiction is almost here.

 
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I’m very pleased to announce that Another World in association with publisher, BooksEndependent, will be kicking off the upcoming blog tour for Under The Shadow: Children Of The First Star, Volume 1 by début author, J.M. Kay. The tour commences two weeks today, Monday September 22nd 2014, through to September 30th.

To mark this occasion, I am privileged to have secured an interview with the author, and for one lucky reader we will be giving away an autographed copy of the novel, plus a $10 Amazon gift card.

Look out for more details about this exciting new book in the coming days.