The Spotlight: Willful Child By Steven Erikson


GENE RODDENBERRY WILL BE SPINNING IN HIS GRAVE

I feel a great disturbance in the warp core, as if millions of Trekkies suddenly cried out in terror.

 

In my youth I was a big fan of the Star Trek franchise; The Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and even Voyager. As I got older my enthusiasm for all things Trek gradually began to wane. There were a number of reasons for my diminishing interest but the principal one being my inability to continue to reconcile Gene Roddenberry’s utopian view of humanity’s future with my cynical assessment of human nature.

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The Spotlight: The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series


BREATHING NEW LIFE INTO THE VAMPIRE MYTHOS.

Will wonders never cease? A book series aimed at women, that even us male readers can enjoy without embarrassment.

 

There is one particular sub-genre within the pantheon of fantasy and science fiction literature that I generally don’t read very often. The said sub-genre being Paranormal Romance. Despite superficial similarities with the related Urban Fantasy sub-genre (which I do read frequently), I have always viewed PNR as inherently unfriendly to male readers. Ideally, I would prefer not to be drawn into an argument as to whether or not this viewpoint is a fair one. The intent of this post is to highlight the one PNR series that I feel really bucks this trend.

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The Spotlight: Star Wars, The Thrawn Trilogy


STILL THE DEFINITIVE FOLLOW UP TO THE ORIGINAL TRILOGY.

With new Star Wars films on the horizon, now is a good time to rediscover the highlight of the old Expanded Universe.

 

A few days ago it was announced that principle photography for the seventh Star Wars film has been completed. The title of Episode VII, which is the first part of a new trilogy set after Return Of The Jedi, was also confirmed to be The Force Awakens. (Yes, I agree, it’s a very uninspired title.)

Book CoverLittle is actually known about the plot of the film, or the trilogy in general, but what is known for certain is that these new films will not be acknowledging the vast Expanded Universe of Star Wars literature that has been produced over the years. Earlier this year, Disney, the new owners of the franchise, announced that they were de-canonising the stories told in these books, comics etc. so as not to constrain the producers of future films. This is actually not a bad thing because most of the Expanded Universe material (with a handful of exceptions) is unmitigated rubbish.

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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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The Spotlight: The Lions Of Al-Rassan By Guy Gavriel Kay


AN ACCLAIMED HISTORICAL FANTASY

Published almost twenty years ago, it’s long past time for me to check this book out; maybe for you, too.

 

Book CoverThe Lions Of Al-Rassan by Canadian author Guy Gavriel Kay is a book that has been recommended to me on a number of occasions, by several different people, so it has been on my to read list for a while now. I recently got hold of a copy, though it’s likely to be a few weeks before I actually get around to reading it.

For the benefit of those readers who, like me, have not read this book yet, here is a brief summary of the appeal of the book, and hopefully why it may also be a title that will be of interest to you.

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The Spotlight: Blood Song By Anthony Ryan

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It is time to shine a light upon the self-published phenomenon that went mainstream.

Here’s a quick preview of Blood Song, a title recently added to my to read list, that maybe should be on yours too.

 

A recent addition to my to read list, Blood Song by Anthony Ryan first came to my attention earlier this year, in the summer, when it was published here in the UK (Thursday 4th July) by Orbit Books. It is the acclaimed first book of the Raven’s Shadow Trilogy, and I was surprised to discover that it was originally self-published by the author before eventually being acquired by Ace Books in North America, and more recently Orbit Books.

I have recently snapped up a copy of Anthony Ryan’s debut novel, and I hope to read and review it before the end of the month.

 

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“Born For Battle Bred For War”

 

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We have fought battles that left more than a hundred corpses on the ground and not a word of it has ever been set down. The Order fights, but often it fights in shadow, without glory or reward. We have no banners.

Vaelin Al Sorna’s life changes forever the day his father abandons him at the gates of the Sixth Order, a secretive military arm of the Faith. Together with his fellow initiates, Vaelin undertakes a brutal training regime – where the price of failure is often death. Under the tutelage of the Order’s masters, he learns how to forge a blade, survive the wilds and kill a man quickly and quietly.

Now his new skills will be put to the test. War is coming. Vaelin is the Sixth Order’s deadliest weapon and the Realm’s only hope. He must draw upon the very essence of his strength and cunning if he is to survive the coming conflict. Yet as the world teeters on the edge of chaos, Vaelin will learn that the truth can cut deeper than any sword.

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