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Luke Skywalker, Left Unity and the Stuttgart Megabrothel

Having been approached by the Star Wars franchise to write a tie-in with quote “a startlingly fresh angle on the canon”, I find myself- Okay, just kidding.  Though it is tempting to imagine which New York-based emigre Latin American or East European post-modernist writer you might hire to deliver a tie-in novel behind that title….. […]

New Aunts and Catching Up in Westeros

One of the nice things that wrapping Land Fit for Heroes has given me is a sudden freedom to catch up on a whole lot of other people’s fantasy fiction; now I’m done, I no longer live in terror of involuntarily inflecting my work with traces of Martin, Abercrombie et al – I can actually […]

What’s the Tome, Mr Wolf

Just call me Santiago….. Out in the Gulf three days (ehm, that’d be three years actually, Richard – ed.) towed behind this bloody great fish, biggest thing I’ve ever had a hook in.  But I landed it, Sunday last, and finally got it on the scales. 247k. Yeah, that’s 247 thousand words.  Ladies and gentlemen, […]

Penultimate Pre-pub Taste

There were times he dreamed that the cage had taken him after all; that he made some impassioned speech confessing guilt and repentance on the floor of the Hearings Chamber, and offered himself up for the sentence instead.  That the Chancellery law-lords in their enthroning chairs and finery murmured behind their hands, deliberated amongst themselves […]

KC and the Stunned Sign(ing) Hand

Robert M. Pirsig reckons, in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, that we’re all motorbikes.  Or rather, he likens the conscientious good maintenance of a motorcycle to the emotional (perhaps even spiritual) upkeep and running repairs that we ought, in good conscience, to carry out on ourselves in life.  It’s a nice analogy – […]

GoH West, young man

Last part of that is ironic – I turned 48 less than two weeks ago.  But I am indeed heading (south)west this very week, as OctoCon’s Guest of Honour for 2013 (see earlier post under excruciating pun Dublin Up).  A full programme is available here, and will apparently download as an app to your pod/pad/phone/tablet […]

At Long Last, By Popular Request

I’ve had so many requests for another Read and Recommended list over the last few years, it was starting to feel churlish not to oblige.  But what with an intense couple of years moonlighting  in the games industry, the sudden impact of  fatherhood and delayed book deadlines raging out of all decent control, it felt […]

The Calm after the Storm (Different Storm, that is)

Tand’s man took longer dying than anyone expected, and he went hard despite the Warhelm’s painkilling powders.  Some horror of letting go in this haunted place, leaving his mortal remains here for whatever might stalk down these desolate boulevards once night fell.  His fellow freebooters reassured him as best they could, but their own faces […]

Jerky but Just About Alight or An Ode to Remembered Physical Joy (and a second, oblique shot at Read and Rec’d)

So I finally cracked and got an e-reader. The trip out to southern Spain, this time by air and with luggage dominated mainly by soft toys and Fireman Sam paraphernalia, meant my permitted allocation of book space was slim to vanishing, and a blunt pragmatism did the rest.  The Kindle Paperwhite 3G slides into a […]

Read and Recommended…

Kameron Hurley. Not that I haven’t read some other stuff too, recently (on which, more as soon as I’m done with Dark Defiles and can grab a decent amount of time to write it down.  Promise.).  But.  Kameron Hurley. There’s been a lot of talk about some of the first novel shortcomings of God’s War, […]