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Friday, February 25, 2022

Graphic novel review: Echo by Terry Moore

 


Book links: AmazonGoodreads

OFFICIAL AUTHOR INFO: Terry Moore is an American cartoonist, known for the series Strangers in Paradise, Rachel Rising, and the founding of Homage Comics.

Publisher: Abstract Studios Number of Issues: 6 collected in The Complete Edition

Thursday, February 24, 2022

FBC Video Interview Series: Authors & Their Favourite Books, Dyrk Ashton chats about Roger Zelazny’s CREATURES OF LIGHT AND DARKNESS. (interviewed by Mihir Wanchoo)

 


Hello everyone, this is the ATFB series, Authors & Their Favourite Books.  This series is inspired by hearing about authors talk about what books inspired them to become wordsmiths in their own right.
 
Today we have with us Dyrk Ashton who has chosen Roger Zelazny’s CREATURES OF LIGHT AND DARKNESS. We chatted about how Dyrk got fascinated with Roger Zelazny’s works, Zelazny’s Nebula & Hugo wins & nominations & much, much more... 
 
So it's my sincere hope that you enjoy this conversation and please feel free to let us know what you think either in the comments below or comments on the Youtube video.



Wednesday, February 23, 2022

SPFBO Finalist review: Reign & Ruin by J.D. Evans


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AUTHOR INFO: J. D. Evans writes fantasy and science fiction romance. After earning her degree in linguistics, J. D. served a decade as an army officer. She once spent her hours putting together briefings for helicopter pilots and generals. Now she writes stories, tends to two unreasonable tiny humans, knits, sews badly, gardens, and cultivates Pinterest Fails. After a stint in Beirut, J. D. fell in love with the Levant, which inspired the setting for her debut series, Mages of the Wheel.

Originally hailing from Montana, J. D. now resides in North Carolina with her husband, two attempts at mini-clones gone rogue, and too many stories in her head.

Publication Date: January 23, 2020 Publisher: Whippoorwill Press LLC Page Count: 422  Cover art: Tatiana Anor Formats: ebook, paperback

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

SPFBO Finalist Interview: J.D. Evans


AUTHOR INFO: J. D. Evans writes fantasy and science fiction romance. After earning her degree in linguistics, J. D. served a decade as an army officer. She once spent her hours putting together briefings for helicopter pilots and generals. Now she writes stories, tends to two unreasonable tiny humans, knits, sews badly, gardens, and cultivates Pinterest Fails. After a stint in Beirut, J. D. fell in love with the Levant, which inspired the setting for her debut series, Mages of the Wheel.


Originally hailing from Montana, J. D. now resides in North Carolina with her husband, two attempts at mini-clones gone rogue, and too many stories in her head.

Publication Date: January 23, 2020 Publisher: Whippoorwill Press LLC Page Count: 422  Cover art: Tatiana Anor Formats: ebook, paperback

Monday, February 21, 2022

The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake

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OFFICIAL AUTHOR BIO: Alexene Farol Follmuth, also known under the pen name Olivie Blake, is a lover and writer of stories, many of which involve the fantastic, the paranormal, or the supernatural, but not always. More often, her works revolve around the collective experience, what it means to be human (or not), and the endlessly interesting complexities of life and love.

Alexene tripped and fell into writing after abandoning her long-premeditated track for Optimum Life Achievement while attending law school, and now focuses primarily on the craft and occasional headache of creating fiction. As Olivie, she has been published as the featured fiction contributor for Witch Way Magazine, as well as the writer for the graphic series Clara and the Devil and a variety of other books. The revised hardcover edition of her cult favorite The Atlas Six releases March 1, 2022 from Tor Books followed by the sequel in October. As Alexene, her debut YA novel, My Mechanical Romance, is coming May 2022 from Holiday House.

Alexene lives and works in Los Angeles, where she is generally tolerated by her rescue pit bull. She can be loosely defined as the sort of person who picked up sparring as a means to improve writing fight scenes.

FORMAT/INFO: The Atlas Six will be published by Tor Books on March 1st, 2022. It is 384 pages split over 39 chapters. It is told in third person from multiple POVs, including Libby, Callum, Parisa, and more. It will be available in hardcover, ebook, and audiobook formats. A self-published version of this book was originally released on January 31st, 2020.

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Graphic Novel: Sixth Gun by Cullen Bunn & Brian Hurtt

 


Book links: AmazonGoodreads

OFFICIAL AUTHOR INFO: Cullen grew up in rural North Carolina, but now lives in the St. Louis area with his wife Cindy and his son Jackson. All writers must pay their dues, and Cullen has worked various odd jobs, including Alien Autopsy Specialist, Rodeo Clown, Professional Wrestler Manager, and Sasquatch Wrangler. And, yes, he has fought for his life against mountain lions and he did perform on stage as the World's Youngest Hypnotist. Buy him a drink sometime, and he'll tell you all about it. Visit his website at www.cullenbunn.com.

Publisher: ONI Press Number of Issues: 50 collected in Six Deluxe Editions

Monday, February 14, 2022

Book review: Swan Song by Robert McCammon

 


Book links: Amazon, Goodreads

AUTHOR INFO: Robert Rick McCammon was a full-time horror writer for many years. Among his many popular novels were the classics Boy's Life and Swan Song. After taking a hiatus for his family, he returned to writing with an interest in historical fiction.

McCammon resides in Birmingham, Alabama. He is currently working on the eighth Matthew Corbett novel, The King of Shadows.

First published: 1987 Length: 960 pages Awards: 1988 Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel and the 1994 Japan Adventure Fiction Association Prize for Best Translated Novel.

Thursday, February 10, 2022

The Justice of Kings by Richard Swan - Review


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OFFICIAL AUTHOR BIO: Richard was born in North Yorkshire and spent most of his early life on Royal Air Force bases in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. After studying law at the University of Manchester, Richard was Called to the Bar in 2011. He subsequently retrained as a solicitor specialising in commercial litigation.


Between 2015 and 2018, Richard self-published "The Art of War Trilogy", a sequence of epic space opera novels, as well as a prequel ("Hadan's Reach") and two spinoff mil-sci-fi novellas ("VIPER One", and "VIPER One: Countervalue", the latter co-authored with George Lockett).

When he is not writing or working, Richard can be found in London with his wonderful wife Sophie, where they attempt to raise, with mixed results, their two very loud sons.

FORMAT/INFO: The Justice of Kings will be published on February 22nd, 2022 by Orbit Books. It is 432 pages split over 30 chapters and an epilogue. It is told from the first person POV of Helena. It will be available in hardcover, ebook, and audiobook formats.
Wednesday, February 9, 2022

SPFBO Finalist review: The Forever King (The Scalussen Chronicles # 1) by Ben Galley



Book links: Amazon, Goodreads

AUTHOR INFO: Ben Galley is an author of dark and epic fantasy books who currently hails from Victoria, Canada. Since publishing his debut Emaneska Series, Ben has released a range of novels set in strange, unforgiving worlds, including the award-winning weird western Bloodrush and standalone novel The Heart of Stone. He is also the author of the critically-acclaimed Chasing Graves Trilogy and new Scalussen Chronicles.

When he isn’t killing off hordes of fictional beings, or arguing the finer points of magic and dragons, Ben enjoys exploring the Canadian wilds and sipping Scotch single malts, and will forever and always play a dark elf in The Elder Scrolls. One day he hopes to live in an epic treehouse in the mountains.

Ben can be found on Twitter or vlogging on YouTube @BenGalley, or loitering on Facebook and Instagram @BenGalleyAuthor. Or just go to bengalley.com for all Ben's info.

Publication Date: December 01, 2020 Publisher: BenGalley.com Page Count: 666 (hell yeah!) Cover design: Pen Astridge Original and map illustrations: Ben Galley
Tuesday, February 8, 2022

SPFBO Finalist Interview: Ben Galley, the author of The Forever King


Book links: AmazonGoodreads

AUTHOR INFO: Ben Galley is an author of dark and epic fantasy books who currently hails from Victoria, Canada. Since publishing his debut Emaneska Series, Ben has released a range of novels set in strange, unforgiving worlds, including the award-winning weird western Bloodrush and standalone novel The Heart of Stone. He is also the author of the critically-acclaimed Chasing Graves Trilogy and new Scalussen Chronicles.

When he isn’t killing off hordes of fictional beings, or arguing the finer points of magic and dragons, Ben enjoys exploring the Canadian wilds and sipping Scotch single malts, and will forever and always play a dark elf in The Elder Scrolls. One day he hopes to live in an epic treehouse in the mountains.

Ben can be found on Twitter or vlogging on YouTube @BenGalley, or loitering on Facebook and Instagram @BenGalleyAuthor. Or just go to bengalley.com for all Ben's info.

Publication Date: December 01, 2020 Publisher: BenGalley.com Page Count: 666 (jell yeah!) Cover design: Pen Astridge Original and map illustrations: Ben Galley

Monday, February 7, 2022

Book review: Bluebird by Ciel Pierlot



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ABOUT AUTHOR: Ciel Pierlot is a disaster bisexual from the San Francisco Bay Area. She’s also a giant nerd and no, you cannot stop her from bragging about her lightsaber collection. When she’s not writing SFF novels, she’s busy being a digital artist and a hardcore gaymer

Published by Angry Robot (Feb 08, 2022) Length: 400 pages Cover design: Tom Shone

Sunday, February 6, 2022

FBC Video Interview Series: Authors & Their Favourite Books, Richard Nell speaks about DUNE (interviewed by Mihir Wanchoo)

 


Hello everyone, today we are starting a new series of author interviews. This is the ATFB series, Authors & Their Favourite Books.  This series is inspired by hearing about authors talk about what books inspired them to become wordsmiths in their own right. I've always been intrigued by several authors who mentioned several different books in their email interviews.

This lead to the birth of this video interviews and I've to specially thank Richard Nell for his time and willingness to be my first guin interviewee. He chose Frank Herbert's DUNE and so we chatted about its inception, Frank Herbert's intentions, the impact of this seminal work on the genre & much, much more... 

So it's my sincere hope that you enjoy this conversation and please feel free to let us know what you think either in the comments below or comments on the Youtube video.




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