Sunday, 18 January 2009

Human Nature reviewed in Death Ray #17

As was Leviathan Rising before it, Human Nature has been reviewed by Guy Haley of Death Ray Magazine. The review appears in the latest edition (issue #17) which awards the book three stars.

I think the review reads rather well, and Haley kindly comments that, 'Green... improves as a writer with each book' - which is nice.
You can pick up your copy of Death Ray Magazine here and a copy of Human Nature here, so that you compare your opinion of the book with the reviewer's.

Human Nature from Abaddon Books

Here's the rather cool advert for Human Nature that's appeared in recent issues of 2000AD and Judge Dredd the Megazine.

You can pick up your copy of Human Nature here.

Publishing high quality British fiction for the Commonwealth
since 2006!

Saturday, 10 January 2009

Pax Britannia at Forbidden Planet

So last night I went along to the Forbidden Planet store in London to sign copies of my latest Pax Britannia novel Human Nature. As it turned out, mine was the first signing of 2009. And the first signing of 2008 was... Henry 'The Fonz' Winkler!
I must have signed around 70 copies of Human Nature but a special shout-out goes to Sundaram. I even got to sign the signing desk, joining such luminaries as Robert Rankin, Graham McNeill, Dan Abnett and many others.

Talking of the 'many others', Gav Thorpe will be signing copies of his new Warhammer Time of Legends novel Malekith today (Saturday 10 January) from 1.00-2.00pm.

Thanks to Matt (for the delicious hot chocolate), John Harrison (for his support during the course of the evening) and Danie Ware (for sorting it out). Hopefully I'll see you guys there again when the next book comes out!

Friday, 9 January 2009

Signing this evening at Forbidden Planet, London

Jonathan Green
Pax Britannia: Human Nature

Join Jonathan Green at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, on Friday 9th January 6.00pm – 7.00pm.

Ulysses Quicksilver is chasing a mermaid – right up to the industrially polluted North of England and the fishing village where she was supposedly caught. What he finds are the horrors of man’s own selfishness; as he’s trapped within the very heart darkness, threatened in body and mind, he has to escape a fate that is literally worse than death.

This is a fantastical, steampunk science fiction novel from the co-creator of the Pax Britannia world!

Thursday, 8 January 2009

The worst horrors are those spawned by Man's own selfish nature

Yes - it's here! Pax Britannia: Human Nature arrived at the Green household this morning and a very nice job of it Abaddon's designers have done too.

Here's what it's all about:

The Whitby Mermaid, prize exhibit of Cruickshanks’ Cabinet of Curiosities, has been stolen. But have no fear; consulting detective Gabriel Wraith is on the case. And he’s not the only one, for wherever there is a mystery to be solved, Ulysses Quicksilver is never very far away. What does the theft of what would appear to be a poorly-conceived fake have to do with the mysterious House of Monkeys? And what of the enigmatic criminal known only as the Magpie?

When Ulysses probes further into the case, he finds himself embarking upon an adventure that will take him to the industrially-polluted North of England and the fishing town where the curious creature was supposedly caught. But there are worse things awaiting him there than mermaids. The moors of Ghestdale are haunted by the savage Barghest beast, while in the abandoned mines beneath the Umbridge estate, impossible abominations lurk in the darkness, waiting. And yet Ulysses Quicksilver is about to discover that the worst horrors are those spawned by Man's own selfish nature.

Trapped within the very heart of darkness, with his body and sanity threatened, can he escape a fate worse than death ­ with both still intact ­ before one man's insane quest for immortality comes to fruition?

The novel includes the brand-new, specially-commissioned short story Christmas Past, and some unique Magna Britannia-style advertisements in the back.

Remember, you can pick up your copy of Human Nature, and get it signed by me at the same time, at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, tomorrow - Friday 9 January - between 6.00pm and 7.00pm.

Tuesday, 6 January 2009

Public Lending Right loans - 2007/2008

I had a pleasant surprise to brighten any day in post-Christmas cash-strapped January - I received my PLR statement.

Once a year I, like other registered authors, receive a statement from the kind people at PLR (Public Lending Right) informing me how many people have borrowed my books from libraries over the past year. For each loan I earn a few pence which, at the end of the day, add up to a fair few pounds (now that I've established a bit of a back catalogue of publications).

The idea behind the PLR is to reimburse authors for what are effectively lost earnings, as a result of people borrowing books rather than buying them. There is a limit to how much an author can receive from the PLR (it's £6600 if you're interested) so that the likes of Terry Pratchett and J K Rowling don't wipe out the £6.63m fund.

As I optimistically predicted this time last year, the period July 2007 - June 2008 saw an increase in the number of my books being borrowed, partly because I simply have more books out there than ever before. So, following David Bishop's lead, here are my top most borrowed tomes for July 2007 - June 2008 (with previous year's placing in brackets):

1. (-) Howl of the Werewolf (published Sep 07)
2. (-) The Horror of Howling Hill (Mar 08)
3. (3) Bloodbones (Sep 06)
4. (1) Conquest of Armageddon (Dec 05)
5. (11) Curse of the Mummy (Apr 07)
6. (15) Spellbreaker (Jun 07)
7. (4) Iron Hands (Aug 04)
8. (2) Necromancer (Jan 05)
9. (8) Unnatural History (Feb 07)
10. (-) Leviathan Rising (Mar 08)

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Friday, 2 January 2009

A week today...

You'll be able to get yours hands on the new Pax Britannia novel Human Nature at Forbidden Planet megastore on Shaftesbury Avenue, and have it signed by me at the same time. I'll be there on Friday 9 January, between 6.00pm and 7.00pm, signing books and generally up for a bit of a chit-chat. I look forward to seeing you there too.