Sunday, 30 January 2011
Wednesday, 26 January 2011
Thursday, 20 January 2011
The Ulysses Quicksilver series is a land of a unique world with many twists. "The Ulysses Quicksilver Omnibus" will prove an excellent way to break readers into this series, a steampunk world where Queen Victoria is nearing a two century reign, diving into the deep sea is a vacation, and where even the thieves are a bit off kilter. A riveting read of three novels that should definitely prove quite fascinating, "The Ulysses Quicksilver Omnibus" is a volume that will prove very hard to put down and very highly recommended.
Having been a fan from the beginning of this quirky character, I really couldn't help but rediscover the joy of this dashing dandy of a secret agent in Steampunk Victoriana glory. After all that's what this title is all about and to be honest whilst some may not be the biggest fan of this literary hero, he's got a hell of a lot to offer the modern reader in a similar sort of way that Moore brought when he did his League of Extraordinary Gentlemen to the screen.
Add to the mix that this is an omnibus and you know that it has value for money built in. It's an ideal stocking filler if you love action and when backed with a hero that readers will just love to hang out with alongside the full extent of everything from Darwinism gone wrong, a touch of reanimator and a whole host of interesting supporting cast and it really is a spiffy read.
Tuesday, 18 January 2011
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 total fund.
Just like the year before, July 2008 - June 2009 saw an increase in the number of my books being borrowed, because I've continued to have more books published. However, one book more than any other made a huge difference to my loans and hence my earnings, bringing in more than my total PLR earnings for last year all by itself!
For those of you who may be interested, here are my top ten most borrowed books for July 2009 - June 2010 (with last year's placing in brackets):
1. (1) The Horror of Howling Hill (Mar 08)
2. (-) The Official Doctor Who Annual 2010 (Aug 09)
Sunday, 16 January 2011
Equal parts Sherlock Holmes, Oliver Twist, Edgar Allen Poe, and Frankenstein, this Victorian-flavored fantasy manages to cobble together a helter-skelter collection of gas lamp thriller inspired themes into a rollicking modern take on the good old-fashioned penny dreadful.
Set in late 1990s Magna Britannia, an alternate England enveloped in the Smog and closely resembling the set of a Dickens novel, Agent of the Empire Ulysses Quicksilver and his unflappable manservant, Nimrod (a close literary relative of Lord Peter Wimsey’s Bunter and Bertie Wooster’s Jeeves), battle criminal monkeys, crazed vivisectionists, and lousy ale as they attempt to uncover the truth behind the theft of an alleged mermaid specimen in the seaside town of Whitby.
Saturday, 15 January 2011
Thursday, 13 January 2011
Tuesday, 11 January 2011
1st - Blood Royal (9.5)
You can buy the book (if you haven't already done so) here, and vote for Jon here.
Another great addition to the Fighting Fantasy series.
Green is also keen to strike a balance between appealing to older and younger audiences. This doesn't suggest that he is unsure of who to aim the book at, but indicates his capability as a writer to craft a work so as to be of interest to a broad spectrum.
Overall, I would highly recommend Night of the Necromancer, well worth the purchase.
I've even made it onto the official guest list over at the SFX site, and I've heard a rumour that I might even be taking part in a panel at some point over the weekend.
Monday, 10 January 2011
Friday, 7 January 2011
So I was very pleased to stumble across this the other day. Scroll down to number 8 on the list and you'll find this:
He [Green] maintains several blogs, all of which are worth reading, particularly when he talks about, and links to other writers talking about, the process and method of being a full-time professional writer. Recommended!