July 2013 Archive

Celsius, and Holiday

I am off on my holidays as of tomorrow, so posting level and reaction to email will probably be even worse than usual.  Following that, I’m going to be back at the Celsius festival in Aviles, Asturias, Northern Spain for a second year running, from 31st July-3rd August, this time in the company of Lauren Beukes, Paul McAuley, Steven Erikson, Jon Courtenay Grimwood, and Christopher Priest among many, many others. Not sure exactly what I’ll be doing, but there’ll be an interview at some point (probably late afternoon 31st), a signing, and I’ll be about the town and approachable for the whole time, I would expect.  Hope to see some of you there…

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Half a King

What does an obsessive workaholic writer do with six months off? Writes a book, of course. The one I finished a few weeks ago is called Half a King. My agent Robert Kirby has expertly orchestrated a major deal in the UK and Commonwealth with HarperCollins, where it’s been jointly acquired by Nick Lake on […]

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Django Unchained

Yes, yes, not very topical, I know, but with time at a premium I only just got around to tackling the well nigh 3 hours of this – why the hell must everything be so ass-numblingly long these days? I find Tarantino a rather frustrating film-maker, to say the least. Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction […]

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Brazil and Israel

Delighted to announce that two new translated editions of The Blade Itself have been published over the last week, one from Arqueiro in Brazil, where it’s called “O poder da espada”: And a Hebrew edition from Opus Publishing in Israel, where it’s called, and forgive my accent, “HaLahav Atzmo”: Weird and wonderful to think of […]

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The Last of Us

A good friend of mine with whom I play a lot of games often tells me, with good reason, that I hate everything.  So it is with some surprise that I admit to having really liked – if not to say loved – the last three games I’ve played.  More surprising still, my long-established taste […]

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A Movement Within Fantasy?

I’m not even a third of the way through the Inquisition’s gruelling range of questions, but I’m still doing my best to confess, preferably while implicating everyone I can think of, innocent or guilty.  Inquisitor Colm asks: A pretty art-w*nk question here: Do you consider yourself as part of a general movement within fantasy (Third […]

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