People keep telling me twitter is a wonderful thing, but I have given it a wide berth lest the quarter of my life that is not spent on the internet ends up spent, well … on the internet. Or perhaps the twinternet. But next week, to celebrate the release of The Heroes and etc. I shall be twittering answers to questions, or possibly answering questions twittered at me, or doing something involving a fusion of twitter and interviews. At 4pm. On Thursday 27th. Via Waterstones.
Aw shucks, you got a question for me, here’s a link. Or is it a twink?
Some folks have been asking me when (twen?) various e-book (twe-book? Alright, I’ll stop now) editions of The Heroes (especially UK kindle) will appear since they seem to be not available. All I can say is that I am told they should appear on the day of publication in the UK (27th Jan) and US (7th Feb). The enhanced edition will be appearing a little later. Sorry about that, I can only deny all responsibility and blame anyone in range. Hey, perhaps it’s YOUR fault.
In other news, I am guest editing the newsletter of my UK publishers Gollancz this month. Guest editing is perhaps somewhat glorifying my role (what, me? Glorifying?) but you can bet I cracked some dodgy jokes at the start of it. You want to keep up with all that is forthcoming from the UK’s leading genre imprint, why, you can sign up for it here.
In even more other news, SciFi Now have reviewed The Heroes:
“It’s an excellent tale and arguably Abercrombie’s best book yet, not just as an enjoyable continuation of his saga, but also as his tightest writing to date. Its pace really showcases his talent for differently voiced and realistically motivated characters … any genre fan can enjoy what’s one of the best fantasy books of the past year.”
5 stars, in case you were wondering. You weren’t wondering? Well, er, still 5 stars!
Another opinion comes from Jared at Pornokitsch, and what an opinion it is:
“The Heroes is Joe Abercrombie’s fifth book, and what a book it is … The First Law was great, Best Served Cold was brilliant and The Heroes is truly masterful.”
Then there’s 5 stars from Fantasy Faction:
“If you have read Abercrombie’s work before I have little doubt you will find this his best release to date… The fight scenes are sharper, pointier and more realistic. There is better character development. And finally, the narration is darker, grittier and even more seamless than ever. For a standalone novel to achieve so much is simply incredible”
And 5 stars from Fantasy Literature:
“The Heroes is brilliant storytelling … Joe Abercrombie’s latest book should be at the top of your list and even if you have not yet read the previous novels that are set in this world, you should still read The Heroes. Gritty, harsh, powerful storytelling that takes you into the crucible of combat and lets you see how the perception of the hero is not always the reality of the hero.”
I guess you could say people seem to like it so far. I take nothing for granted, of course. I’m sure there will be some deeply unpleasant reviews just around the corner. When I see one, you can bet you’ll know all about it…