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September 2010 Tour – 12 Cities – 6 Authors/city All YA Paranormal – On Tour, Our Way
Author tours are usually organized by the publisher. All we have to do is show up, which is great, but we started thinking maybe we’d like to try something different. Organize our own tour, just the way we want it. Pick the cities. Pick the authors. Organize the events. So, in Sept 2010, we’ll do just that.
It’s Your Tour, Too
Setting up our own tour is great. But it’s not really about us. It’s about the readers–getting out and meeting them. We’ll be looking for input from readers to help us make this the kind of tour they want, too. And because we can’t get to every city, we’ll also be setting up a virtual tour component. We’re still in the planning stages, but watch this page for more details.
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GUILLERMO DEL TORO’S NEW VAMPIRE BOOK ‘THE FALL’
One of my favorite books of 2009 was “The Strain.” The result of a collaboration between Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, “The Strain” offered a decidedly fresh (and exceedingly creepy) take on the vampire myth. Framing vampirism as a biological condition akin to a virus, the book is part vampire story, part outbreak novel and all satisfying. New York City is consumed by this disease as we follow a few colorful character in their struggle against the rising storm.
The second book, “The Fall,” is due for release on September 21. I tore through it over the weekend and it’s great, delivering very well on the narrative promises made in the first book. We learn more about some key characters, meet a range of new ones and are provided a deeper glimpse into the backstory leading to the first book’s cataclysmic event.
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11 SCIENCE FICTION NOVELS FOR FANTASY FANS
John Ottinger III came up with a list of eleven science fiction novels for fantasy fans:
Crystal Rain by Tobias Buckell
Buckell’s series of novels with a Caribbean vibe starts with this one. While the latter two,Ragamuffin and Sly Mongoose are decidedly space opera, the first,Crystal Rain, blends space opera and heroic fantasy. Like other space fantasies, Buckell’s characters are trapped on a planet and have lost some of their former technological prowess. His primary characters are a product of that former expertise, and are entwined in a tribal culture. Since the story takes place almost entirely on planet and bears many of the characteristics of epic fantasy, if not quite the same tropes, I do feel that the story should appeal to epic fantasy readers where its cousins would not.
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TERRY PRATCHETT ANYWHERE BUT HERE, ANYWHEN BUT NOW AWARD
Sir Terry Pratchett and Transworld Publishers are proud to launch a new award for aspiring debut novelists, The Terry Pratchett Anywhere But Here, Anywhen But Now Prize. Transworld will offer the winning author a publishing contract with a £20,000 advance.
The award will be judged by the esteemed Sir Terry Pratchett, the wise Tony Robinson, the savvy Mike Rowley from Waterstone’s and two members of the editorial team at Transworld Publishers.
Sir Terry Pratchett had this to say: “Anywhere but here, anywhen but now. Which means we are after stories set on Earth, although it may be an Earth that might have been, or might yet be, one that has gone down a different leg of the famous trousers of time (see the illustration in almost every book about quantum theory).
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