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Two Reviews and a Contest

Monday, September 25th, 2017

Before we leave September behind, I wanted to link to two online reviews of The Last Good Man.

Locus is a trade magazine focused on science fiction and fantasy and has been in print for decades. Issues include publishing news, interviews, and reviews. In the September issue — both print and online — Russell Letson reviews The Last Good Man:

Nagata has devised a thinking-reader’s future-military scenario, a highly qualified adventure in which every thrill comes with a realization of what it costs, what it says about the world that enables it, what it means to fight and kill and face death.

Read the full review here.

And at “Nerds of a Feather” (got to love that name), Joe Sherry has posted a mini-review, saying “Nagata’s near future military sci-fi is as good as it gets.” Read the mini-review here.

The Contest
During 2017 I’ve participated in a few promotions run by Sci-Fi Bridge, an author-created group seeking to mutually expand our reader base. Sci-Fi Bridge is sponsoring one more contest that I want to share with you. Sign up for the Sci-Fi Bridge newsletter (and separate author newsletters if you choose to) during the fall giveaway, and be entered to win collections of signed print books among other things. Details are here.

Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Monday, May 1st, 2017

The first official review (that I’m aware of) of The Last Good Man is out, and it’s a good one!

Publishers Weekly is an industry magazine that reviews massive numbers of books. According to PW, “A starred review indicates a book of outstanding quality.”

Of course any author would be thrilled about that, and I was very pleased to see that The Last Good Man had earned a star.

The reviewer describes it as “…a thrilling novel that lays bare the imminent future of warfare.”

Read the full review here.

A Roundup of Recent Events

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

This past week I’d been hoping to finally get back to work on the new novel, but we were also having all the windows on our house replaced, and I somehow miscalculated just how much time that project would consume. Yes, we have a contractor doing the work, but we needed to clear everything in front of the windows and remove the blinds, and of course once that was done, I needed to clean all those places that only get cleaned when a room is painted, or re-carpeted, or when the windows get replaced….

Anyway, with luck, I’ll get back to work on the novel this weekend.

In the meantime, two bits of news… I’m on the latest Coode Street Podcast, along with Eleanor Arnason. With hosts Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe, we talk about women in science fiction, as well as our own careers.

And over at io9.com, Annalee Newitz has posted a column called Two Science Fiction Novels You Must Read to Deal with Election Season:

The US presidential debates are eroding our souls, and the partisan mudslinging has only just begun. That’s why it’s time to escape into the world of the future, or alternate history, to see how truly twisted politics can get. Two new novels will take you there.

One of those two novels is Crooked, by Austin Grossman. The other is The Red. Visit io9.com to read Annalee’s review.

Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

The Red - Saga EditionMy agent sent a brief email this morning to let me know that a review of The Red came out in Publishers Weekly, a trade magazine of the publishing field — and it’s a “starred review” which counts for… well, I was going to say an extra-bonus-thumbs-up, but seriously, it counts for a lot. You can see the review here.

And here’s an interesting write up from Slate on the subject of books reviews: How four magazines you’ve probably never read help determine what books you buy.

A Review at Tor.com

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Reviewer Stefan Raets offers his opinion of The Red: First Light in a review published yesterday at Tor.com.

“…an amazing novel… The Red: First Light is a dark, intelligent, cynical take on military SF. It’s an excellent novel that deserves a much larger audience.”

Read the full review here.

SF Signal Reviews The Dread Hammer

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

If you haven’t seen it yet, there’s a detailed review of The Dread Hammer, written by Paul Weimer, and just up at SF Signal.

If you’re on twitter, be sure to follow Paul. You can find him here: @PrinceJvstin

Alastair Reynolds on Vast

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

I started noticing a definite uptick in the ebook sales of my novel Vast this past week and wondered why. Google Alerts proved useless in tracking down the reason, but my blog stats provided a clue that led me back to Alastair Reynolds’ blog, who has some really kind things to say about the book–and so do his commenters. Check it out here.

You can sample the book at the links below. Vast, in ebook form, will also be available from BookViewCafe.com in July, and the print version will be out later this summer.

Amazon.com USA
Amazon UK
Barnes & Noble