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Interviews! Sword and Laser! 89 Chapters! And a big old competition!

I’m up to my eyeballs in synopses this week, having handed in The Burning Dark on Monday, and then I dashed down to London for Lauren Beukes’s book launch for The Shining Girls (more on that later) and was then back in time to hang out with Veronica and Tom at Sword and Laser – this interview (streamed live on YouTube, no less!) was a lot of fun, and can be watched here. Or, if you want to hang on for the proper podcast, you’ll be able to hear it next week. I’ll post up a link when that’s ready.

Sword and Laser are also running a competition! You can win a limited edition hardcover of Empire State, and a limited edition hardcover of The Age Atomic over at Goodreads. It’s open worldwide, and you can enter right here.

Finally, last week I was a guest on 89 Chapters, Pakistan’s premier English language radio book show, where I chatted for a couple of hours about books, writing and music. You can now listen to the whole show here. For those interested, this is the complete tracklist I chose for the show:

  1. The Duke Spirit – Surrender
  2. Ladytron – Mirage
  3. The Cure – A Japanese Dream
  4. The Pixies – Hang Wire
  5. Sleater-Kinney – Youth Decay
  6. …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – Caterwaul
  7. Prince – Electric Chair
  8. PJ Harvey – You Said Something
  9. Veruca Salt – Seether
  10. The Bird and the Bee – Polite Dance Song
  11. The Warlocks – It’s Just Like Surgery
  12. Giant Drag – Messif My Face
  13. The Corin Tucker Band – Newskowin
  14. Joy Zipper – If I’m Right
  15. The Dandy Warhols – Talk Radio

I’ll do up an iTunes/Spotify playlist for that later this week.

THE AGE ATOMIC: New reviews, interview, and a book giveaway!

Thanks to everyone who came to the UK launch of The Age Atomic last Thursday night at Forbidden Planet – I really appreciated it, particularly considering the snow, and the fact that the Central Line decided to pack up about an hour beforehand. I’ll post some photos later this week, but it was fun! The limited edition hardcovers of The Age Atomic and Empire State are gorgeous – if you snagged one, make sure you take off the dust jacket and check out the foiled spine!

Some new reviews of The Age Atomic have popped up:

 Christopher provides a fast-paced novel which juggles high stakes and personal quests with great aplomb
A wonderful novel, The Age Atomic proves that Adam Christopher can write sequels just as well as anyone. The most fun read of 2013 so far, and one of the best.

The Age Atomic is a glorious and joyous ode to the pulp science fiction of old. Awesome fun, from start to finish, just straight up, pure entertainment.

There’s also a new interview with me up at My Bookish Ways, where I talk about The Age Atomic, my writing process, and my favourite books. They are also hosting a giveaway for both The Age Atomic and Empire State – you have two days left to enter, and it is open to residents of the US, Canada and Europe. Full details after the interview!

EMPIRE STATE and SEVEN WONDERS hit more “Best of 2012” lists, and a Christmas competition!

A nice pre-Christmas surprise – Seven Wonders gets a stonking review over at the Ranting Dragon, who give it 5/5 stars and say:

If you are a fan of comic books and superheroes, Seven Wonders may well be your perfect read. Its grand scale and impressive prose will definitely appeal to anyone who enjoys comics. Its flamboyant action and incredible characters will entertain you for hours. I dare say that—if done well—this may make one of the best film adaptations ever. I would love to see Christopher Nolan or Joss Whedon take a swing at this.

Practically the whole review is quotable, and it really blows me away – thanks!

Seven Wonders was also named the “best novel of 2012” by SuperheroNovels.com, who say:

Christopher has written a book that explodes off the page like gamma ray grapeshot. And that’s a good thing. The author’s enthusiasm and commitment to his muse has made superheroes fun again. Mission accomplished. Seven Wonders wins our prize for best novel of 2012.

My book tops a fine list of five novels which includes one of my favourites of 2012, Prepare to Die! by Paul Tobin, and another from Angry Robot, Costume Not Included by Matthew Hughes. Although I’m bound to say it, SuperheroNovels.com really knows their onions, so to be crowned their number 1 novel really means a lot.

Empire State has also been making some more appearances – over at The Eloquent Page, it’s Book of the Month for June 2012 (closing a three-month run for Angry Robot, with Alchemist of Souls by Anne Lyle and Blackbirds by Chuck Wending coming in as books of the month for April and May, respectively).

At Angel of Retribution, Empire State comes in at number 3 on their list of Best Debuts of 2012 – Angry Robot has a strong showing here too, with The Dead of Winter by Lee Collins (#1), Dead Harvest by Chris F. Holm (#5), Pantomime by Laura Lam (#6 – although this Strange Chemistry title is out in February 2013), and The Alchemist of Souls by Anne Lyle (#8) filling out the list.

Forbidden Planet, the mighty retailer of all things wonderful, has released their Best Books of 2012 list, with Empire State in at number 6, among some very heavyweight title and authors indeed. Woot!

And finally, Empire State gets another Italian review over at Space of Entropy. Unfortunately Google’s translation doesn’t really give a good pull-quote, so I’d recommend you check it out for yourself – in short, they liked it a lot! Incidentally, the Italian edition of Empire State is on the way – more information as I have it. I’m dying to show off the cover!

Now, time for a competition! I have one signed copy of the UK paperback edition of Seven Wonders, and one signed 12-CD audiobook of the same. Although I can’t get them to the winners by Christmas, I’ll draw the competition on Christmas Day – all you need to do is to add a comment to this blog post indicating your entry, and my magical random contest plugin will then draw the winners. The first person to be drawn gets the audiobook, the second person to be drawn gets the signed paperback. The competition is open worldwide.

August PSA, SEVEN WONDERS extract and giveaway, and the Blog North Awards

I need to start with a little PSA first: I have a book coming out this month/early September (Seven Wonders), and I also have a book I need to finish (The Age Atomic), which means my online time for the next few weeks is basically going to be limited to news and updates related to the former. That, I’m afraid, is just the way it is during a publication month! So, without further ado…

  • Over at Tor.com you can read an exclusive extract from Seven Wonders!
  • Over at All Things Urban Fantasy, take a trip to San Ventura, California, with one of the stars of the book, Jeannie, in Deadly Destinations. And while you’re there, I’m answering questions about Seven Wonders, and writing in general, in the comments – feel free to join in!
  • And All Things Urban Fantasy are giving away two copies of Seven Wonders as well – see the Deadly Destinations post for more information and your chance to enter. The competition is running for a month.
  • And finally, over at Angry Robot, I give a rundown of my five favourite superheroes… there may be a surprise or two in there!

There’s a couple of important event announcements to make as well. The other day I mentioned I am going to be a guest at the Morley Literature Festival in October (details here) –  I’m also pleased to announce that I’m guest of honour the same month at the Blog North Awards, which are being held at the Deaf Institute in Manchester on Wednesday, October 17th, at 7.30pm. I’ll be doing a reading alongside the other guests, and will take part in an on-stage interview and Q&A. You need to get tickets for this (£6/£4 concessions) – you can find all the information about the event, and buy your tickets, from here.

SEVEN WONDERS signed ARC Goodreads contest winner

…And I’m back at my desk after three-and-a-bit weeks away. Which is quite a while away from writing, but I did manage to get some outlining on the last third of The Age Atomic done on a couple of train journeys in Europe. August starts tomorrow, and that’s the month I need to get draft zero of the Empire State sequel done. It’s still going to be a long book – 150,000 words at least – but I overwrite the initial draft, and that should be able to be chopped down some.

Anyway, before I get back into it, the Goodreads competition for a signed ARC of Seven Wonders ended while I was away, and the winner was Charity Martinez! Congratulations, and the signed ARC will be heading your way ASAP!

In other news, Empire State appears to have been nominated by someone for The Guardian’s Not The Booker prize 2012, which is kinda neat. You can read about the prize, nominate and vote for works, here.

Finally, you can still pre-order the limited hardcover collector’s edition of Seven Wonders from Forbidden Planet ahead of the official launch on Thursday 6th September – which has made it into the event listings at Visit London. Cool! There’s also a Facebook event page here which you can add yourself to, if so inclined.

Right, time to attack the to-do list.

SEVEN WONDERS Chicago launch and Goodreads signed ARC giveaway

Okay, a whole bunch o’ updates over the next couple of days as I catch up after being out of town for a week and a half.

First up, the US launch of Seven Wonders has been announced, and will take place at The Book Cellar in Chicago, who are hosting the Angry Robot Author Showcase on Friday 31st August at 7pm.

Come and join me and fellow Angry Roboteer Chuck Wendig, who will be launching Mockingbird, as well as Kim Curran and Gwenda Bond, both of whom are launching their debut novels (Shift and Blackwood, respectively) from Angry Robot’s YA imprint, Strange Chemistry.

Full details are up on The Book Cellar’s website – although at the moment they erroneously state that me and Chuck are YA authors… if they think that, they might be in for a surprise if either of us gets a chance to read from our novels!

As previously mentioned, I’ll be at WorldCon around the same time, as will Chuck, Kim and Gwenda, along with several other Angry Robot authors and a couple of editors.

Secondly, I’m giving away a signed ARC of Seven Wonders via Goodreads! This competition is open worldwide and runs until 27th July – all you need to do is enter is head to Goodreads or hit the button below.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Seven Wonders by Adam Christopher

Seven Wonders

by Adam Christopher

Giveaway ends July 27, 2012.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Good luck! Goodreads auto-pick the winner when the competition closes, but I’ll be sure to post details here.

More tomorrow!

EMPIRE STATE competition winners!

Time to draw the two winners who will receive signed copies of Empire State!

My 3,000th Twitter follower was @tomahawk_kid – thanks for the follow, and I’ll drop you a line via Twitter.

The winner from the blog, drawn by a random contest plugin, posted under the name GrooveHeart. I’ve got your details, so I’ll drop you an email.

My thanks to everyone for entering! I think the next contest will be for Seven Wonders in a couple of months. Stay tuned!

New interview and book deal notes

At the risk of sounding like a stuck record, the last few weeks have been busy. Like, busy busy. But April is around the corner, and following EasterCon things should be more or less back to normal, which means I can finally get to grips with the gigantic amount of work I have to do this year. Apart from finishing The Age Atomic, and doing the copyedits on Seven Wonders (not to mention all the admin and behind-the-scenes stuff associated with it as the publication date draws closer), I’ve got another big project which is going to take a chunk of time. Hopefully I can talk about that soon, but for the moment I’ll just refer to it as Project S.

Meanwhile, there’s a new interview over at Fantasy Book Review, I talked to Ryan Lawler about Empire State and the new books, as well as how I started writing.

Finally, news of my new book deal was covered by The Bookseller, The British Fantasy Society, and the, erm, Skiffy and Fanty Show. Also, as is standard, it was listed in Publisher’s Marketplace, which requires a subscription, but under the UK section the notice reads:

Adam Christopher’s THE AGE ATOMIC, the sequel to the EMPIRE STATE, and HANG WIRE, a stand-alone featuring a serial killer and ancient gods in San Francisco, to Lee Harris at Angry Robot, by Stacia Decker at the Donald Maass Literary Agency.

It’ll probably wear off eventually, but I still get a kick out of seeing those kind of news items.

And don’t forget, there are still a couple of days to enter to win a signed copy of the Empire State UK trade paperback. When I draw that on Friday I’ll also draw the 3,000th Twitter follower prize.

 

Win a signed copy of EMPIRE STATE!

Thanks to the announcement on Tuesday that I’ve signed another two-book deal with Angry Robot, my Twitter follower count has gone past the entirely arbitrary but nicely round 3,000 mark. Huzzah! So it’s time to unlock the signed book competition.

The first book will be given to lucky Twitter follower #3,000. Later today I’ll find out who that is, and post an update.

The second book will be given away to one reader of this blog. All you have to do is post a comment on this blog entry. I’ll leave it open a week (closing date 11.59pm, Thursday 29 March), and then I have a fancy plugin that will collate the posted comments and randomly pick out a winner.

To make it easier, you will have to post with your email address, or some other way I can contact you if you win (website URL, Twitter username, etc). If the plugin picks your comment but I can’t get in touch, I’ll have to pick another winner.

The prize is a signed (and dedicated/personalised, if so wished) copy of the UK trade paperback of Empire State. I could mention that it’s a little nicer than the US edition, being a little smaller, with a spot-varnish cover and a thicker paper stock.

Happy contesting!

Edit: The competition is open to everyone, worldwide. Thanks to Andrea for pointing that out in the comments!

Competition time!

Over on Twitter, I’m cruising towards 3,000 followers, so to mark this milestone I’m giving away two signed copies of Empire State!

The first is to lucky follower #3,000, and the second is going to be given away on this here website. I’ll work out how when the time comes – I suspect I can use some fancy competition widget/plugin thing.

Anyway, it’s just a bit of fun – reaching 3,000 Twitter followers doesn’t have any particular significance, other than being a nice round number, but seeing as a] my career sort of started on there in the first place and b] it’s almost exactly a year since my signing to Angry Robot was announced, I thought I would mark the occassion.

In other news, another review of Empire State has cropped up, this time from the British Fantasy Society. David Brzeski says:

[Christopher is] an author with a talent for evoking a sense of unease and paranoia equal to that of Philip K. Dick… It’s difficult to believe a work as accomplished as this is the author’s first novel. It certainly won’t be his last and I will definitely be along for the ride.

… which is pretty gosh-darned cool! Thanks David!