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Writerly update, Morley Lit Festival, and more SEVEN WONDERS reviews

And I’m back from FantasyCon, which was three super-duper days hanging out with my favourite people talking about books. I apologise for the brevity of my convention report, but when you’re on a deadline like I am, such things tend to fall by the wayside. But it was good times, trust me.

I’m still on deadline for The Age Atomic, which means I’m back in the word bunker for this month. And then after that is handed in I need to work on Shadow’s Call for Tor… which means, I suspect, another lockdown. But it’s all worth it, in the end. It’s just a rather busy last quarter of the year.

A reminder for this coming Saturday, where I’ll be appearing on the Science Fiction and Superheroes panel as part of the Morley Literature Festival, alongside Samit Basu, David Hine, and Justina Robson. Steve Morris (perhaps better known as the drummer from Joy Division and New Order) is looking forward to seeing us, which I think deserves a What In The Actual Heck (Joy Division being a favourite band of mine), and event curator Mark Johnson gives us the big ups in the Give Me Comics Or Give Me Death podcast, which you can listen to here.

The panel is this Saturday at 2pm at the Morley town hall. Tickets are £4, and full details can be found here, and after the panel there will be a book signing. I hope to see you there!

Seven Wonders reviews continue to come in-

At The Founding Fields, Shadowhawk gives the book 9.5 out of 10 and says:

Adam Christopher has struck gold, again. If any SF novel this year deserves a sequel, it’s Seven Wonders!

The Fiction Stroker gives Seven Wonders four strokes out of five and says:

A love letter to comics… Seven Wonders is another thrilling roller-coaster ride from an author who is quickly becoming a master of multi-genre adventure.

Philip Norris says:

Seven Wonders ticks all the right boxes, it is a thrilling rollercoaster ride where the reader feels the wind in their hair, and their cape flapping behind them.

At I Will Read Books, Erik Lundqvist says:

…[T]he atmosphere, and the world building, is spot on… Adam Christopher has once again brought something new to a old genre.

And a little bonus, The Fiction Stroker also reviewed my debut novel, Empire State, giving it four strokes out of five and saying it is:

…An immersing, entertaining and atmospheric journey into another world.

Back to the editing, and see you on Saturday in Leeds!

Quick update: EMPIRE STATE Italian edition and Waterstones in-store appearance

Editing editing editing The Age Atomic. Phew!

I’m pleased to announce that La Ponga Edizione will be publishing the Italian edition of Empire State, my debut novel. I’m not sure what the title translates to exactly – something like Stato Imperio, perhaps – but I’ll post more information when I have it. The book will be released in Italy in November/December this year, and I’ve been helping the translator with a few bits and bobs. Exciting!

This Saturday I’ll be at the Macclesfield Waterstones, signing Seven Wonders and generally hanging around. It’s a small branch but close to Manchester (on the fast train too), and I’m looking forward to it as that used to be “my” store when I lived in Macclesfield. Both Empire State and Seven Wonders were written literally just down the road, and a couple of days a week I’d walk up into town to browse the store, then grab a coffee and go home to write. Little did I know that a couple of years later I’d be having my own event in that very store! The staff there are also hugely supportive – you can follow them on Twitter at @waterstonesmacc.

So, if you’re around, pop along and say hello. I’ll be there from 11am to 2pm. Details are up on the Waterstones website and at Angry Robot.

Chicago versus the Seven Wonders

I’m in Chicago, a fact which I can prove later once I’ve got a US SIM card in my phone and can post photos. But while I was travelling yesterday, Seven Wonders came out in paperback in the US/ROW, and as an ebook and audiobook worldwide (including the UK). Yay! And also: Eeep! You can find order links, blurbs, etc, here.

To mark the release date, over at Benito Corral Reviews you’ll find an interview with me, and a review of the book, in which he says:

I firmly believe that Christopher has written the standard against which other superhero novels will be held… The author’s love for the genre is stamped on each page and he has even left room for a sequel (or better yet, sequels!) as any good superhero adventurer should. YES, believe all the hype, run to your favorite bookstore or click your favorite link and buy this book!

Thanks!

Speaking of reviews, one for Empire State cropped up the other day, notable in that it is from a New Zealand blogger, Cat, who gave it 4/5 and said it was a “fresh and enjoyable read.”

Yay!

Now, the search for pancakes and bacon continues…

Video interview (!) with The Sword and Laser (!!)

Another day, another interview – and this is a big one. The Sword and Laser is a fortnightly YouTube show about books, hosted by Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt and part of the Geek and Sundry network. And for episode 10, they invited me on to talk about Seven Wonders, Empire State, comics and writing.

…although now I totally need to write a short story about a hard-of-hearing supervillian trying to join the Cow’s gang (thanks, Kim!).

If you haven’t been watching it, I suggest you go back and check them out – The Sword and Laser is basically a TV show about genre fiction. And there’s also a podcast!

Fantasy Bytes interview! EMPIRE STATE in Not The Booker Prize! SEVEN WONDERS at io9!

Some website maintenance today – a switch of fonts (how I love you, Helvetica neue!), an adjustment to the header, and some extra stuff in the side widgets. If anyone strikes a problem, so let me know, because by “maintenance” I mean “randomly hacking the CSS and praying nothing breaks”.

Yesterday I was interviewed over at Fantasy Bytes, where I had some things to say about Seven Wonders, writing, and gingernut biscuits. I am reliably informed that “dunking” biscuits has my US friends in hysterics. So, not a country of dunkers then! As I mentioned the other day, Fantasy Bytes also gave Seven Wonders a rather nice review, which you can see here (and some pre-review comments are here!).

Seven Wonders has also cropped up over at io9, where they list it alongside some fabulous others books as one of the science fiction and fantasy books you can’t afford to miss in August. Add that to the mention over at Kirkus (in their 11 not-to-miss science fiction and fantasy books for August) and Ranting Dragon (top 20 science fiction and fantasy releases of August), and it seems that things are hotting up!

The Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize has reached the longlist stage, where readers can now vote for their chosen title. The longlist – which includes Empire State, and some other fabulous books – and voting instructions can be found here, so go knock yourself out.

And finally, I’m pleased to say I’ll be a guest at the Morley Literature Festival in October, taking part in a panel on superheroes and science fiction with David Hine, Samit Basu, and Justina Robson. The panel is part of the week-long festival, which is held near Leeds here in the UK, and will cost you £4 to attend – you can find links to buy  tickets on the event page.

And… one more thing: the obligatory reminder that 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. There are only 100 numbered copies of this, so get in while you can! And actually speaking of pre-orders, it seems the audiobook of Seven Wonders will be out at the same time as the print book, and is narrated by Nick Podehl, who I’m rather pleased with, and who also has read a lot of Patrick Rothfuss’s work. Details are here; I’ll update the order links when I get a moment.

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 UK launch Facebook page and some EMPIRE STATE bits and bobs

Some admin:

Yesterday I mentioned the US launch for Seven Wonders, which will be held in Chicago on Friday 31st August. Details are here.

I’ve mentioned the UK launch already, which is being held at the Forbidden Planet Megastore in London on Thursday 6th September. Details are here. Now a Facebook event has been set-up for it, which you can find here – you don’t need to RSVP to attend, but feel free to add yourself and spread the invite around! And don’t forget, you can secure your copy of the limited edition Seven Wonders hardcover here… and enter the Goodreads signed ARC competition here!

Some new stuff:

And speaking of books to buy, Amazon.co.uk are running a two-for-£7 offer on top-selling science fiction paperbacks, which just happens to include my debut, Empire State, along with the forthcoming vN by Madeline Ashby, which sounds like a pretty good deal to me!

SEVEN WONDERS – the first reviews!

Hello from France!

While I’ve been galavanting around Europe (and isn’t “galavanting” such a great word? People should use it more often. That and “cavalcade”), the first two reviews of my next novel Seven Wonders have landed.

Over at The Founding Fields, they give it a 5/5 and say:

An awesome novel that is one of my favourites so far this year. For those who thought that Christopher’s Empire State would be the best of his novels, then think again – Seven Wonders is much better. Reads like a superhero comic book in novel form. Unmissable.

And over at Book Snobbery, Seven Wonders gets “five enthusiastic stars out of five”, and they say:

There are (sadly) few books that make me feel like this one did.  That feeling you get where you want to grab random people on the street by their lapels while shouting “Holy crap, HAVE YOU READ THIS?!” and waving a copy in their faces.

Needless to say, both of those reviews were a very nice way to start my holiday. The Founding Fields also posted a list of their six best novels of 2012 so far, and included Empire State at position 2, noting that:

As much as I want to include Seven Wonders by Adam Christopher in this list, I can’t – as its release date is not in June 2012, but in August.

Thanks dudes!

Don’t forget to add Seven Wonders on Goodreads, and remember that the limited edition hardcover is now available for pre-order from Forbidden Planet, where the launch will be held on Thursday 6th September at 6pm.

The hardcover is limited to 100 copies, so whether you can make it to the store for the launch nor not, I’d recommend getting your order in ASAP. I’ll be signing regular paperbacks on the night too, which will be available at the store or can be pre-ordered now through your favourite store – links are here.

Right, time to find some more nougat…

EMPIRE STATE in the Financial Times best books of 2012 so far

I would have included this in my roundup yesterday, but it came in too late, and besides, it is probably worthy of its own post.

Back in January, the Financial Times gave Empire State a glowing review, which you can read here.

Now, Empire State has been included in their list of the best books of 2012 so far, in which they say:

A barnstorming debut, uncommonly assured and unflinchingly ambitious. Blending noir fiction, golden age comic books, alternate realities, robots and a sincere love for the grandiosity and mythology of New York, Christopher creates an adventure that’s like a lot of things you may have read and at the same time unique.

As a friend of mine pointed out on Twitter, there are some proper writers in their list! To be counted alongside them is an honour.

A whole bunch of stuff about THE AGE ATOMIC and SEVEN WONDERS and EMPIRE STATE

Okay… just five days to go and I’m off on holiday for a few weeks (France, back to the UK, then Ireland), and there’s lots of stuff to update, so let’s dive straight in.

Work rattles onwards on The Age Atomic, the sequel to Empire State. Due to the aforementioned holiday, the last fortnight has been a bit of a dash to get as much done as possible. Currently I’m at around 90,000 words, with a first draft target of 150,000. This is certainly the longest book I’ve written, and the most complex in terms of subplots and cast of characters too. I generally aim for 100,000 words in a novel, but sometimes you just need to go with it and let the work do its own thing. And while The Age Atomic‘s first draft is going to be long, I tend to overwrite, and I’m sure it’ll be pared down in draft two. But so far, it’s a lot of fun.

Seven Wonders, my superhero novel, is out in less than a couple of months, and has popped up in a couple of “Waiting on Wednesday” posts (wherein bloggers highlight a book they are looking forward to) at Beauty in Ruins and Starmetal Oak Reviews. Also, a reminder that the book is up at Goodreads, so make sure you add it to your shelves as in mid-July I’ll be running a Goodreads competition, so keep an eye out for that.

And don’t forget the book will be launched – in glorious limited edition hardcover – at Forbidden Planet London on Thursday, 6th September, 6pm. You can pre-order the hardcover now, and there will be a Facebook event page setup shortly, but there’s a lot going on at Forbidden Planet (including book launches for the wonderful Blood and Feathers by Lou Morgan and The City’s Son by Tom Pollock – I’ve been lucky enough to read both books early, and it is well worth your time picking them up on release, and getting along to the Forbidden Planet launches if you can), so we’re going to hold off until closer to the date. But you don’t need to RSVP or pre-order to attend, just set yourself a reminder to come along and there will be hardcovers on sale (as well as the regular paperback). However, the hardcover is limited to 100 copies, so pre-ordering is recommended to ensure you can get one.

Some more reviews of Empire State are filtering in and this… this is wonderful. A video review, apparently for a school project, complete with a re-enactment of key scenes. This video contains some minor spoilers, but had me grinning from ear to ear.

Two other new reviews have also appeared recently. Dean Fetzer says that Empire State

…has a polished feel and tells a great story. The interactions between the characters as well as the two New Yorks has been crafted with great care and it shows. In terms of storytelling, this is some of the best I’ve read for a long time and it’s got a great deal to recommend…

And over at SF Crowsnest, Vinca Russell says:

Incorporating classic detective fiction, a little steampunk, super-heroes and parallel worlds, this could easily have become over-complicated, but the different elements blended together well and the strong plot tied it all together neatly. With enough twists and turns to keep you engaged throughout this was an entertaining novel and a highly promising debut from Adam Christopher.

There’s some new content up at EmpireState.cc too, in the form of a hilarious short audio drama, The Adventures of Johnny Ironclad.

Johnny Ironclad is in the style of a 1940s radio serial, complete with Wurlitzer organ, and is… well, it’s awesome. Go listen!

And while we’re on the subject of audio, the winner of the Facebook Empire State audiobook competition was Joe McCourt, who should receive his 10-CD audiobook any day now. My Facebook author page is here, and I’ll be running some more exclusive competitions and things there in future, so make sure you give the page a like.

And finally, to be filed under “Any Other Business”, or possibly “Stalking, The Internet and”, I was told last week that I have a biography and bibliography on this Russian SF site, which is cool and bizarre at the same time, but at least I now know how my name looks in Cyrillic. Google’s English translation is a little funky, but the compilers of that page have done a pretty thorough job.

There is also now a Wikipedia page for me, which is short but sweet, and seems accurate. I don’t know if it was made by the Russian fans as well, but anyone who isn’t me is welcome to expand that entry!

Back to work!