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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.

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: Reviews and listings

It’s August! Which means I have a book coming out! Argh! And I also have a book to finish! Argh, slight return!

The mighty Kirkus has listed Seven Wonders among their 11 not-to-miss science fiction and fantasy books for August 2012, and likewise Ranting Dragon have it in their top 20 for August. My thanks to both sites!

And the early reviews are still coming in. The Troubled Scribe said Seven Wonders is “brilliant” and went on to say:

The novel reads like a cinematic masterpiece flashing before your unblinking eyes, lest you miss a single moment of this superhero charged saga. The only way to describe Seven Wonders is by imagining the best superhero movie you can possibly fathom, times that by twenty and then let the story play out in high definition 3D inside your dazzled mind.

Over at Fantasy Bytes, they said:

Now, finally, someone has come along and written an intelligent and beautifully crafted prose novel with all the delicious Heroism, Villainism and Superpower Awesomeness of a Graphic Novel.

And don’t forget, 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!

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 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!

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…

Updated SEVEN WONDERS cover and a little light housekeeping

Right, I’m off to France in a couple of days, where I shall valiantly attempt to add at least some words to The Age Atomic. Writers on holiday, right? Right. In the meantime, the site won’t be gathering dust, as I’ll be having a few guest posts on here from a bunch of great writers.

But in the meantime, the cover for my forthcoming novel Seven Wonders has been finalised, with some minor touch-ups that probably only I would ever notice, and the addition of that little quote from Greg Rucka. And… yeah, I admit it. Greg Rucka. On the cover of my book. This is about my favourite thing in the world. Greg Rucka.

Ahem.

Click to enlargenate!

Also, the print ARCs are now in the wild – hopefully mine will be arriving today, but here’s a snap from my editor, Lee Harris, of the latest three from Angry Robot. And what a fine trio they make…

Which means it’s time for some Seven Wonders housekeeping!

  • You can find out all about the book here!
  • UK readers can pre-order the book now from Amazon.co.ukThe Book DepositoryWaterstonesFoylesWH Smith or your favourite local bookstore.
  • US readers can pre-order the book now from Amazon.comBarnes & NobleIndieBoundPowell’s BooksRandom House or again from your favourite local bookstore.
  • US readers can pre-order the ebook from Amazon or Barnes & Noble. UK readers will need to wait until the release date (6 September 2012) to get their ebooks. I don’t know why you can’t pre-order in the UK, but thems the breaks.
  • Seven Wonders is getting a limited collector’s edition hardcover exclusive to Forbidden Planet – each is signed and includes a bonus short story, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the ComicCon, which won’t appear in any other print edition. You can pre-order the hardcover from Forbidden Planet, but there are only 100 copies, so you’ll need to get in quick.
  • And we’ll be launching Seven Wonders at the Forbidden Planet Megastore in London on Thursday 6th September, starting at 6pm. The limited edition hardcover will be on sale alongside the standard paperback. Event details are here – please come along and say hello!
  • There will be a US launch in Chicago in August – more details on this to follow, but it should be a rather special event!

And… we’re done! Now, better get packing…

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!

SEVEN WONDERS UK launch, limited edition hardcover, exclusive short story

Announcement time!

Seven Wonders is just eleven weeks away from release in the UK – and on the official release date, Thursday 6th September, I’m having a launch at the Forbidden Planet Megastore in London!

Starting at 6pm, I’ll be reading from the book, having a general chitchat, and signing books, all the while possibly swigging from the strongest cup of coffee ever prepared on Earth (as this is the day after I get back from WorldCon in Chicago). You can read the official post from Angry Robot here.

But wait, there’s more! Seven Wonders is getting the limited edition hardcover treatment! Just 100 gorgeously wonderful hardbacks will be printed, exclusively for Forbidden Planet. The hardback will be available to buy on the night, and they’re going to go fast – whether you can attend the event or not, you can pre-order your hardback here to ensure you get your hands on a copy. There will also be regular B-format paperbacks (the same size as Empire State) available for sale.

And if that wasn’t enough, the limited hardback also has something special inside –  a new short story starring the Cowl called A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The ComicCon. This story will only be published in the limited hardback – you won’t find it anywhere else.

As well as this UK launch, there will be a one in the US as well – if you’re going to be in the Chicago area around late August/early September, stay tuned! In the meantime, get your Forbidden Planet orders in. A Facebook event page for the Forbidden Planet launch will be set up in a little while if you feel like RSVPing – I’ll put the link up here when it goes live.