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Ye grande olde MADE TO KILL newsapalooza

Seriously, there should be a word, preferably in Japanese or German, for when you are too busy to update your blog and then the more you dawdle the more you have to post and then when you finally do get around to it you’re sure you’ve missed out all the important stuff and…

Well, anyway. This year has been kinda crazy – the second half, especially, which featured two US book tours and the release last month of a little book that I kinda love.

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That book is called Made to Kill.

When it came out last month, I was a little preoccupied in New York City, sharing the stage at KGB with Chuck Wendig as we toasted not just that book, but the comic we write together, The Shield.

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That photo actually comes from the event Chuck and I did in Doylestown, PA, a week later. I seem to have lost most of my pix from NYC, thanks to my computer’s hard drive failing as soon as I got back to the UK. Probably just as well. I’ll see if I can unearth anything for a post about that book tour.

But while I was racing around the East Coast, visiting eight cities and chalking up a lot of airmails, Made to Kill was working hard…

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Made to Kill is an Indie Next Pick for December! The full list is up at IndieBound, and let’s just say that any list I’m on that also features the likes of Umberto flippin’ Eco is a bit of a Big. Deal.

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Out today is The AV Club’s Best Books of 2015 list, which features Made to Kill. I’m pretty delighted to be sharing list space with such names as Carrie Brownstein and Miranda July; of Made to Kill, list co-curator Jason Heller says:

It’s 50 percent hardboiled, 50 percent science fiction, and 100 percent retro-pulp spectacle. And in Ray, Christopher has created a mysterious, sympathetic antihero cast in titanium and steel.

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Booklist gave Made to Kill a starred review, saying:

This first in the L.A. trilogy is a fun, fast read for anyone willing to take the speculative leap—a must-add for most fiction collections.

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The venerable Publisher’s Weekly said:

Genre mash-ups don’t always succeed, but this one will please fans of both gumshoes and laser beams.

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SFX Magazine, along with posting a mini-interview with me, and a two-page extract from the book, gave Made to Kill a 5-star review and a rare “SFX Loves” badge, saying:

Made to Kill is book one of a trilogy. We’d happily go for more than three.

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In a faultless review, NPR said Made to Kill was a “pulp pastiche that hits the mark”, adding:

Made to Kill is the first installment of a planned trilogy, but it has all the potential of an open-ended series; knowing there are only two more Raymond Electromatic mysteries to come is the book’s only disappointment.

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Cory Doctorow reviewed the book for Boing Boing, saying that he was glad Made to Kill was just the first in a trilogy:

That’s great news, because Christopher has hit on something that I’d hardly suspected before, and now can’t get enough of.

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While I was in the US, I did my first ever television interview, for CBS6’s Virginia This Morning, broadcast out of Richmond, VA.

Needless to say, this was a slightly surreal experience (particularly as it involved a 5am flight out of Cincinnati, Ohio, that morning, just to get to the studio on time), but in my caffeine and candy bar fuelled state I managed to talk coherently (I hope!) about Made to Kill and my work on the Elementary tie-in novels.

The full interview is embedded at their website, and can be seen here.

Phew! 2015 has been fun fun.

SFX magazine takeover, Kelly Braffet blurbs HANG WIRE, and the epic Forbidden Planet double book launch!

So this is a busy week.

Out today is issue 246 of SFX Magazine – inside of which you will find no fewer than three things either by, or related to… me!

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On page 108, Eddie Robson reviews The Burning Dark, awarding four stars and saying it is…

A skillful genre clash, using the furniture of military SF to stage a piece of psychological horror… what lingers at the end is the deeply uncanny quality of a haunted, abandoned space station, and a final sequence of revelations that pay off the tension handsomely.

All I can say it… wow! I love this review to bits!

If that whets your appetite, turn to page 116 for a two-page extract from the book, courtesy of Titan. The extract is an entire chapter, focussing on two of the marines stuck on the space station Coast City.

Following that, on page 118 is my second Book Club feature, this time on the Dragonlance classic, Dragons of Autumn Twilight.

Phew! Seriously, that must be some kind of record for SFX appearances.

I’m also delighted today to show off a new blurb for Hang Wire!

One of my favourite books of last year was Save Yourself, by literary wunderkind Kelly Braffet. Save Yourself is dark and beautiful, with a depth of character and elegance of prose that regular schmucks like myself can only dream of achieving.

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I was pleased as punch to make Kelly’s acquaintance via Twitter (man, three cheers for social media), and then just a little awestruck when she asked if she could read Hang Wire.

And she did, and this is what she said:

Adam Christopher’s Hang Wire reads like Erin Morgenstern via Tim Powers, but the dark, creepy heart that beats at its center is entirely its own. It’s good unclean fun, and so addictive.

And… wow. I’m speechless, and also very, very grateful to have received such wonderful praise from a writer such as Kelly. That blurbs joins Hang Wire‘s NPR review and starred Booklist review as some of the highlights of my writing career so far.

So if all of that tickles your fancy, come along to the Forbidden Planet Megastore at 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, on Thursday night (6th March) at 6pm for what promises to be an epic double launch of Hang Wire and The Burning Dark. I’ll be reading from both books, and the first 50 people in the door will get a Hang Wire fortune cookie (as seen in the book)! Hidden inside are four spot prizes, including a voucher for the Forbidden Planet store. There will also be jello shots! We were going to serve a wild strawberry liqueur – as seen in The Burning Dark – but it’s a little sweet and very sticky, so to make it safer for the store (sticky fingers on books is a bad idea), we’re making it into something a little easier to handle.

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As well as the regular paperback of Hang Wire, the limited edition, numbered hardcover – with gorgeous variant red cover by Kitschies Inky Tentacle winner Will Staehle – will be available for the first time. And not only that, this event will be your chance to grab The Burning Dark nearly three whole weeks before it goes on general sale anywhere in the world.

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Phew! I guess I’d better choose what to read then… see you tomorrow!

SFX Magazine feature interview!

Off to London tomorrow for a couple of days, so there might not be much happening on the blog until next week.

But, a couple of things:

Issue 245 of SFX Magazine hit the newsstands today – turn to page 78 and you’ll find a feature interview with me!

Thanks to Mark Nelson for the snap:

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Tomorrow is the official UK release of Hang Wire, although it’s actually be out in most stores for the last week. Don’t forget that you can still enter the increasingly inaccurately named pre-order contest until April. All you need to do is buy Hang Wire and send me the receipt, and you could win a pack of thirteen signed books.

See you next week!

 

 

SFX Book Club #96: CARRIE, by Stephen King

SFX magazine #243 is out in stores today, and on page 114 you’ll find the Book Club feature. This month, I’m talking about Stephen King’s debut novel, Carrie.

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Carrie – as you will discover from the essay – is a book I really like, and this was a fun piece to write. But early next year I’m back in the Book Club for another title which is a little more “challenging”, shall we say…

Also in this issue of SFX, author Adam Sternbergh gets a little interview on page 16, where he talks about his forthcoming novel Shovel Ready. – I’ll be talking about his staggeringly excellent book later this week, as it’s one of my top picks for 2014.

Over on pages 116-117 you’ll find an extract from Vicious, by V.E. Schwab. This brilliantly left-field take on super heroics is also out in the UK in January (US was September 2013), and I’ll be mentioning it again as one of my favourite books of this year.

And finally, a certain book called Hang Wire gets a micro mention on page 55 as a book to watch out for in 2014.

SFX #243 is available from the usual stores, and can be found digitally in Zinio or Apple’s Newsstand.