Monthly Archives: January 2018

Author Interview: Genevieve Cogman

Today I am interviewing Genevieve Cogman, author of the new epic fantasy novel, The Lost Plot, fourth book in The Invisible Library series].

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DJ: Hi Genevieve! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Genevieve Cogman: I live and work in the north of England, and I’m over 40: my day job is Classifications Specialist for NHS Digital. (It involves working with the medical codes that are used to record diagnoses and operations in hospitals in the UK. I’ve written the ongoing Invisible Library series, and have also done some freelance writing for roleplaying games (the pen-and-paper sort, such as Exalted and GURPS).

DJ: What is The Lost Plot and then The Invisible Library series about?

Genevieve: It’s a series about a mysterious interdimensional Library, and the Librarians who work for it, collecting unique works of fiction from alternate worlds in order to support the structure of reality, and dodging both dragons (creatures of order) and Fae (creatures of chaos) in the process. The Lost Plot involves Irene (the protagonist) having to investigate Library involvement in lethal dragon politics, and ending up in a 1920s America world dodging guns, gangsters, and bootleg gin. (Actually, the bootleg gin isn’t that bad.)

DJ: What were some of your influences for The Invisible Library series?

Genevieve: There are a lot of sources for mysterious libraries out there, but I’d include Pratchett’s L-Space from Unseen University, Neil Gaiman’s library of Dream, the library of the Archangel Yves from the In Nomine roleplaying game; magic and naming in Ursula Le Guin’s Earthsea books, and the Speech in Diane Duane’s Wizardry books; dragons from Chinese mythology and legend, and a lot of other places; and Sherlock Holmes. To name a few. There are lots more. Continue reading

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Author Interview: Michael Moreci

Today I am interviewing Michael Moreci, author of the new science-fiction novel, Black Star Renegade.

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DJ: Hi Michael! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Michael Moreci: Sure, and thanks for having me!

So, hi everyone. I’m Michael. DJ’s right; my debut novel just came out, on January 2 to be exact. Before that, I was known for my work in comics. There, I’ve written series like Roche Limit, Hoax Hunters, and Burning Fields; I’ve also written for established characters like Superman, The Flash, Conan the Barbarian, The Shadow, and more. I live just outside Chicago with my two sons (I’m a stay at home dad), wife, and our dog.

DJ: What is Black Star Renegades about?

Michael: It’s a space adventure centering on a young guy named Cade Sura who, through certain circumstances (I don’t want to spoil anything!) comes into possession of a mythical, powerful weapon. He’s a terrible choice for this responsibility, but if he doesn’t figure out a way to use the weapon, then Ga Halle–the queen of the evil Praxis kingdom–will take it from him and use it to complete her tyrannical control over the entire galaxy. Along with a group of friends–Kira, Mig, and 4-Qel, all misfits just like Cade–Cade sets a course to upend the fate that’s been shoved into his hands and create a new future for the galaxy.

DJ: What were some of your influences for Black Star Renegades?

Michael: Star Wars, obviously, is a big one. But there’s a pretty wide range things that have touched BSR in different ways.I guess it would be best to break it down into categories, so here goes:

Literary influences: John Scalzi, Brandon Sanderson, and Timothy Zahn

Film/TV influences (the book is fairly cinematic): Buck Rodgers, Flash Gordon, Battle Beyond the Stars, Guardians of the Galaxy

Everything else: Mass Effect, Dune, Star Trek, The Book of Three, Arthurian legend Continue reading

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Book Collecting: Update #25

When I came home from school this winter, there were few books waiting to greet me! 😀

All of the books you are about to see have been sent to me by the publisher.

Regrettably, I most likely will not have time to get to all of these novels during my break (I am already working on a trilogy for this break), but I who know! Maybe I’ll finish early and get to try one of these out before classe start again 🙂

So, even if I don’t get to a chance to read these, I have included links to the Goodreads and Amazon pages for you to learn more about these novels – that I wish(!) I could read!


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The Friday Face-Off: You know Your A, B, Cs

Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme created by Books by Proxy. Join us every Friday as we pit cover against cover, and publisher against publisher, to find the best artwork in our literary universe.

A full list of future Friday themes can be found at Lynn’s Book Blog


The Friday Face-Off: You know Your A, B, C’s

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Blog Update: End of 2017; Start of 2018

Hello all! 😀

I’m sure some of you have noticed my sudden emergence again in SFF community this past week, and may be wondering where this suddenly came from? Particularly since the blog had been so slow in November and December.

Well, if you would give me like 5 minutes of your time, I will explain what happed at the end of 2017, how things will be at start the year, and what else will be going for the rest of the year!

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Author Interview: Aliya Whiteley

Today I am interviewing Aliya Whiteley, author of the new horror, sci-if novel, The Beauty.

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DJ: Hi Aliya! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Aliya Whiteley: Hi, and thanks for hosting me! I write mainly speculative fiction that can include science fiction, fantasy, horror and the weird, as well as literary fiction every now and again.

DJ: What is The Beauty about?

Aliya: It’s about the end of the human race. A disease has killed all the women, and the men are living out their lives with no hope. In one small community in rural North Devon, one of the youngest men notices strange mushrooms sprouting on the graves of the women. Then these mushrooms start to take on familiar forms…

DJ: What were some of your influences for The Beauty?

Aliya: John Wyndham’s ability to evoke growing strangeness was a huge influence, as was Octavia Butler’s Xenogenesis trilogy. I’ve always loved post-apocalyptic tales, so that whole genre was floating around in my mind.

DJ: Could you briefly tell us a little about your main characters? Do they have any cool quirks or habits, or any reason why readers with sympathize with them? 

Aliya: Nathan, the young man who first discovers the mushrooms, is a storyteller, and he really loves his job. He tries to keep the memories of the women alive for their husbands, fathers, sons, but he is aware that his stories keep changing. He can’t help it. When he starts to tell the group about the mushrooms, he uses his way with words to influence them, and this creates tensions that lead to violence. He’s a very slippery narrator! Readers have to make their own decisions about the morality of his actions. Continue reading

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Contest: Mistress of Crystals: Chronicles of the Second War of the Gods by Justyna Plichta-Jendzio

About the Book:

The tears of the goddess Mirge must be found.

Thousands of years ago the beings of Naor, forced to stand against Hodgorn, god of darkness, won. Yet evil survived and now the empire prepares for the final battle. Hodgorn is determined to return, conquer, and rule in place of his brother Ulse, god of light. As he gathers his forces, the only hope is Ainara, Mistress of Crystals, a girl with a pure soul, chosen by the gods to rule the power of the Agarniles, the diamond tears, Mirge’s legacy.

Divided between the Elves, Dwarfs, and Humans to safeguard them, the Arganiles must be reunited and the Mistress must harness their power. Supported by a priest, the Pharaoh’s son, two protector warriors, Ainara sets forth on a dangerous quest which will demand sacrifice and all her courage, insight and tenacity.

But as with every human soul, Ainara is not absolutely pure and the Arganiles will not tolerate any evil or imperfection. Ainara is in danger.


*** CONTEST!!! ***

Have you ever wanted to own a hand written and hand decorated manuscript, like the old Medieval manuscripts? Now you have a chance. Each one of you can win in a draw a manuscript with a text of my fantasy story “Servant of the Gods”. There is only one original manuscript available and five printed copies. Though the work on the manuscript is still in progress it shall be finnished before January 31. In its final form it will be covered with leatherette material to make the book look like an ancient item. Eighty pages will be hand decorated and contain few paintings (illuminations).
To check the present stage of the manuscript follow this link: https://www.facebook.com/worldofnaor

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Author Interview: Gareth L. Powell

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Today I am interviewing Gareth L. Powell, author of the new omnibus, Ack-Ack Macaque: The Complete Trilogy, a collection of the three books in the sci-fi trilogy, Ack-Ack Macaque trilogy.

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DJ: Hey Gareth! Thanks for stopping by to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Gareth: I’ve written eight novels and two collections of short fiction. I’ve won the BSFA Award for best novel, and been a finalist for the Seiun Award in Japan. I live in Bristol, in the South West of England, and enjoy reading, tea, and the smell of bookshops.

DJ: What is the Ack-Ack Macaque trilogy about?

Gareth: Put simply, it’s an alternate history thriller in which a handful of unlikely characters set out to investigate a murder and end up having to save the world.

DJ: What were some of your influences for the Ack-Ack Macaque trilogy?

Gareth: While I was writing, I wasn’t particularly aware of any specific influence, but looking back after the fact, I’d have to say that you can definitely see traces of influence from Michael Moorcock’s Cornelius Quartet, which I read at an impressionable age, as well as work by Philip K. Dick and William Gibson.

DJ: Could you actually tell us a little about the first book in the trilogy, Ack-Ack Macaque, too? (Seeing as how this is where readers will be starting) 😛

Gareth: The first book introduces us to the setting, which is a Europe in which the UK and France agreed a political merger in the late 1950s, following an unexpected victory in Suez. The action takes place a century later, and follows former journalist Victoria Valois as she tries to discover why someone killed her ex-husband and scooped out his brain. Continue reading

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Book Review: Infinity Blade: Awakening (Infinity Blade #1) by Brandon Sanderson

Infinity Blade: Awakening(Infinity Blade #1by Brandon Sanderson

Publisher: ChAIR Entertainment Group

Publication Date: October 3, 2011 (first published June 18, 2011)

Edition: ebook, 128 pages

Genre: Fantasy, Video Game, Novelette

Rating: 4/5


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