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We’re mere days away from FantasyCon, and I’m really looking forward to heading off to Nottingham. It’s a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet new ones.
I’ll also be signing copies of The Road to Bedlam on Saturday from 12 until 1pm in the Dealer’s Room along with Colin Harvey, who will be signing copies of Damage Time and Andy Remic who will be doing likewise with Soul Stealers. At 3:30 I am booked to do a live reading – just after Ian Whates, so it’s worth coming along for the hour.
In the meantime, reviews of Sixty-One Nails have started to appear in the United States – this one hot off the presses: ~
Shevdon’s blend of history and folklore creates a rich picture of a London that is both real and full of magic. The plot is quick and though the book is a little hefty, I finished it in all of two days (and that was with a movie break to watch all three parts of the Red Riding trilogy, too!). The Courts of the Feyre is a world that I happily got lost in and can’t wait to return to. Really and truly amazing stuff, folks. I just can’t recommend this book highly enough.
~ No More Grumpy Bookseller
Thanks to Becky for the great review – I hope she likes the sequel as much.
It’s the busiest of busy weeks her at Shevdon Manor with, not one, but two releases. Firstly, Sixty-One Nails is now out in the United States and Canada and there have been some great comments from across the pond. Thanks to everyone for the good wishes – initial signs are very promising indeed.
The sequel, The Road to Bedlam, is out now in the UK and Australasia, with the first reviews coming out this week: ~
It is the Neverwhere for Generation X and as such when backed up with great dialogue, an emotional roller coaster alongside kick ass plot outline, you know that you have something special. ~ Falcata Times
There’s also an interview with Falcata Times where we talk about writing, reading, archery and warm sausage rolls – oh dear, my secret’s out.
Then, over on Dark Fiction Review, I’m talking about the State of the Genre and what Anne McCaffrey has to do with Buffy the Vampire Slayer and what happens when the shelves fill up with vegetarian vampires and tame werewolves – maybe not what you think.
All in all, it’s turning into quite a week.
The launch of a new book is always a tense time for a writer. WIll new readers like it? Will fans of earlier books be delighted or disappointed? We writers aim to please, but as always, the proof of the pudding is in the eating.
So, what’s being said? Well, here’s a small extract from a review in the Falcata Times, which will be published when the book is released….
What makes this series so engrossing is the fact that its just so different from the numerous Urban Fantasy titles out there as whilst most are concentrating on exotic locations (well exotic to the UK) Mike writes it based here in Britain, whilst most write about Vamps and Werekin, Mike writes about the Fey and magic in the modern world. It is the Neverwhere for Generation X and as such when backed up with great dialogue, an emotional roller coaster alongside kick ass plot outline, you know that you have something special.
And here are some comments from SciFi and Fantasy Books…
The Road to Bedlam is a rich, detailed and impressive sequel to one of the best novels of 2009 with a gripping plot, superb characterisation and is such an effortless joy to read. If you have read Sixty One Nails you just have to get this, and for those of you who haven’t read Sixty One Nails, what are you waiting for, buy them both!