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FantasyCon 2010

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.

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Odyssey 2010


The equinox has come and gone and spring is definitely upon us.  You can tell this by the snow outside.  Spring means Easter, though, and that means Eastercon, which is being held at the Radisson Edwardian Hotel near Heathrow this year.

Odyssey 2010 is probably the largest and most comprehensive con in the UK and covers the full range of media, films, TV, comics and of course, books.  The program spans from Good Friday through to Easter Monday and is available here.  The Guests of Honour are Alastair Reynolds, Iain M Banks, Liz Williams and Mike Carey, which is quite some line-up.

I will be there from Saturday morning, and will be participating at the following events:

Open Autograph Session. 12pm-1pm. Hotel Lobby. Lots of our attending writers will be present to sign your books. Joe Abercrombie, Aliette de Bodard, Chaz Brenchley, Mike Carey, Mike Cobley, Paul Cornell, Stephen Deas, Jaine Fenn, Colin Harvey, Roz Kaveney, MD Lachlan, Claude Lalumie?re, MEG, Ian R. MacLeod, John Meaney, Ricardo Pinto and Liz Williams, Suzanne McLeod, Mike Shevdon.

The Occult in Modern Urban Fantasy. 6pm-7pm. Room 12. Modern urban fantasy is strongly influenced by the occult. Why is the occult such a rich source of stories, and how do you keep your characters authentic but uncliched? Mike Carey, Suzanne McLeod, Mike Shevdon and Pat Rigby-McMurray (mod).

London as an SF/F Setting for Books, Comics and TV. 7pm-8pm. Room 12. From Doctor Who to Neverwhere to Stickleback in 2000AD, London has made many appearances in Fantasy and SF (and even as board games). The panel discuss the different ways in which the capital has been portrayed. Sebastian Bleasdale, Mike Carey, Roz Kaveney, Pat Rigby-McMurray (mod) and Mike Shevdon.

If you’re planning to be there, do come and say hello, either at the Open Session, after a panel, in the bar or wherever.  There are loads of other sessions to go to and lots of great writers will be attending, either as guests or simply to enjoy the con themselves.

Hope to see you there.

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New Year Greetings

Happy New Year.   Yes, I know it’s the middle of January and I know that everyone else stopped saying that a week ago, but I’ve been busy, so I would like to wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous 2010 now, while there’s still some January left.

The reason my new year greeting is a smidgen tardy is that I’ve been absorbed in finishing The Road to Bedlam, which is the sequel to Sixty-One Nails.  It follows Niall and Blackbird in the aftermath of Sixty-One Nails, and as anyone who read the taster will know (it’s included in the back of book one), it’s also about Niall’s daughter, Alex, and what happens when she comes into her power.

I thought I would start 2010 with a recap of the schedule as the question that I am most often asked now is: When can I read book two?  Bearing in mind that schedules are subject to change at the publishers, the printers and at the retailers, and by me if I don’t hurry up and get the darned book finished, here are the dates for your diary:

  • June 2010 – Sixty-One Nails is released in the USA and Canada
  • July 2010 – The Road to Bedlam is released in the UK and Australasia
  • August 2010 – The Road to Bedlam is released in the US and Canada

As I get more precise information on release dates, I will update you, but it looks like being a heck of a summer for Niall and Blackbird – in more ways than one.  In the meantime, I will keep you up to date with progress and I’ll be posting some info on the development of the Courts of the Feyre as we progress into the year.

With that, I’ll wish you a joyous, healthy, wealthy and peaceful 2010.

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