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SciFi & Fantasy Book of the Year 2010

Well, the polls have closed and the votes counted and I am delighted to announce the SciFi & Fantasy Book of the Year for 2010 is: ~

The Road to Bedlam

Close behind was Pink Noise by Leonid Korogodski and Amortals by Matt Forbeck (also published by Angry Robot Books)

I would like to thank everyone who voted in the poll for making it such an interesting and engaging race, and everyone who voted for The Road to Bedlam in particular for your support and enthusiasm.

My thanks and appreciation go to Ant at SFBook.com for hosting the competition in sometimes difficult circumstances and for sticking with it and sorting it all out in the end.

I am told that the poll will run again next year, so look out for twelve new books to vote for.

Thanks, everyone.

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Bedlam Competition Winner

Firstly, a big thank you to all the people who entered the competition to win signed copies of both Sixty-One Nails and The Road to Bedlam.  It helped me celebrate the US launch of the second book in style.

I have to say that you made selecting a winner hard for me – there was a good crop of entries and I was amazed at the detail and imagination that you put in to them. What a creative bunch you are!  Everything from using the ground for scrying, to boiling the water in your opponent’s lungs (ugh!) – well thought through and wonderfully inventive.

There can be only one winner, though, and she came up with a peach of an idea:

My elements are Water and Air, and the fey power is one of communication.It allows you to read the memory of water, which has to be interpreted as it is fluid, but you can do things like follow someone or know a bit of what they are feeling/thinking. There is water everywhere, even in a desert.
It can also be employed to influence people, sending emotions and suggestions into their minds, through air and water combined and if you’re very powerful, you can load an idea into a glass of water before they drink it. More often it is a power to use from a distance. It works better though rain. Running water, like underwater streams, can intensify it.  This is a very emotional power; unstable but also untraceable.

The winner is Anabel Portillo, from Dublin: I really liked that way she thought through the implications of her suggestion – the clincher was the idea that you could imbue a liquid with a memory, passing on ideas or thoughts, all through a glass of water. It’s a superb idea and makes Anabel our winner – congratulations to her, the signed copies will be on their way this week.

Thanks again to everyone who entered, I hope you had as much fun with the competition as I did and congratulations once again to Anabel, our winner.

Happy Halloween!

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Reviews, Articles and Interviews

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 Road to Bedlam

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.

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Road to Bedlam First Reviews

The Road to Bedlam

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!

Thanks, guys!

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Bedlam Cover Exclusive

The Road to Bedlam

I am delighted to be able to give you an advance preview for the cover of THE ROAD TO BEDLAM which is scheduled for release on 2nd September.

There is always a challenge with covers that you want it to identify strongly with its sister titles but also to have a unique feel of its own, and in this case the team at Angry Robot have done a fantastic job.  The central image stands out beautifully against the trademark map just visible in the background, while the design picks up the watery theme from the book.

I love the cover of Sixty-One Nails and I think that The Road to Bedlam can now stand alongside it on the bookshelf with pride.

The Road to Bedlam will be released on 2nd September 2010 in the UK and international, and on November 8th in Canada and the United States – in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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