The Axe finds its Mark

It was worth not winning for that pun.
Huge congratulations to Mark Lawrence who pipped me (and, y'know, Jordan/Sanderson, Lynch and Brett) to the David Gemmell Legend Award this year with Emperor of Thorns.
The image to the left has a double significance as Jason Chan's artwork for Emperor won the Ravenheart award for best cover. Meanwhile, […]

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Nom Nom Nom

Well, just a week to go before I find out that Brandon Sanderson has beaten me out for the Gemmells, the swine . However, some unexpected news on the awards front comes from the British Fantasy Society, who announced their 2014 shortlists tonight.
You can find the full listing here, but a few names certainly leap out. I am […]

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Casting Revealed: Shadows of the Apt III — Revenge of the Insects

And here we go again, following on from Empire in Black and Gold and the rest of the first plot arc, and finishing with a special sneak preview.
The Scarab Path
Jodry Drillen — Phil Avery(1), Accius/Malius (the Vekken) — Lance Reddick, Berjek Gripshod — Giancarlo Esposito
Praeda Rakespear — Freema Agyeman, Hrathen — Danny Trejo, Amnon […]

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Casting Revealed — Shadows of the Apt II: the Kinden Strike Back

And we're on with the rest of the books — thanks again to everyone as per last post. This lot have a decided Game of Thrones feel to them.
The casting for Empire in Black and Gold can be found here.
Dragonfly Falling, Blood of the Mantis, Salute the Dark

Nero — Peter Dinklage, Emperor Alvdan II — Cillian Murphy, Uctebri […]

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Casting revealed: Shadows of the Apt — the movie

There is no movie. Just keeping that out there. But I have had an enormous number of suggestions from here, FB, Twitter and just basically people in the street, so we now have a cast! Thank you to everyone who chipped in (list at the end, but let me know if somehow I've missed you off).
I'm doing this […]

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Casting Call! Shadows of the Apt: the Movie

Is not a thing. Let's get that straight right away. But as it's one of those things you speculate about, I'm interested in any thoughts people might have about actors and characters. Feel free to bung your suggestions in the comments, or to be on Facebook or Twitter (@aptshadow) or Goodreads. Then, when I have a few, I'll […]

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Other People's Trumpets

I figure I've talked enough about how I'm shortlisted for the Gemmell Legend Award and desperately need every vote I can get so I want to highlight some excellent stuff I've read recently. I've been on something of a reading spree , mostly because I've been travelling around and that tends to give me more time for it. […]

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Let Me Axe You Something 2 : Another Big Axe

Well, obviously my nemesis Doctor Penguino (1) has had word of my general allergy to awards, because I suddenly find myself on the David Gemmell Legend award shortlist!
Seriously, though, I am insanely grateful to everyone who cast their vote for me. This is the first time I've clawed my way onto a shortlist, and it's with book 9 of […]

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Arthur's 'Alf Dozen

A woman tries to rebuild her husband's mind using the machine that dismantled it; a botanist touches the soul of a planet; the mind of a warship plots revenge on the powers that destroyed it; a photographer tries to come to terms with his inexplicably dead wife; a scientist experiments with a drug that allows direct access to the minds of […]

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Breaking the First Rule of Fight Club

So a couple of weeks ago I was at the unveiling of (wait for it) The Lost Second Book of Nicoletto Giganti. This is not a sequel to a fantasy blockbuster about giants. Instead, it’s an early 17th century fencing manual. Fellow author Anne Lyle was also there, and her report is here.
This is a fascinating example of how the […]

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