Author Archives: Anthony Ryan

Last 30 Days’ Book Recommendations

My mission to recommend a book a day until Christmas continues (somehow). Listed below are the last 30 books I recommended via Twitter with links to my Goodreads reviews, enjoy:

 

The Social History of the Machine Gun by John Ellis https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1061343313

The Passage by Justin Cronin https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/898991957

War on the Waters by James M McPherson https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1002062862

The City by Stella Gemmell https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/629233553

Bloody April by Peter Hart https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/255731118

Anno Dracula by Kim Newman https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1065473118

Chopper: Song of the Surfer by John Wagner and Colin McNeil https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1066248236

Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/355262163

Skin Tight by Carl Hiaasen https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/681570152

The Gunpowder Plot by Antonia Fraser https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1035131846

The Lost Regiment #1: Rally Cry by William R. Forstchen https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1069002380

Hardware: The Definitive SF Works of Chris Foss https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1070835616

City of Golden Shadow (Otherland #1) by Tad Williams https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1071653247

Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1059663565

War in the Air 1914-45 by Williamson Murray https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1073255374

Sharpe’s Enemy by Bernard Cornwell https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1074341502

Stalingrad by Antony Beevor https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/245224129

Floating Dragon by Peter Straub https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/245223250

Business in Great Waters by John Terraine https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1076793468

NOS4R2 by Joe Hill https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1077415795

A History of Warfare by John Keegan https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1078182446

Alien by HR Giger https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1079122967

Spellsinger by Alan Dean Foster https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1079818592

Red Dragon by Thomas Harris https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/245222785

The First Day on the Somme by Martin Middlebrook https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1081492776

Mussolini: His Part in My Downfall by Spike Milligan https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1082324809

Slow River by Nicola Griffith https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1083081075

On Writing by Stephen King https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1083807813

Flashman in the Great Game by George McDonald Fraser https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1084672569

Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War 1914 by Max Hastings https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1085620022


and ‘Tower Lord’ in Italian is…

…’Il Signore Della Torre’. I know this because it’s now published in Italy in e-book and hardcover. Many thanks to my Italian publishers Fanucci Editore for making this happen. Details on amazon.it (other booksellers are available).

TL Italian Cover

 


and ‘Blood Song’ in Portuguese is…

‘A Cancao Do San’gue’. Many thanks to Anderson Tiago of the Brazilian fantasy site Intocados for sending me the cover from Leya who will be publishing the book in Brazil (looks oddly familiar I must say). For any Portuguese speakers out there I did an interview for Intocados which you can read here: http://intocados.com.br/index.php/literatura/entrevistas/417-entrevista-anthony-ryan-autor-de-blood-song

Blood Song Brazilian cover

 


‘Unveiled – Tales of Villainy and Malefactions’ Now Available for Pre-Order

On July 17th I announced that one of my short stories will be included in the upcoming ‘Neverland Shadows’ anthology from Grim Oak Press. Since then they’ve gone and changed the title to ‘Unveiled – Tales of Villainy and Malefactions.’ The anthology will appear in the first quarter of 2015 but you can now pre-order hardcovers, advance reader copies and ebooks from the Grim Oak Press website: http://grimoakpress.com/2014/10/03/pre-order-unveiled-edited-by-roger-bellini-shawn-speakman/

 

To anticipate some questions: my story is entitled ‘The Hall of the Diamond Queen.’ I won’t reveal any more about it other than to say it fits with the theme of the anthology and it’s not set in the same world as the Raven’s Shadow stories.

 


New Non-fiction Anthology – ‘Story Behind the Book : Volume 3’

Thanks to Kristijan Meic and Ivana Steiner for including my essay on the ideas that inspired the writing of Blood Song in their new anthology ‘Story Behind the Book : Volume 3 – Essays on Writing Speculative Fiction.’

Book description:

‘The anthology collects nearly 40 non-fiction essays from some of the most exciting authors working today. Offering an unique insight into the creative and publishing process, these essays reveal all the beauty, effort and frustration that inevitable comes hand in hand with the urge to write, edit or illustrate. Contributors include Steven Erikson, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Hugh Howey, Richard Kadrey, Rod Rees, Christopher Fowler, Gary Gibson, Eric Brown, Anthony Ryan, Alan Averill, Ian Gibson, Garry Kilworth, Steve Rasnic Tem, Ian R. MacLeod, Cat Sparks, James Everington, Pat Cadigan, Stephen Deas, Jay Kristoff, Peter Roman, Paul Tremblay, Geoffrey Gudgion, Tina Connolly, Joan Frances Turner, Freda Warrington, Beth Bernobich, Jeff Somers, James A. Moore, Ben Jeapes, John R. Fultz, Nick Mamatas, Sean Lynch, Max Gladstone, Karen Sandler, Robert Reed, Roberto Calas, Richard James Bentley and William J. Cobb. All proceeds will be donated to Epilepsy Action.’

The anthology has been put together by the folks behind the upcoming4.me website. This is a very worthwhile cause and a great collection of essays so please consider buying a copy:

Amazon.com

E-book: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00O2C4C24

Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1502534711

Amazon.co.uk

E-book: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00O2C4C24

Paperback: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1502534711


Blood Song – German Edition Published Today

I’m very pleased to report that the German language edition of Blood Song – Das Lied des Blutes – is published today by Hobbit Presse in hardcover, ebook and audio formats. Details and sample here for any German speakers:

http://www.klett-cotta.de/buch/Weitere_Autoren/Das_Lied_des_Blutes/48892

Or you can go to the Amazon.de page: http://www.amazon.de/Das-Lied-Blutes-Rabenschatten-1/dp/3608939253/ref=la_B00726D51G_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1411394403&sr=1-1

Thanks to my German translators, Hannes Riffel and Sara Riffel, and to everyone at Hobbit Presse for all their hard work in making this happen.

Blood Song German cover

 


Last 30 Days’ Book Recommendations

For those who don’t follow me on Twitter, on 23rd August I set myself the task of recommending a book a day until Christmas along with a short review on Goodreads. Here’s the list for the last 30 days for anyone who missed it:

Hyperion by Dan Simmons – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/245223816

The Darkness that Comes Before by R. Scott Bakker – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/324718560

Speaks the Nightbird by Robert McCammon – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1035991441

Lord of the Silver Bow by David Gemmell – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1036810587

Crossed by Garth Ennis – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1037745731

The Blue Blazes by Chuck Wendig – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/725036643

All Hell Let Loose by Max Hastings – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/717366050

Vurt by Jeff Noon – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1040358888

Watching War Films with My Dad by Al Murray – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/918121939

Broken Angels by Richard Morgan – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/245223698

The Thousand Names by Django Wexler – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1043204778

The Reality Dysfunction by Peter F Hamilton – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1044115670

The Dead Zone by Stephen King – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/245223368

The Forever War by Joe Haldeman – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/245223551

An Animated Life by Ray Harryhausen – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1047059554

Robin Ince’s Bad Book Club by Robin Ince – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/396745389

The Big Nowhere by James Ellroy – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/987382048

Icon by Frank Frazetta – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1050037194

Neuromancer by William Gibson – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/245223673

Use of Weapons Iain M Banks – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/245223648

Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1052797420

Dune by Frank herbert – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/245223544

Battle Cry of Freedom by James McPherson – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/245224264

A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1055394174

The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1036354909

Voyage by Stephen Baxter – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1057330544

War of the Aeronauts by Charles M. Evans – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/711370188

Dark Fire by CJ Sansom – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1058921216

The Scar by China Mieville – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1059845898

The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1060416159


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