Monthly Archives: October 2014

and ‘Blood Song’ in Mandarin is…

Blood Song Taiwan cover

Thanks to my Taiwanese publisher Fantasy Foundation for making this happen. This version will be available worldwide excluding mainland China.

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

The Passage by Justin Cronin

War on the Waters by James M McPherson

The City by Stella Gemmell

Bloody April by Peter Hart

Anno Dracula by Kim Newman

Chopper: Song of the Surfer by John Wagner and Colin McNeil

Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

Skin Tight by Carl Hiaasen

The Gunpowder Plot by Antonia Fraser

The Lost Regiment #1: Rally Cry by William R. Forstchen

Hardware: The Definitive SF Works of Chris Foss

City of Golden Shadow (Otherland #1) by Tad Williams

Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

War in the Air 1914-45 by Williamson Murray

Sharpe’s Enemy by Bernard Cornwell

Stalingrad by Antony Beevor

Floating Dragon by Peter Straub

Business in Great Waters by John Terraine

NOS4R2 by Joe Hill

A History of Warfare by John Keegan

Alien by HR Giger

Spellsinger by Alan Dean Foster

Red Dragon by Thomas Harris

The First Day on the Somme by Martin Middlebrook

Mussolini: His Part in My Downfall by Spike Milligan

Slow River by Nicola Griffith

On Writing by Stephen King

Flashman in the Great Game by George McDonald Fraser

Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War 1914 by Max Hastings

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 (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:

Blood Song Brazilian cover


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 website. This is a very worthwhile cause and a great collection of essays so please consider buying a copy: