Archive for October, 2011

Silver Wind, Strange Horizons…

Posted: October 29, 2011 by douglasthompson in Reviews

Nina Allan’s The Silver Wind has been reviewed in depth, not once but twice, over at the Strange Horizons website.
Nial Harrison writes:
“…I think this is a very fine little book… Partly I simply like its orneriness. The Silver Wind is quite determinedly idiosyncratic by the standards of contemporary sf, with a cast of tricky, often distant characters and a carefully engineered refusal of coherence. In each story, the same names recur, but the relationships between them are different — the same characters turn up as relatives, friends, lovers — and while these alternate universes build a shared context, they don’t build a straightforward narrative. Rather, as Tricia Sullivan puts it in her introduction, the stories haunt one another… But I don’t want to imply that it’s only a literary puzzle; there are some fine character portraits here, and a restrained observational Englishness that reminded me of some of Ian R MacLeod’s work. It’s more a prompt for exploration than anything to be solved…”

Then Sofia Samitar writes:

“…The Silver Wind as a whole is quite different from the sum of its parts. The first three stories were published previously, but they cannot have been read separately in the same way that they are read together, with their uncanny resonances. It would be like reading a single one of the twelve novels that make up Anthony Powell’s A Dance to the Music of Time: you might enjoy the story, but without reading more of the books you wouldn’t understand Powell’s use of repetition, coincidence, and change. Allan uses these devices too, but instead of constructing a sweeping narrative in which all the pieces fit together, she presents pieces that can’t be put together at all—though their colors and shapes are designed to make you think that, just possibly, they can.
The result is a book about missed opportunities, broken connections, and loss. The music of Allan’s time is decidedly melancholy…
…”Rewind” is the first story in which a character named Miranda takes center stage, and she evokes sympathy as Martin did in the first story. The reanimated watch mirrors Miranda herself, whose monotonous and lonely life has just been transformed by her love affair with Martin. Partly because Miranda is new and not a repetition, this symbolism succeeds on both intellectual and emotional levels. It’s a moment of sheer optimism which seems, in the context of the book, particularly brave…”

Please check out the links above to read these detailed and insightful reviews in full and in context.

Bloody Frightening…

Posted: October 29, 2011 by douglasthompson in Reviews

Adam Groves over at website has been blown away by Terry Grimwood’s Bloody War, calling it a “quintessentially British apocalyptic nightmare”.
Adam says:
“…BLOODY WAR makes for a strong post-9/11 addition to the English-centric likes of BRAVE NEW WORLD, 1984, A CLOCKWORK ORANGE and V FOR VENDETTA in its pitiless vision of a catastrophic war that destroys England (and, it’s implied, much of the rest of the world), a vision that in grit and sheer bleakness far outdoes most every other recent fictional dystopia…
…This, needless to say, is not a pleasant book. Its sense of realism is unerring and impressive, but it’s that very attribute that makes the proceedings so devastating. The actions of the corrupt authorities and the shadowy EoD are not at all unconvincing in these days of terror alerts and mass rioting in London (in light of which BLOODY WAR seems far more topical than it did when it was initially published).”

Feather by David Rix

Our two latest titles, The Silver Wind by Nina Allan and Feather by David Rix are now shipping following their launch at FantasyCon 2011!  We have already talked and raved about these titles considerably in previous posts, so I will restrain myself this time.  We are expecting interesting results from these two though – The Silver Wind recently became the first Eibonvale title ever to be mentioned by a large mainstream newspaper when the Telegraph included it in a round-up of interesting sci-fi books.

The Silver Wind by Nina Allan

But what I wanted to announce today is that we are celebrating the launch with a set of attractive special offers for these titles and other related ones.  These are combination deals, which we have never tried before.  Special prices when you buy two books.  You can get a nice discount if you buy both these new titles together or if you add one of the authors’ earlier titles, A Thread of Truth and What the Giants were Saying.  This offer will be available until the 31st October 6th November.

Click here for more info and to buy the books.

Bloody War… two new incoming!

Posted: October 11, 2011 by douglasthompson in Reviews

Get your hard-hats on again everyone! We’ve got two new reviews in of Terry Grimwood’s Bloody War. We’ve counted all our fingers and toes, and we seem to have survived again… and may even win a medal yet.
Steven Scanner, writing over at the Mass Movement Magazine website writes:

“…This is Grimwood’s first full novel and it’s an impressive, well visualised piece of fiction. His depiction of an embattled UK is extremely vivid; virtually to the point where you can smell the suppressed, insinuated violence… and the decaying dead. Grimwood’s characterisation is pointed and concise with only that of Pete Allman being analysed intimately. There is an authenticity about the characters, rendering them tangible and alive with realised personalities and temperaments. I also appreciated Grimwood’s ability to drop some subtle music references into the story, be it The Who, Thin Lizzy or Black Sabbath.Comparisons are no doubt going to level Bloody War with Orwell’s 1984. Both books suggest individualism is a punishable crime; both paint a subservient, politically apathetic society where advanced surveillance and misinformation keeps the people pacified; both focus on a subversive, humanist antihero; both feature a war against an unknown, unseen enemy. The error of the comparison is that 1984 looked forward, making an ideological, political statement, whereas Bloody War is set in the present and, while political (the Enemies Of Democracy has clear parallels with the Bush-instigated War On Terror), retains a more personal, conversational perspective.This is a highly engaging thriller which, when considered as a whole, has ramifications that border the horrific. Definitely recommended – and I haven’t even mentioned the jarring, electrifying, never-saw-it-coming finale…”

Then we have Matthew Tait writing over at his “Different Masks” blog, who writes:

“…Is this a political novel? It is if you have been following current world advents and have numerous questions surrounding the validity of those advents. In this respect the book resonates on an emotional level that almost induces anger. Who are we really fighting in any war? Who are the real leaders? The lines are not black and white anymore, if they ever were, and Pete’s personal journey is like a reflection for humanity as a whole. Although the majority march blindly to the war drums in any crusade, there is hope, for there will always be those who step out of the throng and entice others to follow. With a healthy smattering of George Orwell’s 1984 merged with the cat and mouse chase of celluloid excursions like Blade Runner and Minority Report, Terry Grimwood brings modern warfare all bloody and shrieking right into the dark heart of Western Society…”

Thanks, guys, for these in-depth analyses of the book. Bring ’em on!

Experiments at… 3 billion years later.

Posted: October 11, 2011 by douglasthompson in Reviews

Some reviewers have longer backlogs than others it seems. But better late than never. Matt Johns has just given a thumbs-up review to Alexander Zelenyj’s Experiments at 3 Billion A.M, in the “Prism” section of the autumn edition of the British Fantasy Society Journal. Matt writes:

“…Even though this was a difficult book to read, the tales are gripping and enjoyable… Whilst not a book to devour in one sitting, it makes a good collection of tales to keep on your bedside table to dip into now and then…”

As ever, Eibonvale wish to express their thanks to the reviewer, editor, and publication for taking the time to talk about this book.