Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Cover: Red Country

Joe Abercrombie has posted the cover for his upcoming novel Red Country:


“They burned her home.
They stole her brother and sister.
But vengeance is following.
Shy South hoped to bury her bloody past and ride away smiling, but she’ll have to sharpen up some bad old ways to get her family back, and she’s not a woman to flinch from what needs doing.  She sets off in pursuit with only a pair of oxen and her cowardly old stepfather Lamb for company.  But it turns out Lamb’s buried a bloody past of his own, and out in the lawless Far Country, the past never stays buried.
Their journey will take them across the barren plains to a frontier town gripped by gold fever, through feud, duel and massacre, high into the unmapped mountains to a reckoning with the Ghosts.  Even worse, it will force them into alliance with Nicomo Cosca, infamous soldier of fortune, and his feckless lawyer Temple, two men no one should ever have to trust…”

Red Country will be published in the U.K. on October 18, and in the U.S. on October 23.

Full Story: HERE 


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

FBC: 'Sharps' review

Over at Fantasy Book Critic, there's an in-depth review of Sharps, the new K.J. Parker novel:
What is the right thing to do, can the honorable thing be wrong and the  dishonorable thing be right, the ambiguity of morality as dictated by circumstances etc etc - among the numerous superb touches of the book there is a game the heroes play when each names a thing they are sure they would not do under any circumstances and the cynical Suidas creates scenarios under which they agree they actually would do it - all the familiar themes of the author's work combined with great prose and world building.
Full Story: HERE


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

K.J. Parker interview

K.J. Parker's new novel Sharps is out this month and to celebrate there's a terrific interview with the reclusive novelist over at Pornokitsch:
In fiction, I believe that human nature is everything, and everything is human nature. Everything we do reveals something about us; the way we go about things, the techniques with which we impose ourselves on the world. In Chinese mythology they have those mirrors that reveal shape-changing demons and animal spirits in their true form; I think the work people do, the things they make, reveal what and who they are in the same way. It’s not really metaphor or allegory; it’s like a pantograph, or a machine tool, where you operate a lever or a turnwheel and the machine carries out a different but corresponding operation. Thus, the work people do shapes the sort of person they are (farmers, artisans, clerks, soldiers) – which is why, when Bardas Loredan took up making bows, he ended up making that bow; it was, so to speak, in his bones.
The full interview is HERE. Sharps is available on Kindle July 17.