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First Law Graphic Novel on Amazon.uk

Posted on August 19th, 2014 in announcements, Graphic Novel

For folks in the UK, getting a book delivered from amazon.com can be a little steep, which is why I’m delighted to announce that the trade paperback collection of the first four issues of the First Law Graphic novel is now available direct from amazon.uk for a shade over £10 with delivery free.

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Adapted by Chuck Dixon, art by Andie Tong, colours by Pete Pantazis, all closely supervised from a spiked throne atop a hill of skulls by yours truly.

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The trade paperback version is a really slick piece of work by Blind Ferret, even though I say so myself, and gives you about 100 full colour pages, plus 30 or so pages of extras including annotated character designs, pencils and inks.

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The project is on hiatus right now, so there’s no guarantee there’ll be more issues forthcoming, but if the uptake on this trade version is good, we may well see more.

 

 

More UK Events, plus Worldcon

Posted on August 7th, 2014 in appearances, news

More events?  Are you insane?  Well, yes, I very well might be, but there is no rest for the grimdark, my friends.  Here’s my appearance schedule for the next couple of months…

Tuesday 12th August

11.30 – Google Hangout for the Gollancz Online Festival.

18.00 - Fantasy in the Court, Goldsboro Books, alongside a whole host of other writers including but by no means limited to Ben Aaronovitch, James Barclay, Lauren Beukes, Paul Cornell, Peter F. Hamilton, Joanne Harris, Adam Nevill, Sarah Pinborough, Adrian Tchaikovsky, and those are just some of the ones I know well myself.

Wednesday 13th August

18.30 – Fantasy Faction’s Grim Gathering, Waterstones Kensington, 193 Kensington High Street, London, alongside authors Peter V. Brett, Myke Cole, and Mark Lawrence.

Thursday 14th - Sunday 17th August

LONCON, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention where I will be hanging out and haunting the bar, but specifically can be found:

Friday 15th August

12.00                          Kaffeeklatsch, London Suite 4 (1hr)

Saturday 16th August

11.00 - Panel: Moving Shelves: Famous Adult Writers Who Have Written YA with Carrie Vaughn, Kelley Armstrong, Ian Macdonald and Peter F Hamilton in Capital Suite 15 (1hr)

13.30 - Signing: Big Autographing Space (90mins)

18.00 - Panel: Writing 101: Young Adult and Middle Grade Fiction with Ruth Frances Long, Amy H Sturgis, Laure Eve and Sanna Lehtonen in Capital Suite 5 (1hr)

19.00 - Panel: Meet the New King, Same As The Old King with Juliet E McKenna, Peter V Brett, Rjurik Davidson and Delia Sherman in Capital Suite 14 (1hr)

Sunday 17th August

12.30 - Reading: London Suite 1 (30mins) – and this will probably be from the forthcoming Half the World.

16.30 - Panel: Book Covers: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly with John Picacio, Bella Pagan, Greg Manchess, Maurizio Manzieri and Irene Gallo in Capital Suite 4.

Sunday 28th September

18.00 - Bath Children’s Literature Festival, The Guildhall, High Street, Bath BA1 5AW. An event with Garth Nix, chaired by John McLay

Friday 10th October

20.30 - Cheltenham Literary Festival.  An event with Sarah Pinborough, Ben Aaronovitch, David Barnett and Mitch Benn.

So that’s me taken care of for the next couple of months…

Back Home

Posted on August 4th, 2014 in appearances, news

I have finally returned from my quick tour of the US, San Diego Comic Con, and Celsius 232 in Spain. It’s only a couple of weeks ago that I left but it feels like months.  10 flights in less than two weeks and a hell of a lot of signing, hand-shaking, and talking to readers, authors, publishers and other folk of all kinds.

San Diego Comic Con is quite the event – beyond massive.  The focus these days is obviously on the big media stuff but there’s still a hell of a lot going on with writers and publishers.  I’ve since realised there were all kinds of people there I know and never got to see.  I did many dinners, lunches and breakfasts.  I was driven in a golf cart through some dirty service tunnels beneath the convention centre wedged between George RR Martin and Diana Gabaldon and with Lev Grossman on the back.  Truth is, indeed, sometimes stranger than fiction.  I did four signings and was on two panels, one the yearly epic fantasy panel this year moderated by my arch-nemesis Brent Weeks (and I shall be revenged upon him, oh yes I shall), and featuring no less than eight authors.  Great authors, but that’s actually way too many, I think, it makes it impossible to really get any flow or conversation between them.  The introductions take ages, then you maybe get a response from each to one question, half a response to another, an effort from the audience and you’re basically done.  Still, you can watch that one over here.  Much better was a five-author effort with GRRM, Diana Gabaldon, Lev Grossman, and Pat Rothfuss, covering various elements of world building and writing epic stories.  There were maybe 6 or 700 people in the audience, I’m told (all there for me, I’m sure) and it was one of the best panels I’ve been on.  You can watch that one over here.

I also did some great events at independent bookstores – University Bookstore Seattle, Mysterious Galaxy San Diego, and Borderlands Books San Francisco, and ended up at the Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe being interviewed by GRRM along with Cherie Priest discussing our careers and approaches to writing.

I then set off from Santa Fe for the Celsius 232 festival in Aviles, Spain.  They started this event three years ago and I’ve been every time – it’s amazing to see how the attendance has increased year on year.  It was always going to be a gruelling journey but as luck would have it the first plane was delayed, then broke down in Albuquerque, so I missed my connection from Dallas to Madrid and instead had to get to Madrid via Heathrow, and work out a new connection from Madrid to Oviedo.  To call it a total nightmare would be unfair to other nightmare journeys I’ve been on, it took 30 hours, 4 flights, 2 of them delayed, plus two lengthy car journeys, a bag mislaid, a bag search (though the officers did appear to have pressed my jacket afterward, which was nice).

The downside was that I missed my panel in Aviles and therefore the chance to talk at length about how great I am.  The upside was that Pat Rothfuss agreed very kindly to fill in and talk about how great I am instead, which I’m sure had far more impact on the audience, and I was able to do a great panel along with him and Brandon Sanderson the following day.

All in all an amazing time, but it’s a good thing I don’t have any other events coming up.

Until Worldcon in London next week…

US Events, now with SDCC

Posted on July 16th, 2014 in announcements, appearances, news

Greetings American cousins, my new book Half a King should now be available across the nation in hardcover, electronic, and audio formats.  But that’s not all, for on the 22nd July I shall be flying out to be present in your country in my actual person.  The main event is San Diego Comic Con, so I’m afraid there’s a West Coast flavour to my visits this time around but, fear not, I’ll hopefully be fitting in some east coast action early next year with the release of the sequel, Half the World.

Here’s the full itinerary, including my panels and signings at Comic Con:

Wednesday,  July 23 – SEATTLE, WA
Time: 7:00pm
University Bookstore
4326 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

July 24 – July 27 – SAN DIEGO, CA
Comic-Con International

Thursday July 24, 4:00-5:00pm
PANEL: Putting the Epic in Epic Fantasy
Room 25ABC
Panelists: Robin Hobb, Raymond Feist, Django Wexler, Morgan Rhodes, Sam Sykes, Patrick Rothfuss, Brent Weeks
*Signing to immediately follow in Autograph Area

Friday, July 25, 11:00am-12:00Noon
SIGNING, Random House booth #1514

Saturday, July 26, 11:00am-12:00pm
SIGNING, Orbit booth #1116

Saturday, July 26, 3:00-4:00pm
SIGNING, Random House booth #1514

Saturday, July 26, 4:15-5:15pm
PANEL: Rulers of the Realm
Room 6A
Panelists: George R. R. Martin, Diana Gabaldon, Lev Grossman, Patrick Rothfuss

Sunday, July 27 – SAN DIEGO, CA
Time: 2:00pm  
Mysterious Galaxy
7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
San Diego, CA 92111

Monday, July 28 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Time: 7:00pm
Borderlands Books
866 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94110

Tuesday, July 29 – TORRANCE, CA
Time: 7:00pm
Barnes & Noble
21500 Hawthorne Blvd
Torrance, CA 90503

Wednesday, July 30 – SANTA FE, NM
Time: 7:00pm
Jean Cocteau Cinema
418 Montezuma Ave
Santa Fe, NM 87501
*event with George Martin and Cherie Priest

And THEN it’s straight on to Celsius 232 in Aviles, Spain, along with Patrick Rothfuss and Brandon Sanderson, among others, with further details in due course.  I shall hope to see some of you at these events…

Half a King Published in the US!

Posted on July 15th, 2014 in announcements, news

Yes, celebrate, my cousins across the pond, for Half a King is published throughout the Land of the Free today.  It’s the Sunday Times no. 3 Hardcover Bestseller that GRRM called, ‘A fast paced tale of betrayal and revenge that grabbed me from page one and refused to let go,’ while Robin Hobb found it, ‘Enthralling. An up-all-night read,’ and Rick Riordan said it had, ‘eye-popping twists and rollicking good action.’  I could go on, but I already have, over here.  Take a look if you fancy seeing a trailer, reading an extract or further reviews or, I don’t know, maybe finding some buying options…

Further UK Events

Posted on July 7th, 2014 in appearances

I have returned from a week of events for the UK publication of Half a King, and they went very well, I must say.  On previous tours there have always been a couple of great events but a couple of … less great ones, especially with the daytime events where you’re not talking or reading, just signing.  This time around the rooms were pretty much full throughout, which makes the whole business a pleasure.  You’re largely reliant on the staff of the bookshop to publicise it and get people in the door, a good bookseller really making all the difference, so thanks to all the staff who helped to make the events happen, and to all the readers who turned out, not to mention my long-suffering publicist Jaime, whose unenviable task it was to get me from A to B.

HOWEVER, if you were unable to make any of last week’s events but STILL BURN TO SEE ME IN THE FLESH, I’ve got a few appearances coming up over the next couple of weeks in London, Bath and Derby:

Friday 11th July

6.00pm – Signing at Forbidden Planet London179 Shaftesbury Ave, London WC2H 8JR. For more information contact the store on: 020 7420 3666

Saturday 12th July

10.30am – Talk and reading at YA Lit Con/London Film and Comic Con, on the book zone main stage, followed by a signing.

Wednesday 16th July

7.30 for 8.00pm – Talk at Toppings Bath, The Paragon, Somerset BA1 5LS. Tickets are £6 and available in store or on 01225 428111

Saturday 19th July

Edge Lit festival Derby - For further details check here.

3.00pm – Panel: Are We Entering a New Era of Fantasy Fiction? Graham Edwards, Janet Edwards, Freda Warrington, Joe Abercrombie in Cinema 2

4.00pm – Guest of Honour Interview/Q&A in The Box

I’ll also be sit-down signing at some point in the day, impromptu signing at any point in the day, AND, I believe, later on, I will be presenting the Raffle.  That’s right.  Can’t say I ever expected to present a raffle.  But it’s happening.

Hope to see some of you at one or other of these…

 

Half a King Limited Edition

Posted on July 4th, 2014 in Uncategorized

Subterranean Press have produced some beautiful editions of my six First Law books already, but they’re cooking up something more than a little bit special for Half a King and its sequels, an oversize 7×10 inch hardcover printed in two colours on 80# Finch (that’s really, really good paper to the layman) and with cover and two full colour internal illustrations by Jon McCoy.  Here’s the cover:

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Much though I like the graphic covers on the standard UK and US editions, it’s always a thrill to see some quality representative artwork for a book as well.  Jon has been a real dream to work with, some fantastic mood, movement and atmosphere in his art and I can tell you the two internal illustrations are just as good.

There are going to be 400 of the numbered hardcover and 52 of a lettered edition leather-bound in a custom tray case, and the plan is to offer a special slipcase for the three books in the trilogy once they’re completed.  They’re available for preorder over here, with the typography on the cover just a guide for the time being…

Half a King Published in the UK!

Posted on July 3rd, 2014 in announcements, reviews

I am delighted to announce that the UK edition of Half a King is published today: in Hardcover, Ebook, and unabridged audiobook read by Ben Elliot.

Prince Yarvi has vowed to regain his throne.

First he must survive cruelty, chains and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea. And he must do it all with only one good hand.

The deceived will become the deceiver.

Born a weakling in the eyes of the world, Yarvi cannot grip a shield or swing an axe, so he must sharpen his mind to a deadly edge.

The Betrayed will become the betrayer.

Gathering a strange fellowship of the outcast, he finds they can help him more than any noble could.

Will the usurped become the usurper?

Even with loyal friends at his side, Yarvi’s path may end as it began – in twists, and traps and the death of a king…”

A few kind words about the book from critics and peers…

“Joe Abercrombie does it again. Half a King is another page-turner from Britain’s hottest young fantasist, a fast-paced tale of betrayal and revenge that grabbed me from page one and refused to let go.”
George RR Martin, author of A Game of Thrones

Half a King is a remarkable achievement — thrilling, enthralling, and relentless. The action is frenetic, the characters are as sharp as the blades they wield, and the humour is biting.”
Derek Landy, author of the Skulduggery Pleasant novels

“Abercrombie’s stellar prose style and clever plot twists will be sure to please both adult and teen readers.”
- Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Enthralling. An up-all-night read.”
Robin Hobb, author of the Farseer novels

“I got all the grit that I love in Abercrombie, and the craft, and the character…but it never got so far as being bleak. Simply said, I think this is my favorite Abercrombie book yet. And that’s really saying something.”
Patrick Rothfuss, author of The Name of the Wind

“Gripping as a bear hug, warming as a bear skin.”
- The Daily Mail

“Friends turn out to be enemies, enemies turn out to be friends; the line between good and evil is murky indeed; and nothing goes quite as we expect … With eye-popping plot twists and rollicking good action, Half a King is definitely a full adventure.”
Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson books

“Classic Abercrombie, and yet also something unexpected — grimdark fantasy for people who aren’t necessarily very young.
- SFX, 5 star review

And here’s the book trailer:

I’ve already done five great events on tour and there are plenty more to go, including a signing in Central London this afternoon (3rd July) from 4.30 at the wonderful Goldsboro Books, Covent Garden, where the first 100 in line will get numbered 1st Editions from a limited run of 250.  But if you can’t make a signing, worry not, Waterstones up and down the country have signed stock and Amazon are offering the hardcover for a cutting-our-own-throats £5 and the kindle for £4.35.  Sound good to you?  You’ll find some buying options, further information and a considerable extract over here.

Off on Tour

Posted on June 28th, 2014 in appearances, news

I leave tomorrow for a tour of the UK, and in due course the US, for the release of Half a King. Bad news if you’re a devotee of this blog. Great news if you’re a resident of Edinburgh, Newcastle, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Nottingham, Birmingham, London, Milton Keynes, Oxford, Bristol, Yeovil, Bath, Seattle, San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, or Santa Fe OR if you’ve got any plans to attend the YA Lit Con/London Film and Comic Con, Edge Lit Derby, San Diego Comic Con, Celsius 232 Festival in Aviles Spain or Worldcon London. Phew. I’m going to be knackered.

Further details on the UK events HERE (with a quick note that the Edinburgh event has moved from the Pleasance Theatre to Blackwells store) and on the US events HERE.  Hope to see some of you out there…

Progress Report June ’14

Posted on June 24th, 2014 in progress

Time sure does fly.

Fair bit of progress the past couple of months, and other than a little continuing work on the secret project I can’t tell you about and probably never will be able to tell you about hence shouldn’t have mentioned, work in May and June has all been on Half a King and sequels, which are now otherwise being called the Shattered Sea books.  In reverse order:

The third book, Half a War: first part of four drafted, second part planned in detail, a pretty solid rough plan for the other two parts.  Hoping to get the second part drafted over July and August around the many events and touring commitments I’ve got going on for Half a King, though I know from experience it can be tough to get much done as far as writing new stuff goes while on the road.  Still, if I can get most of the second part squared away by the end of August, that gives me September, October, November largely free to concentrate on getting parts 3 and 4 drafted, with a view to having a solid 2nd draft by the end of the year.  That should work for a July 2015 publication date.  Pretty happy with how this book’s going, generally, though it’s still early.  Subsequent books in a series are usually that bit easier as you’ve got a lot of the story lines up and running and the setting defined, but these books are slightly different from what I’ve done before in that each book introduces different point of view characters.  We shall see…

The second book, Half the World: Written and edited.  Still needs a final pass through to consider the detail of the language before it goes for copy edit, but I should be able to get that done while on the trains around the UK at the start of July, and I’m reaching the point now where I’m very pleased with how this one has turned out.  Half the World is more or less certain for a Feb 2015 release, though I don’t quite have a specific date yet.

The first book, Half a King, meanwhile, is printed, distributed, and will be released on the 3rd July in the UK, 15th July on the US.  I might take the opportunity to say it’s available for pre-order on amazon at a 62% reduced cutting-my-own-throat discount price of £5 for the hardcover and £4.35 for the Kindle edition.  Seems like only yesterday I was meeting with publishers to discuss the possibility of this series and now, suddenly, here it is, greeting the public.  Early signs are really good, but that never stops a writer crapping their pants, of course, especially since this book is with new publishers both sides of the pond and aimed at a (slightly) different audience.  Promotional work has been grinding into gear over the last couple of months – I signed 3,000 copies a few weeks back for Waterstones and other retailers, and I’ve got a fair bit more stock to sign for Goldsboro Books and others over the next couple of weeks.  Few interviews and blogs been done as well, along with some talking to bookseller style events, and the UK tour kicks off on 29th June with Edinburgh and will then wend its way around England.  Further details here.  I’ll then be in and around the west coast of the US from the 22nd June.  Further Details here.  And I’ll be at Celsius 232 festival along with Brandon Sanderson and Pat Rothfuss in Aviles, Spain 1st-3rd August.

That is your progress report for June…