Monday, 18 April 2011

Bits and Pieces...

Bit of a slow one today, purely because I'm finishing off all the stuff that I'm planning on writing about over the course of the week (really hoping to polish off 'The Dragon's Path' for a review this week rather than next)! There should be a little something for everyone though; comics, books, the usual... :o)
In the meantime, here are a couple of little bits and pieces that have turned up in the email inbox over the last couple of days...

Cover Art & Blurb - 'Low Town' (Daniel Polansky)

There are so many books out there and the blogosphere can end up talking about the same old stuff every now and then. No shame in that at all but it does mean that some books can end up falling under the radar when they deserve a little more exposure. If I hadn't asked for a review copy of 'Robopocalypse' I don't think I would have heard of 'Low Town' at all and I think it could well be the better the book. I've got an ARC on the way, here's the cover art and blurb to be going on with...

In the forgotten back alleys and flophouses that lie in the shadows of Rigus, the finest city of the Thirteen Lands, you will find Low Town. It is an ugly place, and its cham­pion is an ugly man. Disgraced intelligence agent. Forgotten war hero. Independent drug dealer. After a fall from grace five years ago, a man known as the Warden leads a life of crime, addicted to cheap violence and expensive drugs. Every day is a constant hustle to find new customers and protect his turf from low-life competition like Tancred the Harelip and Ling Chi, the enigmatic crime lord of the heathens.

The Warden’s life of drugged iniquity is shaken by his dis­covery of a murdered child down a dead-end street . . . set­ting him on a collision course with the life he left behind. As a former agent with Black House—the secret police—he knows better than anyone that murder in Low Town is an everyday thing, the kind of crime that doesn’t get investi­gated. To protect his home, he will take part in a dangerous game of deception between underworld bosses and the psy­chotic head of Black House, but the truth is far darker than he imagines. In Low Town, no one can be trusted.

I'm looking forward to getting my hands on this, does it sound like something you'd fancy checking out?

If you're about in London on the 29th of April then you might want to check this out...

SCI-FI LONDON All-Nighter (15) (35mm*, 70mm and Digital)

BFI IMAX and SCI-FI LONDON have teamed up to present the ultimate night of sci-fi on Britain ’s biggest screen.

29 APRIL 2011

Including Richard Dreyfuss’ brush with UFOs in Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) (35mm*), Peter Hyams’ space western Outland (1981) (70mm) starring Sean Connery, Douglas Trumbull’s brain warping thriller Brainstorm (1983) (70mm) and finally Kubrick’s pioneering masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) (Digital).

Free tea and coffee will be served between each film to keep everyone going until dawn and there will be the usual mix of competitions and prizes. This all-nighter will finish at approximately 9.30am on Sunday 30 April. This time includes tea/coffee breaks.

I might have to check this out, it's not as if I'm getting much sleep at the moment so I may as well put those 'wide awake hours' to good use :o)

That should be enough to be going on with for now, see you all tomorrow :o)


Doug M. said...

Wow! Tell me the book is (for the most part) self-contained--doesn't stop mid story-arc--and I'll be all over this one. Sounds fantastic!

Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

Graeme Flory said...

Hey Doug,

I ran your question past the publisher and they said that Polansky does plan on returning to this world and characters in a future book. No idea when that will be though...
I've had a quick look and the book looks to be relatively self contained, don't quote me on that though!

Chris Kepner said...

Dear Graeme and Doug,

As Daniel's agent, I can assure you that while it is the first part of a trilogy, it very much stands on it's own. Be sure to check out Daniel's author site ( for more info. You can also Like him on Facebook ( and/or follow him on Twitter (@DanielPolansky) to stay current. There's a trailer on YouTube that his UK publisher produced, and a Q&A from Doubleday on Scribd.

Hope you love the book! Thanks for the coverage, Graeme!