As you will be aware, Angry Robot Books has a history of innovation and we continue to go from strength to strength. We’re constantly trying out new concepts and new ideas, and we continue to publish popular and award-winning books. Our YA imprint Strange Chemistry and our crime/mystery imprint Exhibit A have – due mainly to market saturation – unfortunately been unable to carve out their own niches with as much success.
We have therefore made the difficult decision to discontinue Strange Chemistry and Exhibit A, effective immediately, and no further titles will be published from these two imprints.
The core Angry Robot imprint is robust, however, and we plan to increase our output from 2 books a month, to 3. We have no plans to cancel any titles other than those of Strange Chemistry and Exhibit A.
We were delighted to hear that TL Costa has reached the finals of the Greater Detroit RWA Booksellers Best Award, for Playing Tyler. The finalists and their editors will be honoured at a banquet held at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter/Riverwalk Hotel in San Antonio, Texas during the RWA National Conference on Wednesday, July 23rd at 8pm.
UPDATE: To read more from Laura, here’s “The Snake Charm”, a prequel story set before the events of Pantomime: http://staticsplit.wordpress.com/2014/06/05/the-first-vestigial-tale-the-snake-charm-is-now-live/
I read Pantomime in a very different form for the first time in the summer of 2011. Laura had submitted to the original Open Door for Angry Robot, and I was (then) one of the readers to assist the editors of Angry Robot in making decisions. I put forward Pantomime because I thought that it was clever, brave and incredibly beautiful, even in what was a rougher form.
Laura eventually submitted a revised and even more stunning version of Pantomime to Strange Chemistry and we had the great honour of publishing it and seeing it garner rave reviews from people who were delighted to see such delicate treatment of what is an incredibly complex subject. On a personal level I learnt much from Laura’s novel. I no longer refer to hermaphrodites. I feel that I have a much more open mind about gender fluidity. And I’m proud that I have started to stand up in defence of a world where everyone is accepted. Laura Lam helped me to do that.
The reason for this blog post is to celebrate the fact that Pantomime has won the Bisexual Book Award for Speculative Fiction. We’ve seen Pantomime nominated for a number of awards now, but this is the first outright win and we are delighted for Laura.
Here is a snippet from her acceptance speech:
“When I wrote the book, I worried it wouldn’t find a home. I remember reading Malinda Lo’s number crunching of GLBT characters in YA, and how small a slice of the overall publishing pie GLBT characters had already, and how bisexual and transgender characters were an even smaller percentage of that tiny slice. There were no entries for intersex characters at all. But, wonderfully, the book was picked up. And, wonderfully, I have received messages from all around the world from people who connected with Micah and his story. It has been a privilege to hear from bisexual, genderfluid, and intersex readers who have identified with Micah. It has been a privilege to hear that others have said that they learned a little more about gender diversity and sexuality. Micah Grey has found a home in readers’ hearts and minds, and there’s no place I’d rather him be.”
We’d also like to celebrate with Laura the fact that, today, she has released the first of at least four stories/novellas that help to build the world and characters that you can find in Pantomime and its sequel, Shadowplay. Here is a link to everything you need to know about The Snake Charm. So go buy!
Its our favourite time of the month, a new book birthday! This month’s new title is the fantastic Essence by the lovely Lisa Ann O’Kane!
You can order your ebook now, so check out the sample chapter below and then shoot on over to the Robot Trading Company site to get your copy!
Essence by Lisa Ann O’Kane
Autumn escaped a cult, but now she realizes she’s fallen into another.
Growing up in San Francisco’s Centrist Movement, sixteen year-old Autumn Grace has always believed emotions—adrenaline, endorphins, even happiness—drain your Essence and lead to an early death. But her younger brother’s passing and a run-in with a group of Outsiders casts her faith into question.
Ryder Stone, the sexy, rebellious leader of the Outsiders, claims Essence drain is nothing more than a Centrist scare tactic — and he can prove it.
Autumn follows Ryder to his Community of adrenaline junkies and free spirits in Yosemite National Park, and they introduce her to a life of adventure, romance, sex, drugs and freedom. But as she discovers dark secrets beneath the Community’s perfect exterior, she realizes the more she risks in search of the perfect rush, the further she has to fall.
Time for another round up and this week we’re looking at the early reviews for our exciting June release Essence, by Lisa Ann O’Kane!
We’re really excited about this book as it marks a new chapter in the Strange Chemistry tale but now it’s time to see what you had to say!
Essence by Lisa Ann O’Kane
“I think Essence is an awesome, well written book that’s different from other dystopian books out there.” – The Reader and the Chef
“Such a thought provoking book that makes us think about the allusion of a perfect world and the gift of knowledge.” – Emily Berg (NetGalley)
“I really loved the gritty dystopic world that author Lisa Ann O’Kane sets up. The writing itself is crisp and clear, and loving Yosemite as I do, I really enjoyed the setting.” – Looking for a Good Book
“I LOVED this book! I read it on my phone and couldn’t put it down (except when driving, of course!) The characters were interesting and relatable despite living in a far different world from our own. I would recommend this book in an instant – it is a fast-moving ride and I personally can’t wait for the movie that is bound to follow!” – Jennifer Bement (Goodreads)
“This YA debut author knows how to paint a scenery. Vivid descriptions helped me visualize Yosemite, despite the fact that I’ve never been there. Unlike many of the new YA dystopian novels, it is not overly violent, and all conflicts serve a purpose in the overall plot. Between the imagery and Autumn & Ryder’s chemistry, it’s a perfect rainy day read.” – Jamie (Goodreads)
All this week stills from the trailer of Sarah J.Schmitt‘sIt’s A Wonderful Death have been revealed, on YA Yeah Yeah on Monday, on Ja Citam A Ti on Tuesday, right here on Strange Chem on Wednesday, and on Books, Bones & Buffy yesterday! But the moment of truth has arrived, and – drum roll, please – here is the full trailer:
When RJ’s soul is accidentally collected by a distracted Grim Reaper, somebody in the afterlife better figure out a way to send her back from the dead or heads will roll.
Eventually RJ is presented with two options: she can remain in the Lobby, where souls wait to be processed, until her original lifeline expires; or replay three moments in her life in an effort to make choices that will produce a future deemed worthy of being saved. It sounds like a no brainer. She’ll take the walk down memory lane. How hard can changing her future be?
But with each moment, RJ’s life begins to unravel. Will she ever find redemption and walk amongst the living again?