Michael J Sullivan – Book of the Month Theft of Swords- Ask the Author Review

Dragons & Jetpacks

Michael J. SullivanMichael writes classical fantasy and science fiction with unlikely heroes and epic adventures. His books have sold more than three quarters of a million English language copies, been translated into 12 foreign languages, and appeared on more than 150 best-of or most-anticipated lists.

Last year we chose Theft of Swords, part one of the Riyria Revelations as our Fantasy Book of the Month for October and Michael J Sullivan was kind enough to do an ask the author thread for us.

Here I will show some of the questions and answers from the thread including a really interesting comparison of his upcoming series Age of Myths to his other work.

Also keep an eye out for an upcoming interview by our own Sir Lancer with the author, where Sir Lancer asks a more interesting variety of Questions.

Michael J. SullivanMember -“Will your upcoming First Empire series be in this same style, or is it…

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Book of the Month – Look Back at 2015

Dragons & Jetpacks

Before we start posting upcoming book of the month details I thought it might be interesting to highlight the group choices over the previous year.

Each month we choose a Fantasy book and a Scifi book through nominations and voting and I believe we chose a great selection last year.

Our discussions stay open and anyone can join .

Let us know have you enjoyed any of these

All discussions saved here –

Overall – https://www.goodreads.com/topic/group_folder/183499?group_id=106876

Fantasy – https://www.goodreads.com/topic/group_folder/180241?group_id=106876

Scifi https://www.goodreads.com/topic/group_folder/189817?group_id=106876

January –

– FANTASY: City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett

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– SCI-FI: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

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February –

– FANTASY: The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks

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– SCI-FI: Lock In by John Scalzi

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March –

– FANTASY: The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

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– SCI-FI: A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs

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April –

– FANTASY: Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate…

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Morning Star by Pierce Brown

Morning Star (Red Rising, #3)Morning Star by Pierce Brown
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A stunning trilogy. Seriously a different level to most things out there. To rate the whole series I think I need more than the 5 star scale .
I was only telling a friend a few days ago that I avoided Red Rising for quite a while as the level of hype was too much to live up to.
But sometimes hype is deserved and this is one of those rare cases.
I’ll be honest in saying this book is not quite as good as the first two in some small ways but that would be nit picking and Morning Star is still brilliant in its own right.
Some great twists and some very intelligent political thought processes. Brown never takes the easy way out and writes some very difficult passages. And mist importantly you care about his characters right to the finish.
Some authors have difficulty wrapping up a series but the ending is well constructed and wonderfully done.
I’m already looking forward to seeing what Brown does next.
And where can I join the Howlers.

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United States of Japan by Peter Tieryas- An interesting update on Man in the High Castle

United States of JapanUnited States of Japan by Peter Tieryas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An interesting take on a similar scenario to Man in the High Castle . Set in the western US under Japanese rule following a lazy solder and a secret police officer as they dig through the layers of the society and track a rebel group and a computer game showing a different outcome to the war.
Comparisons to PKD are inevitable but the style is quite different. But like PKD the book has a dramatic technological advance based on a culture with little morals holding testing back. The level of computer technology is highly advance come the 1980s , maybe a little too much but it still works well.
The story overall is more accessible than Man in the High Castle and maintains a good pace , builds on a well thought out point of divergence.
Some points in the plot move through a little too easily and I saw the final twist a mile off but still very enjoyable .

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Witches of Lychford by Paul Cornell – A Great Intro to his Work

Witches of LychfordWitches of Lychford by Paul Cornell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Short but exceptionally good. Cornell has a wonderful way with language, even the crude kind. Wonderful use of the word Wankery.
The main characters in this are great and I really came to like the three of them.
A lot of development in such a short story is a credit to the author.
The story itself is very good and the couple of twists and flipping of convention make it a really interesting read.

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The BuildersThe Builders by Daniel Polansky
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An interesting and quirky short book , set in a world of anthropomorphised animals coming together to re-fight an old battle in a civil war.
The book manages on the one hand to be dark and violent while still having an element of fun as to how its all set up. The animals all have a bit of nature about them and its interesting to see how that surfaces as the plot moves.
The story itself isn’t the most complex, a revenge story with a couple of twists but the end makes it all both an interesting statement and a tongue in cheek joke.
My first book by the author and interesting enough to entice me to his longer work

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The Last Mortal Bond – Brian Staveley

Before I review The Last Mortal Bond I must make you aware that there will be spoilers if you have not read The Emperor’s Blades and The Providence of Fire. Furthermore if you have not read t…

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