Afternoon my sweeties! Today I have decided to do something a little bit different with my ode. You may be able to guess what it is if you cast your eyeballs even briefly over the title of this post. Yes, that’s right – instead of a single author, I am going to laud a whole publishing house! Bruce has already mentioned our love for Angry Robot Books in a previous post but I must reiterate that AR is fast becoming our go-to publisher when we are looking for something just a bit different.
To give you an idea of what I mean when I say different, it’s something just a little bit quirky. A tad odd. Both funny ha-ha and funny peculiar. They have superheroes with demon sidekicks. Seven foot tall skeleton kings. Houses with whole worlds hidden inside. And of course the usual, run-of-the-mill complement of robots, zombies, armies of people in various states of death and undeath, people with animal familiars and various telepathic abilities, and so on and so forth. Our absolute favourite of their authors (and one of the first we discovered!) is Mike Shevdon, creator of the Courts of the Feyre series…..do go and buy it, won’t you? We also like Lee Battersby, he of the Corpse-Rat King, and we have dallied with Chris F Holm, Matthew Hughes and Guy Adams to name a few…their works are pictured below:
And so, to the ode. See if you can spot the intended pun in the fifth line!
For Zombies and Monsters and Weirdies, oh my!,
on Angry Robot I always rely.
For the kooky, the freakish or old-fashioned gore,
this publishing house really comes to the fore!
Want bold savage tomes and a wild, novel quest?
Then grab ye a bookmark and raid AR’s chest!
I’m not sure why I went all pirate in the last line, but such is the effect of Angry Robot. It makes one step outside the box…usually into another larger box filled with flesh eating caterpillars or some other such freakishness. So if the sound of an aggressive larval Lepidoptera squishing under your boot is music to your ears (…..shame on you…you should take a good long hard look at yourself Mr…or Ms….) then this is the publisher for you!
Until next time,