Monthly Archives: July 2012

It’s All About The Attention – Selso Xisto on Self-publishing


Selso Xisto is one of my favourite authors of the year, in no small part because his debut novel Particle Horizon totally wowed me with it’s exploration of some traditional science-fiction themes as androids and identity, the future of the human race, galactic civilisations, destinies, and so on. When I asked him about contributing to our self-published author spotlight here on The Founding Fields, he readily agree and this is what he had to say about his experiences with the process. This is part three of our spotlight. Previous guest posts by Dan Johnson and John C. Scott can be found here and here.

Spirit Thief by Rachel Aaron – Book Review [Shadowhawk]

Spirit Thief

Shadowhawk reviews the first novel in the popular Eli Monpress series by author Rachel Aaron, published by Orbit Books.

“Extremely entertaining with large doses of humour, Spirit Thief is one of the most fun reads of the year. ~The Founding Fields

Space Marine Battles: Wrath of Iron by Chris Wraight – Book Review [Bane of Kings]


Bane of Kings reviews the eleventh novel in Black Library’s multi-author Space Marine Battles series, Wrath of Iron, written by Chris Wraight and set in the Warhammer 40,000 Universe. The latest novel in the series features the Iron Hands Chapter and details the Purging of Contqual. 

“If you’re looking for a reason why you shouldn’t cross the Iron Hands Chapter, Wrath of Iron provides that reason. Action-packed, bloody, gory and page-turning, Chris Wraight shows that he is making himself a Black Library author to watch out for.” ~The Founding Fields

Priests of Mars by Graham McNeill – Advance Review [Shadowhawk]


Shadowhawk reviews Graham McNeill’s latest, the first in a stated duology about the Tech-Priests of the Adeptus Mechanicus, the organisation that creates, maintains and hoards all the technology of the Imperium of Man.

“A wonderfully distinctive and engaging look into what makes the Tech-Lords of Mars tick, this is an absolute must-read.” ~The Founding Fields

Bryant and May: Full Dark House by Christopher Fowler – Book Review [Bane of Kings]

Full Dark House

Bane of Kings reviews the first novel in the Bryant and May series by Christopher Fowler, published by Bantam Books. It’s a crime novel that was first released in 1994. 

“An enjoyable crime novel, with an interesting setting of London during World War Two, Full Dark House is a novel that historical crime fans will find engaging, if flawed.”

Malediction by CZ Dunn – Audio Drama Review [EJ Davies]


In the latest audio drama release from Black Library CZ Dunn takes an interesting look at the 40K universe, and the role of story and history.  What better chapter, then, to bring in than the masters of this subject matter than the Dark Angels?  EJ Davies listens in.

“An atmospheric, enjoyable, highly descriptive, slow burning drama.” ~ The Founding Fields.

War of the Spider Queen Volume 1 – Omnibus Review [Shadowhawk]


Shadowhawk reviews the first three novels of the bestselling War of the Spider Queen series, recently re-released in 3-book omnibus-sized editions for the 10th anniversary of the series.

“Depicting the treacherous, back-stabbing, scheming Dark Elf society at it’s best, the three novels can only be described as adventure on steroids.” ~The Founding Fields

The Return of John C. Scott – On Self-publishing


John C. Scott returns for another guest post as he talks some more about his experiences with self-publishing and what the future is like for his various projects. You can find his previous guest post here. This is part two of our continuing self-published author spotlight for July and August. Part one, with Dan Johnson, can be found here.

Batman: The Long Halloween by Jeph Leob – Comics Review [Bane of Kings]

The Long Halloween

Bane of Kings reviews the standalone graphic novel The Long Halloween, set in Gotham City and published by DC Comics. This graphic novel was written by Jeph Leob, Illustrated by Tim Sale and coloured by Gregory Wright, this is a Batman comic that you will not want to miss. The Long Halloween was first released as a collection on November 1 1999, and provides a huge inspiration for Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight movie.

“An epic tale of tragic events, fantastic artwork and a great storyline makes The Long Halloween arguably the best Batman graphic novel that I’ve read so far.” ~The Founding Fields

The Immortal Empire: God Save the Queen by Kate Locke – Review [Lord of the Night]

Even the outfits are accurate, though for one such as me who is uneducated in fashion it was tough at first to picture them, though others should not have trouble there.

Lord of the Night reviews the first book in the Immortal Empire series, God Save the Queen by Kate Locke.

“A fang-tastic start to a series that is sure to improve with every book. Fans of vampires will definitely find a novel to love here.” – The Founding Fields