There have been a number of blog reviews posted recently; here are some of them:
- Don’t Be Afraid of the Dork: Review: Mister Slaughter by Robert McCammon
- Manly But Bookish: The Night Boat
- I, Popeye: Review: Robert McCammon’s “The River of Souls”
- Cody’s Bookshelf: Stinger Review
- Twirling, Twirling, Twirling Towards Freedom: Late-Early Robert R. McCammon Takes a Mystery Walk
- Neurosurgery 101: The Blog: Review: “Makeup” by Robert McCammon
- Titas Reads Books: Don’t Tempt a Mother! (review of MINE)
Here’s the Booklist review of The Border, now shipping from Subterranean Press!
Booklist: McCammon’s latest novel is a thrilling sf adventure. Two powerful, mysterious alien races are at war; Earth is caught in the middle, collateral damage. The planet is devastated, its people made nearly extinct. Those who have survived the catastrophic destruction caused by the alien war are succumbing to fallout from the battle, which is turning them into half-human creatures preying on those who are still human. Mankind seems doomed, but there is one small hope: a young boy who possesses powers that could save humanity. The problem is, the warring alien races might just prefer that humanity go extinct. Can this boy, who barely understands his own abilities, save the race? This is a very ambitious novel, an epic-scaled story of perseverance and survival in the face of monstrous odds. McCammon brings his usual storytelling gifts to the table: his ability to create characters who feel real, no matter how unreal the situations they find themselves in; dialogue that rings true; and a story that captures our imaginations from the very first page.
Mark Justice gives a great review of The Border in episode 73 of Pod of Horror. The review begins at the 32-minute mark. (There are no spoilers beyond what’s offered in the official synopsis.)
As Robert McCammon’s The Border approaches its May publication, the reviews are just starting to roll in. Here’s the big one, accompanied by a star, from Publishers Weekly:
Genre-busting author McCammon (The River of Souls) pulls out all the stops for this exhilarating alien-invasion epic, which harkens back to his 1987 blockbuster, Swan Song. The spectacular opening introduces an amnesiac teenage boy who abruptly becomes aware of himself in a full-tilt sprint through a post-apocalyptic battlefield, with wounds that should have killed him, and knowledge and abilities he doesn’t understand…This story blends the gripping horror and action of McCammon’s earliest novels with the empathy of his more recent work, making it one of his finest.
The Limited and Lettered editions are long gone, but we still have a small number of signed trade hardcovers available at the bargain price of only $26.95.
It’s been a while since we’ve posted links from around the ‘net….
- SF Signal: Table of Contents: BLUE WORLD by Robert McCammon
- Publishers Weekly: The 10 Best Horror Books You’ve Never Read (includes Swan Song)
- Brian Kirk Blog: Fearless Writing — Gone South by Robert McCammon
- AL.com: 35 great quotes by Alabama authors (includes two quotes from Robert McCammon)
- noctslackv2: Boy’s Life by Robert McCammon — A review
- Author Marko Susimetsä: My Top Reads of 2014 (The Wolf’s Hour tops the list)
- Elitist Book Reviews: The Five by Robert McCammon
- Bay State Reader’s Advisory: Classic Coming-of-Age Tale: Boy’s Life by Robert McCammon (Audio)
- Diary of a Writer in Progress: A Year in Books, 2014 Edition (Part 1) (includes Boy’s Life)
Just discovered today: Robert McCammon was awarded the Japanese Adventure Fiction Association Prize two years in a row in the 1990s. The prize was awarded to Swan Song in 1994 and to Boy’s Life in 1995. The prizes were presented by the Japanese Adventure Fiction Association from 1982 to 2011 for the best adventure novel published the previous year.
Yet another international edition discovery: Robert McCammon’s short story “Black Boots” was included in a 1993 German anthology, Das große Horror-Lesebuch II (Big Book of Horror II). The cover for the book can be seen here. It has been added to the Book Cover Gallery.
And a roundup of various posts from around the ‘net in the past month:
- Robert McCammon’s “Nightcrawlers” made this list at Blastr: “25 scary stories by Stephen King and other great horror writers you can read NOW”
- A review of I Travel by Night was posted at the Ravenous Reads blog
- A review of The Hunter from the Woods was also posted at the Ravenous Reads blog
- A “Quickie Review” of Speaks the Nightbird was posted at the “A Life in the Day” blog
- A great review of The Hunter from the Woods was posted at the Elitist Book Reviews blog
- A great review of Speaks the Nightbird was posted by YAM Magazine
- A review of The Night Boat was posted by FantasyLiterature
- A podcast review of the audiobook edition of Speaks the Nightbird was posted by AudioFile Magazine
Finally, the Robert McCammon Goodreads group is reading and discussing Usher’s Passing as their November Group Read.
The Quote of the Day comes from James Roy Daley of Books of the Dead Press:
I’m a huge fan of Robert McCammon. My favorite is Boy’s Life. I’ve read it a number of times and I always think, If this book went on forever, I would read it forever.
The July 2013 issue of The New York Review of Science Fiction includes a two-page essay by Mike Barrett entitled “The Time of the Wolf: Robert McCammon’s Werewolf Tales.” You can see the Table of Contents and purchase a digital copy of the magazine from the NYRSF web site.
Wayne C. Rogers reviewed The Five for HorrorNovelReviews.com. Don’t forget that The Five will be released in a mass-market paperback edition from Tor on November 26, 2013!
Alice Keezer recently reviewed the audiobook edition of Swan Song, narrated by Tom Stechschulte. The Swan Song audiobook is available through Audible.com, on CD from Amazon, and on MP3 CD from Amazon.
David Agronoff also reviewed Swan Song in his countdown of his ten favorite horror novels.
Blogger Peggy at RampantBiblioholism challenged her small town to out-read her this summer. She posted about the books she’s read this summer, including Boy’s Life (“EVERYBODY needs to read this book”) and Swan Song (“…a huge, sprawling, epic post-apocalyptic story with a lot of points to make”).
DeviantArt member Hurriicanee did an illustration based on Boy’s Life. You can see it in the Fan Artwork Gallery.
As some of you have noticed, Swan Song is no longer in-print. The print rights to the book have reverted back to Robert McCammon. Hopefully a new publisher will pick up the book soon. I’ll keep you posted. But if you’ve wondered why it can’t be ordered and why copies of the trade paperback are selling for $40 or more on Amazon, that’s why. There are, of course, still copies available on third-party and used markets.
And I’ll leave you with this fun photo of Robert McCammon taken by his daughter Skye at FandomFest in Louisville, KY, a couple of weekends ago.
The August 2013 issue of Nightmare Magazine includes a reprint of Robert McCammon’s classic short story “Nightcrawlers.” It also includes a small Q&A with McCammon about the story. You can purchase a digital copy of Nightmare Magazine from their website, from Amazon, and from B&N. You’ll also be able to read the story for free on August 14 on their website.
Speaks the Nightbird will finally be released as an ebook in October 2013. It should be available in all formats in all countries. It is the last of the McCammon books to be released as an ebook.
Here are a few recent reviews from around the ‘net:
- HorrorNews.net: Dave Gammon reviews Baal
- Ritual of the Stones: Rob Donovan reviews The Wolf’s Hour
- Blogger Rae Nudson discusses why she loved Boy’s Life so much
- Blogger Rae Nudson describes a Boy’s Life-inspired project: rocket, my screen-printed bike
- Lou Sytsma reviews Mister Slaughter in “Serial Killer Smorgasbord – 3rd Course”
- Men Reading Books offers a different kind of review of Boy’s Life
- Wayne C. Rogers reviews Usher’s Passing for HorrorNovelReviews.com