Monday, November 19, 2018

Black Friday: Everything Gets a Hardcover

Standard operating procedure for every publisher that I know of is the simple, straightforward, hardcover / ebook, followed by paperback.

This is, of course, a method of the traditional book industry having to do with pricing, the requirements for print production in the early 1900s.

You know, stupid reasons.

Welcome to the 21st century. Everything can come out in different formats, so you can decide if you like something enough to get a more durable version of it.

This is just a roundabout way of saying that everything Silver Empire has published is going to come out in a hardcover edition.

Yes, everything.

So, I figured that this is now the time to do the black Friday post.

Because, frankly, from what I can tell, the easiest, best way to approach Christmas? Give the gift of books. Always.

And, of course, you can give the gift of hardcovers. (For the record, some of my books, after Honor at Stake, aren't yet out in hardcover, but they will be sooner rather than later. You can probably still get the entire vampire collection in hardcover by Christmas)

A solid alternate history with enough conspiracy theories to make Umberto Eco happy. You can read my review of the latest book here. It's the perfect gift for anyone who likes science, or politics, or alternate history.

The Hidden Truth (3 Book Series) by  Hans G. Schantz

If you're hungry for the next Jim Butcher novel, look no further than Daniel Humphreys. My review is here. Great for anyone who consumes any urban fantasy. Unless they read Anita Blake novels for the porn, in which case, they might be disappointed.

Fade (Paxton Locke Book 1) by [Humphreys, Daniel]

The best fantasy I've read in years. Possibly the best epic fantasy currently out there. My review is here, but I recommend just buying it if and when you can. And handing it out as gifts to anyone who reads Terry Pratchett, Terry Brooks, Terry Goodkind (seriously, what is it with the first name Terry and writing fantasy?)

(pre-order only)

Pius Tales (The Pius Trilogy Book 4) by [Finn, Declan]

Previously Mentioned Books

This isn't the first time I've done this post. And books are forever.

And no, I'm not going to only talk about my books.

Torchship series by Karl Gallagher

For anyone who really wanted Firefly to be good, this should be your cup of tea. Heck, for fans of: Firefly, David Weber, early David Weber, and people who would be really entertained by protagonists in an SF novel doing their calculations by slide rule.

Iron Chamber of Memory
John C Wright

 For adults only, really...or any mature 12 year old, like I was. I don't care in what format you buy it, but you owe it to yourself to buy at least one copy for yourself, though I recommend buying half a dozen, just so you can immediately hand out copies to your friends.  Review here

The Big SheepRobert Kroese

Perfect for anyone who likes SF mysteries, mild dystopias, and Terry Pratchett. As far as I'm concerned, if Rob Kroese wants to keep putting out books about Erasmus Keane for the rest of his life, I'll happily use him as a substitute for Sir Terry Pratchett. (Review Here)

Chasing Freedom, Marina Fontaine

For anyone who sees the USA falling to fascism, but also sees some small hope in our future. A Dystopia that doesn't make you want to slit your wrists. Yay. (Review here)

If you've been reading my blog for a long time, you know that I loved this one, and I can't possibly recommend it enough.... and then there's The Watson Chronicleswhich is even better.  The only books I will recommend over my own, and I'm told my books are pretty awesome, so, yeah...

The Book of Helen -- dang, this was a kickass little novel.  The West Wing meets the Trojan war, this novel goes beyond the "they all lived strangely ever after" of Helen of Troy, and follows the rest of her life after she came home from Troy.  Yes, Helen did have an "after Troy."  You know the mythology, and now, this is the rest of the story.

Black Tide Rising -- For those people who hate zombies ... you can like this, at the very least.
[Review here]

Ordinance 93:  I've reviewed this book (on Amazon), I've interviewed this author back when still existed. Ordinance 93 is a thriller that sort-of centers around abortion, but is mostly a fun chase novel. I'd actually like the next one to come up.

Infinite Space, Infinite God II .... a Catholic scifi-anthology, so,

Greater Treasures -- Imagine the Maltese Falcon with dragons. Nuff said.

Stealing Jenny, by Ellen Gable: After 5 miscarriages, Jenny is about to have a pregnancy come to full term... until a psychotic woman kidnaps her and chains her in her basement with the intention of taking the child for her own. I liked this one.

Amy Lynn and Amy Lynn: Golden Angel.  Just buy them. Read them. The first one could be dark YA.  The second ... yeah, for adults only. One's a solid novel, the second one is a solid thriller. Just go with me on this one, okay?

Night Machines by Kia Heavey .... this one was interesting.  Almost Doctor Who-ish by way of Rod Serling.

And, of course, there is an endless list of books I can recommend, which happen to be a different tab at the top of the page -- includes Flynn, Ringo, Weber, Thor, etc, etc.

Tears of Paradox, by Daniella Bova, reviewed here

By the Hands of Men, Book One: The Old World.

Also, here's everything I suggested for the Dragon Awards in 2016

And here's everything nominated for a Dragon Award in 2016.

And everything I talked about for a Dragon Award in 2017.

And everything NOMINATED for a Dragon in 2017.

And the same for everything I talked about for the 2018 Dragon Awards .... no, I didn't put links in the Dragon Award FINALISTS this year, but if you want to look, click here for that list.

That should cover a fairly wide net.

If you have something you'd like to suggest for gifting opportunities, please feel free to mention it below.

You can also click one of the above tabs for suggested books.

Good luck with shopping, everyone.


  1. Thanks for including me in this distinguished company. Signed paperback copies of the Hidden Truth series are now available for shipping in time for Christmas:

  2. Francis Porretto just released Experiences, the sequel to last year’s Innocents, at Amazon:

    Also, he tells me Innocents will be free of charge in digital form on Friday, 11/23/2018:

  3. Directed here by the MeWe post. A.M. Sterling's The Mountain Throne. Very strong first installment of a new fantasy trilogy.

  4. You've covered a huge swath of great reads. Here are a few more, and hopefully no duplicates:

    Awake in the Nightland by John C. Wright

    The Stars Came Back and The Heretics of St Possenti by Rolf Nelson

    Ctrl-Alt-REVOLT by NIck Cole

    Appendix N by Jeffro Johnson

  5. My novels are currently on sale for $0.99 on Amazon Kindle now through Cyber Monday.

    In the House of Wolves

    all by Michael David Anderson

  6. Steampunk mashup of Wells and Burroughs classic storylines. The Martians are invading again, can the Earth be ready in time? "The Compleat Martian Invasion" by John Taloni.

  7. Into The Lion's Den, Urban fantasy at it's best, is now available for 99 cents on all your favourite e-book retailers.


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