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Blackguards Anthology

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  • August 27, 2014

For those of you Kickstarter inclined, I've got a short story in the BLACKGUARDS anthology coming from Ragnarok, alongside such fantasy authors as Michael J. Sullivan, Mark Lawrence, Carol Berg, Lian Hearn, Shawn Speakman, Anton Strout, Django Wexler, and many more (nice company to be in, though I will freely admit I'm probably only in it because I know the editor, J.M. Martin). The story, titled Manhunt, is set immediately after the events of The Barrow (and actually serves as a prologue to the sequel, Black Heart). It follows one Otalo Galluessi, left-hand man to Guizo the Fat, on a night of mayhem...

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Artesia on comicbookgirl19 Ep75

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  • July 14, 2014

Youtube personality comicbookgirl19 was kind enough to include a fairly detailed recommendation segment on Artesia in Ep75 (which is a set of fantasy-oriented recommendations for those folks going through Game of Thrones withdrawal). You can watch it here. Thanks, comicbookgirl19! If you have been introduced to Artesia and The Barrow by her recommendation, the best place to find the complete material for the series at the moment is actually digitally, for example at Comixology or at DriveThruComics. Print copies of the original hardcover or trade paper editions will be hard to find (I will...

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Notes on Reading The Barrow: Economics & Fantasy; or, the American Revolution

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  • July 10, 2014

The first part of The Barrow is subtitled “In the City of Money and Filth,” which hopefully announces two thematic subjects of its close look at Therapoli Magni, the capital city of the Middle Kingdoms: the sexual politics of the city (and in particular its criminal, underworld class), and its feudal, pre-modern economics. And having just passed our Fourth of July weekend, in which we commemorate the Declaration of Independence that set us on a path to whatever eventual destiny awaits us, this seems an ideal moment to ruminate a bit on the economic and political nature of the fantasy genre...

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Notes on Reading The Barrow: The Myth of Pasiphaë

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  • June 19, 2014

I suppose there is a version of the old question—if a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?—that goes something like: If an author makes a reference and no one gets it, is it really a reference? A great many obscure references and homages are buried in The Barrow—I mentioned a few of the gaming ones in my first essay on reading the book—and I certainly tried to write the novel in a way that it was still “readable” even if you aren’t picking up on the references and homages (your mileage may vary, of course). But still, there were some references...

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Notes on Reading The Barrow: Sex & Horror

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  • June 5, 2014

In reading reviews from critics, bloggers, and readers (and as an author I do read reviews; any author who claims not to read reviews is either a liar or a moron), I’ve noted a number of comments about the sexual content of The Barrow. This was not entirely unexpected. I suppose there is always some danger in authors responding directly to critics and reviewers; but I suppose if I were entirely averse to danger I would have written a different book. There was, certainly, an “easy” and “safe” version of The Barrow, where Stjepan is a straight (white) male hero, there’s no sex in it (certainly...

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Notes on Reading The Barrow: The Prologue

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  • May 13, 2014

With The Barrow now out and available for a couple of months and reviews coming in, it occurred to me to begin using my blog on Sword & Barrow as, well, a blog. So I’m planning on posting a series of mini-essays on different aspects of the book, to write about inspirations, antecedents, and writing strategies that influenced or appear in the book to help give readers some context, points of discussion, and hints of things to come. Be warned there will be some mild spoilers on occasion, so proceed at your own risk. I figured I would start at the beginning of the book, which I suppose only...

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The Barrow Audio Book

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  • April 28, 2014

I'm very excited to post that an audio book of The Barrow has been announced by Tantor Audio and is in production, with narration by Michael Page. Mr. Page is a veteran audio book narrator, and his work has included the Gentleman Bastard series from Scott Lynch, the Chathrand Voyage Quartet by Robert V.S. Redick, and Joe Abercrombie's Best Served Cold. It appears that you can preorder it on the Tantor Audio site if you are so inclined.

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First signing for “The Barrow”

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  • April 2, 2014

I'm having my first signing/reading for The Barrow next week, on April 9th at 7pm at the Barnes & Noble bookstore on the Rutgers University campus in New Brunswick. If you are in the central New Jersey area, please feel free to stop by and say hello. The address there is: B&N at Rutgers University 100 Somerset Street New Brunswick, NJ 08901     You can find a link to the FB Event Page here. As other store or convention appearances get scheduled I will add them to the Sword & Barrow website and my FB Author page.

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A New Interview and More Reviews

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  • March 1, 2014

The folks at the Book Plank were kind enough to interview me about The Barrow and have posted the interview here.  And a few more advance reviews have appeared, with the sexual content in the book seemingly being the primary dividing line for reviewers (which is, I suppose, to be expected).  A mixed review from Don D'Ammasa, but still he says: "If you're in the mood for an epic quest story, this should be on your shopping list."  From another mixed review by Alister Davison at Starburst Magazine (who also appears to be the first reviewer to note the Player’s Handbook homage in the prologue):...

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An Excerpt from The Barrow

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  • February 20, 2014

Pat's Fantasy Hotlist has been kind enough to host an excerpt from the prologue to The Barrow here.  And the first web reviews of the book have started to appear, including reviews (and giveaways) at The BiblioSanctum and Beauty in Ruins, and the folks at Westeros.org have also graciously hosted a giveaway of the book.  As a matter of general policy and procedure I will be putting review excerpts and links on the Reviews page.  My thanks to the reviewers and bloggers who have read and reviewed The Barrow!

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