On the flight of bats | Does Writing Style Matter When It Comes To Fantasy? by MD Lachlan

How does a bat move? I had an interesting discussion with one famous fantasy writer recently when I said no decent writer should describe a bat as ‘flitting’. ‘Why?’ he said. ‘Bats do flit.’ Yup, they do and, were I sitting in a pub garden watching a bat fly overhead I might think ‘There flits a bat’. However, when we come to writing, more is required. Anyone can say a bat flits. A writer has to be more inventive. So I set my mind to it – and came up with this, which pleased me greatly. ‘A bat, bouncing on…

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Happy Publication Day 9th June 2016!

It’s publication day and it’s raining paperbacks. Paperbacks, the books you can really sink your teeth into! We’ve got everything from the literary fantastic to Vikings to time travel to ships sailing across deserts and even a classic of science fiction!   The Whispering Swarm by Michael Moorcock is part-autobiography, part-fantasy travelogue, part ode to London. It’s like nothing you’ve ever read, written by one of the seminal voices of the genre who is quite rightly considered one of the UK’s best authors. London is just recovering from the Blitz and years of austerity. For a young man named Michael…

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Happy Publication Day 21st May 2015

We’d like to wish a very happy Publication Day to all of our books out in bookshops and online today. This week’s new titles feature the stunning conclusion to the Wolfhound Century novels, the return of the Witcher and the brand new novel in M.D. Lachlan’s epic Norse saga. SFF fans, we’ve got a plethora of unmissible books to pick up or download from your local bookshop, library or from your preferred e-tailer. Sword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski:  This collection of stories set in the world of Geralt the Witcher introduces some of the most loved characters from this universe. A must-read…

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2014: The Continuing Series

In the last of our series of sneak peeks at Gollancz’s 2014 schedule, our focus turns to ongoing series. We’re thrilled as always to have so many authors and series returning, and the books below are all eagerly awaited by their fans. If you haven’t tried any of these series yet, you’re missing out! Metro 2034 Metro 2033 – the novel on which the best-selling computer game was based – has been a sleeper hit for us, reaching more and more people each year. We’re thrilled to be publishing the sequel, another hard-hitting tale set in the ruins of the…

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Friday Reads: Son of the Morning

We’ll be talking about Son of the Morning by Mark Alder (M.D. Lachlan) a lot more later in the year. But the book is fresh in my mind now so I thought I’d pass on a little of the excitement I felt when reading it. Mark Alder is the pen-name of M.D. Lachlan. M.D. Lachlan is writing a dark and involved multi-volume series about werewolves, Vikings and Mad Gods. Mark Alder is writing a vast, multi-volume, boisterous and intelligent historical fantasy that will tell the story of the Hundred Years War between France and England as if played out in…

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