Enceladus Crisis review and Goodreads giveaway!

While I was heading back home after our sojourn in Reykjavik — literally, I may have been off the coast of Greenland — Amazing Stories ran a review of The Enceladus Crisis that included very nice things. Reviewer Matt Mitrovich, who also runs the Alternate History Weekly Update, said:

Martinez’s writing style improved dramatically since the last book and I look forward to seeing how it will continue to evolve in the next book…. It was a great adventure tale that combined elements of a spy thriller with that of a space opera, with a bittersweet ending reminiscent to The Empire Strikes Back. I recommend Enceladus, and the series as a whole.

Thanks, Matt! I was especially encouraged by his comment on the writing. I’m still relatively new when it comes to fiction, so signs of improvement are most certainly a good thing.

Also worth noting: if you’re a member of Goodreads, you can enter The Enceladus Crisis giveaway there. We have 10 copies of the book up for grabs. The giveaway ends on May 6, which also happens to be the book’s release day. So go forth and enter!

Finally, I spotted The Enceladus Crisis on Apple’s iBookstore. It also includes a chance to download a sample of the book, and a decent sized one at that. So if you’re an Apple ebook customer, or just want to peek at the sample, check it out!

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Iceland is freakin’ gorgeous

DSCF0889 As promised, after yesterday’s stupid Twitter pics, I thought I’d share some of my better photos from our Iceland trip. These are all nature shots, because frankly, this island is gorgeous and it’s the best thing to share with you since I can’t shove Icelandic food through the Internet for you to try.

Iceland is volcanic, and it’s also being pulled apart by the North American and European tectonic plates. So you have mountains and volcanoes and geothermal goodness, along with some beautiful springs and falls and streams.

What you don’t have is trees. Before the island was settled around 870 A.D., it was much more forested. A millennium of settlement, along with the need for shelter and warmth, pretty much decimated the forests. They’re working on reforesting the place, but it’s going to take time. Right now, most forests are barely taller than I am. A common joke here goes:

“What do you do if you get lost in an Icelandic forest?”

“Stand up!”

Anyway, it’s a gorgeous place. And without further commentary, here’s some pretty pictures.  Continue reading

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The Enceladus Crisis audiobook now available for pre-order on Audible

Just saw this today, though it may have been up there for a while. I couldn’t say, because I’ve been frolicking amongst the fjords here in Iceland. As one does.

Anyway, I’m pleased to report that the audiobook version of The Enceladus Crisis, the sequel to The Daedalus Incident, is now available for pre-order up on Audible.com. I’m also incredibly happy that the two narrators of Daedalus are back for Enceladus. Bernard Clark and Kristin Kalbli did a great job with the first one. Can’t wait to see how they tackled the second book.

The audiobook will be released on May 6, just like the print and (most of) the e-book versions. In addition to Audible, you can also order the audio edition on Amazon.

Enceladus is mere weeks away! Hope you guys enjoy it!

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Stupid Twitter pics from Iceland

And now, for your amusement, a collection of my dumbest/funniest Twitter pics from Iceland. This might be a partial grouping, because I’m not leaving until Tuesday and may be inspired to inflict more on my followers. Follow me on Twitter if you want to see whether I’m feeling clever again later. (Note: Actual cleverness not guaranteed.)

I’ll probably do a proper picture posting before I head off, one with far better images and more serious commentary. The country is just gorgeous, and I took a lot of nature photos with the digital camera instead of my two-year-old iPhone 4S.

For now, on with the show:

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Iceland is for writers

As I mentioned earlier this week, I’m in Iceland while my wife Kate attends the Iceland Writers Retreat. The retreat organizers were kind enough to include partners and kids in their more social activities and tours. Even though I’m not participating in the retreat’s workshops, I’ve found plenty of Icelandic fuel for my writer-mind.

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A very old book in the library of Iceland’s presidential residence.

The Icelandic people are immensely proud of their literary heritage, and rightly so. They were the scribes of the Viking Age, committing the Sagas to print and providing a written history and folklore of the Scandinavian peoples. Icelandic, while today spoken by just 330,000 souls, give or take, is considered the language most like that of the old Vikings. (Geographic isolation will do that.)

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I got to blurb Mike Underwood’s Shield and Crocus

Consider this another authorial “achievement unlocked” moment, in which I get to do something cool by dint of being a published author.

Agency-mate Michael R. Underwood asked me to take a look at his latest book, Shield and Crocus, coming June 10 from 47North. Of course I said yes, because Mike is good people, and he was kind enough to do the same for The Daedalus Incident. Now, we’ve made it quite clear to each other that, hey, if we aren’t feeling it, we’re not going to blurb it. No harm, no foul.

But no worries here, because Shield and Crocus is a very, very good book. And Mike released my blurb about it today:

“Blindingly creative, Shield and Crocus delivers action-packed, four-color fantasy with a lot of heart.” — Michael J. Martinez, author of The Daedalus Incident

Yep, it’s that good. It’s a secondary-world urban fantasy with multiple sub-genres and a strong superhero vibe throughout. And it’s set in a city resting in the bones of a very large titan. Seriously, what more could you want?

It’s out June 10. Go pre-order it!

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I wanted to eat here just to write this tweet

However, as it turns out, Cafe Loki had really excellent, relatively inexpensive (for Iceland) food, and good beer.

But yeah, I may have planned this tweet several days ago, because that’s how my geek rolls.

 

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