July 15-17 (Friday to Sunday) — ConGregate 2016 in High Point with writer guest of honor Steven Barnes and special writer guest A. J. Hartley, along with David B. Coe, Gail Z. Martin, and many more.
July 28 (Thursday) 7 pm — Quail Ridge Books hosts Tony Daniel for the local launch party of his new novel: "Prolific fantasy author (Guardian of Night) Tony Daniel visits on Thursday, July 28, at 7 pm with The Dragon Hammer, the first installment of the saga of Wulf von Dunstig, the 16-year-old third son of a duke destined for an uneventful life as a ranger. But when destiny comes calling, there is only Wulf to answer. After a devastating invasion of his native land, Wulf must rally the peaceful valley of Shenandoah, and free his family and land from the grip of intruders controlled by vampiric evil. It’s time to grow up. It’s time to fight for what is right. It’s time to wield the Dragon Hammer. For ages 14+."
August 1 (Monday) 7 pm — Quail Ridge Books hosts bestselling Dutch fantasist Thomas Olde Heuvelt: "Thomas Olde Heuvelt joins us on Monday, August 1, at 7 pm with Hex. In this English language debut by the Dutch novelist — and Hugo and World Fantasy award nominee — a 17th century woman accused of witchcraft puts a curse on the town before being put to death. Now in the 21st century, the townspeople must keep their secret or face death themselves. To ensure that the residents conform, a team monitors input from 24/7 surveillance. But is the town really safe, especially in the age of social media? This new voice in dark fantasy will have you keeping your lights on if you read this at night."
August 2 (Tuesday) 7 pm — Flyleaf Books hosts Drew Magary (author of "The Postmortal") for his new novel The Hike. "When Ben, a suburban family man, takes a business trip to rural Pennsylvania, he decides to spend the afternoon before his dinner meeting on a short hike. Once he sets out into the woods behind his hotel, he quickly comes to realize that the path he has chosen cannot be given up easily. With no choice but to move forward, Ben finds himself falling deeper and deeper into a world of man-eating giants, bizarre demons, and colossal insects."
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Category Archives: reviews-of-bull-spec
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The Independent Weekly’s Brian Howe has a very nice article in this week’s issue, which is free to pick up all over the Triangle. Somehow he turned 90 minutes of rambling, disorganized nonsense into a no-nonsense article which hits on … Continue reading
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I’d enjoyed Frank Dutkiewicz’s very detailed reviews of Writers of the Future XXIV and XXV, and asked him if he’d take a look at Bull Spec #1 and give me the same honest, critical feedback. Wow. He more than delivered, … Continue reading
While he found some things I need to do better (such as give the reader something to go on before plunging them into an interview), Bookgasm’s Rodd Lott also had some very kind things to say in his review of … Continue reading