City of Dreams and Nightmare reviewed!

Discussion in 'Ian Whates' started by Ian Whates, Mar 8, 2010.

  1.  
    Ian Whates

    Ian Whates Author and Editor

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2006
    Messages:
    1,645

    The solution's obvious, FE... You buy two copies of mine, one for yourself and one as a gift for a deserving friend or relative. There, problem solved! :)

    Actually, thanks for confirming this. I knew the book was going to be 'on display' (ie on a table) in Waterstones and that there was a chance it could be included in the 2-for-1, but hadn't had confirmation, so that's great news.

    Must try to get into a Waterstones to see it!
  2.  
    Fried Egg

    Fried Egg Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2006
    Messages:
    3,081
    On the Waterstones website, it's in the "up to 50% off" promotion so that might be a better plan for me if I can't find three books I want.
  3.  
    Ursa major

    Ursa major Bearly Believable Staff Member

    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2007
    Messages:
    14,219
    And Waterstones is having an double points weekend, so if you have a Waterstone's card you won't lose out if the promotion discount happens to be fifty per cent. (Sorry, but the Scots, Yorkshire and Dutch blood kicks in from time to time.)


    Or is the 50% discount only on the website, FE?




    Either way, I'm seriously tempted to pop down into town tomorrow. :)
  4.  
    Stephen Palmer

    Stephen Palmer author of novels

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2009
    Messages:
    1,792
    We all do it. :D
  5.  
    Fried Egg

    Fried Egg Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2006
    Messages:
    3,081
    It is only on the web site and it's up to 50% off (i.e. less than 50%).
  6.  
    Ian Whates

    Ian Whates Author and Editor

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2006
    Messages:
    1,645
    Amazon currently have the book discounted as well, by 30%.

    What a bargain... my wondrous words discounted all over the place! (Sigh)
  7.  
    Ian Whates

    Ian Whates Author and Editor

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2006
    Messages:
    1,645
  8.  
    Ursa major

    Ursa major Bearly Believable Staff Member

    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2007
    Messages:
    14,219
    And the reviewer sums it up thus:
    It's a shame that they weren't a bit more enthusiastic, really :)rolleyes:).



    Add to that the bargain price and there's no reason not to buy the book, is there?


    .
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2010
  9.  
    ctg

    ctg weaver of the unseen

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2007
    Messages:
    3,499
    Good stuff Ian. Now let's hope that will translate to sales and people find the book enjoyable so that they start to talking about it. ;) Then next in the line should be more press, and a possible interview in the BBC 4. That would be great, yeah?
  10.  
    The Judge

    The Judge Truth. Order. Moderation. Staff Member

    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2008
    Messages:
    5,803
    Got mine today! (And at full price. Not sure if that makes me foolish with money or too impatient to find 2 other books I wanted.)

    One minor disappointment - the beautiful cover art is almost completely obscured on the back with writing and lots of busy-ness. What someone needs to invent is blurb and other stuff which can be faded down to near invisibility.



    PS 'The City of a Hundred Rows'? Blimey. Must be a quiet place. I have that many arguments just in my living room...
  11.  
    ctg

    ctg weaver of the unseen

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2007
    Messages:
    3,499
    Do you have an iPad or a ebook (creative commons license) version out?
  12.  
    Michael01

    Michael01 Coven of the Worm

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2007
    Messages:
    938
    Congrats, Ian! I'm glad to see you're doing so well. Keep up the good work!
  13.  
    Ian Whates

    Ian Whates Author and Editor

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2006
    Messages:
    1,645
    Thanks, Michael, and to you, Judge, for investing your hard-earned dosh in my work. Hope it lives up to expectations. Yes, sometimes it's almost a shame to print anything on book covers -- the art can be so good.

    ctg, the publishers haven't mentioned anything of the sort to me, so I presume not.
  14.  
    Patrick Mahon

    Patrick Mahon Would-be author

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2006
    Messages:
    541
    Ian, you might want to check with Angry Robot about the eBook thing - when I checked out the page on their website dedicated to City of Dreams and Nightmare the other day, I thought I'd seen something about an eBook version. Going back to it just now - it's at City of Dreams & Nightmare / Ian Whates :: Angry Robot Books - I was right. It says there will be an eBook version out (from 4 March) for £3, though gives no further details there of how to get hold of it.

    And congratulations on getting reviewed in the Guardian too! :)
  15.  
    Teresa Edgerton

    Teresa Edgerton Goblin Princess Staff Member

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2004
    Messages:
    10,865
    Congratulations on the Guardian Review!

    I think I know where some of my money is going when that tax return comes ...
  16.  
    Ian Whates

    Ian Whates Author and Editor

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2006
    Messages:
    1,645
    My novel 'City of Dreams and Nightmare' has picked up another couple of highly complimentary reviews in the past couple of weeks: one from Hub magazine and one from an online reviewer and blogger. Not entirely sure why now, but delighted in any case! :)

    http://templelibraryreviews.blogspot.com/2010/11/review-city-of-dream-and-nightmare-by.html
    http://www.hubfiction.com/2010/10/hub-131/

    "Whates’ imagination is energetic and enchanting and similarities to the novels of
    Ian Watts, Michael Moorcock, China Mièville, and Mervyn Peake inevitable."


    Really... Really...? Well, if you insist. :eek:
  17.  
    Gary Compton

    Gary Compton King Harvey Basset R.I.P

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2007
    Messages:
    2,203
    Well done Ian, do you know how many copies your book has sold?:)
  18.  
    Ian Whates

    Ian Whates Author and Editor

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2006
    Messages:
    1,645
    I've had a statement showing sales from the book's launch in the UK (mid-March) to the end of June, Gary, which indicate around 2,000. No idea what's happened since then.

    The interesting thing will be to see what happens over the next few months. The book launches in the USA this month for the first time, and relaunches in the UK (it's been unavailable for the last few months due to the Angry Robot imprint moving from Harper Collins to Osprey).

    So wish me luck! :)
  19.  
    Ursa major

    Ursa major Bearly Believable Staff Member

    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2007
    Messages:
    14,219
    Oh, all right! ;)

    Good luck, Ian! :):)
  20.  
    Mark Robson

    Mark Robson Dragon Writer

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2004
    Messages:
    2,121
    Two thousand in the first few months is very respectable, Ian. Well done. You'll probably not get your next statement until March next year. Here's hoping it's a good one. :)

Share This Page