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Author Mike Griffiths has reviewed Crossed Genres Year Two for Innsmouth Free Press. It’s a very positive review:

“These are excellent and entertaining stories. All are well-written and could even be a guide for aspiring authors who are wondering what sort of stories could help get them published in contemporary speculative magazines. The folks at Crossed Genres tend to focus on powerful writing. Often, the mood takes over the story itself and is driven home by the prose.”

Griffiths touches briefly on each story in the anthology. It’s a good review! Go here to read the entire review.

(And for those interested, the ebook of Crossed Genres Year Two is half its original price now: only $1.99!)

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Yesterday, The Portal posted a wonderful review of CG’s 2nd anthology, Crossed Genres Year Two.

The reviewer seems particularly impressed with Sabrina Vourvoulias’ “Flying With the Dead” from our Characters of Color issue:

I can’t begin to summarize in a way that does it justice, but it’s filled with the hope and bitterness and fear tied in the issue of illegal immigration, the common and not-so-common humanity of the people involved, and wrapped in a wonderful, winged ending. It doesn’t make the world any better, obviously, but it’s warmth in an otherwise cold place. It’s quite possibly the best place to end the anthology: with ghosts whispering promises.

The editors have clearly had a successful year.

Overall it’s an extremely positive review and we’re very, very pleased with it. So pleased, we spontaneously decided to offer Crossed Genres Year Two for 25% off as a “Thank you”!

The sale will last through Saturday, January 8. Thanks to all our supporters, and to The Portal for the review!

* Zipped bundle contains 7 DRM-free formats: EPUB, LIT, LRF, MOBI, PDB, PDF and PRC.

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(This was originally posted at Bart Leib’s blog.)

Some of you may have seen my recent post calling for reviewers. I was being secretive about why, but this morning I realized that there’s really no reason to. I’m just in the habit from Crossed Genres, I guess. ;)

So I’m pleased to announce that I will soon be launching Rise Reviews, a site dedicated to reviewing quality speculative fiction that did not receive professional pay*.

This is something that I’ve been thinking about for a long time. See, most review sites either only review fiction from professional-paying markets, or take most of what they review from those markets. I don’t hold that against them – every review site receives FAR more review requests than it could possibly accomplish, and each one has to decide for itself how to narrow down the pile.

But the result is that, more often than not, smaller presses which don’t pay pro rates are the ones that get passed over. And that’s what Rise Reviews will cover. Many of these publishers produce excellent quality publications, and I hope that Rise will be able to help bring new writers and smaller presses to the attention of readers. Rise Reviews will hopefully provide a complement to other review sites.

I’ve already got a solid core of reviewers, and the website is being developed. I’m aiming for a launch date of January 1. Rise Reviews will not be directly affiliated with Crossed Genres – the only real connection will be that I’m the owner/operator of the former and the publisher of the latter.

Right now, I could use 2 things:

  • If you are a publisher, editor, author or agent who has a novel, anthology/collection or magazine that you would like reviewed (which fits the criteria**), please email reviews@crossedgenres.com. (We can’t review everything of course, but we’ll see what we can do.) Please put “Review request” in the subject line of the email. We’re open to reviewing just about any type of speculative fiction (including erotica, crossover, etc.), of pretty much any length**.
  • If you have review experience and would like to contribute to Rise Reviews, also please email reviews@crossedgenres.com. Please put “Reviewing for RR” in the subject line of the email. Describe your experience, and if you can, include a link to a review you wrote. The more reviewers we have, the more fiction we can cover!

Many thanks to everyone who’s shown interest and contributed in various ways so far! I’m really looking forward to the launch!

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* “Professional rates” in this case is defined according to SFWA’s criteria: $0.05/word for short fiction, $2000 for novels.

** Rise Reviews will only review work that received some form of monetary compensation – at least a token payment, but less than professional rates. That means no self-published work and no publications which pay only in copies.

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Bart Leib, co-publisher of Crossed Genres, is seeking people with experience reviewing genre fiction. This developing project isn’t directly associated with CG, but we’re passing it along anyway.

For more info please read the original post.

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We just received this great blurb about A Festival of Skeletons:

“If you have no interest at all in reading a fabulous, well thought-out, engaging story, stay away from RJ Astruc’s writing – you’ll get sucked in and read it anyway. The moment I started reading, she dragged me along for an extraordinary, outrageous ride through a perfectly ordinary universe filled with murder, madness, mystery, magic, merfolk, and morticians. Dark humor, light humor, macabre doings, cute little outfits, deluded cops, and afternoon tea with reformed alcoholics are all just the tip of the iceberg in this story. I’m not only reserving bookshelf space for the printed edition of A Festival of Skeletons, I’ll be reserving reading and re-reading time for it, too. Be careful of this one, readers; you won’t want to put it down, either!”

Jean Johnson, New York Times bestselling author of the Sons of Destiny series

And here are a few more reviews. Overall the critical response to Festival has been wonderful! Remember, there are only 9 days left to preorder the novel!

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[A Festival of Skeletons] is populated by cross-dressing morticians, monomaniacal police, a cook with charisma and zombies, courtesy of a soupcon too much necromancy, delivered within a deftly told story populated by characters that I cared about. And more importantly, A Festival of Skeletons is a fun read – so much so I was most disappointed when I finished the book.

R. J. Astruc is fortunate that I don’t know where she lives otherwise I would be besieging her domicile and demanding, with money and menaces, a sequel…

Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand

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…perhaps this is the novels’ truth: no one is perfect, and heroes are more often than not unlikely. This is not just a moral tale, though; it unpeels layer after layer of geographical, social and character detail like a magical onion of narrative possibility, revealing plot layer after plot layer, and finally stands revealed as a raw, painful core of love and loss, and the lengths people will go to, to seek peace from emotional wounds and scarring.

The Future Fire Reviews

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A Festival of Skeletons (A) is a very entertaining and clever novel, fully living to its billing as a dark but funny fantasy, while the author’s obvious writing skill made me a big fan…

Fantasy Book Critic

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There is a new review of RJ Astruc’s A Festival of Skeletons, this time from Only the Best Science Fiction & Fantasy:

A Festival of Skeletons is a character driven novel that had me cracking up left and right. There are plenty of sex jokes that get a bit old after a while, but overall, there’s witty banter and a wonderful flow to the novel that’s … reminiscent of Susanna Clarke’s Johnathan Strange and Mr. Norrel.

The plot follows an even pace with plenty of surprises that are perfectly foreshadowed. I was kicking myself that I didn’t catch on to them earlier, but I was amazed at how wonderfully put-together this story is.

Go here to read the entire review.

Preorders for A Festival of Skeletons are now open! We’re at two thirds of our goal!

Read the first 3 chapters of A Festival of Skeletons!

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There is a new review of A Festival of Skeletons out on SciFi & Fantasy Books, and it’s quite glowing:

A Festival of Skeletons is like a love child of Terry Pratchett and Robert Rankin – a pacy, intelligent comedy novel that’s crazier than a cat on catnip, with excellent characterisation that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Highly recommended.

Go here to read the entire review.

Preorders for A Festival of Skeletons are now open!

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