Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Resident Evil 7 biohazard Gold Edition, ‘Not a Hero’ and ‘End of Zoe’ Contents Available December 12th


Resident Evil 7 biohazard Gold Edition, ‘Not a Hero’ and ‘End of Zoe’ contents available today!

Resident Evil 7 biohazard Gold Edition contents are available beginning today on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC, alongside the remaining DLC for the game – Not a Hero and End of Zoe. The definitive version of the highly acclaimed survival horror title of 2017 includes all the contents from the release earlier this year along with all three pieces of downloadable add-on content, in one ultimate horror package. The previously released DLC packs - Banned Footage Vol. 1 and Banned Footage Vol. 2 are included as well as the final DLC release End of Zoe. Not a Hero is available as a free download for owners of any version of Resident Evil 7 biohazard.

Interview with Craig Cliff, Author of The Mannequin Makers


Please welcome Craig Cliff to The Qwillery as part of the of the 2017 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. The Mannequin Makers is published on December 12th by Milkweed Editions.







TQWelcome to The Qwillery. When and why did you start writing?

Craig:  Thanks for having me.

I’ve always written. Being alone and making things up — being the boss of the page — was a kind of powertrip. Somewhere between the ages of 16 and 21 I got serious about writing for an audience, though it took at least another five years for maturity caught up to ambition.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

Craig:  A total hybrid. I’ve tried both. I have the abandoned manuscripts to prove it.

Nowadays I won’t start writing until I have some sort of schematic that shows how all the elements fit together (for The Mannequin Makers this was a PowerPoint slide with lots of colored boxes and arrows). Something with the shape of the novel, some key events, but still a lot of questions to answer. And once I start, I’m free to go in other directions.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Craig:  With novels, it is sustaining everything -- my energy, the narrative voice, the reader’s interest – over what is usually two or three years of work.



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing?

Craig:  I never take off my novelist’s hat, so everything I consume - books, movies, video games, the aggravations of social media – winds up shaping my own work. Even the worst book has some redeeming feature, be it a lesson in what NOT to do, a new way out of an old bind, or a turn of phrase that unlocks something I’d felt but not yet been able to say.



TQDescribe The Mannequin Makers in 140 characters or less.

Craig:  A father raises his twins to perform as the perfect mannequins and trump his rival, a former figurehead carver and castaway.



TQTell us something about The Mannequin Makers that is not found in the book description.

Craig:  Eugen Sandow, the strongman who appears in early on in the novel and whose influence is felt through rest of the story, actually did tour New Zealand in 1902-03, I just made him perform an extra show. He was a fascinating dude. The first body-builder, in many respects. You can watch him flex in one of Thomas Edison’s first films on YouTube.



TQWhat inspired you to write The Mannequin Makers?

Craig:  I had a bunch of ideas – a father raising his children to be living mannequins, a shipwreck in the Southern Ocean, something centred on Eugen Sandow - that I didn’t know would or could fit together, but they had three things in common. They needed to happen in the past. They seemed so far beyond my own experience and what I’d written previously (a.k.a. A CHALLENGE). And they felt like the sorts of scenarios or characters I’d encountered in the kinds of books I devoured as a kid: Dickens, Verne, Dumas. The more I looked into department stores and clipper ships and physical culture, the more connections I found and the harder it became to not take up the challenge.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for The Mannequin Makers?

Craig:  I read. A lot. Books on all the stuff I just mentioned (and more), but also a lot of newspapers from the time period, which were thankfully all digitised and searchable online by the time I started. I travelled around the parts of the South Island here in New Zealand, where the novel opens and closes, but I didn’t go to other major settings – Scotland, Sydney, the sub-Antarctic islands - while writing the book. I made do with photos, maps, documentaries, first-hand accounts and my own imagination.
The highlight was being taken behind the scenes at our national museum and getting to touch items from the old castaway depot on Antipodes Island, like the “looter’s suit” that I later dressed one of my characters in.



TQPlease tell us about the cover for The Mannequin Makers.

Craig:  Covers are weird. This is the fourth cover for this book. The New Zealand and Australian editions are like a game of spot the difference and there’s a Romanian translation. The US one goes in a very different direction. I like how, once you read about ‘human mannequins’ on the back cover, those tools on the front seem more sinister. That’s kind of how the novel works too: things often appear sinister on second glance.



TQIn The Mannequin Makers who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Craig:  The easiest: Avis, who narrates the second part of the novel. For some reason her voice for me clicked early. Perhaps it was all the reading I’d been doing set in that time period. Perhaps it was the diary entry form and/or her extreme ignorance thanks to how she has been raised. After a few days of channelling this sixteen year old female from a hundred years ago, I started to worry it was coming too easily and I was, in fact, writing rubbish. And some of that first rush of words did need to be pared back. But it was still much less work than the other narrators.
The hardest was Eugen, Avis’ brother. He narrates the final section and is looking back on events that took place more than half a century before. He’s changed a lot since then (for starters: he’s learnt to read and write) but he hasn’t changed in other ways as well. It took a long time before I felt he was really talking when I saw his words on my screen.



TQWhy have you chosen to include or not chosen to include social issues in The Mannequin Makers?

Craig:  Any novel worth its salt has something to say about the time in which it is written. So even though the setting is historical, The Mannequin Makers talks about the place of art and artistry within a capitalist society, the dynamics of power and the power of empathy – issues and ideas that are still pressing today.

You can also read it as a manual in how not to raise your kids.



TQWhich question about The Mannequin Makers do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Craig:  Q: You liveblogged the day you attempted to write at least 6,376 words on the novel’s first draft. How much of those words made it into the final book? Would you ever do it again?

A: Quite a lot survived, actually. Maybe 75%? It’s not like I wrote a large but terrible scene that had to be cut the next day. Would I spend 16 hours straight while writing a first draft again? No way. It took me a week to recover. Better to write 1,000 good words every day until the end!



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from The Mannequin Makers.

Craig:  Since I mentioned my struggles to get Eugen’s voice right, how about the first few sentences from his section, to show what he ended up sounding like?

‘Every winter I’m surprised when the wattle blooms. This year even more so for the battering we took in May and June. But somehow the buds clung to their branches as the easterlies clobbered the coast and our waves, shunted on by the king tide, gouged the beach from Collaroy baths to North Narrabeen.’



TQWhat's next?

Craig:  I’m working on a novel about fatherhood, Hollywood and a levitating Franciscan friar. It’s set in 2017 and 2019, but dips back into the seventeenth century, when San Giuseppe da Copertino was doing his thing.



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.





The Mannequin Makers
Milkweed Editions, December 12, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 336 pages

Playfully literate and strikingly original, an unforgettable debut novel about art, imitation, and obsession.

Excitement is rare in the small town of Marumaru, New Zealand. So when a young Maori man arrives on the morning train one day in 1903—announcing the imminent visit of a famous strongman—the entire town turns out to greet him, save one. Colton Kemp, a department store window-dresser, is at home, watching his beloved wife die in premature childbirth. Tormented by grief, he hatches a plan to make his name and thwart his rival, the silent and gifted Carpenter: over the next sixteen years he will raise his newborn twins in secrecy and isolation, to become human mannequins in the world’s most lifelike window display.

From this moment of calamity emerges a work of masterful storytelling, at once wildly entertaining and formally ambitious. The novel leaps fearlessly from the epistolary to the castaway narrative to the picaresque, as Kemp’s plot goes awry and as he, his children, and the Carpenter converge in the New Zealand hinterland.

The Mannequin Makers is an adventure-filled and thoroughly delightful yarn, introducing one of international literature’s most promising young talents to American audiences.





About Craig

Craig Cliff is the author of The Mannequin Makers, a novel, and A Man Melting, a collection of short stories, which won the 2011 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book. Both were previously published in New Zealand. In 2012 he was a judge for the inaugural Commonwealth Story Prize, and he is the recipient of a Robert Burns Fellowship at the University of Otago. He writes a column for the Dominion Post about his double life as a writer and public servant in Wellington, New Zealand.

Website  ~  Twitter @Craig_Cliff  ~  Blog


Cyber Force Returns in March


CYBER FORCE RETURNS
THIS MARCH

PORTLAND, OR, 12/11/2017 — Overseen by creator Marc Silvestri (WITCHBLADE), writers Matt Hawkins (WARFRAME, THINK TANK) and Bryan Hill (BONEHEAD, POSTAL) and artist Atilio Rojo (SAMARITAN) will relaunch the classic series CYBER FORCE this March.

To protect the future, what will we become?

In a modern world where humanity is defined by the technology it creates, a terrorist strikes at the heart of human progress. One of the few survivors of the attack is a man named Morgan Stryker.

Mortally wounded, Stryker’s life is saved by his employers...but the price of his survival could be his humanity itself.

PRISM STALKER, New Bio-Punk Series, Coming in March


SLOANE LEONG UNLEASHES PRISM STALKER THIS MARCH

A sci-fi adventure for fans of Octavia Butler, David Cronenberg, and Sailor Moon

PORTLAND, OR, 12/11/2017 — Writer/artist Sloane Leong (FROM UNDER MOUNTAINS) will launch PRISM STALKER, an all-new bio-punk series, this March from Image Comics.

The eye of opportunity is closing.

Vep is a young refugee, raised away from her devastated home planet as an indentured citizen in a foreign colony. She works tirelessly for her insectoid hosts, but there is no exit in sight in this viscous, dripping citynest. Her duty is to her family and her siblings, but what more can she do for them here? The answer appears faster than she is ready for.

Journey To Midgar With Cloud - Final Fantasy Brave Exvius


JOURNEY TO MIDGAR WITH CLOUD IN FINAL FANTASY BRAVE EXVIUS

FINAL FANTASY VII Hero, Exclusive Holiday Characters, and More Announced at Fan Festa Event

LOS ANGELES (Dec. 11, 2017) – This past weekend, fans of FINAL FANTASY® BRAVE EXVIUS® gathered at The Wiltern Theater for the grand finale of the FINAL FANTASY BRAVE EXVIUS Fan Festa world tour. During the celebrations, producers Kei Hirono and Hiroki Fujimoto treated attendees to a number of thrilling announcements of upcoming content, including the long-awaited arrival of Cloud as a playable hero.


Details of the new content include:

The DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY NT Character Roster Trailer


NEW DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY NT TRAILER HIGHLIGHTS ROSTER OF FIGHTERS

LOS ANGELES (Dec. 11, 2017) – SQUARE ENIX® released an exciting new trailer for DISSIDIA® FINAL FANTASY® NT, showcasing the huge roster of legendary heroes and villains from the FINAL FANTASY series that fans can encounter in the game on January 30.

Each FINAL FANTASY character brings its own unique playstyles and personalities into the mix. From Lightning to Cloud, and Sephiroth to Kefka, there are 28 legendary heroes and villains are available to play in epic and strategic team-based battles.

The DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY NT Character Roster trailer:


The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game Coming to PC


Asmodee Digital, Fantasy Flight Interactive to Adapt The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game for PC

Best-selling cooperative card game heads to PC for an
immersive digital experience

ROSEVILLE, Minnesota - Dec. 9, 2017 - Asmodee Digital and Fantasy Flight Interactive today announced they are partnering to bring The Lord of the Rings™: The Card Game to PC, as a digitally optimized adaption of the best-selling Living Card Game® from Fantasy Flight Games.


Fantasy Flight Games revolutionized tabletop card games with the highly successful The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game. As a Living Card Game, The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game relied on a fixed distribution of cards to remove randomness from the purchase model and brought players deeper into The Lord of the Rings universe with a focus on immersive, narrative-driven experiences. Now, Fantasy Flight Interactive brings that same philosophy to the digital card game market with The Lord of the Rings Living Card Game—a completely unique digital card game with a non-randomized approach to card purchasing and a focus on cooperative, story-based gameplay.

Monday, December 11, 2017

2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - November Winner


The winner of the November 2017 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars is Paul Takes the Form of A Mortal Girl by Andrea Lawlor from Rescue Press with 47% of the votes.


Paul Takes the Form of A Mortal Girl
Rescue Press, November 1, 2017
Trade Paperback, 240 pages

It’s 1993 and Paul Polydoris tends bar at the only gay club in a university town thrumming with politics and partying. He studies queer theory, has a dyke best friend, makes zines, and is a flâneur with a rich dating life. But Paul’s also got a secret: he’s a shapeshifter. Oscillating wildly from Riot Grrrl to leather cub, Women’s Studies major to trade, Paul transforms his body at will in a series of adventures that take him from Iowa City to Boystown to Provincetown and finally to San Francisco—a journey through the deep queer archives of struggle and pleasure.

Andrea Lawlor’s debut novel offers a speculative history of early ’90s identity politics during the heyday of ACT UP and Queer Nation. Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl is a riotous, razor-sharp bildungsroman whose hero/ine wends his way through a world gutted by loss, pulsing with music, and opening into an array of intimacy and connections.





The Results






The November 2017 Debuts


The View From Monday - December 11, 2017


Happy Monday! We had snow this weekend! It was not much snow, but we did get to take the snow blower out for a spin.

There is one debut this week:

The Mannequin Makers by Craig Cliff.

Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Pretty Vicious by K.S. Merbeth;

Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.






Debut novels are highlighted in blue. Novels, etc. by formerly featured DAC Authors are highlighted in green.

December 11, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Emerald Princess: and Other Decadent Fantasies Félicien Champsaur
Brian Stableford (Tr)
F/H
Windhome Kristen Landon SF



December 12, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Warmaster Dan Abnett SF - Gaunt's Ghosts 14
The Founding Dan Abnett SF - Gaunt's Ghosts Omnibus
The Art of Ferdinand Titan Books Art
The Art of Destiny, Volume 2 Bungie SF
The Mannequin Makers (D-US) Craig Cliff LF
Odysseus Awakening Evan Currie SF/SP - Odyssey One 6
Mad Hatters and March Hares: All-New Stories from the World of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland Ellen Datlow (Ed) F - Anthology
A Sword of Truth Set: Richard and Kahlan (The Omen Machine, The Third Kingdom, Severed Souls, Warheart) (e) Terry Goodkind F - Richard and Kahlan
Seven Deadly Ghosts C.L. Hernandez F/DF - The Complicated Life of Deegie Tibbs 3
The Corean Chronicles, Volume Two: Alector's Choice, Cadmian's Choice, Soarer's Choice, The Lord-Protector's Daughter, Lady-Protector (e) L. E. Modesitt Jr. F - Corean Chronicles
Pretty Vicious (e) K.S. Merbeth SF/AP/PA - Wastelanders
The White City Simon Morden SF
The Two of Swords: Volume Three K. J. Parker F - The Two of Swords 3
Primogenitor Josh Reynolds SF - Fabius Bile 1
Fyre Sean Schubert SF/AP/PA
The Complete Dragonships of Vindras Series (Bones of the Dragon, Secret of the Dragon, Rage of the Dragon, Doom of the Dragon) (e) Margaret Weis
Tracy Hickman
F - Dragonships of Vindras



December 13, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Man's Best Friend (e) Amy Rose Capetta SF/Th - ReMade Season 2 5
A Blur of Bright Water (e) Tessa Gratton HistF - Tremontaine Season 3 10
Festival of Fear Graham Masterton H - Collection



December 14, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Firestorm (e) Lucy Hounsom F - The Worldmaker Trilogy 3



D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback
Tr - Translator



AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Psy - Psychological
ScF - Science Fantasy
SH -Superheroes
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SO - Space Opera
SP - SteamPunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
Sup - Supernatural
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

Note: Not all genres and formats are found in the books, etc. listed above.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

'Twice Upon A Time' Official Trailer | Doctor Who Christmas | Christmas Night @ 9/8c on BBC America


A short trailer for the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas special - 'Twice Upon A Time'. I'll be sad to see Peter Capaldi leave the role as he's been one of my favorite Doctors. I am, however, excited to see Jodie Whittaker take over the TARDIS. It's the end of the Moffat era too as there is a new showrunner - Chris Chibnall.


The magical final chapter of the Twelfth Doctor's (Peter Capaldi) journey sees the Time Lord team up with his former self, the first ever Doctor (David Bradley - Harry Potter, Game of Thrones) and a returning Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie), for one last adventure.

Two Doctors stranded in an Arctic snowscape, refusing to face regeneration. Enchanted glass people, stealing their victims from frozen time. And a World War One captain destined to die on the battlefield, but taken from the trenches to play his part in the Doctor's story.

An uplifting new tale about the power of hope in humanity's darkest hours, Twice Upon A Time marks the end of an era. But as the Doctor must face his past to decide his future, his journey is only just beginning.

'Twice Upon A Time' premieres Christmas Night at 9/8c on BBC America.