Thursday, 9 February 2012

News | Jonathan L. Howard Signs Up with Strange Chemistry

Pretty much what it says on the tin - but I'll elaborate. Angry Robot, one of my favourite publishers (for sheer originality if nothing else!), launched a new imprint a few months back, Strange Chemistry. And one of their first authors? Jonathan L. Howard. Who you may remember from my glowing reviews of his Johannes Cabal trilogy. Needless to say, I'm very excited about this: Howard is a fantastic author, and his new novel interests me. (Though I'm still hoping for more Cabal in the works - who isn't?)

You can find out more at, but first, why not check out the blurb:

The distant and unloved colony world of Russalka has no land, only the
raging sea. No clear skies, only the endless storm clouds. Beneath the waves, the people live in pressurised environments and take what they need from the boundless ocean. It is a hard life, but it is theirs and they fought a war against Earth to protect it. But wars leave wounds that never quite heal, and secrets that never quite lie silent.

Katya Kuriakova doesn’t care much about ancient history. She is making her first submarine voyage as an apprentice navigator; the first nice, simple journey of what she expects to be a nice, simple career. But there is nothing nice and simple about the deep, black waters of Russalka and soon she will encounter pirates and war criminals, see death and tragedy at first hand, and realise that her world’s future lies on the narrowest of knife edges.

For in the crushing depths lies a sleeping monster, an abomination of unknown origin. And when it wakes, it will seek out and kill every single person on the planet…

Knowing Howard, this 'sleeping monster' won't be as typical as it sounds. And let's face it - who doesn't like the promised 'pirates'?

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