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The Cruel Stars released

Posted August 20 into Books by John Birmingham

Today The Cruel Stars began to appear on bookshelves around the country. They'll magically pop up in stores across the US and the UK tomorrow, progressively rolling out through the week. Of course anyone who ordered the digital version will have their's by now. I'm confident they'll enjoy it.

I'll start pimping hard in the morning. I've learned there's not much point jumping the starter's gun.

To everyone who helped with the beta read, sincere thanks. It's a much stronger book for your assistance. I'm very happy with it. All of the various editions look great, but the British hardback in particular is stunning. A real tribute to the bookbinders art.

The audiobook should also drop overnight and I'll grab copy for myself. One of the things I do enjoy about the audio versions, it's just a little bit like getting to experience the story for the first time. That is something special.

Now of course, I'll have to fire up the anti-matter drive and fold into the sequel.

23 Responses to ‘The Cruel Stars released’

KreepyKrawly has opinions thus...

Posted August 20
Yup, the beast dropped the ebook into my email this morning, getting into it tonight ß-Þ

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she_jedi asserts...

Posted August 20
I have been in a state of eternal *squeeee* ever since my ebook appeared on my devices last night. Cruelly I have been stymied from diving into The Cruel Stars completely due to having to turn up to my job and actually, you know, work. It is an OUTRAGE.

jason has opinions thus...

Posted August 21
I think Mr Birmingham needs to address this terrible oversight. I too need to go to work, do family stuff, all of the things which stop me from hunkering down for a serious reading session. I believe Mr Birmingham should show some consideration and time book launches to coincide with my holidays, or at least weekends. Sadly all he thinks about is providing for his family and not a skerrick of consideration for my needs.

NBlob mutters...

Posted August 22
Wrong. Mr Birmingham artfully times his releases to coincide with my birthday. Making gift from daughter most excellent.

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Blarkon mutters...

Posted August 20
Ordered the UK HB from Forbidden Planet as "Them Across The Lake" (as the Redmondians call them) don't ship to Oz from their UK outpost.

NBlob ducks in to say...

Posted Wednesday
Your Scalyness, it has been some time.

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Barnesm mumbles...

Posted August 20
My e-book is loaded and ready for the train ride tomorrow, good luck and godspeed Birmo on the sequel.

Presume the usual threats to provide 5 star reviews to the Bezo's beast.

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insomniac ducks in to say...

Posted August 20
I ordered mine from the US Amazon purely to use my stranded gift card. Actually I ordered three (for obvious reasons). I feel like ms insomniac is going to question my sanity even more than usual. It will be nice to re-read after such a long time.

John Birmingham asserts...

Posted August 20
OMIGOD. I HAVE NO OTHER FAVOURITES.

insomniac ducks in to say...

Posted August 29
UPDATE: The precious has arrived and there was no questioning of the sanity. In fact some acknowledgement of a good decision having been made. And she likes the cover art, so bonus.

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jl is gonna tell you...

Posted August 21
This process of watching TCS unfold has been excellent. Very sweet to see it on the shelves!

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FormerlyKnownAsSimon mutters...

Posted August 21
I think i'm going to pick this one up at an actual brick and mortar and have some enforced "reading time for dad". I have a huge blackberry patch that i have been carving a tunnel into with the plans of making a nice cool arbor for summer (and, well, it relieved the boredom of pulling the stuff out if i had a goal other than "lets just rip all this stuff out"). I have dreams of sitting down in the cool shady tunnel and picking blackberries nonchalantly off the canes without getting up whilst reading a book where the kids can't find me. The reality of course will be the thorns ripping a gash in my head because i didn't duck enough on entry and the juiciest blackberry is juuuust out of reach and if only i could poke through that gap... ouch! And then when i get up for another one i tread on a tiger snake because he came in to get out of the blaring sun as well and found a nice shady spot and some rude bugger just trod on him and it won't be a dry bite because that guy was asking for it anyway treading on an unsuspecting snake trying to relax.

John Birmingham would have you know...

Posted August 21
Spookily, this scene, or something like it, is in the book.

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Vovchara would have you know...

Posted August 21
I like it. I was a bit apprehensive when I've read the excerpt before. All that fancy-schmancy technology is something I actively avoid in sci-fi, but you turned it around. Making something which is often a weakness in fictional storytelling into a strength.
Besides, I love the characters you create. In every single book up to date. This one is no different.
The only minor complains, would be Navy personal, and the way they behave, not quite Jack Campbell and H. Paul Honsinger :P But still good characters.

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Bondiboy66 swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted August 21
As a practicing Luddite* I intend to hie myself to purveyor of Paper Books forthwith to get me a copy.




*not really - I just prefer a paper book because the batteries never run out, and also as an Up Yours to the phone junkies on public transport (although I tend to ride my motorbike these days, and reading is bloody hard when riding)

NBlob swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted August 22
+1

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SAS puts forth...

Posted August 22
JB nearly finished my kindle copy, you mentioned an Audio version any idea when the UK Audible will be out? want to listen at work :)

John Birmingham swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted August 22
I've asked my agent to get on it. The audio rights were sold for the US but not outside. Audiobook available on American store, if you have an account there.

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Dave W puts forth...

Posted August 22
OT- Canberra visit?

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thetick is gonna tell you...

Posted August 22
This is the best fucking thing you've ever written. I am so jealous at the tech stuff you've thought up, the way the action simply explodes off the page.

I mean, it's fucking great. You cannot write the next one fast enough.

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Marccarno is gonna tell you...

Posted August 23
Picked up email this afternoon (Thursday), downloaded and read in 3 hours (I know, but what can I say - I was supposed to be working and that slowed me down a tad).

I’m not going to blow smoke up your proverbial because, after all, I am a fan and love everything automatically. So hurry up with the next book please!oh. And while I’m here, did you get a kick out of your melange of the classic monologue from Blade Runner? I loved it and because I love the monologue so much, am shamelessly putting both here...

"Vikingar attack ships burned among the glittering wreckage of C-Beam fortresses. A Tannhäuser Gate, shattered by kinetics, tumbled off the shoulder of Odin’s World;"

“I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die”

Your fab. Don’t stop.

John Birmingham puts forth...

Posted September 4
Thanks, Mac. I'm on it.

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FormerlyKnownAsSimon ducks in to say...

Posted September 2
Really enjoying this. Got through a good chunk during my purgatory in airport space today. Even finished beers early tonight so I could get back and read some more. Can I ask if the XD chamber that Booker is destined for is a juxtaposition on the emoji XD and the function of the room? Or did I miss the obviousness of that during turbulence? (cause that's all I see when I read it and I chuckle each time)

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