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Son of the Black Sword making all the Best Of lists

Son of the Black Sword is doing pretty darned good. I was curious how my first foray into epic fantasy would do compared to my regular urban fantasy, but it has been really solid, steady sales for months now. Audio especially has been great. It appears that this is my best reviewed book yet. Plus many of my regular fans were surprised that I could get all literary nuanced and shit.

But anyways, Son of the Black Sword made the LA Times holiday picks:

http://www.latimes.com/style/holiday/la-jc-holiday-books-guide-fiction-20151104-html-htmlstory.html

And it made BuzzFeed’s best of 2015 list:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/awesomer/best-fantasy-books-of-2015?utm_term=.inLkOvjPk#.fbJDAnQ1D

It is kind of funny. I’ve gone my whole career without hardly ever being mentioned in any of the mainstream review places. That’s been true for most Baen authors. But not this year. Now we’re popping up all over the place. Go figure.  🙂

And Son of the Black Sword was picked as one of the best audiobooks of the year:

http://www.audible.com/mt/Best-of-2015-Fantasy((Holy cats that’s a long link! Written link has been shortened to help mobile users. Just click anywhere in here. Even with these words it’s shorter than that link!- Jack))

So in the fantasy category, my book with a Jim Butcher cover blurb, came in only behind Jim Butcher. Because Jim Butcher wins at life. When notified of this (mostly by me typing CURSE YOU BUTCHER!!! on facebook) Jim told me I need to add a dog, because people love dogs.  Note to self. Add dog to next book. This time, don’t have werewolf eat it.


Baen Podcast, SotBS part 2
Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge
Andrew
Guest

Not a real writer until the intelligentsia awards you with a Token PC Writer Award.

Bruce
Guest

A sad dog, at that.

Matthew Bowman
Guest

He only said that because there was a talking cat in his book this year, and he doesn’t want you to compete in that category. He knows just as well as anybody that if there’s something the Internet loves, it’s a talking cat.

Fruitbat44
Guest

I saw Jim Butcher when he was GoH at Dysprosium this year. (IMNSHO he’s a very nice guy.) His comment was (IIRC) “I’d like to think you’re going to love this book because of the tight plotting and complex characters, but no you’re going to love it because it has talking cats.” He then went on to explain, “We see that your warehouse is rodent free, if you would like it to remain rodent free . . . ” -eg-

Meanwhile, congrats to Larry. 🙂

NukemHill
Guest

“Note to self. Add dog to next book. This time, don’t have werewolf eat it.”

Made me laugh.

I loved SotBS. I’m already waiting impatiently for the sequel. How many books do you think this’ll turn into? Are we talking traditional trilogy, or are you going to be your ridiculous, lovable self and spin it into 10-15 volumes?

Keep it coming, Larry. We need more like you.

Wolfmanjim
Guest

As the saying goes, “There’s no such thing as bad publicity.”

I thought the line was originally from Sam Goldwyn, but it seems to have come from Brendan Behan’s brother. Anyhow, for proof, look at Donald Trump.

Don Brodka
Guest

I guess it didn’t work for Brendan Behan’s brother, though.

Christopher M. Chupik
Guest
Christopher M. Chupik

And I’m certain that some people are wondering how Larry “gamed” the LA Times and Buzzfeed. 😉

Brian Niemeier
Guest

Here we have certain proof that the literati’s warnings of Larry “ruining his career” by defying them were actually reverse psychology.

Authors who bow to such demands only incur the CHORFs’ contempt. Persistently refusing to be their bitch gains their grudging respect.

Maplehighlander
Guest

I tried picking it up in my local bookstore on my lunch break yesterday. Sadly it was not available. I’ll have to scoop it up on Amazon later. Their loss, plus Larry gets my cash either way.

Brent Newman
Guest

Man Larry, just imagine what could have happened if you were a real author.

Karl Maier
Guest

Butcher’s right, Harry’s dog Mouse is awesome.

Alexandru Constantin
Guest

I think it’s a fantastic book. Actually one of the best books I have read this year. I think you will see some new additions to your fan base because of it. For example take me. I read your blog all the time but don’t really read the MHI books. I read the first one, liked it, but I’m not a fan of the genre. But I love SotBS and cant wait for the story to continue.

rd
Guest

The Social Justice Bullies have failed at making you an Unperson.

Wilson
Guest

*Puts on tinfoil hat*

What if they’re trying to discredit you in the eyes of the puppies?

“Shit, we can’t stop him, what do we do?”

“Fuck, I don’t know, let’s try and make him one of ours and see if that works.”

Raptor
Guest

Kind of related, but I figured that you’ll find it amusing: Dead Six was spotlighted in RECOIL Magazine’s 2015 Holiday Gift Guide.

Yes, I read RECOIL. Don’t judge me.

richard mcenroe
Guest

Too late for judging after that self-denouncement, comrade…

Arathian
Guest

We don’t have to judge him I’m pretty sure he already judged himself.

TRX
Guest

I had to go out on the web to find out that RECOIL is still being printed, for some reason. I thought those losers had closed their doors years ago.

Leah
Guest

he’s right, you know. add a dog. AND make sure it survives things. I mean… haven’t Fallout 4 and Dogmeat (and he’s newly acquired immortality) teach you anything? https://www.doesthedogdie.com/ exists for a reason, you know 😀

charris
Guest

A dog? Everyone knows you need to write romance to make it big.

Karl Sandwell-Weiss
Guest

Off topic, hope you don’t mind.

MY COINS CAME TODAY! AWESOME!

Alan S.
Guest

Time to re-evaluate the D-list author thing?

Christopher M. Chupik
Guest
Christopher M. Chupik

Yeah, he’s destroyed himself so badly he’s been reduced to a C-list author. 😉

David MacKinnon
Guest

Don’t sell your self short, Larry…ewww, I punned. Even if we weren’t all willing minions of the “Lord of Evil” we would say your stuff is actually good. I’m biased. Your gun work, humor and just plain Badassitude are right up my alley. Even if I could only read your works while wearing my pajamas, sipping my hot chocolate, deep within my “safe space” I’d still enjoy them. I could never admit to anyone that I did, but I still would. If I were a hippster douchebag, that is.

greyratt
Guest

just got it today, was seized by wife. dang. oh well i’ll get my turn.

richard mcenroe
Guest

Earl Harbinger vs. Mouse. THAT would be a fight…

richard mcenroe
Guest

“MOUSE! Spit that out! It’s a guest!”

Robert Allaband
Guest

Just remember Franks thought he could take Harbinger and was proven wrong.

richard mcenroe
Guest

A fallen angel looked at Mouse and recoiled. “What is that?!”

Sara the Red
Guest

Pffft. They’d never get to a fight: it would be love/epic bromance at first sight. With belly rubs. And Harry would likely be out one temple dog, but for his daughter…

Chuck C
Guest

Tho only necessary part of the last link was:
http://www.audible.com/mt/Best-of-2015-Fantasy/
Everything else was tracking.

Jen
Guest

I told you back after Alpha AND after Exodus that killing sweet fur babies is bad juju. And both were German Shepherd Dogs. Dexter still cringes whenever he sees me reading one of your books.

TANSTAAFL
Guest

Does this mean you’re a real writer now?

Chris L
Guest

Oh come on Larry, everyone knows you aren’t a real writer until you get to hang out with T.V.’s Wil Wheaton.

Rizzi
Guest

Seriously? I was about to buy this book, but no dog, no cash.

Sven
Guest

Add two dogs. Butcher won’t be able to compete with that.

richard mcenroe
Guest

Native Americans protest implied insensitive joke in 3…2…1…

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