A couple of reviews of my old stuff popped up this week.
Blogger George Kelley took a look at Song of the Serpent, a Cugelesque novel written under my media-tie pseudonym Hugh Matthews and set in the Pathfinder role-playing game universe. He says, “If you’re looking for a fun novel with a Jack Vance flavor, try Song of theSerpent.”
And Stephen Theaker, a reviewer/blogger who is administrator of the British Fantasy Awards (and who has invited me back onto the main jury this year), finally gave in and read Template, my stand-alone Archonate space-opera. He says, “[Hughes's] books make me feel like a mouse whose pleasure centres are being deliberately tripped in a scientific experiment upon its brain. That disclaimer aside, I thought this was excellent.”
High praise, indeed, and from a knowledgeable source. You can read the entire review here. Template is available as an ebook and a POD paperback from the Archonate Bookstore and wherever such titles are sold.
The lastest episode in The Kaslo Chronicles, “Phalloon the Illimitable,” is now available for a free read on the Lightspeed magazine website. Erm Kaslo, the hardboiled confidential operative turned wizard’s assistant, gets drawn into a duel between two thaumaturges.
I’ve sold “Telltale,” another novelette about Raffalon the thief, to Gordon Van Gelder at The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. Fans of Raffalon might like to consider purchasing Rogues, the George R.R. Martin/Gardner Dozois anthology of cross-genre stories, when it comes out in mid-June. It contains the original Raffalon tale, “The Inn of the Seven Blessings,” and a lot of other fine picaresque fiction from a stellar line-up of wordspinners. The last Martin/Dozois cross-genre antho, Dangerous Women, hit the New York Times bestseler list when it came out last fall. I’m hoping Rogues follows the same trajectory.