Angry Robot Books announced earlier today that their YA imprint Strange Chemistry and their mystery imprint Exhibit A will both be ceasing publication immediately. The announcement is here. There was no word on what would happen to ebooks. Hopefully they won’t disappear from your ereader.
Angry Robot also announced that they will increase their output from 2 books a month to 3. This may be a cost saving measure in which the company moves assets from poorer performing units to strengthen its core business. I hope it works out for them.
My sympathy is for those who have lost their jobs, especially the authors with books under contract. If there’s a title from either Strange Chemistry or Exhibit A you’ve had your eye on, now would be the time to pick it up. I especially recommend the Emilie series by Martha Wells. My review of Emilie and the Hollow World is here. Emilie and the Sky World is in the TBR pile.
As I promised in yesterday’s State of the Blogs post, here’s my summary of what I read this past year. I’m going to include both publishers and individual works that I thought were standouts, but due to length, I’m going to break the post in two. The list of year’s best authors and titles is here. Many of them are published by the publishers listed below.
I’m going to restrict this list to imprints that have distribution in the major chains. That means no small presses. Small presses tend to focus on reprints or collectible editions that are often priced for the collectors market.
Also, I’m going to list some science fiction and crime/noir titles and publishers as well. I’ve not read enough in those fields this past year to justify a separate post on Futures or Gumshoes. I plan for 2014 to be different on that point. Details in tomorrow’s post.
We’ll start with publishers, in alphabetical order (For publishers with more than one imprint, the imprint I read the most will be listed first.): Continue reading →