Posts Tagged ‘Michael Pryor’

Launching Michael Pryor’s Machine Wars

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

In May this year, I had the great pleasure of launching Michael Pryor’s middle grade science fiction novel Machine Wars. The launch took place at Merri Creek Primary School in front of a room full of upper primary kids and their teachers. Here’s what I said (without all the ums and ahs and unplanned pauses […]

Launching a book

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

A book launch is a common way of celebrating the publication of a new book. As well as being an excuse for the author’s friends and relatives to get together for a bit of congratulating, it can also be a good way to kick start the book’s promotions. Sometimes they are organised by publishers, sometimes […]

Superheros and a magical genius

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Many books these days are part of a series. And a fair chunk of my recent reading has been made up of such books. My favourite type of book series is one in which each novel is a separate story, as opposed to one long saga broken down into instalments. I like these books to […]

Favourite SF books – Pryor & Haynes

Monday, December 10th, 2012

I’m a science fiction fan. I have been since primary school. As a kid I used to almost exclusively read science fiction. These days I read of mix of things — but, no matter how far my literary interests may wander, I still find myself being drawn back to science fiction. The book that started […]

Five Very Bookish Questions with author Michael Pryor

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Which genre of children’s books do you like most and why? I like Fantasy and Science Fiction most of all, and that’s because I call these ‘Literature of the Imagination’. The boundaries are limitless, the horizons are extended, and the stories are grander. Kate Forsyth and Garth Nix are great examples of the sorts of writers […]

Launching with fame

Friday, September 7th, 2012

If you ever manage to get someone famous to say nice things about your book… for goodness sake, get a record of it. I wish I had thought to do that at the launch of Gamers’ Quest, back in 2009. Carole Wilkinson, author of the Dragonkeeper novels (Blood Brothers being the latest) gave a lovely […]

Pryor’s Gold

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Last year I finally got around to reading and reviewing the first book in Michael Pryor’s The Laws of Magic — a rather splendid YA blend of steampunk and magic called Blaze of Glory. Earlier this year I read the second book, Heart of Gold, and now it’s time to tell you about it. Heart […]

Michael’s Blaze of Glory

Friday, October 28th, 2011

In my last post I told you about my worries in reviewing Michael Pryor’s Blaze of Glory (see “Aubrey Fitzwilliam and the reviewing dilemma”). And now here I am, throwing caution to the wind, putting pen to paper (or, more accurately, finger to keyboard) and reviewing this book. Here goes… Blaze of Glory is the […]

Aubrey Fitzwilliam and the reviewing dilemma

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

I’ve just read a book that I absolutely adored and I really want to tell you about it. But I know the author. In fact, he launched my latest book just last month. So what do I do? This is a dilemma that I often face because I am both an author and a reviewer […]

Waiting for the end of the series

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

I’ve always had this philosophy regarding any series of books — I would never start to read the first book until the final one had been published. That way, I would not have to wait the twelve plus months between books — the twelve plus months during which I would forget vital plot points and […]

Book Giveaway!

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Want a free book? Well, here’s your chance. The lovely people at Boomerang Books have copies of my novels, Gamers’ Challenge and Gamers’ Quest, up for grabs. Follow the link and fill in the form for your chance to WIN WIN WIN! This giveaway is in celebration of the recent release of Gamers’ Challenge. Remember […]

The Aussiecon Author Videos, part 1

Monday, February 14th, 2011

I’ve been promising these videos for quite a while, and I’ve finally managed to drag myself away from my word processing program long enough to open up the video editing program and prepare the videos. When you watch the videos, you’ll probably notice that there isn’t very much editing at all. So, what’s taken me […]

2011 Sydney Writers’ Festival Program School Days

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

The Sydney Writers’ Festival has just announced the 2011 School Days Program. For the second year in a row, the program features five primary school days held across Sydney, Parramatta and Penrith, with a day offered for free to NSW priority schools at Sydney Town Hall. The line-up for the primary school days features Deborah Abela, Morris […]

The first sentence

Friday, July 9th, 2010

A writer needs to get the attention of his/her readers as soon as possible — to make them want to read further, to make them not put the book back onto the bookshop shelf in favour of another book. There are many ways to do this and it can take anywhere from a single word […]

More Steampunk… with Michael Pryor

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

The Laws of Magic is a series of YA steampunk novels by Michael Pryor. They follow the adventures of a young magical genius named Aubrey Fitzwilliam. They include Blaze of Glory, Heart of Gold, Word of Honour and Time of Trial. Today, Michael has stopped in at Literary Clutter to give up his views on […]


Monday, April 12th, 2010

Today, Australian author, Michael Pryor is here to talk about his latest book, Time of Trial. Michael is the author of 24 books and has another two ‘under construction’. I use this term because Time of Trial is Book 4 in Michael’s Steampunk* series, The Laws of Magic. Michael Pryor’s Laws of Magic is a six […]