MAYDAYCON 2020 Wrap-Up – Thank Yous, Panels & Readings

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Interview with Sir Mark Lawrence

Mark Lawrence

About Mark Lawrence

Mark was born in Champagne-Urbana, Illinois, to British parents but moved to the UK at the age of one. He went back to the US after taking a PhD in mathematics at Imperial College to work on a variety of research projects including the ‘Star Wars’ missile defence programme. Returning to the UK, he has worked mainly on image processing and decision/reasoning theory. He says he never had any ambition to be a writer so was very surprised when a half-hearted attempt to find an agent turned into a global publishing deal overnight. His first trilogy, THE BROKEN EMPIRE, has been universally acclaimed as a ground-breaking work of fantasy. Following The Broken Empire comes the bestselling RED QUEEN’S WAR trilogy, The BOOK OF THE ANCESTOR trilogy, and the IMPOSSIBLE TIMES trilogy. The BOOK OF THE ICE trilogy, in a setting some should recognize from Book of the Ancestor, commences with THE GIRL AND THE STARS in APRIL 2020. Mark is married, with four children, and lives in Bristol.

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Review: Alphabet Squadron (Star Wars: Alphabet Squadron #1) by Alexander Freed

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Top Reads of 2019

What’s up everyone. The end of the year has arrived and with it comes the season of lists. Best movies, TV shows, songs, books, etc of 2019.

The thing I have found fascinating is that people begin posting their “Best Of” lists in December, which completely negates anything you would get to in the entire last month of the year. Sort of baffling. Having said that, Christmas and New Years sort pretty much negate the last 2 weeks of the month, at least for me.

But, I digress. Below I have compiled our reviewers’ Top Reads of the year. Since I read quite a bit more than my co-reviewers, my list was a tad larger than others and I even included a novella section (like I did last year) as well as some honorable mentions that just missed the cut. A majority of covers have links to reviews if you would like to see why we loved each and every one of our choices.

2019 was a pretty big year for us here as we brought on four (4) new reviewers, read a ton of fantastic novels, and started a podcast call Authors on a Podcast Talking Books. 2020 is going to be even better as the list of authors we chat with grows exponentially. We hope you’ll come along for the ride!

Without further ado, check out our Top Reads of 2019 below. Let us know if you jive with any of our choices, or if there are any books that we didn’t include that you loved!

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Most Anticipated Reads of 2020

It is that time of year again. Here are all of the books I could compile that, at the very least, I am looking forward to in 2020 (and some I have already completed that I think should be on your list). The list is in chronological order for your TBR’s convenience. This took a few days and obviously doesn’t encompass everything releasing in 2020, but I feel that is is a pretty good picture of what we can expect!

Almost every cover can be clicked on for a link to the Goodreads page (if one is available) and the synopsis can be found there.

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