Archive for the ‘Some Reviews of Robert’s Books’ Category

Overkill – It’s an Original Hit! Even Better, it’s a Sequel!

March 17, 2011

Overkill, book 1 of the Orphan’s Legacy series, has only been on shelves, online, and available as an audiobook for a couple of weeks now, but you like it a lot, which makes my day.  Before the world got connected, authors and publishers had to wait on print reviews, sales figures that came back from stores months later, and the occasional fan letter to gauge reader reaction to a new release.

Today, though, readers post comments online instantly.  Reader reviews of Overkill have been, well, as shamelessly squibbed below:

“a great book…one of the most imaginative pieces of science fiction I have read in a while”

“Brilliant, I couldn’t put it down. Actually I bought it to go on my kindle but didnt even wait long enough to transfer it and read it all on a laptop screen in one sitting!”

“Spellbinding”

“Robert Buettner’s first novel, Orphanage, will forever be one of my all time favorite military science fiction novels…Overkill…gave me a close approximation of the joy I felt while reading Orphanage.”

That last comment addresses my sole concern to date.  Some new Overkill /Buettner fans don’t know that there are five books out there, beginning with Orphanage, that set the stage for Overkill.  Most of those newbies seem to be getting that pleasant surprise when they read the Afterword at the end of Overkill.  But Overkill was designed as, and appears to be working as, a stand-alone novel.

It’s a pleasant problem for an author to have.

Glow, Canada

January 23, 2009

North of here, a glowing Canadian review of Orphan’s Alliance (and the Jason Wander series.  To whit: “This series will probably become a classic in military science fiction, and this book is one of the best”) appears in the most recent edition of the Imprinthttp://imprint.uwaterloo.ca/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3274&Itemid=56&issuedate=2009-01-16

There’s a slightly expanded version at the author’s blog, http://bookreviewsandmore.ca/2009/01/orphans-alliance-by-robert-buettner.html

Big Year for Orphans

December 31, 2008

2008 was busy for the Jason Wander series, and for its author.

In January, I was honored to serve as Marscon 2008’s Writer Guest of Honor, in Williamsburg, Virginia.  Great Con, with great guests and great people.

In April Little Brown Orbit released Orphan’s Journey, Jason Wander book 3,  in the US and Canada.  Books 1 and 2 were simultaneously reissued with updated, matching covers.  By year end, all three had reprinted, and Orphan’s Journey had made local bestseller lists as far away as Australia. 

If you don’t speak Bookbiz, “reprint” means the books exceeded the publishers’ and booksellers’ expectations by selling through their original print runs, so they had to print more.  Publishers often first-print a gazillion copies of a book with buzz-building fanfare, but sell only a half-gazillion, and eventually destroy the unsold paper mountain.  Either way can be profitable, but selling through and reprinting is easier on the planet.    

Of course, the publisher, in its prior Time-Warner Aspect corporate identity, had already reprinted the original 2004 and 2005 releases of books 1 and 2 several times.  In fact, I believe Orphanage  in English is now selling into its tenth reprint, counting US, UK and book club editions.

Speaking of editions, May, 2008 also saw the release of Spanish and Czech language editions  of book 2, El Destino del Huerfano and Sirotkov Osud, respectively.

In August, Orbit released the aforementioned UK editions of books 1, 2 and 3.  August also gave me the chance to renew acquaintances with authors and booksellers I know from my years in Colorado, at WorldCon 2008, aka Denvention 3, in the Mile-High city. 

September was my chance to renew acquaintances with 35,000 of my closest friends at Atlanta’s DragonCon.

In November, the UK edition of Orphanage reprinted, and the production process for book 5, Orphan’s Triumph, which will be released in both US and UK editions in Spring, 2009, was well underway.

What’s on tap for 2009?  Come back In January, and I’ll fill you in.

Happy New Year!

Reader Review Wins Free Stuff

December 12, 2008

The Great Big Reader Review Contest ended yesterday.  The winning review was by SPC James Herrington, posted from Dhi Qar Province in Iraq. 

He reviewed Jason Wander Book 2, Orphan’s Destiny for Amazon.  An excerpt: 

“Simply great science fiction for anyone, anywhere. Whether you are sitting in the shade of a humvee in the desert trying to keep cool or sitting in your favorite chair at home…Buettner captures the essence of what it is to be an infantryman: the sand and dirt, the gallows humor that we all indulge in to keep relatively sane.”

I’ll be contacting SPC Herrington, as well as other winners, by separate email about prizes and delivery arrangements.  Thanks to all participants and congratulations to the winners. 

You can read SPC Herrington’s full review of Jason Wander Book 2, Orphan’s Destiny on Amazon’s page for the book;   http://www.amazon.com/review/product/0316019135/ref=cm_cr_dp_synop?%5Fencoding=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending#R13GYXYX54EU95

News About the Jason Wander Books

October 29, 2008

In case you were wondering:  Amazon began shipping Orphan’s Alliance yesterday.  In fact, they evidently shipped some preorders before that, because I’ve already gotten fan mail from a reader in Germany who had already gotten his.  Notwithstanding the moved-up 10/28/08 release date, apparently many bookstores won’t be putting the books out on the shelves until the original 11/1/08 date.  Also, the electronic editions for the various formats won’t hit the ‘net until 11/1/08.

Over at SF Signal’s Mind Meld, I joined a lively debate with the likes of John Scalzi and David Brin about Buzz Aldrin’s complaint that current science fiction has killed interest in space exploration.  Check it out:  http://www.sfsignal.com/archives/007350.html
And Fandomania today carries Kelly Melcher’s review of the reissue of Orphanage.  http://fandomania.com/book-review-orphanage/

Testing brand-new Orphan’s Alliance

October 15, 2008

Ford Madox Ford, the 1920s English author and critic who Hemingway immortalized as Braddocks in The Sun  also Rises, may be better known for saying, “Open the book to page ninety-nine and read, and the quality of the whole will be revealed to you.”  Silly?  Enough not silly that the literaryblog The Page 99 Test applies the test to fiction and non-fiction works all across the book spectrum.

They honored just-released Orphan’s Alliance by daring me to apply the Page 99 Test.

See what happened at The Page 99 Test: Orphan’s Alliance.

Fandomania: The thinking fan’s podcast

September 29, 2008

I talked with Fandomania reporter Kelly Melcher at DragonCon in Atlanta earlier this month, about writing, the Jason Wander books and what’s new in Jason’s world.

Listen to Kelly and me on Fandomania’s podcast, “The One,” at
http://fandomania.com/fandomania-podcast-episode-9-the-one-with-robert-buettner-and-heroes-season-3/

Greenman Review on Orphan’s Journey

September 21, 2008

Greenman Review’s Elizabeth Vail says about Orphan’s Journey and the Jason Wander Series: 

“Thanks to an easy-going, relatable writing style and an engagingly down-to-earth protagonist, readers who are new to the series and just picking up this book should still be able jump right into the story and enjoy it immensely…Gifting the novel with a strong human centre, Orphan’s Journey serves as both a testament to the courage of troops and an admittance of the horrors of war, along with providing wicked cool sci-fi weaponry.”  Her full review:

http://www.greenmanreview.com/book/book_buettner_orphansjourney.html

Orphanage: “a deeply emotional and adventure-filled novel of particularly high quality”

September 12, 2008

Perceptive book reviewers typically rely mostly on reading the book (not entirely necessary – see my high school English grades).

But at Grasping for the Wind,  reviewer John Ottinger went the extra mile (vertically – my reading at DragonCon earlier this month took place in a fuhrer bunker conference room deep within the Atlanta Hyatt) to visit with me in preparing his review of Orphanage, which is new today at http://otter.covblogs.com/archives/2008/09/book-review-orphanage-by-robert-buettner.html,

More about Orphan’s Journey

July 13, 2008

Today brought a new review of Book 3 in the Jason Wander series, from north of the (U.S.) border, at Canada’s  Book Reviews and More.  http://bookreviewsandmore.ca/2008/07/orphans-journey-by-robert-buettner.html     How can I not mention a review that calls Orphan’s Journey “a great work of science fiction and a commentary on war and the burdens of leadership.”

The review follows on the heels of SFF World’s review, http://www.sffworld.com/brevoff/462.html, which calls Orphan’s Journey  “an exciting, action-packed page turner.”