Hodderscape Review Project

By Anne Perry

Posted on July 16, 2013 in Fun Stuff with tags Review Project

The Hodderscape Review Project kicks off on Thursday, August 1st, when we reveal the title of Review Project #1. Our reviewers, however, will be receiving their copies within the next week. So we’d like to take a moment to introduce a few of them now, with more introductions to come!

We’ve chosen our reviewers based on the thoughtfulness they bring to their reviews and, equally as importantly, their obvious and genuine enthusiasm for genre fiction. Please join us in welcoming them to the Hodderscape fold!

As a bonus, we’ve also included seven famous Greek phrases, one of which may contain a clue to the identity of the first Review Project title. Dust off your Athenaze and get cracking!

ἀγεωμέτρητος μηδεὶς εἰσίτω

Ewa has nerded thoroughly since the tender age of five, when some fool let her get her get her hands on a copy of The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe. Things progressed rapidly. Film footage exists of her sitting under the table at a birthday party, aged 11, where she hid in order to finish Stephen King’s IT. She now runs the Sci Fi, Fantasy, Horror & Dark Fantasy sections in a small but perfectly formed Waterstones in central London (and still can’t quite believe someone lets her) and tweets far too much about general geek matters at @EwaSR.

ἀεὶ κολοιὸς παρὰ κολοιῷ ἱζάνει

When not reading or writing, Glen designs and runs innovation programmes for early-stage start-ups using tech for social good. He’s been published as a fiction writer by Pandemonium Fiction and Random House Struik. He has lived in New Orleans, USA (best food); San Francisco, USA (most predictable weather); Oxford, UK (top-quality coworkers); Kampala, UG (most varied experiences); Lusaka, ZM (best start-up experience); and London, UK (best all around). He has run a performance art collective, managed IT operations for Burning Man, painted houses, run IT operations for Internet start-ups, worked as a sous chef, and been a lighting designer. Glen is a trustee for Appfrica, a school governor for St John’s Angell Town primary school, and on the advisory board for In the Picture and on the board of The Kitschies.  Glen holds a BA in English Literature and Sociology from the University of New Orleans and an MBA from the University of Oxford.

Glen’s reviews and other writings can be found on glen.mehn.net and he can be found waffling on Twitter at @gmehn.

βρῶμα θεῶν

Jamie Gibbs is the bearded bespectacled geek with a fondness for Lego, origami and tabletop games. When he’s not trying to outrun the zombies, he runs the fantasy review blog Mithril Wisdom. You can find him on Twitter at @mithrilwisdom.

 διαίρει καὶ βασίλευε

Mieneke van der Salm tells us: I an Information Specialist at a university library by day, bookish geek by night. That rather sums me up in a sentence. Ever since I can remember I’ve loved reading (and being read to before that) and once I was introduced to the wonderful world of fantasy fiction at fourteen, I’ve never looked back. Since those days I’ve branched out into other speculative areas such as science fiction and horror and have also developed an abiding love for historical and crime fiction, but speculative fiction remains and always will be my first and biggest love. Book-wise that is. My other great loves are my husband and our two girls, who we are raising to be as geekish as they come.

In 2010 I reread George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire up to A Feast for Crows. I started googling to see when the next one would be out, I discovered the online SFF community and I was hooked and never looked back. At first I only read and occasionally commented, but soon enough found I had my own opinions on books; I started A Fantastical Librarian in July 2010 and — to my own amazement — haven’t stopped since. Being part of the online SFF community has allowed me to learn new things about SFF every day and to discover new authors to love with frightening regularity to the loud complaints of my overloaded bookshelves!

You can find me online at A Fantastical Librarian and on Twitter as @pallekenl.

ζῷον δίπουν ἄπτερον

Thea James and Ana Grilo are the duo behind The Book Smugglers, a website for Speculative Fiction, YA and  Popgeekery. You can also find them on Twitter , Facebook and their weekly column over at the SCiFI/Fantasy Kirkus blog.

θάλαττα, θάλαττα

Matt Craig is a thirty-something software engineer who hails from the wilds of Northern Ireland. An avid reader, Matt’s tastes are decidedly “dark”, a consequence of his first encounter with the work of Stephen King (The Mist) at the age of twelve. A fan of horror, crime and fiction that, in general, is designed to leave the reader uncomfortable, he is a surprisingly balanced individual. He lives with his wife, son and a room full of books and Star Wars figures.

Matt can be found online at http://readerdad.co.uk and on Twitter as @MattGCraig.

κακὸς ἀνὴρ μακρόβιος

Stefan is a restless, voracious reader of everything. He does not have enough books, and he never will. The first book that blew him away was James Clavell’s Tai-Pan, which was quickly followed by everything by Anne Rice, Terry Pratchett, Bernard Cornwell, James Patterson, Vince Flynn, and any Star Wars fiction set after Episode IV. Then he was given Scott Lynch’s The Lies of Locke Lamora, and ever since he has well and truly (and willingly) fallen further down the speculative fiction rabbit hole. And he’s quite comfortable there. So he’s not going anywhere.

Stefan runs Civilian Reader and can be found on Twitter and also Facebook. He has aspirations of becoming an editor and journalist, and eventually moving (permanently) to North America. Where he will build a huge private Library of Awesome…

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