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The Black Lung Captain makes Amazon UK’s list of the 10 Best SF/Fantasy Books of 2010

Well, it did!

In your face, Universe!


  1. Kath says:

    AWE-SOME! \o/

    Congrats. :]

  2. Trevor says:

    Fantastic! This list does the world good. I think they spelled “mixes” wrong in your review though. 😛

  3. Tida says:

    Yay! I love it when these sorts of things can get it right and pick truly amazing work like yours! 🙂

  4. Zach says:

    Oh my god, that’s awesome! Congrats Chris!

  5. Zach says:

    You deserved it! 😀

  6. Jordan Hamilton says:

    Dear Mr. Wooding,
    Congratulations on this well earned, and well deserved achievement. You are nothing short of a brilliant writer, and in my eyes have single-handedly not only revived, but redefined the meaning and standards of science fiction books. You have set the bar for all who dare penetrate the world of literature; like skyscrapers eager to reach the clouds, all others can’t hope to even come close.

    I have just finished “The Skein of Lament”, and not a single chapter ended without me having the chills. I am taking a break from that now to read “Havoc” for fear of forgetting what happened in “Malice” should I continue the braided path series.

    Thank you very much for sharing with me your other-worldly imagination, and providing me with countless hours of entertainment. I am 21 and will be graduating this year with my bachelors in corporate finance and marketing; however, you have inspired me to follow my bliss through your spectacular writing, and continue schooling for psychology come next fall. I mention this because I am determined to use your book “Poison” to help my future patients find perspective in life. I haven’t found out how I will implement this yet, but I will, and all will know your brilliance 🙂 .

    /end giddy fanboy rant…

    Keep up the good work!!

  7. Tierney McKee says:

    Yay, yay, yay!

    See above re: yay!

  8. Bluephoenix says:

    And it’s completely deserved, I’m sure! Can’t wait to read it!

  9. Venny says:

    100% deserved! 😀

  10. Gem says:

    Can’t think of one more deserving! Absolutely LOVE the Ketty Jay books. Hoping for a third…

  11. George says:

    Hello, Mr. Wooding.
    I read Malice for the first time this weekend and you are right, could not put it down. I’m 17 and still enjoyed it. Maybe due to my immature nature, who knows? I really did not see it as a kid’s book really. The second I saw the cover it called to me. Well, that aside. I was wondering what information you could possibly give out concerning the malice movie. A script or something. I am a fairlyexperienced actor and constantly am I moved by stories like these. As soon as I closed it, I searched. And low and behold, you ARE making a movie. I would do anything to be in it. I realize I’m coming in a bit late but I only got the book 2 days ago. Please, email me with any inormation you can possibly give out.

  12. red snow says:

    It’s in my top10 of the year too but that will probably not help with sales as much as the promotion from amazon. Richly deserved and I’m sure it helps ensure we get to read plenty of future installments.

  13. Keith says:

    Great job Chris you really deserved it

  14. Sass says:

    Just read Black Lung Captain in 2 days. Wow, what a ride! I absolutely loved it. The bit on the storm dog at the end – had to read it twice, so beautifully touching and clever. I’m not the wordsmith you are, so I’ll just say Thank you, never knew I’d enjoy your books so much. Can’t wait for the next, but while I’m waiting I’ll have a look at your other books. Happy New Year!

  15. I finished Retribution Falls a few days ago and I don’t think I’ve ever read a book as fast as this one. It took me a little less than a week (and that is FAST for my doing). And now Retribution Falls sits on top of my favorite booklist of all time! I remember I was browsing my local bookstore for a new novel and wanted to try something else than the usual fantasy novels, so I decided to try sci-fi. I usually read one or two pages of the first chapter before deciding on it, and the moment I read the first page I knew it was something good! Thank you for writing a hell of an adventure! I haven’t read Black Lung Captain yet, but I’m already looking forward to book 3 and 4! Congrats on making the list!

  16. Richard says:

    Hi Chris, I had your Kitty Jay books recommended to me so I thought I’d start at the beginning and read Retribution Falls. But I’m somewhat taken aback at the Kindle price on Amazon UK. It is more than twice the cost of the paperback. £11.99 to the paperback’s £5.11. Apparently the price was set by your publisher. What gives?

  17. Hey Richard,

    I’ve actually raised this with the publishers before and I’m chasing them up again now. All book publishers everywhere are having a bit of a hard time dealing with the issue of ebook pricing, because they have to be released in umpteen different formats and every provider, like Amazon, tries to cut different deals and so on. But that said, it does seem wrong that Ret Falls is more expensive than The Black Lung Captain on the Kindle. It may be that Amazon have failed to update their price index or something. Ebooks are still a relatively new technology and there’s a lot of kinks in the system…

  18. Richard says:

    Thanks Chris. I’ll keep an eye on the price and buy the kindle book when the price becomes more sensible. I love ebooks and find I’m buying and reading a lot more books since I got my kindle. But there do seem to be a few kinks in the system, as you say. Hopefully it’ll be sorted out before too long. In the mean time I think I’ll buy The Black Lung Captain anyway and read the books in the wrong order. 🙂

  19. That’s the spirit 😉

  20. Richard, the price should be coming down by the end of next week or so. Orion are soon updating to a new system which automates ebook prices but until then they have to do it manually, and this one slipped through the net. They’ve now fixed it and it should register next time Amazon updates its systems.

    So you haggled ’em down! That’s reader power for ya 🙂

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