More nice things

At the risk of thinking that people are finally getting the Twilight Reign and setting myself up for another round of childish abuse on places like the Westeros forums, there have actually been a few nice things said about Grave Thief. I guess it’s a series that needs to be seen as a whole and the first book was just that, a first novel with all the mistakes one finds in them, so it’s good to be seeing things like this lot appear:

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Sandy Auden
"The Twilight Reign series has demonstrated a depth of involvement and a sense of epic scale that has strained against the confines of each volume. It’s obvious Lloyd has a vision of exactly where his power-hungry gods and kings are going, and its proving to be an extraordinary journey."
 
Alice Wybrew
DREAMWATCH TOTAL SCI FI
"Every character plays a part, and with each new chapter comes a new thread, a new twist and a renewed sense of uncertainty. Lloyd’s writing is both poetic and colourful, making Isak’s tormented dreams a graphic reality and causing the beautifully artistic landscape to develop a character of its own. The outcome will nevertheless take your breath away and leave you gasping for the follow-up."
 

DEATHRAY
"Lloyd’s world owes more to Michael Moorcock than Tolkien, though the braided plot structures of his book are standard modern fantasy. Dark and brooding nonetheless."

50 thoughts on “More nice things

  1. I have only been on the Westeros forums for a month or so and have to say that it certainly has it’s share of highly opinionated posters. Looking forward to the next book – keep the words flowing!

    1. Yeah, I’ve never been active on the site ever, but when I read that some folk wanted me to die so i’d stop infecting the world with my shit books (or something along those lines anyway) I decided I didn’t really want to pay attention to anything they had to say, not as if they’d have the guts to say it to my face anyway.

      Glad to hear you’re looking forward to Ragged Man, it’s about halfway done I reckon!

  2. I have only been on the Westeros forums for a month or so and have to say that it certainly has it’s share of highly opinionated posters. Looking forward to the next book – keep the words flowing!

    1. Yeah, I’ve never been active on the site ever, but when I read that some folk wanted me to die so i’d stop infecting the world with my shit books (or something along those lines anyway) I decided I didn’t really want to pay attention to anything they had to say, not as if they’d have the guts to say it to my face anyway.

      Glad to hear you’re looking forward to Ragged Man, it’s about halfway done I reckon!

  3. Opinionated posters? Have them all shot, I say.

    Thoroughly enjoy your novels. Can I admit I thought it was a trilogy and was puzzled how you were going to pull it all together in the last few chapters. Glad to have found out there was more to come.

    BSM71

    Can I admit it was through reading Abercrombie’s blog that I found out about you?

    1. ;0) Yup, you can admit that, Orion had given out very unclear information when they first released Stormcaller and told a lot of people it was a triliogy – whereas it was always going to be more, just they only bought three to start with. It would be a very dismal ending of the trilogy otherwise!

      Course you can admit you found me on Joe’s blog, he’s a fine bloke and a fine writer so I’ve got nothing to complain about there – the fact that he’s sold more books than me is a minor detail because no one’s just reading one fantasy book at the expense of the rest!

  4. Opinionated posters? Have them all shot, I say.

    Thoroughly enjoy your novels. Can I admit I thought it was a trilogy and was puzzled how you were going to pull it all together in the last few chapters. Glad to have found out there was more to come.

    BSM71

    Can I admit it was through reading Abercrombie’s blog that I found out about you?

    1. ;0) Yup, you can admit that, Orion had given out very unclear information when they first released Stormcaller and told a lot of people it was a triliogy – whereas it was always going to be more, just they only bought three to start with. It would be a very dismal ending of the trilogy otherwise!

      Course you can admit you found me on Joe’s blog, he’s a fine bloke and a fine writer so I’ve got nothing to complain about there – the fact that he’s sold more books than me is a minor detail because no one’s just reading one fantasy book at the expense of the rest!

  5. just started reading the twilight herald and ive got to say that i am very impressed as i hadnt heard of tom lloyd before i started the stormcaller. the world he has created is rich in detailand i love immersing myself in the book

  6. just started reading the twilight herald and ive got to say that i am very impressed as i hadnt heard of tom lloyd before i started the stormcaller. the world he has created is rich in detailand i love immersing myself in the book

  7. How slow Must I read.

    Ok, so I read “the Stormcaller” in 3 days. Had to have ” The Twighlight Herald” immediately. Also a fantastic read, but, slowed it down to a week So as not to run out. “The Grave Thief” was not and is still available in the U.S. so I had it shipped over here. I am trying my best to make it last for the release of “The Ragged Man”. Do we have any sort of time frame…I’m at chapter 25. How much a week till I run out??? These are deeper than Donaldson. They are very addicting. HURRY TOM

    1. Re: How slow Must I read.

      Erm, sorry, but it is kinda slow! I’m still writing Ragged, am about 150k words through so it’ll be another month or two before I finish the first draft. I think US and Uk are both aiming for a July 2010 publication date, so maybe you could read one sentence a day? or just read it again in June?

      Ragged Man is out in Sept in the US, for those who do want to wait. Or you could buy it anyway to have the same covers….? no one would complain, I promise!

      1. Re: How slow Must I read.

        I think I’ll read all 3 again. The only problem is that I kinda know what happens. Maybe a shot in the head with a hammer. It might work, then they will all be a new read. Any way, keep up the fantastic work…. You know, Paolini may release before you. Perhaps it will help like your college competition did….Ron Malcolm USA

          1. Re: How slow Must I read.

            Nah, he’s dead for a start! No one ever sold books after they were dead…

  8. How slow Must I read.

    Ok, so I read “the Stormcaller” in 3 days. Had to have ” The Twighlight Herald” immediately. Also a fantastic read, but, slowed it down to a week So as not to run out. “The Grave Thief” was not and is still available in the U.S. so I had it shipped over here. I am trying my best to make it last for the release of “The Ragged Man”. Do we have any sort of time frame…I’m at chapter 25. How much a week till I run out??? These are deeper than Donaldson. They are very addicting. HURRY TOM

    1. Re: How slow Must I read.

      Erm, sorry, but it is kinda slow! I’m still writing Ragged, am about 150k words through so it’ll be another month or two before I finish the first draft. I think US and Uk are both aiming for a July 2010 publication date, so maybe you could read one sentence a day? or just read it again in June?

      Ragged Man is out in Sept in the US, for those who do want to wait. Or you could buy it anyway to have the same covers….? no one would complain, I promise!

      1. Re: How slow Must I read.

        I think I’ll read all 3 again. The only problem is that I kinda know what happens. Maybe a shot in the head with a hammer. It might work, then they will all be a new read. Any way, keep up the fantastic work…. You know, Paolini may release before you. Perhaps it will help like your college competition did….Ron Malcolm USA

          1. Re: How slow Must I read.

            Nah, he’s dead for a start! No one ever sold books after they were dead…

        1. Re: You win

          quick question. Does this just roll out of your brain? Or do you actually have to put a lot of and I mean a lot of planning and pub visits? Ron Malcolm

          1. Re: You win

            The books? No, they don’t roll out so easily. I’ve got notebooks filled with ideas scribbled down, most of which get discarded as I try to work my way around a problem or where I want to take things. But being a writer it’s generally ticking along at the back of my mind – my wife’s very used to me just dropping something and having to go write a thought down befroe i forget it!

          2. Re: You win

            Well I’m at the end.. I have been passing around your name and the series title. Bummer I have to wait till next spring. Hope it is rolling out well. I wouldn’t mind seeing seeing Styrax and Isak get loaded at a pub together. Keep up the good work. Ron Malcolm Will you be making your way to the US for any book signings ever?

          3. Re: You win

            Cool, thank you! Word of mouth’s still the most important thing in this industry, and probably always will be! I’m not sure about signings in America, we’re thinking that we need to go on holiday that way in a year or two though so might try and time that with Ragged Man’s publication – see if we can get Pyr to pay for my ticket ;0)

          4. Re: You win

            Good Luck with the ticket. Nobody gives anything away for free anymore. Cept of course viruses. By the way, finished The Grave Thief. Nice work.

          5. Re: You win

            How about if I proofread the manuscript? I’d of course do it free of charge…LOL Ron

          6. Re: You win

            ;0) Unfortunately a mate of mine’s a speedreader and has a ridiculous memory for detail, so he’s my no 1 proofreader.

          7. Re: You win

            Hey…it was worth a shot. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. I’ll be patient now. Ron

        1. Re: You win

          quick question. Does this just roll out of your brain? Or do you actually have to put a lot of and I mean a lot of planning and pub visits? Ron Malcolm

          1. Re: You win

            The books? No, they don’t roll out so easily. I’ve got notebooks filled with ideas scribbled down, most of which get discarded as I try to work my way around a problem or where I want to take things. But being a writer it’s generally ticking along at the back of my mind – my wife’s very used to me just dropping something and having to go write a thought down befroe i forget it!

          2. Re: You win

            Well I’m at the end.. I have been passing around your name and the series title. Bummer I have to wait till next spring. Hope it is rolling out well. I wouldn’t mind seeing seeing Styrax and Isak get loaded at a pub together. Keep up the good work. Ron Malcolm Will you be making your way to the US for any book signings ever?

          3. Re: You win

            Cool, thank you! Word of mouth’s still the most important thing in this industry, and probably always will be! I’m not sure about signings in America, we’re thinking that we need to go on holiday that way in a year or two though so might try and time that with Ragged Man’s publication – see if we can get Pyr to pay for my ticket ;0)

          4. Re: You win

            Good Luck with the ticket. Nobody gives anything away for free anymore. Cept of course viruses. By the way, finished The Grave Thief. Nice work.

          5. Re: You win

            How about if I proofread the manuscript? I’d of course do it free of charge…LOL Ron

          6. Re: You win

            ;0) Unfortunately a mate of mine’s a speedreader and has a ridiculous memory for detail, so he’s my no 1 proofreader.

          7. Re: You win

            Hey…it was worth a shot. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. I’ll be patient now. Ron

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