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Steven Savile has no life. It's official. That's probably the most important thing you can know about him. So, now we've got that out of the way, the good stuff, like what's he done, where and to whom.
Steve's a man of many hats - like many people without hair.
Hat number one, the bright colourful scotch tweed flat cap, is Steve's original fiction. Most recently he has written SILVER. You might have noticed it. It takes up a good 90% of this site. If you didn't notice it you're probably not reading this bit either, so I guess we'll forgive you, not that you'll notice. His other stuff include various novels and short story collections like The Hollow Earth, Temple: Incarnations, Laughing Boy's Shadow, Houdini's Last Illusion, Angel Road, and the graphic novel Fragrance of You (with artist Robert Sammelin). Steve was a runner up in the 2000 British Fantasy Awards, a winner of a 2002 Writers of the Future Award, and was nominated for the inaugural 2006 Scribe Award for best novel adaptation for his novel Slaine: The Exile. His novel Primeval: Shadow of the Jaguar is currently nominated for the 2008 Scribe Award for Best Young Adult Novel. Fingers and toes are naturally crossed.
Hat number two is his tie-in writing. Steve is the author of the Von Carstein Vampire trilogy (Inheritance, Dominion, Retribution) set in Games Workshop's popular Warhammer world. The individual books were gathered together into the omnibus edition, Vampire Wars, and Steve being the awkward so and so he is went and rewrote the last chapter of the last book just for that omnibus. It isn't often we get a chance to put right what once went wrong, so to speak, so apologies to everyone who read the original ending. Go to the local bookshop and check out the new end. Tell them Steve sent you if they hassle you about reading in the corner without buying the book! His final book for Games Workshop, Curse of the Necrarch, features a 60 year old hero who has a heartattack right around the page 50, and is all about the futility of heroism and war as it's generally portrayed in fantasy novels. Let's just say it was a brave book for Games Workshop to publish and opinion seems to be split down the middle as to whether it is the best or worst thing he's ever written, so he must have done something right, eh? Steve's also written the best-selling original audio novel Torchwood: Hidden for BBC Audiobooks. It was read by Naoko Mori who plays Toshiko Sato in the BBC series. One might think Steve has a thing for the lovely Naoko, as his Torchwood short story in the Yearbook released by Titan in 2008 also had a huge picture of the lovely (did we already say that) Naoko right beside his story Black Water. He also wrote the first novel based in the Primeval universe, Shadow of the Jaguar, which was a #1 bestseller in the UK. The other one you might have seen cluttering up bookshelves in dusty bookstores would be his Slaine duology which was published by Black Flame (Slaine The Exile and Slaine The Defiler). We say duology, the series was originally conceived as a trilogy and ends on a whopping cliffhanger, so again, sorry folks! Lots of apologising going on here. The rights to Slaine have reverted to Rebellion, so whether or not the trilogy will ever get its final installment is very much in their hands. Back when he was a wee lad Steve also wrote a series Star Wars books including a kids adaptation of Return of the Jedi, for Hendersons, part of Dorling Kindersley, a Jurassic Park fun fax file, and short stories four incarnations of The Doctor. Yep, that Doctor. The time lord. Tardis. His next media tie-in is an original Stargate SG-1 adventure, Shadows.
Hat number three is his editorial one. He has edited a number of critically acclaimed anthologies, including Elemental, Redbrick Eden, and Doctor Who Short Trips: Destination Prague. He also compiled Smoke Ghost & Other Apparitions and Black Gondolier and Other Stories, the collected horror stories of Fritz Leiber.
Hat number four, the dapper bowler hat, is collaborative work. Steve recently finished a weird western with David Niall Wilson, Hallowed Ground, and is working with James Moore on a YA trilogy, the first book of which Death Knell is rattling away on their keyboards while you read this. It is, promise you. Neither of those boys sleep. And then there's the red-headed stepchild of my writing career, Brian M. Logan, that action guy, who I'm currently plotting world domination with. We've got six full blown novels pretty much outlined in serious detail, ranging from supernatural thriller to classic Fog-like horror by way of noir monster madness. Trust me, you'll be hearing more about Bri.
So what's next you ask breathlessly? Well, in no particular order, there's a short story collection from Dark Regions Press, which has no name and Steve calls The Incompleat, because, well it is... a new adventure for the crew from The Hollow Earth, called London Macabre, and Gold, the sequel to Silver. Original title eh? Never saw that one coming... but can you guess what the follow-up to Gold will be called? Well? Answers on a postcard please... you might win a prize. Maybe.
on Jan. 03, 2013 :
Immensely enjoyed this superb, first-rate thriller with an intriguing twist.
(review of free book)
Joan De La Haye
on Dec. 04, 2011 :
Brilliant, fast paced and a non-stop thrill ride. Much better than anything Dan Brown has produced.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on March 26, 2011 :
In "Silver", the author, Steven Savile, introduces us to Noah Larkin and the rest of the Omgios Team. After thirteen, very public, suicides in thirteen different cities, a new terrorist group emerges threatening forty days and forty nights of terror. In a race against time, the author takes us from England, to Germany, to Rome and, even, to Israel as they piece together the connection of the martyrs. The question is, can they fit all the pieces together to save the Pope, who is the apparent target of this new terror group.
"Silver" is a well written, suspense filled novel. I like the fact that he went outside of the "norm" in terms of the religious fanaticism. What makes this novel spectacular, though, is that you never see it coming. Just when you think you have it figured out, you realize that you're wrong. Trust me, you don't see it coming. When I finished with it, all I could say was, wow.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Jan. 15, 2011 :
Silver by Steven Savile is everything you could hope for in a thriller: a fast, exciting pace, a well wrought and fresh plot line, dynamic, well-rounded, well defined characters and some of the best writing I’ve seen in a thriller in a good while. If Dan Brown could write half as well as Steven Savile, The Da Vinci Code would have been a much more tolerable read.
There are six main characters in Silver: Sir Charles Wyndham, Noah Larkin, Ronan Frost, Orla Nyrén, Jude Lethe and Konstantin Khavin and, as Noah Larkin observes, each has his/her own story, each their own flaws. Mr. Savile manages to keep each true to his/her own unique voice, not always the easiest of tasks in a multiple protagonist story. Throw in some great secondary characters, a triple dose of bad guys, a backer’s dozen worth of martyrs, an assassination or two or three and a whole lot of innocent dead people coupled with an interesting twist on an old Biblical tale, all of it woven together with some seriously great writing, and you’ve got a book that is hard, if not impossible, to put down until the last page is turned. Had I not just started my own third novel, I would have read this in a single sitting. As it was, it was one of those rare books where I found myself racing toward the end while at the same time not wanting to turn that last page.
You can read my entire review on my website: www.ejknapp.com
(reviewed within a week of purchase)