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SFF Can Make You Feel Better

A sentiment I totally agree with! :-) But why have I posted this? Well, my girlfriend saw a blog post (via Facebook) that a legend of the South African music scene, Koos Kombuis, posted yesterday. Not only does he talk about SF and even Star Wars but he talks about some other very interesting topics and is well worth a read. :-) Here’s the link.

I’ve got some other links for you, too; Michael Cobley has got a new web-home, so don’t forget to update your RSS feeds.

Angry Robot has revealed the artwork that’ll be gracing the cover of Ian Whates’ City of Hope and Despair, and it’s quietly, stunningly beautiful – see it for yourself here.

Paul Kemp has posted an very short but cool excerpt of the sequel to his first Star Wars novel, Crosscurrent – Riptide – can’t wait for this novel! :-) Check it out here.

Keeping with Star Wars news: years ago James Luceno (read Cloak of Deception – an excellent Star Wars thriller that kicks The Phantom Menace’s behind) was tapped to write the novel that would flesh out Darth Plagueis and Darth Sidious, but the novel was cancelled. Well, not anymore! :-) Check out the news here at Club Jade. Also at Club Jade, the news broke that there would be no sequel to Karen Traviss’ Imperial Commando novel – something I’m very happy about, but because I wanted it to be written by Karen and not taken over by someone else; Karen wrote some incredible books in the Expanded Universe and was forced to leave the Star Wars stable after the Mandalorians were morphed into peace-loving slightly-militant Alderaanians. Anyway, will rant about this some other time. Maybe. Here’s the link.

Last bit of Star Wars news – Mark Chitty tells you why should read Timothy Zahn’s Heir to the Empire. :-)

Another review here (and for a book I really want to get into, when I’ve got time) – Ian McDonald’s The Dervish House reviewed on Neth Space.

StarCraft 2 Wings of Liberty is reviewed over at The Wertzone (wishwishwish I could play this game!);

Michael Sullivan has revealed the awesome cover art of Wintertide!

And finally, my good buddy Lood has written an interesting post about novels and their big-screen adaptations. :-)

I’ll be back tomorrow with a review of Aaron Allston’s second Fate of the Jedi novel, Backlash. Until then,

Be EPIC!

 
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Posted by on August 4, 2010 in Announcements, Blog-Love

 

So, my Google Reader is working again…

… and hell, what a catch-up! For about two weeks I just couldn’t get into Google Reader to check out the daily stuff from all the blogs I follow, but this morning everything was fine again, and I had over a thousand posts to look through; thank goodness today is my day off from work, huh? :-)

Anyway, here’s a run-down of some of the most interesting stuff I saw:

Aidan (A Dribble of Ink): The ‘A Game of Thrones’ RTS / RPG, Genesis, has been officially announced and, from the info Aidan has provided, it sounds really cool! There’ll probably even be some room to play the game so that you control the outcome – maybe Ned Stark won’t have to go to King’s Landing when you tackle the game, huh? ;-)

Also, Aidan has posted the cover art for the following:

The eBook cover for the tenth book in the Wheel of Time, Crossroads of Twilight (a very simple yet arresting image, I dig it!),

The UK cover for Joe Abercrombie’s next novel, The Heroes (very much along the same lines that were used to create the covers for his previous novels, and that’s a good thing in my opinion),

and the Limited Edition cover for China Mieville’s Kraken (don’t know if I like it, puts me too much in mind of a certain Jules Verne adventure, but that’s just me).

Aidan also posted his review of Mark Newton’s City of Ruin – hope you’ve read it and enjoyed it as much as we did! Mark has got some awesome stuff planned for the next book! :-)

Angry Robot Books: The cover art for Aliette de Bodard’s second novel (and sequel to the excellent Servant of the Underworld) has been unveiled, and it’s pretty damn cool. :-) The cover was designed by Gav Krasner (which leads me to believe that all the Gav’s out there should, in some way, be involved in SFF). :-)

Also, the first Angry Robot Podcast is up! I listened to it twice this morning and it’s great to hear Marco and Lee’s voices, finally. :-) They talk about all things Angry Robot and also tackle eBooks and SFF sections in bookshops, along with much more! You can also enter a competition to win a limited edition hardcover copy of Lauren Beukes’ excellent Zoo City!

Phil Athans will be joining John as a regular columnist at the blog (with Phil’s first post hitting the blogosphere today), and I’m really pleased!

This next link has got to be the funniest post I’ve seen yet – but I do feel for Karen! Keep at it and you’ll knock those deadlines flat! :-)

Gav (NextRead) has returned from his trip to the States – check out the pic of the hamburger and then you’ll also be craving (I’m stuffing my face after this post!). :-)

Patrick Rothfuss has posted his ComicCon schedule and has revealed the cover of the latest addition to his family. :-) (By the way, if you haven’t yet heard, The Wise Man’s Fear should be hitting the shelves in March next year!)

Mark Chitty (Walker of Worlds) has been blogging for 3 years now! Let’s help him celebrate! And keep it coming, Mark! :-) If you want the best SFF blog out there, Mark’s is it, no doubt about that!

Orbit has announced the schedule for their authors at ComicCon (man, I would absolutely love to go, but then I couldn’t eat or do much of anything else for the next four years because I wouldn’t have the money!).

Amanda (from Floor to Ceiling Books) asks how she should be punished for breaking her Book-Buying Embargo – I don’t think she should be punished at all, though! Hell, the more books that sell, the more books our favourite authors can write, right? :-) Round of applause for her – some really cool purchases! :-)

Sad news from Paul Kemp (but understandable: he just writes them, after all): his much-anticipated The Old Republic tie-in novel, Deceived, has been moved from a December release-date to March 2011. The reasoning behind the move is sound, but I can’t help wondering why the decision wasn’t taken much earlier – Deceived is, after all, a tie-in novel to BioWare’s The Old Republic game… Ah well, we’ll just have to be a bit more patient! :-)

There we go!

Be EPIC!

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2010 in Blog-Love

 

Grasping for the Wind: Inside the Blogosphere

The man behind the most innovative blogosphere memes the internet has ever seen (in my opinion) has started a new series called ‘Inside the Blogosphere’; John Ottinger III has been running these features for a while now (it started with ‘Ask the Bloggers‘ and became ‘Inside the Blogosphere‘) and the latest edition asks the question, Who Introduced You to the Love of Literature?

John asked a couple of bloggers to share their ‘Introductions’ and I offered my thoughts; mine is the last of the bunch, but do read the entire post – many of the best bloggers / reviewers in the blogosphere offered their thoughts, too. :-)

Be EPIC!

 
 

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Spotlight: John Ottinger III – Grasping for the Wind

This review was originally published over at Realms & Galaxies: Celebrating SFF on the 12th of October 2009.

Everybody should know who John Ottinger III is, and if you don’t, then you’re either a newbie to this whole blogging thing or you run a non-SFF blog; you may be forgiven (emphasis on ‘may’) if you spread the word of what he’s done (and continues to do). :-)

For example, the SF / F / H Reviewer Link Up Meme, 2nd Edition. John set up a database of most (if not all) of the SFF / H blogs out there, inculding some non-english blogs, so there’s no excuse when you’re bored – if you’re looking for blogs that focus on SF, check the list; want fantasy (epic, heroic, etc), check the list; urban fantasy? Yep, they’re all there too. And much more besides! :-)

When you’ve decided to put this list on your own blog, visit John’s new-look Grasping for the Wind blog (with the link above) and follow the instructions. :-) Here’s the list for your viewing pleasure!

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Romanian French Chinese Danish Portuguese German

A


7 Foot Shelves
The Accidental Bard
A Boy Goes on a Journey
A Dribble Of Ink
Adventures in Reading
A Fantasy Reader
The Agony Column
A Hoyden’s Look at Literature
A Journey of Books
All Booked Up
Alexia’s Books and Such…
The Alternative
Andromeda Spaceways
The Antick Musings of G.B.H. Hornswoggler, Gent.
Ask Daphne
ask nicola
Audiobook DJ
aurealisXpress
Australia Specfic In Focus
Author 2 Author
AzureScape

B


Barbara Martin
Babbling about Books
Bees (and Books) on the Knob
Best SF
Bewildering Stories
Bibliophile Stalker
Bibliosnark
Big Dumb Object
BillWardWriter.com
The Billion Light-Year Bookshelf
Bitten by Books
The Black Library Blog
Blog, Jvstin Style
Blood of the Muse
Book Love Affair
The Book Bind
Bookgeeks
Bookrastination
Booksies Blog
Bookslut
The Book Smugglers
Bookspotcentral
The Book Swede
Book View Cafe [Authors Group Blog]
Brain Harvest
Breeni Books

C


Calico Reaction
Cheaper Ironies [pro columnist]
Charlotte’s Library
Circlet 2.0
Civilian Reader
Cheryl’s Musings
Club Jade
Cranking Plot
Critical Mass
The Crotchety Old Fan

D


Daily Dose – Fantasy and Romance
Damien G. Walter
Danger Gal
It’s Dark in the Dark
Dark Parables
Dark Wolf Fantasy Reviews
Darque Reviews
Dave Brendon’s Fantasy and Sci-Fi Weblog
Dazed Rambling
Dead Book Darling
Dear Author
The Deckled Edge
The Discriminating Fangirl
The Doctor is In…
Dragons, Heroes and Wizards
Drey’s Library
Drying Ink
Dusk Before the Dawn

E


Enter the Octopus
Erotic Horizon
Errant Dreams Reviews
Eve’s Alexandria

F


Falcata Times
Fan News Denmark [in English]
Fantastic Reviews
Fantastic Reviews Blog
Fantasy Book Banner
Fantasy Book Critic
Fantasy Book News
Fantasy Book Reviews and News
Fantasy By the Tale
Fantasy Cafe
Fantasy Debut
Fantasy Dreamer’s Ramblings
Fantasy Literature.com
Fantasy Magazine
Fantasy and Sci-fi Lovin’ News and Reviews
Feminist SF – The Blog!
Feybound
Fiction is so Overrated
The Fix
The Foghorn Review
Follow that Raven
Forbidden Planet
Frances Writes
Free SF Reader
From a Sci-Fi Standpoint
From the Heart of Europe
Fruitless Recursion
Fundamentally Alien
The Future Fire

G


The Galaxy Express
Galleycat
Game Couch
The Gamer Rat
Garbled Signals
The Geeky Bookworm
Genre Reviews
Genreville
Got Schephs
Graeme’s Fantasy Book Review
Grasping for the Wind
The Great Gnome Press Science Fiction Odyssey
a GREAT read
The Green Man Review
Gripping Books

H


Hasenpfeffer
Hero Complex
Highlander’s Book Reviews
Horrorscope
Hot Cup of Coffee
The Hub Magazine
Hypatia’s Hoard of Reviews
Hyperpat’s Hyper Day

I


I Hope I Didn’t Just Give Away The Ending
Ink and Keys
Ink and Paper
The Internet Review of Science Fiction
io9

J


Janicu’s Book Blog
Jenn’s Bookshelf
Jumpdrives and Cantrips

K


Kat Bryan’s Corner
Keeping the Door
King of the Nerds

L


La Bloga
Lair of the Undead Rat
Largehearted Boy
Layers of Thought
League of Reluctant Adults
The Lensman’s Children
Library Dad
Libri Touches
Literary Escapism
Literaturely Speaking
ludis inventio
The Luminous Page
Lundblog: Beautiful Letters

M


Mad Hatter’s Bookshelf and Book Review
Mari’s Midnight Garden
Mark Freeman’s Journal
Mark Lord’s Writing Blog
Marooned: Science Fiction Books on Mars
Martin’s Booklog
MentatJack
Michele Lee’s Book Love
Missions Unknown [Author and Artist Blog Devoted to SF/F/H in San Antonio]
The Mistress of Ancient Revelry
MIT Science Fiction Society
Monster Librarian
More Words, Deeper Hole
Mostly Harmless Books
Multi-Genre Fan
Musings from the Weirdside
MyBlog2.0
My Favourite Books
My Overstuffed Bookshelf

N


Neth Space
The New Book Review
NextRead
Not Free SF Reader
Nuketown

O


OCD, Vampires, and Rants, o my!
OF Blog of the Fallen
The Old Bat’s Belfry
ommadawn.dk
Omphalos Book Reviews
Only The Best SciFi/Fantasy
The Ostentatious Ogre
Outside of a Dog

P


Paper Spaceships
Paranormality
Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist
Patricia’s Vampire Notes
The Persistence of Vision
Piaw’s Blog
Pink Raygun
Pizza’s Book Discussion
Poisoned Rationality
Popin’s Lair
pornokitsch
Post-Weird Thoughts
Publisher’s Weekly
Punkadiddle
Pussreboots: A Book Review a Day

Q


R


Ramblings of a Raconteur
Random Acts of Mediocrity
Ray Gun Revival
Realms of Speculative Fiction
Reading the Leaves
Review From Here
Reviewer X
Revolution SF
Rhiannon Hart
The Road Not Taken
Rob’s Blog o’ Stuff
Robots and Vamps

S


Sacramento Book Review
Sandstorm Reviews
Satisfying the Need to Read
Science Fiction and Fantasy Ethics
Science Fiction Times
ScifiChick
Sci-Fi Blog
SciFiGuy
Sci-Fi Fan Letter
The Sci-Fi Gene
Sci-Fi Songs [Musical Reviews]
SciFi Squad
Scifi UK Reviews
Sci Fi Wire
Self-Publishing Review
The Sequential Rat
Severian’s Fantastic Worlds
SF Diplomat
SFFaudio
SFFMedia
SF Gospel
SFReader.com
SF Reviews.net
SF Revu
SF Safari
SFScope
SF Signal
SF Site
SFF World’s Book Reviews
Silver Reviews
Simply Vamptastic
Slice of SciFi
Smart Bitches, Trashy Books
Solar Flare
Speculative Fiction
Speculative Fiction Junkie
Speculative Horizons
The Specusphere
Spinebreakers
Spiral Galaxy Reviews
Spontaneous Derivation
Sporadic Book Reviews
Stainless Steel Droppings
Starting Fresh
Stella Matutina
Stomping on Yeti
Stuff as Dreams are Made on…
The Sudden Curve
The Sword Review

T


Tangent Online
Tehani Wessely
Temple Library Reviews
Tez Says
things mean a lot
Tor.com [also a publisher]
True Science Fiction

U


Ubiquitous Absence
Un:Bound
undeadbydawn
Urban Fantasy Land

V


Vast and Cool and Unsympathetic
Variety SF
Veritas Omnia Vincula
Vons Books

W


Walker of Worlds
Wands and Worlds
Wanderings
Wendy Palmer: Reading and Writing Genre Books and ebooks
The Weirdside
The Wertzone
With Intent to Commit Horror
The Wizard of Duke Street
WJ Fantasy Reviews
The Word Nest
Wordsville
The World in a Satin Bag
WriteBlack
The Written World
The Wry Writer

X


Y


Young Adult Science Fiction

Z


Romanian


Cititor SF [with English Translation]

French


Elbakin.net
Mythologica

Chinese


Foundation of Krantas
The SF Commonwealth Office in Taiwan [with some English essays]
Yenchin’s Lair

Danish


Interstellar
Ommadawn.dk
Scifisiden

Portuguese


Aguarras
Fernando Trevisan
Human 2.0
Life and Times of a Talkative Bookworm
Ponto De Convergencia
pós-estranho
Skavis

German


Fantasy Seiten
Fantasy Buch
Fantasy/SciFi Blog
Literaturschock
Welt der fantasy
Bibliotheka Phantastika
SF Basar
Phantastick News
X-zine
Buchwum
Phantastick Couch
Wetterspitze
Fantasy News
Fantasy Faszination
Fantasy Guide
Zwergen Reich
Fiction Fantasy

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Romanian French Chinese Danish Portuguese German

Be EPIC!

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2010 in Blog-Love, Meme, Spotlight

 

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Massive Blog-LinkUp & 101 Best Fantasy Books!

“It’s about damn time!” I hear you shouting. :-) Yep, that it most definitely is! :-) A round of applause for John over at Grasping for the Wind please! For those of you who have absolutely no idea who I’m talking about, here’s the low-down:

A while ago, while this very blog you’re reading looked a bit (okay, a lot) different and the brunt of the world-wide recession had not yet hit, John created a review-blogger link-up meme that took the blogosphere by storm. This meme raged through blogs that reviewed Speculative Fiction (yes, the range was that wide), and pretty soon, the list had gotten so big that you would need to take a few days off work to go through them. :-) I was lucky enough to have been a part of that meme, and then this meme also became something else – a song, written and performed by another awesome John (follow the link and have a listen, you’ll love it!) that was probably one of the coolest things ever to hit the blogosphere. :-)

John (Wind-Grasping John) has returned with the second edition of the meme – which I’ve got below this text for your viewing pleasure! :-) If you don’t have time to check out all the blogs, make some time! This list represents plenty of the best reviewers and lovers of SpecFic out there. :-) Cream of the crop, guys and girls, cream of the crop. :-)

A B C D E F G H <a I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Romanian French Chinese Danish Portuguese German

A


7 Foot Shelves
The Accidental Bard
A Boy Goes on a Journey
A Dribble Of Ink
Adventures in Reading
A Fantasy Reader
The Agony Column
A Hoyden’s Look at Literature
A Journey of Books
All Booked Up
Alexia’s Books and Such…
Andromeda Spaceways
The Antick Musings of G.B.H. Hornswoggler, Gent.
Ask Daphne
ask nicola
Audiobook DJ
aurealisXpress
Australia Specfic In Focus
Author 2 Author
AzureScape

B


Barbara Martin
Babbling about Books
Bees (and Books) on the Knob
Best SF
Bewildering Stories
Bibliophile Stalker
Bibliosnark
Big Dumb Object
BillWardWriter.com
The Billion Light-Year Bookshelf
Bitten by Books
The Black Library Blog
Blog, Jvstin Style
Blood of the Muse
Book Love Affair
The Book Bind
Bookgeeks
Bookrastination
Booksies Blog
Bookslut
The Book Smugglers
Bookspotcentral
The Book Swede
Book View Cafe [Authors Group Blog]
Breeni Books

C


Cheaper Ironies [pro columnist]
Charlotte’s Library
Circlet 2.0
Cheryl’s Musings
Club Jade
Cranking Plot
Critical Mass
The Crotchety Old Fan

D


Daily Dose – Fantasy and Romance
Damien G. Walter
Danger Gal
It’s Dark in the Dark
Dark Parables
Dark Wolf Fantasy Reviews
Darque Reviews
Dave Brendon’s Fantasy and Sci-Fi Weblog
Dead Book Darling
Dear Author
The Deckled Edge
The Doctor is In…
Dragons, Heroes and Wizards
Drey’s Library
The Discriminating Fangirl
Dusk Before the Dawn

E


Enter the Octopus
Erotic Horizon
Errant Dreams Reviews
Eve’s Alexandria

F


Falcata Times
Fan News Denmark [in English]
Fantastic Reviews
Fantastic Reviews Blog
Fantasy Book Banner
Fantasy Book Critic
Fantasy Book News
Fantasy Book Reviews and News
Fantasy By the Tale
Fantasy Cafe
Fantasy Debut
Fantasy Dreamer’s Ramblings
Fantasy Literature.com
Fantasy Magazine
Fantasy and Sci-fi Lovin’ News and Reviews
Feminist SF – The Blog!
Feybound
Fiction is so Overrated
The Fix
The Foghorn Review
Follow that Raven
Forbidden Planet
Frances Writes
Free SF Reader
From a Sci-Fi Standpoint
From the Heart of Europe
Fruitless Recursion
Fundamentally Alien
The Future Fire

G


The Galaxy Express
Galleycat
Game Couch
The Gamer Rat
Garbled Signals
The Geeky Bookworm
Genre Reviews
Genreville
Got Schephs
Graeme’s Fantasy Book Review
Grasping for the Wind
a GREAT read
The Green Man Review
Gripping Books

H


Hasenpfeffer
Hero Complex
Highlander’s Book Reviews
Horrorscope
The Hub Magazine
Hypatia’s Hoard of Reviews
Hyperpat’s Hyper Day

I


I Hope I Didn’t Just Give Away The Ending
Ink and Keys
Ink and Paper
The Internet Review of Science Fiction
io9

J


Janicu’s Book Blog
Jenn’s Bookshelf
Jumpdrives and Cantrips

K


Kat Bryan’s Corner
Keeping the Door
King of the Nerds

L


La Bloga
Lair of the Undead Rat
Largehearted Boy
Layers of Thought
League of Reluctant Adults
The Lensman’s Children
Library Dad
Libri Touches
Literary Escapism
Literaturely Speaking
ludis inventio
The Luminous Page
Lundblog: Beautiful Letters

M


Mad Hatter’s Bookshelf and Book Review
Mari’s Midnight Garden
Mark Freeman’s Journal
Mark Lord’s Writing Blog
Marooned: Science Fiction Books on Mars
Martin’s Booklog
MentatJack
Michele Lee’s Book Love
Missions Unknown [Author and Artist Blog Devoted to SF/F/H in San Antonio]
The Mistress of Ancient Revelry
MIT Science Fiction Society
Monster Librarian
More Words, Deeper Hole
Mostly Harmless Books
Multi-Genre Fan
Musings from the Weirdside
MyBlog2.0
My Favourite Books
My Overstuffed Bookshelf

N


Neth Space
The New Book Review
NextRead
Not Free SF Reader
Nuketown

O


OCD, Vampires, and Rants, o my!
OF Blog of the Fallen
The Old Bat’s Belfry
ommadawn.dk
Only The Best SciFi/Fantasy
The Ostentatious Ogre
Outside of a Dog

P


Paper Spaceships
Paranormality
Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist
Patricia’s Vampire Notes
The Persistence of Vision
Piaw’s Blog
Pizza’s Book Discussion
Poisoned Rationality
Popin’s Lair
pornokitsch
Post-Weird Thoughts
Publisher’s Weekly
Punkadiddle
Pussreboots: A Book Review a Day

Q


R


Ramblings of a Raconteur
Random Acts of Mediocrity
Ray Gun Revival
Realms of Speculative Fiction
Reading the Leaves
Review From Here
Reviewer X
Revolution SF
Rhiannon Hart
The Road Not Taken
Rob’s Blog o’ Stuff
Robots and Vamps

S


Sacramento Book Review
Sandstorm Reviews
Satisfying the Need to Read
Science Fiction and Fantasy Ethics
Science Fiction Times
ScifiChick
Sci-Fi Blog
SciFiGuy
Sci-Fi Fan Letter
The Sci-Fi Gene
Sci-Fi Songs [Musical Reviews]
SciFi Squad
Scifi UK Reviews
Sci Fi Wire
Self-Publishing Review
The Sequential Rat
Severian’s Fantastic Worlds
SF Diplomat
SFFaudio
SFFMedia
SF Gospel
SFReader.com
SF Reviews.net
SF Revu
SF Safari
SFScope
SF Signal
SF Site
SFF World’s Book Reviews
Silver Reviews
Simply Vamptastic
Slice of SciFi
Smart Bitches, Trashy Books
Solar Flare
Speculative Fiction
Speculative Fiction Junkie
Speculative Horizons
The Specusphere
Spinebreakers
Spiral Galaxy Reviews
Spontaneous Derivation
Sporadic Book Reviews
Stainless Steel Droppings
Starting Fresh
Stella Matutina
Stomping on Yeti
Stuff as Dreams are Made on…
The Sudden Curve
The Sword Review

T


Tangent Online
Tehani Wessely
Temple Library Reviews
Tez Says
things mean a lot
Tor.com [also a publisher]
True Science Fiction

U


Ubiquitous Absence
Un:Bound
undeadbydawn
Urban Fantasy Land

V


Vast and Cool and Unsympathetic
Variety SF
Veritas Omnia Vincula

W


Walker of Worlds
Wands and Worlds
Wanderings
Wendy Palmer: Reading and Writing Genre Books and ebooks
The Weirdside
The Wertzone
With Intent to Commit Horror
The Wizard of Duke Street
WJ Fantasy Reviews
The Word Nest
Wordsville
The World in a Satin Bag
WriteBlack
The Written World
The Wry Writer

X


Y


Young Adult Science Fiction

Z


Romanian


Cititor SF [with English Translation]

French


Elbakin.net
Mythologica

Chinese


Foundation of Krantas
The SF Commonwealth Office in Taiwan [with some English essays]
Yenchin’s Lair

Danish


Interstellar
Ommadawn.dk
Scifisiden

Portuguese


Aguarras
Fernando Trevisan
Human 2.0
Life and Times of a Talkative Bookworm
Ponto De Convergencia
pós-estranho
Skavis

German


Fantasy Seiten
Fantasy Buch
Fantasy/SciFi Blog
Literaturschock
Welt der fantasy
Bibliotheka Phantastika
SF Basar
Phantastick News
X-zine
Buchwum
Phantastick Couch
Wetterspitze
Fantasy News
Fantasy Faszination
Fantasy Guide
Zwergen Reich
Fiction Fantasy

A B C D E F G H <a I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Romanian French Chinese Danish Portuguese German

Now, how’s that?! :-) Awesome, John, absolutely awesome! :-) So, have you downloaded the song? You have? Cool, start playing it then, and then click this link – it’ll take you to The Crotchety Old Fan, and the Interactive Version. :-) So as you listen to the song, you can click through and have a look at the blogs at the same time. But have your fastest finger ready! :-)

Okay, next up, vote for your favourite Fantasy Books! :-) This is an awesome initiative given life by Jo and Bella! Not only will the 101 Fantasy Books be decided by those who read and love them (YOU), but there’s also a chance to WIN! So, head on over and vote!

One last thing (I know this is a huge post, without a doubt the biggest ever on this blog), but this was just too cool to pass up – Jo and Bella have set up a cool meme, so I’m doing my bit to get it spread around:

1. What is your favourite favourite fantasy series?

Yikes – okay, let’s put it this way: Whoever wins the duel between Rand and Quick Ben will decide which series is the best. :-)

2. What is your favourite fantasy character?

Also a difficult one… I’ll have to settle for a top 3: In no particular order, Anomander Rake, Mat Cauthon, Thomas Cale. :-) Anomander is the epitome of absolute badassness, Mat is either the guy with the worst luck or the best luck, and Thomas Cale is absolutely deadly and terrifying, but so sadly clueless (through no fault of his own).

3. What is your favourite fantasy creature?

Probably a Fade (being able to see like a hawk without having to bother with eyes and being able to travel through shadows) but then again, Erikson’s dragons are sooo cool! :-)

4. What is your favourite fantasy world?

Hands down, this would the world that Steven Erikson and Ian C Esslemont have created – I’ve never gotten such a sense of deep history from any other fiction I’ve ever read, amazing stuff!

5. What is your favourite fantasy “magic” (i.e. The Will and the Word in David Eddings’ Belgariad series)?

Wielding the One Power, Saidin. :-) Without the Taint, of course!

There we go – if you want to participate in the meme, follow this link and read the instructions. :-)

Okay, that’s it for me fore today – I’m struggling to decide between posting my review of Godspeaker Bk 2: The Riven Kingdom by Karen Miller or District 9; what do you think? :-)

Be EPIC!

 
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Posted by on September 3, 2009 in Announcements, Blog-Love, Meme

 

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Links and News!

Hey guys and girls, hope you’re all enjoying your Monday so far, and if you’re still in bed, I’m insanely jealous!! :-)

Here are the interesting links I came across browsing through Google Reader:

Aidan gave us the goods on Guy Gavriel Kay’s forthcoming novel,

The folks at Angry Robot showed us a trailer wetting our appetites for Tim Waggoner’s Necropolis! :-)

Blood of the Muse is running a giveaway for one of Terry Brooks’ Landover books (which I’ve also entered!),

Fantasy Book Critic has a review of Blood of the Mantis (have to get into these books!) posted by Liviu,

Liz reviewed Angry Robot author Chris Roberson’s Book of Secrets!

One of Peter V Brett’s friends, Matt, has taken over Peat’s Peaphole (the blog, what were you thinking?) and has posted a new, excellent contest – time to get your casting calls in! :-) I’ll be entering, too, of course… :-)

Suvudu reported on Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson being at this year’s Worldcon – I say everywhere where The Wheel of Time is discussed and celebrated, RJ will be there. :-)

And Suvudu also gave us our Hugo winners!! :-)

Adam over at The Wertzone gave us a very interesting post on Dune and what’s been happening in Frank Herbert’s universe since his death – well worth a read!

Wanna check out Path of the Warrior? Must be one of the most bad-ass Warhammer 40K covers I’ve seen in a while! :-) Oh, and it’s Gav Thorpe’s (also now one of Angry Robot’s new authors) latest novel for Black Library. :-)

Over at Un:Bound, Hagelrat reviewed Holly Black’s Valiant (and oh, what a gorgeous cover!). I’ve read Holly’s Tithe, and loved it, so I’ll definitely be reading Valiant! :-)

Ok, now we get to the major news – and sad news, in my opinion. Karen Traviss has quit Star Wars. I’m not surprised, I think it’s been coming for a while now, but it’s still a sad turn of events. I’ve rarely enjoyed the Star Wars EU as much as when reading Karen’s work in it, and though I understand the other side’s arguments against her, I’ve always felt that Star Wars needed something new (or a whole lotof new things) to get it going again. Karen showed us some of those new aspects, updating Star Wars for these new times. And don’t get me wrong, I adore the movies, and no EU novel will ever top them (no, not even The New Jedi Order or The Thrawn Trilogy) but you can bet your ass that the more things stay the same, the more they stagnate.

I remember first finding out about why the Bantam era ended, and thought, “Whoa, but that was Star Wars.” Sure, every other book had a superweapon in it, but superweapons are part of Star Wars! So then we get into The New Jedi Order, taking Star Wars into a darker, grimmer, more realistic direction, opening up the opportunities for even more tales and wonderful characters. Enter Karen Traviss – she does this, and get’s crucified for it. She took Boba Fett, one the coolest characters in Star Wars, gave him depth, emotion, a voice, and made him so much more than the dude the Sarlacc ate, and get’s crucified. We got what we wanted – Star wars changed to suit the times, and we were ungrateful. Ah well.

Check out the rest of the story at these links: Club Jade, the Star Wars message boards, and TheForce.Net.

Now, I”ve been thinking about this for a while – I think Karen Traviss could write some incredible stuff in the Warhammer Universe!! :-) You hear that, BL? Get the ball rolling! :-)

Be EPIC!

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2009 in Blog-Love

 

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Links of Note & News of the Week that Passed!

Hey Guys and Girls, starting off a new feature here on the blog! :-) Well, not new, exactly, but a new way of doing things. :-) From now on, every Monday (instead of the usual once-a-month on the first of said month) I’ll be giving you guys a round-up of links and news of the preceding weeks – just in case we missed something. :-)

I was getting a bit bored with the once-a-month thing and there was always news that popped up that I didn’t want to have to wait until the 1st of the following month to post -which invariably happened, thereby buggering up any schedule I was trying to get going! :-) So, once a week we’ll have a look back at (what I consider to be) that week (or those past weeks) most interesting news. :-)

So, let’s get going!

First off, from A Dribble of Ink, some great casting news: Sean Bean is Eddard Stark! For that, and a whole bunch more, check out this link; also, Adian also gave us details on Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings. :-)

From Author Paul S Kemp, details of his forthcoming Star Wars novel, Crosscurrent! :-) To wet your appetite, here’s the book’s cover:

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Graeme reviewed a new Warhammer 40K book that I am dying to read – Cadian Blood! He also (finally) reviewed Jasper Kent’s Twelve (it’s about time!)! :-)

David Anthony Durham was sent the completed cover of the new Wild Cards anthology, but none other than GRRM himself – in case you missed it, David will be writing a Wild Cards story for a forthcoming anthology, and yes, he’s got GRRMs email address too (and no, I haven’t been able to bribe David yet, but I’m trying!!). :-)

Fantasy Book Critic had another amazing launch-into-the-month post: books of August 2009!

Awesome news from Michael Cobley – the sequel to Seeds of Earth, The Orphaned Worlds, is done! :-)

Mark Chadbourn has contributed a short story to the Lou Anders superhero-anthology, With Great Power! :-)

Karen Traviss reminded us that her second Gears of War novel, Jacinto’s Remnant, is about to be published (I for one can’t wait – Karen is incredible and you just know this book is going to be badass!)!

Karen Miller has finished Wizard Squared! :-)

Over at My Favourite Books, Mark reviewed the entire The First Law Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie, Liz finally read and reviewed A Madness of Angels (if you haven’t read it yet, read it! It’s incredible!), and they’re also hosting a giveaway of Nick Kyme’s Warhammer 40K book, Salamander! :-)

Gav reviewed Chadbourn’s Lord of Silence,

Pat, the lucky bastard, finished reading and reviewed Steven Erikson’s Dust of Dreams! :-)

Peter V Brett made me jealous when he mentioned meeting Milla Jovovich…. but I felt better after he explained that he met her while having a meeting with director Paul Anderson – the man who will be at the helm of the live-action The Painted Man / The Warded Man!

SFCrowsnest had 2 awesome trailers for us: Heroes Season 4, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 2!

Suvudu brought us pics of Death Troopers, a new addition to their free library, and the Entertainment Weekly cover featuring Iron Man 2! :-)

The Book Swede reviewed a book that I sold to a customer last week – she said she was looking to catch up on the classic, must-reads… :-)

Daya reviewed Beat the Reaper!

And the Wertzone – man, what can I say? Check out the whole blog – excellent news and features all the time! :-)

Mark C Newton was interviewed over at Un:Bound! :-)

Mark Chitty gave us another awesome post on SF books to look forward to this month,

And Orbit unveiled the newly redone cover of Jo Graham’s hand of Isis – I’m sorry, but Charmian is just a bit too sexy for my tastes.

Speaking of covers, check out the awesome cover (from Angry Robot) of Andy Remic’s forthcoming book:

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Oh, and just to tease those who haven’t yet read this…

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Be EPIC!

 
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Blog-Love for July and Announcements!

Hey everyone! :-) I am absolutely vrot (that’s Afrikaans for rotten) with a cold, but thankfully, it’s not dripping from my nose yet. ;-)

It’s that time again on the blog – get ready for links from all over the blogospere, including authors, publishers and my fellow reviewers and bloggers! :-) But before we get to that, let’s get the announcement out of the way:

The One-Year Birthday of the Blog is coming up this month :-) and David and I have spoken about getting a proper structure going for the blog. What does that mean? Well, I’ve been getting a lot of info lately that I’d like to share with you but, but short of blasting everyone (and that includes the Blog’s Facebook Page) with constant updates (which, let’s face it, will get very irritating very quickly), we’d like to set aside each day of the week for specific posts. Not only will this give us more of a routine to follow, but our readers will then also be able to visit the blog on specific days for specific info (if they so choose). :-)

We will also be setting up a new page with our contact details, so those who would like to get into contact with us will be able to without searching the whole blog for email addresses. :-)

David and I will be sitting soon and working everything out, and we’ll post about that new structure as soon as it’s finalized. The look of the Blog won’t be changing (I like it too much), just the way we post info and reviews. :-)

Okay, here’s what’ll be coming up in the next few days: I’ll be (finally!) posting my review of Michael J Sullivan’s Avempartha tomorrow, and David’s next review will be up after that. I will also be doing a guest-review on My Favourite Books soon (just need to send the review through to Liz), and there will also be some info regarding Chris Evans, Dark Horse, and a host of other stuff. :-) The usual giveaways will also be occurring (got some great new books today that I can’t wait to giveaway!), and I will also be doing an interview with Mark Charan Newton soon, but this’ll be an interview with a twist! :-)

Okay, let’s get to Blog-Love! :-)

Bloggers first:

Bibliophile Stalker posted the interesting What Publishers Can Learn from Other Genre Publications and Links and Plugs for today,

Blood of the Muse in 100 pages into both Nowhere-Land and Warbreaker, and has reviewed Ken Scholes’ Lamentation (HAVE to get my hands on this one!),

Graeme has reviewed the first two issues of Olympus, has news on China Mièville in London (which I also have, at the end of this post), and also reviews the Star Trek The Next Generation manga from Tokyopop,

Over at Bookgeeks, Matthew reviews The Forest of Hands and Teeth (can’t wait for my winning copy to arrive! Yes, I won another book!), Meirion reviews Ox-Tales: Earth, and Ben review’s Miller’s Spent,

Club Jade (an awesome site for Star Wars-related news; if you haven’t been there yet, check it out!) has some EU (Expanded Universe) news, a video from an Ewok-Lover, and they also have news about the latest Star Wars Robot Chicken DVD release!

Mihai tells us about the 2009 Locus Awards, looks back on the forever-lost half of 2009 and also reviews The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (also have to read this one, and nope, haven’t seen the movie yet),

Fantasy Book Critic reviews The New Space Opera 2, Dragonseed, and has their usual excellent spotlight on books for July! :-)

Fantasy Book News & Reviews asks, What Happened to Dragonlance?

Grasping for the Winds wants to know, visualizes and reviews! :-)

My Favourite Books reviewed The Name of the Wind! :-)

Neth Space reviews Best Served Cold (yet another book I MUST make time for!),

Gav is taking a break (what’s that, can you eat it?) – joking! Enjoy, Gav! :-)

Pat, has as always, got pleanty happening on the blog: he’s posted an excerpt of the eagerly-awaited new Robin Hobb book, has received (and oh how my blood boils in jealousy!!!) page proofs of Steven Erikson’s Dust of Dreams, and also announces the winners of his The Price of Spring giveaway!

Check out these three posts for an insight into writing from Tara. :-)

The Book Swede let’s Death speak,

The Road Not Taken makes a promise :-)

Adam Whitehead suggests where new readers of Alistair Reynolds can start reading, and also reviews the Amtrak Wars book, Earth Thunder, as well as Aldiss’ Harm,

Un:Bound offers reviews on a book I’ve got but haven’t read yet (and will now make time for!), as well as P.C. and Kristin Cast’s Marked – with Undead and Uneasy. :-)

Mark Chitty reviews Xenopath and has another excellent post up focusing on SF releases for July! :-)

Okay, let’s see what some authors have been up to lately:

Brandon Sanderson let’s us know about a Mistborn-related giveaway,

David Anthony Durham recommends …… (not telling you, head on over to check it out!),

Jonathan Maberry spotlights what various authors are saying about Thrillfest 2009 in New York,

Karen Miller shows off the very cool cover of The Prodigal Mage and also points us to a post that had her giggling, :-)

Robert Redick offers his thoughts on Star Trek,

Steve Perry has the Stupid Criminal of the Week (awesome! Laughed myself breathless!),

Jasper Kent points us to 5 books that have influenced him,

Paul McAuley tells us what he saw at the Physics for Fiction meeting,

and last, but not, least, Peter V Brett rips into me, showcases some cool fan-art, and has some awesome news regarding a little something coming from SubPress!! :-)

Now for some publisher-related posts:

John Jarrold breaks the news of Nights of Villjamur being reprinted (awesome! Congrats, Mark!) and also breaks the news of a new two-book deal for a horror novelist (the news will be appearing here on the Blog, too),

Suvudu recommends what they think you should be reading after finishing Stephanie Meyer’s books (and I agree, looks like an interesting series),

Tor / Forge announce their new releases, showcase some videos from Corey Doctorow’s Little Brother play, and also announce that Little Brother has won the 2009 John W Campbell Award! Congrats, Corey! :-)

The Black Library’s blog points us toward two reviews, :-)

And last but not least, Orbit loves Nicole! :-)

And here’s a chance for you to meet China Mièville! :-) He will be out an about in London, so mark the dates in your diary!

China Mieville

7th July – Upstairs at The Pineapple Public House
51 Leverton Street, London , NW5 2NX
For further details, email Richard ( rtvnr1{at}googlemail{dot}com )

9th July – The Wapping Project, 7.30pm
The Greenhouse, Wapping Hydraulic Power Station Wapping Wall, London , E1W 3ST
For further information, click here.

11th July – Bookmarks Bookshop, 2pm
1 Bloomsbury Street, London , WC1B 3QE
For further information, telephone 020 7637 1848

16th July – London Literature Festival, 7pm
Level 5 Function Room, Southbank Centre
For further information, click here.

29th & 30th August – Edinburgh International Book Festival
For further information, click here.

Okay, that’s it, guys and girls. :-) I’ll be back tomorrow with my review of Avempartha, see you then! :-)

Be EPIC!

 
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Posted by on July 1, 2009 in Announcements, Blog-Love

 

Blog-Love: June!

Well, I’m back! :-) Better late than never, I s’pose. :-) You see, I was a bit of an idiot – I went to work this morning thinking that I was working day-shift, so that would leave my evening open to get this blog-post up and to watch the second episode of Survivor China (yes, it has just reached South Africa!)… But dear-ol-Dave didn’t check the roster properly; I was actually working the evening shift, so I didn’t have to go in today at all! What ends up happening? I end up working a 12-hour shift, from 9 in the morning till 9 in the evening! :-( My own stupidity for not checking the roster properly! Anyway, with that out of the way, let’s get into some Blog Love! :-)

    Authors First:

Paul S Kemp tells us a bit about getting ready to kick off a new DnD campaign,

Brandon Sanderson rounds up his thoughts for us,

David Anthony Durham has the focus of his latest post turned on his cool son :-) ,

Karen Traviss, always entertaining and unafraid (which are some of the reasons why she’s some a damn fine writer) turns her attention to a UK-cellphone provider (don’t head there if spicy language like the word ‘shit’ doesn’t sit well with you), :-)

Pat Rothfuss (you do know that the manuscript of The Wise Man’s Fear has been turned in, don’t you?) is back home after an eventful trip to Europe,

Author of the Year (in my opinion) Peter V Brett has begun a haiku contest on his blog (which I’ll also be trying my hand at entering because damn! those are some awesome prizes!) annnnnd (I point you to this again) announces the movie-deal for The Painted Man / The Warded Man! :-)

John Marco says goodbye to his blog (yè, I’m damn sad too) :-(

Jasper Kent offers his thoughts on Star Trek (and if you miss it in the next few days, I’ll also be posting some awesome news regarding his novels soon),

Brian Ruckley (HAVE to make time for The Godless World!!!!) points us to a UK-entrants only giveaway and a new SFF blog,

How does Mark Charon Newton taste?!?! :-) (Will have the review of Nights of Villjamur up in a few hours and then look out for the interview!)

Drew Karpyshyn is a busy, busy man, but the final rewrites of Bane Bk 3 Dynasty of Evil are done! :-)

Steph Swainston reports on ACON 2009,

Philip Palmer punts a seriously bloody book! :-)

Russell Kirkpatrick, Congrats! :-) Head on over here to find out why. :-) (Awesome news!)

Jon F Merz has some good news about his eBooks! :-)

and Suzanne McLeod launches a furry giveaway! :-)

    Onto my fellow bloggers! :-)

Happy Birthday to A Dribble of Ink!! :-)

Bibliophile Stalker has some great Links and Plugs,

Graeme reviews an old favorite from 2000AD (yes, it even made it all the way to SA once),

The Bookgeeks review The Devil’s Paintbrush,

Jay Franco reports on the (I need to get out of SA ’cause I’m missing all these cool Cons!) BEA,

BSC has some great new Transformers Revenge of the Fallen images,

Dark Wolf shows us what he’s ordering next (to read), :-)

Dragons, Heroes and Wizards reviews Katherine Kerr’s Darkspell (another author I’ve got to start reading some time),

Fantasy Book Critic reviews the first book in Mark Chadbourn’s Age of Misrule series, World’s End (man I love the cover!), and don’t miss their Spotlight on June!

Grasping for the Wind points us at a free audio book (which I’ve already downloaded, too),

Liz and Mark have set up a Summer Reading List (and I wish them all the luck in the world at sticking to it!), :-)

Nethspace asks 5 questions of (and receives answers from) Kate Griffin (I need more Matthew Swift!!!),

Gav posts his review of the excellent Nights of Villjamur :-)

The Old Bat’s Belfry has a round-up of all the cool giveaways, :-)

Pat is giving away a copy of (and this is where I start drooling, haven’t read any new Star Wars in MONTHS!) Karen Traviss’ latest Clone Wars novel, No Prisoners,

SF Crowsnest has a trailer for a cool-looking new movie with Bruce Willis,

Happy Birthday Speculative Fiction Junkie!! :-)

Suvudu will soon be hosting Peter V Brett and Robert V.S. Redick (can only be an awesome chat!), :-)

The Book Swede covers Swearing in Fantasy,

Daya has a look at a book I’m itching to get my hands on, :-)

Adam reviews an Amtrak Wars book (haven’t even read them yet, :-( ),

Unbound announces its winner of the Winterstrike giveaway! :-)

and last but not least, another awesome post from Mark for SF books appearing on shelves this month! :-)

OK, that’s me buggered, stumbling off to bed to wake up again in a little over four hours! Cheers! :-)

Be EPIC!

 
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Posted by on June 1, 2009 in Blog-Love

 

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News, Giveaway Winners and Blog-Love!

Well hell, what a couple of weeks! I’ve started my new job, working my ass off, I might add, and have been putting in some extra hours because I need to have enough money to pay what I couldn’t while I was jobless; that, and the fact that our internet was off, yet again, kept me from the blog, but I’m back (and David will be too, soon, don’t worry!) and I decided to make this an uber-post!! :-) Just because I like you all so much and don’t want to waste your time while you browse the blog… ;-)

First of all, the winners of the Swiftly giveaway have been chosen! Er, well, they actually chose themselves… You see, I said I was giving away two copies of Swiftly to two lucky winners and guess how many entries there were? Exactly two. :-) So, here’re the winners!

Werner Olivier

and

Neville Thompson!

Check your email, guys! :-) And check the very next post for the new giveaway! :-)

Into the news: The biggest news, I guess, is the unofficial blurb for the first part of The Wheel of Time: Book 12: A Memory of Light: The Gathering Storm! In case you haven’t read it, here it is again – “Tarmon Gai’don, the Last Battle, looms. And mankind is not ready.

A Memory of Light was partially finished by Robert Jordan before his untimely passing in 2007. Brandon Sanderson, New York Times bestselling author of the Mistborn books, was chosen by Jordan’s editor—his wife, Harriet McDougal—to complete the final book. The scope and size of the novel was such that it can not be contained in a single volume, and so Tor proudly presents A Memory of Light: Gathering Clouds as the first in a short sequence of novels that will complete the struggle against the Shadow, bringing to a close a journey begun almost twenty years ago and marking the conclusion of the Wheel of Time, the preeminent fantasy epic of our era.

In this epic novel, Robert Jordan’s international bestselling series begins its dramatic conclusion. Rand al’Thor, the Dragon Reborn, struggles to unite a fractured network of kingdoms and alliances in preparation for the Last Battle. As he attempts to halt the Seanchan encroachment northward—wishing he could form at least a temporary truce with the invaders—his allies work in desperation to forestall the shadow that seems to be growing within the heart of the Dragon Reborn himself.

Egwene al’Vere, the Amyrlin Seat of the rebel Aes Sedai, is a captive of the White Tower and subject to the whims of their tyrannical leader. As days tick toward the Seanchan attack she knows is imminent, Egwene works to hold together the disparate factions of Aes Sedai while providing leadership in the face of increasing uncertainty and despair. Her fight will prove the mettle of the Aes Sedai, and her conflict will decide the future of the White Tower—and therefore the world itself.

The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.”

Sounds pretty damn interesting! I’m thinking that the growing darkness in Rand is something Lews Therin Telamon is doing, or even perhaps Padan Fain’s final gift for Rand (remember when Fain slashed Rand with the dagger, cutting into the wound Ishy gave Rand in The Great Hunt?). :-) Manoman every day that we have to wait is torture! :-)

Still with the Wheel of Time, Issue 6 of the New Spring comic-adaptation will be hitting the stands on the 20th of May! That’s right! This month! :-) I’ve included thumbnails of the 10-page preview (thanks, Dragonmount), but if they don’t wanna get bigger, just click the above link and go on through to where I got the pics. :-) Lan kicks ASS! :-)

Also, there’s info there on what happened at Jordancon, so check it out! :-) But now for those thumbnails:

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I think I will wait until the collection of all 8 issues is available, primarily because this probably wont make it anywhere close to South Africa as individual issues!

Also in the news, Aaron Allston has been discharged from hospital and is recovering at home – wonderful news! :-) Lets just hope he takes it easy and gets all the rest he needs to mend! We can wait, Aaron, we can wait! :-)

On the books-I’ve-received front, I also got Twisted Metal about 3 days ago! :-) So, look out for a review of that! :-) In the meantime, check out the interview Mark Chitty did with

Angry Robot fans come closer! The cover of fellow-South African Lauren Beukes’ novel, Moxyland, has been revealed! :-)

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Looks pretty cool huh? :-) I like this cover, but I have to say that I like the original fluffy-toy cover better. :-) Still, Angry Robot is showing that cover design is important to them, and they’re pulling no punches in getting novels ready that will look awesome on the shelves! :-)

Also, Andy Remic and an ax? ;-)

I also heard that HBO’s pilot of the (hopefully) TV adaptation of A Game of Thrones has an official shooting-location – and that’s awesome news! It’ll be great to see Jon Snow and Ed Stark and the Lannisters, but the producers and writers will have their work cut out for them, that’s for sure. I s’pose all we can do is wait and hope for the best. :-) And if you haven’t heard, the pilot will be shot in Ireland. :-) And this is just a cool coincidence, but it begins shooting in October, and I’m turning 28 in October too. :-)

Wanted to let you all know, too, that I have been added to the Del Rey / Spectra mailing list and that I should be receiving books to review shortly (jumping up and down still, ’cause that means Star Wars!), and I will also be getting Alan Dean Foster’s Tie-In novel of Terminator: Salvation from Titan Books (can’t wait for that!). :-)

From Peter V Brett, the official publishing date of The Desert Spear, the eagerly awaited second volume in the Demon trilogy (but I’m thinking ‘saga’ will soon be more appropriate) has been chosen – April, 2010! :-) Even though that’s still about a year to go, I cannot wait! Read Peat’s post to see why – this is going to be one of the best books of 2010, bet your ass on that! :-) Also, Peat has posted another excision – check it out! :-)

Concerning news from David Anthony Durham, he’s had two lots of really big news: first off, he’s received the script of Acacia (don’t know it? Destroy that cave you’ve been living in!)… The film script! :-) Check out this post for that, and then, he announced on his blog that he will be writing in George R R Martin’s Wild Cards universe! :-) Awesome, AWESOME news!

I’ve got GRRM’s Dreamsongs, the beautiful hardback (red cover), and I discovered Wild Cards in it, so hearing that David will be adding his own unique layer in that world is great news! :-)

Okay, that’s about the biggest news of late, so lets get into Blog-Love! :-)

Brandon Sanderson announces that The Hero of Ages is out in paperback (the publishers here in SA need to get organized, I don’t know of one of Brandon’s books that has ever been on a bookshop’s shelf here),

David Anthony Durham tells us a bit about an author-friend who writes some very intriguing fiction that I would definitely like to get my hands on!

Drew Karpyshyn has moved to Austin, Texas (to stamp his KOTOR-credentials on the new Star Wars MMO, The Old Republic), and the third Bane novel, Dynasty of Evil, was delivered to his editor earlier in April! :-)

JV Jones has announced that she’s on Twitter! :-) Just… don’t bug her too much, k? She’s still working on Watcher of the Dead! :-)

Jo Graham’s Black Ships is up for a very cool award! (Congrats, Jo!)

Karen Miller shares her thoughts on Supernatural, and I’ve so gotta get hold of this show!

Mark C Newton announces that he will be at Forbidden Planet in June (moaning because I’m in SA… :-( ),

Mark Chadbourn unveils the incredible cover art of Always Forever, the final part of his Age of Misrule series; Mark has got some of the best covers I’ve ever seen, no doubt!

Pat Rothfuss shows us Kvothe in Italian! :-)

Philip Palmer points us to some incredible images (and some from Paul McAuley too),

Robert Redick has posted a few pics from the launch party for The Red Wold Conspiracy (a book I’m looking forward to so much that I can’t help but secretly hate everyone who’s already read it ;-) ),

Russell Kirkpatrick is busy writing an SF story! :-) In this post he talks a bit about the process he’s following. :-)

Sean Williams tells us the Seven Reasons why he’s proud of The Grand Conjunction, :-)

Christie Golden’s latest Warcraft novel was launched on the 21st of April, check out her post on it, :-)

Shawn Speakman has received a very special dedication in a new Fantasy novel (awesome, Shawn!),

Steph Swainston gives us Castle fans something cool to try out! :-)

And finally Suzanne McLeod is hosting a giveaway for The Cold Kiss of Death (I’m already entered!). :-)

Now onto my fellow awesome bloggers! :-)

Blood of the Muse spotlights the first issue of the Dabel Brothers production, The Warriors,

Jay Franco talks Wolverine (check out the post, very interesting!),

Dark Wolf reviews The Absence by Bill Hussey (sounds like a great book!),

Fantasy Book Critic has a one-month-after-Robert post,

Graeme is hosting a giveaway for Brandon Sanderson’s Warbreaker! :-)

Liz and Mark attended the launch party for Natasha Mostert’s new novel, The Keeper (very jealous!) and have pics and an interview with Natasha! :-)

Pat has got an exclusive excerpt of Fall of Thanes (another series I have to get to reading!), and it was also Pat’s birthday yesterday so wish him well! :-)

Plinydogg has had to make a difficult decision (I was in the same boat, Pliny, but thank the universe I get books from publishers and authors, too!),

Adele brings the Ravenous Romance Blog Tour to a close (and I have to apologize once again to her that I couldn’t be part of it!), ;-(

Marck Chitty reviews Sly Mongoose, and has a bumper post for May Sci-Fi books! BTW, check out how many times Alan Dean Foster is on that list – is he just about the hardest-working writer in SFF today or what?!

Suvudu showcases RA Salvatore and the cover of his latest Drizzt novel (and fellow Star Wars fans, are you over Chewbacca yet? I mean, death threats? C’mon!)

Daya lets us know about the Espresso Book Machine (I want one, just churning out Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Horror!),

Dragons, Heroes and Wizards have turned their attention to Gift of the Unmage, Book 1 in the Worldweavers series,

John reviews Mithras Court for us,

Gav lets us know that even Richard and Judy Book Club Summer Reads have got titles we might enjoy, :-)

Check out current (for the most part) competitions and giveaways at The Old Bat’s Belfry,

And Piotr (one of the hardest-working bloggers I know), spreads the word about Fantasy Stamps,

the news of which was broken at The Wertzone! :-)

Phew! We’re a busy lot, aren’t we? :-) Lets hope you all find something cool at the various blogs and author-sites to spread the word about! :-)

Don’t forget, I’ve got plenty coming up! The very next post will be the announcement of my next giveaway, I’ll have my review of John Marco’s Starfinder up after that, and we’ll also be seeing some guest reviews! :-) More on that later. :-) Oh, and David has finished Trudi Canavan’s The Magician’s Apprentice, so expect that review soon! :-)

I leave you with an absolutely awesome Ad that’s making the rounds on SA television at the moment – I love this! :-)

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