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!
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:
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!
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!