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Catch-Up (‘Cause I’ve been quiet for a bit)

So I took a bit of a break from the blog to finish watching the second season of Supernatural. ๐Ÿ™‚ We finished it last night, and will probably start watching the 3rd season today, and I have to say that I’m impressed. I knew Sam was going to die and that Dean would do a deal at the crossroads to bring him back, but I didn’t know that their dad would put in an appearance! That was a goose-flesh moment if there ever was one! Very cool! And now that the Yellow-Eyed demon is dead it’ll be interesting to see what the brothers have got to face in the 3rd season, though with all the demons that were released (an awesome moment that took me back to Smallville and the release of the Phantoms from the Phantom Zone) I’m sure they’ll have their work cut out for them. ๐Ÿ™‚

We also watched the movie-adaptation of Jose Saramago’s Blindness on the weekend… The only thing that spoiled an otherwise excellent movie was the motivation of Julianne Moore’s character – being the only person who can see among hundreds who can’t, she decides that she’ll let herself (and the women who joined her) be subjected to rape for food. Huh?! Maybe someone can explain this to me, but putting myself in that position just wouldn’t be something I would want to do. You have such a huge advantage over everyone else, and you still want to go ahead and punish yourself like that? For what? Anyway. The rest of the movie was great, and I will recommend it, but I will also be reading the book at some time. ๐Ÿ™‚

I am now about 400 pages into Stephen King’s Under the Dome, and it’s incredible so far! ๐Ÿ™‚ The King is definitely pulling out all the stops here, and I’ve been getting that same epic-vibe from Dome that I got from The Stand, even though The Stand was a cross-country kind of novel and Dome is set in one town. The characters are amazing, the events awesome (and terrifying), and it’s really shaping up to be a shit-your-pants ride. ๐Ÿ™‚

On to the Wheel of Time – I’m really digging the titles for Book 13 and 14! ๐Ÿ™‚ Towers of Midnight is such an awesome penultimate-book-in-the-series title, don’t you think? I totally agree with those that have covered it so far that we might see a resolution to the Seanchan plot, though when you think about the outrigger novels that RJ had planned, maybe not. ๐Ÿ™‚ But at least we can hope for Tuon and Rand to finally meet and cement the Seanchan as allies of Rand in The Last Battle. And the last book – A Memory of Light. Wonderful! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks TOR, Harriet, Brandon! ๐Ÿ™‚

Now for a blogger-birthday: I completely missed Mark Chitty’s BDay! (Sorry Mark!) I hope you had an incredible day, got plenty of awesome books to read, and will have another incredible year! ๐Ÿ™‚ All the best!

David will also be bringing me the entire first season of Legend of the Seeker today, so I’ll have a review of Season 1 for you soon. ๐Ÿ™‚ I have to say, I’m not particularly looking forward to it, but since I am a fan of Terry Goodkind’d work, I’m sort of honour-bound to at least give it a go. (Wasn’t impressed with what I’ve seen so far, but I promise to be more optimistic!)

So, I’m also busybusybusy relocating the blog. ๐Ÿ™‚ The launch will happen as soon as I’ve finished Under the Dome (that’ll be the first review), and I’ll make an announcement here with a link to the new blog. ๐Ÿ™‚ This blog will still be around (as will all the posts on it), and David and I will still be the review-team, but I’ll be using this blog for my writing-stuff and any non-SFF stuff that I want to chat about. ๐Ÿ™‚
And I have to say, so far, Blogger is pretty cool.

What’ll I have coming up in the next few weeks? Well, hard to say. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m hoping to have finished All Yesterday’s Tomorrows, and then I’ll be really sinking in to Brent Weeks’ work. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m also itching to give Glenda Larke a go, and then get my re-read of Steven Erikson done so that I can read Dust of Dreams. I’m also hoping to get an ARC of The Other Lands (available to order now!), and then there’ll be a host of indie-published books that I’ll be reviewing (have to get those done!). Will everything work according to plan? Probably not! ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, that’s me for now – will be back with another post tomorrow. ๐Ÿ™‚

Be EPIC!

 
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Posted by on September 22, 2009 in Announcements, Musings

 

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Feast your Eyes!

Thanks to Adam Whitehead (and the awesome Google Reader), I have this for you:

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I couldn’t agree more with Adam; this is THE BEST Wheel of Time cover ever! ๐Ÿ™‚ Ohhhh mannnn!

 
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Posted by on May 4, 2009 in Announcements

 

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The Wheel of Time: My Defense of TOR and The Gathering Storm

So, The Gathering Storm Approaches. After following the epic adventures of the Dragon Reborn for the past seven years (yes, I’m still practically a WOT-newbie) I can’t help but feel utter relief!

When the news broke of Robert Jordan’s death my first thought was complete and utter sadness. Mr Jordan had proved himself to be one of the greatest storytellers that has ever lived, and to lose him was to lose something incredibly precious. I mean, here in South Africa kids are leaving High School at the end of Grade Twelve and can’t even properly spell or read. The libraries in schools are filled with old, dusty volumes, and although there will always be gems there, kids can’t be bothered to look anymore.

Now, they need time for Hannah Montana and High School Musical and PSPs and X-Box’s. Now, it’s more important that you look like you’ve just stepped out of a magazine than accruing the knowledge you need to live happily and successfully. The world is changing, moving away from everything we, as a species, have begun to take for granted, and Robert Jordan was one of those special people who Kept The Forces At Bay with his work.

To step into the Wheel of Time is to step into your own hopes and fears and dreams and experiences, because Robert Jordan wrote in such a way that everyone who’s ever read his work feels a kinship to at least one of the characters; and not only that, the world itself, though completely different to ours, is subtly the very same world we know. Mr Jordan was able (and this will never change, at least until some weird virus or religious cult starts destroying books) to open our eyes to the world around us and its people by taking us into his world.

And so, of course, it was incredibly important that his work be finished. His wife and editor, Harriet, knew this. She knows how important the Wheel of Time is to the world, and I don’t really care if someone thinks that I’m being melodramatic, bugger you if you do, because its true. To say the the Wheel of Time brought people together is an understatement. To say the the Wheel of Time will, as long as memory can keep it so, be one of the biggest and best fantasy works in history is an understatement. And to think that the publishers are in it just to make money is just plain dumb.

Would we have spent less money if A Memory of Light was kept in one volume? Would we have spent more? How does anyone quantify that?

Let’s say it had been kept as one volume – at last glance, Brandon Sanderson has said that A Memory of Light may very well exceed 750 thousand words. How much would such a book cost, just to cover the production costs of getting it into one volume? How many times could you read such a volume before the book literally broke in half? How pissed off would you be that you’ve shelled out x-amount in cash for the conclusion to the Wheel of Time, and it’s breaks in your hands?

And remember, this is a book that all fans, everywhere, will be practically selling kidneys to read. How are Londoners riding the tube going to read such a book? How is anyone going to be able to relax on a bed or on a couch with such a monster in their hands? It’s uncomfortable, point.

So I, for one, am very glad that they’re splitting the final book into three parts. Sure, we won’t be getting it all at once, but does it really matter? This is something to savor and celebrate! Even though Mr Jordan is gone, it’ll still feel like he’s sitting in front of that computer in the carriage house, typing away and getting everything done. Sure, Brandon Sanderson is finishing A Memory of Light, but how many times has he said that it is Robert Jordan’s book? This is Mr Jordan’s vision, a vision we’ve been pulled into and fell in love with and enjoyed, a vision that has, no doubt about it, generated plenty of money for TOR. But do you honestly think that TOR doesn’t give a damn about us fans? I could never agree with that.

And do you honestly think that Harriet would let TOR do what they wanted, anyway? For Harriet it’s not about TOR getting the capstone to an incredible series, it’s not even really about the fans, in my opinion. I think the most important thing for her is that it brings to an end the career of a fantasy legend with love and respect, that it really begins his legacy, and that she will do what she needs to respect the memory of her husband with as much love as possible. Remember, this wasn’t just a man she edited books for. This was her husband, and every decision she ever made was to help him write better and to make the books, including A Memory of Light, the best books that they could be.

Okay, I’ve said my piece. ๐Ÿ™‚ But don’t take my word for it – this is, after all, just my opinion. Go ahead and read the posts by Pat and Brandon, and read the interview with Harriet at Dragonmount, and you’ll have the best info you need to decide whether or not A Memory of Light in 3 Parts is the best way to go or not.

Be Fantastic!

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Posted by on April 6, 2009 in Musings

 

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News, news, news! And more!

Wow, another day goes by and there’s plenty more to tell you all about! ๐Ÿ™‚

First off, do you want to try your hand at creating your own Fantasy (or SF, for that matter) book cover? I followed a link from The Old Bat’s Belfry to this site, read the instructions, and created my own book cover! ๐Ÿ™‚ Okay, granted, it’s a bit crappy (butterflies for sails?) but it still looks cool, and the title, together with the cover, really does make the book look intriguing. ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyway, here’s my effort:

The Power of Lodon

The Power of Lodon

The author’s name? That’s my pen-name when I write the literary stuff. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here are the instructions:

CREATE YOUR DEBUT FANTASY BOOK COVER
1 – Go to โ€œBehind the Nameโ€. Hit โ€œGenerate a Name!โ€ or click http://www.behindthename.com/random/
The first name you get is your author name.
2 – Go to โ€œFantasy Novel Title Generatorโ€
or click http://nine.frenchboys.net/novel.php
This is the title of your book.
3 – Go to Photobucket and click on โ€œsurreal artโ€ or click http://photobucket.com/images/surreal%20art/
Add the two numbers of your age together (ex. 2 + 7 = 9). Go to that page of results. The fourth picture, no matter what it is, is your cover.
4 – Use photoshop, Picnik, or similar to put it all together.
5 – Post it to your site along with this text.

Pretty easy, I have to admit, and quick, too! ๐Ÿ™‚

Okay, next up: Wheel of Time News!

There is a widget available (which I cannot put on the blog) counting down the days, hours, minutes and seconds until A Memory of Light hits the shelves – in November. Now, now, don’t get too excited yet! Brandon Sanderson is working on rewrites for Harriet at the moment (for those who’s been living on another planet, Harriet is Robert Jordan’s widow and his long-time editor) and hopes to have them done by April (if I’m not mistaken); coupled with that, Brandon has time and again stated that this book will be a big, thick book, and that even his projected wordcount might get tossed out the window as he progresses. The book might even be split (I know, I’d like to devour it and finish it, too, without having to wait for part two, but hey, it’s not up to us), and the first part may hit shelves in November. Either way, I think the November date is a bit premature, considering the project and what Brandon has already said about working on it.

But if it does hit shelves in November, either Part One or the full book, you can be sure of one thing – in November, forget any other book hitting the shelves at the same time – The Wheel of Time will be the biggest news of the year! ๐Ÿ™‚

Check out the announcement from Dragonmount here.

And now, back to Star Wars! ๐Ÿ™‚

Darth Bane: Dynasty of Evil – I saw the announcement here, followed the link to the official site, and saw this:

Darth Bane: Dynasty of Evil

Darth Bane: Dynasty of Evil

I’m so glad they’ve decided to go back to the cover-style of the first book, Path of Destruction! I’m sorry, but the cover of Rule of Two was a major let-down. This looks great! ๐Ÿ™‚

And then, this:

Star Wars Fate of the Jedi Omen front

Star Wars Fate of the Jedi Omen front

This is the front cover, and now, here’s the back:

Star Wars Fate of the Jedi Omen back

Star Wars Fate of the Jedi Omen back

I haven’t warmed up entirely yet to the new style of cover art, but it’s starting to look really cool – who is that on the cover, I wonder? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Here’s the announcement on the official site, and if you want them, spoilers for Omen! ๐Ÿ™‚

Okay, that’s it for now, I guess. ๐Ÿ™‚

Be Fantastic!

 
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Posted by on March 5, 2009 in Announcements

 

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Want to be a character in A Memory of Light?

This is just totally awesome! ๐Ÿ™‚ Brandon, Harriet, Pat; you all rock! ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s the link: basically, there are two ways for you to be a character in the final book of the AWESOME Wheel of Time saga! ๐Ÿ™‚ How kickass is that?!

Be Fantastic!

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2009 in Announcements

 

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The Wheel of Time Book 12 – New Interview with Brandon Sanderson

Hey Guys and Girls, Brandon has re-answered the questions posed to him last year at Dragonmount; having been involved in the Wheel of Time now for just over a year, Brandon has looked back and, believe me, if you know your stuff, it seems he’s alluding to some of the events we can look forward to in A Memory of Light! Oh, and did I mention he states who Asmodean’s murderer is? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here’s the link!

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Posted by on December 17, 2008 in Announcements

 

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