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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!! πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚ I’ll be entering, too, of course… πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

And Suvudu also gave us our Hugo winners!! πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚ Oh, and it’s Gav Thorpe’s (also now one of Angry Robot’s new authors) latest novel for Black Library. πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚

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!! πŸ™‚ You hear that, BL? Get the ball rolling! πŸ™‚



Posted by on August 10, 2009 in Blog-Love



Blog-Love: June!

Well, I’m back! πŸ™‚ Better late than never, I s’pose. πŸ™‚ 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! πŸ™‚

    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 πŸ™‚ ,

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), πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚

John Marco says goodbye to his blog (yΓ¨, 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?!?! πŸ™‚ (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! πŸ™‚

Steph Swainston reports on ACON 2009,

Philip Palmer punts a seriously bloody book! πŸ™‚

Russell Kirkpatrick, Congrats! πŸ™‚ Head on over here to find out why. πŸ™‚ (Awesome news!)

Jon F Merz has some good news about his eBooks! πŸ™‚

and Suzanne McLeod launches a furry giveaway! πŸ™‚

    Onto my fellow bloggers! πŸ™‚

Happy Birthday to A Dribble of Ink!! πŸ™‚

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), πŸ™‚

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!), πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

The Old Bat’s Belfry has a round-up of all the cool giveaways, πŸ™‚

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!! πŸ™‚

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

The Book Swede covers Swearing in Fantasy,

Daya has a look at a book I’m itching to get my hands on, πŸ™‚

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

Unbound announces its winner of the Winterstrike giveaway! πŸ™‚

and last but not least, another awesome post from Mark for SF books appearing on shelves this month! πŸ™‚

OK, that’s me buggered, stumbling off to bed to wake up again in a little over four hours! Cheers! πŸ™‚



Posted by on June 1, 2009 in Blog-Love



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!! πŸ™‚ Just because I like you all so much and don’t want to waste your time while you browse the blog… πŸ˜‰

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. πŸ™‚ So, here’re the winners!

Werner Olivier


Neville Thompson!

Check your email, guys! πŸ™‚ And check the very next post for the new giveaway! πŸ™‚

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 editorβ€”his wife, Harriet McDougalβ€”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 northwardβ€”wishing he could form at least a temporary truce with the invadersβ€”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 Towerβ€”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?). πŸ™‚ Manoman every day that we have to wait is torture! πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚ Lan kicks ASS! πŸ™‚

Also, there’s info there on what happened at Jordancon, so check it out! πŸ™‚ 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! πŸ™‚ Lets just hope he takes it easy and gets all the rest he needs to mend! We can wait, Aaron, we can wait! πŸ™‚

On the books-I’ve-received front, I also got Twisted Metal about 3 days ago! πŸ™‚ So, look out for a review of that! πŸ™‚ 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! πŸ™‚


Looks pretty cool huh? πŸ™‚ I like this cover, but I have to say that I like the original fluffy-toy cover better. πŸ™‚ 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! πŸ™‚

Also, Andy Remic and an ax? πŸ˜‰

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. πŸ™‚ And if you haven’t heard, the pilot will be shot in Ireland. πŸ™‚ And this is just a cool coincidence, but it begins shooting in October, and I’m turning 28 in October too. πŸ™‚

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!). πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚ 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! πŸ™‚ Also, Peat has posted another excision – check it out! πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚ 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! πŸ™‚ 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! πŸ™‚

Okay, that’s about the biggest news of late, so lets get into Blog-Love! πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚

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

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! πŸ™‚

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 πŸ˜‰ ),

Russell Kirkpatrick is busy writing an SF story! πŸ™‚ In this post he talks a bit about the process he’s following. πŸ™‚

Sean Williams tells us the Seven Reasons why he’s proud of The Grand Conjunction, πŸ™‚

Christie Golden’s latest Warcraft novel was launched on the 21st of April, check out her post on it, πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚

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

Now onto my fellow awesome bloggers! πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚

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, πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚

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

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! πŸ™‚ More on that later. πŸ™‚ Oh, and David has finished Trudi Canavan’s The Magician’s Apprentice, so expect that review soon! πŸ™‚

I leave you with an absolutely awesome Ad that’s making the rounds on SA television at the moment – I love this! πŸ™‚

Be Fantastic!


Posted by on May 3, 2009 in Announcements, Blog-Love, Giveaways


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Blog-Love for April!

Yes, I’m officially back! πŸ™‚ The internet here got a bit wonky but it’s up and running again, and even though there hasn’t been much happening on the blog in the past few weeks, I haven’t been sitting on my behind and doing bugger-all – I’ve got plenty of posts (including two new reviews) and an interview on the way! πŸ™‚ Plus the giveaway is running, so if you know South Africans who would like a free book, point them my way!

But first, lets get to the links for the first of April – no fools allowed! πŸ™‚

Fantasy Book Critic has got yet another awesome post giving us the low-down for the books hitting the shelves this month!

Graeme has got a review of a great-looking and cool-sounding graphic novel!

Mark Chadbourn has posted the final US cover art of the second book in his Age of Misrule series (damn good art, that, looks awesome!)!

Liz and Mark muse about the Glorious Dead… Zombies! πŸ™‚

Pat has got a new giveaway for us: A Fantasy Medley featuring work by Robin Hobb, Kelly Armstrong, Late Elliott and C. E. Murphy!

Suvudu and Del Rey have either ruined fantasy as a genre or given Paris Hilton a much-needed boost – check this out!

The Genre Files features an interview with Vincent Chong!

Daya gives us her thoughts on the interesting new TV series, Kings (the concept sounds great, but can they keep it fresh?)

Mark has pre-empted me (I wouldn’t have it any other way, awesome Mark!) by spreading the news of what’s going to be happening with A Memory of Light – the final book(s) in the epic Wheel of Time series… AND… He’s also got a great post detailing the SF releases for April! πŸ™‚

Dragons, Heroes and Wizards tackled Greg Keyes’ The Briar King and reviewed it!

John’s Grasping takes us to a post where George Orwell’s son talks about growing up with an immortal public figure,

Nextread has got a great interview with the author of Beat the Reaper!

The Old Bat’s Belfry gives us some great SFF links, way cooler than mine! πŸ™‚

Read a very cool interview with Matt Curran at Un:Bound! πŸ™‚

and last but definitely not least, Speculative Fiction Junkie reviews The Manual of Detection!

One last thing that fans of GRRM’s A Song of Ice and Fire may enjoy: Piotr over at FantasyFan has started a re-read of that brilliant series – currently still on A Game of Thrones! πŸ™‚

And one last, last thing (I promise!): have you seen the provisional UK cover art for Steven Erikson’s Dust of Dreams? Thanks to Pat for breaking the news for us! Here it is for your viewing, cheering pleasure:

Dust of Dreams

Dust of Dreams

Okay, that’s it for now. Check back tomorrow and I’ll have my review of A Madness of Angels by Kate Griffin for you. πŸ™‚

Be Fantastic!

P.S. When I checked my email today, I got the wonderful news that President Barack Obama and myself are related! No joke! Here’s the text of the email, sent to me by our wonderful Apps on Facebook:


Barack Obama (Washington, DC) has confirmed you as his fourth cousin once removed on We’re Related.

Follow this link to see how you are related:

I took the link out because, well, you’re not me and it won’t take you anywhere cos you can’t log in as me. πŸ™‚ It’s funny… My parents never said anything… I just hope George Dubya isn’t my grandpa…! πŸ˜‰


Posted by on April 1, 2009 in Blog-Love



Blog-Love for March!

Okay, so I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus, I know, but I’m back! πŸ™‚ With friends like Gav and Mulluane, it feels even better. πŸ˜‰

So, without further a-do, here’s the links to blog-posts I’ve gone through today – check them out! πŸ™‚

First up, the great, awesome people over at Fantasy Book Critic have got their regular (and hard to be beat) post on what we readers can look forward to being published this month; there are some awesome titles hitting the shelves, guys and girls, so set aside enough money and then some! πŸ™‚ (And one of the new releases hitting the shelves this month? The Warded Man! That’s right, US fans – prepare to be blown away!)

Mark Chadbourn has got some info about the release of Destroyer of Worlds (such a cool title don’t you think?),

Graeme is hosting a giveaway of a book I wouldn’t mind owning! πŸ™‚

Mark is asking for some help on what to read next – some very good titles there, so I can see why it’s a difficult choice! πŸ™‚

David Anthony Durham links to a post the fellow-writer and friend Pat Rothfuss wrote regarding The Wise Man’s Fear – required reading for those who aren’t writers and think it’s easy to crank out an awesome book,

Karen Miller gives us an update on Clone Wars 4 (Whoohooo, more Star Wars!),

Peter V Brett wishes he could read Polish (and BTW, he clocked over 12500 words last week, so The Desert Spear is close!),

Daya points us to some very important advice!

The Dragons, Heroes and Wizards of the blog-sphere review Jennifer Fallon’s Wolfblade,

John has got a great giveaway for zombie-fans to enter, and also reviewed The Warded Man!

Mulluane points us to all the cool giveaways and competitions in the SFF-blogger’s world,

And the Un:Bound reviews the book of a very cool movie by a very cool writer! πŸ™‚

Okay, that’s it for now. πŸ™‚

My very next post will be a review of the third and last Coruscant Nights novel, Pattern of Force, so if you’re a Star Wars EU fan, get ready for that; and the post after that will be a review of Steph Swainston’s The Modern World! πŸ™‚

Be Fantastic!

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Posted by on March 1, 2009 in Announcements



Blog Love for February!

Hey guys and girls, here’s my monthly round-up of posts currently gracing the blogs I read; there are some excellent posts out there, so go and have a look! πŸ™‚

First off, Fantasy Book Critic once again has an incredible post featuring SFF novels to look out for this month! Have a look!

Mark over at Walker of Worlds has got another great post regarding SF-specific titles to look out for this month, as well as a round up of SF reviews and interviews! πŸ™‚

Graeme is showing off the latest additions to his comic-collection,

Liz and Mark have got an interview with one of the best agents in SFF and news regarding their massive UK Children’ Book Giveaway,

Pat is running a giveaway for a limited edition of Dan Simmons’ latest masterpiece, Drood, and also reviews Glen Cook’s Books of the South,

The SciFiGuy gives us all a lot to choose from with his own Books of February post,

David Louis Edelman is getting ready for the Hugo Awards,

Book Spot Central lets us all know where we can catch the first trailer for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,

Daya points us to a impressive and informative Orbit feature… πŸ™‚

Karen Traviss recommends two great sites that she visits every morning,

Jo Graham tells us a bit about the Audio Book of Black Ships and points us to where we can sample it,

David Anthony Durham has gone camping… but left us with a link to an article by Shawn Speakman that every GRRM fan should read,

Over at Suvudu, we are shown where excerpts of R Scott Bakker’s latest can be found,

Darren Turpin tells us about a great site that will become a blog-reader’s resource (really impressive site),

Dark Wolf shows off the latest arrivals from the mail,

Mark calls together all Harlen Ellison fans,

Dragons, Heroes and Wizards have reviewed Glen Cook’s The Black Company,

Robert Redick tells us about the great-sounding Vericon (a con at Harvard… sounds awesome!),

and Jay Franco reviews The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death! πŸ™‚

That’s it for now, folks. πŸ™‚ Plenty of good stuff to check out! πŸ™‚

Oh, and in the very next post on this blog, I’ll be releasing the Gardens of the Moon audio excerpt to the world, so tell everyone you know who loved Steven Erikson’s books – your opinions will be the the most important! πŸ™‚ Next post!

Be Fantastic!


Posted by on February 1, 2009 in Announcements



Blog-Love: January 2009!

Okay, I’m sure no-one will blame me for being a few days late with this. πŸ™‚ On the first, I wasn’t really able to speak English, never mind write it! πŸ™‚ So, here goes:

    Authors First:

Peter V Brett has posted his review of… well, go check it out! It’s a book most of you have probably read, and the author picked up a pretty damn important award.. don’t know? Go check it out here. πŸ™‚

Brandon Sanderson has posted a Happy New Year post, and it in talks about a bit of everything – his plans for ’09, a bit about A Memory of Light, and lots else! πŸ™‚

The Jack of Ravens has got an interesting little post that’ll lead you to a lightshow over Birmingham – check it out! πŸ™‚ You do know who Jack of Ravens is, don’t you?

Mark Newton, author of the upcoming Nights of Villjamur, talks a bit about what he’s been up to in the last few days and also points us to some new music! πŸ™‚


Mihai, the Dark Wolf of the Blog-sphere, has got a post up regarding his reading goals for ’09;

Mark, the Walker of Worlds, has got a review of a Doctor Who book (sounds pretty good), a post sending you to the song that was made in honour of the gigantic link-up meme that happened a few weeks ago (awesome song!), and a post covering new releases for 2009! πŸ™‚

Fantasy Book Critic has got yet another awesome post up regarding graphic novels to look forward to this year,

Graeme has reviewed a Star Wars graphic novel (nope, I don’t have that one yet),

Liz and Mark over at My Favourite Books have announced the winners of their Book-A-Day giveaway, so if you entered, go have a look to see if you’re a winner! πŸ™‚

Bloof of the Muse have got a review up on a new 30 Days of Night comic,

Peter V Brett’s buddy Jay went to watch Frank Miller’s The Spirit and shares his thoughts,

Book Spot Central has got a review of Night of the Furies up, and I think I’ll take their advice,

and last but not least, the incredible series-reviewing group over at Dragons, Heroes and Wizards have reviewed Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn Trilogy! πŸ™‚

Okay, that’s it for this blog-love for January! πŸ™‚ I’m sure 2009 is going to be an incredible year for SFF!

Not only have we got some genuinely incredible books to look forward to (The Desert Spear, The Other Lands, A Memory of Light, hopefully Dust of Dreams, 13 Years Later, and all those in post I did covering John Jarrold’s new releases), but I’m sure we’ll be seeing some wonderful news authors getting deals, too! πŸ™‚

2009 is going to ROCK!

Be Fantastic!


Posted by on January 3, 2009 in Announcements


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December Blog-Love!

Here’s all the info on what’s going on the blogs I check out regularly; very cool posts, and all well worth a read! πŸ™‚

Once again, Fantasy Book Critic has got an amazing post regarding titles to look forward to for December, covering all genres!

Mark has also got an incredible post spotlighting the latest Science Fiction releases!

David Anthony Durham is at LosCon at the moment,

Drew Karpyshyn lets us in on an NHL article he wrote,

Daya has got a post on great gift ideas for Black Friday (okay, it’s gone past already, but still, great gift ideas!),

Walter John Williams talks about ‘Death by Stuffing’ πŸ™‚

Blood of the Muse gives us a look at (the Master) Robert Jordan’s signature and also has a review of the first Sir Apropos of Nothing comic,

Friend of Peter V Brett, Jay Franco, has got a report (and pics) of his and Peat’s visit to the SFWA ‘Mills & Swills’ event,

Graeme needs some help deciding on what to read next,

Liz, first of all, kicked Nanowrimo’s butt! πŸ™‚ (Congrats!) and also has her latest review up,

Ashe defends The Adventures of Pluto Nash,

And Christie Golden is very chuffed with a new website! πŸ™‚

Okay, that’s about it! πŸ™‚

Be fantastic!


Posted by on December 1, 2008 in Announcements



November Blog-Love!

I know, I know, I’m a bit late with this, but in my defence, I posted 3 new reviews and 2 new interviews, plus the news about the second Macht book from Paul Kearney. πŸ™‚

Okay, first up, Peter V Brett has asked for some help: if you’re a fan of his work, follow this link to his blog and… well, I’ll let you read it. πŸ™‚ Also, send good thoughts – the man is crapping himself (or was) because he’s attending the World Fantasy Convention! Great news for him and for the forthcoming release in the US of The Warded Man. πŸ™‚ (Peat’s gonna be saying New York Times Bestseller soon, you mark my words!)

Next up, we’ve got Russell Kirkpatrick; he’s got a post about injuries and stupidity (neither of those his mistake), and he’s also finished the last book in his second series!

We’ve then got Blood of the Muse, hosting yet another giveaway (these guys are great with giveaways!) – this time, you can win a paperback copy of Terry Brooks’ Armageddon’s Children! And bloggers, you get an extra entry if you punt it on your blog! (Which I am doing, of course). πŸ™‚

Jay Franco of Bookrastination has got a post up concerning his trip with good friend Peter V Brett to the World Fantasy Convention, and Jay’s put up a great pic of Peat (looking a bit startled, that must have been a sneaky pic!). πŸ™‚

Next up, fellow World Fantasy Convention attendee David Anthony Durham has got some great news: he’s finished The Other Lands, sequel to Acacia! πŸ™‚ He’s a bit stressed, so send good thoughts his way, too. πŸ™‚

Ian MacDonald has got quite a funny post regarding purchases he recently made – let me know if you see the irony in the second purchase. πŸ™‚

Patrick Rothfuss has got his own review of Terry Pratchett’s Nation, well-worth a read if you haven’t yet bought the book. πŸ™‚

Fantasy Book Critic have got a great post up: an interview with Tobias Buckell! πŸ™‚

Graeme’s got his review of Kelly Armstrong’s latest offering, and you know you can trust Graeme’s reviews!

My good friend Gustav has got a post up regarding what happened with Fascination Books, the company I work for – so for those of you who didn’t read hear what happened, check out Gustav’s blog. πŸ™‚

Karen Miller, still a bit shaky after her bout with – well, you’ll just have to read what happened, won’t you? πŸ™‚

This next post makes me extremely jealous: Liz and Mark got to meet Neil Gaiman! Read all about it, with pics! πŸ™‚

Pat has got some great news! A well-deserving author has won the top award at the World Fantasy Convention, and he’s also got an exclusive review of R. Scott Bakker’s latest and greatest! πŸ™‚

Get to know Ashe even more with this post! Great blog, guys, well worth a read. πŸ™‚

And last but definately not least, Mark’s also making me jealous: he’s showing off the latest additions to his bookshelf, updating on reviews that he’ll be posting shortly, and also has a great post dedicated to the latest SF releases for November!

Whoawhoawhoa! Forgot one last person! πŸ™‚ Jo Graham has announced the winners of her latest giveaway (giveaway? Yes!), and there are still more books waiting for lucky readers! So get over there! πŸ™‚

Okay, phew, that’s it for now. πŸ™‚ Check back soon for my interview with Philip Palmer, and I’ll also (hopefully) have some news for you all regarding the giveaways I’d like to start doing. πŸ™‚

Until then,

Be Fantastic!


Posted by on November 3, 2008 in Announcements



Spreading the Blog-love!

I’ve already passed the 50th post mark! πŸ™‚ Man, that was really a shocker – I didn’t realize until I posted the short post about β€˜My Other Blog’ before this one. πŸ™‚

I thought I would mark the occasion (well, it’s an occasion for me, at least) by doing a post regarding all the doings on the blogs I follow regularly. These are all great blogs, so check them out! πŸ™‚

Blood of the Muse has got info on the author Vince Flynn’s upcoming tour to promote the release of his latest novel, Extreme Measures, plus they’re also reviewing the GRRM / Dabel Brothers project, Wild Cards The Hard Call!

Bookrastination is, for those who didn’t know, the blog of one of author Peter V Brett’s old friends, and in his latest post he’s talking about their trip to Albacon.

Dark Parables has got a post promoting the publication of a brand new title, with info about the author.

Fantasy Book Critic has, as always, got a great post regarding titles that many of us may have missed, and a new review, so if you want reccomendations you can trust (along with mine, that is) check them out. πŸ™‚

Graeme has got a review of Gregory Frost’s Lord Tophet,

My good friend Gustav has got a cool review on his manga-targeted blog, and this is definitely worth a look, because this is a South African manga-lover! Also, on his other tech-blog, he has an interesting post on not being insignificant – both blogs are well-worth a read!

Liz and Mark have got a post concerning the author Kat Richardson, very interesting reading! They also have info about 2009’s Spread the Word campaign. πŸ™‚

Pat has got the latest on his NFL contest with GRRM, plus a new giveaway, plus a post covering the limited edition of Naomi Novik’s Black Powder War. πŸ™‚

Peter V Brett has also got a detailed post on his blog regarding his trip to Albacon, lots of info and pics!

Peter F Hamilton’s blog, though not as regular as fans would like, is always a great read, and this post starts off with info regarding his latest offering (I’m still waiting for my copy, but this is SA) The Temporal Void.

If you want to visit a wacky blog, covering a wide range of topics, head on over to Ashe Hunt’s blog! πŸ™‚

Mark has got some great posts up, covering a new announcement from Amazon, what he’s got on his reading pile (plus a pic of his cute dog, Snoop), and a review!

Fantasy author David Anthony Durham has got a very interesting post, with a link to the original article, about how the process of publishing new authors may just become a bit more difficult – very interesting reading!

And fan-favourite Christie Golden (StarCraft and WarCraft novels, and now Star Wars too!), has got a post up concerning her visit to this year’s Blizzcon.

On the news side, I’m waiting for interviews to come back from Russell Kirkpatrick and Drew Karpyshyn, and soon I’ll have three new reviews for you!

Until then,

Be Fantastic!


Posted by on October 22, 2008 in Announcements





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