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… 🙂
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. 🙂
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.
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! 🙂
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,
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! 🙂
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! 🙂
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! 🙂
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!),
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! 🙂
Yes, I’m officially back! 🙂 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! 🙂 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! 🙂
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! 🙂
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!
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! 🙂
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,
The Old Bat’s Belfry gives us some great SFF links, way cooler than mine! 🙂
Read a very cool interview with Matt Curran at Un:Bound! 🙂
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! 🙂
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
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. 🙂
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. 🙂 It’s funny… My parents never said anything… I just hope George Dubya isn’t my grandpa…! 😉
Okay, so I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus, I know, but I’m back! 🙂 With friends like Gav and Mulluane, it feels even better. 😉
So, without further a-do, here’s the links to blog-posts I’ve gone through today – check them out! 🙂
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! 🙂 (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?),
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! 🙂
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,
And the Un:Bound reviews the book of a very cool movie by a very cool writer! 🙂
Okay, that’s it for now. 🙂
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! 🙂
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! 🙂
That’s it for now, folks. 🙂 Plenty of good stuff to check out! 🙂
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! 🙂 Next post!
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! 🙂
Okay, that’s it for this blog-love for January! 🙂 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! 🙂
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. 🙂
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. 🙂 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. 🙂 (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). 🙂
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!). 🙂
Next up, fellow World Fantasy Convention attendee David Anthony Durham has got some great news: he’s finished The Other Lands, sequel to Acacia! 🙂 He’s a bit stressed, so send good thoughts his way, too. 🙂
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. 🙂
Patrick Rothfuss has got his own review of Terry Pratchett’s Nation, well-worth a read if you haven’t yet bought the book. 🙂
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. 🙂
Karen Miller, still a bit shaky after her bout with – well, you’ll just have to read what happened, won’t you? 🙂
This next post makes me extremely jealous: Liz and Mark got to meet Neil Gaiman! Read all about it, with pics! 🙂
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! 🙂
Get to know Ashe even more with this post! Great blog, guys, well worth a read. 🙂
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! 🙂 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! 🙂
Okay, phew, that’s it for now. 🙂 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. 🙂
I’ve already passed the 50th post mark! 🙂 Man, that was really a shocker – I didn’t realize until I posted the short post about ‘My Other Blog’ before this one. 🙂
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! 🙂
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. 🙂
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. 🙂
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. 🙂
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! 🙂
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.
M.D. Thalmann, a novelist and freelance journalist with an affinity for satire and science fiction, lives in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife, children, and ornery cats, reads too much and sleeps too little.