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Updates and a discovery

Hey Guys and Girls, here’s my discovery: Steph Swainston. Okay, I know that many of you will have heard of her and will have read her novels, but I received a copy of The Modern World in the post last week and have been reading it ever since! I’ve never been clouted over the head with such a tense opening chapter, and even though this is the third book in her series, I’m not finding it difficult to get into. So, if you see the unassuming paperback of The Modern World on a shelf, buy it, because it’s been waiting for you to discover it, too. πŸ™‚

Okay, onto other updates:

The Fan-Made Malazan Audio Book; as I said in a previous post, I’ve gotten permission from Transworld to record and publish a ten-minute excerpt of Steven Erikson’s Gardens of the Moon. I’ve finished the recording, and my friend, Remy, had also finished his recording. I’m going to be waiting until early next year to post it, though, because I’ve gone over the ten-minute limit by a minute and a half, and since normal people (;-)) get to have a break over the holidays, I’ll need to wait until Jan to find out if I can go ahead and post the longer excerpt or if I have to cut it down – or record a different section. Remy and I are in contact and sharing thoughts about it, so we’ll have a back-up ready if Transworld says that he have to stick to the ten-minute excerpt. But as soon as I get any news, I’ll let you all know. πŸ™‚

What else I’m reading; other than The Modern World, I’m also reading The Crown Conspiracy by Michael Sullivan, and Graywalker by Bruce Skye (who are also both on Wonderlands). And I’m making my way through C.C.
Humphreys’ Vlad: The Last Confession, which will be available in Feb ’09. After reading Twelve, I was in the mood for more vampires! πŸ™‚ And last but not least, I’m reading the short story ‘Challenging Lessons’ by Tracy Falbe. I’ll have those reviews for you soon. πŸ™‚

I’ve also read something else that I can’t talk about yet – sworn to secrecy and all that, but I might just drop a few hints in future posts. πŸ™‚ Suffice it to say that what I’ve read will definitely be one of the top Fantasy titles of 2009! πŸ™‚

Also, head on over to Robert V.S. Redick’s site and download the first chapter of The Red Wolf Conspiracy – trust me, after reading that except, you’ll want the whole book! πŸ™‚

I’ve also received more books from Jonathan Ball Publishers (a local South African publisher), and I’ll be posting the photos of the books they sent to me later today (my ‘this evening’).

Okay, that’s about it! πŸ™‚

Be Fantastic!


Forgot to mention that I’ve hit 12500 words on the first draft of my Epic Fantasy novel – will be blasting past 13000 words tonight! πŸ™‚

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Posted by on December 15, 2008 in Announcements


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It’s all starting to pay off. :-)

Man, what a pleasure these past two days have been. πŸ™‚ The first lot of good news is that I’ve finally sent off my interview questions to David Anthony Durham and Dr. Ben Bova, and also that I’ve completed my review of Durham’s Acacia. (Which will be going up in my next post. πŸ™‚ )

More good news: I’ve had the good fortune of hearing about a young South Africa guy who managed to get his Sci-Fi novel published with the SA-arm of the Penguin Group, and trust me when I say that this is incredibly good news! I’m going to be recieving the manuscript in a few weeks (thank you Penguin), and I’ll give it a read; if his novel can break into the industry here, it’ll blow the doors wide open for SA genre writers! (And that is also good news for your’s truly, since I’m writing my own fantasy trilogy. :-)) Obviously, it has to be a good, engaging story, but that aside, just getting it published here already bodes well; so hold thumbs! πŸ™‚

And finally: I have to thank the following publishers – Jonathan Ball, Penguin, and Random House – and the wonderful people that work there -Elmarie and Louise, Sonja, and Emily – for helping me with proof copies and getting this blog (and the next bit of news I’ll be blogging about) off the ground. Without you guys, I would never have been able to organize the interviews with Peter Brett, Jo Graham, Ben Bova and David Anthony Durham and get this off the ground –

Β – which brings me to this: the company that I work for, Fascination Books, has recently gone live with an incredible online store, and I now have my own page there, called ‘A Word with Dave’. It’s aimed at the SA fantasy & sci-fi reading market, but all book-related news will be going in there (something I don’t think any SA company has ever tried to do before), so thanks to the MD, Mr. A, the man who runs the website (Mr. D) andΒ the marketing man, Mr.Β C, as well asΒ all the authors who have not given me a choice! πŸ™‚ Hehe! I mean, how could I not want to talk about these amazing books? πŸ™‚

Here’s the link to Fascination Books; go check it out – you’ll be amazed at what we have!

And go do yourself a favour and check out Peter Brett’s blog, Pepphole; there’s a priceless photo of him reading The Warded Man (which can be pre-ordered hereΒ and hereΒ ) to his baby girl. πŸ™‚

If you can’t find the link to Peter’s website on the right, here it is:

So there we go, all the good news! πŸ™‚

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