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Release Days and Competitions

Hey everyone, March is an absolutely *massive* month for SFF!

First up, The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss has been released – I saw it on the shelf in Australia while I was there and it looks like a gorgeous monster of a book to read; couldn’t afford a copy, though, not in Australian Dollars! I’ll definitely be reading it as soon as I get my hands on a copy, though – it’s been too long since I’ve enjoyed Kvothe’s company. πŸ™‚ It’s not available in SA *just yet* but should be arriving early in April; I’ll let you SA fans know as soon as it does. πŸ™‚

Second March-release of note (which I’ve reviewed here) is Lily Herne’s Deadlands – zombies, kickass action and awesome characters that is proudly South African. πŸ™‚

Next up (and will definitely be picking up a copy as soon as it arrives in SA), Peter V Brett’s The Desert Spear is now available in paperback! πŸ™‚ Suvudu’s got a post up to celebrate the release and is also hosting a competition, and Peat is also hosting a new contest – check out all the details and much, much more here. πŸ™‚ Massive congrats to Peat!

Another release that’s been getting *plenty* of attention is The Crippled God (as was expected, eh?). It’s been out for a while in the US and UK but hasn’t reached South Africa just yet – will let you know as soon as it arrives. πŸ™‚ I’ll have to wait a while before I get to it, since I’m re-reading the series (at Memories of Ice now), but I’m really looking forward to it.

Another release which I’m really looking forward to is Paul S Kemp’s Star Wars The Old Republic novel, Deceived. I’m really hoping that my copy will arrive soon (please hold thumbs for me)! Paul is hosting a giveaway for 2 copies of the audiobook, read by the awesome Marc Thompson – check out the details here. πŸ™‚

One last release-day celebration – Seanan McGuire’s fourth(!!!) October Daye novel, Late Eclipses was available as of the 1st of March! πŸ™‚ Massive congrats to Seanan – I haven’t yet had a chance to finish A Local Habitation but that’s on my to-do list and will be happening soon. πŸ™‚ Congrats, Seanan! πŸ™‚

That’s it for now – check back tomorrow for some news regarding a new interview with Steven Erikson. πŸ™‚

Be EPIC!

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Posted by on March 2, 2011 in Announcements

 

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Review: The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss

The Name of the Wind UK Edition

The Name of the Wind UK Edition

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I recieved this book from the publishers in the same box that had The Painted Man in it (among others), and I picked up Peter’s novel first, then read David’s novel, and finally came to The Name of the Wind. πŸ™‚ The cover confused me (after a had journeyed around a hundred pages into the book) because I had the idea that the character depicted on the cover was a woman, but other than that, the cover was still beautiful. Also, the title of the series – The Kingkiller Chronicle – Day One – intruiged the hell out of me. I thought, Wow, Patrick is ambitious! To fill this thick novel with the events of one day?! I wasΒ Β proven, much to my delight,Β wrong. πŸ™‚

The novel begins in the third-person POV, introducing us the the one major player who will remain with us on our journey through the Four Corners of the World. His name is Kvothe, and as the blurb on the back of the UK edition says, you may have heard of him. πŸ™‚ Certainly, after such a strong debut, Kvothe’s name will be on many lips! As we read on, Patrick draws us into Kvothe’s life and world with a grace and ease which belies how well-written and wonderful the book is – as you get to know Kvothe (and the Chandrian) you are sucked deeper and deeper, until it seems that you have always known this talented and driven young man, have grown up beside him and witnessed his coming-of-age (and his blunders. πŸ™‚ ) After reading immensely enjoyable books from Peter V Brett and David Durham, I thought that the pin had to drop somewhere, but thankfully, it didn’t. Patrick’s use of fantasy-mainstays (such as dragons and establishments where the use of magic is taught) are fresh and unique, and in my view, Patrick’s University, as well as the magic-system he employs, are two of the cleverest inventions in the genre so far, especially coming from a debut author.

I took longer than usual to finisf the book, which I will blame on getting my hands on a Star Wars title I’ve been waiting three years to read, and I was able to put the book down and switch it off in my mind, but I’m not saying here that the book bored me or didn’t hold my attention. The Name of the Wind is like an old friend, someone you know deeply, someone you are comfortable with, someone who doesn’t demand your attention. Books that do that, while remaining great reads, are few and far between – the line seperating that from putting the book down and never picking it up again is a very thin line, but Patrick steers you away from it, and you really enjoy being steered. πŸ™‚

All in all, this is a great debut, and this guy will be one of the big guns, trust me. πŸ™‚ I await the follow up with patience, because I know that I’ll be meeting Kvothe, my old friend, again, and thanks to Patrick Rothfuss, I’m downright comfortable in Kvothe’s presence. πŸ™‚

8/10

 
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Posted by on September 27, 2008 in Reviews

 

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Books that I’m reading at the moment

I thought I’d do this post since I don’t have anything interesting to blog about at the moment. πŸ™‚ (This is really weird; as I’m typing this I’m listening to Disturbed’s new album, and the song of the moment began with a background-sound of rain falling, and I actually felt like I was getting cold, thought I could smell the rain!)

Anyway, before I started this blog, I was on my second read-through of both The Wheel of Time and The Malazan Book of the Fallen: About sixty pages into Lord of Chaos and around forty pages into Memories of Ice. Since then, I’ve read Peter’s debut, Jo’s debut, David’s fantasy, and now I’m reading The Name of the Wind. I’m not even going to mention the author (since if you read fantasy and you haven’t heard of this book yet, you need to push that rock off you and get back to the world πŸ™‚ ), and the book is incredible so far.

Patrick completely threw me for a loop when he switched from 3rd to 1st person, but hell, now I find myself craving the 1st while reading 3rd and craving 3rd while I’m reading first! πŸ™‚ Now what I mean? The man is a brilliant writer, and I can’t wait to get my review for this book done! πŸ™‚

After that? Well, I hope to have Karen Traviss’ Wess’harΒ  Wars series in hand, so I’ll be reading that. πŸ™‚ If I don’t yet have those books, I’ve got a few others waiting (and hopefully more on the way from the publishers), but yΓ¨, there’s my plan of action for the next few weeks.

 
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Posted by on August 29, 2008 in Announcements, Musings

 

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