Monthly Archives: January 2010

Fantasy Blogosphere: January 24, 2010

If our last Fantasy Blogosphere post was the most eclectic yet, then this is the most abundant. Chock full of review goodness, this post features reviews of books by Robin Hobb, David Anthony Durham, Ken Scholes, George R.R. Martin, Guy Gavriel Kay, Daniel Abraham, James Barclay and Terry Pratchett, and a triage of Jim Butcher reviews from NextRead. Pat’s got a fresh interview with Joe Abercrombie, and there’s exciting news all around; its looking like we’re really going to see A Game of Thrones as an HBO series, R.A. Salvatore signs for 6 additional Forgotten Realms books, and the movie rights for Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy have been optioned. What a great time to be a fantasy fan!

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Amazon’s Top 5 Fantasy Bestsellers, January 23, 2010

Vampires continue to rule the Amazon top 5 fantasy bestseller list, with Flirt making its first appearance this week. Stephanie Meyer’s Breaking Dawn holds strong in the number two spot, and Charlaine Harris continues a strong showing in 2010 with two novels in the top 5 this week: Dead in the Family and Dead and Gone.

  1. Wit’ch Fire by James Clemens
  2. Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer
  3. Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris
  4. Flirt by Laurell K. Hamilton
  5. Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris
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Fantasy Blogosphere: January 10, 2010

I don’t think we’ve ever had a more eclectic brew on the Fantasy Blogosphere. We start this week off with a pair of reviews at Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist and Grasping for the Wind, and balance those out nicely with three interviews, including the second we’ve spotlighted in the “Patrick Rothfuss interviews other fantasy authors” series. He’s following up his interview with Joe Abercrombie with a conversation with Brent Weeks. We touch on a new novella by Steven Erikson, give Brandon Sanderson the nod for his work on The Gathering Storm, and round out the week with a lesson on writing from George R.R. Martin, and the icing on the cake: a cage match between Steven Erikson and R. Scott Bakker. Mmm, Tasty.

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Amazon’s Top 5 Fantasy Bestsellers, January 9, 2010

After conquering the the night, vampires have set their sites on ruling another domain: the Amazon top 5 fantasy bestseller list. Stephanie Meyer accomplishes a landmark: three of the top five are books in her Twilight Saga. New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn are books two, three and four of the Twilight series, respectively. Round out the top 5 with two additional vampire books, and its looking like we’re starting off 2010 with a vampire invasion.

  1. Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer
  2. Once Bitten by Kalayna Price
  3. New Moon by Stephanie Meyer
  4. Already Dead by Charlie Huston
  5. Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer
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Top 10 Fantasy Books for 2010

Here’s my list of the books I’m most excited to read in 2010. The first three are not released yet, and are possibly the most highly anticipated fantasy novels slated for (potential) release in 2010. Picks 4-6 are historical fiction, or some twist on the sub-genre. Books 7-9 are continuations, if not necessarily in the same series, of authors I’ve already read at least once. And my final pick is a classic thrown in for good measure.

A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin

I know its been five years since A Feast for Crows. But Pat over at Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist has this book slated for release in 2010, and he knows George R.R. Martin personally. Coincidence? Hopefully, for legions of A Song of Ice and Fire Fans, its a bit more.

A Dance with Dragons

The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch

The first two books in Scott Lynch’s fantasy debut series have redefined the meaning of action fantasy. Saying the third book in this seven book series is highly anticipated is like saying Tiger Woods made a boo-boo. In other words, its going to be huge.

The Republic of Thieves

The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

Patrick Rothfuss delivered a home run with his first novel, The Name of the Wind, and rightfully earned himself a seat among the top dogs in the fantasy novel industry. We’ll keep our fingers crossed that we’ll see this one drop in 2010.

The Wise Man's Fear

Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson

With a degree in anthropology, Steven Erikson’s ability with characterization should be fantastic. Gardens of the Moon is the first book in the ten book Malazan Book of the Fallen series. With historical fiction gaining traction in the industry and the popularity of the later novels in this series recently, I’m interested to get Erikson’s take on fantasy novels.

Gardens of the Moon

Acacia by David Anthony Durham

Durham has traveled the world, and lived in Scotland for a number of years, before landing in California as a Creative Writing professor at California State University. He’s made a name for himself writing novels involving The American Civil War, Carthage and the war with the Roman Republic. Acacia is his first attempt in the epic fantasy genre, and has made some noise in the industry.


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Fantasy Blogosphere: January 3, 2010

Happy New Year! With everyone either on vacation or still in hangover mode, the fantasy book blogosphere is expectantly slower than usual. Still, we’ve got a few reviews including books by Scott Lynch and Steven Erikson, along with a review of the classic first novel in George R.R. Martin’s ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ series, A Game of Thrones. Cheers!

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Amazon’s Top 5 Fantasy Bestsellers, January 2, 2010

Once Bitten enjoys two weeks straight in the number one spot, while James Clemens’ Wit’ch Fire hits the five week mark. Breaking Dawn has been selling strong on Amazon since the release of the New Moon movie, and Charlaine Harris starts the year off as the first author with two books in the top five, with both Dead and Gone and Dead in the Family making the list this week.

  1. Once Bitten by Kalayna Price
  2. Wit’ch Fire by James Clemens
  3. Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer
  4. Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris
  5. Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris
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