Monthly Archives: October 2010

Dark Fiction Magazine Website Launch

Dark Fiction Magazine is planning a site launch for All Hallow’s Eve (awesome!), and they provided me with a few sneak peeks of the site. Sounds pretty cool. Here’s a description from their team:

Dark Fiction Magazine (www.darkfictionmagazine.co.uk) is pleased to announce the launch of a new service for fans of genre fiction. Beginning Oct 31st (Halloween), Dark Fiction Magazine will be launching a monthly magazine of audio short stories. This is a free service designed to promote genre short fiction to an audience of podcast and radio listeners. A cross between an audio book, an anthology and a podcast, Dark Fiction Magazine is designed to take the enjoyment of short genre fiction in a new and exciting direction.

Dark Fiction Magazine publishes at least four short stories a month: a mix of award-winning shorts and brand new stories from both established genre authors and emerging writers. Each episode will have a monthly theme and feature complementary tales from the three main genres – science fiction, fantasy and horror.

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Fantasy Blogosphere: October 31, 2010

A fairly calm week in the fantasy blogosphere, with only one review of note crossing the wire. Naomi Novik swings by The Dragon Page, and R.A. Salvatore chats with Del Rey. Barnes & Noble released a full color, Android-based Nook this week, which will fill the slot between cheaper e-ink readers and the full-featured iPad starting at $500. The new Nook has a great price point, starting under $300 around $250. The Hobbit movie is officially staying in New Zealand, and check out the footage from the lead costume designer for the new HBO Game of Thrones series.

The Artisans: Costume Design for Game of Thrones

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Amazon’s Top 5 Fantasy Bestsellers, October 30, 2010

Thankfully Towers of Midnight and Side Jobs hold on the the first and second slots, because two of the top 5 slots have been filled by Vampire for Hire novels that are selling digitally on Kindle. Oh, cruel world, please make it stop.

  1. Towers of Midnight (Hardcover) by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
  2. Side Jobs: Stories From the Dresden Files (Hardcover) by Jim Butcher
  3. Vampire Moon (Kindle) by J.R. Rain
  4. World of Warcraft: The Shattering (Hardcover) by Christie Golden
  5. Moon Dance (Kindle) by J.R. Rain
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Fantasy Blogosphere: October 24, 2010

The fantasy blogosphere is abuzz this week with great reviews of The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie, the Swords and Dark Magic anthology, Stoneweilder by Ian C. Esslemont, and more. Authors were busy this week with interviews with Brandon Sanderson, Raymond E. Feist, Gail Z. Martin, R.A. Salvatore and Brent Weeks. The cover for The Crippled God by Steven Erikson was released, Martin Freeman confirms his role as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit, and R.A. Salvatore is giving away his first Drizzt novel, Homeland, as a free eBook.

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

Towers of Midnight holds strong in first place, with a Warcraft book: The Shattering, entering in second. Jim Butcher’s Side Jobs comes in at number 4.

  1. Towers of Midnight (Hardcover) by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
  2. World of Warcraft: The Shattering (Hardcover) by Christie Golden
  3. Vampire Moon (Kindle) by J.R. Rain
  4. Side Jobs: Stories From the Dresden Files (Hardcover) by Jim Butcher
  5. Mr. Shivers (Kindle) by Robert Jackson Bennett
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Fantasy Blogosphere: October 17, 2010

Slews of reviews and interviews this week, with the New York Comic Con concluding yesterday. Check out the interviews with Joe Abercrombie, Peter V. Brett, Scott Westerfield, R.A. Salvatore and James Enge. A few great book reviews, including Before They are Hanged and Acacia. Also, don’t miss the cover of Mark Charan Newton’s The Book of Transformations, or the news on The Hobbit movie.

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Amazon’s Top 5 Fantasy Bestsellers, October 16, 2010

Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson hold first place, with Side Jobs by Jim Butcher making a first appearance in the 2nd slot. Charlaine Harris bumps her share of the top 5 back up to 40% with both Dead in the Family and Dead and Gone making the cut, and Breaking Dawn rounds out the top 5 for the week. Worth noting just outside the top 5, is A Game of Thrones, (Kindle), which while written in 1996, is seeing a resurgence in digital format.

  1. Towers of Midnight (Hardcover) by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
  2. Side Jobs: Stories From the Dresden Files (Hardcover) by Jim Butcher
  3. Dead in the Family (Kindle) by Charlaine Harris
  4. Dead and Gone (Kindle) by Charlaine Harris
  5. Breaking Dawn (Kindle) by Stephanie Meyer
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Fantasy Social Network Launched

We’re proud to announce the launch of the premier fantasy social network here on Fantasy Book News. Just sign up using the link in the right column, to gain access to:

  • Fantasy Friends: Meet other people who are into fantasy. Just like you.
  • Fantasy Activity: Check out what everyone else in fantasy is talking about.
  • Fantasy Profile: Add your own avatar, pick your favorite book.
  • Fantasy Messaging: Send private messages to your friends.
  • Fantasy Groups: Sign up for, or create your own fantasy groups.
  • Fantasy Forums: Need to get something fantasy-related off your chest? Here’s your new home.

So check it out, we’re just getting started, but we’re confident that the fantasy social network will thrive. Everyone’s got a closet fantasy fan inside them, right?

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Fantasy Blogosphere: October 10, 2010

Huge tracts of reviews this week, from The Scarab Path to The Wolf Age to Northlanders and more. i09 has an interview with George R.R. Martin, and Tor talks with Scott Westerfield. The cover for Daniel Abraham’s The Dragon’s Path is released, Andy Remic offers a free eBook, and Dragon Warrior, the first digital RPG I ever played, has a bar? I’ll take 4 slimes please!

Book Trailer for R.A. Salvatore’s Gauntlgrym

The Guild: Season 4, Episode 12: Guild Hall

Hilarious Dragon Song

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

The battle for the top 5 fantasy bestsellers on Amazon continues, as Towers of Midnight enjoys week 4 in first place, with Dead in the Family, The Way of Kings, and Breaking Dawn all making returns this week. Conversation in the Cathedral appears in the top 5 for the first time.

  1. Towers of Midnight (Hardcover) by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
  2. Conversation in the Cathedral (Hardcover) by Mario Vargas
  3. Dead in the Family (Kindle) by Charlaine Harris
  4. The Way of Kings (Kindle) by Brandon Sanderson
  5. Breaking Dawn (Kindle) by Stephanie Meyer
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