An geek’s dream team of interviews this week, with all-star authors like Lev Grossman, Patrick Rothfuss, Scott Lynch, Daniel Abraham, Peter S. Beagle, and more. The Night Circus makes some noise, placing in first in Amazon’s top 5 fantasy bestseller list for the week, and the detailed observer will notice reviews and interviews with author Erin Morgenstern popping up around the ‘webs. The talk is Harry Potter fans are hungry, and The Night Circus may be just the dish. Also, for a few weeks in a row, old-school “Choose Your Own Adventure” style books are making appearances in the fantasy blogosphere. Did someone say comeback?
Martin is finally dethroned after spending 13 weeks in first place, and pushed not into second, but third place, with The Night Circus and The Way of Shadows vaulting into first and second, respectively.
Lev Grossman’s The Magician King hit stores this week, and created an appropriate amount of buzz in the blogosphere. While Grossman owned the week, there’s a lot going on overall, from interviews with George R.R. Martin, Peter S. Beagle and Patrick Rothfuss to a great article on the NY Times discussing fantasy’s place in the modern world. Fantasy is mainstream, people. Rejoice.
In case you haven’t been watching our Amazon’s top 5 fantasy books over the past few months, USA Today has summarized nicely: Record sales for George R.R. Martin’s A Dance with Dragons. It shows, as A Dance with Dragons is being reviewed in more mainstream publications, and the author himself is popping up to discuss the novel all over the interwebs. If you squint enough, you may be able to see the reviews of books by Ari Marmell, N.K. Jemisin, Steven Erikson and Brent Weeks amid the Dance maelstrom. Tack on a pair of interviews with Lev Grossman and Tracy Hickman, and I’d say this week will leave you with a belly full of fantasy.
Best Fantasy Books with an onslaught of reviews of some of my favorite books: The Lies of Locke Lamora, The Blade Itself, A Game of Thrones, and more. The reviews don’t stop there though, with reviews of books by Brent Weeks, China Mieville, Stephen King, R. Scott Bakker, Peter Orullian and more. Pat of Fantasy Hotlist posts part one of an interview of R. Scott Bakker. Rockin’.
A fairly calm week in the fantasy blogosphere, but anticipation for the Game of Thrones HBO series continues to ramp up as we get closer to the premier in April. This week, HBO released the longest video yet containing clips from the series, overlayed with some of the ‘artisans’ videos they’ve released, and tied together with commentary by the man himself.
Reviews of a few novels this week, including one of my favorite reads this year, Lamentation by Ken Scholes. Interviews with Guy Gavriel Kay, Brent Weeks, and Scott Bakker. HBO released a 10-minute trailer for the Game of Thrones series this week, and Orbit Books offers a little elven holiday cheer.
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.
Great interviews this week, including Tad Williams, Jasper Kent, Brent Weeks, Lev Grossman, Scott Westerfield and Peter V. Brett. We’ve also found a few creat reviews, including a review of Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson, The Painted Man by Peter V. Brett, and more. Ever get frustrated when books don’t clearly indicate the order they’re published in or the series number on the cover? Check out FictFact. And as always, Guildy hilarity!
Brandon Sanderson making the rounds again this week, interviewing across the fantasy blogosphere, and Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist offers a review of The Way of Kings. A few other reviews and interviews crossed this week including The Exile by Diana Gabaldon and an interview with Naomi Novik. A new Harry Potter film trailer was released, and don’t miss Pat Rothfuss in Clash of the Geeks. And, as always, The Guild with another home run episode.
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