An absolute tempest of fantasy fiction this week, with reviews, interviews and top 10’s forming the perfect storm. Reviews of a pair of new novels, and a pair of classics, interviews with a few new authors, and a classic, and top 10 lists from a new author and a classic. At the eye of the storm you’ll find George R.R. Martin and Tad Williams live at the Fox Theater. Batten down the hatches and dig in.
Towers of Midnight gets knocked completely out of the top 5, in perhaps the most significant shift in recent months: all books in Amazon’s top 5 are Kindle editions, for the first time I’ve ever seen it happen. Replacing hardcover editions of popular current novels like Towers of Midnight and World War Z are Kindle versions in some instances of the same books (World War Z), and in others Kindle editions of classics (The Lord of the Rings). Also, The Hobbit was just outside the top 5, coming in at number 6, also a Kindle edition.
A few good reviews this week, including Dragon Haven by Robin Hobb, but the real story is the number of quality interviews crossing this week. Patrick Rothfuss, Tracy Hickman, Brandon Sanderson, James Barclay, N.K. Jemisin and Peter V. Brett all offer their wisdom to the fantasy blogosphere this week. The cover for Tchaikovsky’s 7th novel in the Shadows of the Apt series, Heirs of the Blade was released this week, and its gorgeous. News on The Dark Tower movie, Moorcock’s Elric series, and the Frank Frazetta feud. A trailer for the forthcoming The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie dropped this week, check it out below.
Amazon’s top 5 fantasy bestsellers, August 28, 2010: The Return of the Awesome? For the first time in recent memory, the top 5 fantasy bestsellers on amazon.com are not dominated by vampire/teen novels! And it only took the king, the Elvis of fantasy, J.R.R. Tolkien to dethrone the fad. Not a bad trio to round out the top three really, with Towers of Midnight holding strong, and Terry Brooks’ latest Shannara novel (Kindle version) rounding out the top 3. I’m so happy I’m not sure what to do with myself now.
The Gathering Storm drops out of the top five for the holiday season, and is replaced by The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Kindle edition. Really cool that readers are still out purchasing this classic, but now in a new digital format. Also, the number one spot gets taken over by another vampire book, with a, shall we say, less than original title.
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