Posts Tagged With: Terry Brooks

Fantasy Blogosphere: November 28, 2011

The Alloy of Law reviews are pouring in, but sadly the biggest news is the passing of Anne McCaffrey. We have lost one of the greats. Her craft will be continued by the current crop of talented fantasy authors, and you can check out interviews with a few current greats like R.A. Salvatore, Patrick Rothfuss, Lev Grossman, Terry Brooks and Daniel Abraham below. Also, Brandon Sanderson talks about writing the Infinity Blade novella. Cool stuff.

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Fantasy Blogosphere: September 26, 2011

Reviews of The Magician King, American Gods and Goliath this week, along with interviews with George R.R. Martin, Lev Grossman, Tad Williams and Terry Brooks. The Times profiles Jim Butcher, and A Game of Thrones makes first appearances in the comic book and video game industries.

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Fantasy Blogosphere: September 12, 2011

Check out reviews of Lev Grossman’s latest, The Magician King, The Dragon’s Path by Daniel Abraham, and a few other goodies this week.

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Fantasy Blogosphere: August 29, 2011

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.

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Fantasy Blogosphere: April 4, 2011

A triage of great interviews, with a triage of great authors this week: George R.R. Martin, Ian C. Esslemont and Daniel Abraham. We’re in April now, and with the impending premier episode of the Game of Thrones HBO series looming only a few weeks over the horizon, the fantasy blogosphere is abuzz with George R.R. Martin, the biggest of which is the interview at the NY Times. Winter is Coming!

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Fantasy Blogosphere: March 28, 2011

Reviews of books by Joe Abercrombie, Daniel Abraham, Mark Hodder and Scott Westerfield this week, and interviews with Joe Abercrombie, Terry Brooks, Peter Orullian and Mark Lawrence. Production begins for The Hobbit movie, Gimli gives his take on portraying a dwarf in a film (advice for The Hobbit actors), and HBO releases a slew of shorts spotlighting individual characters.

Game of Thrones Character Profile: Tyrion Lannister

Game of Thrones Character Profile: Robert Baratheon

Game of Thrones Character Profile: Jaime Lannister

Game of Thrones Character Profile: Daenerys Targaryen

Game of Thrones Character Profile: Khal Drogo

Game of Thrones Character Profile: Catelyn Stark

Game of Thrones Character Profile: Bran Stark

Game of Thrones Character Profile: Robb Stark

Game of Thrones Character Profile: Jon Snow

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Fantasy Blogosphere: March 21, 2011

Reviews of The Wise Man’s Fear, The Crippled God, Death Mask and more. Interviews with Guy Gavriel Kay and Terry Brooks, and a barrage of new Game of Thrones HBO series videos, this time each featuring an individual family. I for one am a little disappointed the House Stark video is set to “private” on YouTube.

HBO Game of Thrones Baratheon Trailer

HBO Game of Thrones Targaryen Trailer

HBO Game of Thrones Lannister Trailer

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Top 10 Fantasy Books of 2010

Like I did last year, I’m going to recap the top 10 fantasy novels of 2010. Unlike last year, this time I’m splitting the difference. Five novels in the top 10 are the favorites I read over the past year, and the other five are novels that I haven’t read, but spent a good deal of time on the Amazon top 5 fantasy bestseller list. If you’re looking for a gift, its likely that any book from this list will delight the recipient.

This is the first in a series of Top 10 posts covering the fantasy industry. Next week, we cover the Top 10 Fantasy Book Trends of 2010.

Lamentation by Ken Scholes

Lamentation was one of my favorite fantasy reads of 2010. A vibrant new world, painted with colorful, unique characters, all wrapped into a story with heart, makes for a fantastic package. This first installment promises a quality series to come in The Psalms of Isaak. Check out my full review of Lamentation.

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The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie was the best fantasy novel I read in 2010. Gritty, fast-paced, and filled with action, this first novel in a new epic fantasy series solidifies Abercrombie as one of the premier new authors in fantasy literature. The characterization isn’t just top-notch, the characters in The Blade Itself are unforgettable. Not only does Abercrombie deliver a quality novel, but there are moments of hilarity contained in these pages. Abercrombie is an honest, open-minded author, and these qualities shine in The Blade Itself. Check out my full review of The Blade Itself.

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Empire in Black and Gold by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Yet another fantastic first novel in a series discovered in 2010. Empire in Black and Gold kicks off at a frantic pace, in the middle of a battle, and doesn’t relent for the rest of the novel. Absolutely blistering pace is combined with a truly original idea for characterization: all the characters in this novel are some derivation of what Tchaikovsky describes as kinden, which are half-human and half fill-in-the-insect. This makes for some truly unique elements in fighting, and opens up the opportunity for all kinds of historical backgrounds among the different kinden in novels to come. As if to match the blistering pace of the novel itself, Pyr has been releasing the novels in The Shadows of the Apt series every three months or so since this novel’s original release date. Looks like I’ve got some catch up reading to do. Check out my full review of Empire in Black and Gold.

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Daemon by Daniel Suarez

Daemon was, hands down, the most addictive novel I’ve ever read. While blending elements of fantasy and sci-fi (something I normally don’t enjoy), this techno-thriller beats the pace of a Dan Brown novel into a quivering pulp and delivers a novel that you can’t help but devour in a week or so. The hook: a computer game design company founder writes a code that monitors news headlines online. When he dies, it triggers a series of events that attempt to takeover the economy and portions of the government. Oddly, the DDOS attacks on large corporate web sites recently in relation to the WikiLeaks site are eerily reminiscent of the themes discussed in this novel. Scary. Check out my full review of Daemon.

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Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

I’ve read a few Sanderson novels at this point, and Elantris is, if not tied for favorite with Mistborn, my favorite Sanderson novel. This novel contains similar themes as Mistborn, but was written prior, and I believe Sanderson had an insatiable appetite for writing fantastic fiction at the time. This is a beautiful story, self-contained in one volume, that is definitely worth going back and reading for any Sanderson fans who have tasted his more recent work. Check out my full review of Elantris.

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Fantasy Blogosphere: November 29, 2010

A fairly calm week, as you would assume with the Thanksgiving holiday. Even with our bellies stuffed with turkey, a batch of interviews crossed the fantasy blogosphere, including chats with Brandon Sanderson, Michael Moorcock, Terry Brooks and others. Check out the Game of Thrones photos – I’m starting to get really excited. Although, I always pictured Tyrion with a roundish head; but hey, you can’t have everything, right?

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Fantasy Blogosphere: September 6, 2010

This week we’ve got reviews of the third book in Ken Sholes five book series (Antiphon), Servant of a Dark God by John Brown, and an audiobook review of Aenarion by Gav Thorpe, among others. Brandon Sanderson kicks off his book tour for The Way of Kings, Daniel Abraham and Terry Pratchett offer interviews, Sandman by Neil Gaiman gets a television series, among other tv news, and of course, two new episodes of The Guild dropped since last week, giving us one of the best quotes in recent history: “Ah, but tonight, I am roll-playing myself”. Pure gold.

The Guild, Season 4, Episode 6: Weird Respawn

The Guild, Season 4, Episode 7: Awkward Birthday!

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