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?
Reviews this week of The Way of Kings, Gauntlgrym, City of Ruin and more. Interviews with Robin McKinley, Brandon Sanderson and Mercedes Lackey, and another HBO Artisans video was released spotlighting the Game of Thrones series.
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.
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.
Seven weeks in the top 5, and two weeks straight in first place for Towers of Midnight, and this week marks the debut of Distinctions, the prologue to Towers of Midnight. Rounding out the top three is The Way of Kings, leaving Sanderson taking back seat to himself, and well, himself.
Lots of tv and film news this week, with a few new Game of Thrones HBO series videos appearing, and Stephen King talking about The Dark Tower film and tv series. In addition, a fairly large-scale buzz surrounded Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings, as he concluded his tour for the novel. The Game of Thrones trailers look amazing, and I’m really pleased with the casting. Its going to be awesome. Wrap up this week with a new episode of The Guild. See you next week fantasy blogospherians!
Holy schnikes! Where to begin this week? How about reviews of books by Tad Williams, Mark Chadbourn, Mark Charan Newton, Paul Hoffman, and Jo Graham? Or maybe interviews with R.A. Salvatore, Guy Gavriel Kay and Naomi Novik? Not to your liking? Try The Way of Kings tour schedule, Stephen King’s The Dark Tower becoming a film trilogy and a tv series and the babes of Dragon*Con on for size. Still not happy? Will a new trailer for Towers of Midnight please you? No? Ok, then check out The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction, answer the question of what hobbits, robots and yahoos have in common, and check out The Guild: Season 4, Episode 8. Thirsty for more? Well, you’ll have to look elsewhere, I’m spent.
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.
It only lasted a week, but boy was it sweet. Although Tolkien and Brooks drop off the Amazon top 5 list this week, we get another fantastic offering: Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings is released, and fills 2 of the top 5 slots with both the hardcover and Kindle editions, giving Sanderson 60% majority holdings of the top 5. Sweet.
I should mention that I’ll be making the distinction between Kindle, hardcover, and any other versions going forward, since they are separate items and should be accounted for as such. And there’s no better way to kick it off than with a double dose of Sanderson goodness.