I finally finished my review of Blake Charlton's Spellwright, which will go up tomorrow. Also, Blake and I have something special in store for you lucky readers so stayed tuned. This past weekend I zoomed through Joe Hill's Horns, which just may be the best book I've read this year. Horns is a Horror story with a devilish heart, which is hard to come by. Hill has certainly grown as a writer with impeccable plotting and endearing characters. I devoured it in 3 sittings and nearly didn't go to a friend's party just to get further. Yeah, it is that good. Any loss of sleep that ensues is worth every second.
I've also got a review brewing for Lavie Tidhar's very strange yet entirely enjoyable The Bookman, which didn't come as too big a surprise given his work thus far. Lastly but certainly not leastly, I'm a third of the way through Sam Sykes's debut Tome of the Undergates. Not nearly as bloody as I thought it would be, at least to start. So far I like the characters despite them acting like a group of unruly fifth graders. The style reminds me a bit of Abercrombie with a dash of Lynch thrown in for good measure, but still wholly different. If it is gritty Fantasy you've been dying for than Tome will certainly be the answer for you as Sykes has made the name Adventurers out to be a very bad thing.
As announced from Wert Scott Lynch has officially submitted the long awaited The Republic of Thieves to his publishers. Publication is slated for Spring 2011 on both sides of the pond. I'm a little surprised Lynch hasn't made mention of this on his blog. Hopefully his bout with swine flu didn't knock him down too hard as it did with my wife.
The lovely Mrs. Tad Williams has announced that the fourth Shadowmarch book titled Shadowheart will be published in November simultaneously with the paperback edition of Shadowrise. Mrs. Williams has been a veritable font of info regarding Tad and his work through her twitters. It has been interesting to read about an author through the eyes of someone so close.
Next up we have the covers to the Evil Hat production of the Dresden Files RPG, which are quite colorful and action oriented when compared with the series books..
checking out if you are a Dresden fan. His post is at the bottom of the page so scroll down. Butcher has also confirmed that the Dresden short story collection Side Jobs will be out October 26th in the US. And below is the tentative table of contents sans the new work, which is still in progress.
- * "Restoration of Faith"
- * "Vignette"
- * "Something Borrowed" -- from My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding
- * "It's My Birthday Too" -- from Many Bloody Returns
- * "Heorot" -- from My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon
- * "Day Off" -- from Blood Lite
- * Backup -- novelette from Thomas' POV, originally published by Subterranean Press
- * The Warrior -- novelette from Mean Streets
- * "Last Call" -- from Strange Brew
- * "Love Hurts" -- from Songs of Love and Death
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