Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Terry Pratchett: A Reading Guide

Here's an admission: I've only read 1.5 Terry Pratchett novels  - The Thief of Time and Dark Omen's (which I only read because of Neil Gaiman's name on the cover) - I've always had a vague sense that Pratchett's books were twee and provincial, just a tiny bit precious, and marbled with a particular brand of English humour where one makes a joke but winks at the reader to let them in on it, making them feel all smart and pleased with themselves at the same time.

Then I learned that Karen Miller, an author whose work I like muchly, considers Mr. Pratchett a great author of female characters, so now I have to find an entry point into his huge body of work. Do I start with the Rincewind novels?  Or the Witches novels?

Well, the folks over at The Onion A.V. Club have got that sorted for me and produced a handy guide to reading Terry Pratchett.  Now I just need to find a place to refill my time tank so I can squeeze all these books into my reading schedule.


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

March Releases in Fantasy

Tor has posted a preview of their Fantasy releases for March:
Fantasy fans can look forward to 13 new titles in March, including the start of a new series from Elizabeth Bear, and new entries in ongoing series by Anne Bishop, Naomi Novik, Raymond E. Feist, Hilari Bell, Galen Beckett, Helen Lowe, and Jon Sprunk. Fans of Rick Riordan’s Kane Chronicles will bliss out on the colorful Kane Chronicles Survival Guide…sure, you can pretend it’s your kids doing the activities. We’ll believe you.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Game of Thrones: Invitation to the Set

Can't wait :)


Monday, February 20, 2012

2012 Nebula Awards

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America have announced the Nebula nominees, and there are some familiar names up for Best Novel:
  • Among Others, Jo Walton (Tor)
  • Embassytown, China MiĆ©ville (Macmillan (UK); Del Rey; Subterranean Press)
  • Firebird, Jack McDevitt (Ace Books)
  • God’s War, Kameron Hurley (Night Shade Books)
  • Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti, Genevieve Valentine (Prime Books)
  • The Kingdom of Gods, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)

The winner will be announced in May.  Sincere congrats to all the nominees.

The full list is here.


Friday, February 3, 2012

Joe Abercrombie: Fantasy Western

I admit I was skeptical when Mr. Joe Abercrombie revealed he was writing a fantasy western (in the same manner that The Heroes is a fantasy war novel) but here he's posted a synopsis and the presence of one particular rogue gives me optimism:
“Shy South comes home to her farm to find a blackened shell, her brother and sister stolen, and knows she’ll have to go back to bad old ways if she’s ever to see them again.  She sets off in pursuit with only her cowardly old step-father Lamb for company.  But it turns out he’s hiding a bloody past of his own.  None bloodier.  Their journey will take them across the lawless plains, to a frontier town gripped by gold fever, through feuds, duels, and massacres, high into unmapped mountains to a reckoning with ancient enemies, and force them into alliance with Nicomo Cosca, infamous soldier of fortune, a man no one should ever have to trust…”