April Reader News

14 04 2009

Funny what they choose to release on 1st April.

1) K.E. Mills second novel in the Rogue Agent Series – and I have read it already – see the review

2) Robert Jordan’s final Wheel of Time novel “A Memory of Light” to be release in 3 parts. Brandon Sanderson who is writing the final episode expects the final book to be very long – to do justice to Jordan’s series.

Links worth reading are:
Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist
TOR’s Press Release
Brandon’s reasons for multi volume release

Reader’s of WoT should be pleased that the parts are expected to be released in late 2009, 2010 & 2011 – supposedly giving Brandon time to “get it right”. Much better release schedule than long time readers have come to expect for past releases.

Universal Pictures acquired the movie rights to The Wheel of Time in August 2008, and currently have plans to adapt The Eye of the World as the first movie.  The last four volumes in the series have reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and the 11 Wheel of Time novels published so far have sold more than 44 million copies worldwide, 15 million in North America alone, making Robert Jordan today’s pre-eminent fantasy storyteller. The new comic series one of the most highly anticipated in recent years. WoT Comic

3) and over Easter, David Gemmell Legend Award short list announced

ABERCROMBIE, Joe – Last Argument of Kings (Gollancz)
MARILLIER, Juliet – Heir to Sevenwaters (Tor UK)
SANDERSON, Brandon – The Hero of Ages (Tor US)
SAPKOWSKI, Andrzej – Blood of Elves (Gollancz)
WEEKS, Brent – The Way of Shadows (Orbit) – the only one I have read. It’s the one I voted for too.

gemmellaward.com/profiles/blogs/the-short-list

Online reading:

Excerpt from THE SOLARIS BOOK OF NEW SCIENCE FICTION, VOLUME 3

Subterranean’s Online magazine Spring 09 edition
A pair of novelettes by Ken MacLeod and Liz Williams. In addition, new reviewer Gwenda Bond covers a hot new zombie novel. The List of articles is not complete, but down the line, they’ll have another novelette, by Joe R. Lansdale, as well as a long novella by Paul McAuley and a new story set in Jack Vance’s Dying Earth by Lucius Shepard – which reminds me that I need to finish his short story collection.