Poll result - Eager meter 2015

Monday, December 15, 2014

Alright folks, I asked and you answered en masse! The book you are most eager about in Fantasy (and in the specific list I put up) for 2015 is:

The Thorn of Emberlain
Gentleman Bastards book 4
Scott Lynch

Hopefully, Scott Lynch posted an update back in November, stating that the novel was still on track for a mid-year 2015 release.

Here's the list in order of 'eagerness':
The Thorn of Emberlain (Gentleman Bastards Sequence book 4) by Scott Lynch
Queen of Fire (Raven's Shadow book 3) by Anthony Ryan
Shadow of Self (Mistborn) by Brandon Sanderson
The Spider's War (The Dagger and the Coin book 5) by Daniel Abraham
Fall of Light (Kharkanas trilogy book 2) by Steven Erikson
Half the World (The Shattered Sea book 2) by Joe Abercrombie
The Liar's Key (The Red Queen’s War book 2) by Mark Lawrence
The Autumn Republic (The Powder Mage book 3) by Brian McClellan
The Skull Throne (Demon Cycle book 4) by Peter V. Brett
Half a War (The Shattered Sea book 3) by Joe Abercrombie
The Dread Wyrm (The Traitor Son Cycle book 3) by Miles Cameron
The Unholy Consult (The Aspect Emperor book 3) by R. Scott Bakker
The Fool's Quest (The Fitz and the Fool trilogy book 2) by Robin Hobb
The Price of Valour (The Shadow Campaigns book 3) by Django Wexler
The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth book 1) by N.K. Jemisin
The Providence of Fire (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne book 2) by Brian Staveley
Sword of the North (Grim Company book 2) by Luke Scull
Those Above (The Empty Throne book 1) by Daniel Polansky
The Black Dream (Heart of the World book 3) by Col Buchanan
The Silver King (The Silver Kings book 3) by Stephen Deas
Old Man's Ghosts (The Empire of a Hundred Houses book 2) by Tom Lloyd
Twelve Kings in Sharakhai (The Song of the Shattered Sands book 1) by Bradley P. Beaulieu
Storm and Steel (The Book of the Black Earth book 2) by Jon Sprunk
The Chart of Tomorrows (Gaunt and Bone book 3) by Chris Willrich

Anthony Ryan's Queen of fire cover and blurb

Monday, December 8, 2014

Anthony Ryan posted the US cover (from ACE) for the third and final novel in his Raven's Shadow series (Blood Song and Tower Lord), titled Queen of Fire.  While I loved the first book, the second was a disappointment, thought not bad, and I'll pick up the last book to finish the story of Vaelin. The book will be out July 7th 2015.  Here's the blurb:
Vaelin Al Sorna must help his Queen reclaim her Realm. Only his enemy has a dangerous new collaborator, one with powers darker than Vaelin has ever encountered… 
“The Ally is there, but only ever as a shadow, unexplained catastrophe or murder committed at the behest of a dark vengeful spirit. Sorting truth from myth is often a fruitless task.” 
After fighting back from the brink of death, Queen Lyrna is determined to repel the invading Volarian army and regain the independence of the Unified Realm. Except, to accomplish her goals, she must do more than rally her loyal supporters. She must align herself with forces she once found repugnant—those who possess the strange and varied gifts of the Dark—and take the war to her enemy’s doorstep. 
Victory rests on the shoulders of Vaelin Al Sorna, now named Battle Lord of the Realm. However, his path is riddled with difficulties. For the Volarian enemy has a new weapon on their side, one that Vaelin must destroy if the Realm is to prevail—a mysterious Ally with the ability to grant unnaturally long life to her servants. And defeating one who cannot be killed is a nearly impossible feat, especially when Vaelin’s blood-song, the mystical power which has made him the epic fighter he is, has gone ominously silent…

Goodreads Choice Awards 2014 winners

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The 2014 edition of the Goodreads Choice Awards (6th edition) is over. The winner for the Fantasy category is:

The Book of Life
All Souls Trilogy
Deborah Harkness

Congratulation to the winner. My vote was for The Broken Eyes (and may have been for Prince of Fools if I had finished the book). My prediction was for Brandon Sanderson to win with Words of Radiance (finished 2nd).

The Book of Life is a novel with vampires, some say historical Fantasy, or paranormal or romance... that's not really my cup of tea but with 51,462 votes versus the 28,449 Words of Radiance received... it looks like it's quite popular and it's a vote of popularity...

I won't speak ill of the awards because of this as I've seen in several comments and I always thought that awards should be taken with a grain of salt.

I think that the Fantasy category (and maybe other categories) should be broken down. We have the David Gemmell Legends awards for the sub-genre of Fantasy I'm more interested in, but with more than 3 million votes, Goodreads can't be ignored.

Last years winners were:
2013 - The Ocean at the End of the Line by Neil Gaiman
2012 - The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King
2011 - A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin
2010 - Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
2009 - Dean and Gone by Charlaine Harris

What do you think?

December releases

Monday, December 1, 2014

Another slow going month to finish the year.  One new book caught my eye and the other one is a omnibus of interest. Here's to a whole new year of great books!


The Lady
Marakand book 2
K.V. Johansen
December 9th
In the days of the first kings in the North, there were seven devils… 
Possessed by a ghost who feeds on death, the undying assassin Ahjvar the Leopard has been captured by the Lady of Marakand, enslaved by necromancy to be captain of her Red Masks. His shield-bearer Ghu, a former slave with an uncanny ability to free the captive dead, follows Ahjvar into the war-torn lands of the Duina Catairna to release him, even if that means destroying what is left of Ahj’s tormented soul. 
Deyandara, the last surviving heir of the Catairnan queen, rides into a land ravaged by disease and war, seeking the allies she abandoned months before, though they have no hope of standing against the army led by the invulnerable Red Masks of Marakand and the divine terror of the Lady. 
In the city of Marakand, former enemies ally and old friends seek one another’s deaths as loyalists of the entombed gods Gurhan and Ilbialla raise a revolt, spearheaded by the Grasslander wizard Ivah, the shapeshifting Blackdog, and the bear-demon Mikki. The Lady’s defences are not easily breached, though, and the one enemy who might withstand her, the Northron wanderer Moth, bearer of the sword Lakkariss, has vanished.

The Inheritance Trilogy
N.K. Jemisin
December 9th
In this omnibus edition of N.K. Jemisin's brilliantly original award-winning fantasy series, a young woman becomes entangled in a power struggle of mythic proportions. 
Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle. 
The Inheritance Trilogy omnibus includes the novels: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, The Broken Kingdoms, and The Kingdom of Gods.

Star Wars - The Force Awakens teaser

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Wow, can't wait to return to Star Wars!!!!!

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