Over a few months of reading, I hit two books about Deltans. Once is chance, twice is coincidence, and I like to be the mastermind of my own conspiracies, so I went looking for a third.
Gene Rodenberry’s novelization of Star Trek: The Motion Picture was the most easily identifiable option. I found it very informative. It’s like a cross between an encyclopedia and a roller coaster.
[So here’s how that went for me… ]
Winter is upon us, and with it, inklings of Christmas.
There is no finer time, I find, for families and friends to get together, to share warmth and wine—mulled or otherwise—over stories of sleds and snowmen... all while a blanket of white settles softly upon the trees and streets outside.
But we all know that winter can be wicked as well; a season as cruel as it is cold. At its worst, winter, and the nightmarish things it brings, can kill. And in Snowblind by Christopher Golden, it does... or indeed they do.
“They were like wraiths, jagged, frozen bogeymen, and they whirled about on crushing gusts of wind.” In the promising prologue of Golden’s new novel—a prolonged piece set some years before the bulk of the book—these obscene creatures take eighteen souls young and old: a tragedy that tears apart the small Massachusetts community of Coventry.
As I noted, the end of Lloyd Alexander’s The Kestrel had left Our Heroes, or, really, at this point, anti-heroes, in a tense and unstable political situation. As The Beggar Queen begins, this situation has really not improved all that much.
Worse, Cabbarus, only a lingering threat in The Kestrel, has decided that it is time to return—this time with money and troops. Meanwhile, harvests are failing, people are shooting one another, and Mickle, the queen, is responding to all this by making plans to dredge a harbor, plans that Theo, the main protagonist, correctly points out will never get used. Not surprisingly, Theo’s main wish is to chuck it and just go on a picnic.
[Which is not going to be happening.]
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Welcome back to A Read of Ice and Fire! Please join me as I read and react, for the very first time, to George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire.
Today’s entry is Part 2 of “The Hedge Knight: A Tale of the Seven Kingdoms”, which originally appeared in the anthology Legends: Stories By The Masters of Modern Fantasy, edited by Robert Silverberg.
Previous entries are located in the Index. The only spoilers in the post itself will be for the actual chapters covered and for the chapters previous to them. As for the comments, please note that the Powers That Be have provided you a lovely spoiler thread here on Tor.com. Any spoileriffic discussion should go there, where I won’t see it. Non-spoiler comments go below, in the comments to the post itself.
And now, the post!
[This might be the beginning of a beautiful friendship]
Welcome back to Tor.com’s reread of The Way of Kings. This week saw a ton of news in our ongoing coverage of the build-up to the release of Words of Radiance. We previewed an entire interlude chapter, introducing a new character and a whole new kind of Surgebinding. What’s more, the completed manuscript of Words of Radiance came in, and the weight of that 2000 page volume nearly broke my hands.
I’m all a-flutter about the next volume, but the reread calls, anchoring me firmly in the present. Thankfully, the chapter I’m going to cover today is about Shallan, the hero of Words of Radiance. Chapter 48 features a hospitalized Shallan, an apologetic Jasnah, and the deadly return of the jam menace.
Check out the newest installment in Alex Bledsoe’s Eddie LaCrosse series, He Drank and Saw the Spider, available January 14, 2014 from Tor Books!
After he fails to save a stranger from being mauled to death by a bear, a young mercenary is saddled with the baby girl the man died to protect. He leaves her with a kindly shepherd family and goes on with his violent life.
Now, sixteen years later, that young mercenary has grown up to become cynical sword jockey Eddie LaCrosse. When his vacation travels bring him back to that same part of the world, he can’t resist trying to discover what has become of the mysterious infant.
He finds that the child, now a lovely young teenager named Isadora, is at the center of complicated web of intrigue involving two feuding kings, a smitten prince, a powerful sorceress, an inhuman monster, and long-buried secrets too shocking to imagine. And once again she needs his help.
[Read an Excerpt]
This post originally appeared December 11, 2012 in anticipation of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. With The Desolation of Smaug due out this Friday, we thought you might like to see it again!
For those of you that missed the 150 foot Batman post, I couldn’t resist this redux, now with a 100% more dwarves! 315 Park Avenue South is exactly halfway between my apartment and the Tor offices. For nearly two decades I’ve watched an anonymous group of painters create 150 foot movie poster murals on the side of the building.
I’ve always wondered how they construct the image and what it might look like from up close while it’s being put together. It’s one of the very few places where advertising is still painted—it’s an original work and it changes up about once every six weeks. I even joked that one day I would sit outside the building all day and wait for the crew to come out.