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Tue
Apr 22 2014 1:00pm

Wheel of Time A Memory of Light Brandon Sanderson Robert JordanParty people in the HOWWWWSE toNIGHT, everybody’s gonna have a Wheel of Time Reread!

(Yes, it’s been stuck in my head all day, and if I have to suffer SO DO YOU. Mlah!)

Today’s entry covers Chapters 45 and 46 of A Memory of Light, in which a slayer is slain, and a joker finally turns face up.

Previous reread entries are here. The Wheel of Time Master Index is here, which has links to news, reviews, interviews, and all manner of information about the Wheel of Time in general. The index for all things specifically related to the final novel in the series, A Memory of Light, is here.

Also, for maximum coolness, the Wheel of Time reread is also now available as an ebook series, from your preferred ebook retailer!

This reread post, and all posts henceforth, contain spoilers for the entire Wheel of Time series. If you haven’t read, continue at your own risk.

And now, the post!

[Obligatory Inside Joke: Hail Hydra!]

Tue
Apr 22 2014 12:20pm

Star Wars: Unified

Screenwriter Simon Kinberg has got the internet all in a tizzy over comments he made regarding the current Star Wars spin-off screenplay he is writing. The quote given by the Hollywood Reporter seems to indicate that the entire Star Wars Expanded Universe is being trashed.

Not just the books and comics. Literally everything.

[But is it really?]

Fri
Apr 18 2014 1:00pm

Eternal Sky Elizabeth Bear

“Better a storm crow than a carrion bird.”

–Range of Ghosts, Elizabeth Bear

This is not a review. The Powers That Be here at Tor.com have asked me to write about Elizabeth Bear’s Eternal Sky trilogy as a whole now that it’s available in its entirety for your reading pleasure. Because I love it, you see. I love it so much, now that it is done, that the small criticisms I may have had for the middle book fade into insignificance: it has the kind of conclusion that raises up everything that has gone before, that adds fresh meanings to previous events in the light of new knowledge, new developments, new triumphs and griefs.

[Read more]

Thu
Apr 17 2014 1:00pm

George R R Martin Song of Ice and Fire A Feast for CrowsWelcome 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 11 of A Feast for Crows, in which we cover Chapter 15 (“Samwell”).

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!

[Your pithy quote here]

Thu
Apr 17 2014 10:30am

Hello, Tor.com! I’m back again. I’m sorry.

Because, JordanCon! Whoo!

As you may or may not have cared seen, I posted Part 1 of my JordanCon 6 Report earlier this week, and promised to come back with the rest of the ridiculousness ASAP. And lo, I totally have returned, with much more ridiculousness. Go me!

So without further ado, mind the excessive photo gap, and click on for the rest!

[Lemme take a selfie]

Tue
Apr 15 2014 1:00pm

It’s that time again, kids!

Once more, your Auntie Leigh has returned from the seriously over-pollinated wilds of Atlanta, Georgia, fresh from attending the 6th annual JordanCon, this year known as “Asha’Con.” And also once more, I bring you excess verbiage and mostly shamelessly pirated photos to share the experience with you!

Well, most of the experience, anyway. I figure y’all will appreciate it if I keep the allergy attack and hangover symptoms to myself, so I will. That’s because I love you.

(Seriously, So. Much. Pollen. And booze, but that was a given.)

…And as it turns out, there is way too much awesome to fit into one post, so this is actually only Part ONE of my Report!

Anyway, be warned for many many (many) photos under the cut, and click on!

[Remember when we were such fools]

Mon
Apr 14 2014 10:00am

Charlie Jane Anders Hugo Award

Writers are a special type of human. They write because they feel like they have to—very few of them actually enjoy it. Because of this, the internet has spawned an entire cottage industry of writing columns, ostensible to give advice, but really to offer frustrated wordsmiths a (slightly) less guilt-inducing form of procrastination.

Many of these columns focus on “literary” writing, but one of our favorites is a genre-writing crash course taught by Charlie Jane Anders. Anders, co-editor of io9, Tor.com contributor, and author of the Hugo Award-winning “Six Months, Three Days,” offers “Writing Advice” posts on io9 that deftly pull off the most difficult trick: they actually make you want to pick up pen or keyboard, and dive into the work!

[Words of Writerly Wisdom!]

Fri
Apr 11 2014 9:45am

Jo Walton is going on tour this summer in support of My Real Children, available May 20th from Tor Books!

The novel is set in 2015, and Patricia Cowan remembers things that don’t seem possible. She remembers marrying Mark and having four children. And she remembers not marrying Mark and raising three children with Bee instead. She remembers the bomb that killed President Kennedy in 1963, and she remembers Kennedy in 1964, declining to run again after the nuclear exchange that took out Miami and Kiev. Two lives, two worlds, two versions of modern history; each with their loves and losses, their sorrows and triumphs.

Read an excerpt from My Real Children here, and see below for the full list of tour dates!

[Click through for tour dates!]

Thu
Apr 10 2014 4:00pm

Douglas Preston Kraken Project

The Kraken Project will be published on May 13th and author Douglas Preston is going on tour!

In this thrilling new novel, we meet “Dorothy,” a powerful, self-modifying AI whose true potential is both revolutionary and terrifying. When miscalculations lead to a catastrophe during testing, Dorothy flees into the internet. Traumatized, angry, and relentlessly hunted, Dorothy has an extraordinary revelation—and devises a plan. But is the AI bent on saving the world… or on wiping out the cancer that is humankind?

You can read an excerpt of The Kraken Project here, and check below to see if Preston is visiting your town!

[Click through for tour dates!]

Wed
Apr 9 2014 4:30pm

Join four fabulous authors for the Fierce Reads tour! Marie Rutkoski (The Winner’s Curse), Lindsay Smith (Sekret), Katie Finn (Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend), Anna Banks (Of Neptune) are hitting the road this May in support of some fantastic books!

Check below for more details, including a full list of scheduled tour stops!

[Click through for tour dates]

Wed
Apr 9 2014 2:30pm

Marcus Sedgwick, author of the Printz Award-winning Midwinter Blood and the forthcoming She is Not Invisible, is going on tour!

In Midwinter Blood, seven stories of passion and love are separated by centuries but mysteriously intertwined—this is a tale of horror and beauty, tenderness and sacrifice. She is Not Invisible is an intricate puzzle of a novel that sheds a light on the delicate ties that bind people to each other; when her father goes missing, Laureth and her seven-year-old brother, Benjamin, are thrust into a mystery that takes them to New York City, where surviving will take all her skill at spotting the amazing, shocking, and sometimes dangerous connections in a world full of darkness.

You can read an excerpt from Midwinter Blood here, and check the list below to see if Sedgwick is coming to your town!

[Click through for tour dates!]

Tue
Apr 8 2014 4:30pm

Afterparty tour Daryl Gregory

To celebrate the release of Afterparty on April 22nd, Daryl Gregory is going on tour! In the novel, a seventeen-year-old street girl finds God through a new brain-altering drug called Numinous, but withdrawal leads to her suicide. Lyda Rose, one of the original scientists who developed the drug, sets out to find the other three survivors of the five who made Numinous in a quest to set things right.

You can read an excerpt from Afterparty here, and check below to see if Gregory is visiting your town!

[Click through for tour dates!]

Tue
Apr 8 2014 1:20pm

Marie Brennan and Mary Robinette Kowal are going on tour together this May! Both authors have recently released period fantasy novels, so there may be costumes involved on tour...

Brennan’s Tropic of Serpents joins Isabella Camherst on an expedition to the war-torn continent of Eriga—home of such exotic draconian species as the grass-dwelling snakes of the savannah, arboreal tree snakes, and, most elusive of all, the legendary swamp-wyrms…

Valour and Vanity, the fourth book in Kowal’s Glamourist Histories series, is a combination of the best parts of magical fantasy and heist novels, set against a glorious Regency backdrop.

You can read excerpts from Tropic of Serpents and Valour & Vanity here on Tor.com, and check below to see if Brennan and Kowal are visiting your town!

[Click through for tour dates!]

Tue
Apr 8 2014 1:00pm

Wheel of Time reread A Memory of Light Brandon Sanderson Robert JordanThat which does not kill the Wheel of Time Reread only makes it stronger, so here it is again!

Today’s entry covers Chapters 43 and 44 of A Memory of Light, in which just about everyone, in their way, gazes into the abyss, and it gazes back.

Previous reread entries are here. The Wheel of Time Master Index is here, which has links to news, reviews, interviews, and all manner of information about the Wheel of Time in general. The index for all things specifically related to the final novel in the series, A Memory of Light, is here.

Also, for maximum coolness, the Wheel of Time reread is also now available as an ebook series, from your preferred ebook retailer!

This reread post, and all posts henceforth, contain spoilers for the entire Wheel of Time series. If you haven’t read, continue at your own risk.

And now, the post!

[The French call it l’appel du vide]

Thu
Apr 3 2014 2:00pm

My obsessively detailed reread of Patrick Rothfuss’s Kingkiller Chronicles is over, but we want to keep on talking about the books. I’m going to post the occasional continuation post when the last one gets too long or if there’s something to say.

Spoilers for all of The Wise Man’s Fear and The Name of the Wind—these discussions assume you’ve read all of both books, and frankly they won’t make the slightest bit of sense if you haven’t. But we welcome new people who have read the books and want to geek out about them. This post is full of spoilers, please don’t venture beyond the cut unless you want them.

[A mask of that... tree I can’t spell]

Thu
Apr 3 2014 1:00pm

A Song of Ice and Fire Feast For Crows George R R MartinWelcome 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 10 of A Feast for Crows, in which we cover Chapter 14 (“Brienne”).

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!

[“I came to poetry through the urgent need to denounce injustice, exploitation, humiliation. I know that’s not enough to change the world. But to remain silent would have been a kind of intolerable complicity.” ~Tahar Ben Jelloun]

Thu
Apr 3 2014 9:00am

The Harry Potter Reread is tap dancing for it’s dinner because I love tap dancing! Actually, I haven’t tap danced in a while, so don’t quote me on that. I only love it if I’m still good at it.

Today we’re finally meeting some very important people in Chapters 6 and 7: The Journey From Platform 9 and ¾ and The Sorting Hat. So much to discuss, mostly centering on how Ron Weasley is a treasure. Weasleys in general should be treasured. Also, there is a lot of poor planning on the part of wizard schools in general, in getting a certain chosen charge to his dorm.

Index to the reread can be located here! Other Harry Potter and Potter-related pieces can be found under their appropriate tag. And of course, since we know this is a reread, all posts might contain spoilers for the entire series. If you haven’t read all the Potter books, be warned.

[“Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!”]

Tue
Apr 1 2014 1:00pm

A Memory of Light Robert Jordan Brandon Sanderson Wheel of Time rereadAnything is possible when you’re sowing the seeds of love the Wheel of Time Reread!

Today’s entry covers Chapter 42 of A Memory of Light, in which I obsessively question minor character disposition, and celebrate one of WOT’s most Kickass Chicks, because she is awesome and no one can say me different.

Previous reread entries are here. The Wheel of Time Master Index is here, which has links to news, reviews, interviews, and all manner of information about the Wheel of Time in general. The index for all things specifically related to the final novel in the series, A Memory of Light, is here.

Also, for maximum coolness, the Wheel of Time reread is also now available as an ebook series, from your preferred ebook retailer!

This reread post, and all posts henceforth, contain spoilers for the entire Wheel of Time series. If you haven’t read, continue at your own risk.

And now, the post!

[I spy tears in their eyes / They look to the skies for some kind of divine intervention]

Tue
Apr 1 2014 11:00am

Someday soon again, I imagine, I’ll use this column to focus on a single work or single writer in detail—or even a single theme. But not until I escape the gravitational pull of my present black hole. (Ask me about the cult of Asklepios in Greek antiquity sometime, but only if you think you can handle the screaming.)

Meanwhile, let me tell you about some books I’ve had the privilege of reading lately.

[Some of them are set in Lagos. Some of them are set on Mars.]

Thu
Mar 27 2014 1:00pm

A Song of Ice and Fire Feast for CrowsWelcome 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 9 of A Feast for Crows, in which we cover Chapter 13 (“The Soiled Knight”).

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!

[I tried to give you consolation/ When your old man had let you down/ Like a fool, I fell in love with you/ Turned my whole world upside down]