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Pull List: Getting Emotional Over Bitch Planet
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Tue
Mar 31 2015 1:00pm

The Wheel of Time Reread Redux: The Eye of the World, Part 24

With unspeakable horror, the Wheel of Time Reread Redux comes howling FOR YOUR SOUL. Yay!

Today’s Redux post will cover Chapters 44 and 45 of The Eye of the World, originally reread in this post.

All original posts are listed in The Wheel of Time Reread Index here, and all Redux posts will also be archived there as well. (The Wheel of Time Master Index, as always, is here, which has links to news, reviews, interviews, and all manner of information about the Wheel of Time in general on Tor.com.)

The Wheel of Time Reread is also available as an e-book series!

All Reread Redux posts will contain spoilers for the entire Wheel of Time series, so if you haven’t read, read at your own risk.

And now, the post!

[“I recognize terror as the finest emotion and so I will try to terrorize the reader. But if I find that I cannot terrify, I will try to horrify, and if I find that I cannot horrify, I’ll go for the gross-out. I’m not proud.”]

Fri
Mar 27 2015 5:12pm

See the First Pages from the Illustrated Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

illustrated Harry Potter Jim Kay

About a month ago, Imgur user SteampunkBrit got their hands on a preview copy of Bloomsbury’s fully-illustrated Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. They’ve shared several pages of Jim Kay’s fantastic illustrations; we’ve already seen a few previews, but this shows how the renderings of beloved wizarding world characters and locations actually interact with the text.

[Click through for pretty pages]

Thu
Mar 26 2015 1:00pm

A Read of Ice and Fire: A Dance with Dragons, Part 15

A Dance with DragonsWelcome 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 15 of A Dance With Dragons, in which we cover Chapter 25 (“The Windblown”) and Chapter 26 (“The Wayward Bride”).

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 probably would have been reconciled to it if he’d called the chapter “Silly Dornish K-nnnnnnigghets”]

Tue
Mar 24 2015 1:00pm

The Wheel of Time Reread Redux: The Eye of the World, Part 23

The Wheel of Time Reread Redux is go!

Today’s Redux post will cover Chapters 42 and 43 of The Eye of the World, originally reread in this post.

All original posts are listed in The Wheel of Time Reread Index here, and all Redux posts will also be archived there as well. (The Wheel of Time Master Index, as always, is here, which has links to news, reviews, interviews, and all manner of information about the Wheel of Time in general on Tor.com.)

The Wheel of Time Reread is also available as an e-book series! Yay!

All Reread Redux posts will contain spoilers for the entire Wheel of Time series, so if you haven’t read, read at your own risk.

And now, the post!

[DREAMSHARD!]

Mon
Mar 23 2015 4:30pm

Game of Thrones Will Spoil the Remaining Song of Ice and Fire Books

Game of Thrones show spoil Song of Ice and Fire books

Even though Game of Thrones season 5 looks to be diverging from its source material to a greater degree than any of the prior seasons, the show’s creators have confirmed that the TV series and the books will end in the same place. And the show will get there first!

Speaking to the Oxford Union this weekend, D.B. Weiss and David Benioff confirmed what we’ve already suspected: Game of Thrones will outpace George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series, thus spoiling TV audiences for the books’ eventual ending.

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Fri
Mar 20 2015 4:36pm

Lois McMaster Bujold Announces New Cordelia Vorkosigan Novel Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen

Lois McMaster BujoldNext year will see a new installment in Lois McMaster Bujold’s Hugo- and Nebula-winning Vorkosigan Saga! Bujold recently announced on her Goodreads blog that her new novel Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen will be published in February of 2016 (tentatively) from Baen Books.

In a bit of great timing, 2016 will also mark the 30th anniversary of the publication of Bujold’s first three Vorkosigan Saga novels: Shards of Honor, The Warrior’s Apprentice, and Ethan of Athos.

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Thu
Mar 19 2015 11:00am

Rothfuss Reread: The Slow Regard of Silent Things Part 1: A Seemly Place

Patrick Rothfuss Kingkiller Chronicles The Slow Regard of Silent Things 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.

The Slow Regard of Silent Things is a novella published in book form. It is about Auri, Rothfuss himself says that this is not the place to start with his work, and it absolutely is not. This novella is strictly for the fans. That would be us then.

Spoilers for all of The Wise Man’s Fear andThe Name of the Wind and for The Slow Regard of Silent Things—these discussions assume you’ve read all of the 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.

[Read more: OCD magic, and I’m not kidding about spoilers]

Wed
Mar 18 2015 1:30pm

Afternoon Roundup: We’re So Glad These Lucas Lee Movie Posters Exist

Lucas Lee movie posters Scott Pilgrim Chris Evans

Chris Evans was one of the best parts of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, as growly movie star Lucas Lee. And such range! In these fake movie posters, he’s a Nicholas Sparks-caliber hero in Let’s Hope There’s a Heaven; the most dangerous physician you’ve ever met in Action Doctor (“The good news is... you are going to live. The bad news is he is going to kill you.”); and our personal favorite, clutching a telephone wire in the time travel action thriller You Just Don’t Exist.

Even cooler: A Redditor noticed that each of the movie titles are the names of Plumtree songs—Plumtree being the band who wrote the song that Scott Pilgrim itself was inspired by!

Afternoon Roundup brings you hypothetical fantasy series board games, the cover of Aliette de Bodard’s new book, and George R.R. Martin’s con schedule (or lack thereof).

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Wed
Mar 18 2015 11:00am

The Perfect Vessel: Kushiel’s Avatar, Part 2

Kushiel's Reread Tor.com Kushiel's Avatar new book cover Jacqueline CareyOur reread of Kushiel’s Legacy comes to a close! Whereas last week we were really beaten down by Phèdre and Joscelin’s willing entry into the hell of Daršanga, here we end on a joyous note. Not unlike Phèdre, filled with the Name of God, we’re brimming with new knowledge and insight into the trilogy—plus at least one disagreement about how things settle after the epic end of Kushiel’s Avatar.

We’re going to get spoilery—because it turns out there is a ton of foreshadowing for later books and trilogies—so feel free to do the same in the comments. As Shemhazai said, all knowledge is worth having. And as he might have said… Reread as thou wilt!

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Tue
Mar 17 2015 1:00pm

The Wheel of Time Reread Redux: The Eye of the World, Part 22

The Eye of the WorldOf all the blog joints in all the websites in all the Internet, you clicked on mine: The Wheel of Time Reread Redux! You’re awesome!

Today’s Redux post will play it again, Sam cover Chapter 41 of The Eye of the World, originally reread in this post.

All original posts are listed in The Wheel of Time Reread Index here, and all Redux posts will also be archived there as well. The Wheel of Time Master Index, as always, is here, which has links to news, reviews, interviews, and all manner of information about the Wheel of Time in general on Tor.com. The Wheel of Time Reread is also available as an e-book series! Yay!

All Reread Redux posts will contain spoilers for the entire Wheel of Time series, so if you haven’t read, read at your own risk.

And now, the post!

[I don’t believe you’re leaving / ‘Cause me and Charles Manson like the same ice cream]

Mon
Mar 16 2015 2:00pm

Feast Your Eyes on the Welcome to Night Vale Book Cover!

Welcome to Night Vale book cover reveal Joseph Fink Jeffrey Cranor

Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, the creators of the wildly successful podcast Welcome to Night Vale, have written a novel set in the same bizarre universe! Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel will be published by Harper Perennial on October 20, 2015. Today, they’ve revealed the cover, designed by Rob Wilson, who also created the show’s logo.

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Fri
Mar 13 2015 4:00pm

Like Quidditch, But With Allomancy! Read Highlights from Brandon Sanderson’s Reddit AMA

Brandon Sanderson Reddit AMA

Having conducted several AMAs on Reddit’s r/fantasy, Brandon Sanderson decided to hang out at r/books this time around for another Ask Me Anything thread. The Stormlight Archive, Words of Radiance, Mistborn, Firefight—everything garnered questions.

Sanderson fielded reader questions about what Parshendi singing actually sounds like, whether Scadrial will get an allomancy-based sport, romantic pairings (or lack thereof), balancing character deaths and resurrections, and much more. He chatted Shard“forks,” investitures, and Way of Kings-inspired tattoo sleeves. No surprise, it was a long and wide-ranging discussion, filled with lots of details and more than a few responses of “RAFO” (Read and Find Out). Check out the highlights below!

Also, spoilers ahead for Words of Radiance and the Mistborn series, among other Sanderson works.

[Read more]

Thu
Mar 12 2015 1:00pm

A Read of Ice and Fire: A Dance with Dragons, Part 14

A Dance with DragonsWelcome 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 14 of A Dance With Dragons, in which we cover Chapter 23 (“Daenerys”) and Chapter 24 (“The Lost Lord”).

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’m assuming someone in Good Charlotte got dumped for a dude with a Ferrari and took it real personal]

Wed
Mar 11 2015 4:00pm

Elizabeth Bear Talks Genre Mashups and Role-Playing Games in Her Reddit AMA

Elizabeth Bear Reddit AMA highlights answers Karen MemoryAward-winning author Elizabeth Bear plays in all of your favorite genres: Steles of the Sky, the conclusion to her epic fantasy Eternal Sky trilogy, was one of your favorite books of 2014; her new novel Karen Memory is a rollicking steampunk Western adventure yarn; her short story “This Chance Planet” takes us into a near-science fiction future while retaining familiar mythology.

In a recent AMA on Reddit’s r/fantasy subreddit, Bear discusses how she builds these unique worlds by importing conventions of one genre into another; drops hints about the next Eternal Sky trilogy; calls dibs on past-tense verb/adjective titles; and shares what her second choice for animal surname would be (Bulfinch). And those are only the short answers! Read on for the AMA highlights.

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Wed
Mar 11 2015 11:00am

The Perfect Victim: Kushiel’s Avatar, Part 1

Kushiel's Reread Tor.com Kushiel's Avatar new book cover Jacqueline Carey

“Serve true, and remember what others have named you; ten years’ respite shall be yours if you do.”

Kushiel’s Chosen closed with this warning, and Kushiel’s Avatar opens on the other side of ten years, with a prophetic dream calling anguissette/lypiphera Phèdre nó Delaunay to serve the gods of Terre d’Ange once more. Only this time, they’re turning her into a veritable Job, with their overlapping demands.

You thought that the island prison of La Dolorosa was bleak? Get ready to willingly lead yourselves into the kingdom that died and lives. Kushiel’s Reread is getting dark. We’re also going to get spoilery—because it turns out there is a ton of foreshadowing for later books and trilogies—so feel free to do the same in the comments. As Shemhazai said, all knowledge is worth having. And as he might have said… Reread as thou wilt!

[Read more]

Wed
Mar 11 2015 10:30am

13 Fantasies Inspired by Mythology from the British Isles

Katherine Kerr Daggerspell Art by Keith Parkinson

For centuries the myths and legends of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England have carried down through stories told around firesides, in halls, and finally transcribed and adapted in the pages of books—from The Mabinogion to The Lord of the Rings to The Once and Future King. We’ve gathered some of our favorite tales, some modern, and some quite ancient, to celebrate the Celtic spirit!

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Tue
Mar 10 2015 1:00pm

The Wheel of Time Reread Redux: The Eye of the World, Part 21

Look out! A wild Wheel of Time Reread Redux appears! Today’s Redux post will cover Chapters 39 and 40 of The Eye of the World, originally reread in this post.

All original posts are listed in The Wheel of Time Reread Index here, and all Redux posts will also be archived there as well. (The Wheel of Time Master Index, as always, is here, which has links to news, reviews, interviews, and all manner of information about the Wheel of Time in general on Tor.com.)

The Wheel of Time Reread is also available as an e-book series! Yay!

All Reread Redux posts will contain spoilers for the entire Wheel of Time series, so if you haven’t read, read at your own risk.

And now, the post!

[“That’ll give you, er, bees.”]

Thu
Mar 5 2015 2:00pm

A Read of Ice and Fire: A Dance with Dragons, Part 13

A Dance with DragonsWelcome 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 13 of A Dance With Dragons, in which we cover Chapter 21 (“Jon”) and Chapter 22 (“Tyrion”).

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!

[Hey Torquemada, whaddaya say?]

Thu
Mar 5 2015 1:50pm

The Master Wants You to Read on World Book Day

The Master World Book Day Michelle Gomez video

Today is World Book Day for the UK and Ireland! To celebrate, the BBC released a new behind-the-scenes video from Doctor Who, again starring Michelle Gomez.

[Watch the video]

Wed
Mar 4 2015 5:52pm

Announcing The Kitschies’ 2014 Winners!

The Kitschies 2014 shortlists PornokitschThe Kitschies, the annual tentacle-themed prize for works containing elements of the “speculative and fantastic,” have announced the winners for the most “progressive, intelligent, and entertaining” fiction of 2014.

The prizes were awarded by judges Adam Roberts and Frances Hardinge at a ceremony held at London’s Seven Dials Club. The winners included a truly mind-blowing young adult novel and an episodic point-and-click adventure game; The Kitschies also honored an illustrator urging for more diversity in her peers’ work.

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