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Fri
Jul 25 2014 3:35pm

Korra Isn’t Cancelled! The Legend of Korra at SDCC

Avatar Legend of Korra SDCCIt’s been a troubling week for fans of Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Legend of Korra. On Wednesday it came out that Nickelodeon had pulled five episodes of the show from its schedule, following particularly low viewership numbers.

Prophecies of doom were immediate. Assurances came from show creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko that the show wasn’t cancelled, and was instead moving to a digital-only release schedule. Speculation remained hot going into today’s San Diego Comic-Con panel, where they promised additional info.

[Here’s what they had to say.]

Thu
Jul 24 2014 12:00pm

Words of Radiance Reread: Chapter 6

Welcome back to the Words of Radiance Reread on Tor.com! Last week we witnessed the thoroughness of Sadeas’s bad crazy and saw a bunch of politics being planned and executed. This week we take a break from all that by visiting Shallan, who is peaceably pursuing scholarship on the Wind’s Pleasure, a place where nothing could possibly go wrong.

This reread will contain spoilers for The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance, and any other Cosmere books that become relevant. This week also contains spoilers for Raiders of the Lost Ark. BEWARE!

[“Eating is bad, but lies are great.” –Pattern, Best Role Model 2014]

Wed
Jul 23 2014 11:30am

Voting the Categories: A Guide to the 2014 Hugo Novelette Finalists

Hugo award nominees 2014 novelette The Hugo ballot is officially open, and the time has come to perform the laborious task of deciding among excellence. And, while much of the attention of the voting community tends to concentrate on the Best Novel finalists, we at Tor.com all felt that this year’s short fiction field was exceptionally strong. I’ve decided to help guide readers through the short story, novelette, and novella finalists in preparation for voting.

This week I discuss the novelette category. While there are a number of very strong candidates on the novelette ballot, the inclusion of one story has made it controversial. I cannot claim that this will be a complete look at the category, as I have not and will not read one of the candidate stories.

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Wed
Jul 16 2014 2:00pm

Voting the Categories: A Guide to the 2014 Hugo Novella Finalists

Hugo Awards The Hugo ballot is officially open, and the time has come to perform the laborious task of deciding among excellence. And, while much of the attention of the voting community tends to concentrate on the Best Novel finalists, we at Tor.com all felt that this year’s short fiction field was equally deserving of attention. I’ve decided to help guide readers through the short story, novelette, and novella finalists in preparation for voting. You can find the short story discussion here.

This week I discuss the novella category. The five finalists display an impressive range of styles and genres, and since two of the entries were also nominated for both the Nebula and the World Fantasy Award, the competition is fierce.

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Thu
Jul 10 2014 1:30pm

Voting the Categories: A Guide to the 2014 Hugo Short Story Finalists

Hugo Awards The Hugo ballot is officially open, and the time has come to perform the laborious task of deciding among excellence. And, while much of the attention of the voting community tends to concentrate on the Best Novel finalists, we at Tor.com all felt that this year’s short fiction field was exceptionally strong. I’ve decided to help guide readers through the short story, novelette, and novella finalists in preparation for voting.

This week I discuss the short story category. This is, in my opinion, the most competitive category on the ballot. These stories are strong, interesting, compelling, and well-worth your time. So, without further ado, let’s get right to it.

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Thu
Jul 10 2014 12:00pm

Words of Radiance Reread: Chapter 4

Brandon Sanderson Words of Radiance reread Stormlight Archive Welcome back to the Words of Radiance Reread on Tor.com! Please come along with me as we follow Dalinar on a magical journey through the lands of yesteryear.

In Chapter 4: Taker of Secrets, Dalinar enacts Navani’s scholarly plan to decode the Almighty’s voicemails, he dreams about chasing a face through a lake (Lakeface?), Navani asks again about when they’re finally going to move in together, and Dalinar sees the writing on the wall. I’m not sorry about that pun. No one makes me feel my own remorse.

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Thu
Jun 26 2014 12:00pm

Words of Radiance Reread: Chapter 2

Welcome back to the Words of Radiance reread! Last week I was on vacation, so I missed the enormous tsunami of comments from you guys, but I’m ready to go back in. Eyes closed, head first, can’t lose! This week I’m covering Chapter Two, in which we are finally reunited with a certain stormblessed sourpuss, and get the hottest tattoo design for summer! (First one to get a Bridge Four tattoo gets points, and also an indelible mark on their body that we take no responsiblity for whatsoever.)

This article will contain spoilers for The Way of Kings and the end of Words of Radiance.

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Thu
Jun 12 2014 12:00pm

Words of Radiance Reread: Prologue

Brandon Sanderson Words of Radiance reread Welcome back to the Stormlight Archive Reread on Tor.com! It’s good to be back, everyone. The Way of Kings lies complete behind us, and Words of Radiance stretches out before us, ripe with unexplored potential. We’re beginning the reread in the most logical way: with the Prologue! Hopefully you’re all ready for our one and only Jasnah Kholin point of view chapter.

In case you missed our introduction post, Alice Arneson and I have changed up a number of things about the reread format. This reread will contain spoilers for The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance, and any other Cosmere book that become relevant. Enjoy!

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Thu
Jun 12 2014 12:00pm

Introducing the Words of Radiance Reread

Introducing the Words of Radiance Reread Brandon Sanderson Stormlight Archive

In which details will be discussed, quotes will be quoted and our insatiable hunger for all things Stormlight will be mitigated, if not ever fully sated.

The time has come; the Everstorm approaches. The Way of Kings has been reread, questions have been asked and destroyed by answers, and much unfocussed discussion has taken place in the spoiler thread for Words of Radiance. Now we eagerly await news from Brandon Sanderson regarding the third book of his Stormlight Archive, which he plans to start writing late this summer. To satisfy the hunger that only Stormlight can satisfy, we turn our attention to a detailed reread of Words of Radiance.

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Fri
May 30 2014 12:00pm

The Editor Speaks: Why I Bought “The Litany of Earth”

Tor.com recently published “The Litany of Earth,” a Lovecraftian novelette by Ruthanna Emrys. As Jo Walton mentioned in her blush-inducing article, it was both the story that qualified Ruthanna for professional status in the eyes of the Science Fiction Writers of America and the first story I acquired, pulled from the vast expanses of the Tor.com slush pile. Since it was my first acquisition, I knew that it was my chance to prove that this ridiculous faith on the part of my gracious boss Irene Gallo wasn’t totally misplaced. Unsurprisingly, I put a lot of work into editing this story. Somewhat more surprisingly, I almost didn’t buy “The Litany of Earth” at all.

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Thu
May 22 2014 12:00pm

The Way of Kings Reread: Epilogue and All that Comes After

Brandon Sanderson The Way of Kings rereadWelcome back to the final chapter of The Way of Kings reread on Tor.com. It’s been a long and stormy road to this moment, but we’re not quite done yet. This week I cover the Epilogue, in which one guy tells a bunch of riddles and another guy knocks on a door, most thrillingly. Also contained within are an opportunity to pose questions to Brandon Sanderson and an announcement of what’s coming next for the reread community. Don’t miss out!

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Thu
May 8 2014 12:00pm

The Way of Kings Reread: Chapters 72 and 73

Welcome back to the Way of Kings reread on Tor.com. This week I’ll cover Chapters 72 and 73. They’re short, but they have their share of shocking reveals and weighty thoughts. Shallan admits to even more crimes against Jasnahnity, Dalinar signs Kaladin’s battle-adoption papers, and Syl completely fails to answer the tough moral questions. Turns out they don’t have Intro to Ethics at Spren State University.

I also announce an exciting reread endgame! We’ve only got two regular posts left after this, but we’ve decided to go out with a bang.

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Thu
Apr 24 2014 12:00pm

The Way of Kings Reread: Chapter 69

Welcome back to The Way of Kings reread on Tor.com. Today I cover Chapter 69, the final chapter in Part Four. Sadeas tells Navani a bunch of lies, gives his evil villain speech to Dalinar, and is rewarded in a somewhat surprising fashion!

My high school chanting of “FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!” leads to nothing, and the symbolism is big and obvious, but in the end what really matters is that Dalinar is a really weird dad to a bunch of people who aren’t actually his children. Why don’t you ever weirdly adopt daughters, Dalinar? Why? ANSWER ME!

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Thu
Apr 10 2014 12:00pm

The Way of Kings Reread: Chapters 66 and 67

Welcome back to The Way of Kings reread on Tor.com. Since we last saw each other, I appeared on Tor.com’s own Rocket Talk podcast! Thanks again to Justin Landon for having me on, it was great to be able to discuss the Stormlight Archive on air.

This week, the battle for the Tower rages ever on! I’m doing two chapters, and by the end of them Kaladin will have explosively leveled up. Get some videogame soundtracks ready! It’s time for Chapters 66 and 67.

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Thu
Mar 27 2014 12:00pm

The Way of Kings Reread: Chapters 62 and 63

Brandon Sanderson The Way of Kings reread

Welcome back to The Way of Kings reread on Tor.com. It’s been kind of a long time since I’ve done this, and the chapters I came back to seem to have driven me slightly insane.

You’re in for a wild ride as I discuss chapters 62 and 63, in which Kaladin becomes an actual for-real war criminal, and I cry softly into my pillow. Oh, also there’s some Stormlight. Enjoy!

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Fri
Mar 21 2014 2:30pm

The Way of Kings, As Interpreted Through Lego

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Jonesing for more Stormlight Archive action after finishing Words of Radiance? Check out this amazing recreation of the climactic battle from The Way of Kings, done entirely in the medium of Lego! Insanely talented Stormlight Archive fan Rick Martin took the most heart-pounding battle of the first book and recast it using tiny yellow plastic men, and the result is better than could be imagined.

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Fri
Mar 7 2014 10:00am

Has True Detective Seen the Yellow Sign?

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The meta-story of True Detective has been one of completely dodging viewer expectations. All of its initial advertising material perfectly expressed its first cover story: a gritty Southern Gothic take on classic HBO manpain. And, you know, it is that. But in the first episode it also revealed a penchant for the philosophical and a taste for the occultic grotesque that goes beyond its genre, and has persisted throughout the series. In the second episode, writer Nic Pizzolatto dropped another huge bomb on his unsuspecting fanbase, one that expanded it in a direction that no one could have anticipated from the greyscale, wind-blown grit of the poster. It said words that I thought I would never, ever hear on TV. It said “The King in Yellow,” and “Carcosa.”

This article will contain A) spoilers and B) the potential for the sight of the Yellow Sign to break your feeble mortal mind in twain.

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Thu
Feb 27 2014 1:00pm

The Way of Kings Reread: Chapter 59

I know as well as you that Words of Radiance comes out on Tuesday, and I can’t wait either. But today, dear friends, is Thursday. That means it’s time for the Way of Kings reread!

Today I’ll cover Chapter 59: An Honor. Kaladin forgets how to breathe, Hashal turns in her Evil Application, Gaz disappears to parts unknown, and Lopen successfully keeps watch. Lopen is the best, guys.

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Tue
Feb 25 2014 11:00am

Worth the Wait: A Non-Spoiler Review of Words of Radiance

In 2011, Brandon Sanderson was the Guest of Honor at Vericon, a tiny convention run by my college speculative fiction club, and I picked up a copy of The Way of Kings in order to have something big and heavy for him to sign. That volume is addressed to me by my secondary title, “Betrayer of Hope,” (long story). When I bought it, I knew that it was the start of a saga of terrifyingly large scale, the first and only published volume of a projected ten-volume series, clocking in at over a thousand pages before plot inflation. I knew that reading it meant committing to what could be a decades-long reading project. I didn’t know that the Stormlight Archive would be a pivotal stepping-stone in my career. (This will be my 35th article about Brandon Sanderson on Tor.com, almost all of which were about the Stormlight Archive.) You could call that a bonus, I guess!

Now the second volume, Words of Radiance, is upon us, and I’ve been asked to provide the non-spoiler review. Here’s my conundrum. How do you review something that you’re already read 1.7 times before release, that you’ve coordinated a giant promotional campaign for, a task that involved mercilessly winnowing the text down to tiny teasing snippets? How do you review something that you know you’ll be re-reading and writing about constantly for years to come? I am deeply professionally and personally invested in this book, and the way I engage with it will be vastly different from the standard reading experience.

Thankfully, my first reaction is still stark and present in my mind. Words of Radiance was worth the wait.

[Spoiler-free review of Words of Radiance]

Fri
Feb 21 2014 10:00am

When We Last Left Our Heroes: The Way of Kings in Ten Minutes

Words of Radiance comes out in two weeks, and although many fans who have been following along with our Way of Kings reread may feel prepared, there are others who may desire a quick refresher on that first massive volume before tackling the second.

Welcome to The Way of Kings in ten minutes, a brief refresher on where things stood at the end of The Way of Kings. Follow along to find out where every character ended the book! Obviously, this post will spoil you senseless.

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