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Thu
Feb 26 2015 12:00pm

Words of Radiance Reread: Chapter 30

Words of Radiance reread Chapter 28Welcome back to the Words of Radiance Reread on Tor.com! Last week, Alice waded through one of the filthiest sewers of one of the wickedest minds of Roshar. This week, I get to read about pretty eels! Our distribution of labor continues to be, like, INSANE fair.

This reread will contain spoilers for The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance, and any other Cosmere book that becomes relevant to the discussion. The index for this reread can be found here, and more Stormlight Archive goodies are indexed here. Click on through to join the discussion.

[The fairest in the land]

Thu
Feb 12 2015 12:00pm

Words of Radiance Reread: Chapter 28

Words of Radiance reread Chapter 28Welcome back to the Words of Radiance Reread on Tor.com! Last week, Alice had a large quantity of family feels. This week I have a lot of tumblr feels. Boots! Ships! Beautiful conwomen! Men on horseback! Torn bodices! Wait, no, not that. I also go on a small rant involving the International Phonetic Alphabet. Caveat lector.

This reread will contain spoilers for The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance, and any other Cosmere book that becomes relevant to the discussion. The index for this reread can be found here, and more Stormlight Archive goodies are indexed here. Click on through to join the discussion.

[Pahk the cah in the Roshah yahd]

Thu
Feb 12 2015 9:00am

Announcing Tor.com’s Inaugural Novella List

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Last summer Tor.com announced the formation of a new publishing program, dedicated to publishing the best novellas and short novels from emerging writers as well as established authors. Following an extensive period of reading and commissioning, we are excited to announce our inaugural list.

All of the books published under the new program will be made available in ebook, print on demand, and audio formats via online retailers. Your local brick-and-mortar store will also be able to order these for you.

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Thu
Jan 29 2015 12:00pm

Words of Radiance Reread: Chapter 26

Words of Radiance reread Chapter 26Welcome back to the Words of Radiance Reread on Tor.com! Last week, Alice got to play with all the pretty ponies. This week, having drawn the short straw, I only get to play with one of the pretty ponies. Luckily, Sureblood is the prettiest of them all, and he likes to have his ears scritched. Additional fun fact: Microsoft Word doesn’t want me to use the word “scritched.” I WILL BREAK ITS SPIRIT.

This reread will contain spoilers for The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance, and any other Cosmere book that becomes relevant to the discussion. The index for this reread can be found here, and more Stormlight Archive goodies are indexed here. Click on through to join the discussion.

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Thu
Jan 15 2015 12:00pm

Words of Radiance Reread: Chapter 24

Words of Radiance reread Chapter 24Welcome back to the Words of Radiance Reread on Tor.com! Last week, the apparent assassination that left us hanging at year’s end turned out to be no big deal. This week, we mostly talk about cons and curry.

This reread will contain spoilers for The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance, and any other Cosmere book that becomes relevant to the discussion. The index for this reread can be found here, and more Stormlight Archive goodies are indexed here. Click on through to join the discussion.

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Thu
Dec 18 2014 12:00pm

Words of Radiance Reread: Chapter 22

Words of Radiance reread Chapter 22Welcome back to the Words of Radiance Reread on Tor.com! Last week, Alice mourned the loss of Bluth and celebrated the impoverishment of Tvlakv. This week, we watch a number of threads plot along, then are surprised by an assassin!

This reread will contain spoilers for The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance, and any other Cosmere book that becomes relevant to the discussion. The index for this reread can be found here, and more Stormlight Archive goodies are indexed here. Click on through to join the discussion.

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Thu
Dec 4 2014 12:00pm

Words of Radiance Reread: Chapter 20

Words of Radiance reread Chapter 19Welcome back to the Words of Radiance Reread on Tor.com! Last week, Alice explored the mysteries of Helaran through a sisterly lens. This week, Shallan brings out the best in a ragtag group of misfits who just want to make right. Also she glows or something, it’ll be great.

This reread will contain spoilers for The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance, and any other Cosmere book that becomes relevant to the discussion. The index for this reread can be found here, and more Stormlight Archive goodies are indexed here. Click on through to join the discussion.

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Fri
Nov 28 2014 1:00pm

I Hate Boats

Boat voyages in epic fantasy

When you spend years and years immersed in any genre, I think it’s inevitable that you will come to develop prejudices. Patterns will begin to emerge before your eyes that change the way you experience the fiction you consume. Some of these biases will be reasonable, some will be arbitrary, and some will be, well, practically inexplicable. I know people who love fantasy but hate swords. This baffles me, because clearly swords are very great, but I won’t judge that preference. I certainly have my own prejudices, and today I’m going to explain one of them.

I absolutely loathe boats.

[Nautical readers may wish to avert their eyes.]

Thu
Nov 13 2014 12:00pm

Words of Radiance Reread: Chapter 18

Brandon Sanderson Words of Radiance Stormlight ArchiveWelcome back to the Words of Radiance Reread on Tor.com! Last week, Alice saw Shallan trying to avoid merciless bandits probably. This week, Kaladin finally spars, and gets roundly schooled by superior swordsmen.

This reread will contain spoilers for The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance, and any other Cosmere book that becomes relevant to the discussion. The index for this reread can be found here, and more Stormlight Archive goodies are indexed here. Click on through to join the discussion.

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Thu
Oct 30 2014 11:00am

Words of Radiance Reread: Chapter 16

Brandon Sanderson Words of Radiance Stormlight ArchiveWelcome back to the Words of Radiance Reread on Tor.com! Last week, Shallan continued to have neither shoes nor a boyfriend. This week, Kaladin continues to have neither self-esteem nor the respect of the priestly class. Have-nots, am I right?

This reread will contain spoilers for The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance, and any other Cosmere book that becomes relevant to the discussion. In particular, this week will contain material that may spoil sections of Warbreaker for those who haven’t read it yet. Go read Warbreaker! It’s relevant! The index for this reread can be found here, and more Stormlight Archive goodies are indexed here. Click on through to join the discussion.

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Thu
Oct 16 2014 11:00am

Words of Radiance Reread: Chapter 14

Brandon Sanderson Words of Radiance Stormlight ArchiveWelcome back to the Words of Radiance Reread on Tor.com. Last week Alice began Book Two and Shallan tried to make herself comfortable in the company of slavers. This week we see Adolin in the dueling arena, and I’m forced to eat my words regarding his chosen life path. Everyone likes seeing me eat my words, right?

This reread will contain spoilers for The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance, and any other Cosmere book that becomes relevant to the discussion. The index for this reread can be found here, and more Stormlight Archive goodies are indexed here.

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Thu
Oct 2 2014 11:00am

Words of Radiance Reread: Interlude 4

Brandon Sanderson Words of Radiance Stormlight ArchiveWelcome back to the Words of Radiance Reread on Tor.com! For the last three weeks we’ve been plowing through the interludes between Part One and Part Two. This week we come to Interlude Four: Last Legion, in which Eshonai makes a society-ending mistake. I’ve also compiled Navani’s diary entries for your reading pleasure.

This reread will contain spoilers for The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance, and any other Cosmere book that becomes relevant to the discussion. The index for this reread can be found here, and more Stormlight Archive goodies are indexed here. Read on, and join us in the comments.

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Thu
Sep 18 2014 11:00am

Words of Radiance Reread: Interlude 2

Welcome back to the Words of Radiance reread on Tor.com! This week we continue to plow through the interludes, exploring the far reaches of Roshar.

Our second interlude chapter takes us to Iri, a country on the far side of the world from the Shattered Plains, where a simple cobbler is wrestling with some big ideas. We will also meet one of the more sinister figures in Words of Radiance. I hope you’re ready for some hard justice.

This reread will contain spoilers for The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance, and any other Cosmere book that becomes relevant to the discussion. The index for this reread can be found here, and more Stormlight Archive goodies are indexed here. Read on, and join us in the comments.

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Thu
Sep 4 2014 11:00am

Words of Radiance Reread: Chapter 12

Welcome back to the Words of Radiance reread on Tor.com! Last week Alice covered Chapter 11, in which a stick maintained ontological certainty in its stickness and Shallan nevertheless didn’t die of freezing.

This week I’ll tackle Chapter 12, which contains more science, less freezing, and an essentially equal amount of terrible surprises for our heroes.

This reread will contain spoilers for The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance (a.k.a. TWoK and WoR, respectively), and any other Cosmere book that becomes relevant to the discussion. The index for this reread can be found here, and more Stormlight Archive goodies are indexed here.

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Thu
Aug 21 2014 11:00am

Words of Radiance Reread: Chapter 10

Welcome back to the Words of Radiance Reread on Tor.com! Last week Kaladin returned to the chasms to initiate new bridgemen and find out something about his own powers. While he was exploring himself, I was experiencing London during this year’s Worldcon. That was a fantastic experience, and contained a lot of triumph for Tor.com, but it means that I only got back to the states yesterday and haven’t had a lot of time for the reread. Luckily, this week’s chapter is extremely short.

This reread will contain spoilers for The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance, and any other Cosmere books that become relevant. Be ye aware. This post only spoils the later parts of this book, but who knows what might appear in the comments section?

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Thu
Aug 7 2014 11:00am

Words of Radiance Reread: Chapter 8

Words of Radiance reread Welcome back to the Words of Radiance reread on Tor.com! Last week some assassins introduced Jasnah to their knives, Shallan made a less-than-usually disastrous expedition to the Shadesmar, and a boat agreed to turn into water. I know you all want those cliffhangers resolved, so this week we’re barreling onward into Chapter 8, in which Dalinar does some politics or something.

Yeah, I mean… I could try to sell that better, but… he’s not exactly happy to be doing it either, you know?

This reread will contain spoilers for The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance, and any other Cosmere books that become relevant. This week is fairly spoiler-light so far, but who knows what horrors will lurk in the comments section?

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Fri
Jul 25 2014 2:35pm

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 11:00am

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 10:30am

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 1:00pm

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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