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Wed
Apr 29 2015 2:00pm

Rocket Talk Episode 52: Andrea Phillips

Andrea Phillips Revision

In this week’s podcast episode, Justin talks with Andrea Phillips about her new novel, Revision. They discuss how technology has changed the way we perceive reality, and how that same technology is impacting our fiction.

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Wed
Apr 22 2015 12:30pm

Rocket Talk Episode 51: Sam Sykes and Delilah S. Dawson

Sam Sykes Delilah S Dawson

In this week’s podcast episode, Justin checks in with fantasy authors Sam Sykes and Delilah S. Dawson on feast scenes in epic fantasy, along with other things we leave out, or don’t leave out, of our favorite sprawling subgenre. Be warned: there is talk of bathroom activity.

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Fri
Apr 17 2015 1:00pm

Rereading Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy, Last Argument of Kings: “Picked Up a Shadow” and “Questions”

Joe Abercrombie reread The Last Argument of KingsWelcome back to our reread of Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy!

This week, Ferro beats someone up in both chapters! Meanwhile, Glokta learns more about the challenges ahead.

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Thu
Apr 9 2015 2:00pm

Remembering the Future in Ken Liu’s The Grace of Kings

The Grace of Kings Ken LiuThere’s a famous quote from George Santayana that says, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” It’s often used to emphasize the importance of cultural history. If you don’t know where you come from, how can you know where you’re going? It’s a powerful, if exceedingly trite, message. But, it rings true.

Unfortunately, the past also possesses deep nostalgia, which is too often seen through rose colored glasses. How often have we held up some period in history as the ideal? And how often do we see this reflected in fiction? It’s interesting then when something like The Grace of Kings comes along, in which Ken Liu attempts to reflect on history, to almost wallow in it, while at the same time confronting all of its baggage and remembering it not as it was, but as he would like it to be.

Although that’s rather getting ahead of things a bit.

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Wed
Apr 8 2015 11:00am

Rocket Talk Episode 50: Ken Liu and Joe Monti

Ken Liu

This week’s podcast episode features author Ken Liu and Saga Press Executive Editor, Joe Monti. Justin asks tough questions about Liu’s newest book, The Grace of Kings, while learning more about where the book began, and where they hope it will end up.

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Fri
Apr 3 2015 1:00pm

Rereading Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy, Last Argument of Kings: “The First Day” and “Such Sweet Sorrow”

Joe Abercrombie reread The Last Argument of KingsWelcome back to our reread of Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy! This week, Logen goes to war and Jezal learns more about what it means to be King.

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Wed
Apr 1 2015 11:00am

Rocket Talk, Episode 49: Peter V. Brett

Peter V Brett

In this episode of Rocket Talk, Justin brings fantasy author Peter V. Brett to the show to talk about his newest novel, The Skull Throne. The conversation touches on nerd fashion, politics, and how Brett’s real life happenings influence the words on the page.

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Fri
Mar 27 2015 3:00pm

Rereading Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy, Last Argument of Kings: “Prepared for the Worst” and “The Habit of Command”

Joe Abercrombie reread The Last Argument of KingsWell, last week I lamented Ferro’s absence and although we don’t see her this week, we get some suggestion that she will soon be back on screen. So, with that in mind, take the following statement for what it’s worth: I really can’t help but be frustrated by the lack of Hulk Hogan in Last Argument of Kings.

Alright? Everyone see what I did there? Let’s see how powerful this reread really is. In the meantime, I wrote up some chapters.

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Fri
Mar 20 2015 1:00pm

Rereading Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy, Last Argument of Kings: “The Trap” and “Horrible Old Man”

Joe Abercrombie reread The Last Argument of KingsWhere is Ferro? Are we going to see any more of her? At this point in the story it feels like we’ve really lost one of our primary characters. Last seen laughing at Jezal’s coronation, she doesn’t seem to have any further role to play. The Seed was never found, Logen has gone North, Bayaz told her to stay close, but for what?

She feels like a dangling loose end as we catapult toward a climax to the First Law Trilogy. I trust she’ll show back up and be significant. I think.

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Wed
Mar 18 2015 3:00pm

Rocket Talk, Episode 48: Marc Simonetti Talks Working In Terry Pratchett’s Discworld

Marc Simonetti Terry Pratchett

In this episode of Rocket Talk, Justin is joined by French artist Marc Simonetti to talk about his work on Sir Terry Prachett’s Discworld Series, as well as his background as a working illustrator. The conversation also touches on the differences in the French and English speaking markets.

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Fri
Mar 13 2015 2:00pm

Rocket Talk, Episode 47: Renay Williams and “The G” Talk Hugo Predictions

Hugo Awards

This week’s show features Renay Williams, of Lady Business, and the G, of Nerds of a Feather. Justin asks them about their views on the Hugo Award generally, before the trio embarks on a game of predictions for various Hugo categories.

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Fri
Mar 6 2015 2:00pm

Rereading Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy, Last Argument of Kings: “Fortunes of War” and “The Kingmaker”

Joe Abercrombie reread The Last Argument of KingsHoly crap. Don’t do to Disney World if you want to come home refreshed and ready to write. Sweet baby Bayaz, I’m exhausted. I wasn’t aware that children under six had the potential to murder with enthusiasm. You learn something everyday!

In our chapters this week, there’s little enthusiasm. Two things Abercrombie has been setting up for the entire series finally go boom—Burr’s Burps and Bayaz’ machinations. While the former is likely solved for all time, the latter is just beginning its onion like revelations. Stay tuned.

[On to Fortunes of War...]

Wed
Mar 4 2015 1:00pm

Rocket Talk Episode 46: Courtney Schafer

Courtney Schafer Labyrinth of Flame

In this episode of Rocket Talk, Justin is joined by Courtney Schafer, the author of the Shattered Sigil Trilogy. She and Justin talk about her diverse interests in mountaineering and figure skating, her first two books The Whitefire Crossing and The Tainted City, her tumultuous relationship with Night Shade Books, and her third novel The Labyrinth of Flame, which she’s currently Kickstarting.

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Thu
Feb 26 2015 12:00pm

Rocket Talk Episode 45: Ferrett Steinmetz and Monica Byrne

Monica Byrne Ferrett Steinmetz

In this episode of Rocket Talk, Justin is joined by authors Ferrett Steinmetz and Monica Byrne. They talk about their experience at the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop in 2008, how genre classifications worry them as writers, and about how alt-sex influences their writing.

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Wed
Feb 25 2015 12:30pm

Rocket Talk Episode 44: James L. Sutter and Mordicai Knode

Pathfinder Tales

James L. Sutter, the managing editor at Paizo Publishing, and Mordicai Knode, a National Accounts Coordinator for Macmillian, visit Rocket Talk to discuss the Pathfinder Tales novels and their new arrangement with Tor Books. The conversation looks at the nature of series fiction, how tie-in fiction works (or doesn’t work), and what Pathfinder is all about.

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Fri
Feb 20 2015 2:00pm

Rereading Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy, Last Argument of Kings: “Too Many Knives” and “Best of Enemies”

Joe Abercrombie reread The Last Argument of KingsI’m going to Disney World today, so thankfully, there isn’t much butchery in this week’s chapters. There’s something incompatible about meat cleavers and the Magic Kingdom. I mean, there is certainly some gruesome bits, per our favorite Inquisitor, but no one gets stabbed! Or slashed! Or burned! It’s almost like a Carebear episode.

Kind of…not really. There is that toe crushing hammer to contend with.

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Fri
Feb 13 2015 3:00pm

Rereading Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy, Last Argument of Kings: “Beloved of the Moon” and “Flowers and Plaudits”

Joe Abercrombie reread The Last Argument of KingsSomething Joe Abercrombie is so good at is putting a gun on the mantle and making sure it gets fired. Last week it was the pigs. As soon as we saw two people, with cause to murder, meeting in a pig pen, we knew someone was getting fed to the pigs. Probably in little pieces.

In this week’s chapters we finally see the culmination of Bayaz’ preparations come to fruition. And the payoff is fantastic. It is impossible that Jezal would rise to prominence and yet, as we see here, it was actually inevitable. After this chapter, I find it unlikely anyone won’t guess what’s in store for our cowardly hero...

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Fri
Feb 6 2015 2:00pm

Rereading Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy, Last Argument of Kings: “Bad Debts” and “A Ragged Multitude”

Joe Abercrombie reread The Last Argument of KingsI’ve got a lot going on: deadlines, manuscripts, kids, and golf (probably in that order right this second). The fact that I still get excited to sit down and read Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy every Thursday night says a lot about how good it is. It’s a real challenge reading something the way I do, only once a week and only two chapters at a time, and still want to keep reading. What can I say? I’m a junkie.

In other news, a fan of the reread asked me on Twitter who my favorite fantasy author was. I said, other than Abercrombie? Well, probably Daniel Abraham, or Rebecca Levene, or Elizabeth Bear, or Daniel Polansky... In other words, there are a ton of people writing great stuff right now. If you’re in the market for something new, do check those four out. It’s worth your time to get away from the standard “huge names” that get thrown out in every recommendation thread in internet history.

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Fri
Jan 30 2015 2:00pm

Rereading Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy, Last Argument of Kings: “Honesty” and “Ghosts”

Joe Abercrombie reread The Last Argument of KingsI told you we were back on schedule!

There are some interesting observations and opinions about Ardee’s character in last week’s comment thread. I’ll only say that I believe strongly that Ardee is one of the most important characters in the series and the ones I believe Abercrombie could execute far better now than he did then. In fact, I can’t help but wonder if Ardee would have been a much more significant player had Abercrombie written this book in today’s climate and with his developing mastery as a writer.

Something to ask when it comes time for the Q&A!

[On to this week’s chapters.]

Fri
Jan 23 2015 2:00pm

Rereading Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy, Last Argument of Kings: “Feeding Time” and “So Much in Common”

Joe Abercrombie reread The Last Argument of KingsHappy New Year! It is 2015 and I have not written a reread for several weeks. It was the holidays people! Would you want to read the First Law Trilogy while you’re bouncing your children on your knee and roasting chestnuts and chugging champagne like it’s Yoohoo? Well, you’re weird. I was, instead, reading several books on how to improve my golf swing. Because, what’s weird about that? I’ll tell you. Nothing.

However, I play golf like Logen Ninefingers and Ferro do relationships. My heart is in the right place. I can really swing for the fences. But I usually screw it all up with immense anger to follow. Unfortunately, my love for the game of golf is just beginning. Say one thing for Justin Landon, he’s not a quitter.

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