Mark Charan Newton's new cover for the US edition of Nights of Villjamur is brilliant. Yup, it's so great that I used the word "brilliant" and I'm not even British. Compared to the former covers (shown below from left to right - UK, UK, old US) and it's my favorite, although only just.
Ken Sholes' Psalms of Isaac are being recovered. Although good, I have to say I like the older covers better.
The Speculative Book Review has entered the SFF blogging community with a bang. Already some great reviews going up and two interviews from titans in the Fantasy genre, Guy Gavriel Kay and Tad Williams.
In an interview that's just as high-caliber as those mentioned above, Temple Library Reviews interviews Amanda Rutter of Floor to Ceiling Books.
Book love and its various symptoms - James Long discusses his book addiction. Some describe their book collection as "trophies" while others are happy to move to the digital age. Where do you stand?
I never realized it before, but I own "trophies" and I can spend hours just looking at my own collection or perusing a book store. That doesn't mean I'm in any way against digital books and I can see myself purchasing one (once the price is right) because they DO make traveling so much easier.
The Arthur C. Clarke shortlist has been announced along with the winner of the BSFA (British Science Fiction Association), The City and the City by China Mieville. Definitely check out Gav's read-through of the nominations for best book.
Plus, there's the David Gemmell Awards - Legend, Morningstar and Ravenheart shortlists are out:
Oh, and I guess I should mention that the Hugo nominees are out too although I'm sure no one cares. I joke. Here's just a few awards (the one's I'm most interested in):
The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer
- Boneshaker, Cherie Priest (Tor)
- The City & The City, China Mieville (Del Rey; Macmillan UK)
- Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd-Century America, Robert Charles Wilson (Tor)
- Palimpsest, Catherynne M. Valente (Bantam Spectra)
- Wake, Robert J. Sawyer (Ace; Penguin; Gollancz; Analog)
- The Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigalupi (Night Shade)
* (Second year of eligibility)
- Saladin Ahmed
- Gail Carriger
- Felix Gilman *
- Seanan McGuire
- Lezli Robyn *
New Blogs on the Block
A motley band of rag-tag ruffians has begun a blog providing the latest information on new releases in speculative fiction. For some reason, they asked me to join - I guess they needed a court jester to laugh at (not with). :)
Our own ediFanoB has started his own blog, Edi's Book Lighthouse, and he's off to a great start. I love his style and though I'm sad I won't be working as closely with him, I'm glad to see he's still tickin'. :D
Suvudu Cage Match
Lots of people are following the cage match on Suvudu (march madness brackets for fantasy characters) and I'll admit to being a bit addicted myself. The final match is between Rand Al'Thor and Jaime Lannister, who'd've guessed? ;) Voting has already begun and don't forget the consolation round too (Drizzt vs. Kvothe).
To be honest, I voted for Drizzt over Rand, but I've been behind Jaime the whole time. After A Storm of Swords, who wouldn't be?
Book For Immediate Consumption
I just finished The Warded Man (about 5 minutes ago) and loved it. Now, I'm dying to get my hands on The Desert Spear [US] [UK] due out April 5 (UK) and April 13 (US). It's been a while since I've read a book that's got me this excited to read the next in the series. Great stuff, thanks Mr. Brett.
And that's the news...at least to me.