I am one of the many eagerly awaiting the release of Scott Lynch's The Republic of Thieves and really they've outdone themselves with the UK cover. Loving it. The Lies of Locke Lamora [US] [UK] was probably my favorite read from last year, so check it out if you haven't yet.
There's a great interview with Brandon Sanderson over at Pat's Fantasy Hotlist that had been in the works for a while and which is a team-up between Werthead, Neth, Larry and Pat. In it, he reveals a bit more about The Way of Kings and addresses the reaction to Mat in The Gathering Storm. Really interesting stuff and I'm getting that much more excited about The Way of Kings.
Emilia Clarke has been cast to replace Tamzin Merchant as Daenerys for HBO's Game of Thrones. Not that I've seen anything Clarke's done, but I never thought Merchant was the right fit for the role, so I'm glad for the change up.
I haven't read Retribution Falls (Tale of the Ketty Jay Book 1) yet, but there have been way too many great reviews and it's all but inevitable. Book 2, Black Lung Captain comes out this summer in the UK while Retribution Falls [US] [UK] just came out last month in the US. Here's some blurbage on book 2:
Darian Frey is down on his luck. He can barely keep his squabbling crew fed and his rickety aircraft in the sky. Even the simplest robberies seem to go wrong. It's getting so a man can't make a dishonest living any more. Enter Captain Grist. He's heard about a crashed aircraft laden with the treasures of a lost civilisation, and he needs Frey's help to get it. There's only one problem. The craft is lying in the trackless heart of a remote island, populated by giant beasts and subhuman monsters. Dangerous, yes. Suicidal, perhaps. Still, Frey's never let common sense get in the way of a fortune before. But there's something other than treasure on board that aircraft. Something that a lot of important people would kill for. And it's going to take all of Frey's considerable skill at lying, cheating and stealing if he wants to get his hands on it . . . Strap yourself in for another tale of adventure and debauchery, pilots and pirates, golems and daemons, double-crosses and double-double-crosses. The crew of the Ketty Jay are back!Movies/Videos/TV
Probably the funniest show out there and continuing my Lord of the Rings theme, Flight of the Conchords (on HBO) gives a warning to Frodo...
And that's the news...at least to me.