11 August, 2010

It's News To Me #19

So I just ordered my books for the next semester and it was only just over $400. What a steal. Actually this was great compared to my first semester of law school which made it to over $800. Ouch. Yay for over-priced books!

Cover Art

Yes, this is album cover art, but I thought it was awesome. Weezer's next CD, titled Hurley just has a picture of the Lost actor, Jorge Garcia. Classic. Who doesn't love Hurley?

Back to the real news, above is the new cover for the ebook version of Robert Jordan's Knife of Dreams. This is a Kormack cover and it definitely shows. Great cover. For a look at the rest of the new ebook covers that have been coming out this year (all 10), check out A Fantasy Reader's nice list.


The Crippled God, the end of the Malazan Book of the Fallen, is done and now we have a synopsis. I have yet to read it as I'm only on book 8 and I'd recommend you do the same if you're not that far along, but here ya go anyway:

Savaged by the K’Chain Nah’Ruk, the Bonehunters march for Kolanse, where waits an unknown fate. Tormented by questions, the army totters on the edge of mutiny, but Adjunct Tavore will not relent. One final act remains, if it is in her power, if she can hold her army together, if the shaky allegiances she has forged can survive all that is to come. A woman with no gifts of magic, deemed plain, unprepossessing, displaying nothing to instill loyalty or confidence, Tavore Paran of House Paran means to challenge the gods – if her own troops don’t kill her first.

Awaiting Tavore and her allies are the Forkrul Assail, the final arbiters of humanity. Drawing upon an alien power terrible in its magnitude, they seek to cleanse the world, to annihilate every human, every civilization, in order to begin anew. They welcome the coming conflagration of slaughter, for it shall be of their own devising, and it pleases them to know that, in the midst of the enemies gathering against them, there shall be betrayal.

In the realm of Kurald Galain, home to the long lost city of Kharkanas, a mass of refugees stand upon the First Shore. Commanded by Yedan Derryg, the Watch, they await the breaching of Lightfall, and the coming of the Tiste Liosan. This is a war they cannot win, and they will die in the name of an empty city and a queen with no subjects.

Elsewhere, the three Elder Gods, Kilmandaros, Errastas and Sechul Lath, work to shatter the chains binding Korabas, the Otataral Dragon, from her eternal prison. Once freed, she will rise as a force of devastation, and against her no mortal can stand. At the Gates of Starvald Demelain, the Azath House sealing the portal is dying. Soon will come the Eleint, and once more, there will be dragons in the world.


James Long is trying to clean out his house and he's holding a great Giveaway with 6 books going to the winner:
Now the books have spread from my table. They're on my couch as well. Some have even made it as far as my bedroom. THEY WATCH ME WHILE I SLEEP. Soon they will consume me.
Edi's Book Lighthouse is holding his first giveaway of The Affinity Bridge by George Mann. Edi only speaks highly of George Mann and the more I hear the better.

Book Reviews

In probably my favorite book review of the week, Larry at Of Blog of the Fallen reviews Terry Goodkind's The Law of Nines and shares somewhat our very own Alec's view:
Do I really need a full closing paragraph to denote just how poor of a novel The Law of Nines is? It is a barely readable, poorly-rendered take on a thriller whose take on mirror worlds makes John Twelve Hawks' stories read like Shakespeare for characterizations and Flaubert for mastery of prose. It fails in the creation of a plausible story, its characterizations are so shallow and stretched as to make a Mills & Boon character seem complex by comparison. It is perhaps the worst novel that I have read in years, with the possible exception of Eye of Argon and at least that novel had some (unintentional) entertaining elements to it. Needless to say, avoid at all costs, unless you just want to read it for masochistic reasons.
And that's the news...at least to me.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Weezer's not afraid to step outside the norm. After all, they did a video with Mupppets! How many bands are brave enough to attempt singing opposite felt?

ediFanoB said...

Thanks for mentioning my giveaway.
Since I returned to work on Monday my time for reading is decreasing :-((

Bryce L. said...

@Alex - Haha, that's a good point. I love those guys. :)

@Edi - No prob. Oh no stupid work!

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Hmm, I don't miss buying school books.

Weezer is really using his picture as their CD cover!?! Wild!

I really need to get started into the Malazan series. I have the first book here and I really want to. But so many other things keep coming up. One of these days...

Bryce L. said...

Yeah, it hurts and yes Weezer is totally using that as their cover and it's just awesome. :)

Oh, and you definitely need to start with the Malazan Book of the Fallen. It's sooooo good, although it's insanely confusing for a while and doesn't get much better until after a few installments.