I loooooooooove Tad Williams and was excited to see that someone dug around his web site and found a 97-page sneak peak at his upcoming YA novel, The Dragons of Ordinary Farm.
Tyler and Lucinda have to spend summer vacation with their ancient uncle Gideon, a farmer. They think they’re in for six weeks of cows, sheep, horses, and pigs. But when they arrive in deserted Standard Valley, California, they discover that Ordinary Farm is, well, no ordinary farm.
The bellowing in the barn comes not from a cow but from a dragon. The thundering herd in the valley? Unicorns. Uncle Gideon’s sprawling farmhouse never looks the same twice. Plus, there’s a flying monkey, a demon squirrel, and a barnload of unlikely farmhands with strange accents and even stranger powers.
At first, the whole place seems like a crazy adventure. But when darker secrets begin to surface and Uncle Gideon and his fabulous creatures are threatened, Lucinda and Tyler have to pull together to take action. Will two ordinary kids be able to save the dragons, the farm – and themselves?
Should be a good, fun way to kill some time before the final volume of his Shadowmarch trilogy. You can find the PDF HERE.
Thanks to Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist for the heads up!
Looks like Orbit Books is re-issuing Daniel Abraham‘s The Long Price quartet, which is good. It also looks like they’re saddling them with atrocious covers that seem to miss the point completely, which is bad.
Now, I’ve not read Abraham’s novels, but based on the original cover art, and the times I’ve browsed through the first volume, it seems to me that these aggressive, character-focussed covers completely misrepresent the novels. Though, maybe that’s the point if Orbit feels they are going to need to find a new demographic with this re-release.
I wonder how people will feel when they pick up Book One of a duology and find two completely independent stories between the covers?
The UK cover art for The Dragon Keeper,the first volume of Robin Hobb’s upcoming duology, The Rain Wild Chronicles, has surfaced:
I can’t really say I’m a fan. Though it matches the style of the UK re-releases of her works, it pales in comparison to the John Howe art that’s been gracing her covers for years. Too bad. I’m sure the book inside will be much better!
You can find the synopsis of The Dragon Keeper HERE.
Remember that awful artwork that leaked a couple of months ago? Remember how Tor denied that it was legit and the real cover art would be much better?
Well, the only kinda lied about it all.
Erm… did Rand have too many beans at dinner? Or maybe the hole in the building behind him indicates extra hot chicken wings? Elayne certainly looks distressed. But, hey, at least it doesn’t look like he’s dancing a jig anymore! Sorta…
Seriously Tor, hire a new art department, please.