The Prisoner of Heaven returns to the world of The Cemetery of Forgotten Books and the Sempere & Sons bookshop, where Daniel, and his old friend Fermín Romero de Torres, are tending shop. Daniel is now married with a son, and Fermín is soon to follow. Both men lead relatively happy and quiet lives. Enter an enigmatic visitor–a grim old man with a piercing gaze–who inquires about Fermín’s whereabouts. When told he is not in, the old man proceeds to buy the most expensive item in the store, a first edition of The Count of Monte Cristo, adds a dedication and leaves it as a present for Fermín. When Daniel reveals the details of this unsettling encounter to his friend, Fermín reads the dedication, turns pale, and at Daniel’s insistence, decides to open up about a past that has come back to haunt him…a story that will leave Daniel questioning his very existence.
A direct sequel to my favourite ever novel? With a gorgeous cover? Returning to Sempere & Sons and The Cemetary of Forgotten Books, sidling in alongside an older Daniel Sempere and an always gregarious and charming Fermin, just can’t come soon enough. After hitting a bit of a road bump with The Angel’s Game (REVIEW), I have the utmost (to a silly degree, perhaps) faith that Zafon is back in the playground he’s meant to play in.
For more of my thoughts, see the post I did about the Spanish cover for the The Prisoner of Heaven.
I stumbled across this the other day and thought there might be some interest, since so many of you are also fans of Game of Thrones. This concept art was created by artist Kimberley Pope in the early stages of development for Game of Thrones, helping to solidify the foundations for the ‘look’ of the show as it brought George R.R. Martin’s words to life. Beautiful stuff.
The Pokemon Battle Royale project was create with the intent of gathering together 151 different artists and giving them free reign to apply their “own aesthetic, style, and creativity” to the classic pocket monsters, and to explore “just what made those little Pokémon so interesting and fun to catch.” The project, curated by Alyssa Nassner (@smalltalk) and Bryan Ische (@ishyyyyy), took place took place Spring 2012 at the Light Grey Art Gallery in Minneapolis, MN. Tell me that this doesn’t send your little 11-year-old, Gameboy-loving heart a-fluttering.
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Late last week, with the unfinished artwork for Darrell K. Sweet’s painting for the cover of A Memory of Light, the final volume in Robert Jordan’s legendary Wheel of Time series, many of you suggested that it might be the best cover in the series. Well, is it?
Well, I’ll be damned. This piece was looking to be one of Sweet’s best in years. Suitably epic. Love the colour palette.
Curious that there’s no Rand on the cover, though. Hmm…