The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again. In one Age, called the Third Age by some, an Age yet to come, an Age long past, a wind rose above the misty peaks of Imfaral. The wind was not the beginning. There are neither beginnings nor endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time. But it was a beginning.
You can almost smell it in the air. It’s slavering fanboy-ism. It’s genuine excitement. For the first time since 1994, the world’s going to see a Wheel of Time sequel within a year of the previous volume. It’s an absolute testament to Brandon Sanderson’s work ethic, and people are understandably excited. Then, it’s the penultimate volume in the series. The series has been rightfully criticized for the glacial pacing in some of the middle volumes, but the end’s finally in sight and, knowing how well Sanderson writes endings, long-standing fans of the series are sure to be pleased. For guys like me, who’ve only read half the series, it’s that time of year where I consider, once again, re-reading the early books and catching up with the rest of the fans.
It comes out in a month-or-so, but, if you just can’t wait, head on over and read Chapter One: Apples First from Towers of Midnight on either orbitbooks.net or tor.com.
In celebration of the recent North American release of Sam Sykes‘s Tome of the Undergates, Pyr Books has released the prologue on their blog. Sykes has been favourably compared to authors like Scott Lynch, Joe Abercrombie and Michael Moorcock. Not bad company to keep, huh?
If you’re interested in learning more about the book, why not check out my recent interview with Sykes?
It is twenty-three years since a Macht army fought its way home from the heart of the Asurian Empire. The man who came to lead that army, Rictus, is now a hard-bitten mercenary captain, middle-aged and tired. He wants nothing more than to lay down his spear and become the farmer that his father was. But fate has different ideas. A young warleader has risen to challenge the order of things in the very heartlands of the Macht. A soldier of genius, he takes city after city, and reigns over them as king. What is more, he had heard of the legendary leader of the Ten Thousand. His name is Corvus, and the rumours say that he is not even fully human. He means to make himself absolute ruler of all the Macht. And he wants Rictus to help him.
Though my experience with The Ten Thousand was troubled (and well documented), I look forward to taking another look at Kearney’s work, especially now that I’m a more discerning reader and reviewer. For what it’s worth, The Ten Thousand has, despite my reservations, stuck with me longer than most other novels, which is reason enough to read Corvus.
Solaris has posted the opening chapter of Corvus as a downloadable PDF. Also, if you download it, you might just find a nice (if ironic) surprise on page two!
Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi and Subterranean Press are proud to announce the publication of Clash of the Geeks, a special and fantastical electronic chapbook featuring stories by Wheaton, Scalzi, New York Times bestseller Patrick Rothfuss, Norton Award winner and Hugo Best Novel nominee Catherynne M. Valente, Hugo and Nebula Award nominee Rachel Swirsky and others, for the benefit of the Michigan/Indiana affiliate of the Lupus Alliance of America. The chapbook is free to download, but voluntary payment is strongly encouraged, via Paypal or by tax-deductible donation forms, both linked to later in this entry. All proceeds from this chapbook will go to the Michigan/Indiana affiliate of the Lupus Alliance of America. Please enjoy the stories, link your friends to this page — and give!
Seriously. Look at that lineup. For my money, Swirsky’s near the top of the heap of young writers, and, well, you don’t need me to tell you who Scalzi, Rothfuss or Wheaton are. On top of that, you get a great song from John Anealio, who’s a good friend of A Dribble of Ink. And it’s a fundraiser for a great charity? What’s there to lose? I’ve got a bunch of great new short fiction to read and I feel good about myself. Win-win.
So, go grab a copy of Clash of the Geeks. It’s free, but I highly recommend you support the cause a toss a few buck their way, too.
The Great Hunt is over. For a few weeks now, Brandon Sanderson has been running a world-wide scavenger hunt, challenging his readers to find a handful of stickers hidden in various locations across the planet. The final sticker was found (sorta) in Venice, Italy.
After the strong critical response to The Gathering Storm, the first of the Sanderson/Jordan posthumous collaborations, anticipation is high for Towers of Midnight, the penultimate volume in The Wheel of Time series.
For those interested, the excerpt, a chapter called The Seven-Striped Lass, is available on Sanderson’s official website, or in a prettier form on Dragonmount.