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.
The Gathering Storm by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

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.

Noticed this on Follow the Raven and thought it was too strange not to reiterate. It looks like the videogame rights to George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire has been picked up by a company called Cyanide:

Cyanide, an independent video game studio, and George R. R. Martin today announced their partnership to create the first-ever video games inspired by the author’s award-winning, international bestselling ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ fantasy series. Under the terms of the agreement, Cyanide has obtained the exclusive rights to develop ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ video games for next-generation consoles and PC, and in collaboration with George R.R Martin, development has begun.

“We are all huge fans of ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’, so it is a true honour for our teams to be entrusted with creating the first video games inspired by this masterpiece” stated Patrick Pligersdorffer, Managing Director of Cyanide. “The twists and turns of the plot will allow us to deliver an experience which can be enjoyed by both long-time fans as well as gamers new to the series.”

Published most notably by Bantam Books in North America and Voyager Books in the United Kingdom, the ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ novels have been translated into more than twenty languages (including Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Russian) and have been nominated for numerous prizes. Set in a world where nothing is simply black and white, the rich web of characters makes it an ideal background for numerous genres of video games.

‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ has already been adapted into a card game and a board game. More recently, HBO acquired the rights with the intent of turning the novels into a television series.

About George R. R. Martin

George R.R. Martin is an American author and screenwriter of fantasy, horror, and science fiction. He started writing in the early 1970s and his first novel ‘Dying of the Light’ was published in 1977. More information on the author is available through his website

Regarding Cyanide Studio

Cyanide is a private French video game development studio founded in 2000. Based in Paris, France and in Montreal, Canada, 70 employees are working on the two continents. Well-known for its sports sim such as the popular Cycling Manager® Series or Pro Rugby Manager® Series, Cyanide is also responsible for the famous Chaos League®, and the recent Hack’n’Slash Loki® released in end-year 2007. In 2009, Cyanide will release Blood Bowl®, an adaptation of the famous Games Workshop’s board game, already awaited as a potential great hit, the annual edition of Pro Cycling Manager – Tour de France 2009®, and finally its first online free-to-play fast action MMOG, Dungeon Party®!

Erm… okay? Do we really need a videogame based on the series? Now, if they were to make an intricately plotted Turn-based strategy game, similar to Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions, that establishes its own place in the mythos of Martin’s world (perhaps far in the past, exploring an untouched upon aspect of Westeros?), that would be okay. More likely, though, we’ll have an action game featuring Jon Snow fighting the Others, or something else that completely misses the point of the novels. Also, can’t we at least wait until the series is finished before we start tainting its memory?

Put me firmly in the skeptical party, here.

Locus Online is reporting that Guy Gavriel Kay’s most recent novel, Ysabel has been optioned:
Ysabel by Guy Gavriel Kay

Guy Gavriel Kay’s World Fantasy Award-winning novel Ysabel has been optioned for feature film development by Maryke McEwen of Kinetic Productions and Jeanne Strømberg and Alan Hausegger of StrømHaus Productions in Toronto, Ontario. Kinetic Productions is an independent production company, and StrømHaus Productions specializes in feature film adaptations of literary works. Debbie Wood of Westwood Creative Artists negotiated the deal.

Though I’ve not read Ysabel, I’m a huge fan of Kay’s works and, from what I gather, this one seems like it makes the most sense as a film. As with all things Hollywood, though, I’ll believe it when I see the first trailer… and maybe not even then!

Over at Temple Library Reviews, Harry Markov has been taking the time to review many of the Science Fiction and Fantasy blogs around the ‘net, while also putting a bit of the spotlight on the blogger through by way of an interview.

Well, it was my turn today!

When he eventually decides to post a review or the occasional interview, Aidan always gives his most and his best. As most people know reviewing isn’t an exact science, so every reviewer is unique in one way or another and what Aidan seems to specialize in is length and intellectual nitpicking. Most of the times I am not able to sit through very long reviews, ironic as it would seem that I write them relatively long, but when the proper state of mind is at hand I always leave “A Dribble of Ink” with a sense of satisfaction that I learned a lot about the essence of a book without knowing much about the plot. This is a quality that I value in a review as a reader, since I do wish to know without spoiling the surprises, and respect as a reviewer. As far as the personal treatment that Aidan hands out to his readers, a most important criteria in my list, I can say that he is moderately active at replying at reader comment. You won’t get the individual treatment, but you won’t go unnoticed either given circumstances.

You can check out the whole article (in which very nice things are said) and interview (in which much drivel is spewed) HERE.