More info about the Television mini-series based on Terry Goodkind’s
fantasy series Sword of Truth.
Terry Goodkind, the author of the bestselling The Sword of Truth series, visited Comic-Con today with director Sam Raimi and those who produced the television shows Xena and Hercules. Together as a panel, they laid out their plans for adapting Wizardâ€™s First Rule into a 22-episode season to air on ABC via Disney.
I will be posting a lot more news on this in the forthcoming days, but I wanted to share with Goodkind fans that the name of the ABC series is Legend of the Seeker and it will begin November 1, 2008. Richard Cypher and Kahlen have been cast, but today Sam Raimi announced the casting of Zedd. The actor playing the wizard Zedd is Bruce Spence, who had minor roles in LOTR: Return of the King and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith but who has decades of acting experience.
I have to admit that I’m disappointed (and a little surprised) that Goodkind himself didn’t demand the lead role. He does have his work cut out for himself though, convincing everyone that it’s not a fantasy mini-series won’t be easy!
Via Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist, I just ran across the US cover for Scott Lynch’s upcoming novel, The Republic of Thieves.
It’s keeping with the style of the US paperback release of The Lies of Locke Lamora, but I’m not really sure if that’s a good thing or not, I was more a fan of the Gollancz editions of the novels. If you ask me, CG Art and Fantasy don’t mix. Ever.
Take a look at the cover for Lynch’s upcoming Novella collection, The Bastards and the Knives for an example of what Gollancz is doing.
The Ten Thousand
Author – Paul Kearney
Pages: 480 pages
Release Date: August 26, 2008
For the sake of full transparency, let me start this review by saying that I only made it about halfway through The Ten Thousand before putting it down for good. Because of this, I’ve struggled over the last several days about how to write this review, or if I even should. The difficulty comes from the fact that despite my inability to invest myself enough in the story to feel compelled to continue through to the end, I could see so many flashes of brilliance throughout that it makes me wonder if maybe I’m the problem and not the novel.
That’s obviously a suspect statement to make in a review, so let me explain myself: part of my issue, which isn’t even close to a factor under Kearney’s control, is that I’ve begun to feel over-saturated with Fantasy â€“ 15 or so years of reading little other than the genre can do that to you. Instead I’ve been reading a lot of Science Fiction and feel the pendulum of my moods swinging that way over the last several weeks. I feel, as unfortunate as it sounds, that I just wasn’t in the right place to be stepping into Kearney’s bloody, visceral world.
An early draft of the cover for Tobias Buckell’s upcoming novel, The Cole Protocol has emerged. This is Buckell’s first novel in the Halo universe and is the first time in years that I’m actually considering reading a liscensed novel. I’m such a Buckell fanboy, it’s sick….
Hey, I was out to see a movie, but I got notice that this is actually *not* the final cover, but a draft that somehow ended up on Amazon. Explains why I wasnâ€™t aware of it until you guys emailed me the Amazon.com link and heads up. So itâ€™s a draft, an initial sketch.
Pretty amazing for a draft, huh?
For months we’ve followed the Watch the Skies campaign â€“ a glimpse of things to come, myriad free novels (including heavy hitters like Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn, John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War, Robert Charles Wilson’s Spin and many others) and other goodies been given away. All the festivities were leading up to the launch of the new Tor.com.
Well, the wait’s over â€“ in a slightly buggy form.
Tor.com, a site for news and discussion of science fiction, fantasy, and all the things that interest SF and fantasy readers, is an initiative of Tor Books and of the Macmillan group of publishers. It presents original short fiction, new sequential art, extensive art galleries, and commentary on science fiction and related subjects by a wide range of writers from all corners of the science fiction and fantasy field. Its aim is to provoke, encourage, and enable interesting and rewarding conversations with and between its readers.
Things are already looking up at Tor.com with a load of free reading, lots of blog posts and articles by well known authors and editors and even exclusive content (like a new short story by John Scalzi in the Old Man’s War universe) and even a growing community of Speculative Fiction fans (I’ve joined!).
Between this and Random House’s recently launched Suvudu, it looks like some of the larger publishers are finally stepping up to the plate and really embracing the idea of the blogosphere. Tor.com and Suvudu are going in different directions, but together I expect this can only be a good thing for all fans of good genre fiction!
Tor.com can be found HERE.