Man, it’s been a while since I wrote a review. This blog is becoming more like “Staffer’s Crazy Rants about Publishing Stuff” than a review site. I can’t say I lament the change, but it’s nice to just write a review sometimes. Know what I’m saying? And why not jump back into the pool with what is already appearing to be hypiest title of early 2014, Brian Staveley’s The Emperor’s Blades. The title is one word from being fantasy buzz word saturated. Why couldn’t it be The Emperor’s Blades of Shadows or The Emperor’s Cloak of Blades? Come on folks, if you’re going to shoot the moon don’t get left holding the King of Hearts.
Yes, that was a reference to the classic card game, Hearts, which no one under the age of 40 has probably ever played, but I played prolifically in my teenage years due to being an only child.… Read the rest
Another piece of Richard Anderson art? Yes, please. I know I’m flogging the horse so to speak, but I adore this man’s art and will find any excuse to put it on my blog. As if Anderson’s work needs any extra boost, it was created for the new Peter Watts. Echopraxia will be the first original novel from Watts since the critically acclaimed Blindsight. An echopraxia is the involuntary repetition or imitation of another person’s actions. It’s one of the core symptoms of Tourette syndrome. I have no idea how that might play into the novel, but I really want to find out. I believe I managed to find an excerpt from Watts’ blog, go check it out.… Read the rest
I can almost provide this cover image without comment. The third in Elizabeth Bear’s brilliant Eternal Sky trilogy, Steles of the Sky continues the story of Re Temur and the Wizard Samarkar in their fight against the Nameless Ones. It isn’t due out until next Spring, but I couldn’t resist talking about the cover. The entire series has been done in this style that’s incredibly ephemeral and mystical. I think it suits the series perfectly.
A few other covers popped up from Tor this week that I thought I thought were worth sharing as well.… Read the rest
My short list for Cover of the Year is six books long (see below). There’s not really a connective thread between them except that none are photograph based — a trend I loathed in lasts years award, and I continue to find repellent Additionally, you’ll see no hooded men because hooded men are still lame and tired.
So what is my criteria? I’m so glad I asked.
I have four basic tenets in evaluating cover art. First is relevancy. A cover must relate to the book. Second it has to evoke something — wonder, mystery, fear, awe, movement, whatever. Third, I like things that are different. I’m sick of the same old covers going for the same old audience. Give me art, not RPG manual doodles. Fourth, turn me on. Physically. This is only partly a joke.… Read the rest