Where do novels begin? Is it the protagonist? The plot? Some cool magic system? Or a world detail? It’s a silly question, because there is no right answer. And even if there was, it only matters insofar as it scratches a bad interviewer’s curiosity. But, it is interesting, and meaningful, to discuss which of those aspects make a novel sing. In the case of Abaddon’s Gate and Black Halo, novels by James S.A. Corey and Sam Sykes respectively, it’s the characters that give them soul.… Read the rest
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Thoughts experiments are dangerous things. You know what’s even more dangerous? Thoughts of any kind from the mind of fantasy author Sam Sykes. Thought experiments. . . well, those are just frightening. Nevertheless, Sykes tweeted this gem:
I’ll throw my OWN con.SamCon 2013.Guests include: me, my dog, maybe @jdiddyesquire if he brings pizza.
— Sam Sykes (@SamSykesSwears) March 21, 2013
I had to know more. What follows is Sykes’s proposed program of SamCon ’12. May God help us all.… Read the rest
News flash, intrepid readers. France knows how to paint. I could say Marc Simonetti knows how to paint, but it seems like everyone in French publishing gets it to a degree America does not.
Look at this gorgeous cover for Sam Sykes’ newest novel, The Skybound Sea:
I don’t want to belittle the covers for Sykes’ US and UK editions, but I’m going to anyway. I mean, it’s like comparing a US aircraft carrier to my rubber ducky.
Am I wrong?… Read the rest