THE QUOTABLE QUOTE OF THE DAY
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“I don’t duel, boy. I kill as a soldier kills, which is as a butcher kills, as quickly, efficiently, and with as least risk to myself as I can arrange.”
Lois McMaster Bujold
The Curse Of Chalion
Greetings readers. The end of this week will see the publication of The Lost Sentinel, book one of the Silent Sea Chronicles, the second novel by indie author, Suzanne Rogerson. When Suzanne issued her call for book bloggers to help with the promotion of her latest release, I jumped at the chance; the opportunity coincided with my recent desire to feature more self-published books and authors, plus the premise of her story reminded me of the Glenda Larke novel, The Last Stormlord.
Daughter Of The Blood
(The Black Jewels Trilogy, Book 1)
Genre: Dark Fantasy
Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books
Format: Paperback, 416 Pages
Date: 6st March 2014 (First Published 1998)
In a world of demonic realms, ruled by a sadistic matriarchy of rival witch queens; where men are subjugated and enslaved via magical penis rings, to be used as both sex slaves and as weapons (to destroy young, soon-to-be witches by savagely fucking away their virginity, leaving them permanently damaged and unable to use the Craft), a long overdue reckoning is coming. Three men: two brutalised sex slaves (half-brothers, and the illegitimate offspring of The High Lord of Hell) plus their estranged father, await the fulfilment of a seven hundred year old prophecy that will overturn the decadent, corrupt order of The Blood; the arrival of an all-powerful witch who will rule over all the realms. But there’s just one little snag. When she shows up, she’s a prepubescent kid who has no idea who she is destined to become; and so it is, the mismatched trio (and allies) must protect her before she can be destroyed, or worse, corrupted by The Blood.
If you’ve not yet heard about The Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off, this is a brief introduction to the most exciting development in independent publishing in the last couple of years. As the name probably suggests, the SPFBO is a book contest for self-published books in the fantasy genre. It is the brainchild of fantasy author, Mark Lawrence, who made the following observation in a blog post in February 2015:
“…as a new author, particularly a self-published one, it is desperately hard to be heard. It’s a signal-to-noise problem. Who knows how many Name of the Winds or [fill in your favourite] are lost to us because they just couldn’t be seen? None? A hundred?”
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“Your lands will stretch from sea to sea. But peace comes at the price of bloodshed. Five battles will bring you peace, four to win and one to lose. Many must die, but you yourself are safe from death, except at the hands of your own son.”
Brilliance Of The Moon
As you may (or may not) already be aware, The Philip K. Dick Award, established in honour of the acclaimed American science fiction author, was inaugurated in 1983; the year after his death. The ceremony is held annually at Norwescon, with the award being bestowed upon the best science fiction paperback novel published in the United States during the previous calendar year.
Below, I present you with the complete list of books (and their authors) that have received the honour.
A new month is almost upon us, and there are some minor changes coming to the blog moving forward. The most significant of these changes is a new feature called Indie Focus. As the name suggests, this feature will bring about a deliberate and concerted effort to highlight more self-published books and authors. This decision has been prompted, in large part, by my recent foray into self-publishing, giving me an appreciation of how difficult it can be for independent authors to gain visibility for their work, and find people willing to review their books. As a result, I intend to do my part to redress this situation by spotlighting more self-published fantasy and science fiction titles, securing interviews with independent authors, and (more importantly) increasing the quantity of self-published book reviews. The review policy link will be updated in the coming days to reflect this change in focus.
The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz
(The Oz Series, Book 1)
L. Frank Baum
Genre: Children’s Classic, Juvenile Fantasy
Publisher: Hesperus Press
Format: Paperback, 448 Pages
Date: 1st April 2013 (First Published 1900)
In the introduction to his defining work, The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz, American children’s author, L. Frank Baum mentioned that his purpose in writing the story was to bring about a new kind of fairy tale for children to enjoy. He was of the view that the traditional fairy tales of old should essentially be confined to the dustbin of history; that it was no longer required for children’s stories to be cautionary tales with moral lessons to impart, as morality was now part of a modern education. His goal was to make his book a modernised fairy tale that retained the excitement and entertainment, but did away with all the moralising. Whether his opinion of traditional fairy tales has merit or not is for others to decide.
The Lies Of Locke Lamora
(Gentleman Bastard Series, Book 1)
Genre: High Fantasy
Format: Paperback, 544 Pages
Date: 1st February 2007 (First Published 2006)
Warning! This book is liable to make your blood boil if (like this reviewer) you have a deep antipathy towards criminals and criminality. The “hero” of the story, and his associates, are not just criminals, they are the unrepentant variety who take great pleasure in their scumbaggery, and the misery they cause. If their victims were also criminals it would be less of an issue; however, as this is not the case, every misfortune that befalls these lowlifes will warm your heart, while, by the same token, any time they escape their just comeuppance will leave you bemoaning how unfair life is.