Thursday, 5 June 2008


After my prolonged DVD and TV-viewing spree, expect literature reviews to resume shortly, with Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny and Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons leading the way.

Peadar O'Guilin's excellent debut novel, The Inferior, gets its US release this week. Check out my original review here.

Release news which may be of interest:

The eighth volume in Steven Erikson's The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Toll the Hounds, will be released in the UK on 1 July 2008, with the US version following on 16 September.

Ian Cameron Esslemont's second Malazan novel, Return of the Crimson Guard, will be released by Bantam on 14 August in the UK, although a two-volume, special limited edition is out now from PS Publishing.

Richard Morgan's The Steel Remains follows on 7 August from Gollancz in the UK, and from Del Rey in the US next spring. Review here.

Paul Kearney's The Ten Thousand is out in the UK and USA on 1 September. The two-volume Monarchies of God omnibus is scheduled for the autumn, but this isn't set in stone. Check out his new interview with Aidan at Dribble of Ink here, in which he also has good news for fans of the Sea-Beggar series, which was left hanging in mid-air by Bantam last year.

Terry Pratchett's new fantasy, Nation, is released in the UK on 11 September. It is not set in his regular Discworld setting and apparently is the novel he's wanted to write for five years.

Peter F. Hamilton's The Temporal Void, the second book in The Void Trilogy, will be released in the UK on 3 October 2008, and in the USA in the spring.

Scott Lynch's The Republic of Thieves, the third book in his Gentleman Bastards series, has been delayed from this summer to February 2009.

Patrick Rothfuss' The Wise Man's Fear, the follow-up to 2007's hit debut The Name of the Wind, is currently scheduled for April 2009.

George RR Martin's A Dance with Dragons is still officially listed by Bantam for September 30th and by Voyager for November. GRRM himself has set himself a deadline of finishing the book by the end of this month. Expect to here more news on this score (good or bad) in the next few weeks.


grey_tinman said...

Do you know if Return of the Crimson Guard will get a US release?

Adam Whitehead said...

I believe the question of Esslemont getting a US publisher is still under debate. Ideally, Tor will publish Esslemont so they can tie his releases in with Erikson's and have a uniform cover design, as the UK publishers do. However, the chances of that happening soon are unclear.

Anonymous said...

"GRRM himself has set himself..."

"Expect to here..."


And there's no need to sit upon one's hands waiting for more news. He won't finish the book by the end of June. And, irrespective of when he completes it, it will take three months *or more* to move the work through the editing, proofing and printing process.

Well, better to say that we should hope that it will take at least that long.

Adam Whitehead said...

Books 3 and 4 took over just over three months for UK printing and nearly five for US. If he misses the June deadline, the US can write off seeing the book in 2008. The UK can probably go as far as mid-August before it's out of the question, but realistically it would be off the table.

If anything, this will make 2009 almost TOO busy with big new releases.