Sunday, 29 July 2007

Another Sapkowski review plus Update

Those of you interested in Andrzej Sapkowski's The Last Wish, which recently arrived in English translation and was released in the UK a couple of months back (review here), may be intrigued by this review by Wotmana stalwart Dylanfanatic (aka Larry).

Pat from Pat's Fantasy Hotlist recently visited New York City and met with several publishers, picking up interesting info about Patrick Rothfuss and Scott Lynch's series as well as some intriguing info about George RR Martin's much-delayed A Dance with Dragons, which is now apparently an early-to-mid 2008 release. Incidentally on the GRRM front, Martin and Gardner Dozois are collaborating on a fantasy anthology of short stories for release possibly in late 2008, which will be entitled Warriors. Robin Hobb is the only confirmed contributor so far, but I would bet money on the third of GRRM's 'Dunk & Egg' stories set in Westeros seeing the light here as well.

As for myself, I am currently reading Crown of Stars by Kate Elliott and hope to pick up Peter F. Hamilton's The Dreaming Void tomorrow. However, packing for the house move means that my reading schedule is likely to be disrupted for the next few weeks. I hope to get at least these two books, if not Ian Esslemont's
Night of Knives and Paul McAuley's Cowboy Angels, before the move happens. I also hope to get to the cinema to see The Simpsons Movie and Transformers in the next week or two to flesh out the currently under-strength movie reviews section (speaking of which, Sunshine is now on general release in the United States).

Incidentally, the reason why Heroes, despite being listed as one of my favourite TV programmes of the moment, has not had a review for its first season yet is that it has only just started on British terrastial television and I didn't want to discuss spoilers before it had aired here. Expect a review once the series is concluded.

I've also noted that despite promising PC game reviews on this blog, this hasn't happened yet. Mainly this is due to the fact that a lot of the games I've been playing recently don't have any SF&F component (Medieval II: Total War and Company of Heroes) or are so huge I haven't properly completed them (Oblivion and STALKER). I hope to do some work on this section in the near future, probably starting with Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars, which has numerous SF&F crossover elements.

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