Tuesday, 28 July 2009

News Round-Up

Guy Gavriel Kay has announced that his new book is called Under Heaven and is his take on 8th Century Chinese history, notably the Tang Dynasty. No word on if it is set in the same world as The Lions of Al-Rassan, The Last Light of the Sun and the Sarantine Mosaic duology, but it sounds like it. The book is due out next spring.

J.V. Jones has completed Watcher of the Dead, the fourth book of her six-volume Sword of Shadows series (which is celebrating the tenth year since the publication of the first volume this summer). The book will be published next year and is a surprisingly short work for Jones, clocking in at about 400 pages or about half the size of A Cavern of Black Ice, the first book in the series.

The topic of dubious casting in the Avatar: The Last Airbender movie has driven a lot of Internet discussion in the last few months, but the following video nicely and succinctly puts across the major complaints about the movie. Great stuff. On a related note, there are deeply disturbing rumours that an 'Americanised' version of a Battle Royale movie may be in the offering, which I suspect will generate as much anger if it ever gets made * shudders *

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