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Fantasy Round-Up: October 28, 2011

Now Reading:
I am currently bouncing between 2 books on my Kobo Touch at the moment: The Other Lands by David Anthony Durham, and The Bonehunters by Steven Erikson. I am enjoying both stories and having trouble settling on one. On one hand, I want to finish the Acacia trilogy by reading all 3 books in a row (which is how I used to read before I started the blog). On the other hand, I want to get back to Malazan, and maybe try to finish it up (which would likely take me a few months, since I have 5 Erikson books to read, and 3 ICE books..including the new one coming out in December). I want to finish Malazan, so I am ready to start reading The Wheel of Time next spring..I want to be ready for the final book when it hits shelves. Then, on the third hand (just go with it), I have the itch to check out some of the indie books on the Kindle Fantasy Bestseller list. I downloaded sample of these books a few minutes ago: The Kinshield Legacy by K.C. May, Mageborn: The Blacksmith's Son by Michael G. Manning, Taming Fire by Aaron Pogue, Blood of Requiem by Daniel Arenson, A Dance of Cloaks by David Dalglish, and The Sword and the Dragon by M.R. Mathias. Do any of those indie books interest you? I could be persuaded (via comments) to check out one of those indies..

-Matt Staggs has launched an interesting service for book reviewers and book authors/publicists. See here if you are a reviewer, and here if you are an author or publicist. I just signed up as a critic..will be interested to see if this service turns into something.
-Justin is giving away 2 copies of The Whitefire Crossing by Courtney Schafer. I can't leave blog comments while at work (our firewall blocks it), but I really want to enter the giveaway. I do follow Justin on twitter, so hopefully that gives me an entry.

-Shadow Prowler by Alexey Pehov (Staffer's Musings)..this is most likely one of the more entertaining reviews you will read this year. And also scares me off this series again, though I bet I give it another shot once the series is complete here in the US.
-Dust of Dreams by Steven Erikson (Only the Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy)...of course I couldn't really read the review too carefully, since I am only on book 6. But I skimmed enough to know Bryce is a big fan of the am I.
-Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson (A Dribble of Ink)...another well written review from Aidan..wish I could write reviews even half as well.
-Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence (Bookworm Blues)..first of, I want to send some prayers Sarah's way. Second, this is the kinda book that makes me re-think my "wait until a series is complete to start reading it" theory. I read the first 100 pages of this one and liked it a LOT. I even heard several folks say it pretty much works as a stand alone, despite being part of a series. So who knows..I'm already wavering on the "complete series only" thing because there are so many books I want to read..and read when they are published, not years later. This topic might be a good topic for a dedicated post, actually...

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  1. You are not the only one who would like to write reviews like Aidan.
    I have been surprised how many blogger take part in the Whitefire Crossing giveaway. Of course I would like to win the book too.

    The service by Matt Staggs sounds interesting. I will give it a try.

  2. I read Taming Fire by Pogue a few weeks back and found it enjoyable.

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