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Belgariad Starting To Appear in US Kindle Store

After what seems like forever, maybe the wait for some of the older series from David Eddings is coming to and end for those of us in the US. You can finally buy the first 2 Belgariad books in Kindle format, along with the Belgarath & Polgara standalones. Hopefully the rest of the Belgariad and Mallorean (and Tamuli and Elenium) are forthcoming. You can find Eddings Kindle listings here.

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Fantasy E-Book Deals Page Updated (Rothfuss, Eddings, Others)

For the first time in quite awhile, I've updated the Fantasy E-Book Deals page. You'll find that The Name of the Wind is on sale, plus several others. I've also removed most books that are NOT epic/high fantasy. Hope you find something you like :)


E-Book Deal: No Hero by Jonathan Wood ($2.99)

No Hero by Jonathan Wood is on sale in the Kindle store for $2.99. I thought this might appeal to those of you who like Urban Fantasy. While I am not a huge fan of that genre, this one looked interesting, so I picked up a copy. You can find the Kindle edition here.


Reading Diary: Plunder of Souls & Wurms of Blearmouth

Some thoughts on what I've been reading...

-A Plunder of Souls (The Thieftaker Chronicles) by D.B. Jackson (30% complete)
I've long been a fan of David B. Coe's epic fantasy novels, but I've been slow to read his historical fantasy series. I received a review copy from Tor last week, so I thought I would jump straight in (this is book 3 in the series, and I haven't read the first two). I'm enjoying it...probably as much as I can for something in this genre. While I like fantasy, and I like mystery/thrillers...for some reason I don't seem to do well when they are mashed together. So while I think the writing is good, the story interesting, and Ethan a really likeable hero, I'm not invested enough that I have that "I need to find 5 free minutes to read this book" feeling. I imagine I will continue reading it by mixing it in with other stuff. The "problem" with this one isn't the book, it's me. I'm in more of an epic fantasy mood at the moment. Which leads me to...

-The Wurms of Blearmouth: A Malazan Tale of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach (Malazan Book of the Fallen) by Steven Erikson (40% complete)
I am slowly working my way through Dust of Dreams, but thought I would check out one of these BKB novellas. Once again, I'm jumping straight in, having not read the earlier novellas. So far I like it..a bit dark and graphic at times, but also humorous...its a pretty good mix. And of course being Erikson, the writing is excellent. While the trade paperback is 200 pages, the print has wide margins and line-spacing, so its really not a normal 200 page book. I just started it last evening and am just about halfway through it. I imagine I will finish it tonight, or tomorrow at the latest. I hope so, because...

Next Up:
I plan to run out to my local Barnes & Noble at lunch today to buy Half a King (Shattered Sea) by Joe Abercrombie. This will likely be my next read, after I finish the Malazan novella.


New Fantasy Releases: Week of July 15, 2014

Below is this week's list of new fantasy releases...

-The Boleyn Reckoning: A Novel (The Boleyn Trilogy) by Laura Andersen
-Brandon Sanderson Sampler: The Way of Kings and Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson (FREE...contains Part 1 of Way of Kings, first 5 chapters of Mistborn)
-Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: The Official Movie Novelization by Alex Irvine
-Full Fathom Five by Max Gladstone
-DEL REY AND BANTAM BOOKS 2014 SAMPLER by various artists (many samples in page claims the sampler is 900+ pages)
-Half a King (Shattered Sea) by Joe Abercrombie
-Last Orders: The War That Came Early by Harry Turtledove
-The Outsorcerer's Apprentice by Tom Holt