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Fantast Round-Up: April 4, 2014

-Aidan with news about a forthcoming Osten Ard trilogy from Tad Williams. AWESOME NEWS! I loved that trilogy, and this news makes me want to drop everything and read it for the 3rd time (I've never read a series more than twice). I can't tell you how excited I was last year when I found a 1st edition, first printing of The Dragonbone Chair in a used bookstore for $8.
-Orbit is offering a free, signed bookplate to those that pre-order The Crimson Campaign by Brian McClellan. Details here.
-Angry Robot posted a sample chapter from Sunstone by Freya Robertson

-Echoes of Betrayal by Elizabeth Moon: SFF World (Rob)...glad to see he really likes it. Convinced me to resume reading the first book in the series, Oath of Fealty .
-The Palace Job by Patrick Weekes: A Fantasy Reader (The references to Dortmunder on the cover have almost tempted me into buying this. I should at least send a sample to my phone.)
-The Master of Whitestorm by Janny Wurts: Only The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy (I'm always happy to see a new Wurts review posted on the web)
-Fool's Errand by Robin Hobb: Adventures in Reading
-Sword Sworn by James Aitcheson

E-Book Deals:
-The Blue Blazes by Chuck Wendig ($1.99)
-Spy by Ted Bell ($4.99...thriller, not fantasy)
-Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith ($2.99..thriller)
-The Cabinet of Curiosities by Preston & Child ($2.99...thriller)
-The Fifth Assassin by Brad Meltzer ($1.99...thriller)
-The Lion by Nelson DeMille ($2.99...thriller)
-Several books by Oliver Potzsch are in sale for $1.99.


Fantasy Book Deals Page Updated

I spent some time updating the fantasy book deals page (removing old deals, adding new ones, and putting books in alphabetical order so it was easier for me to see if a book was already in my list). Quite a few news deals check it out here

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Quick Take: The Polaris Protocol by Brad Taylor

-The Polaris Protocol by Brad Taylor: This is the 5th novel in the Pike Logan series, which is my current favorite espionage series. This time Pike and company travel to Mexico in a plot that involves Jennifer's brother and the potential disruption of our GPS satellites. While I think this was another strong entry in the series, I don't think it was quite as good as the previous 4 books. The biggest thing I took away from this one is a) using our GPS system as a way to attack our country is a scary thought 2) Pike and Jennifer's relationship continues to evolve in a natural way that adds to the overall story, rather than being a distraction. I'm definitely on board for the next one due out in June (Days of Rage, which is up there for title of the year for me).


Fantasy Round-Up: April 2, 2014

What I'm Reading:
-Path of Daggers by Robert Jordan: I finally finished the 8th book in the Wheel of Time...I believe I started it way back in December, if my Goodreads profile is correct. Yeah, it was a big of a slog, just as most of the reviews claim. I thought the last 200-250 pages were pretty good, as Stuff Actually Happened, but those first 400 pages were tough. Reading the book description for book 9 makes it sound like there should be lots of plot movement, but I'm guessing that won't be true for another 2 books yet. Have yet to decide if I want to jump straight into Winter's Heart, or read something else first (like The Goblin Emperor)

Pat has some excerpts from forthcoming books: Mirror Sight by Kristen Britain, Half A King by Joe Abercrombie
-L.E. Modesitt has turned in the manuscript for the next novel in the Imager Portfolio
-Sarah is running a giveaway for all 3 books in the Eternal Sky Trilogy by Elizabeth Bear.

-The Way of Kings ($2.99) by Brandon Sanderson: A Dribble of Ink
-Talus and the Frozen King ($6.83) by Graham Edwards: A Fantastical Librarian, Val's Random Comments
-The Shattered Crown by Richard Ford: A Fantastical Librarian
-The Tropic of Serpents: A Memoir by Lady Trent ($12.99) by Marie Brennan: Fantasy Book Critic, Little Red Reviewer


New Fantasy Releases: Week of April 1, 2014

Below is this week's list of new fantasy releases, according to Amazon:

-Castle Perilous (Castle Perilous, 1) by John DeChancie (Yeah, this is really a book from quite a long time ago..but Open Road is releasing a bunch of older fantasy books today. I like the first few books in this series "back in the day", but have no idea what I would think if I tried reading one of them today.)
-Circle of Blood: A Witch Hunt Novel by Debbie Viguie
-The Fearful Gates (An Ancient Earth) by Ross Lawhead
-The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
-Irenicon: Book 1 of the Wave Trilogy by Aidan Harte
-Reign of Ash (The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga) by Gail Z. Martin
-The Revolutions by Felix Gilman
-The Sentinel: The Sundering, Book V by Troy Denning
-Shards of Time: The Nightrunner Series, Book 7 by Lynn Flewelling
-Stone Cold: A Broken Magic Novel by Devon Monk
-Here is a list of all Open Road fantasy releases this month...a lot of classic fantasy in this list...worth a look.
-The Symphony of Ages by Elizabeth Haydon (6 book digital omnibus)