Anthology Thursday – Sword & Sorcery – Part 4/4

Anthology Thursday is a series of posts breaking down and reviewing an anthology every month. Because I need to read more short fiction. This month is The Sword & Sorcery Anthology edited by David G Hartwell & Jacob Weisman.

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Terrifying barbarians, cunning mages, and daring heroes run rampant through these exceptional examples of the exciting sword and sorcery genre. In “Tower of the Elephant,” Conan takes up jewel thievery but proves to be far better with his sword. “The Flame Bringers” finds antihero Elric infiltrating a band of bloodthirsty mercenaries and outwitting a powerful sorcerer. “Become a Warrior” is the unexpected tale of a child who loses all she holds dear, only to gain unforeseen power and unlikely revenge. Further entries come from early legends such as Jack Vance and Catherine Louise Moore, the next wave of talents including Fritz Leiber and Michael Moorcock, and modern trendsetters like George R.R. Martin, Karl Edward Wagner, and David Drake. This essential, fast-paced anthology is a chronological gathering of influential, inventive, and entertaining fantasy—sure to appeal to action-oriented fans.

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Hype Train #1 – M. L. Forman + Dragonwatch + Winds of Winter

This is the first ever Hype Train post. Basically just stream of consciousness and fangirl/boy screams over books I’m excited for their release. You can expect more hype on the Tuesdays without new release announcements.

If you’ve ever ventured deeper into the depths of the blog you’ll probably have come across our New Release Calendar where I keep the latest info on my favorite authors and their newest work. Last week I trawled through my author list and added over a dozen new books being released this year. Usually it’s not nearly so many but hadn’t checked since before Thanksgiving. Amazon is one of my main sources, but author websites and blogs are equally productive, if more time consuming. I haven’t found an effective way to check publishers directly but that’s another source I’m eager to exploit.

So right now my my biggest hype is for The Axe of Sundering by M.L. Forman (Adventurers Wanted #5). He posted on Facebook over the holidays which is kind of a big deal. The book was originally slated for release in December of 2014 but sadly Mr. Forman had a stroke which delayed it indefinitely.

I plan to reread the series in preparation once an actual release date has been set, which I’m hoping will be announced sometime this spring.

dragonwatchfbDragonwatch by Brandon Mull (Fablehaven, Dragonwatch #1) is another I’m eager to get my hands on. Plus look at that cover! His Fablehaven series was pretty good, so this sequel series has my interest piqued. The basic premise it that there are magical preserves to protect magical creatures from us and us from them. A set of siblings comes to visit one being operated by their grandparents. Danger, adventure and plenty of magic ensue and crisis narrowly averted. It’s a great series for younger readers…..and older ones too.

According to both the authors website and Amazon, it’s expected to be released Mar.14.2017. I hope to R+R (Read and Review) at least the first book in Fablehaven before then so I’m all ready for it.

Lastly, what would a hype train be without the anticipation and dread of Winds of Winter by George R.R. Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire #6). It will come out when it comes out, but Mr. Martin sure does take his sweet time. Zero speculation on when to expect it because it’s been wrong. Every. Single. Time. That being said I hope it will be sometime this year, but realistically I know it’s probably a pipe dream.

We’re going to stop there because I could go on forever. Go take a look at the New Release Calendar and comment here if I’ve missed something you think I should be hyped about.

Robert

Hype Train #1 – M. L. Forman + Dragonwatch + Winds of Winter

A Song of Ice and Fire Series – A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms – By George R. R. Martin

Jared,

I loved reading your review of Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians. I even placed a hold on it at the library…….I realize now that could have been a bad idea, but I won’t know until I read the book. Either way, I should get it sometime next week and I can add it to my huge “to read” pile (current count is 12).

My newest literary conquest is a prequel in the Game of Thrones universe, but let me give you the break down first.

A Knight of the Seven KingdomsTitle: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms
Series: A Song of Ice and Fire
Author: George R. R. Martin
Genre: Fantasy
Audience: Adult
ROTS Setting: UU, Medieval, Dragons, No Higher Magic
Synopsis: This prequel takes place 100 years before the events in Game of Thrones and is a compilation of 3 novellas. Join Dunk and Egg, a hedge knight and his squire, as they travel the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. Part 1 introduces the characters and sets a bleak stage. Part 2 will test both knight and squire in very different ways. Part 3 will climatically bring the the duo into the that eternal quest for the Iron Throne.
Recommendation:  An interesting perspective to the series. Although this book was much tamer than those in the main series, I still feel compelled to only recommend this book to adult readers. Cause, you’ll fall in love with it and want to read the others too.

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