January 31, 2015

"A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms" Up For Pre-Order!

Good news everyone!

You can now pre-order A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, the first three short stories (The Hedge Knight, The Sworn Sword and The Mystery Knight), which take place about 100 years before A Song of Ice and Fire Book One, A Game of Thrones, begins!

There is no cover art yet, and this collection / anthology will release October 6, 2015. It will be illustrated by Gary Gianni. The Winds of Winter is not scheduled for release this year. Bear in mind that A Dance With Dragons was announced at the end of March, but published in July, way back in 2011.

Anyway, here's the info for A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, which collects the first three prequel novellas (with more to come in future anthologies, in sets of three per collection)

Taking place nearly a century before the events of A Game of Thrones, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms compiles the first three official prequel novellas to George R. R. Martin’s ongoing masterwork, A Song of Ice and Fire. These never-before-collected adventures recount an age when the Targaryen line still holds the Iron Throne, and the memory of the last dragon has not yet passed from living consciousness.

ISBN: 9780345533487

January 26, 2015


The Hobbit: Part 3 is pretty much headed out of theaters, and should be arriving on DVD / blu-ray etc in a few months. Some web sites, such as Amazon, are offering it up as pre-orders.

But, as is custom, this will *NOT* be the extended edition. I am holding out for the extended edition trilogy box set on blu-ray myself, which should come out the same day as the rest of the extended editions for Part 3.

The theatrical version will be arriving on DVD, blu-ray, 3D blu-ray and digital.

As of now, there is no trilogy set. This post is to let you know that there is a better version of the film coming out a few months later - just like with The Lord of the Rings, and the first two Hobbit films.  

January 19, 2015

feBREWary 2015

Well, it's that time for year again - Beau's has announced their feBREWary 2015 lineup!

Details, links etc. herein.... 

January 15, 2015

"The Wheel of Time" 25th Anniversary

It's somebody's birthday today . . .

One of the most defining books of an era of fantasy now gone  (where the modern fantasy classic is A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin) turns 25 today.

I am of course referring to The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time Book 1).

I choose to nevertheless congratulate The Wheel of Time on being a quarter of a century old. For what it was, The Wheel of Time was pretty good.

To mark the occasion, there is no special edition of the book(s), no anniversary, illustrated etc... perhaps someday. There is some pretty attractive paperbacks being offered by TOR and Orbit, as well as the 'classic' covers.

And heres' to another fantasy series, which would not have been possible without you, taking up your mantle - Brandon Sanderson's Stormlight.

There is a lot of fantasy out there: A Song of Ice and Fire, Kingkiller Chronicle, The Dagger and the Coin... but I honestly believe that Stormlight is your child, and will be the 'new' you.

May we remember to think of you again in another 25 years.   

2015 Oscar Nominees

Well, it's time of year again - the Oscar nominations have been announced! The Golden Globes are essentially a 'road map' to the Oscars (and the Emmys, I guess).

Either way, here they are and who I would like to each category I am interested in, where applicable. 

January 13, 2015

Tolkien: "What If..." #1

This is the first in my series of 'what ifs' in regards to J.R.R. Tolkien, and his writing. In this first installment, I will examine, in speculative fashion, if Tolkien did not write The Hobbit, but opted to finish and publish The Fall of Arthur in its place.....

New Editions of The Wheel of Time - *Final Update* (Book 14)

Well, we're here at the end. I have the info for the final Wheel of Time book in trade paperback. 

The info for A Memory of Light is:
ISBN - 10: 0765337851
ISBN - 13: 9780765337856

The release date will be Oct. 27, 2015.

And of course, the details have been added to the 'main' list here: 

So That's it! This series of blog posts is now complete.

If you're looking to get an attractive set of the books, you can do so by visiting the link and using the ISBN info provided to ensure everything matches.

Since that this is the end for The Wheel of Time, let me direct you to Brandon Sanderson's series: Stormlight.

This series looks to be the 'next' Wheel of Time.

The first book, The Way of Kings, is already out in the same format as The Wheel of Time (which has taken me about three years to blog about!)

The info for The Way of Kings:
ISBN - 10: 0765376679
ISBN - 13: 9780765376671 .

To keep the tradition alive, I will tell you when Book 2, Words of Radiance, gets release info in the identical format. 

January 7, 2015

Tolkien 2015: A Look Ahead

Herein I will detail what Tolkien material will come out this year - that is known, as of now.

"Mid" Season??

One thing that I find strange in regards to TV shows is the (recent?) trend of having a 'mid' season finale.


When you buy the show, and when it gets uploaded to Netflix, etc it's the entire thing in one shot usually, not in 'parts' as it airs on TV. Mid season applicable shows usually take a break in Dec. before Christmas and return in January.

But why does this happen? I myself would much rather see fewer episodes in a season, but have more seasons. I first noticed this trend with The Walking Dead, back when I watched it. The show would start airing in Oct usually, 'break' in Dec then return in Feb. I don't understand why they can't have shorter, but more, seasons and call the last episode before a show goes on break the 'season' finale, and start a new season when it airs again in Feb.

And why do shows go on break for Christmas? Some series such as Dr Who and Downton Abbey air episodes on Christmas Day itself. Those shows, as well as some others like Game of Thrones (or pretty much anything on HBO, AMC, etc.) have shorter seasons. 

I'm looking at the list of episodes for Bones, for example, and it says that its current season is Season 10, each with about 20 episodes per season, approx. I would much rather see 20 shorter seasons, with about 10-15 episodes per season (and for those that buy shows, the episode box sets would be a lot cheaper than they are now).

In general, I find waiting a whole week for one episode silly, and usually (but not always) wait for a season to end before watching it.

What are your thoughts?? 

January 1, 2015

It's a New Dawn, It's a New Day....

Today is the first day of the New Year!

There's a few things coming up that I am looking forward to, detailed here....