The David Gemmell Awards were announced over the weekend. (Yes, I’m behind and getting further behind every day.) Congratulations to all the winners and nominees.
The winners are:
The Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel
The Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Newcomer
The Ravenheart Award for Best Fantasy Cover Art
- Jason Chan for the cover of The Liar’s Key by Mark Lawrence (Harper Voyager)
The winners were announced September 24, 2016 at Fantasycon. Winners received trophies based on David Gemmell’s novels and characters. Go here for a complete list of nominees.
The only one of the nominees I’ve read is The Vagrant, and I’m not quite finished with it. I will say that it’s deserving of the award. Hopefully I can finish it and get a review up soon.
Of Sand and Malice Made
Bradley P. Beaulieu
hardcover, 240 pages $18.00
I’d like to thank Bradley P. Beaulieu for providing me with the review copy. I found reading the book to be rather frustrating, not because of any flaw in the story or writing. Just the opposite. Life has been chaotic for a number of reasons which are worth getting into. I’ve been reading the book in snatches, with many interruptions. I’ve wanted to simply dive in. Unfortunately, that’s not what’s happened.
But I did manage to carve out some time to read most of the second half over the weekend and finished the last twenty pages tonight. Of Sand and Malice Made is an excellent fantasy adventure.
It’s also a great introduction to the world of Shattered Sands, which we saw in the first volume of the series, Twelve Kings in Sharakhai (reviewed here). You don’t have to have read that volume to enjoy this one. Of Sand and Malice Made is a prequel, telling an adventure of Ceda before the tale of her quest for vengeance against the kings begins. In fact the kings are hardly mentioned. Continue reading
So, yeah, about Armadillocon. You know, the one that was held at the end of July. While it’s a little late for a con report, I’m going to post a brief one. I’m home waiting on a service technician, who will be by sometime between noon and 5:00. I thought this would be a good time to kill one of the items on my Should Have Already Done List. It’s better than killing someone, such as the person who called at 10:45 wanting to know if I was available because the rest of the service calls are out of town. (No, I thought I made that clear when we talked last week. I have office hours and appointments with students in a few minutes.)
Anyway, I wasn’t planning on going this year, mainly due to distance and money. Then I learned that Bill Crider, who is a regular, had been diagnosed with cancer. I thought I had missed the con but found out it was a week later than I’d thought, namely the upcoming weekend. I looked at the guest list. None of the headliners appealed, but there was a long line of folks I hadn’t seen in years. I used to hit Armadillocon just about every year, but since I moved to the other side of the state in 2010, I hadn’t gone. The summer of 2009 was the last time I was there.
It was a last minute decision, but I was able to make it work. Armadillocon was one of the first conventions I attended, and it was back at the hotel where it was held the first few years I went. Nostalgia won out.
Because I literally didn’t register until a few minutes before the preregistration deadline and make my room reservation, I didn’t get the basic room but one a little fancier, at the end of the hall with a balcony. I came in, noticed a few balloons tied to pieces of candy on the bed, and hit the restroom. When I came out I saw some items that had been out of my field of view when I got in the room. A bottle of bubbly on ice with two fluted glasses. A card in an envelope with a woman’s name on it. A cupcake alongside a smaller card containing the same same woman’s name. A bouquet of birthday balloons. Clearly the front desk had made a mistake. Continue reading
The good folks over at Ragnarok Publishing are running a Kickstarter for a new anthology featuring female protagonists, Hath No Fury, which ends in a few hours. They asked me to help get the word out and offered suggestions that would help to do that, including possible guest posts by some of their contributors. One of the authors with a story in the book is Bradley P. Beaulieu. His contribution features the protagonist from his current series, The Song of the Shattered Sands. I reviewed the first volume, Twelve Kings in Sharakai here.
So without further ado, here’s Brad:
I was recently at a convention—GenCon down in Indianapolis—and I was doing a short video interview where we got to talking about the state of the field and how quickly (or not) it changes. My basic take was that it’s a field, much like most of the entertainment industry at large, that’s pretty slow to change.
Why? Well, it’s complicated, but I think a lot of it boils down to how editors (and these days more and more, purchasing panels) decide what a publisher is (and isn’t) going to buy. For the purposes of this conversation, I’m just going to call these folks “editors”, but know that these days it’s almost never a single person that’s making the call, but rather a number of people, including sales, marketing, and other executives—especially if we’re talking about a hot author or property—but it all starts with the editors, so let’s be reductive for the time being. Continue reading