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Random Thoughts at Midnight

Just a few days left in March. When the month ends, so does our foreign edition sale, so if you want $5 off the foreign translations of any of my books, this is the time to act.

I really don't know where the time goes. It seems like yesterday I was watching the Superbowl, and a few days before that I was just getting back from Spain and Portugal. The days and weeks and months seem to go by so quickly now... and the pages come so slowly...

Speaking of Spain and Portugal, I meant to post a lot more about my travels there last summer, and to post some pictures too. Another good intention swallowed by the demands of work and the lateness of the hour. I may still post a few things, though. Better late than never, I suppose... and it was a wonderful trip.

I need to post about WATCHMEN (which I loved) and the BATTLESTAR GALACTICA finale (which I pretty much hated) too. In my copious spare time. But I really do have a lot to say about both. The Watchmen/ Wild Cards compare-and-contrast exercise is an essay in itself...

Subterreanean Press sent me an Advanced Reading Copy of the Jack Vance tribute anthology, SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH, a few days ago, and I've been dipping into it. I'd read all the stories before, of course, but it's still fun to revisit them. I even reread my own story, "A Night at the Tarn House," and thought it held up pretty well. That's always a relief. Sometimes I hate my own stuff when I reread (sometimes I love it, too, I'm a moody sonofabitch).



I hope Jack Vance likes the book. The impact he's had on the field, and especially on the writers in the anthology, has been immense.

I've also just received a couple of advance copies of the limited edition FEAST FOR CROWS from Subterranean. Oh my, oh my. What a beautiful book. Tom Canty is amazing. FEAST is shipping now. Unfortunately, this is a limited edition, and it was long ago sold out. The lettered and numbered editions of the Vance book are also sold out, but copies of the trade hardcover are still available from the Subterranean website... and the trade will still feature the gorgeous interior artwork by Tom Kidd.

Some cool new stuff from Green Ronin Games as well. Their first Wild Cards adventure, ALL IN, has been released, and so has their new Ice & Fire role playing game. I need to write a story about those for my website news page... so much to do, so little time... but here's some pictures of the cover art, to whet your taste, at least:





Visit the Green Ronin website for more information for the games.

Oh, and my new Library Tower is almost complete. Another week, and the renovations should all be done. It's cost a fortune and there's been a lot of noise and dust and disruption, but it will all have been worth it. The tower is gorgeous. I'll try to post pictures, if I can ever find my camera. I took it to the Page One signing for BUSTED FLUSH, snapped lots of pics there, brought it home, and haven't seen it since.

sigh

The Library Tower should help with that too. Finally, some organization.

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davidjonmould
Mar. 30th, 2009 09:56 pm (UTC)
watchmen and battlestar gallactica
i would love to read your thoughts on both watchmen and battlestar gallactica. i loved both, but i thoroughly enjoy reading the thoughts of a moody sonofabitch. my motto at a party is, if you don't have anything nice to say, sit next to me. :-)
nycfalcon
Mar. 31st, 2009 05:15 am (UTC)
I didn't see anything so horrendous with the BSG Finale to warrant hate or even strong displeasure, but to each his own.

I'm looking forward to owning a copy or two of the game.
marc_allan
Mar. 31st, 2009 07:07 pm (UTC)
Random thoughts at 3:06pm EST
Just read through Brandon Sanderson's post on the release of A Memory of Light.

He mentions you, and your work, twice.

On some level, that has to be a bit flattering, no? To use you, your comments, your work as a reference for other readers?
sara_rojo
Mar. 31st, 2009 09:22 pm (UTC)
Oooh, a in-depth report of your Spanish trip would be awesome!! I couldn't see you when you came, because of work, so it'd be almost like...if I could have ^^
(also, because Dorne is totally Spain, and you must be working on Dorne a lot these daysXD)

Also, dying to know your impressions on Watchmen. I didn't know you'd read the GN and watched the film. I loved the first and still can't make up my mind on the second (though Jackie Earle Haley was definitely awesome)
ieiazel
Apr. 1st, 2009 02:08 pm (UTC)
I watched Watchmen last week and I thought the beginning was good, but it lasted for too long (I haven't read the graphic novel, so I don't know if 2h45m were too long or too short for the origina story to be told. For me, the only films with a right to last 3 hours are the Lord of the Rings trilogy).

Out of topic, I know, but still... I have seen many times the comparison between Dorne and Spain (mostly from foreigners)but I'm Spanish and I actually cannot see any similarity between them (obviously, one is real and the other part of a fiction, but anyway...). We have never ever gone in silks through any sand deserts in our country! I always thought Dorne was more like a middle-east country, but that's only my opinion.

BTW, sara_rojo, a pity you missed GRRM; he and Parris were absolutely nice!
johnnyboom
Apr. 1st, 2009 01:42 am (UTC)
Spain and Portugal
I was recently in Spain and Portugal too. I must say, Lisbon is one of the coolest cities I have ever visited. Porto was quite amazing too. I developed a taste for tawny reserve and cherry wine while exploring the city.
warforged_hero
Apr. 3rd, 2009 05:57 pm (UTC)
I was satisfied with the BSG finale.
I wasn't satisfied with Watchmen.
Various reasons.
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  • 5 Mar 2018, 19:17
    Still working on that. When we have a final, I will share it.
  • 5 Mar 2018, 05:32
    All the Wild Cards books under Tor have had absolutely stellar covers. I'd frame them and hang them on my wall if I could.
  • 4 Mar 2018, 03:28
    Are all these examples digital artwork? It doesn't look like traditional oil on canvas. I miss the fantasy/sci-fi covers of the '70s and '80s. Even the paperbacks had amazing covers.
  • 3 Mar 2018, 17:49
    Whatever anyone can get their hands on is, I suspect, the right answer.

    At the last party, it was an open bar with pretty much everything you can imagine on offer. There were some special drinks as…
  • 3 Mar 2018, 00:07
    Any chance you could tell us who’s doing the cover art for Fire and Blood? And maybe when we can expect a glimpse of it. Thank you!
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