Jun 15, 2010

Damn Eclipse

I commend Stephenie Meyer. I hate the way she writes, I hate her characters, and I hate generally Twilight...but she draws in a vast audience. Im always into Fantasy, Epics, so this plays the hugest role in why do not like the series...but what I DO like about it, is, like I said, Meyer's ability to tease teenagers' curiosity by asking the fictional age old question, "What If I dated a Vampire?", and mixing in the forbidden love plot piece to have them say "Oh, I want to do this!". Any piece of fiction that makes you think "I wish I could do what the characters do in the books/movies/etc." is gold. (Thats the only time Im going to defend Twilight). we have all wanted to channel the One Power and be able to touch the True Source. well, maybe not that, but we all certaintly wanted to be a Jedi. Shoot, I still do!
Wow...originally I was gonna blog about my pure hatred for the series, only to talk about what Twilight does right. Sure, the first paragraph led me a headache(how I finished the book still amazes me. Book one I mean), and I dont really like the characters(I do think Alice is pretty hot and has a good skill), but Stephanie Meyer does something that authors rarely do: many of my friend who are women want to date a vampire. Gold.

Jun 14, 2010

Winter Is Coming...so is A Game of Thrones

Based on the NYT(New York Times) Bestselling Epic Fantasy written by George R. R. Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire, comes a nine episode series based on Book One, A Game of Thrones.

Winter is Coming, Spring 2011.

The Way of Kings

"Szeth-son-son-Vallano, Truthless of Shinovar, wore white on the day he was to kill a king."

Not the greatest hook for an opening line, but the action that follows more than makes up for it.

For those of you who don't know, Brandon Sanderson-a writer well known for finishing up The Wheel of Time-has released(well, his publishers at Tor-Forge)the introduction, prelude, prologue, and first three chapters of his awaiting 10 book epic saga, The Stormlight Archive, with book one being The Way of Kings.

This series might be better than most,maybe close to the Wheel itself. I know thats saying a whole lot.

Taking place on the world of Roshar, Brandon tells us of an assassin sent to kill a king, a spearman who is lucky...or lucky to be alive, and also of a young woman wishing to be an apprentice to a heretic. These chapters give us so much information on Roshar, but simultaneously so little.

I found myself reading the sneak preview multiple times, and it never gets boring!

Sanderson is well known for his "magic systems", but their is so much more than that. The worlds he creates, the characters he envisions, the epic action, and the stories he tells are all evident in this sneak peek. So, when reading anything Sanderson, make sure you know what your in for.

Here is the link to The Way of Kings story. You have to sign up. It's free...and worth it. Trust me.