2012 Upcoming Releases-Fantasy & Horror

Discussion in 'Fantasy / Horror' started by Rob B, Sep 2, 2011.

  1. AmethystOrator

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    Thanks for the link Mihir. I enjoyed you write-up and am quite looking forward to the story. Any chance that you read the Mike Carey story also? I'm a big fan of his as well.
     
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    I'm hugely excited for it as well. Mab, Winter, Harry seeing friends, enemies and those who fall in-between and letting them know he's alive again. I'm trying not to get my hopes up too high, but this could be the best book yet.

    As far as the writing on Cold Days (which I actually just re-read last weekend) I definitely had been disappointed on my first read through and would have agreed with your thoughts. But after thinking about it for the months since, I wonder if some of the problem might have been that the book seemed to be out of Butcher's comfort zone (at least for a TDF novel). It was more passive and introspective than usual and at the same time Butcher was trying to convey some real growth in self-awareness. I think that these were all worthy goals, but he might have bitten off more than he could chew, at least in the time that he had. So maybe the weakness that we're referring to was his taking a vacation, but I'm wondering/hoping that the problem was more in that Butcher didn't realize how challenging the novel would be.

    In any event, Ghost Story is what it is and I'm optimistic that Cold Days will get the series back on track.
     
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    He announced on Twitter last night a 11/27 release for Cold Days! He also posted this on his forums.

    "Once the revision of COLD DAYS is done, I will be writing the first book of my Steampunk series, which is called The Cinder Spires at the moment. The first book, (working title of 'The Aeronaut's Windlass') should be around the length of the first Alera book, and I'm planning to get it done by year's end, AT WHICH POINT I will then begin the next Dresden novel."
     
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    You could be absolutely right. There was a definite shift in narrative direction that could have thrown Jim off his game. With Dresden being so entrenched as the definitive UF series, Butcher might have had some confidence issues as well, not sure just how far he wanted to go with the "new" Dresden. All of that could have impacted the writing.

    Regardless, I'll pick the book up as soon as it comes out. I suspect Jim will correct whatever his issues were and we'll be treated to yet another great book in the series.
     
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    I saw this. I'm not a major Steampunk fan so I'm not sure how to feel about this, but I'll definitely give it a shot.
     
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    Unfortunately I haven't been able to. I read just the Ilona Andrews story in that collection as I wanted to review the two IL shorts released this year. I have read the first Felix Castor book years ago and thought it was a decent effort but didn't read up any of the follow up titles. Does the series get better?

    Mihir
     
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    Cold Days will be crucial as I think its the beginning of Phase two in the evolution of Harry Dresden. Let's hope JB is back to the cracking form shown in the first twelve books.

    Mihir
     
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    I think was part of the problem. Barring the first two-three, the writing hadn't stood in the way of Jim's storytelling. Then to suddenly see every third sentence start with AND, it was hard to see past the mechanical aspects of the writing to enjoy the story. I managed, but it took some small piece of enjoyment away from book.

    As I haven't heard any comments by Jim regarding the writing of this book, I suspect he'll be true to form with it.
     
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    I understand. Thanks for getting back to me.

    Imo, Book 2 was actually something of a drop in quality, but Book 3 rebounded to about the same or slightly better than Book 1. But Book 4 & 5 take things to a whole 'nother level. They make this a must read series for any UF fan imho. And I have high hopes for the long delayed (but hopefully arriving in 2013) Book 6.
     
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    What's the latest word anyone's heard about the status of the Dangerous Women anthology by Martin and Dozios?
     
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    I seem to recall reading on Martin's blog a few weeks ago that it is this close, but is going to be late. Evidently they are waiting on one story -- this is speculation, but I'd say it is very probably Martin's The She-Wolves [title not final I don't think], which is not quite done as of last report.

    Poor guy. We pour over every blog entry like kids looking for little nuggets of candy.
     
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    Last I heard was GRRM's NAB from June 23rd:

    http://grrm.livejournal.com/283248.html
     
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    Thanks for the information, I might try the series in the future then. Currently another series that set in London has me quite excited and that's the Alex Verus series by Benedict Jacka. Have you read it?

    Mihir
     
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    You're welcome. If you get the chance to read more of it, then please let me know what you think.

    I have read the first two, and plan on buying the third next week. I thought that Book 1 was pretty good and gave it extra credit for being a Book 1 (in my limited experience, nearly every UF series that I've tried needs a couple/few books to find it's rhythm). I didn't find the second book to be as good (not bad, but not as good) but am hoping that the third book will appeal to me more.
     
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    Thanks mjolnir and AmethystOrator. From reading that blog post, I assume that the book probably won't be out till summer 2014 at the earliest. I'm really looking forward to this anthology, it's going to be awesome seeing Dunk and Egg up north.
     
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    Oh man redick's Night of the Swarm wont be out til Jan 2013? I seen a Sept 27, 2012 release date, or is that the UK?
     
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    It keeps getting pushed back, despite Redick finishing the first draft back in September. From his blog August 7th:

    "Many of you are writing to ask about the publication date. I’ve held off posting an official announcement for one reason: I didn’t want to be wrong. The date’s been changed four times, and I didn’t want to say a word to anyone until I had firm and final dates from both Gollancz and Del Rey.

    I have them now. The Night of the Swarm will be published October 25, 2012 by Gollancz (in the U.K.) and January 15, 2013 by Del Rey.

    These delays have been heartbreaking for me. And while I can’t in good conscience discuss the reasons for them, I can say that they absolutely did not originate with me. I am not a fast writer by inclination, but I have met every deadline in this process, starting with the first draft of Swarm back in September 2011. "
     
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    Hey thanks for this, Darksbane. That sucks they keep doing that. I'll probably use good ole Book Depository UK then, the UK cover is better anyhow.
     
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    No problem.

    That's my plan as well. Book Depository has treated me really well thus far.
     
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    Yeah I just ordered Gary Gibson's Stealing Light from them yesterday, the other time I ordered Abercrombie's Before They Are Hanged, got it in like 7 days.