Thursday, December 30, 2010

New Blog, New Year

So I finally got up the nerve to start my own blog and as we are about to enter 2011 and none of my own projects are near enough completion to warrant mention, I thought I'd just highlight a few of the things I'm looking forward to in the new year.

Game of Thrones TV-Series
I've been a big fan of George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire for years and since the fifth volume is probably still a ways off, we'll just have to settle for an HBO adaptation filled with great actors and beautiful sets Hey, wait a minute.
Yeah it's almost too good to be true, the company that has brought us series like Deadwood, The Wire, Rome, Band of Brothers and so many more are going to be producing a huge fantasy series staring Sean Bean, Lena Headley, Ian Glenn and Peter Dinkage just to mention a few.

Look for Game of Thrones on HBO in April or if you haven't read the books; hurry down to your nearest book store.

Ghost Story
For those that don't know, "Ghost Story" will be the 13th volume in Jim Butcher's thrilling "Dresden Files" series.
I discovered the "Dresden Files" when I was trolling around for some new fantasy series to read and stumbled unto Butcher's "Codex Alera" series, I enjoyed it greatly and when I was waiting for the last volume to come out I kept coming back to Jim Butcher's homepage where all the Dresden books were listed as well. I thought they sounded terribly boring, private detective magician stuff. Well I eventually tried one and just kept going through the then 11 published books.
The books aren't all that long and are real page turners. If you are not already acquainted with them, I highly recommend picking up the first one "Storm Front". The best part is that so far every new book has been better than the last.

Look for "Ghost Story" in book stores in April.

The Wise Man's Fear
Patrick Rothfuss, the author of "The Name of the Wind" and the upcoming "The Wise Man's Fear", is really something else, despite the fact that he has only published one book. I feel like he has already placed himself next to George R. R. Martin, Robert Jordan and even Tolkien for that matter. "The Name of the Wind" just has something indefinably magical about it, Rothfuss' prose is extremely beautiful and the story is told in an ingenious way. If you are not already waiting eagerly for "Wise Man's Fear" then you have not read "The Name of the Wind", but I'll let Patrick Rothfuss' own words, from the first chapter of "The Name of the Wind", entice you, rather than my rambling.

I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. 
You may have heard of me. 

"The Wise Man's Fear" will be coming out on the 1st of March

Well that't all for now. 2011 is looking to be a fine year.