So I had a lot of press releases and stuff in my inbox, so I thought I’d do a quick catch up post on those! To start off with, I wanted to give you a heads up on this coming week on A Fantastical Librarian. I’m having my first theme week. And it’s Dracula! On Monday, though this could slip to Tuesday depending on whether I manage to finish the book tomorrow morning, there will be a review of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, followed on Wednesday by a guest post by Steven P. Unger, the author of In the Footsteps of Dracula and on Friday I’m posting a review of his book. I hope you enjoy Dracula week! Now for the other press releases in my inbox:
The David Gemmell Awards
Voting is open on the short lists for the David Gemell Awards. There are some amazing nominees and I can’t wait to see who wins. The nominees are as follows:
The Alchemist in the Shadows – Pierre Pevel (Gollancz)
The Desert Spear – Peter V Brett (Voyager)
The Black Prism – Brent Weeks (Orbit)
The Way of Kings – Brandon Sanderson (Gollancz/Tor US)
Towers of Midnight – Brandon Sanderson & Robert Jordan (Orbit/Tor US)
The War of the Dwarves – Markus Heitz (Orbit)
Morningstar (Best Fantasy Debut)
Shadow Prowler – Alexey Pehov (Tor US)
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms – N K Jemisin (Orbit)
Warrior Priest – Darius Hinks (Black Library)
Spellwright – Blake Charlton (Tor US)
Tymon’s Flight – Mary Victoria (Harper Collins Australia)
Ravenheart (Best Fantasy Artwork)
Todd Lockwood for The Ragged Man (Pyr edition)
Frank Victoria for Tymon’s Flight (Harper Collins Australia)
Jon Sullivan for Shadow King (Black Library)
Cliff Nielsen for The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Orbit)
Olof Erla Einarsdottir for Power & Majesty (Harper Collins Australia)
If you live close to London, you might be interested to know that the awards ceremony is open to the public. Tickets are costed at £20 and all ticket enquiries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. The prestigious ceremony is taking place on 17th June at the Magic Circle in London, and will be an awesome event! Alas, I won’t be able to attend, as I’ll have long flown back home after my London trip by then, so those of you who can go will have to have fun for me as well! Meanwhile there are some interesting discussions going on about the Awards, you can check some of them out over at Amanda’s and Sarah’s.
Abaddon has had an exciting few weeks. Not only will this Tuesday see the release of the latest Pax Britannica book, Anno Frankenstein by Jonathan Green, but one of their novels was also optioned to be made into a film! Scott Andrews School’s Out was optioned by Multistory Films to be adapted for the big screen. Part of the Afterblight Chronicles, the book is elevator-pitched in the press release as ‘Attack the Block meets Lord of the Flies in a post-apocalyptic landscape where pupils at a public school grow up fast or they don’t grow up at all’. This is the second Abaddon title to be optioned for film and goes to show that SFF and horror is alive and kicking on the big screen!
Abaddon’s sister imprint, Solaris also has a new title out. It’s the sequel to Ian Whates’ highly acclaimed The Noise Within and is titled The Noise Revealed. The book sounds very exciting, though I haven’t read the first book. In fact I’ve only ever encountered one story by Mr. Whates, The Gift of Joy as podcasted by StarShipSofa. I really liked that story, so I guess that in my quest to widen my SF reading I should add these two titles to my ever-lengthening to-read list.
Speaking of podcasts, I was contacted by one of the Hazardous Players about their cross-medial online fantasy project Knighttime. They’re creating a fantasy adventure about the knights Sir Cottington and Sir Bratwurst through writing, audio performance, art and video, to be a full on fantasy experience for both children and adults. While the story isn’t my cup of tea, I did enjoy the episode I listened to and if you enjoy traditional quest fantasy laced with a quirky sense of humour, I think this would be worth checking out. In any case I think this kind of cross-medial approach to storytelling is very cool and I wanted to give the Hazardous Players some more exposure, so I thought I’d mention them in this inbox post.
Well, that’s all of my inbox cleared and I’d best get back to Mina and Lucy in Whitby, if I’m to post that review tomorrow!