Jan 21, 2010

Traveling Today and 5 Possibilities for Fantasy Debut of 2010

I'm Amtraking it across the US today so no content for today.

I would point readers over to Speculative Horizons, where James has a list of 5 titles/authors who might take the crown for Fantasy debut of the year.

Check it out. Interesting books all around. 4 of the 5 were on my radar already, Farlander being the exception.

And regarding cover art, let's play a quick game of "Which of these ones is not like the others?"

It's pretty clear how derivative the cloaked backlit guy with a sword really is, isn't it? Judging the books solely on cover art, I would read them in this order.

1. The Hundred Thousand Kingdons - N.K. Jemisin
2. Farlander - Col Buchanan
3. The Left Hand of God - Paul Hoffman
4. Tome of the Undergates - Sam Sykes
5. Spellwright - Blake Charlton

But it's not about covers it is? Head over to Speculative Horizons to get the all the details on these much anticipated titles.


  1. The cover art of the US edition of Spellwright is different that the UK cover posted here. Not sure if that'll affect your decision or not, but just wanted to point it out!

    You can see the US cover here: http://us.macmillan.com/spellwright

  2. That is so amusing seeing all the covers side by side and observing just how all-pervasive the hooded guy has become. I liked him on the first few books - he was new and different. Now? I'm actually starting to feel as though I don't want to read a book with a hooded man on the cover!


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