For this new seasonal list (another one!!), for the best SFF characters I’ve read this year, my first pick is the duo of Gotrek & Felix from Josh Reynolds’ Road of Skulls, a part of the Gotrek & Felix series, a mainstay for the Warhammer Fantasy setting from Black Library (Games Workshop).
Hit the break to see why I picked these two characters.
Tags: 12 Days of Best SFF Characters of 2013, Black Library, Book Lists, Dwarves, Epic Fantasy, Fantasy, Felix Jaeger, Gotrek & Felix, Gotrek Gurnisson, Heroic Fantasy, Josh Reynolds, Road of Skulls, Warhammer, Warhammer Fantasy, William King
The latest guest on the blog for Names: A New Perspective before the series goes on its holiday break is William King, a friend and author who brought be into the Warhammer 40,000 world years ago with his book, Grey Hunter, which is the third novel in the Space Wolves series featuring a young Space Wolf by the name of Ragnar Blackmane. Grey Hunter is the first Warhammer novel I read, ever and I’ve been hopelessly hooked since. I’ve read a lot of different stuff from Bill since then, including the first in his self-published Terrarch Chronicles series last year, which was quite a good book. Will be continuing on with those books in the coming year, not to mention catching up with all of his Black Library novels as well. While I plan all that out, here’s what Bill has to say on the topic of names.
Tags: Angel of Fire, Black Library, Debut Authors Guest Series, Elves, Epic Fantasy, Fantasy, Gotrek & Felix, Grey Hunter, Guest Posts, Macharian Crusade, Names, Ragnar Blackmane, science fantasy, Science Fiction, Space Opera, Space Wolves, Terrarch Chronicles, The Importance of Names, The meaning of Names, The Significance of Names, Tyrion & Teclis, Warhammer 4000, Warhammer 40k, Warhammer Fantasy, William King
For two years now, my goal has been to read as many different kinds of novels as I can. I’ve tried out several different genres/subgenres that I normally would not, and the experience has helped me in becoming a better reader and a reviewer. Being a prolific reader and reviewer is all about diversity, in all its different forms. And that’s what I’ve come to value most.
Still, its not that easy, dealing with the diversity, or just the sheer volume of all the reading. When I put together the 2013 list of my most anticipated books (link), I intended to read all of them. But sadly that never happened and somewhere along the way I just lost track. The 2013 list had 51 books on it. The 2014 list has 41 books on it. A much more manageable number I dare say.
We’ll see how the year pans out and whether or not I will indeed be able to get through all them. I remain hopeful as ever. And there will be some more lists going up in the next couple weeks, so stay tuned for those.
Tags: 2014 Debut, 2014 Reading Challenge, 2014 Release, A Darkling Sea, Abaddon Books, Age of Monsters, Age of Shiva, Alex Bledsoe, Alternate History, Amalie Howard, Amish Tripathi, Andy Remic, Angry Robot Books, Anna Kashina, Anne Bishop, ®Evolution, Binary, Black Dawn, Black Jewels Trilogy, Black Library, Black Plague, Blades of the Old Empire, Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, Brian McClellan, Brian Staveley, C. L. Werner, Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne, Daedalus, Daughter of the Blood, Dave Hutchinson, David Edison, Debut Author, Dirty Magic, Eddie LaCrosse, Emilie, Emilie and the Sky World, Epic Fantasy, Eric Brown, Europe In Autumn, Evie Manieri, Fantasy, Fortune's Blight, Gaie Sebold, Gareth Powell, Gav Thorpe, Gotrek & Felix, Graham Edwards, Graham McNeill, He Drank And Saw The Spider, Heaven's Queen, Heirs of a Demon King, Hindu Mythology, Historical Fiction, Hive Monkey, Honor's Knight, Horus Heresy, James L. Cambias, james lovegrove, Jani and The Greater Game, Jaye Wells, Joseph D’Lacey, Josh Reynolds, Julianna Scott, Kaiju Rising, Karen Lord, Last God Standing, Laura Lam, Legacy of Caliban, Majat Code, Marianne de Pierres, Martha Wells, Master of Sanctity, Mentats of Dune, Michael Boatman, Michael J. Martinez, Most Anticipated Books, Mystery, Mythology, Nick Kyme, Night Shade Books, Orbit Books, Pantomime, Paradox, Peacemaker, Powder Mage, Prospero's War, Rachel Bach, Ramona Wheeler, Rebirth, Religion, Salamanders, Sarah Cawkwell, Science Fiction, Shadowplay, Shanghai Sparrow, Shattered Kingdoms, Skyhorse Publishing, Space Opera, Steampunk, Steampunk Fantasy, Stephanie Saulter, Strange Chemistry, Talus and the Frozen King, The Almost Girl, The Book of The Crowman, The Crimson Campaign, The Doom of Dragonback, The Emperor's Blade, The Enceladus Crisis, The Galaxy Game, The Iron Wolves, The Oath of The Vayaputras, The Pilgrims, The Rage of Kings, The Seers, The Serpent Queen, The Shiva Trilogy, The Waking Engine, Three Princes, Thriller, Time of Legends, Tor Books (Macmillan), Uprising, Urban Fantasy, Vengeful Spirit, Warhammer, Warhammer 40k, Warhammer Fantasy, Will Elliott, Wolf of Sigmar, World of Fire
As part of my “Top 25 Series To Read In 2013” reading challenge, I’ve read a fair amount of books this year that can be considered to be classics of science fiction and fantasy, in all their different forms. There is a certain charm to all these novels that has persisted long after they were first published. Whether we talk about Frank Herbert’s space operatic political intrigue epic Dune or Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman’s true-to-style epic fantasy Dragons of Autumn Twilight, I’ve had a lot of fun with these novels.
And that is my question: are they re-readable? I’ve read Dune and Dragons of Autumn Twilight several times since when I first read them in 2001. I think they are rereadable, but I’m not completely sure. Is the question answerable in part with regard to whether the book is good or not? We shall see.
Posted in Editorial
Tags: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Aliens, Arthur C. Clarke, Classics, Consider Phlebas, Crown of the Stars, Dragonlance, Dune, Editorial, Epic Fantasy, Erevis Cale, Fantasy, Forgotten Realms, Frank Herbert, Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin, Gotrek & Felix, Graham McNeill, H. P. Lovecraft, Iain M. Banks, J. R. R. Tolkien, James Luceno, Jane Carver of Waar, Janny Wurts, Jaran, Jean Johnson, Jules Verne, Kate Elliott, Martha Wells, Mary Shelley, Matt Forbeck, Military SF, Myke Cole, Nathan Long, Paul S. Kemp, R. A. Salvatore, Raymond E Feist, Riftwar, Sarah Cawkwell, Science Fiction, Silmarillion, Space Opera, Star Trek, Star Wars, Swords and Sorcery, Teresa Frohock, The Lord of the Rings, Timothy Zahn, Ultramarines, Ursula K. LeGuin, Warhammer 40000, Warhammer Fantasy, Wesley Chu, William King
I did two “Best of the…” lists last year, one for the half-year from January to June, and the other for the half-year from July to December. The lists proved to be quite popular, and I was recently asked if I was going to be doing any more. To which I said yes. I like putting together lists like this. It gives me a chance to reflect a bit on all the good stuff I’ve been reading in novels and comics, or listening to in terms of audiobooks, audio dramas and so on.
You can check out my top-of-the-month lists on my Reading Awards page and this list is both an extension, and a continuation of what goes on there.
Let’s see what makes the cut and which comes close then!
Tags: 2000AD, 2013 Debuts, 2013 Reading Challenge, Ace/Roc Books, Ack-Ack Macaque, Alternate Reality, An Officer's Duty, Angry Robot Books, Aquaman, ARGUS, Aryel Morningstar, Atlantis, Audio Drama, Audiobook, Audios, Bane, Barbara Gordon, Batgirl, Batgirl #21, Batgirl Vol 3: Death of the Family, Batman #21, Before Watchmen, Ben Counter, Best of the Best, Bill Willingham, Birds of Prey, Black Canary, Black Library, Book Lists, Brandon Sanderson, Brian McClellan, Brian Wood, Captain America, Cavan Scott, Chuck Dixon, Cobra, Comics, Cora Oglesby, Covert Ops, Crime, Crossover events, Curse of the Everliving, Dark Horse Comics, Darth Vader, Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison, Darwyn Cooke, David Annandale, David Bishop, David Guymer, DC Comics, Doug Moench, Dragons, Dwarfs, Dynamite Entertainment, Earth 2, Earth 2 Annual 2013, Ed Brubaker, Eli Monpress, Epic Fantasy, Espionage, Evil Monkeys, Fables, Fables Vol 2: Animal Farm, Fantasy, Felix, Female Protagonist, Female Superheroes, Field Marshal Tamas, G.I.Joe, Gail Simone, Games Workshop, Gareth Powell, Gathering of the Lost, Gemsigns, Geoff Johns, Gods, Gotrek, Gotrek & Felix, Graphic Novels, Greek Mythology, Green Lantern, Green Lantern #20, Green Lantern Corps, Green Lantern: Rebirth, Greg Rucka, Gunpowder Fantasy, Haden Blackman, Hal Jordan, Harper Voyager, Heist, Helen Lowe, Heroic Fantasy, High Elves, Historical Fiction, Horror, Huntress, Ia, IDW Publishing, Iron Hands, J. Michael Straczynski, James Robinson, Jason Aaron, Jean Johnson, Jo Fletcher Books, Joe Hill, Joker, Jonathan Clements, Josh Reynolds, Judge Dredd, Judge Dredd: Trapped on Titan, Justice League, Justice League of America, Justice League of America's Vibe, Kevin J. Anderson, Knightfall, Lee Collins, Legend of Eli Monpress, Leverage The Con Job, Locke & Key, Logan, Luke Skywalker, magic, Malian, Marvel Comics, Marvel Now, Mateus Santolouco, Matt Forbeck, Minutemen, Minutemen #6, Mistborn, Mythology, Nathan Ford, New 52, Nick Kyme, Norse Mythology, Novels, Orbit Books, Powder Mage, Princess Leia, Promise of Blood, Rachel Aaron, Road of Skulls, Scarlett, Science Fiction, Scott Snyder, Sensei and Student, She Returns From War, SHIELD, Snake Eyes, Solaris Books, Sorcerer, Space Opera, Special Forces, Spirit Rebellion, Star Wars, Star Wars #6, Steampunk, Stephanie Saulter, Sterling Gates, Superheroes, Superman, Tabletop Tie-In, Tantor Media, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Final Empire, The Great Betrayal, The Last Days of Krypton, The Oracle, The Secret History of the Foot Clan, Theirs Not To Reason Why, Thieves, Thor, Thor: God of Thunder, Thor: God of Thunder #9, Time of Legends, Tom Sniegoski, Tor Books, TV Show Tie-in, Urban Fantasy, Vampirella Strikes, Vampires, Van Horstmann, Veritas Ferrum, Vibe, Wall of Night, War Crimes, War of Vengeance, Warhammer, Warhammer Fantasy, Warhammer Heroes, Watchmen, Welcome to Lovecraft, Western, Winter Soldier, Wolverine, Women in SFF, Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman: Odyssey Vol. 1, Wrath of the First Lantern, X-Men, X-Men #1, X-Women, Year Zero
Participating in the first guest post for Names: A New Perspective Part 3 is Nathan Long, one of my top favourite fantasy authors (with some excellent sword-and-planet mixed in). I’ve been reading Nathan’s books for almost 6 or 7 years now, and have pretty much read all the work he’s done for Black Library to date. His The Blackhearts Omnibus remains a firm favourite for me, as do his Ulrika the Vampire books (review of Bloodborn, Bloodforged, and Bloodsworn), and his Jane Carver of Waar duology (review of Jane Carver, and Swords of Waar) from Nightshade Books. Just as with Matt Forbeck, Nathan is one of the most consistent authors I know, and his books are always engaging and entertaining. Here’s what Nathan has to say on the topic of names.
Joining me today on Names: A New Perspective is the great mercenary of words, Josh Reynolds, who has written everything from Sherlockian pastiches to the dark tales of Dracula, from tie-in fiction to a ton of original work, and lots besides. At the moment, he is one of my favourite authors, as I’ve enjoyed pretty much all the stuff he’s written so far for Black Library such as Knight of the Blazing Sun (review) and Gotrek & Felix: Road of Skulls (review soon!). Given his vast body of work, it was inevitable that he would have some really great insights into the topic of names, and this is what he has to say.
As I mentioned here a couple days ago, if my February reading list poll hit 500 votes by midnight on January 31st, I would do a giveaway for a few eBooks. Since the polling hit that level a few short hours ago, the giveaway is live.
Tags: 2013 Reading Challenge, 2013 Writing Challenge, Age of Ra, Anna Dressed In Blood, Anthony Reynolds, Battle Brothers, Berthold's Beard, Black Library, Dark Angels, Dark Heart, David Brin, Del Rey Books, Engineering Infinity, Existence, Fantasy, Gav Thorpe, Giveaway, Gotrek & Felix, Horus Heresy, IndianSF, james lovegrove, Jonathan Strahan, Josh Reynolds, Kendare Blake, Mike Lee, Nagash, Picking The Bones, Ravenwing, Reading List, Road of Skulls, Rob Reid, Science Fiction, Solaris Books, The Founding Fields, Tie-in fiction, Tor Books, Warhammer, Warhammer 40k, Warhammer Fantasy, Year Zero, Young Adult
With regards reading, 2012 was a fantastic year for me. It was the year that I stepped out of my comfort zone and read in genres that I normally would not read, such as urban fantasy (involving angels, vampires, werewolves etc) and historical fiction. It was also the year that I read more than the traditional fantasy, and tie-in fantasy at that. My experiments seem to have mostly been successful as I’ve started to really like reading these kind of books.
My goal for this year is to continue on that same path and read as widely as I can. Which is why this massive list is so huge in scope, with tons of variety. I went through the catalogues for most of these publishers and picked out things I liked,and which caught my eye. Getting through the entire list this year will probably not happen, but then again, never say never!
Tags: 2013 Most Anticipated, A Discourse in Steel, A. E. Rought, Adam Christopher, Aliens, Amanda Carlson, Androids, Angry Robot Books, Baneblade, Before The Fall, Ben Bova, Ben Counter, Between Two Thorns, Billy Fox, Binding, Black Feathers, Black Library, Blighted Empire, Blood of Asaheim, Blood's Pride, Brian McClellan, Broken, C. L. Werner, Carol Wolf, Cassandra Rose Clarke, Cat Adams, Chris Wraight, Christian Schoon, Chuck Wendig, Cora Oglesby, Cracked, David Annandale, David Guymer, Egil and Nix, Eliza Crewe, Elspeth Cooper, Emillie and The Hollow World, Emma Newman, Epic Fantasy, Evie Manieri, Fade To Black, Fantasy, Far Future, Farside, Fortune's Pawn, Francis Knight, Gemsigns, Gotrek & Felix, Guy Haley, Heroic Fantasy, Hot Blooded, Ian Irvine, Imperial Guard, Jessica McClain, Jo Fletcher Books, Joseph D’Lacey, Josh Reynolds, Julianna Scott, Lee Collins, Linda Stasi, M. C. Planck, Mark Teppo, Marked, Martha Wells, Michael J. Martinez, Michael J. Sullivan, Moon Saga, Near Future, Nightshade Books, No Return, Orbit Books, Paul S. Kemp, Paul Tobin, Playing Tyler, Powder Mage, Promise of Blood, Rachel Aaron, Rebellion, Richard Lee Byers, Riyria Chronicles, Road of Skulls, Robots, Rojan Dizon, Science Fiction, She Returns From War, Space Marine Battles, Space Opera, Space Wolves, Split Worlds, Steampunk, Stephanie Saulter, Sword and Sorcery, T. L. Costa, The Age Atomic, The Black Plague, The Blue Blazes, The Constantine Affliction, The Crown Tower, The Curse of the Everliving, The Daedalus Incident, The Death of Antagonis, The Eldritch Conspiracy, The Holders, The Immortals of Meluha, The Kassa Gambit, The Lives of Tao, The Mad Scientist’s Daughter, The Secret of the Nagas, The Sixth Station, Tor Books, Trinity Rising, Urban Fantasy, Vampires, Van Horstmann, Warhammer, Warhammer Heroes, Werewolves, Wesley Chu, Wild Hunt, Zachary Jernigan, Zenn Scarlett
Joining me today on Names: A New Perspective is newly-minted author David Guymer, who’s taken his plunge writing tie-in fiction for Games Workshop and Black Library’s Warhammer Fantasy and Warhammer 40,000 settings. He has only done short story work so far, but he has an audio drama and a couple novels coming out very soon, all of which I’m very excited about. He definitely has a very fresh approach to Warhammer Fantasy, and is taking on some of the heavyweights of the setting, as well as some of the more ignored factions/characters. On the subject of names and their meaning, it’s always interesting I feel to hear from a tie-in author, and this is what David had to say.