Book News

Book Tour: Brandon Sanderson and David Farland

Brandon Sanderson and David Farland are on tour together! * Saturday, October 13th 2007, 1:00pm Barnes & Noble, 5711 Main Street SW Lakewood, WA * Monday, October 15th 2007, 7:00pm Borders, 350 N Milwaukee St Boise, ID * Tuesday, October 16th 2007, 4:00pm Waldenbooks, Pine Ridge Mall, 4155 Yellowstone Ave Pocatello, ID * Tuesday, October […]

Book Tour: Stephen R. Donaldson

Stephen R. Donaldson will be on tour starting next week, to promote Fatal Revenant, Book 2 in "The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant" series. Upcoming tour dates: * Tues, Oct 9, Albuquerque NM: Barnes & Noble (Coronado Mall), 7pm * Wed, Oct 10, Seattle WA: Third Place Books, 7pm * Thur, Oct 11, Seattle WA: […]

Robert Jordan Remembered

Robert Jordan (James Oliver Rigney, Jr) died today, from complications of amyloidosis. The author of the wildly-popular Wheel of Time series also wrote a series of Conan novels, and had announced in 2006 that he had been diagnosed with primary amyloidosis with cardiomyopathy (cardiac amyloidosis), and began treatment at the Mayo Clinic. While the 12th […]

Monster Blood Tattoo: Foundling

Foundling, Book 1 of the Monster Blood Tattoo trilogy by D. M. Cornish, is coming out in paperback on September 6, 2007   [Read more...]

Author Mistaken as Book Vandal

from BBC News: Author Stephen King was mistaken for a vandal when he started signing books during an unannounced visit to a shop in Australia, according to local media. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation said staff at the Alice Springs book store did not initially realise the writer was autographing his own novels. Bookshop manager Bev […]

Book Tour: Emma Bull and Will Shetterly

This week, Tor published new books by both Emma and Will, and accordingly, sent them out on the road on a book tour together. Technically, their first stop was The Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale for a book signing on July 12, but really they dropped by the studio for an interview first! You'll hear that […]

Fantasy Feast in South Africa

Are you in or planning to be near Capetown this August and September? If so, then here's an event you won't want to miss: Fantasy Feast at Reader's Paradise Bookstore! In August and September during the Fantasy Feast event, they'll have over 40 authors on promotion. When a customer buys any of those authors' books […]

Romance and SciFi: Happily Ever After?

I must be honest. I've never been a really big fan of the romance novel, and I've almost always passed on them ever since seeing some cheesy covers with swooning women with torn dresses, lying askew in the arms of a shirtless beefcake specimen whose hair is as long as hers. There weren't any books […]

Pyr: The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread

We here at The Dragon Page knew that Pyr had a wonderful 2006, and things are certainly looking up for them in 2007. Congratulations!   [Read more...]

Free podiobook by Tracy Hickman

I've purposely tried to keep the chatter about to a minimum over here. But I have to break with tradition and shout to the masses about a new book by best-selling author Tracy Hickman, The Immortals.

I've been fortunate enough to work with some really talented writers who have the desire and fortitude to make their books freely available to anyone who cares to listen. It's been a rewarding experience to watch many of these authors bust their humps to get a great sounding podiobook delivered.

And while I don't wish to belittle any of those efforts, I have to say this: Tracy Hickman has just taken the bar to new heights. Armed with a modest set of equipment, Tracy's book The Immortals can easily be stacked up against any $50+ audio book. It. Sounds. Incredible.

I highly encourage all of you to check it out. I know Tracy for his fantasy work, but this is a dystopian near-future SF tale. Of course the writing is good-- it's Tracy Hickman. But the audio quality... man. I'm speechless and stunned. Bravo, my friend. Bravo.   [Read more...]

Spherical Tomi released

Days ago, Jack Managan of DotF fame sent me the following email. But because I don't have any minions in Cottonwood to do my work for me, I spaced it until now.   [Read more...]

"The Hedge Knight" goes into second printing

The boys at DBPro have done an amazing job with their graphic novel adaptation of George R. R. Martin's The Hedge Knight. In a recent press release: In the world of comics, even death can rarely hold back a hero. Such is the case of Dabel Brothers Production's adaptation of The Hedge Knight, which, despite […]

The grand experiment...

Starting tomorrow, I -- with a LOT of help from The Dragon Page -- will begin podcasting MOREVI, kicking off a serialized audio version of Rafe and Askana's first adventure together.   [Read more...]

Free short story by Joe R. Landsdale

Some of you with memories longer than your penii might recall that Joe (author of Bubba HoTep) was on our show not to long ago. I'm happy to announce he's released to the whole wide world on the world wide web a great short story called Tight Little Stitches in a Dead Man's Back, which is just as strange as it sounds.   [Read more...]

2004 Hugo Winners!

And the 2004 Hugo award goes to:

  • NOVEL: Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • NOVELLA: The Cookie Monster by Vernor Vinge
  • NOVELETTE: Legions in Time by Michael Swanwick
  • SHORT STORY: A Study in Emerald by Neil Gaiman

In the event my partner is reading this, you now have more fodder for guests, oh lord of the schedule.

Thanks to John @ SFSignal for the link.   [Read more...]

Banned Sci-Fi/Fantasy Works

Thanks to The Forbidden Library for compiling this data.

  • 1984 . George Orwell. Harcourt. Challenged in the Jackson County, Fla. (1981) because the novel is "pro-communist and contained explicit sexual matter." Big Brother doesn't want people reading such things.
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Lewis Carroll. Ace; Bantam; Crown; Delacorte; Dover; NAL; Norton; Penguin; Random; St. Martin. Banned in China (1931) for portraying animals and humans on the same level, "Animals should not use human language."
  • Clan of the Cave Bear. Jean Auel. Coronet. Challenged at the Berrien Springs, Mich. High School for its use in classrooms and libraries (1988), Banned from the Cascade Middle School library in Eugene, Oreg. (1992), Challenged, but retained on the Moorpark High School recommended reading list in Simi Valley, Calif. (1993), despite objections that it contains "hardcore graphic sexual content."
  • Fahrenheit 451. Ray Bradbury. Ballentine. Ironically, students at the Venado Middle School in Irvine, Calif. received copies of the book with scores of words--mostly "hells" and "damns"--blacked out. The novel is about book burning and censorship. Thankfully, after receiving complaints from parents and being contacted by reporters, school officials said the censored copies would no longer be used (1992).
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. C.S. Lewis. Macmillan. Challenged in the Howard County, Md. school system (1990) because it depicts "graphic violence, mysticism, and gore." I'm sure the school system would rather have its children reading something which adheres to "good Christian values." I cannot recommend the works of C.S. Lewis highly enough. The Narnia books, in particular, are great for readers of all ages.
  • The Lorax. Dr. Seuss. Random. Challenged in the Laytonville, Calif. Unified School District (1989) because it "criminalizes the foresting industry." Isn't that the de-foresting industry?
  • The Martian Chronicles. Ray Bradbury. Bantam. Challenged at the Haines City, Fla. High School (1982) for profanity and the use of God's name in vain. Challenged at the Newton-Conover, N.C. High School (1987) as supplemental reading due to profanity. Challenged at the Gatlinburg-Pittman, Tenn. High School (1993) due to profanity.
  • Slaughterhouse-Five. Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Dell; Dial. Burned in Drake, N. Dak. (1973). Banned in Rochester Mich. because the novel "contains and makes references to religious matters" and thus fell within the ban of the establishment clause. Challenged at the Owensboro, Ky. high School library (1985) because of "foul language, a reference to 'Magic Fingers' attached to the protagonist's bed to help him sleep, and the sentence: 'The gun made a ripping sound like the opening of the fly of God Almighty.' " Challenged, but retained on the Round Rock, Tex. Independent High School reading list (1996) after a challenge that the book was too violent. This particular novel is the recipient of a very cool plug in the movie, Footloose, starring Kevin Bacon.
  • The Witches of Worm. Zilpha Keatley Snyder. Atheneum. Challenged at the Hays, Kans. Public Library (1989) because it "could lead young readers to embrace satanism." The Newbery Award-winning book was retained on the approved reading list at Matthew Henson Middle School in Waldorf, Md. (1991) despite objections to its references to the occult.
  • A Wrinkle In Time. Madeleine L'Engle. Dell. Challenged at the Polk City, Fla. Elementary School (1985) by a parent who believed that the story promotes witchcraft, crystal balls, and demons. Challenged in the Anniston Ala. schools (1990). The complainant objected to the book's listing the name of Jesus Christ together with the names of great artists, philosophers, scientists, and religious leaders when referring to those who defend earth against evil. Got it. Let's cross Jesus off that list, shall we?

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