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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

"New Tuesday", Red 5 Comics, a signed copy of "Acacia" and much more...

“New Tuesday” is usually a term applied to new CDs and DVDs, which are released every week on a Tuesday. Fridays are normally associated with new theatrical releases and comic books always come out on a Wednesday, barring holidays. Novels, on the other hand, do not have a set release date and are released any day of the week. Today however, is a big day for books, which sees the following releases:

InterWorld” by Neil Gaiman & Michael Reaves. A YA release, “InterWorld” is a “dazzling tale of magic, science, honor, and the destiny of one very special boy—and all the others like him.” In my opinion, you can’t go wrong with anything that has Neil Gaiman’s touch on it, so this should be a worthwhile pickup. Additionally, the book was recently optioned by DreamWorks Animation (Shrek the Third, Over the Hedge, etc.). Also released today is Mr. Gaiman’sM Is For Magic”, a collection of short stories that will “delight, enchant, and surprise you…

Thirteen” by Richard K. Morgan. I’ve reviewed “ThirteenHERE, interviewed Mr. Morgan HERE, and there are countless other websites out there providing coverage on the novel, so what else do you need? “Thirteen” is one of the top science fiction releases of 2007.

The Bestiary” by Nicholas Christopher. One of my favorite novels of the year, “The Bestiary” is a magical coming-of-age tale that I just couldn’t get enough of. It comes highly recommended and you can check out my thoughts on the book HERE.

Legacy: Volume Two of The Sharing Knife” by Lois McMaster Bujold. Recently reviewed HERE, “Legacy” completes The Sharing Knife duology, which is a touching romance story set in a richly crafted fantasy setting. A memorable reading experience…

The Thief Queen's Daughter” by Elizabeth Haydon. From what I’ve seen, opinions are mixed on Ms. Haydon’s works, but personally I enjoy the Symphony of Ages saga, and The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme, while aimed towards a younger audience, is a wonderful escape for readers everywhere…

Bitterwood” by James Maxey. Playing around with familiar fantasy tropes, “Bitterwood” is a fast-paced, action-packed adventure novel that offers a new perspective on dragons. You can find out more about “BitterwoodHERE.

Exit Strategy” by Kelly Armstrong. Known mainly for the paranormal suspense series Women of the Otherworld, Ms. Armstrong branches out with the crime novel “Exit Strategy”, which introduces Nadia Stafford, an ex-cop turned hitwoman.

The Cleaner” by Brett Battles. A debut novel that has received praise from the likes of Jeffrey Deaver (The Bone Collector) and James Rollins (Map of Bones), “The Cleaner” looks to make its mark in the world of crime thriller fiction. Check out an excerpt HERE.

In comic book news, there’s a new company out there hoping to take the industry by storm this Fall. For more information on Red 5 Comics and their upcoming releases, check out the press release below:

"Red 5 Comics is the creation of Paul Ens, former director of Lucasfilm’s StarWars.com and Lucas Online, and Scott Chitwood, co-founder of TheForce.net and contributor to ComingSoon.net and SuperheroHype.com.

True to the passions of its founders, Red 5 Comics will produce cinematic-style stories that appeal to the same avid movie and comic fans who already frequent their websites. The Red 5 line-up will be a combination of creator-owned and internally developed titles. Individual comic issues will be sold in both traditional print form at comic shops and in downloadable electronic formats online.

Over the years, we’ve had the great pleasure to cross paths, both online and in-person, with many talented and creative people,” said Ens, “from artists, to writers, to filmmakers and actors, and countless enthusiastic fans. Not only have they been a great inspiration, but we plan to include many of them in Red 5 as well.

Among the titles currently in development are:

Abyss - Kevin Rubio’s short-film, TROOPS, was one of the first true video events on the Internet. His latest creation, Abyss, tells the comedic and dysfunctional tale of the relationship between a son and his powerful supervillain father. Lucas Marangon is drawing the series, re-uniting the popular creative team behind the wildly imaginative Star Wars: Tag and Bink comic series.

Atomic Robo - Brian Clevinger (8-Bit Theater, Nuklear Age) and Scott Wegener (Negative Burn, Wicked West 2) chronicle the Action Science adventures of Nikola Tesla’s robot across the twentieth century and beyond.

Midknight - Tom Hodges (”How to Draw Star Wars”, WizardUniverse.com’s “Artists to Watch” 2006) creates and illustrates the exploits of a husband-and-wife team who fight crime from the office by day and on the streets of Philadelphia at night.

Neozoic - Created by Paul Ens (Star Wars: Evasive Action), Neozoic imagines a gritty sci-fi / fantasy world where dinosaurs did not become extinct, and humanity lives under the constant threat of giant predators. The art of J. Korim (Rotogin: Junkbotz) brings the world to life.

Afterburn - When half the planet is destroyed by a solar flare, out of the ashes emerge the action adventures of Jake and his treasure-hunters for hire. Afterburn is written by Scott Chitwood and Paul Ens, drawn by Wayne Nichols (Lady Supreme: Supreme Sacrifice), with covers by “Rock Star of IllustrationMatt Busch (The Crow, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, etc.)"

In adaptation news, Dreamworks Pictures has acquired the rights to P. B. Kerr’s children fantasy series Children of the Lamp, which will be produced by Nina Jacobson (The Chronicles of Narnia, Pirates of the Caribbean, Princess Diaries). So far, there are three volumes in the series – “The Akhenaten Adventure”, “The Blue Djinn of Babylon” and “The Cobra King of Kathmandu” – with book four, “The Day of the Djinn Warrior” set to be released August 6, 2007 in the UK.

Over at The Fantasy Review there's a giveaway for a signed copy of David Anthony Durham's "Acacia". The giveaway ends July 2, 2007, so be sure to sign up HERE as soon as possible, and while you're there check out the rest of the website, which has some great reading material and is run by a true fan of the genre...

Staying on the subject of "Acacia", there's a wonderful interview with David Anthony Durham HERE, which was conducted by the combined efforts of Pat (Pat's Fantasy Hotlist), Rob (SFF World), Larry (Wotmania) and Ken (The Neth Space).

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