MiM meets Brandon Sanderson plus the Suvudu Cage Match of the multiverse…

MiM met Brandon Sanderson at his book signing for The Gathering Storm..

Warbreaker is out in paperback, and Alcatraz Book 3 was awesome according to MiM Jr..the Wheel of Time collaborative work is a sad but satisfying read as we await the final two volumes of Memory of Light..

Check it out -Best thing I’ve read today (I can haz in gamer format please?!) from Brandon’s Amazon Blog –  Suvudu Cage Match:

So, from what I’ve heard, Rand won the Suvudu cage match.

This leaves me with mixed feelings. On one hand, I am pleased and proud. On the other hand, George R. R. Martin’s write-up of how he thought things would go was simply epic. In his version, the fight went as it should have in many ways, particularly near the end. Rand and Jamie, sword to sword, man to man. A win without a kill, respect given on both sides.

Robert Jordan is smiling somewhere, Mr. Martin.

If we take an infinite multiverse view of things (as is suggested in the Wheel of Time world) then what Mr. Martin wrote did indeed happen. And it didn’t. And everything in between happened as well.

However, in the version imagined by Brandon Sanderson, here’s how the fight goes down.

Mr. Martin’s narrative is more or less dead on until the end. Rand and Jamie struggle and fight, and it comes down to man against man. However, neither man can gain advantage over the other.

Then something flickers in Rand’s vision. Perhaps it’s a trick of the light. Perhaps it’s an assassin’s bolt, dipped in the poison of an asp and fired toward Rand in a moment of weakness. Perhaps it’s Rand’s madness asserting itself. Regardless of the cause, he thinks he’s being attacked by someone other than Jamie and his allies. Treachery, a violation of the trial of seven.

It may be real. It may not be.

Rand, in desperation, somehow forms weaves of power. Reckless weaves, fueled by anger, perhaps delusion (or perhaps when the One Power pool surrounding King’s Landing was used up, some started trickling in from surrounding areas through One Power drainage ditches and has just come close enough for Rand to tap). He creates a gateway through which to escape, but also lets loose a brilliant bolt of balefire, firing it at shadows moving on the other side of that gateway.

A column of liquid light springs forth, passes through the gateway, and hits Suvudu itself.

Now, it’s hard to say what effect this should have. Balefire, for those unaware, has the power to burn threads from the pattern and rework time itself. Kill someone with balefire, and things they did prior to being killed will be reversed.

Perhaps this should mean that the battle never happened. Perhaps it should wipe the entire experience from our minds. But balefire is an odd thing, as is a contest such as this one. And so, Rand’s actions remove the previous fights from existence, but don’t change what is happening between him and Jamie.

Through accident, Rand’s balefire brings back each and every fighter who participated in this tournament. Everyone appears on the battlefield at once.

Rand and Jamie stare in wonder at the chaos that follows.

Aragorn, Garet, and Hiro have a conversation about who is really the greatest swordsman in the world. It involves much stabbing, some pizza, and very little coding.

Kahlan exclaims that she was never part of a “fantasy” novel in the first place, and so disappears in a puff of hypocrisy.

Arthur Dent says, “Oh no, not again.”

Dumbledore tries to send Lyra on a quest to find some random magical object that is going to save the world, really, and is terribly important. So important that he can’t go himself. Honestly.

Roland ponders for twenty-two years before telling you what he does.

Harry Dresden decides this is really all too much work, and wanders off to get himself something to drink. He gets beaten up seventeen times on his way, but saves two orphanages.

Ender writes a poem about the Shrike, entitled “It Might Be a Demonic, Sadistic, Terrible Monster Made of Blades, Thorns, and Terror—but It’s Really Just Misunderstood.”

Kvothe flies in, riding Temeraire, Hermione at his side, and— (I’ve written the second two thirds of this sentence, but I’m not giving them to you yet.)

The Wee Free Men start chatting about this interesting fellow they met WHO SPEAKS IN ALL CAPS and wonders if this is all going to create a great big paradoxical mess he will have to fix.

Edward broods.

Ged, Vlad, and Conan give Eragon a wedgie.

Polgara throws something breakable at somebody, then goes to find Belgarath, who is most likely drinking with Mat, Tyrion, and Harry at this point.

Haplo and Raistlin get into an argument about how to pronounce Drizzt’s name.

Elric tries to decide just who among these people he likes the most, so that he can be forced to feed them to Stormbringer at a terribly dramatic moment, causing much personal angst.

Anita takes out Edward for good measure.

Gandalf and Aslan eye everyone mysteriously, then have a discussion over tea about whose resurrection was more meaningful.

Locke steals Gandalf’s staff and sells it on eBay as an authentic prop from the film trilogy. He then does the same thing with Hermione’s wand.

And at that point, the great Cthulhu himself awakens, and his terrible, alien nature drives everyone irrevocably insane.

Rand wins by default, since he was already insane, and Cthulhu showing up doesn’t really change him at all.

Ladies and gentlemen, we just got Cthulhu’d.

Best,

Brandon
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April 19, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Celebrities, English Literature, Entertainment, Fantasy, Fiction, Film, Horror, Mystery, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, Supernatural, Suspense, Urban Fantasy. Comments off.

Winter Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Fiction: New Releases from Patricia Briggs, Laurell K. Hamilton, Katie MacAlister, Kinley MacGregor and Michele Bardsley…

Latest paranormal suspense fiction, lots of faves with new releases yay!

Book 5 of Patricia Briggs awesome Mercy Thompson series releases March 30th, Silver Borne:

From Amazon:

All-new action in the #1 New York Times bestselling urban fantasy series

When mechanic and shapeshifter Mercy Thompson attempts to return a powerful Fae book she’d previously borrowed in an act of desperation, she finds the bookstore locked up and closed down.

It seems the book contains secret knowledge-and the Fae will do just about anything to keep it out of the wrong hands. And if that doesn’t take enough of Mercy’s attention, her friend Samuel is struggling with his wolf side-leaving Mercy to cover for him, lest his own father declare Sam’s life forfeit.

All in all, Mercy has had better days. And if she isn’t careful, she might not have many more to live…

Latest Anita Blake by Laurell K. Hamilton releases Feb 2nd (Hardcover), Flirt:

From Amazon:

The New York Times bestselling series.

When Anita Blake meets with prospective client Tony Bennington, who is desperate to have her reanimate his recently deceased wife, she is full of sympathy for his loss. Anita knows something about love, and she knows everything there is to know about loss. But what she also knows, though Tony Bennington seems unwilling to be convinced, is that the thing she can do as a necromancer isn’t the miracle he thinks he needs. The creature that Anita could coerce to step out of the late Mrs. Bennington’s grave would not be the lovely Mrs. Bennington. Not really. And not for long.

A new title by Katie MacAlister, Steamed: A Steampunk Romance, releases Feb 3rd:

From Amazon:

Katie Macalister takes on Steampunk-and romance gets hotter than ever…

When one of Jack Fletcher’s nanoelectromechanical system experiments is jostled in his lab, the resulting explosion sends him into the world of his favorite novel-a seemingly Victorian-era world of steampower, aether guns, corsets, and goggles. A world where the lovely and intrepid Octavia Pye captains her airship straight into his heart…

The latest in Michele Bardsley’s Broken Heart, Oklahoma series, Come Hell or High Water releases tomorrow, Jan 5th. From Amazon:

The newest paranormal romance in the national bestselling broken heart series

Everybody makes mistakes-and my first one was named Connor, a heart- stealing Scottish hottie. I thought our night together was the beautiful beginning to a love story, which turned out to be my second mistake. I, Phoebe Allen, lifelong Broken Heart resident and vampire, am now mated to a half-demon.

Thankfully Phoebe’s four-year-old son Danny is safely away at Disneyworld with his human father. Because Phoebe’s right in the middle of major paranormal drama, helping Connor and his rag-tag group of friends retrieve part of an ancient talisman in order to ward off Connor’s vicious stepmother, an uber-demon named Lilith. Phoebe swears she isn’t falling for any of Connor’s demon charm. But still, he’s willing to do anything to protect her and prevent demons from storming into Broken Heart. And her undead heart can’t resist a bad boy with identity issues…

More after the break:

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January 4, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Art, Entertainment, Fantasy, Fiction, graphic art, Horror, Laurell K. Hamilton, Mystery, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, Supernatural, Suspense, Urban Fantasy. 2 comments.

Summer Reading: Laurell K. Hamilton, Patricia Briggs, MaryJanice Davidson, Sherrilyn Kenyon…

Bad news is TSCC is cancelled. Good news is there is a slew of  summer fiction coming our way from the *supernatural/paranormal/lycan/vampire/Arthurian Alternate Universe/Romance/Thriller* genre  for plenty of page turning/ Kindle flipping reading pleasure :0)

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Laurell K. Hamilton: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Series, #17 : Skin Trade – Release Date: June 2, 2009 ( and the next Merry Gentry novel will be released in time for the Holidays, December 8, 2009- Divine Misdemeanors, Book 8 available for preorder on Amazon)

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Mary Janice Davidson – Undead and Unwelcome: Queen Betsy, Book 8: Release Date: June 2, 2009 (I know MJD changed the cover art work b/c so many authors bit the style, but I really miss the old artwork!) This will crossover with the Wyndham Wolves series…

undeadandunwelcomeSherrilyn Kenyon –Bad Moon Rising:A Dark Hunter Novel: (the story of Fang Kattalakis)-  Release Date: August 4, 2009

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Patricia Briggs: Mercy Thompson Series: Homecoming: Release Date: August 25, 2009

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May 18, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Entertainment, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Laurell K. Hamilton, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, Suspense, Uncategorized. Comments off.

MARVEL: Anita Blake vs. Wolverine ‘The Laughing Corpse’ Variant; The Weekly Watcher: April 10, 2009

Oh my, two of my fave worlds colliding at MARVEL, happy happy joy joy

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COVER BY: Ron Lim
WRITER: Laurell K. Hamilton
Jessica Ruffner
PENCILS: Ron Lim
THE STORY:
The second chapter of best-selling author Laurell K. Hamilton’s thriller begins here! Vampire hunter Anita Blake has crossed the paths of the worst St. Louis has to offer–and now they want her out of the picture for good. But Anita isn’t the type of person to go down without a fight…and she’s going to make sure it hurts something fierce. Find out why Comic Bulletin calls the ANITA BLAKE series “Sexy…with a wicked sense of humor.” Mature …$3.99

PRICE: 3.99
IN STORES: April 8, 2009

IMPRINT: LICENSED PUBLISHING
FORMAT: Comic
RATING: MAX: EXPLICIT CONTENT

Weekly Wrap of happenings at Marvel.com

From MARVEL:

We’ve had rain, snow, sunshine, warmth and freezing cold this week in New York City. While we can’t be sure what the weather will bring day to day, we do know that Friday rocks hard ‘cuz of the “Weekly Watcher.” Our hostess with the mostest Alexa Mendez delivered news about “Iron Man 2,” Pet Avengers and much more!

Get the full story as Marvel celebrates Wolverine!

Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited:
http://www.marvel.com/digit…

April 12, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Art, Entertainment, Fantasy, Film, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, Uncategorized. 1 comment.

Interview with a Vampire Slayer: Laurell K. Hamilton on latest Anita Blake: ‘Skin Trade’…

Anita Blake in Marvel Graphic Art form

Anita Blake in Marvel Graphic Art form

The latest Anita Blake novel ‘Skin Trade’ is set for tentative release on June 2, 2009..

Laurell has a wonderful in-depth interview with Aimee Levitt of the River Front Times here for any Anita Blake/Merry Gentry fans who may have missed it:

“Well,” she says finally, “the new book is called Skin Trade and it begins with Anita getting a severed head on her desk. I can’t decide if it comes through the postal service or FedEx. Can you send body parts through FedEx in this country? Anyway, it’s an invitation to Vegas.”

Anita, of course, is Anita Blake, the St. Louis-based vampire hunter who is the star of 16 of Hamilton’s 26 books and an old friend to most of the crowd here tonight.

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December 30, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Entertainment, Fantasy, Laurell K. Hamilton, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, True Blood, Twilight. Comments off.

SciFi/Fantasy: True Blood, Legend of the Seeker, BSG Returns, Anite Blake update, the new Star Trek….

Tonight is the season finale of True Blood, the hit series based on the novels by Charlaine Harris. But don’t despair! SCIFI/Fantasy lovers have a plethora of entertainment awaiting them….

On the Fantasy front, there is a wonderful new series airing on broadcast television based on Terry Goodkind’s ‘Sword of Truth’ novels, Legend of the Seeker. Follow Richard and Kahlan as they fight against the corrupt empire of Darken Rahl…I have caught three episodes and thoroughly enjoyed them, the characters are true to the novels. (No surprise that friend to fantasy lovers everywhere Sam Raimi is behind this production.) Find it on your local channel at the website above and DVR this baby!

Anita Blake in Marvel Graphic Art form

Anita Blake in Marvel Graphic Art form

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November 23, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Battlestar Galactica, BSG, Entertainment, Fantasy, Film, Laurell K. Hamilton, Rodenberry, Sci Fi, Star Trek. 2 comments.

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