I love beautiful fantasy artwork — and one of my favorite artists is Michael Whelan. When the cover was revealed for Brandon Sanderson‘s The Way of Kings (the first book in The Stormlight Archive series), I was so happy to find out Whelan was the artist.
Now the cover for the second book has been released and it does not disappoint.
The cover was released by Tor (see the post here), along with commentary by Whelan, his preliminary sketches and a copy of the full painting. I encourage you to go over there and check it out.
Words of Radiance, Book 2 in The Stormlight Archive series (and sequel to The Way of Kings) is to be released March 4, 2014.
Back to the fun stuff. Have you considered buying handmade Legend of Zelda soap? There’s the Triforce symbol (it comes in small and large versions), the Heart Container (my personal favorite), or maybe you’d just like a handful of rupees. I know my daughter would LOVE it! They’re not that expensive either. .
You can download free wallpaper from The Wheel of Time series, featuring the ebook art for Winter’s Heart by Scott M. Fischer. I wish I could post a copy but I’d hate to get my virtual hands slapped for copyright infringement. That seems to be going around lately. Anyhoo, here’s the link. I think you just need to register for the Tor.com website, if you haven’t already.
I also found a new teaser trailer for the upcoming LEGO Lord of the Rings game. As usual, they’ve thrown their own quirky brand of LEGO humor in. Cracks me up.
That’s it for now. I hope you all have a wonderful, marvelous, long Labor Day weekend. Cheers!
Giveaway: Janalyn Voigt, is offering one autographed copy of her DawnSinger novel, Book 1 in the epic Tales of Faeraven series. The entry deadline is August 3, 2012. You can click on over to her website to see a trailer for the book and the first chapter here. .
Have you ever wondered what the musculoskeletal structure of a dragon looks like? Artist Todd Lockwood has drawn just such an anatomical study for the cover of Marie Brennan‘s book coming out next February, The Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent. Tor has posted copies of the artwork that you can download as wallpaper for your desktop. Click here. .
One book that I enjoyed some time back was R.A. Salvatore‘s The Highwayman, Book 1 in The Saga of the First King. Now Graphic Audio has produced and is offering for sale the book in a dramatic reading format. Let me tell you, these guys do a great job. To listen for yourself, here’s a link to hear the first 8 minutes of the book, along with more information on the production. (I don’t get any commission if you buy it. I’m just passing it on because I think it’s amazingly well done.) .
Not only is one of my favorite artists (Michael Whelan) illustrating the cover of one of my most-anticipated books (A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson), now you can download the painting as wallpaper for your desktop computer, phone or mobile tablet-type of device! I’m so there. Below you can see a tiny copy of the image, but don’t use that one. Click through to the Tor web site to get a copy customized for the size of your screen. Here’s the link.
http://www.starwarsuncut.com/ has released a remake of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, comprised entirely of 15-second fan clips. I watched a few minutes and have to shake my head at the originality of some of the submissions.
MIT unveiled In Europe the Hiriko electric car, a windshield mounted car that folds up to take up one-third the parking space of an average size car. A pilot program for the little sci-fi looking buggy is set to begin next year.
Care to contribute to one man’s attempt to list the family tree of every character in Lord of the Rings? http://www.lotrproject.com/. I wish him luck.
Giveaway: To kick off the Year of the Dragon, Tor is giving away four copies of the Wheel of Time prequel,New Spring: The Graphic Novel by Robert Jordan, Chuck Dixon, and Mike S. Miller. Speaking of WOT, the publisher is also offering 10 copies of the first book in the series, The Eye of the World. The deadline for both is February 24, 2012.
Giveaway: Another offering by Tor on Goodreads — The Stolen Throne by David Gaider, the prequel to Dragon Age: Origins, the role-playing video game from Bioware. Deadline is February 24, 2012.
Here’s some geek news: University of Washington researchers have created a game, Foldit, where players can decode and create protein shapes to help scientists learn how proteins work and help with drug research for HIV and Alzheimer’s cures. Gamers, go forth and save the world! More on this story on CNET.
Want to up your geek-cred points a tiny bit? Tell people you know where to find the video showing the Lego Man in Space, footage shot by 17-year-olds Matthew Ho and Asad Muhammad using a weather balloon and makeshift Styrofoam spacecraft to send a Lego man 15 miles up into the stratosphere. To make it easy, here you go:
I think that’ll do it for now. Have a great weekend, everyone! If I missed any good links, leave a note in the comments. I love to hear from you.