Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Links of the Week

I can’t believe it’s Friday already — and I have few links I wanted to share with you this week and haven’t gotten to  yet. Here you go…

AfterLeanWinter• You can download a copy of a David Farland short over on Amazon for free. Limited time offer, folks, so hurry. Get it here.

• Another Goodreads giveaway of Brandon Sanderson‘s The Way of Kings. Love this book!

• I found a unique, interactive internet show (for lack of a better word) called Aurelia. This steampunk fantasy drama is created by…you. Build your own character and jump in. It’s built on the serial Rise of the Tiger and follows the citizens of a self-sustaining, steam-powered city as they battle a deadly energy crisis. Check it out here. Pretty cool.

• Announcing the 2013 World Fantasy nominees! This is always a great place to find new authors — or make sure you haven’t missed any of your favorites. There is some good stuff here.

That’s it for today. I hope y’all have a great weekend!

Very Cool Legend of Zelda Steampunk Cosplay

In the wake of San Diego Comic Con, many pictures have been posted around the Internet showing cool cosplay costumes. In fact, I posted a few links myself.

However, the most amazing costume I have seen is by far this Legend of Zelda steampunk costume posted over at fanboyfashion.com. You can follow the link to see more pictures of this costume.

Legend-of-Zelda-Steampunk-Link-Cosplay.Legend-of-Zelda-Steampunk-Link-Cosplay-2If you have found any great costumes, please share in the comments below! I’d love to see them.

Pictures from Anime Expo 2013!

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I went to Anime Expo 2013 on Saturday, an experience that is difficult to put into words, but since I call myself a writer, I’ll give it my best. My daughter has wanted to go for a couple of years so this year we decided to give it a shot, much to her delight.

For those of you who are not familiar with AX, it’s the largest anime and manga exposition in North America and is held annually in Los Angeles the first week of July. It is a 24-hour a day, 4-day party devoted to all things anime and manga and then some (including Disney characters). Needless to say, we weren’t there for all four days. I was lucky to get in most of one day. By late afternoon, Panera for dinner sounded like a wonderful plan.

The best adjectives to describe my Saturday at AX2013 are: busy, crowded, amazing, hilarious, jaw-dropping, and…exhausting. The picture below shows about one-third of the main lobby and the crowd you see there never thinned. And I mean never. At times it even got busier. We’re talking shoulder-to-shoulder from one side to another. So please forgive the busy background in most of my pics. It was that or no pictures at all. If you look closely, you might even find a couple of characters you recognize. Kind of reminds me of “Where’s Waldo?”

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Now for my pictures of cosplayers. Below is a picture of Astrid from “How to Train Your Dragon,” obviously busy texting Hiccup, telling him all about her busy day.x

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The Link dudes (below) were hilarious. On the left you have the four Links from the “Four Swords” video game. These four had a boombox that they carried everywhere, playing the theme song from the game. You could hear them coming, that’s for sure. On the right are two other Link characters that they matched up with for the picture.

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Here are a few characters from the web comic “Homestuck.” I don’t know too much about them, but the costumes were pretty cool.

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I have no idea who or what this creature is (below), but he was BIG — the picture really doesn’t do him justice. I wish I could’ve caught him with his wings extended. Quite impressive. Note the guy on the left. That is his handler/prop-master because the cosplayer had a little trouble knowing where he was going.

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And what’s a Con without Star Wars? I love the detail on these guys’ armor. Very nice.

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Generally speaking, I recognize quite a few anime/manga characters because of my kids, but I’m not an anime/manga expert so I couldn’t identify who all the characters were — my apologies to the cosplayers. Here’s one example below. I have no idea who this girl is portraying, but she obviously put a lot of work into it and she was so happy (with her short sword in hand). Pretty wings, pretty girl. (If you recognize the character, please leave a comment below. I’d love to know.)

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The next two images have to go together. The first one shows what happens when you let your kids play with rogue robots. The poor little girl was about to lose her head but she had no idea the danger she was in.

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But not to worry! There was a rescuer! Just goes to show you, don’t mess with an angry mom or her kids.

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Then we stepped outside to head from one hall to another and what did we find? A dapper young gentleman adjusting the motor on his motorized bicycle. How very steam-punky cool.

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And last but not least, Batman and Spiderman. ‘Nuff said.

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Now it’s your turn. Do you have any favorite anime and/or manga characters? Or if you were to dress up in costume, who would you be?

Best New Science Fiction and Fantasy Links of the Week

You know what Friday means? It’s time to pass on to you my favorite links from this week. Here you go!

Since I there seems to be quite a bit of press this week about the upcoming Wheel of Time book, I thought I’d go ahead and post a music video of “Wheel of Time” by Blind Guardian, including lyrics and some art of the series by Robert Jordan.

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That about does it. Y’all have a good weekend and I’ll see you next week.

Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Links of the Week

This is one of those weeks where I say, “Is it Friday already?” But, yes, it is and that means I get to post my favorite links from this week. Let the fun begin…

Mistborn, the movie. Aw, man, how cool would that be??! While it’s not a done deal, movie producers of the popular fiction series written by Brandon Sanderson are currently pitching the project to studios using the very, very cool trailer below. Check it out:

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For more info on the Mistborn movie deal, check out this post on Brandon Sanderson’s blog.