Week in Review

I was hoping to get another review out before the end of the week but got a little sidetracked. Anyway let’s see what’s been happening this week.

Scott Lynch on Zamira Drakasha

One of the funniest reads this week, Scott Lynch explains to his hater why Drakasha is a middle-aged black pirate and also a single mother of two.

You know what? Yeah, Zamira Drakasha, middle-aged pirate mother of two, is a wish-fulfillment fantasy. I realized this as she was evolving on the page, and you know what? I fucking embrace it.

Why shouldn’t middle-aged mothers get a wish-fulfillment character, you sad little bigot? Everyone else does. H.L. Mencken once wrote that “Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.” I can’t think of anyone to whom that applies more than my own mom, and the mothers on my friends list, with the incredible demands on time and spirit they face in their efforts to raise their kids, preserve their families, and save their own identity/sanity into the bargain.

Shit yes, Zamira Drakasha, leaping across the gap between burning ships with twin sabers in hand to kick in some fucking heads and sail off into the sunset with her toddlers in her arms and a hold full of plundered goods, is a wish-fulfillment fantasy from hell. I offer her up on a silver platter with a fucking bow on top; I hope she amuses and delights. In my fictional world, opportunities for butt-kicking do not cease merely because one isn’t a beautiful teenager or a muscle-wrapped font of testosterone. In my fictional universe, the main characters are a fat ugly guy and a skinny forgettable guy, with a supporting cast that includes “SBF, 41, nonsmoker, 2 children, buccaneer of no fixed abode, seeks unescorted merchant for light boarding, heavy plunder.”

I just love Lynch’s attitude in his responses to the questions. I wonder how much longer I have to wait forRepublic of Thieves to come out.

Make sure to read the full entry over at Lynch’s Live Journal.

Fantasy Faction’s Top 10 Most Anticipated Books of 2013

Fantasy Faction released their readers’ choice for 2013 this week. Do you agree?

10. Drakenfeld by Mark Charan Newton
9. The Crown Tower by Michael J. Sullivan
8. Fortress Frontier by Myke Cole
7. Highprince of War by Brandon Sanderson
6. The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch
5. Sworn In Steel by Douglas Hulick
4. Emperor of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
3. The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks
2. A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
1. The Daylight War by Peter V. Brett

From the list, I’m most looking forward to Republic of Thieves and Sworn In Steel. I’ve already read the ARC of Fortress Frontier and all I can say for now is that you can expect to find more of what you loved in Control Point in this book.

Create a School Contest

Since I’m talking about Myke Cole, you now have another chance to win a copy of the ARC of Fortress Frontier. All you have to do is create a new magic school, this can be serious or funny and send it to him. See this blog post for more details on entry requirements.

Updates on Older Books

If you are a fan of Shadows of the Apt series, Adrian Tchaikovsky just announced the reissued coversfor The Scarab Path and The Sea Watch.

Also if you enjoy a bit of Forgotten Realms, Wizards of the Coast has now made ebook versions of R. A. Salvatore’s Legend of Drizzt available globally.

You are the Hero Kickstarter

Another Kickstarter project that is worth backing. This is simply a must have for anyone that has ever read/played the Fighting Fantasy books by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone. You are the Hero collects the 30 year history of Fighting Fantasy from its humble beginnings to its worldwide success. Written by Johnathan Green with interviews of the creators, the artists and other contributors, this book is bound to please all the fans.

The project has just reach its half way goal point with 20 days remaining. Be sure to back this projectbefore the time runs out.