Orbit US have posted the provisional cover art for the US Hardcover of The Heroes. Cover your face now, lest you be sprayed with gore.
Art by Steve Stone, design by the blood-thirsty Lauren Panepinto. There may be a bit of tinkering in due course, most particularly with the map, which the sharp-eyed among you may note has been purloined from Best Served Cold. A new map from map-meister Dave Senior, which will feature on the UK cover also, shall replace it in due course. There’s also a synopsis, though twasn’t written by me, so I wouldn’t take it TOO seriously. Probably only slightly more seriously than if it had been written by me. I should point out this is to kind of form a sort of set with the controversial US Hardcover to Best Served Cold. The MMP approach, as well as the UK cover, will be different.
In related news, rejoice, for the internet wunderkinds over at Orbit US have dabbled in the dark arts in order to restore the vast majority of missing old comments to this very blog right here. Yes, all your old rumination, adulation and downright bile is restored. Only a few posts are missing their comments, most notably the eighty or so frothing outrage at the new cover to Before They are Hanged not long ago. That’s a damn shame. But you can make up for it right now by frothing with outrage about this latest cover. Go on, you know you want to.
In unrelated news, Best Served Cold has been named as SFFWorld’s favourite book of 2009. And is third on SFSite’s reader’s choices of 2009. Jeff Vandermeer has a comprehensive review of his best fantasy of 2009 over at Locus Online, in which Best Served Cold gets a mention alongside Richard Morgan’s Steel Remains and David Anthony Durham’s The Other Lands in the “Not your grandmother’s heroic fantasy” section. Aidan at Dribble of Ink had a more ambivalent opinion :
“Relentless, but ultimately frustrating, Best Served Cold showcases Abercrombie’s growth as a writer amid his difficult-to-appreciate decisions as a storyteller.”
Ultimately a frustrating review, then, which showcases Aidan’s growth as a writer amid his difficult-to-appreciate decisions as a reviewer. A ha ha. Never gets old. But who cares what they think? Did you like Best Served Cold? If so, you have but a couple of days left to vote for it on the longlist of the David Gemmell Legend Award . See what I did there? Smooth, huh? The publisher told me to do it! Honest! They put a fucking GUN to my head.