I note in passing that my dark masters at Gollancz have re-issued Scott Lynch’s The Lies of Locke Lamora with a retro yellow cover reminiscent of the early 60s in order to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the imprint:
THE fantasy debut of 2006, other than mine. The book, of course, is a wretched tissue of laboured plot-devices, tin-ear dialogue, slovenly world-building and all around hackery. But this edition is worth the price of admission for the superlative introduction and fetching cover alone. My advice? Read the introduction, cut the cover off, then toss the rest away.
In other news, Tor.com are considering the openings of various fantasy series in collaboration with Barnes and Noble buyer Jim Killen in their First in Fantasy series. Ron Hogan kicks off by considering The Blade Itself:
“The Blade Itself could almost read as a grim, ultraviolent parody of A Song of Ice and Fire, with hyper-accelerated political intrigue covered in blood and guts and shot through with savagely dark humor…”
Almost? What do you mean almost?
“…except that Abercrombie works hard to keep even the most venal or manipulative of his primary characters well-rounded.”
Oh, yeah, that. I accept your retraction.