Ack – we missed this back on the 26th (I was out sick for a week). Brian Staveley’s The Emperor’s Blades is now out in paperback! We’re big fans of the book, and highly recommend picking it up, if you haven’t already.
Over on Goodreads, Brian Staveley is giving away a signed ARC (advance reading copy) of The Providence of Fire, his second novel in the Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne trilogy, along with a signed hardcover of the first volume in the series, The Emperor’s Blades.
Here’s the plot:
The conspiracy to destroy the ruling family of the Annurian Empire is far from over.
Having learned the identity of her father’s assassin, Adare flees the Dawn Palace is search of allies to challenge the coup against her family. Few trust her, but when she is believed to be touched by Intarra, patron goddess of the empire, the people rally to help her retake the capital city. As armies prepare to clash, the threat of invasion from barbarian hordes compels the rival forces to unite against their common enemy.
Unknown to Adare, her brother Valyn, renegade member of the empire’s most elite fighting force, has allied with the invading nomads. The terrible choices each of them has made may make war between them inevitable.
Between Valyn and Adare is their brother Kaden, rightful heir to the Unhewn Throne, who has infiltrated the Annurian capital with the help of two strange companions. The knowledge they possess of the secret history that shapes these events could save Annur or destroy it.
It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Vermont author Brian Staveley’s debut novel The Emperor’s Blades. Released earlier this year as a hardcover, it’s become a popular entry in the fantasy canon. Now, the book is set to come out in trade paperback at the end of the month. If you haven’t picked it up yet, the paperback is set to come out on August 26th at all good bookstores. The next book in the series, The Providence of Fire, is due out in January 2015.
Buy it here.
Final reminder: tomorrow, we’ll hold our next book club meeting where we’ll discuss The Emperor’s Blades, by VT author Brian Staveley (who’ll be there with us).
Hope to see you there! RSVP.
Just a reminder: the Geek Mountain State Book Club meets again on July 1st to discuss Brian Staveley’s The Emperor’s Blades! Join us at 7:00pm at Shelburne’s Pierson Library. Staveley will be joining us in person! RSVP here.
Vermont Fantasy author Brian Staveley and Fantasy Author Aidan Harte are up on Boing Boing, talking about building fantasy worlds:
After reading one another’s novels, Brian and Aidan got together to discuss how they developed their worlds and how their worlds reflect their own experiences, the artistic process itself, writers who have influenced them, and why As I lay Dying is an excellent example of why writing less is often more.
The conversation begins with Aidan, who is curious about Brian’s incorporation of Zen into his fantasy novel.
Read the entire article over on Boing Boing.
We’re set to launch our next line of events through Geek Mountain State: the GMS Book Club! We’ve got a ton of readers who follow us, who’ve attended our reading events, and we figured that this would be a great way to get some of them together and chat about some of the more recent releases.
We’re partnering with the Pierson Library of Shelburne, which will host the series. The general plan right now is to meet on the first Thursday every month at 7:00pm. The first meeting will be on May 1st. Food will be provided!
May 1st: The Martian, by Andy Weir
Here’s what the book is about:
Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.
Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.
After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.
Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.
But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?
June 5th: Leviathan Wakes, by James S.A. Corey
Humanity has colonized the solar system – Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt and beyond – but the stars are still out of our reach.
Jim Holden is XO of an ice miner making runs from the rings of Saturn to the mining stations of the Belt. When he and his crew stumble upon a derelict ship, The Scopuli, they find themselves in possession of a secret they never wanted. A secret that someone is willing to kill for – and kill on a scale unfathomable to Jim and his crew. War is brewing in the system unless he can find out who left the ship and why.
Detective Miller is looking for a girl. One girl in a system of billions, but her parents have money and money talks. When the trail leads him to The Scopuli and rebel sympathizer Holden, he realizes that this girl may be the key to everything.
Holden and Miller must thread the needle between the Earth government, the Outer Planet revolutionaries, and secretive corporations – and the odds are against them. But out in the Belt, the rules are different, and one small ship can change the fate of the universe.
July 1st: The Emperor’s Blades, Brian Staveley
In The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley, the emperor of Annur is dead, slain by enemies unknown. His daughter and two sons, scattered across the world, do what they must to stay alive and unmask the assassins. But each of them also has a life-path on which their father set them, destinies entangled with both ancient enemies and inscrutable gods.
Kaden, the heir to the Unhewn Throne, has spent eight years sequestered in a remote mountain monastery, learning the enigmatic discipline of monks devoted to the Blank God. Their rituals hold the key to an ancient power he must master before it’s too late.
An ocean away, Valyn endures the brutal training of the Kettral, elite soldiers who fly into battle on gigantic black hawks. But before he can set out to save Kaden, Valyn must survive one horrific final test.
At the heart of the empire, Minister Adare, elevated to her station by one of the emperor’s final acts, is determined to prove herself to her people. But Adare also believes she knows who murdered her father, and she will stop at nothing—and risk everything—to see that justice is meted out.
A reminder for you fantasy fans out there: this Saturday, we’ll be hosting six Vermont authors for a night of fantasy stories. The reading will take place at Quarterstaff Games in Burlington at 4:00pm until 7:00pm. RSVP here!
Next week, Geek Mountain State and Quarterstaff present Cold Mountain State, our latest reading event in the Vermont SF Writer’s Series.
This month’s reading will take place on April 19th at Quarterstaff Games on Burlington’s Church Street Marketplace. The event will take place at 4:00 pm. RSVP .
Our readers will include Daniel Mills, Aimee Picchi, Brian Staveley, Pat Esden, Paul Hobday and Erika Nichols. We hope to see you there!
We’re going to try something over here, a retrospective on the week, based on the major topics we’ve talked about, with a bit of commentary.
Vermont Comic Con – Word that Vermont was getting its very own Comic Con in Burlington has been huge this week, as has our look at Vermont’s history of conventions in The Vermont Convention Scene. Word of Vermont Comic Con has gotten a number of fans excited on Facebook and Twitter, and it’s easy to see why: neighboring Comic Cons in Boston and Manchester have grown in recent years, and it’s not uncommon to see fans from Vermont in the walkways or behind tables.
We’re cautiously optimistic for this one. On one hand, it’s the first time that this event will be run (although it’s not the first comic con in Vermont, despite the organizer’s claims.) and they’re in a huge space. Hopefully, they’ll attract a good number of people, and it’ll become a center point for people who follow GMS. We’ll likely be there, although exactly how we’ll be there is up in the air.
Geek Mountain State Presents Cold Mountain Stories: A Night of the Fantastic was announced earlier this week, our fourth entry in the Vermont Science Fiction Writer’s Series. We’re pretty excited for this one (as we are for all of them), because we’ve got a really strong lineup of authors. We’ve also started releasing video footage from the first event in the series, Strange as Night, Dark as Fiction #1: F. Brett Cox. We’ve got more footage that’ll come out over the course of April and a new installment will come out next week. Our next reading will take place on April 19th at Quarterstaff Games in Burlington.
This weekend marks International Tabletop Day 2014 in Vermont, and there’s a variety of events taking place across the state with places in Burlington, Danby, Fairlee, and Winooski holding official events.
Lovecraft in Windham County! was also popular this week. The aforementioned F. Brett Cox is talking about famed horror author H.P. Lovecraft at the Rockingham Free Library next Thursday. We attended another talk by him last month in Montpelier, and it was a pretty interesting one. If you’re in the area, check it out. We’ll have a reminder next week.
Second Life for Triple Play Games! Triple Play Games is frequently on our Geek Things event list each morning, and we were pretty sad that the store was closing up shop in Lebanon in March, but excited to hear that they found a new home. They’re opening up again today. Gamers in Lebanon, you won’t be without a gaming store for long: Black Moon Games is moving in.
And finally, weirdly, our 2011 post on Fossil Hunting in Vermont was popular this week. Happy hunting, but you might want to wait until the snow vanishes, which should happen … someday.
That’s what’s been popular this week – what news were you most happy with?