On the audiobook front, I started listening to The Broken Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin. I'm half way through it now and I'm a little disappointed. Keeping my fingers crossed.
Au-delà des ombres (Beyond the Shadows, Night Angel trilogy book 3) by Brent Weeks
The cover art was posted by Brent this week and it's features the work of Frederic Perrin. Nice!
ELODIN STRODE INTO THE lecture hall almost an hour late. His clothes were covered in grass stains, and there were dried leaves tangled in his hair. He was grinning.
Today there were only six of us waiting for him. Jarret hadn’t shown up for the last two classes. Given the scathing comments he’d made before disappearing, I doubted he’d be coming back.
“Now!” Elodin shouted without preamble. “Tell me things!”
This was his newest way to waste our time. At the beginning of every lecture he demanded an interesting fact he had never heard before. Of course, Elodin himself was the sole arbiter of what was interesting, and if the first fact you provided didn’t measure up, or if he already knew it, he would demand another, and another, until you finally came up with something that amused him.
He pointed at Brean. “Go!”
“Spiders can breathe underwater,” she said promptly.
Elodin nodded. “Good.” He looked at Fenton.
Talk of the town
Then the reactions stacked up. If you have some time, you should take a peak at the refreshing responses from the following people that took time to analyze the text and write quite an essay. Since Grin's post was quite provocative toward the new main stream fantasy, his arguments could not compete for long.
Adam's at the Wertzone (mentioned in the article)
R. Scott Bakker (inventing a new fantasy readers "tribe")
Joe Abercrombie (the example quoted in Grin's text)
Floor to ceiling books (adding the women to the argument)
All in all, I hope that Leo Grin didn't expect to go far with his tirade, expressing that the popular fantasy authors of our days tend too much toward pessimism, skepticism and the importance of death, destruction and nothingness... WTF?