Fantasy news round-up, June 17, 2011

JK Rowling launches Pottermore.com
JK Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter fantasy series has launched a new website, Pottermore.com. A Harry Potter fansite, the Leaky Cauldron, said it got a preview of the new site reporting that “it is one of the most amazing, engaging, and breath-taking additions to this fandom imaginable.” No word on when the seemingly in-the-works site will launch or exactly what it will be about. Right now, it shows the name “Pottermore,” the words “coming soon…” and Rowling’s signature. The site has its own Twitter account, @Pottermore.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Winnie the Pooh: Which character are you?
With the new Winnie the Poof film due out in US theatres next month Disney have put together a personality quiz so that you can find out which character is closest in persona to you! Take the test by clicking here (link removed as it no longer worked).

The Winnie the Pooh personality test

Tor.com publish prologue and chapter one of Brandon Sanderson’s fourth Mistborn novel, The Alloy of Law
Tor.com have published excerpts from Brandon Sanderson’s fourth and latest Mistborn novel,The Alloy of Law, out November 8th. Tor.com will be releasing six excerpts in all from The Alloy of Lawas the weeks go on.

Wax crept along the ragged fence in a crouch, his boots scraping the dry ground. He held his Sterrion 36 up by his head, the long, silvery barrel dusted with red clay. The revolver was nothing fancy to look at, though the six-shot cylinder was machined with such care in the steel-alloy frame that there was no play in its movement. There was no gleam to the metal or exotic material on the grip. But it fit his hand like it was meant to be there.

Read the rest of the prologue here.

Stephen King returns to the Dark Tower
Stephen King is set to return to the world of his bestselling fantasy series, the Dark Tower books, in a new novel out next year. Just acquired by UK publisher Hodder & Stoughton, The Wind Through the Keyhole is set between the fourth and fifth books in the Dark Tower series, and addresses the “hole in the narrative progression”, as King himself put it, between “what happened to Roland, Jake, Eddie, Susannah, and Oy [when] they leave the Emerald City (the end of Wizard and Glass) and the time we pick them up again, on the outskirts of Calla Bryn Sturgis (the beginning of Wolves of the Calla)”.

An image of Roland Deschain and a horse from Stephen King's Dark Tower series.

Source: Guardian.co.uk

Enid Blyton charity “to close because of cheque downfall”
A charity established by Enid Blyton’s daughter to maintain the British author’s generosity is to close after nearly three decades of work because of the phasing out of cheques, it has emerged. The Enid Blyton Trust for Children, established 29 years ago in memory of the author of the Famous Five and The Secret Seven, has distributed more than £500,000 to children’s charities across the country. But its 75 year-old founder, Imogen Smallwood, has decided to retire, partly because banks were insisting she use “new technology” rather than pay her bills by cheque.
On Friday Mrs Smallwood, who ran the Midhurst, West Sussex-based Trust with her daughter Sophie, lamented her decision. “Everything is automatic now. It’s all technology,” she said. “The Enid Blyton Trust has been sending out cheques up till now. It could hardly go on like this.

Source: Telegraph.co.uk

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