Steven Erikson’s Dust of Dreams and Robin Hobb’s Dragon Keeper were the books that we were most looking forward to this year. But luckily the anticipation does not stop there and there are still several titles due out in the next couple of months that are sure to be bestsellers.
Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett
October 1 2009 will see the release of Terry Pratchett’s Unseen Academicals:
Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork – not the old fashioned, grubby pushing and shoving, but the new, fast football with pointy hats for goalposts and balls that go going when you drop them. And now, the wizards of Unseen University must win a football match, without using magic, so they’re in the mood for trying everything else. The prospect of the Big Match draws in a street urchin with a wonderful talent for kicking a tin can, a maker of jolly good pies, a dim but beautiful young woman, who might just turn out to be the greatest fashion model there has ever been, and the mysterious Mr Nutt (and no one knows anything much about Mr Nutt, not even Mr Nutt, which worries him, too. As the match approaches, four lives are entangled and changed for ever. Because the thing about football – the important thing about football – is that it is not just about football. Here we go! Here we go! Here we go!
Terry Pratchett is the acclaimed creator of the Discworld series, started in 1983 with The Colour of Magic, and which has now reached 37 novels with Unseen Academicals. Worldwide sales of his books are 60 million, and they have been translated into 37 languages. Terry Pratchett was knighted for services to literature in 2009.
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The Gathering Storm by Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
October 27, 2009 will see the release of the penultimate novel in Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time series. The last two books will be completed by Brandon Sanderson due to Jordan’s death in 2007. Entitled The Gathering Storm, early reviews have been positive:
The most eagerly anticipated fantasy novel of the last two decades, THE GATHERING STORM has been completed by acclaimed fantasy author Brandon Sanderson from Robert Jordan’s extensive notes. It will begin the final chapter of the compelling saga that started almost twenty years ago with THE EYE OF THE WORLD.
Robert Jordan was born in 1948 in Charleston. He was a graduate of the Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, with a degree in physics, and served two tours in Vietnam. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, sailing, poker, chess, pool and pipe collecting. He died in September 2007.
A Dance with Dragons by George RR Martin
Possibly the most eagerly expected of all books released in October is the fifth volume in George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series:
George RR Martin biography
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The long-awaited fifth volume in the hugely popular and highly acclaimed epic fantasy A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE The last of the Targaryons, Daenerys Stormborn, the Unburnt, has brought the young dragons in her care to their terrifying maturity. Now the war-torn landscape of the Seven Kingdoms is threatened by destruction as vast as in the violent past. Tyrion Lannister, a dwarf with half a nose and a scar from eye to chin, has slain his father and escaped the Red Keep in King’s Landing to wage war from the Free Cities beyond the narrow sea. The last war fought with dragons was a cataclysm powerful enough to shatter the Valyrian peninsula into a smoking, demon-haunted ruin half drowned by the sea. A DANCE WITH DRAGONS brings to life dark magic, complex political intrigue and horrific bloodshed as events at the Wall and beyond the sea threaten the ancient land of Westeros.
So, all-in-all, it is going to be a bit of a bumper October for fantasy fans with all three books mentioned above likely to be extremely popular and above all, very good, books.
We’ll take a look at the releases for November soon as well as the books that will make great Christmas presents this year.