Sunday, March 28, 2010

My Favorites

Among the authors/series that are my personal favorites, Donaldson and his Chronicles of Thomas Covenant come in right behind Tad Williams. Thus, thanks to Patrick St-Denis, take a look at this - the next, and penultimate, installment to The Final Chronicles of Thomas Covenant.

Amazon has the release listed for October 19th this fall, although those dates cannot be relied upon. I pre-ordered A Dance with Dragons over two years ago, based on Amazon's dates. Yeah,...I know.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Tad Williams - The Interview

That's right. It wasn't a typo. Alright, for you maybe not such a big deal. However, I got to interview my favorite living author. So, each of you, pick your favorite author/artist/musician/whatever and consider exchanging correspondece with them. Damn cool is right!

The interview has just gone up over at Speculative Book Review. Love it.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Review - Shadowrise

Just put the review of Shadowrise up at Speculative Book Review. There will soon be even more Shadowrise related fun.

While you're there, check out Tyson's review of The Emerald Storm, by Michael J. Sullivan and Victoria's review of The Spirit Lens, by Carol Berg.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

It's on like Don Juan, baby!

Ok, people. We're going live. Specifically, Tyson (of State of Review), Yagiz (of Between Two Books), Cara (murf61, up on Posterous), Victoria (of the Great White North, :D) and myself (of Asshattedness). We are up with a collaborative endeavor titled Speculative Book Review. For now, it will be hosted on blogger. In fact, there are already a couple of reviews up. With a bit of luck, I'll have something up on it by Thursday.

We hope to have plenty of reviews, interviews, round table discussions on certain books, some guest posts and upcoming cover art. Special thanks to folks like Ken, Rob, Pat, Aidan, Bryce, Alec, ediFanoB, Adam and Mark Yon who, without knowing it, encouraged me to go at this a bit more seriously. Oh, I'll still be around here as often as ever (i.e. intermittently-to-not much). It's just that, while here, I'll be going far LESS seriously and much more extemporaneously. Maybe I'll use this to really get some writing done. You know, put up a few scenes so people can take a few kicks at me.

I'm kickin' like a chicken, baby! Feelin' like Terry Tate. WHOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

St. Patrick's (Rothfuss) Day

I'm about as runned-down as I have been in years. However, when Patrick Rothfuss comes to town, you've just got to "man up." There was seating for 125 and it was packed. As a result, Pat was limited in his flexibility to take pictures with people. I got some pictures, most of which came out terribly, damn it.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Go Cats, Go!

Hey, just because I currently live in Kentucky doesn't mean I'm cheering for those Cats. No, no, no, my friends. I'm cheering for my Cats - The University of Vermont Catamounts, Champions of the America East Conference. For the first time since 2005 we're back in the NCAA men's basketball tournament. It'll be great to see how they fare.

Otherwise, I have, this very evening, finally finished Tad Williams' Shadowrise. In case you did not know it, I am a Williams fan and have been since removing a shiny new HC copy of The Dragonbone Chair from a shelf in Waldenbooks to purchase in '90. His work has the gravity of something ancient and relevant. His stories are nothing short of masterful. Williams' works are not chockfull of the mile-a-minute blood, gore, magic and chaotic mayhem that many works of the genre are, and have to be to pick up readers, who praise such works by word of mouth through their D&D circles (no RPGers were harmed in the making of this post). They don't need to be. Williams' works are something for a mantlepiece, kept well beyond the reach of the grasping, grubby fingers of the mildly curious.

More on Shadowrise (i.e. review) and Williams soon.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Road trip

Ah, after the first big anniversary, Ubiquitous Absence is takin' its act on the road, baby. Where to? Not far. Just down the road about an hour to Lexington, KY. There to stop by and see Patrick Rothfuss...on March 17th...St. Patrick's Day. Hey, it is what it is.

On his blog, Rothfuss lists the impromptu itinerary. We'll see if pics are doable.

Later skater

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Upcoming Interviews

Lately, I have been working on a couple of interviews, among other things. Both are with authors sporting new releases this month. The real news about that is where those interviews will be posted. That's right, they won't be posted here. I will post and link to them here, though.

Ah, I can't tell you where they will be posted yet, as knowledge of the location requires top secret clearance. The location is, in fact, under construction. Updates are forthcoming, as they develop.

There is a least one person "in the know" now, but he's trusted and would've been involved, had we been quicker with the concept.