Tor made three announcements about Robert Jordan’s bestselling Wheel of Time series last week at Dragon Con:
1) Wheel of Time eBooks Available
The Wheel of Time series is one of the most highly requested series on Kindle, and they are finally becoming available to fans as ebooks. Beginning on October 27th, Macmillan will release one ebook per month, beginning with The Eye of the World. The full text of the books has been retypeset to better accommodate the ebook format and all original illustrations and maps will be retained in these new releases. We’ve also commissioned new cover art for each book, and I can announce the first four artists now: David Grove, Kekai Kotaki, Donato Giancola, and Sam Weber.
2) Chapter One of The Gathering Storm Available to Read Exclusively on Tor.com
The next book in the WoT series, The Gathering Storm, will be available for sale on 10/27/09. For the first time ever, the entire first chapter of The Gathering Storm is available to read before the book comes out. The chapter is available only on Tor.com until September 17th, when it will be distributed to other online retailers like Amazon and BN.com. You can read the chapter here: http://www.tor.com/gatheringstorm/register
3) Prologue available for sale before book release
The prologue to The Gathering Storm will be available to purchase as an ebook beginning on September 17th. The prologue will be available to purchase through Tor.com, as well as the traditional retailers˜Amazon.com, BN.com–for $2.99.
Leviathan, by Scott Westerfeld
In an alternate history, Europe is headed towards a Word War. The Germanic Clankers, with their advanced machinery, face off against the British Darwinists, with their crossbred animals. The Darwinists have a new weapon, the Leviathan, a flying whale ship. Deryn Sharp is new to the service and is on the Leviathan for her first assignment. But only males are allowed to be in the service, so she must hide her identity from everyone, and disguise herself as a boy.
Meanwhile, Prince Aleksandar Ferdinand is woken in the middle of the night and forced to flee his home. With only a small group of men, Aleksandar faces foes at every turn. When the Leviathan lands near Aleksandar, he meets young Deryn, and their fates intertwine.
In this latest young adult novel from Scott Westerfeld, he has created an alternate history in a steampunk version of World War I. It’s a fantastic world of elaborate machines and bizarre, unnatural animals. In addition to the unique world and fascinating story, the characters are just as absorbing and are the driving force behind the story. Aleksandar is spoiled, but very bright and capable. And Deryn is brave, talented, and humble. The two are from different worlds and seems as if the reader is viewing to drastically different stories, until the two worlds collide.
There is no lack of suspense and action in this steampunk adventure. As a growing niche in the science fiction genre, this novel is sure to be popular amidst youth and adults alike. With events culminating in a climactic ending, there is room left open for a sequel, which I certainly am hoping for. It’s a fun, fresh and decidedly unique tale. Don’t miss this one.
Leviathan releases from Simon Pulse on October 6, 2009.
Julie Kenner (author of the Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom series) will be podcasting the entirety of Tainted, the first in the Blood Lily Chronicles. Chapter 3 went up on Wednesday, with new content updated on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Readers can subscribe at http://www.kenner-cast.com
It’s free! And you get the story even before books hit the shelves in November!
Look for it soon at Podiobooks.com, as well!
On my last day at Dragon Con, I attended Leonard Nimoy’s panel.
I didn’t want to wait for hours in line, so sat in the back just to hear his stories and more about what he was up to now. He told some humorous stories about his early days of Star Trek, and how he came up with the Vulcan hand signal. Most of the interview revolved around his photography (http://leonardnimoyphotography.com) and his most recent project on full-figured women.
Halfway through, I decided to run over and catch the end of yet another author panel. But I couldn’t miss meeting one of my favorite authors, Julie Kenner! I love her Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom series as well as the Codebreaker Trilogy. I was in total fangirl mode, but she was very sweet and gracious.
Saturday, I arrived at the Hyatt for my first panel. This was another author panel, this time, on Time Travel. Carole Nelson Douglas, Anna DeStefano, Rita Herron, Joy Nash, Terri Osborne, and Mari Mancusi were all in attendance. And I scored a couple free books!