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Fantastically Fun Fridays: August 5, 2011

The Magician KingFirst of all, we'd like to congratulate the winners of our Hugo poll--N. K. Jemisin's The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms and Ian McDonald's The Dervish House!  We like that there was a tie--this means that we are twice as likely to correctly predict the winner of the actual Hugo (unless, of course, you're a goblin in the Harry Potter series).  Thanks to everyone who voted!

Next week, we are celebrating the release of Lev Grossman's latest novel and the sequel to The Magicians--The Magician King, which will be released Tuesday, August 9th.  We've gotten things started early today by looking back at how the awesome-ness of The Magicians extends past the borders of the book itself, and we'll be featuring Magicians/Magician King themed content all next week.

While we definitely suggest you spend the weekend reading The Magicians if you haven't already, here are a few more fun things to keep you occupied until Monday:

  • An unpublished play by W.B. Yeats entitled Love and Death is now available online--as scans of the original manuscript!--and it includes a character who is a "spirit hunter," which seems pretty cool. (Boston College Libraries)
  • A few Game of Thrones goodies: first, a behind-the-scenes video of the creation of some of the visual effects for the series, and second, a look at what Game of Thrones would look like as an old-school RPG. [note: both contain spoilers, and both might be considered mildly NSFW] (YouTube/College Humor)
  • If you were inspired by our post about The Last Unicorn this past week, you might be interested in these special deals on Last Unicorn merchandise--including signed products! (Conlan Press)

And with that, happy weekend everyone!



I voted yesterday, and here are my top 10 picks.  It was VERY hard to pick just ten!  What did others vote for?

American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
The City And The City, by China Mieville
The Dark Tower Series, by Stephen King
Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card
The Fionavar Tapestry Trilogy, by Guy Gavriel Kay
The Left Hand Of Darkness, by Ursula K. LeGuin
The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Magicians, by Lev Grossman
Old Man's War, by John Scalzi
The Sparrow, by Mary Doria Russell

I actually had an easier time than I expected--when I first saw the list I thought "picking ten of these? Can't do it." But it turned out not to be too hard once I ignored the idea of "great moments in literature" and instead went with "my favorites."

Ender's Game
Going Postal (on behalf of the entire Discworld series)
Hitchhiker's Guide
Mistborn trilogy (which I just finished last night, and will probably post about in the nearish future)
Mists of Avalon (which I discovered a few months ago. I like how these are right next to each other in alphabetical order. Now if someone can write me, I don't know, The Mists of Time or some other SFy thing...)
Wheel of Time
Yiddish Policeman's Union
2001 (on behalf of Clarke's short stories)
I, Robot (on behalf of the Foundation and company. Special shoutouts for getting me to keep reading and reading even when I really disagreed with the message he was putting across.)

Disappointed in the lack of books targeted to young readers (or just the populist masses?) Whatever.


The lack of YA was intentional, as the original rules clarify.  They are going to devote a whole poll to that next summer.  While I can certainly see the benefits of splitting off YA, it would be interested to consider the whole field at once.

Good to know, the comments had suggested that.

I still don't understand why Discworld is not listed as a series (turns out there are two separate novels listed. But whatever.)