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I recently contacted Adamantine Palace and King of the Crags author Stephen Deas asking if he would be interested in answering a few questions for the blog. This post is a testimony of Mr. Deas’s gracious response.

For those of you that are not familiar with him or his work, he is a relatively new British fantasy author who, obviously, is the author of the two novels I stated above (find my reviews of them here and here respectively) as well as the author of an upcoming summer release. Find out more about him and his work on his website, here.

Bellow you’ll find the full interview, complete with some ridiculously honest, laugh-provoking, self-publicizing answers. Enjoy…

Over at his blog, Patrick Rothfuss just announced two pretty significant things for people waiting on the second entry in his Kingkiller Chronicles, The Wise Man's Fear. First of all: after having turned in the third draft for the book and gotten feedback from her he has told her that he is sure that he can have the writing done by September of this year. This leads directly into the second bit of info, the publication date of The Wise Man's Fear which Rothfuss puts in at the 1st of March 2011.

Last month, as I was browsing through April releases, Michael Cobley’s The Orphaned World caught my eye. Knowing nothing about this author or title, I soon realized that this was the second installment in the Humanity’ Fire trilogy and that Seeds of Earth was the first. So instead of getting The Orphaned Words, since that would have been quite useless, I purchased Seeds of Earth so that I could start this series from the beginning and then maybe continue on to its sequel. I also found out that though it was originally published in March of 2009, Seeds of Earth had seen a mass market paperback edition published in last January, something which often makes a book a lot more accessible for some…

If you haven't already I suggest heading on over to Tor.com or the Tor-Forge blog to see what the various staff members there have had to say on Tor Book's turning thirty today. Over at Tor.com you will find a few posts covering memories (here), funny moments (here) and predictions (here) from some of the people over at Tor Books, while over at the Tor-Forge blog you'll find a bit of a behind the scenes look at the publisher (here). I personally recommend the look at the current Tor team in Tor.com last post on the birthday, "Meet Tor Books, 30 Years Old" (here).

The King of the Crags is the sequel to The Adamantine Palace (for which you can find my review here). I enjoyed the first installment in Stephen Deas’s first trilogy, though I remember having a few qualms about it. The King of the Crags is a step up even from that, and it clearly displays Deas’s growth as a writer. It’s faster than its predecessor, it’s exciting and all-around fun. It was published just last week by Gollancz, and just like with The Adamantine Palace, I really like the cover design/art.

Alastair Reynolds is, I’m ashamed to say, one of those authors I hadn’t yet gotten to reading. Terminal World, his latest novel, caught my eye and I decided that it was time to finally read some of his work. I’d obviously heard of him, and actually, he has becoming quite a prominent name in the science-fiction genre. Terminal World also marks my return to that genre in quite a while since, as some of you might have noticed, I tend to lean more towards fantasy than science-fiction. However, I do definitely enjoy it, and Terminal World was no exception to that. Though it is not without faults, it was, in its own respect, a thoroughly entertaining read.

I started reading The Name of the Wind quite a while back, mostly because of all the praise and attention it had gotten, but one hundred pages in I stopped. I assume I must have picked up another book and then another and so on, forgetting all about The Name of the Wind. Months later, I picked it up once more intent on finally finishing it and so, if nothing else, I would at least know what people were talking about when they discuss Rothfuss’s debut. Now a couple of days after that, with the novel finished, I cannot tell you what a good decision it was finish it. Once back into the story, Rothfuss amazed with me with his astounding and lyrical-like writing as well as an excellent plot.

Glen Cook is one of those authors I’ve been meaning to get to but hadn’t until now. When I decided it was time for me to check him out, I chose to start with a standalone novel, to get the feel of his work, and then maybe move on to some of his series. But which one to pick, since he does have quite a few? The Swordbearer was my final choice, mostly due to the totally awesome Night Shade Books edition from last year. The Swordbearer was first published in 1982, before some of Cook’s more famous books like the Black Company.

The cover art for the UK edition of Brandon Sanderson's The Way of Kings has just been released by Gollancz (though it is a little hard to find on their website). It obviously much resembles the art that Gollancz created for the UK versions of Sanderson's Mistborn, which is nice in that they are going for an author-theme, if you will, for all of his books. I'm a bit saddened that they chose the exact same fonts and the same sort of misty look as with those books since when compared to what has been said of the book up to now, it doesn't seem to fit.

As well as fantasy I’ve always been a bit of a fan of historical fiction. Now when both merge together, like in say, Twelve by Jasper Kent, then I’m the happiest man in the world. It was originally published back in 2009, but I thought it would be a good one to review, considering it was released in paperback in January and that its sequel, Thirteen Years Later, was published just a couple of weeks back (expect a review of that one soon). Also, there is the fact that Twelve is such a great debut for Kent and just a plain good book.

The cover of N.K. Jemisin's sequel to The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms as just showed up on the internet. It's in the same vein as the cover of the previous book, though probably better in my opinion since for the me the Hundred-Thousand Kingdoms' cover was only mediocre. Unfortunately they kept the aspect of the theme that I liked the least, that being the face in the background. Though better than the creepy/angry women with weird hair, the guy with lights coming out of his eyes still doesn't cut. Now that its on two out of three means that chances are the last book in the trilogy will have one of these too.

Evan Mandery’s First Contact, Or, It’s Later than You Think, is in no way an easy book to review. Though it is science-fiction, it is so only in a vague sort of way since Mandery only uses science-fiction elements as a way to push further his reflections and allegories. If he doesn’t take you on a classical science-fiction like travel he does however makes you laugh, think and question in this smart and unexpectedly (more so than I thought it would be) funny book.

To be perfectly honest, I am really not much of a horror fan. In fact, as you may have noticed, I generally tend to go towards fantasy more than anything else. On some occasions though, when I see a horror novel that truly appeals to my interests, I cannot help but pick it up. Horns is just such a novel. Joe Hill’s second novel to date (the other being Heart-Shaped Box), Horns is also the first I’ve read by him or even heard of him for that matter. He is one of the authors most cited as being on the rise in the horror genre, with good reason.