Monday, June 26, 2017

Dragon Award: Del Arroz's recs

Jon Del Arroz has some recommendations for the Dragon Award:
Ran a poll yesterday on which blog my readers would like to see next, and the winner by no uncertain terms was my recommendation for Dragon Award nominations. If you haven’t seen the Dragon Awards before, they are the premier award for Science Fiction and Fantasy, given at Dragon*Con, arguably the best convention that exists. Please, readers, do take the time to vote as this is really your award choice and your voice matters.

Best Science Fiction Escaping Infinity by Richard Paolinelli

Richard really has created a great science fiction, and I mean that in the classic sense. It’s on the short side, but it’s packed with a lot of ideas and it’s definitely the best sci-fi of the year.

Best Fantasy  A Sea of Skulls by Vox Day

Vox Day is the most underrated fantasy author in fiction. His Arts of Dark and Light series is frankly better fantasy than Brandon Sanderson (of whom I’m a big fan), Terry Goodkind, Terry Brooks or George R.R. Martin. The characters are fantastic, the world is a very cool Roman-esque fantasy world, it’s tense all the way through, and it’s got very cool magic and magical beings.
You can vote here. My own recommendations are here. If you're interested in reading an excerpt from A Sea of Skulls, you can find one here.



Blogger Ryn June 26, 2017 3:17 PM  

I admit to not following these things closely, but is A Sea of Skulls finished? I thought it was half done? Apologies for being out of the loop...

Blogger Jon D. June 26, 2017 3:28 PM  

@1 It's half finished in that it's my understanding there's going to be a second version with longer content later. This is a full book much longer than most books out there and is by far the best straight fantasy of the year, however, even as it stands. Not just saying that to curry favor. If it were Brandon Sanderson, I'd say him but this series is honestly shaping up to be better than the Stormlight Archives, which is what I see as the closest contender in fantasy currently.

Blogger MDN June 26, 2017 3:35 PM  

Vox - do you still plan on releasing a complete edition of Sea of Skulls? If so, is there an ETA? I think you said the full book would be 850 pages. Sorry to bug you about it, but I think the series is great and want to read more

Blogger Hacked acctount 2018/19? hcaacked! June 26, 2017 3:39 PM  

May the dragonsblood chunk incense burn well.

Blogger VD June 26, 2017 3:40 PM  

Yes. December. 850 pages.

That being said, it is a complete book as is. Think of it as the song and the extended remix.

Blogger Dave June 26, 2017 3:44 PM  

Best Young Adult showdown looming between John C. Wright and L. Jagi Lamplighter?

Blogger Jon D. June 26, 2017 4:22 PM  

@6 this is heating up. #TeamJagi is a thing, I hear. :)

Blogger wreckage June 26, 2017 4:22 PM  

I recently read Sea of Skulls, and I can't remember anything as good in the "fantasy played straight" category in years. Up there with the best of Raymond E. Feist. Forget any notion of it being "incomplete" and go read it immediately.

Blogger 1337kestrel June 26, 2017 4:27 PM  

Sea of Skulls: Director's Cut
I'm curious if it's tacked on the end like The Man in the Iron Mask, or mixed in like Infogalactic entries.

I didn't have the willpower to check the Dumas reference.

Blogger Pseudotsuga June 26, 2017 4:38 PM  

Better than the highly successful Brandon Sanderson? Well, now my interest is piqued. I've read his Mistborn series (including the Wax and Wayne books), but not his Wheel of Time conclusion (I never read any of those).
I'll just have to read it to decide.
Time for more Kindle content!

Anonymous Aphelion June 26, 2017 5:36 PM  

Patiently waiting for the extended version. In Hardback. It will be glorious.

Anonymous Precious June 26, 2017 5:44 PM  

Is the whole series of Arts of Dark and Light going to be three books or will it extend out to four or five?

Blogger LastRedoubt June 26, 2017 5:46 PM  

@10 Pseudotsuga

FWIW - his Stormlight books started off pretty strong, but by the end of the second, even without the Tor boycott, I wasn't sure if I was going to suffer through one character any further, or the angst of another despite being a good guy.

Blogger VD June 26, 2017 6:26 PM  

Is the whole series of Arts of Dark and Light going to be three books or will it extend out to four or five?

I've always planned five. It will be five.

Blogger VD June 26, 2017 6:27 PM  

I'm curious if it's tacked on the end like The Man in the Iron Mask, or mixed in like Infogalactic entries.

Part interwoven, part at the end. Note that Fjotra and Severa are largely missing in the current edition.

Blogger John June 26, 2017 6:39 PM  

Is the Amazon Kindle version DRM?

Blogger VD June 26, 2017 9:00 PM  

No, all our books are DRM-free.

Anonymous Nathan June 26, 2017 10:39 PM  


The Reckoners and the second Mistborn trilogy were both disappointments as well.

Anonymous Anonymous June 27, 2017 12:15 AM  

I have no problem visualizing this tragic scene, except for the part about how you collect spilled gasoline off of the ground... unless wetvacs in Pakistan are a standard household item.

But seriously, about a month ago I was at a gas station and an "Asian" lit a cig while pumping gas into his clunker. I yelled, he shrugged in puzzlement, and then I drove off as fast as I could.

Blogger Gunnarvoncowtown von Cowtown June 27, 2017 8:12 AM  

"Yes. December. 850 pages."
Awesome! Will there be extra Lugbol chapters?

Blogger VD June 27, 2017 9:34 AM  

Awesome! Will there be extra Lugbol chapters?

Without a doubt.

Blogger Gunnarvoncowtown von Cowtown June 27, 2017 11:32 AM  


"We’re Black Fist Infantry
We’ll break your head
Then squag you dead
We’re the best in the damn army!"

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