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Archive for the ‘Seven Satrapies’ Category

What’s Your Favorite Scene In Lightbringer?

We know there are some of you who aren’t into social media (FB, IG, & Twitter), so we’re posting this question here:

What’s your most favorite scene from Lightbringer?

If you could pick one chapter from one book, which one would you pick?

And hey, please include spoiler alerts where necessary.

 

p.s. My (Dread Pirate CAPSLOCK) favorite is either Chapter 75 of Broken Eye… or Chapter 68 of The Burning White 😉 (you don’t HAVE to reference the chapter number, I’m just doing it to keep everything spoiler-free)

Lightbringer Reread: Highlighting Daniel Greene

In the spirit of Orbit’s Lightbringer Reread, we wanted to share more of Daniel Greene’s reviews, featured on his YouTube page.

We’re getting SO CLOSE to October!

 

 

He has more Weeksiverse (I just made that up right now) related content and tons of other fantastic fantasy reviews on his YouTube Channel.

And if you’re on Facebook, remember to RSVP to the White Hot Book Tour Event near you!

Where to Get a Signed Copy of THE BURNING WHITE

Hi friends,

We heard a rumor that you’re looking for a retailer who will let you pre-order a signed copy of THE BURNING WHITE.

Look no further! Below is the list of booksellers who will have limited quantities of signed stock (with the fancy designed page in front). 

My good friend Harry offered to help with these.

These beauties are selling like hotcakes, so politely inquire with your favorite friendly bookseller what is available for pre-order. Please note that since some of these are tour stops, you should specify which edition you are looking for when asking about availability (the pre-signed fancy-paged edition, or the not-yet-signed but gonna-show-up-for-the-man-himself-to-sign edition).

If there are any updates or changes, they’ll be noted right here. Go forth, minions!

 

Order Online (availability may vary):

The Signed Page (Ships internationally): https://bit.ly/2MSI6iI

Indigo (Canada): https://bit.ly/2YJk7Kh

Waterstones (UK): https://bit.ly/2MQzoBJ

VJ Books (Ships internationally): https://bit.ly/2KOlDR8

Barnes and Noble: https://bit.ly/2kpywIp

 

Call or In Person

These stores have ordered stock of the signed editions with the special inscription plate. Stop-in or call for details before ordering – the editions listed on their websites may not be the signed ones. If the listing is marked with a (*), make sure to specify that you’re looking for the pre-signed edition.

Alexander Book: San Francisco, CA
www.alexanderbook.com

Auntie’s Bookstore: Spokane, WA
https://www.auntiesbooks.com/

Book Shop Santa Cruz: Santa Cruz, CA
https://www.bookshopsantacruz.com/

The Bookloft: Great Barrington, MA
https://www.thebookloft.com/

Joseph-Beth Books: Cincinnati, OH & Lexington, KY
https://www.josephbeth.com/Landing.aspx

*Mysterious Galaxy: San Diego, CA
https://www.mystgalaxy.com/

Mysteries on Main Street: St. Johnstown, NY
https://www.facebook.com/MysteriesOnMainStreet/

*Powell’s Books Inc: Various Locations, OR
https://www.powells.com/locations

Schuller Books: Grand Rapids, MI
https://www.schulerbooks.com/hours-and-locations

*The Tattered Cover: Denver, CA
https://www.tatteredcover.com/

Third Place Books: Various Locations, WA
https://www.thirdplacebooks.com/

Uncle Hugo’s SF Bookstore: Minneapolis, MN
http://www.unclehugo.com/prod/index.shtml

*University Bookstore: Seattle, WA
https://www.ubookstore.com/

Vroman’s Bookstore: Pasadena, CA
https://www.vromansbookstore.com/store_locations

 

*I’ll be signing books in person at this location as part of the White Hot Book Tour.

THE BLINDING KNIFE: Reread with The Fantasy Inn

The Lightbringer re-read is in full swing, and the fine folks at The Fantasy Inn read book #2 (The Blinding Knife) shared the full review on their website yesterday. Go forth, click through, tally ho! Or something.

Featuring covers from all 5 Lightbringer books

ALSO: Barnes & Noble had special edition signed copies of THE BURNING WHITE available for pre-order…. Until yesterday evening, when they sold out. (!!!) Stay tuned for more news on the availability of signed copies, the audiobook, and tour stops!

Meanwhile, you should go pre-order a second copy of the book from your favorite purveyor of fine literature, for that friend or family member who will flip out when they open it as their extra special Halloween present from their new favorite person (you).

This lady loves alliteration almost as much as laughter.

 

Fan Art Tuesday: Victoria Campbell

Hi friends!

In this edition of Fan Art Tuesday, we’re featuring illustrations of a few Lightbringer characters from the talented and illustrious Victoria Campbell (v3ici) :

 

Liv Danavis

 

Andross Guile

 

Gavin Guile

 

Karris White Oak

 

Kip Delauria

 

You can find more of Victoria’s work on their website, Instagram, and Twitter. They also have a Patreon page.

Real Life Fantasy: Hemocyanin, and the colors of blood

So we’ve been talking about the history of the color blue, and one shade in particular: murex purple. Turns out that [anthropologists and archaeologists believe] blue was the last color category to enter the human lexicon, and was likely the last color to be distinguished/perceived by human eyes.

"Tangerine Moon and Wine Dark Sea," Milton Avery, 1959.
“Tangerine Moon and Wine Dark Sea,” Milton Avery, 1959.

PLUS, there’s one particular shade of blue (or indigo, depending) that is derived by extracting the blood from thousands of little ocean snails, oxidizing it, and dyeing fabric with it to create a mystical hue known as tekhelet, Tyrian purple, or (as mentioned above) murex purple, which was once more valuable than gold–partially because it became brighter when exposed to sunlight and weathering.

In the beautiful mosaic of 20th-century art and science, it was discovered how and why the blood of many earth critters can manifest so many beautiful hues.

Hemoglobin is what we humans (and most mammals) have as a means to carry oxygen to the cells in our bodies. It uses iron molecules to get the job done.

Hemocyanin, on the other hand, uses copper to do this same job in many sea creatures, including crabs, lobsters, and of course, sea snails.

Wait, copper? Like, the stuff pennies were made of?

Yep.

So how do we get blue dye from copper? I bet you’re asking.

Oxygen, and sunlight. Really! When copper oxidizes*, it turns a greenish-bluish shade.

What do you mean, you don’t believe me? You’ve seen the Statue of Liberty, right?

That French beaut is made of 3/32 in copper, protected by a lovely patina. Totally rockin’ that look, Lady Liberty!

But here’s the part that was news to me: some animals have green blood! Others have purple blood! This Vox article explains this phenomenon well.

Thanks Compound Interest for the graphic!

 

There’s no mention of animals being able to draft, though. I thought for sure there would be some mention that dissection revealed these creatures were packing luxin… Huh, I just realized sub-red drafters give whole new meaning to “packing heat”!

Okay, I’m gonna stop there.

 

*Thanks for making us do all those redox equations in AP Chem, Ms. Johnson! That knowledge finally came in handy! 😉

 

 

 

 

THE BLACK PRISM is a Kindle Daily Deal today

Amazon is offering THE BLACK PRISM as a Kindle Daily Deal for $2.99. A steal at twice the price! (This is also Brent’s affiliate link.)

This smokin’ hot deal won’t last long–open up that Amazon app and buy a copy! Your brain will thank you.

Reasons to buy a(nother) copy of Lightbringer #1 for Kindle:

  1. You want to protect your [signed] hardback copy
  2. Your friend/parent/coworker/cousin/roommate/sibling borrowed it months ago & refuses to return it
  3. It’s your bookworm friend’s/parent’s/coworker’s/cousin’s/roommate’s/sibling’s/partner’s birthday
  4. Someone you care about/random stranger asked for a book recommendation
  5. You’ve read Night Angel 500 times and need a new series to get into
  6. You want to read along while you listen to the dulcet tones of Simon Vance narrating the audiobook

You’re welcome!