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NW SciFi Authorfest 6

by CAPSLOCK

Brent will be participating in the sixth annual SciFi Authorfest this November 4th, from 4:30pm-6:00pm at Powell’s Books Cedar Hills Crossing in Beaverton, Oregon. Other participating authors include Peter Orullian, M.K. Hobson and Todd McCaffrey.

Get your books signed by Brent and chat with him and other awesome SciFi authors!

More details HERE.

(Also, new poll!)

This photo re-posted (again) over Brent’s objections.

New York Comic Con

Though I can’t make it out to New York City (or, sadly, New York Comic Con) this book tour, I’ve got the next-best thing: free signed Lightbringer bookmarks!

If you’re going to New York Comic Con (October 11-14), stop by the Hachette table (Table #1027) and find an Orbit team member. Present the code word below to get a a bookmark that features both The Black Prism and The Blinding Knife and my signature.

Orbit will begin handing the bookmarks out on Friday, and though there will be a limited quantity given out each day, you can try again the next day for one. ( They may also have some secret swag available.) I’ve only signed 100 of these for Orbit, so make sure you head over there as soon as you can!

Code word: Shimmercloak

Halloween Costume Contest!

by CAPSLOCK

Since Brent is on his way back from tour, he’s asked me to post the details of the Halloween Costume Contest. That way you all have time to get your costumes together and maybe even use them before the contest!

The pictures you email (due by Friday, November 2nd at 5pm Pacific Standard Time!) will be posted to the website for a vote by the fans, beginning Monday, November 5th and ending Monday, November 12th.

Prizes:
First Place: A signed hardcover first-edition of The Blinding Knife personalized to you, and five personalized bookplates to you or friends of your choice.

Second Place: A signed copy of mass market paperback The Black Prism and five personalized bookplates to your or friends of your choice.

Third Place: Five personalized bookplates to you or friends of your choice.

Rules:
1. Entry due by Friday, November 2, 2012 at 5pm Pacific Standard Time.

2.Entry must include a picture of you in costume, along with a one-to-two sentence description.

3.The costume must be of a character in The Lightbringer Trilogy.

4. The subject line of the email (and this is IMPORTANT) must read: Lightbringer Costume Contest.

5. Address the email to: CAPSLOCK@brentweeks.com. (Don’t worry, Brent will be checking out all the costumes, but I’ll be putting together all the photos for the contest!)

6. The costume must be family-friendly. (Hey, we’d like to display the best entries on the website, and we can’t do that if it’s not appropriate for some of the younger fans!)

Winners will be announced on Tuesday, November 13, 2012.

If we haven’t addressed all your questions, please ask them in the comments section below–we’ll answer as soon as intercontinental flights and time zone changes allow!

The Blinding Knife Review Round-up

Staffer’s Book Reviews  raves: “I’ve read all five of Brent Weeks’ published novels and it’s a certainty that he’s evolving with every book. With The Blinding Knife, I believe he’s entered a new stratosphere and one that puts him on par with anyone who’s written these kinds of stories. It isn’t only the best book he’s written; I consider it one of the best epic fantasies I’ve read. Do me a favor and read it too.”

N. Schmiedicker says, “Even now, a week after I first finished the book I can say that Blinding Knife has jumped to my Top 3 all-time favorite books. It was the type of book that left me catching bits and pieces that I admired and wanted to work on in my own novel. It was a book that taught me how to write by virtue of it’s own magnificent writing and I highly recommend this series for any fans of epic fantasy.”

A Dribble of Ink comments, “It’s fast, it doesn’t hold back its punches, but there’s also a sense of hope, and the humour is bright. The Blinding Knife improves on The Black Prism in every conceivable way, and places Brent Weeks on comfortable footing beside contemporaries like Brandon Sanderson and Joe Abercrombie, if not a step above. I thought it would be a fun distraction, but instead found one of the best Fantasy books of 2012.”

British Fantasy Society notes that “Weeks has truly cemented his place among the great epic fantasy writers of our time… The mark of a good fantasy is that it can surprise you, catch you off guard, really make you feel what the characters are feeling, and this one does with a good, solid kick to the gut. Several times. And each time it feels good. The twists, shocks and heart wrenching blows keep coming and by the end you will be begging for more. The next in the series simply cannot come soon enough.

Comic Book Therapy says, “Author Brent Weeks has delivered yet again another novel that was almost impossible put down until the finish… The Blinding Knife is everything and more of what the Black Prism was, and leaves you wanting so much more at the very end.”

Fantasy Book Critic believes that, “As before, the major shortcoming of the novel is that it ended as I would have loved 600 pages more again… The Blinding Knife is just great stuff, an exuberant epic fantasy that I could read thousands of pages of and still want more and a top 10 novel of mine for the year.

52 Book Reviews says that “The Blinding Knife is the best book I’ve read this year… The Blinding Knife is a masterwork of a novel (I know at least eighty percent of you get the reference) full of exquisitely drawn and believable characters, a surprisingly intricate magical system, break-neck pacing and more “no he didn’t” moments than Rush Limbaugh’s entire career… I think that in a few years readers will look back at The Blinding Knife as the point where Brent Weeks went from being an up-and-comer to an author whose name belongs next to stalwarts of the genre like Martin, Jordan, and Brooks. Run, don’t walk and get this book. You won’t regret it.”

Speculating on SpecFic argues that “The Blinding Knife is an example of epic fantasy at its very best…  Everything is brilliantly paced, wild battles are beautifully choreographed and interweaved between heart-warming moments of honesty and trust between key characters.”

 

 

Repost: The U.K. Book Tour

by CAPSLOCK

Waterstones, Birmingham New Street  – 7pm Tuesday, 25th September

Ticket required to participate in signing? Yes – tickets £3 redeemable on the price of the book in-store.
Must purchase a book at host bookstore to get book signed? No, but it is encouraged to buy at the event as a thank you to the store and to make it possible for them to invite more authors!
Fans can bring books from other stores to be signed? Yes.
Limit to books Brent can sign? No, but if you have loads of books we may ask you to wait until the end of the queue, or to just have a few signed at a time before queuing again – just to make sure he will have time to sign something for everyone.

Waterstones, Bristol Galleries – 1pm Wednesday, 26th September

Ticket required to participate in signing? No – free event, un-ticketed.
Must purchase a book at host bookstore to get book signed? No, but it is encouraged to buy at the event as a thank you to the store and to make it possible for them to invite more authors in the future!
Fans can bring books from other stores to be signed? Yes.
Limit to books Brent can sign? No, but if you have loads of books we may ask you to wait until the end of the queue, or to just have a few signed at a time before queuing again – just to make sure he will have time to sign something for everyone.

Forbidden Planet, London – 6pm Wednesday, 26th September

Ticket required to participate in signing? No – free event, un-ticketed
Must purchase a book at host bookstore to get book signed? No, but it is encouraged to buy at the event as a thank you to the store and to make it possible for them to invite more authors in the future!
Fans can bring books from other stores to be signed? Yes.
Limit to books Brent can sign? No, but if you have loads of books we may ask you to wait until the end of the queue, or to just have a few signed at a time before queuing again – just to make sure he will have time to sign something for everyone.

Waterstones, Milton Keynes – 12 noon Thursday 27th September

Ticket required to participate in signing? No – free event, un-ticketed
Must purchase a book at host bookstore to get book signed? No, but it is encouraged to buy at the event as a thank you to the store and to make it possible for them to invite more authors in the future!
Fans can bring books from other stores to be signed? Yes.
Limit to books Brent can sign? No, but if you have loads of books we may ask you to wait until the end of the queue, or to just have a few signed at a time before queuing again – just to make sure he will have time to sign something for everyone.

Waterstones, Nottingham Bridlesmith – 7pm Thursday, 27th September

Ticket required to participate in signing? Yes – tickets £5 / £3 with loyalty card.
Must purchase a book at host bookstore to get book signed? No, but it is encouraged to buy at the event as a thank you to the store and to make it possible for them to invite more authors in the future!
Fans can bring books from other stores to be signed? Yes.
Limit to books Brent can sign? No, but if you have loads of books we may ask you to wait until the end of the queue, or to just have a few signed at a time before queuing again – just to make sure he will have time to sign something for everyone

Waterstones, Leeds – 12.30pm Friday 28th September

Ticket required to participate in signing? No – free event, un-ticketed.
Must purchase a book at host bookstore to get book signed? No, but it is encouraged to buy at the event as a thank you to the store and to make it possible for them to invite more authors in the future!
Fans can bring books from other stores to be signed? Yes.
Limit to books Brent can sign? No, but if you have loads of books we may ask you to wait until the end of the queue, or to just have a few signed at a time before queuing again – just to make sure he will have time to sign something for everyone.

Waterstones, Manchester Deansgate – 6pm Friday, 28th September

Ticket required to participate in signing? Yes – tickets £3.
Must purchase a book at host bookstore to get book signed? It is strongly preferred that copies of The Blinding Knife carry a Waterstones receipt (any Waterstones is fine and this rule is just for the new book).  If you pre-order The Blinding Knife at Waterstones before 13th September you get it for half price – just £7.50!
Fans can bring books from other stores to be signed? Yes but see above.
Limit to books Brent can sign? No, but if you have loads of books we may ask you to wait until the end of the queue, or to just have a few signed at a time before queuing again – just to make sure he will have time to sign something for everyone.

FantasyCon, Brighton – all day Saturday, 29th September

Ticket required to participate in signing? Yes – you must be registered as a guest at FantasyCon.
Must purchase a book at host bookstore to get book signed? No, but it is encouraged to buy at the event as a thank you to the store and to make it possible for them to invite more authors in the future!
Fans can bring books from other stores to be signed? Yes.
Limit to books Brent can sign? No, but if you have loads of books we may ask you to wait until the end of the queue, or to just have a few signed at a time before queuing again – just to make sure he will have time to sign something for everyone.

Waterstones, Edinburgh West End – 6pm Tuesday, 2nd October

Ticket required to participate in signing? No – free event, un-ticketed.
Must purchase a book at host bookstore to get book signed? No, but it is encouraged to buy at the event as a thank you to the store and to make it possible for them to invite more authors in the future!
Fans can bring books from other stores to be signed? Yes.
Limit to books Brent can sign? No, but if you have loads of books we may ask you to wait until the end of the queue, or to just have a few signed at a time before queuing again – just to make sure he will have time to sign something for everyone.

Full details and ticket info is available for the Waterstones’ events are HERE. Details for the Forbidden Planet event in London is HERE. Brighton / FantasyCon information is HERE.

Repost: U.S. Book Tour Schedule

Powell’s at Cedar Hill Crossing, Beaverton (near Portland), OR
Tuesday, September 11 at 7pm:
Ticket required to participate in signing? No.
Must purchase a book at host bookstore to get book signed? No.
Can bring books from other stores to be signed? Yes.
Limit to books Brent will sign? No.

University Bookstore, Seattle, WA
Wednesday, September 12 at 7pm:
Ticket required to participate in signing? No.
Must purchase a book at host bookstore to get book signedNo.
Can bring books from other stores to be signed? Yes.
Limit to books Brent will sign? Yes.

Borderlands, San Francisco, CA
Thursday, September 13 at 7pm:
Ticket required to participate in signing? No.
Must purchase a book at host bookstore to get book signedNo.
Can bring books from other stores to be signed? Yes.
Limit to books Brent will sign? No.

 

Tattered Cover, Denver, CO
Friday, September 14 at 7:30pm:
Ticket required to participate in signing? No.
Must purchase a book at host bookstore to get book signedNo.
Can bring books from other stores to be signed? Yes.
Limit to books Brent will sign? No.

Mysterious Galaxy, San Diego, CA
Saturday, September 15 at 2pm:
Ticket required to participate in signing? No.
Must purchase a book at host bookstore to get book signedNo.
Can bring books from other stores to be signed? Yes.
Limit to books Brent will sign? No.

Barnes & Noble, Santa Monica, CA
Sunday, September 16 at 2pm:
Ticket required to participate in signing? No.
Must purchase a book at host bookstore to get book signedNo.
Can bring books from other stores to be signed? Yes.
Limit to books Brent will sign? No.
Other: If you bring a book purchased prior to the event, please bring a receipt. Santa Monica B&N requires receipts be shown to prevent theft.

BookPeople, Austin, TX
Monday, September 17 at 7pm:
Ticket required to participate in signing? No.
Must purchase a book at host bookstore to get book signedA copy of the event book must be purchased from BookPeople.
Can bring books from other stores, besides the purchased book, to be signed? Yes.
Limit to books Brent will sign? No.
Other: If you purchase your book from BookPeople in advance of the event, please save your receipt and present it at the event. You can also purchase a book over the phone, and BookPeople will get the book signed and set aside specifically for you. You can also purchase the book online and write “SIGNED BOOK” in the comments field upon checkout. This service is free of charge and available for most of their events.

A Real Bookstore, Fairview (near Dallas), TX
Tuesday, September 18 at 7pm:
Ticket required to participate in signing? No.
Must purchase a book at host bookstore to get book signedYes. A copy of the event book (The Blinding Knife) must be purchased from A Real Bookstore.
Can bring books from other stores, besides the purchased book, to be signed? Yes.
Limit to books Brent will sign? No.
Other: If you have purchased a copy of the event book at A Real Bookstore, Brent will sign any of his previous titles for you. Retain receipts for books purchased in advance of the signing. If you’d like to have a signed copy but are unable to attend a book signing, A Real Bookstore will have books signed for you. Please make online purchases of books to-be-signed at least 48 hours in advance of the event. To get a signed book 48 hours or less to the event, please call the store at 972-398-9888.

Barnes & Noble, Orlando, FL
Wednesday, September 19 at 7pm:
Ticket required to participate in signing? No, unless there are more than 200 attendees, in which case Barnes & Noble will provide wrist bands.
Must purchase a book at host bookstore to get book signedNo.
Can bring books from other stores, besides the purchased book, to be signed? Yes.
Limit to books Brent will sign? No.
Other: As they are hosting this event, Barnes & Noble encourages purchases from Barnes & Noble stores in area — they have over 7 locations in greater Orlando.

Barnes & Noble, Atlanta, GA
Thursday, September 20 at 7pm:
Ticket required to participate in signing? Yes.
Must purchase a book at host bookstore to get book signedTo obtain a pass to the event, please purchase at least one copy of The Blinding Knife from Barnes & Noble in Buckhead (where the signing is taking place).
Can bring books from other stores to be signed? Yes. Barnes & Noble will also have Brent’s previous titles available at the store for purchase.
Limit to books Brent will sign? No.
Other: Priority seating/signing will be given to customers who purchase The Blinding Knife from Barnes & Noble Buckhead. They will be handing out color coded passes. Each group is called by the pass color to the signing area. Passes to the event will be given out at the register with purchase, beginning 5:00 pm the day of the event. Customers with Brent’s previous titles may be asked to wait until the end of the signing.

Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, NC
Friday, September 21 at 7pm:
Ticket required to participate in signing? No.
Must purchase a book at host bookstore to get book signed? Yes.
Can bring books from other stores, besides the purchased book, to be signed? Yes.
Limit to books Brent will sign? No.
Other: To be in the signing line, you need to have purchased at least one of the books at Flyleaf. Signing is first come, first served. If someone has a lot of books not purchased with Flyleaf, they can have the Flyleaf book signed, then they need to go to the back of the line so others can get their books signed. If someone buys all the books from Flyleaf, they can have them signed all at once.
Also, if you find parking at the store limited, there is more parking across MLK Blvd in the UNC parking lot. There is a crosswalk at the light.

Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati, OH
Saturday, September 22 at 7pm:
Ticket required to participate in signing? Yes. They are free and available with purchase of The Blinding Knife.
Must purchase a book at host bookstore to get book signedYes.
Can bring books from other stores, besides the purchased book, to be signed? Yes.
Limit to books Brent will sign? No.
Other: Gives Back Members will be first in the signing line.

My Favorite Bit: Games in Novels

 

 

My friend, beta reader, and highly talented author in her own right, Mary Robinette Kowal hosts a series of guest blog posts from other authors talking about their favorite little part of a novel they’ve written. She invited me to post there, and I have happily accepted. Go HERE to read my thoughts about games within novels.

Also, if you love novels of manners — think Jane Austen — with a brilliant touch of magic, check out Mary’s books: Shades of Milk & Honey, and Glamour in Glass.  More info HERE  and HERE.

 

 

 

United Kingdom: Book Signing Etiquette/What to Expect

Waterstones, Birmingham New Street  – 7pm Tuesday, 25th September

Ticket required to participate in signing? Yes – tickets £3 redeemable on the price of the book in-store.
Must purchase a book at host bookstore to get book signed? No, but it is encouraged to buy at the event as a thank you to the store and to make it possible for them to invite more authors!
Fans can bring books from other stores to be signed? Yes.
Limit to books Brent can sign? No, but if you have loads of books we may ask you to wait until the end of the queue, or to just have a few signed at a time before queuing again – just to make sure he will have time to sign something for everyone.

Waterstones, Bristol Galleries – 1pm Wednesday, 26th September

Ticket required to participate in signing? No – free event, un-ticketed.
Must purchase a book at host bookstore to get book signed? No, but it is encouraged to buy at the event as a thank you to the store and to make it possible for them to invite more authors in the future!
Fans can bring books from other stores to be signed? Yes.
Limit to books Brent can sign? No, but if you have loads of books we may ask you to wait until the end of the queue, or to just have a few signed at a time before queuing again – just to make sure he will have time to sign something for everyone.

Forbidden Planet, London – 6pm Wednesday, 26th September

Ticket required to participate in signing? No – free event, un-ticketed
Must purchase a book at host bookstore to get book signed? No, but it is encouraged to buy at the event as a thank you to the store and to make it possible for them to invite more authors in the future!
Fans can bring books from other stores to be signed? Yes.
Limit to books Brent can sign? No, but if you have loads of books we may ask you to wait until the end of the queue, or to just have a few signed at a time before queuing again – just to make sure he will have time to sign something for everyone.

Waterstones, Milton Keynes – 12 noon Thursday 27th September

Ticket required to participate in signing? No – free event, un-ticketed
Must purchase a book at host bookstore to get book signed? No, but it is encouraged to buy at the event as a thank you to the store and to make it possible for them to invite more authors in the future!
Fans can bring books from other stores to be signed? Yes.
Limit to books Brent can sign? No, but if you have loads of books we may ask you to wait until the end of the queue, or to just have a few signed at a time before queuing again – just to make sure he will have time to sign something for everyone.

Waterstones, Nottingham Bridlesmith7pm Thursday, 27th September

Ticket required to participate in signing? Yes – tickets £5 / £3 with loyalty card.
Must purchase a book at host bookstore to get book signed? No, but it is encouraged to buy at the event as a thank you to the store and to make it possible for them to invite more authors in the future!
Fans can bring books from other stores to be signed? Yes.
Limit to books Brent can sign? No, but if you have loads of books we may ask you to wait until the end of the queue, or to just have a few signed at a time before queuing again – just to make sure he will have time to sign something for everyone

Waterstones, Leeds – 12.30pm Friday 28th September

Ticket required to participate in signing? No – free event, un-ticketed.
Must purchase a book at host bookstore to get book signed? No, but it is encouraged to buy at the event as a thank you to the store and to make it possible for them to invite more authors in the future!
Fans can bring books from other stores to be signed? Yes.
Limit to books Brent can sign? No, but if you have loads of books we may ask you to wait until the end of the queue, or to just have a few signed at a time before queuing again – just to make sure he will have time to sign something for everyone.

Waterstones, Manchester Deansgate – 6pm Friday, 28th September

Ticket required to participate in signing? Yes – tickets £3.
Must purchase a book at host bookstore to get book signed? It is strongly preferred that copies of The Blinding Knife carry a Waterstones receipt (any Waterstones is fine and this rule is just for the new book).  If you pre-order The Blinding Knife at Waterstones before 13th September you get it for half price – just £7.50!
Fans can bring books from other stores to be signed? Yes but see above.
Limit to books Brent can sign? No, but if you have loads of books we may ask you to wait until the end of the queue, or to just have a few signed at a time before queuing again – just to make sure he will have time to sign something for everyone.

FantasyCon, Brighton – all day Saturday, 29th September

Ticket required to participate in signing? Yes – you must be registered as a guest at FantasyCon.
Must purchase a book at host bookstore to get book signed? No, but it is encouraged to buy at the event as a thank you to the store and to make it possible for them to invite more authors in the future!
Fans can bring books from other stores to be signed? Yes.
Limit to books Brent can sign? No, but if you have loads of books we may ask you to wait until the end of the queue, or to just have a few signed at a time before queuing again – just to make sure he will have time to sign something for everyone.

Waterstones, Edinburgh West End – 6pm Tuesday, 2nd October

Ticket required to participate in signing? No – free event, un-ticketed.
Must purchase a book at host bookstore to get book signed? No, but it is encouraged to buy at the event as a thank you to the store and to make it possible for them to invite more authors in the future!
Fans can bring books from other stores to be signed? Yes.
Limit to books Brent can sign? No, but if you have loads of books we may ask you to wait until the end of the queue, or to just have a few signed at a time before queuing again – just to make sure he will have time to sign something for everyone.

Full details and ticket info is available for the Waterstones’ events are HERE. Details for the Forbidden Planet event in London is HERE. Brighton / FantasyCon information is HERE.