Our friend Jared (better known as kylarguile on Instagram) made these really lovely bookmarks to celebrate the upcoming release of the Night Angel 10th Anniversary omnibus.
Jared maintains the (unofficial) Brent Weeks fan page over on Instagram, and has shared some pretty sweet fan art with us in the past. Most importantly, he is giving away at least one of these bookmarks! Head over to Instagram now for a chance to snag one!
And before you ask, yes, Stonecypher is his real, awesome last name. How do I know? I asked, of course.
Here’s the deal: For a limited time, you can buy the first three Lightbringer books, in paperback, from www.barnesandnoble.com, bundled as 3 for $30. The promo is online only, and lasts until November 6, 2018. Head over to the B&N website and snag them while you can!
Surprise! I answered some more fan questions. Two months in a row!
The Facebook Q&R is embedded below for your enjoyment.
I also have a note about this video that I wanted to share. Around 1:30, I talk about biological versus adoptive parents. I used the phrase “real parents” intending obvious air quotes—the first time or so. I sort of lost that denotation as I referenced that a few more times and was thinking about other things. My point—which I hope I didn’t clumsily obscure—is that adoptive parents absolutely are real parents. Forgive my infelicitous phrasing around what can be a tender point.”
These stunning spiders may be as close to real-life drafters as we will see in this universe. They have the unique ability to make brilliant reflective plates on their abdomen, using guanine. Even cooler is their ability to make the plates expand and contract at will!
Perhaps it’s appropriate that British entomologist William J Rainbow was the first person to catalogue and describe these surreal, tiny spiders.
We took one look at these clever critters and immediately thought of Andross Guile… Even though they’re kind of the opposite of Andross, in that they’re beautiful and harmless.
Mirror spiders, or Thwaitesia argentiopunctata, live in Australia, and can be found in every state in the country. Ahh, Australia: land of frilled-neck lizards, quokka, and platypus. I mean, where else would they live?
Oh, wait, they’re also in Singapore? UGH, you southern hemisphere folk get all of the fun creatures, don’t you? I suppose it’s a fair trade for having upside-down seasons and your toilets flush backwards.
(I do enjoy a good game of two truths and a lie.)
Most of the images we found were taken by Singapore-based photographer NickyBay. For more beautiful images of mirror spiders and other fascinating insects around the world, you can also check out Nicky’s website (link above).
Thank you to our sources, for sharing information about our beautiful world: Australian Geographic, This Is Colossal, & Strange Animals.
A while ago I found this stellar image of Kylar becoming the Night Angel over on DeviantArt:
The artist, o85cur3d on DeviantArt, created this gem years ago. I’ve only just recently stumbled onto it…. Which means I can’t find the guy! If anyone knows Brandon, tell him how much we enjoy his work.
We’ve created a new feature on the wesbite that (for now) we’re calling Real Life Fantasy. In it, we will be sharing stories, news, and other documentary media that echoes some of the ideas, concepts, and imagery found in Brent’s books.
Our first post is about tetrachromacy: the ability to see TEN TIMES as many colors as most humans.
This particular article has been making the rounds for a while now, and it shows up in our inboxes occasionally. Which is to say, it’s a perennial favorite. It demonstrates that reality can sometimes bleed into the fantastic; more importantly, it shows that our man Weeks did his homework when it came to writing about females being superior chromaturgs. You can’t fight biology, dudes.
Feel free to discuss in the comments (just remember, we’re all friends here). And if you see something IRL that bears a resemblance to something you’ve read in Brent’s books, pass it along to us!
It’s already Thursday again, mateys! As this is being written, there are 2 weeks, 5 days, 3 hours, and 15 minutes left until the 10th Anniversary NIGHT ANGEL Hardcover Omnibus is released. Not that we’re excited or anything.
This week’s Throwback Thursday post on Brent’s official Facebook page features a rough draft of Brent’s pitch for MORTAL, a version of the story that eventually became WAY OF SHADOWS.
Remember to pre-order your copy of the Omnibus! Also you can enter the BattleWorn Books competition for a chance to win some sweet, sweet Night Angel swag! Also I’ve been told that exclamation points are most effective as triptychs!