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Hear The Black Prism on GraphicAudio!

Got a long plane ride home from holidays with the relatives? Still stuck in your plowed-in Ford Fiesta trying to avoid the 50th round of “I SPY” and “20 Questions”? Time will fly (even if your plane is grounded) if you’re listening to the first audio installment of The Black Prism! Just think of it as a post-holiday present from me — that you have to pay for. (Hey, you should see my credit card statement!)

GraphicAudio is releasing the audiobook version of The Black Prism in three installments, one each month from now until March–which just so happens to be my birth month. And what am I getting you for my birthday? You guessed it!

So, if you’ve got the holiday blues… get something Black. If that last fruitcake has you feeling bloated… try on six figure-slimming hours of sheer resonant bliss!

If you have trouble committing, (well, first of all, c’mon, it’s NEW YEARS, if you can’t commit mindlessly now, when can you?) *Ahem.* That is, if you have trouble committing, you can listen to an hour-long excerpt here, and download the MP3 or buy the CDs here.

We also sell diet books.*

I hear it’s a growth market.

*No, ma, not really.

2010 Goodreads Choice Award

— is now open for voting! And some strange guy snuck onto the final ballot.

Here’s the most important question you can ask yourself this holiday: what can I do to help Brent Weeks?

Well, I’m glad you asked.  First, egg nog. Second, put The Black Prism at the top of the list as readers’ favorite fantasy book of 2010! Nominations close on December 30, so there are only days left to put in your two cents!

You can go here to vote for your favorite book in the Fantasy category. I’ll be super grateful if you click on The Black Prism. Heck, if I win, I might even write a sequel. If I don’t? Welp, it looks iffy.*

Vote for this book!

P.S. Yes, you do have to be a member of Goodreads — so get your Goodreads buddies to vote if you’re already a member, and get your not-Goodreads buddies to sign up with you and vote if you’re not!

*just kidding, guy who reads internet posts and takes them literally (and my editor)
**secondly, please don’t send me egg nog in the mail. Last time I drank a month-old gallon, the gastrointestinal fireworks were incredible.

Pick a Page, Any Page!

Well, not any page. Page 69, to be exact.

If you’ve ever opened up a book, read a random page, and then decided whether or not to buy it — you’ll understand the idea behind The Page 69 Test.

Needless to say, the 69th page of The Black Prism offers an intriguing glimpse into the world of the Seven Satrapies. When Gavin — hold on, I’ve already done this over here (or here).

Many thanks to Marshal Zeringue, not least for having an entire blog dedicated to the page 69 test. And, of course, for offering me the chance to post on it.

First Place is Second Loser? Hold on…

A while back, I posted about my first book’s leap onto the Locus Best Seller List, where it landed precariously at second place. Well, kids, let this be a lesson to you. Don’t complain about coming in second, or this might happen:

(Click to admire my helpful highlighting. Cuz, ya know, it’s hard to find the item at the top of the list. My name is Brent; I’m here to help.)

I would do an obnoxious end zone dance now, but it’d probably end up like this. (Rest of world: here.)

Quick recap: Locus is the SFF industry mag. In addition to the biggies, Locus also draws from independent and specialty book sellers (where a ton of SFF is sold) and also includes Canadian book stores. And of course, it’s only listing sci-fi and fantasy books! In case you’re feeling cynical, here’s the link to the official Locus Magazine Bestseller List webpage to prove it I didn’t mock up a counterfeit “bestseller” list. As if! (Hmm, counterfeit lists, there’s an idea…)

Seriously, thanks to all of you who bought The Black Prism and helped put me up there. It was quite a shock to find it.