15 July 2010

Whispers from the Ether: Stuff from around the web and some other stuff

Art by Jessica Gadke

It's only 3 more days until I leave got Egypt. WHOO! I'm so excited! Most of my stuff is packed now; I had to get a new suitcase at the last minute (the one I originally had took up a quarter of my weight limit!). Things are crazy so I'm not up to speed on posting right now, which is a shame. I've got 2 reviews to put up (JC Marino's Dante's Journey, catch it here and at  Prinkipria August 1st, and Jamie D. Stacey's Azarrii). I've almost finished Rachel Neumeier's Lord of the Changing Winds too.

I'm in two minds about what to read while I'm in Egypt. My first choice is to read The Fellowship of the Ring. I started reading it back when  the first movie was out, but I got bored and stopped right after the Hobbits met Strider. I can't really consider myself a fan of fantasy fiction unless I read Lord of the Rings at least, so I think it's important I give it another go. On the other hand, a friend of mine has loaned me Jonathan Stroud's Bartimaeus Trilogy. I really don't know which to pick, so I leave it to you fine people of the blog world. Which should I take?


Okay, onto the awesome stuff from around my good friends on the blog-o-sphere!

First up, Alex J. Cavanaugh has released the book trailer for his upcoming sci-fi novel Cassastar (watch the video below). It's an awesome trailer that gives you a good flavour of adventure (I'd watched the new music video for Iron Maiden's The Final Frontier yesterday so interstellar adventure is right up my alley right now) and I'm really looking forward to reading the book. Congratulations, Alex!

Also, Dezmond over at Hollywod Spy has revealed a promo pic for the new Marvel adaptation of Thor, coming next year. Anothony Hopkins as Odin looks pretty cool, if a little gilded piratey. Chis Hemsworth as Thor is a damn good choice though, and I'm looking forward to seeing the movie.

This will probably be my last post until I come back from Egypt (with LOTS of pictures, you have been warned!). In my absence you'll have my pre-recorded review of Dante's Journey to enjoy on August 1st. Also, expect some awesome guest blog posts from Alex J. Cavanaugh, Caledonia Lass and Karla J.M. Brading. If anyone else wants to contribute a guest blog post for my while I'm gone, email me at JNMGibbs[at]gmail[dot]com with whatever fantasy/sci-fi related stuff you want; review, author/artist showcase/top 10/ rant, whatever you want.

Until then, you awesome people, I bid you adieu (or more appropriately, salam!)


  1. Hey Jamie! Thanks, man - appreciate that. You are gonna have a great time on your trip. I'll want to hear about it when you return. I'm sure the setting will inspire something fantasic!

  2. Wouldn't it be a kind of a sin to read book while the whole Egypt is spreading all around you??? :)

    Alex's trailer rocks big time!!!

    Thanks for the linky dinky ;)

    Have a great time over in the land of ancient Pharaohs and drop by for a cup of tea if you find a minute or two, I'm just a few miles up on the other side of the Mediterranean sea ;)

  3. Good for you for helping to promote Alex's great trailer. Have a great time in Egypt. Say hello to my mummy if you see her. (bet you've heard that bad joke more than once.)

    Tossing It Out

  4. It only goes to show how extremely different people are, as I cannot imagine how anyone could get bored with LOTR, yet so many people say they do. I think it is easily one of the greatest books ever written. I read it over again every few years, and am reading it to my kids right now.

  5. Have a great trip in Egypt! Take lots of pictures!

  6. Thanks for all the positive comments, guys :D As it turned out, I had no time to read anything while I was out there, sadly. I did get to submit my first chapter of my dissertation though, which felt awesome. I didn't realise just how busy I'd be out there, so I have more than my fair share of catching up to do :P


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