Archive for May, 2010


Tolkien’s The Children of Húrin

May 25, 2010

The Children of Húrin

Format: Paperback, 320 pages
On Sale: May 25, 2010
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-345-51884-2 (0-345-51884-5)

I don’t know what exactly it is about this book that seems to beckon me so strongly to read it, but certainly this fantastic new cover isn’t helping. The previous cover by Alan Lee was certainly no less impressive, so regardless of the edition I end up purchasing I think it’s high time I learn more about Húrin and his conflict with Morgoth as I look forward to this new perspective in the Middle Earth mythology.

From Del Rey:

Ever since the 1960s, Ballantine/Del Rey has been the official mass market publisher of J.R.R. Tolkien’s work, from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings to The Silmarillion and The Lost Road and Other Writings. We were as delighted as anyone in the world when Christopher Tolkien announced that after decades of work he had completed his father’s last great project, The Children of Húrin. Now, illustrated with eight pieces of gorgeous four-color art by award-winning artist Alan Lee, the mass market edition is ready for release. The novel is both a thrill and a delight, returning readers to the world of Elves and Men, dragons and Dwarves, and the rich landscapes familiar to all fans of Middle-earth. Reviewers everywhere praised the hardcover edition; here is just one sample.

“[A] superb addition to the Tolkien canon… Stunning in its scope, writing and storytelling.” —Chicago Sun-Times

In stores today.


1 for $1: Usagi Yojimbo (Dark Horse)

May 14, 2010

I’m actually posting from the Land of the Rising Sun as we speak (hence the lack of updates) and couldn’t think of a more appropriate time to share the following Dark Horse solicitation. The chance to enjoy Usagi Yojimbo #1 is always a real treat, but to be able to do so at $1, with a new painted cover is something no comics fan should miss.

I’m kicking myself because I didn’t want to damage the latest Usagi Yojimbo TPB that I was reading so I didn’t bring it with me but I really wish I would have so that I could enjoy his adventures here, and share it with my new family who are always so eager to share their Japanese heritage with me.

Anyhow, please do yourself a favor and pick this special up. It’s a steal at that price and you won’t believe just how good it gets from here.

1 for $1: Usagi Yojimbo

Stan Sakai (W/A)
On sale Aug 18
b&w, 28 pages

The close of sixteenth-century Japan is regarded as the age of civil wars, as feudal lords fought amongst themselves for land and power. When one leader finally rose above the others and was proclaimed shogun, a peace came upon Japan and the samurai warriors found themselves suddenly unemployed. Many of these ronin turned to banditry to survive; others found work with minor lords. And a small number traveled the musha shugyo—the warrior pilgrimage—to hone their spiritual and martial skills. But whether they took the honest road or the crooked path, the ronin all found one common link—they were generally less than welcome. Such is the tale of Usagi Yojimbo.