Archive for August, 2010

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Recent Acquisitions (August 2010)

August 30, 2010

It’s back to class, with a number of Jewish Studies courses this semester, but I did manage to sneak several fantasy titles in for good measure. You’ll notice some older Dragonlance books on the list, a series that has always held a special place in my heart and I can’t wait to jump back into those (ah, memories). I’ll be trying Tracy Hickman’s newest offering, Song of the Dragon in audio format this month as well. I’m also really looking forward to seeing what Matt Forbeck and Jeff Grubbs have in store for us in Ghosts of Ascalon. Guild Wars 2, ArenaNet’s upcoming MMO, looks and sounds amazing so hopefully the novel, which has received a lot of positive buzz, will flesh out this universe even more and allow me another outlet by which to enjoy it. And look at that, more Fables to boot.

Anyhow, here’s what I picked up in August:

All But My Life by Gerda Weissmann Klein

Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love by Chris Roberson

Dragonlance: The Legend of Huma by Richard A. Knaak

Dragonlance: Tales Collection by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

Guild Wars 2: Ghosts of Ascalon by Matt Forbeck and Jeff Grubb

Audio: Song of the Dragon: Volume One of the Annals of Drakis by Tracy Hickman

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Peter & Max: A Fables Novel TP

August 17, 2010


Peter & Max: A Fables Novel quickly became one of my favorite books in recent years (feel free to jump to my “Review” section for more) and now there’s a new TP version for anyone who hasn’t yet experienced it. Please do yourself a favor and check it out __ it’s all kinds of fun.

PETER & MAX: A FABLES NOVEL TP

Written by BILL WILLINGHAM
Art by STEVE LEIALOHA
Cover by DANIEL DOS SANTOS

The critically acclaimed prose novel from FABLES creator Bill Willingham — now in trade paperback!

The tale takes place long ago, in the deepest dark of The Black Forest. Two brothers — Peter Piper and his older brother Max — encounter ominous forces that change them both irreparably. Thus begins an epic tale of sibling rivalry, magic, music and revenge that spans medieval times to the present day, when their deadly conflict surfaces in the placid calm of modern day Fabletown.

PETER & MAX: A FABLES NOVEL features the prose of award-winning comic book writer Bill Willingham and the lush ink drawings of FABLES artist Steve Leialoha. The novel also reveals secrets of some of the regular FABLES series cast members including Bigby Wolf, Frau Totenkinder and Bo Peep, along with an 8-page comics story by Willingham and Leialoha!

On sale DECEMBER 22 • 400 pg, B&W, $14.99 US MATURE READERS

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Usagi Yojimbo: 2-Part “Taiko” Story in November

August 11, 2010

The Japanese word for the day is “Taiko,” meaning  “drum.”

But seriously, just a friendly reminder about the upcoming “Taiko” storyline for anyone following Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo (as I know some of you are) or for those looking for a good place to jump on board:

USAGI YOJIMBO #132 and #133: TAIKO Parts 1 and 2

Stan Sakai (W/A)
On sale Oct 27
b&w, 24 pages
$3.50

These issues form both halves of “Taiko,” a special double-issue story line. A group of drought-stricken farmers commission an enormous taiko drum to show their devotion to the gods, and pray for rain. But the bloodthirsty Red Scorpion Gang threatens to destroy the drum unless the farmers pay up, so the farmers must turn to rabbit ronin Usagi to protect the drum, lest they face starvation from drought! When the Red Scorpion Gang burns down the farmers’ temple and the drum is in jeopardy, Usagi must figure out how to rescue it and fight the Red Scorpions at the same time, or all is lost!

• Special double-issue story line makes a great introduction to Usagi Yojimbo for new readers!

• Issue #123 of this Eisner Award-winning series was nominated for the 2010 Eisner for Best Single Issue!

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Guild Wars: Ghosts of Ascalon (Ch.1 Preview)

August 5, 2010

“A Deadly New Age…”

I’ll admit right off the bat that I don’t have a whole lot of experience with MMORPG’s. I just haven’t ever found the kind of time necessary to properly immerse myself in them (probably a good thing) but I have been fascinated with NC Soft’s Guild Wars series, the world of Ascalon and its characters since the original release several years ago (its free-to-play shtick didn’t hurt either). I can say that I own the core game and it’s final expansion, and that I’ve really enjoyed the occasions when I’ve been able to spend a few hours and explore a bit. The desire is there, certainly, and I’m looking closely at Guild Wars 2 to see if the innovations it’s making might be helpful for a player like me that’s forced to take it a little more casually.

However, the art and imagination that has gone into the creation of the Guild Wars universe has proven fascinating to me and time and time again I’ve found myself lost in the official site, or in the manuals, to learn about Ascalon and its many rich characters. So you can imagine how excited I was to learn about the release of Ghosts of Ascalon, the franchises first foray into novels, and that I’ll finally be able to immerse myself in this world — if in a more literary manner for the time being. And from all accounts I’ve stumbled across so far, it’s apparently pretty good stuff.

You can read the first chapter of Guild Wars: Ghosts of Ascalon to find out for yourself at the offical site:

For hundreds of years mankind and the ferocious cat-like charr have been locked in a death struggle. When the charr invaded the human kingdom of Ascalon centuries ago, King Adelbern invoked the devastating Foefire to keep the enemy from the gates. Now, over two hundred years later, the first real chance for peace between the warring races has appeared. Both charr and humans are exhausted by continual fighting and deadly new threats such as the ascendant power of the Elder Dragons. The battle weary humans want to discuss a truce, but before the charr will talk peace with their old enemies, they require a relic of their glorious past – an artifact that disappeared many years ago in the Foefire.

Dougal Keane is one of the few people to have walked within the haunted walls within Ascalon City and lived to tell the tale. Now, against his better judgment, he leads a team of adventurers back into the ruins of the fallen kingdom on a desperate search for the charr relic. Dougal will have to face both the undead spirits of forgotten Ascalon as well as his own personal ghosts if he and his comrades are going to survive the experience!

Ghosts of Ascalon is in stores now.