Thursday, February 23, 2012

Fall of the Fire Giant King by introvertedart

Inspired by the "Against the Giants" modules Gary Gygax created for Dungeons & Dragons. Pretty cool, I like how it invokes the old school art style of the older manuals. Check out the rest of introvertedart's work here.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Relics of the Damned - The Hand of Vecna

Adventurers beware, for scattered reports have circulated of sightings of the infernal relic, the Hand of Vecna. Gnarled and charred black with long, ragged fingernails, it promises power, but gives only damnation.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Currently reading: Gardens of the Moon

My copy has a slightly different version of the above cover, but I couldn't find a picture of it, so this will do.

Picture via Malazan Wiki.

Giant ferret cavalry? Giant ferret cavalry

Credit: Wayne Reynolds.
Reminds me of these horse-sized llamas I created for an aborted story years ago.

Picture via Wayne Reynolds.

Friday, February 17, 2012

I honestly can't think of a title for this post 2012

I used to do something like this when I was in middle and high school. I'd create stories and run through them while walking to and from classes and school. Mostly it was superheroes or space battles. I still do it even today, but now it's more of a way of testing out potential stories. Kills time real good too.

Picture via shadow95.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Recent book purchases

These barely fit in frame.
I actually intended to get an equal number of science fiction and fantasy, but the trip to the bookstore was impromptu, so it slipped my mind. That, and Books-A-Million didn't have the first book in Joe Abercrombie's First Law series - The Blade Itself. Currently, I'm reading The Lost Fleet: Relentless because that series is like crack to me, but after I finish it (which shouldn't take long, it never does), I plan on reading Gardens of the Moon. I have some familiarity with that book, I checked it out from the local library a few times, but never got deep into it for whatever reason. The Malazan Book of the Fallen looks like a great series, though, so I figured I'd focus on it.

Monday, February 13, 2012

The Deed of Paksenarrion

I picked this book up at a Goodwill recently and it has quickly proven to be more than worth the dollar it sold for. An omnibus of three novels and 1024 pages, I decided to tackle it in my usual fashion by reading the first book, The Sheep Farmer's Daughter, then coming back for the second and third books at a later point. This tactic will keep me from becoming burnt out and disinterested, which would be a feat, because this is a good read! The trilogy of books follows the life of Paksenarrion Dorthansdotter (Paks for short), the eponymous daughter of a sheep farmer as she flees from an arranged marriage for a life as a hired soldier with a mercenary company. Hit the jump for a spoilery review.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

So this is what Brienne of Tarth will look like in Game of Thrones season two

Gwendoline Christie-Helen as Brienne of Tarth.
I think they nailed her appearance. In the books, Brienne isn't described as a beauty queen, but she's still a badass, like most of the women in A Song of Ice and Fire series.

Picture via Twitpic. h/t The Mary Sue.

Edit: A Fantasy Reader has a bigger version of the above picture that shows her entire body.


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