Friday, May 24, 2013

Looking Forward To...(121)

There are so many amazing books already on the shelves and new ones coming out.

For a list of books yet to be released I'm looking to get, you can also look on my right Sidebar at the ever growing list titled Desired Reads - just scroll down. Of course there are tones of other new books to come out that are amazing as well, but these ones are part of series I have already started or for one reason or another caught my eye (and haven't seen much on other blogs yet). But I will highlight one here each week.

(mentioned in order of Release Date then Alphabetical if there are more than one book coming out on the same date.)

It's been a while since I've done one of these Friday Looking Forward posts.  And I miss doing them.

Next Book Is...

By:  many fantasy authors
Due Out:  June, 2013

This is an anthology to help Shawn Speakman with his diagnoses of Hogdkin's lymphoma.  The many amazing fantasy authors in this are ones I've enjoyed, and want to read ever more, and it goes to helping someone when they need it.

Goodreads Synopsis:
You define life or it defines you.

In Shawn Speakman’s case, it was both.

Lacking health insurance and diagnosed with Hogdkin’s lymphoma in 2011, Shawn quickly accrued a massive medical debt that he did not have the ability to pay. That’s when New York Times best-selling author Terry Brooks offered to donate a short story Shawn could sell toward alleviating those bills—and suggested Shawn ask the same of his other friends.

Unfettered is the result, an anthology built to relieve that debt, featuring short stories by some of the best fantasy writers in the genre.

Every story in this volume is new and, like the title suggests, the writers were free to write whatever they wished. Authors contributing are 
-The Shade of Allanon by Terry Brooks (a Shannara tale)
-Imaginary Friends by Terry Brooks (a precursor to the Word/Void trilogy)
-How Old Holly Came To Be by Patrick Rothfuss (a Four Corners tale)
-River of Souls by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson (a Wheel of Time tale)
-The Old Scale Game by Tad Williams
-Martyr of the Roses by Jacqueline Carey (a precursor to the Kushiel series)
-Dogs by Daniel Abraham
-Mudboy by Peter V. Brett (a Demon Cycle tale)
-Nocturne by Robert V. S. Redick
-The Sound of Broken Absolutes by Peter Orullian (a Vault of Heaven tale)
-Untitled by Geno & R.A. Salvatore
-Keeper of Memory by Todd Lockwood (a Summer Dragon tale)
-Game of Chance by Carrie Vaughn
-The Lasting Doubts of Joaquin Lopez by Blake Charlton
-The Chapel Perilous by Kevin Hearne (an Iron Druid tale)
-Select Mode by Mark Lawrence (a Broken Empire tale)
-All the Girls Love Michael Stein by David Anthony Durham
-Strange Rain by Jennifer Bosworth (a Struck epilogue tale)
-Unbowed by Eldon Thompson (a Legend of Asahiel tale)
-Untitled by Naomi Novik (a Temeraire tale)
-The Jester by Michael J. Sullivan (a Riyria Chronicles tale)
-The Duel by Lev Grossman (a Magicians tale)
-The Unfettered Knight by Shawn Speakman (an Annwn Cycle tale)
and artist Todd Lockwood, who donated artwork as well as a story.

With the help of stalwart friends and these wonderful short stories, Shawn has taken the gravest of life hardships and created something magical. Unfettered is not only a fantastic anthology in its own right but it’s a testament to the generosity found in the science fiction and fantasy community—proof that humanity can give beyond itself when the need arises.

After all, isn’t that the driving narrative in fantasy literature?


  1. Wow! I see the names of great authors in this anthology so I'll add it to my list!! :-)

  2. I don't know this one but I hope you'll like it. YOu know how I am with fantasy books.

    1. Melliane, yes, I know. :) Thank you for stopping. I'm hoping to get it sometime soon here. :)

  3. oh I do enjoy a good anthology and Love that it is for a good cause.

    1. Melissa (B&T) I agree with you. I was able to pick this one up and liked the idea of the donation. :) Thank you!

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    1. Blodeuedd, Haha, I KNOW! I'm with you. I look at my doorstep daily for it. :D

  5. That's quite the list of big name authors contributing to that collection! I hadn't heard of it before now, and I think perhaps I ought to see if I can get myself a copy, to help the cause as much as to read all those stories!

    1. Bibliotropic, I found this because of Michael Sullivan. I probably wouldn't have ordered it if it wasn't for him saying he had a story in it.

      I don't know if it'll be up on Amazon or not. Here's the link to Grim Oak Press that I ordered it through. Maybe it'll still be open for print?


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