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This summer brings us a lot of great epic fantasy novels both from established authors continuing their series and from new authors with fresh new stories and worlds for you to discover. This article gives you recommendations from among the best and most promising.
The Masters release their sequels this summer
Many famous and established authors are releasing continuations of their series this summer and among these is a new book in the Genesis of Shannara series by Terry Brooks. Later in the summer he releases book III The Gypsy Morph.
Stephen Donaldson is the author of one of the most unusual fantasy series ever written. The main character is Thomas Covenant who is an anti-hero afflicted with leprosy. The land in which this all takes place is a richly woven tapestry unlike any other. He is releasing the next installment in the Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant called Fatal Revenant. If you are interested in starting a totally new series from the start and you havent read this one I highly recommend it. The first book in the series is Lord Fouls Bane.
Among all the big series books that are being released by big name authors the one that is almost guaranteed to shoot to the top of the best seller list is George R. R. Martins A Dance with Dragons. It is the latest installation in his Song of Ice and Fire series and a sure bet for good summer reading. But, it will not be released until September so that leaves beach reading out.
If you like movie tie-ins you the latest novel in David Farlands Runelords series might be a good choice for you. It is titled World Binder and it is book six in the series. The first book The Sum of All Men is currently being made into a major motion picture.
Another very popular series of books is the Kushiels Legacy series. Written by Jacqueline Carey and the second trilogy is completed with the June publication of Kushiels Mercy.
Newcomers and new series to the genre
If you are looking to start a new series or discover a new author there are several books coming out this summer that are getting a lot of critical acclaim. These include A Darkness Forged in Fire by Chris Evans. It is characterized as a masterful fantasy novel with a gritty feel and military bent. It promises a lot of sword-wielding action. This book is the first book in a new series called The Iron Elves.
A book that is being heralded by Amazon as one of the best fantasy books for 2007 is Patrick Rothfuss The Name of the Wind It is the first book in an anticipated trilogy. If you missed out on this book last year this summer is your chance to catch up.
The prolific R.A. Salvatore has started a new trilogy of books called Transitions and the first book in this series is called The Orc King: Transitions Book I. It was released in early July. It is the latest installment in the adventures of the famous dark elf who first appeared in the New York Times bestseller The Lone Drow. Another book to be released late this summer is The Ten Thousand by Paul Kearney who has been nominated for the British Fantasy Award. He has published several titles including the acclaimed Sea Beggars series.
If you are looking for new variations on Arthurian legend there are two interesting additions to the genre this summer: Shadow Lands by Simon Lister and Sword at Sunset by Rosemary Sutcliff and Jack Whyte. Each one takes an interesting and unique look at the legend of Arthur.
If you are just looking for some lighter fantasy reading to take with you to the beach you might want to pick up a copy of Dragons: Worlds Afire. It is a collection of five novella length dragon stories from masters like Salvatore, Weis, and Hickman.
Return to the Classics
If you would like to brush up on some classics that you may have missed you should start with Peter Beagles The Last Unicorn. This book should be read multiple times by every fantasy reader. It is a staple of the genre. After that you might want to consider Tolkiens The Hobbit. If you are looking for a new classic you may want to take a look at The Children of Hurin which is a book that was started by Tolkien and finished by his son. It was published in the spring of 2007 and was chosen as one of the best books of the year by Amazon readers.
This summer is proving to be a great season for epic fantasy reading. There are lots of great books that have just been released and a lot more that will be released as the summer unfolds. So grab yourself a copy of one of these books and head off to the beach where you will discover elves, dragons, dwarves and many more wonderful things.
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A few years back a number of experts were predicting the end of free website promotion. The thinking went since the major conglomerates were starting to utilize the internet more and more, it would eventually drive up the price on just about every aspect of online business including advertising. This would put a lot of pressure on small and home based online businesses that had benefited from the early days of website promotion when costs were free or very affordable and competition was not as widespread. The good news is free website promotion never went anywhere. It has continued to grow and evolve just like the internet. Maybe the boom years of website promotion don’t exist anymore due to the number of websites online but in some ways its better than before. Constant growth means more people online to view your information or product. Here are a few tips to getting the most out of free website promotion: 1. The Directories This could be the easiest way to generate free website promotion. Just create a profile of your website including a good description along with the right targeted keywords and begin submitting your site to the many online web directories. This as you may have gathered will not generate traffic to your site overnight. However over time it will lay the groundwork for more backlines to your site which can greatly improve your website’s search engine ranking and link popularity. Start out by submitting your site to at least five directories per day. 2. The Forums It’s almost as if forums were built for free website promotion. Just register with the forum of your choosing, create a signature file (also known as a resource box) and start advertising. One important element to remember: To make forum advertising truly work, you must become an active participant in that community. Do not just post your latest product or service. Instead make a deliberate and constant effort to provide good information, opinion and discussion to the forum. Once people in the forum become more familiar with you, your website promotion becomes easier. 3. Courtesy This applies not only to the forums but anywhere else you do business online. No doubt you’ve witnessed how aggressive and insulting people can be in cyberspace. There is something about posting anonymously or at least from an “undisclosed” location that brings out the antagonism in some people. A little bit of politeness and respect can greatly assist you in establishing contacts with other webmasters. This will make them more open to exchanging links with you. They may also check out your website and promote your product or service to their readers and subscribers without requesting anything in return. That’s the power of common courtesy.
4. Video About three years ago, internet marketing pioneer and businessman Kevin McCarthy predicted that video would transform the internet. Today we are looking at the dawning of the video online revolution. What this means is free website promotion has gone to the next level. Just use a web cam or any other recording equipment to make your video and then easily upload it to the hundreds (and growing) of video sharing sites like of course You Tube and Blip TV. Video can place your website promotion in front of new customers who normally would not be interested in your product or service. The internet continues to grow and change rapidly. The predicted collapse of small businesses online due to the demise of free website promotion never happened. Instead not only are the free tools that were available still around (and very effective) but new website promotion tools have been added. Take advantage of the directories, video, forums and just good old fashion common courtesy to boost your free website promotion campaigns
This is the second video is my series of great comics and graphic novels for your middle school classroom for teaching or enrichment! Please check the playlist for the others in the series. I’m doing five books for ten weeks: 50 books!
This week’s titles:
-Sisters by Raina Telgemeier from Scholastic
-This One Summer by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki from First Second
-Junior Braves of the Apocalypse by Greg Smith, Michael Tanner, and Zach Lehner from Oni Press
-Snapdragon by Kat Leyh from First Second
-The Great American Dust Bowl and Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans by Don Brown from HMH
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After learning how fresh coffee is made at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro (in my previous vlog) we set off to our next destination – Maasai tribe village, where I almost got sold into the tribe for a few cows xD
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