First, Brandon Sanderson’s Book 2 in the Reckoners series, Firefight, is out today! Hooray! And if you are an audiobook fan, here is a clip of the audio. MacLeod Andrews is quickly becoming one of my favorite narrators.
Audible Blurb: Newcago is free. They told David it was impossible, that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic. Yet Steelheart – invincible, immortal, unconquerable – is dead. And he died by David’s hand.Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life simpler. Instead, it only made David realize he has questions. Big ones. And no one in Newcago can give him answers.Babylon Restored, the city formerly known as the borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though.
Audio clip: https://soundcloud.com/audible/firefight
And in case you missed Book 1, Steelheart, here is the Audible blurb: Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics…nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart – the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David’s father.
Audio clip: https://soundcloud.com/audible/steelheart
Also, the BBC dramatized version of Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman is available for a free listen for another week or so on BBC Radio 4. I gave it a listen over the holidays and found it quite fun. It has been some years since I read the book, so it was a good refresher. I especially liked that it had a lot of the music referenced in the book. Not being a music buff, I always had trouble imagining the sound track to the book, and now I don’t have to since BBC threw that in there.
I discovered Far Fetched Fables, the Audio Fantasy Fiction Magazine, over the holidays as well. Episode No. 37 has a short story by Scott Lynch, The Effigy Engine: A Tale of the Red Hats, narrated by Mark Nelson. This was an awesome way to spend my time. It was a great story and a decent narration. If you are a Scott Lynch fan (Gentlemen Bastards series) then you would enjoy the wit and humor and sometimes gruesomeness captured in this story.
19 Nocturne Boulevard is home to more audio drama, of several different flavors. I especially enjoyed the first few episodes of Warp’d Space Colonial Stories. The Deadeye Kid, a Western gunslinger tale, also looks interesting.
Finally, since it makes me smile: Talk nerdy to me……