• Fiona McIntosh: Voyager Author of the Month

    Fiona McIntosh was born and raised in Sussex in the UK, but also spent early childhood years in West Africa. She left a PR career in London to travel and settled in Australia in 1980. She has since roamed the world working for her own travel publishing company, which she runs with her husband. She lives in Adelaide with her husband and twin sons. Her website is at www.fionamcintosh.com.

    Her latest book, The Scrivener's Tale, is a stand-alone and takes us back to the world of Morgravia from her very first series, The Quickening:


    About The Scrivener's Tale:

    In the bookshops and cafes of present-day Paris, ex-psychologist Gabe Figaret is trying to put his shattered life back together. When another doctor, Reynard, asks him to help with a delusional female patient, Gabe is reluctant... until he meets her. At first Gabe thinks the woman, Angelina, is merely terrified of Reynard, but he quickly discovers she is not quite what she seems.

    As his relationship with Angelina deepens, Gabe's life in Paris becomes increasingly unstable. He senses a presence watching and following every move he makes, and yet he finds Angelina increasingly irresistible.

    When Angelina tells Gabe he must kill her and flee to a place she calls Morgravia, he is horrified. But then Angelina shows him that the cathedral he has dreamt about since childhood is real and exists in Morgravia.

    A special 10th Anniversary edition of her first fantasy book, Myrren's Gift, will be released in December!

     

     

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AWESOME Fan-made interactive Song of Ice and Fire map

A Song of Ice and Fire & Game of Thrones fan ‘Ser Mountain Goat’ has created an amazing interactive map of the world of George RR Martin’s epic series, from the continent of Westeros to the Dothraki Sea and beyond! They’ve even made a Google-Earth style planet view (Though its a bit big for slow internet connections.)

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Game of Thrones Season 1 is out today!

Game of Thrones Season 1 on DVD and Blu Ray has hit the shelves today! If you haven’t seen it yet or were waiting to finish the book first, the wait is over! If you have seen it, tell us how you thought it compared to the book- good adaptation? Was there anything you really missed from the book that didn’t make it?

The David Gemmell LEGEND Poll is open and GRRM drops a bombshell.

Happy New Year Voyagers, and welcome to another great year of fantastic fiction!

First up, the David Gemmell Awards are open for voting! If you’re not already ( and why not? ) go sign up as a member on the Gemmell Awards site and vote in the awards … and remember to vote for your favourite Voyager authors!

Last, but by no means least, in case you missed it on Twitter or the interwebz, George RR Martin has teased us all by posting up the first chapter of his next book The Winds of Winter on his website!!!!!

Game of Thrones Season 2 trailer! ( Kinda)

Just saw this sneak peek behind-the-scenes “trailer” for Season 2 of Game of Thrones! Click on the pic to watch it on the HBO website:

In the Game of Food, you win or you wash the dishes..

Ever wanted to eat like a king? Or at least how George RR Martin thinks a king should eat? This is probably old news to some, but I think this blog is fantastic! The Inn at the Crossroads. They have nearly 160 recipes from the first 4 books of A Song of Ice & Fire alone! That said, there’s stuff even they won’t touch! Olives stuffed with Maggots? Pass!

There’s also nice writeup on BoingBoing that directed me there: http://boingboing.net/2011/10/31/inn-at-the-crossroads-a-game-of-thrones-cooking-blog.html

The three most frustrating words for any Fantasy Reader – to be continued…

Nazgul!Just picture this – you are loving what you are reading and haven’t been able to put it down and so, despite the 7am meeting in the morning you are still reading at 2am to get to the end of the story but you are starting to get that sense of dread (similar to the approach of a Nazgul) because there don’t seem to be many pages left in the book and the story doesn’t seem to be winding down – and then you see those horror words:

 TO BE CONTINUED.

I have long considered this to be one of the most frustrating things about modern fantasy – the increasingly rare published stand-alone book. I was on my soapbox preaching this to some friends on the weekend when (I think as they were tired of hearing about for this for the 1 billionth time and were seriously starting to consider if I was caught in some sort of time paradox doomed to repeat the same problem every time I had an alcoholic beverage) they pointed out to me the flaws in my arguments which I thought were worth sharing:

  1. Its not just modern fantasy

The Grandfather of them all – Lord of the Rings – is a trilogy (plus the extra books like the Hobbit in the same world) and as we know in the commercial world that we live in – as soon as something makes money the word sequel get’s bandied about – in the movie business we can take the example of Transformers 1, 2 & 3 (and I believe 4 is going in production now) so the concept of a standalone hasn’t existed in movies, film or tv for quite some time (if ever)

      2.  You like revisiting the same world.

 It’s true – I really do. I loved Kylie Chan’s books and the vivid world she has created and each new book is a new opportunity to immerse myself in the incredible worlds she creates. I have been reading Robert Jordan & George R Martin’s respective Wheel of Time & A Song of Ice and Fire series for over 10 years now – and I’m still waiting in line to be first when a new book comes out.

       3.   If you don’t like it – why don’t you wait till the whole series comes out before you start reading.

That’s fair – and sometimes I do – having said that if I followed that rule then I would never have read either Martin or Jordan yet and that is a horror not worth contemplating.  

 So in summary I don’t think there is any great insight except that I have to stop bemoaning the loss of the standalone book (which may have never existed as a fantasy genre except as a fiction in my head) as I do really want to read series – I just hate the wait between books and can’t wait for the next one!

by guest blogger and sometime HR manager Jonathan Connolly

A Dance With Dragons hits Number One!

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A Dance with Dragons

The Number One Bestselling Fiction title!

In news that, I’m sure, will come as no surprise to all discerning Voyager readers, the long-awaited 5th book in George RR Martin’s epic Song of Ice & Fire has hit the number one spot in the fiction bestsellers this week! I personally witnessed at least 3 people reading A Game of Thrones on my train carriage alone this morning, so here’s hoping to a whole raft of new GRRM & Voyager fans. I’m sure some TV show may have had a little bit of an impact as well.
  So this got me thinking a bit- do you think that reading fantasy has gone mainstream? Speaking personally, it was always a niche for me growing up, a comfortable niche, but a niche nonetheless. With the mainstream popularity of Harry Potter, Paranormal Romance, Twilight, the LOTR and Hobbit movies..has this changed? How do you feel about this? Do the younger Voyagers out there feel there’s more mainstream acceptance for Fantasy, or genre fiction in general, amongst your friends?