Waiting on Wednesday 20

December 19, 2012 Bookish 3

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that allows readers to showcase eagerly awaited upcoming releases.

This week I’ve picked Unfettered by Shawn Speakman (ed.). This is a Fantasy anthology featuring some of the finest writers of our time!

  • Expected publication: 2013 by Grim Oak Press
  • Format: Hardcover, Anthology
  • Goodreads

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.

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?

Featured Authors:
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.

Okay so … lots of amazing authors, and most of them are writing short stories that take place in their existing story worlds. Which means Unfettered is perfect for those looking to get into contemporary Fantasy, but aren’t sure if it’s their thing. And of course, the anthology will be perfect for seasoned fans. I’m looking forward to Terry Brooks, Rothfuss, Sanderson, Daniel Abraham, Peter V. Brett, Robert V. S. Redick, Kevin Hearne, Mark Lawrence and Lev Grossman. And everyone else.

YA fans take note – Jennifer Bosworth is writing a short story set in the Struck world.

I’d love to see what you are waiting on … please leave links and I’ll be sure to check them out!

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