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Dan Wells / Official Fan Art Thread
« on: June 03, 2009, 05:17:37 AM »


I thought it was time you got some fan art, too.

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Brandon Sanderson / Whitney Awards
« on: February 10, 2009, 12:52:47 AM »
The finalists for the Whitney Awards were posted today, and Brandon is up for three awards!  Mistborn is up for Best Novel of the Year and Best Speculative, and Alcatraz is up for Best Youth Fiction.

Congrats!

www.whitneyawards.com/2008finalists.html

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Books / Whitney Awards
« on: January 15, 2008, 06:32:53 PM »
Hey guys,
   The Whitney Award finalists were announced this morning.  Brandon has two on the list.

   www.whitneyawards.com

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Movies and TV / A Terminator TV Show?
« on: October 25, 2007, 01:33:02 AM »
This may be old news, but I just saw a commercial for a new series on Fox called "Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles".   It looks like it'll be a mid-season thing.

Has anyone seen anything about this?  (I looked for an old thread but didn't see one.)

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Site News / An Announcement You Will Not Be Interested In
« on: June 29, 2007, 05:06:07 PM »
In my ongoing effort to become more and more like you Utah County folk, I'm going to the BYU this fall.  In preparation for this blessed event, I'm moving to Wymount TOMORROW.  If you'd like to stop by and wish me well (and help me carry a piano and a truckload of other items), you're more than welcome to.  We plan to be there at noon.

It's 864 Wymount Terrace, which is in building 16-F.

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Robison E. Wells / The Whitney Awards
« on: June 18, 2007, 03:17:27 PM »
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PROVO, UTJUNE 18, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WRITING GROUP ANNOUNCES PRESTIGIOUS NEW LDS FICTION AWARD

We shall yet have Miltons and Shakespeares of our own. . . . In Gods name and by His help we will build up a literature whose tops will touch the heaven, though its foundation may now be low on the earth.

When Latter-day Saint Apostle Orson F. Whitney first spoke these words, the literary canon of his people didnt contain many works. Fast forward over a hundred years, and literally thousands of novels are published, enjoyed by readers each year.

The quality of fiction has significantly increased in recent times. New writers are finding it harder to break into the industry each year. This is hard for upstart writers, but great for readers.

While LDStorymakers began several years ago to serve only as a support group and opportunity for networking for LDS writers, it has morphed into a powerful force into LDS market.

Today they unveil their newest project, the brainchild of LDStorymaker and novelist Robison Wells: an annual fiction award named after Orson F. Whitney, honoring his vision of having LDS Miltons and Shakespeares.

The Whitney Award will be given annually in conjunction with the LDStorymaker writing conference each March, Wells, the author of three novels published through Covenant, explains. This is an exciting time to be part of the LDS fiction industry, and we hope the Whitney will become a prestigious and sought-after award.

Anyone can nominate a novel published during the previous calendar year in any of six categories, and a final academy of industry professionals will vote on the final ballot. Nominations are being taken for books published in 2007 by LDS authors at the Whitney Awards website: www.whitneyawards.com

Incidentally, this award is not just for LDS fiction, but for all LDS authors--meaning: Brandon's eligible, too.

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Movies and TV / The Hobbit, sans Jackson
« on: November 21, 2006, 05:23:18 PM »
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061121/media_nm/leisure_jackson_dc_4

"In Jackson's letter, which was posted on the Web site late on Sunday, the director said last week a top executive with Los Angeles-based New Line Cinema called him to say the studio was moving ahead on "The Hobbit" movie without Jackson."


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Site News / Fell's New Addition
« on: September 08, 2006, 01:56:11 PM »
Yes, this doesn't belong in Site News, but it's in regards to Fell, so I don't care.

Fell's third offspring offsprung this morning, at about 10:30am.  It's a girl, and I don't know the height or weight.  There's also a bit of a naming controversy, which has been going on for several years now, so the child is nameless.  

(Dawn, being from Hickville, WY, thinks that Kendra is a great name.  Dan, being stupid, believes that Morgan is (1) a girl's name, and (2) a first name).  I think they're both wrong.  The baby should be named Audrey 2.

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Robison E. Wells / Goodies and the Last Signing
« on: September 06, 2006, 12:45:41 PM »
Two things:  Having decided to steal Brandon's idea, I've started posting chapter-by-chapter trivia and deleted scenes for The Counterfeit.  So far, there are goodies for the prologue and first five chapters.  Go take a look:  www.robisonwells.com/generalnotes.php

Also, the book tour has finally come to an end.  The final signing will be this Saturday at the West Jordan Seagull Book and Tape, from 12:00 - 1:30.  (1600 W. 9000 S.)  They're really trying to make it into a big deal, with refreshments and balloons and giveaways and things, so please come if you can.  Thanks!

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Everything Else / Bush assasination movie
« on: August 31, 2006, 12:47:24 PM »
Regardless of what side of the aisle you're on, this just seems like really poor taste:

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President Bush 'assassinated' in new TV docudrama

Set around October 2007, President Bush is assassinated as he leaves the Sheraton Hotel in Chicago.

Death of a President, shot in the style of a retrospective documentary, looks at the effect the assassination of Bush has on America in light of its 'War on Terror'.

The 90 minutes feature explores who could have planned the murder, with a Syrian-born man wrongly put in the frame.

Peter Dale, head of More4, which is due to air the film on October 9, said the drama was a "thought-provoking critique" of contemporary US society.

He said: "It's an extraordinarily gripping and powerful piece of work, a drama constructed like a documentary that looks back at the assassination of George Bush as the starting point for a very gripping detective story.

"It's a pointed political examination of what the War on Terror did to the American body politic."


http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/article-23365246-details/President+Bush+assassinated+in+new+TV+docudrama/article.do

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Robison E. Wells / Another review
« on: August 28, 2006, 02:37:56 PM »
I think I'm actually happier with this one, despite the fact that it's not all that amazing.  What's cool about this one is that it's unsolicited by the publisher, and it's not someone who just reviews LDS books.  So, even though it's not as outright complimentary as the Meridian Review, I take it as a bigger compliment because it's from someone who was under no obligation to read the book.

http://hjnews.townnews.com/articles/2006/08/28/cachemag/story06.txt

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Robison E. Wells / Meridian Magazine Review:
« on: August 17, 2006, 06:23:21 PM »
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The Counterfeit by Robison Wells
Reviewed by Jennie Hansen

Readers were first introduced to Eric and Rebekah in Wake Me When It’s Over, Robison Wells second book. They return in The Counterfeit to a continuation of both their romance and an adventure that has already nearly cost them their lives and placed them under FBI protection as they wait for the trial of the international criminals from Wake Me When It’s Over.

An organization consisting of international conspirators with its roots extending back to ancient times is setting in motion a plan to level the worldwide economic playing field and they’re unconcerned about the lives that will be lost as they force their will on an unsuspecting world.

Rebekah has the misfortune of being the daughter of one of the conspirators, and Eric accidentally stumbles into the organization's path. Loving Rebekah keeps him there.

When Eric is attacked and only saved from being stabbed by a book in his pocket, the agents fly into action, taking him and Rebekah into protective custody. They're transported to an island off the coast of Washington, where Rebekah is given first class accommodation in a lovely house while Eric is assigned a room and a shared bathroom in an old hotel. She gets a nice car; he gets an old motorcycle. Eric notices a number of discrepancies that make him question the way the Witness Protection Program is run. When another attempt is made on their lives, they’re moved again. This time they learn they’re not under FBI protection, but have been kidnapped and Rebekah’s father is deeply involved.

The pair arrives in England, then France, not the usual touristy parts of Paris, but in the massive labyrinth of tunnels and catacombs beneath the city. This experience is one of the most fascinating sections of the book.

Wells’s first book was delightfully funny. His second was a blend of mystery and humor. This third book is intense suspense, yet there are some wonderfully humorous lines and situations that crop up here and there, primarily because Eric is an unlikely hero. He isn't particularly handsome, athletic, or clever. He's an ordinary guy, a little naive, a little too trusting, a bit self-deprecating, and he's very much in love with a young woman who is beautiful, rich, talented, and in his estimation much too good for him.

Eric is a particularly well-written character. Rebekah is not as well done, but is still believable and likable. Some of the villains are bone-chilling and so realistic, the reader begins to take conspiracy theories more seriously.

Isabella, who is an assistant to Rebekah’s father, is another interesting character. Her multi-dimensional role makes it difficult to pigeonhole her as one of the bad guys because we see good in her too. The author is to be commended for his sensitive portrayal of this character.

Next to Eric, my favorite character in the book is the Catacyclist, an insane bicycle rider who spends his life riding furiously through the tunnels beneath Paris. He knows his way through the labyrinth better than anyone else and knows the secrets hidden there. His strange personality is particularly suited to his self-imposed environment and adds to the other world, sinister aura of the dark passages where he dwells.

With both believable characters and a strong plot, The Counterfeit, is one of the best releases of the summer. When I learned that Wells was writing suspense instead of humor, I was disappointed as I find him one of the more adept humor writers, but I was not disappointed in The Counterfeit. His versatility quickly became apparent. His means of generating interest in the book before publication also proved his versatility as he set up an online puzzle with clues hidden in two mock conspiracy web sites.

There's an understated thread of faith in God and loyalty to Church and family that runs through the book that is so subtle it may be missed by some readers, but in my view gives the story greater depth and realism.

Though The Counterfeit is suspenseful and is written by a man with a male main character, this isn't a novel that will appeal to masculine readers only. Any reader who enjoys an exciting plot, clever dialog, and a visit to new and exotic locales will enjoy this one. I heartily recommend it.

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Movies and TV / Richard Dutcher on LDS Film:
« on: August 14, 2006, 12:01:26 PM »
Richard Dutcher (God's Army, States of Grace, Brigham City) spoke last week, and offered this analogy about LDS film:

"There was this girl who no one was paying any attention to. But I started flirting with her and saw her potential and I saw how beautiful and intelligent she could become. She could be perfect. I fell in love with her. But then she started dating other men. She started fornicating with pimps and morons. I told them how fragile she was, but they wouldn't listen. Now she's fading back into obscurity. She's dying. The end."

(Quoted on A Motley Vision: http://www.motleyvision.org/?p=268 )

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Everything Else / Hey SE
« on: August 02, 2006, 01:57:37 PM »
Check your PMs.

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Robison E. Wells / Deseret Book vs. Seagull Book
« on: July 10, 2006, 06:06:36 PM »
So, weird news.  Deseret Book (the publisher) sent Seagull a letter indicating that as of August 1st, DB will no longer be selling any of their products (including doctrinal books by General Authorities) to Seagull.

Apparently, Seagull is completely baffled by the move.  Allegedly, their CEO called DB, and was told that they have no further comment than what was in the letter.

One DB author said that DB told her it was done to "protect the Deseret Book brand".

Thoughts?  (My initial reaction was that the DB bosses must be breaking the Word of Wisdom...)

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