Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Links of the Week

It’s been a couple of weeks since I sat down to bring you my favorite links, so I decided it’s past time to post a few more. For one thing, I love contests and found a few to pass on to you.

  • Giveaway: The Dragon Reborn is book 3 in Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series and Tor is offering 5 copies over at Goodreads. The entry deadline is July 27, 2012.
  • Giveaway: Janalyn Voigt, is offering one autographed copy of her DawnSinger novel, Book 1 in the epic Tales of Faeraven series. The entry deadline is August 3, 2012. You can click on over to her website to see a trailer for the book and the first chapter here.
  • Have you ever wondered what the musculoskeletal structure of a dragon looks like? Artist Todd Lockwood has drawn just such an anatomical study for the cover of Marie Brennan‘s book coming out next February, The Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent. Tor has posted copies of the artwork that you can download as wallpaper for your desktop. Click here.
  • I admit it, I’m a sucker for any gallery display of giclee artwork. Over at the Dreamworks Animation web site, you can purchase copies of your favs. A friend just sent me a link to a limited edition of a frame from the studio’s How to Train Your Dragon movie. So cool.
  • One book that I enjoyed some time back was R.A. Salvatore‘s The Highwayman, Book 1 in The Saga of the First King. Now Graphic Audio has produced and is offering for sale the book in a dramatic reading format. Let me tell you, these guys do a great job. To listen for yourself, here’s a link to hear the first 8 minutes of the book, along with more information on the production. (I don’t get any commission if you buy it. I’m just passing it on because I think it’s amazingly well done.)
  • If you’re looking for new reading material, author Michael J. Sullivan has put together a list of 20 of his favorite indie fantasy and science fiction novels. I see a couple of the e-books are currently offered free of charge. Check it out over at The Ranting Dragon here. While you’re at it, you might want to visit Michael’s web site. I found some gorgeous artwork there for some of his novels by the amazing Marc Simonetti.

To wrap it up, here’s the official trailer for the upcoming Oz the Great and Powerful. The trailer was just released yesterday (Friday, July 12) at the awesome San Diego ComicCon. Enjoy!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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