Dresden Novels on Hiatus

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Apr 012015
 

Edit: APRIL FOOL!  Hope you got a good laugh from of our silliness and enjoyed a fun, safe holiday.

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Due to readers’ frustration with the wait between books, Jim Butcher and his editor at Penguin Random House are taking inspiration from one of their favorite film trilogies and declaring a temporary hiatus on publication of the Dresden Files novels.

“I think Peter Jackson had the right idea with the Lord of the Rings movies,” Butcher explained. “The trilogy took eight years to make. You can’t expect an audience to wait that long between installments. It made more sense to film all three movies simultaneously, then release them back to back. That’s what I’d like to do.”

He continued, “I mean, these books take a long time to craft.  Each novel is its own challenge with new complexities, and ‘Skin Game’ was almost double the length of ‘Storm Front’.  Brandon Sanderson was kind enough to hook me up with the xenobiologists who grew his hybrid army of alien writer clones, but until these pupae mature, I’m just one man.”

Jim will be writing case books 16 through 20ish all at once, then releasing them six months apart.  Then, taking inspiration from Jackson’s treatment of The Hobbit, Butcher will split the final Apocalyptic Trilogy into fifteen books, also written simultaneously and released on the same schedule.

Look for “Peace Talks” on April 1st, 2027.

Discuss this news on the forum.

In non-publishing news, Trails West KC Library begins accepting free reservations today for its May 9th Q&A and signing with Jim.  Due to space considerations, only 100 people will be admitted.  Call 816-701-3483 to secure your place.

Saturday, May 9th, 1pm
Trails West KC Library
11401 E. 23rd Street
Independence, MO

Marsters’ Ghost Story coming at last!

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Mar 242015
 

Your requests have been answered! The audio version of Ghost Story has been rerecorded by James Marsters. Although we’re indebted to John Glover for first bringing the book to life (or, y’know, afterlife), we’re thrilled James was available to bring continuity to the series!

Listen a sample clip on SoundCloud, then preorder the new edition on Audible!

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For fans of John Glover’s excellent performance, be aware that the original recording will be retired on April 21st, so now’s your chance to nab a copy before it’s gone!  Find it in the Jim-Butcher.com store.

Paranet Papers Preorder Launches – Down Town #2 Drops – and Jim’s Going to the UK

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Mar 112015
 

Hail, faithful citizens of Jimlandia! We’ve got a trio of news items for you today.

Paranet-Front-Cover-Image-900pxParanet Papers Preorder Begins!

Evil Hat Productions’ Dresden Files RPG supplement, The Paranet Papers, is in preorder now! If you preorder the book today, you’ll get the PDF as a free extra right away (as soon as your payment clears).

Better yet, if you’d prefer to support your local game store by preordering the book from them, the same offer exists! Point your FLGS of choice at this run-down of how to make it happen — or keep your receipt from the preorder and contact Evil Hat to get the PDF direct from them.

The PDF is only available as part of a preorder of the physical book right now. Evil Hat says they’ll release the PDF as a stand-alone product closer to the book’s shipping date in June.

DresdenDowntown02CovSejicDown Town #2 Lands Today

Harry and Molly’s battle against sorcerer and slime continues today with the second issue of Down Town, an original comic story from Jim Butcher & Mark Powers.

Something large, ruthless and possessed of supernatural power is smashing its way through Chicago-not to mention some of its residents. Harry and Molly are desperate to end its trail of destruction, but first they need to figure out what the blasted thing is.

Further complicating matters is the involvement of “Gentleman” Johnny Marcone, the city’s most powerful mob boss and recent signatory of the Unseelie Accords. Marcone is determined to find the creature, too—and if he has to go through Harry, so be it.

Read the details and catch a preview of the first few pages over at Dynamite’s site.

skin-game-for-blog-250x395Jim Hits the UK and Hopefully It Doesn’t Hit Back

We have a tentative itinerary for Jim’s first trip to the UK (and a little bit of elsewhere).

Jim will be appearing, along with Seanan Mcguire and other guests of honor, at Eastercon 2015 from April 3rd to April 6th. Learn more details over at the Dysprosium/Eastercon 2015 website!

For up-to-date information about his appearance at bookstores in the UK, please check out this post on Orbit, covering appearances at Forbidden Planet London, Waterstones Deansgate Manchester, and Waterstones Liverpool One from April 7th to the 9th. Other dates or adjustments may show up on the schedule, so make sure to sign up for updates over at Orbit if you’re looking to catch Jim while he’s there.

We also hear he’ll be flying over to Sweden afterwards, making appearances at SF Bokhandeln in Stockholm on April 11th, and SF Bokhandeln in Gothenburg on the 12th. Both should be evening-ish appearances, but you’ll need to contact the bookstores themselves to get confirmation of the schedule at this time.

That’s it for today — we’ll update you when we learn more. Long live Jimlandia!

 

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io9, New Signings, and Bigfoot Collection

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Mar 042015
 

CINDER SPIRES COVER AND EXCERPT

Geek news site io9 has unveiled an exclusive glimpse of Jim’s next book, The Aeronaut’s Windlass!  It’s the first in his new steampunk series, The Cinder Spires.  Check out the cover by Chris McGrath! (Click to enlarge)

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INDEPENDENCE SIGNING

We can now announce that Jim will be holding a Q&A and signing in Independence, Missouri.  Due to space considerations, only 100 people will be admitted, and they will not begin taking any reservations until April 1st.

Saturday, May 9th, 1pm
Trails West KC Library
11401 E. 23rd Street
Independence, MO

 

OKLAHOMA SIGNING

We included this in our previous mailing, but it was buried pretty deep in the announcement, so we figured we’d announce it again. Due to personal reasons, Jim had to reschedule his events in Oklahoma that were originally slated for this week. Here are the new dates and times!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 1-2 p.m.
NSU Tahlequah Webb Auditorium

Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 6-7 p.m.
NSU Tahlequah Webb Auditorium

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 1-2 p.m.
NSU Broken Arrow Auditorium

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 6-7 p.m.
NSU Broken Arrow Auditorium

 

WORKING FOR BIGFOOT

Subterranean Press has announced a collection of Dresden Files stories, uniting the three Bigfoot shorts previously published in other anthologies and the Humble charity bundle eariler this year. Their summary is below:

Chicago wizard for hire Harry Dresden is used to mysterious clients with long hair and legs up to here. But when it turns out the long hair covers every square inch of his latest client’s body, and the legs contribute to a nine-foot height, even the redoubtable detective realizes he’s treading new ground. Strength of a River in His Shoulders is one of the legendary forest people, a Bigfoot, and he has a problem that only Harry can solve. His son Irwin is a scion, the child of a supernatural creature and a human. He’s a good kid, but the extraordinary strength of his magical aura has a way of attracting trouble.

In the three novellas that make up Working For Bigfoot, collected together for the first time here, readers encounter Dresden at different points in his storied career, and in Irwin’s life. As a middle-schooler, in “B is For Bigfoot,” Irwin attracts the unwelcome attention of a pair of bullying brothers who are more than they seem, and when Harry steps in, it turns out they have a mystical guardian of their own. At a fancy private high school in “I Was a Teenage Bigfoot,” Harry is called in when Irwin grows ill for the first time, and it’s not just a case of mono. Finally, Irwin is all grown up and has a grown-up’s typical problems as a freshman in college in “Bigfoot on Campus,” or would have if typical included vampires.

New York Times bestseller Jim Butcher explores the responsibilities of fatherhood and the difficulties of growing up with the elements Dresden Files fans crave—detection, adventure, humor, and magic.

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $60
Trade: Fully cloth-bound hardcover copies: $35
Lettered: 26 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase: $275

The Dresden Files RPG: Paranet Papers Release Date!

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Feb 262015
 

Paranet-Front-Cover-Image-900pxEvil Hat Productions, publishers of the multi-award-winning Dresden Files RPG, have let us know that they finally have a release date for the long-awaited Paranet Papers supplement — and it’s soon!

Evil Hat expects to see the book reach retail stores by June 1st of this year. This book is a beast—it’ll clock in at 372 pages, almost as big as volume one of the RPG—and gorgeous as heck (you can download a preview at that link).

 

Evil Hat also tells us they’ll be running an instant content preorder for the book starting sometime in March (probably after their current Kickstarter concludes). An instant content preorder works like this: you order the physical book now, and they send you the PDF of the book right away and the physical book when it’s ready in June. Evil Hat will be inviting retail game stores to participate in the instant content preorder as well, via the Bits & Mortar website.

Here are the details about the book:

Stand together against the darkness…

In Jim Butcher’s bestselling Dresden Files books, the forces of good bond together into an organization called the Paranet in a desperate attempt to turn the tides of their equally desperate war against big baddies like the Fomor and the Denarians. Now you can bring the Paranet to your Dresden Files RPG game with the Paranet Papers supplement.

Travel to exotic locations like Las Vegas and South America to fight evil. Team up with characters from Turn Coat and Changes to fight evil. Join up with other Paranetters to…well, you get the picture.

The Dresden Files RPG Volume 3: Paranet Papers includes the following material:

  • Updated information through the Dresden Files novel Changes, with hints of Ghost Story
  • Detailed information on four key Dresdenverse times and places: Las Vegas, the Russian Revolution, the Neverglades, and Las Tierras Rojas/the Red Lands
  • Detailed rules and setting information for navigating the spirit world known as the Nevernever
  • Updated magical systems, including new material on soulfire, sponsorship, and thaumaturgy
  • New and updated creatures to populate your game, including demons, archangels, creatures of the Nevernever, and scions
  • Character updates and new characters introduced to the Dresdenverse

Turned LeftThe Paranet Papers. Because playing a wizard wasn’t dangerous enough already.

And speaking of Evil Hat, they’re running a Kickstarter campaign right now for Don’t Turn Your Back, a board game set in their delightfully creepy Don’t Rest Your Head setting. Fans of horror, urban fantasy, and dark dreams will want to check this one out for its psychedelic flavor. The campaign ends on March 4th, so don’t wait too long to check this one out!

In other Jim-related news, unfortunately we have to report that the upcoming NSU events in Oklahoma in two weeks have been canceled due to a family issue. Here are the new dates for the NSU events:

  • Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 1-2 p.m.: NSU Tahlequah Webb Auditorium
  • Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 6-7 p.m.: NSU Tahlequah Webb Auditorium
  • Thursday, March 26, 2015, 1-2 p.m.: NSU Broken Arrow Auditorium
  • Thursday, March 26, 2015, 6-7 p.m.: NSU Broken Arrow Auditorium

Looking for somewhere to talk about the Dresden Files RPG? Don’t forget we have a thriving DFRPG discussion area on Jim’s forum. See you there!

 Posted by on 2015/02/26 at 9:00 am