Beautiful World of Books – The Middle Third of 2022

If you missed the first one of these, I laid out all the covers of the books that I read January through April. Why did I pick thirds instead of quarters you ask? Because I didn’t think of it until the beginning of May.

Anyway, not a whole lot of explanation needed for this. These are all the books I read May through August!

Beautiful World of Books – Wheel of Time Recap

Not too much to say about this. It’s just the bloody recap is all; the culmination of the 5-6 posts that have preceded it. I’ll have to work out what to do next, though with my current jobs taxing my energy a bit, I might also just let this segment lie until I find something else that captures my interest enough to resume it. Who knows? Who can say? Let’s just get into it.

But a few notes first:

  • I included a few covers I’d originally missed in specific posts, like the Memory of Light cover for the Tor 2nd’s, which is basically the same (the same picture with a different border) as the Tor 1st version.
  • I included the special split versions of the first two books (eye of the World and the Great Hunt) in the Tor 1st cover section as they bear the same art style. Likewise, I included the Wheel of Time Companion in the Orbit 1st’s, as the art style there is quite similar.
  • I added the final three books to the Orbit 2nd’s, because I felt like I might as well.

Um, anyway…

Eye of the World Anniversary Edition

Tor 1st Editions

Orbit 1st Editions

Tor 2nd Version

Tor 3rd Version

Orbit 2nd Version

And that’s all of them! Did your favorites change upon seeing them all together? I may have the Tor 1st’s in my personal collection, but after this I’d say I’m a convert to the Tor 2nd Versions! I mean, I still HATE the cover of Eye of the World—and vastly prefer the 1st or SE to it—but otherwise it’s pretty much unanimous from me. What do y’all think?

Wheel of Time: Light at the End – Beautiful World of Books

Well, here we are at the close. The end of all things. The Sanderson arc.

I actually quite liked these three entries, especially the last two books, when things started happening again. That said, I can actually understand not enjoying these final three (for you—you know who you are) for a variety of reasons. That being said, this segment ain’t about the plot but the covers! So let’s get this last part underway!

Tor Originals (Tom Dogherty Covers)

Orbit Covers

Tor 2nd Editions

I couldn’t find A Memory of Light cover for this printing, which was disappointing as I was really starting to enjoy them. I’ll give it another shot for the recap next week, but I’m just not sure it exists. Anybody know?

Prime Video Tie-in Editions (Tor 3rd)

And there we are! Which are your favorites? I actually really like the 2nd Tor covers—but of course there’s no final book. And the Tom Dogherty ones—except for the Gathering Storm one that just looks stupid. So I guess I’m going with the Prime Tie-ins. But there’s no clear winner for me.

Come back next week for all the collected covers together (and then after that I’ll actually have to come up with something new…)!

The Wheel of Time – The Fall of Jordan (Beautiful World of Books)

So, sorry for the break. I forgot about how much of an insane month May was release-wise, and just how many UK releases I had that were scheduled on Thursdays. Plus, I’ve been feeling particularly unenergetic (non-energetic?), so I didn’t try to squeeze them in even though I really could have.

In addition, I’ve reworked the schedule slightly, as “the Lore & World of” that I originally had scheduled 4th turned out to be only two books. Seriously, I swear that there were more, but if that’s true I couldn’t find them recently.

Therefore, I’m going to repeat Books 8 & 9 and combine the with 10 & 11—the last two that Jordan fully wrote before his untimely death. And I’m going to throw the covers for the “Lore & World of” in at the beginning.

LORE & WORLD COMPANION BOOKS

TOR ORIGINALS

ORBIT ORIGINALS

TOR 2ND VERSION

ORBIT 2ND EDITION

LITTLE BROWN/TOR 3RD VERSIONS

You know, as much as I’m nostalgic for the Tom Dogherty ones (the Tor 1st Editions), I’m starting to come around on the others. In fact, I’d say I probably like a pair of these better than the originals, which I always felt were a bit bland at this stage. Specifically, the Tor 2nd and 3rd’s probably take it, though to be honest the Orbit originals aren’t too bad (the Orbit 2nd’s continue to be bland, boring, and worse than the 1st’s). If I had to pick between the two… I’d be torn. I like the 3rd version of Crossroads better, but prefer the 2nd for Knife of to all others. I’ll can’t wait to see the complete sets here in a couple weeks to make my final call. What about you, which do you prefer?

And, in case you really had to ask, yeah, the World of’s cover is waaaaay better than the super generic Companion’s.

Beautiful World of Books – The First Third of 2022

We’ll get back to the Wheel of Time next week, but today I wanted to do something a wee bit different. See, I really enjoyed last year’s recap post where I laid out the covers of all the books I’d read in 2021, so I figured I’d do one each quarter of 2022!

Except, well, I kinda missed the whole quarter thing, so maybe I’ll do thirds instead. Anyway, these are all the books I’ve read this year. Enjoy!

The Wheel of Time – Rise of the Dragon (Beautiful World of Books)

Welcome to Week #3 of this Wheel of Time showcase, where I’m showing the covers of the epic fantasy series some much needed love. Well, actually I’m not sure that some of them deserve all that much hype, but we’ll get through that later.

In this week’s post, we’ll be looking at Books #5-9, namely—The Fires of Heaven, Lord of Chaos, A Crown of Swords, The Path of Daggers, and Winters’ Heart.

Now, I have to admit that this section of the Wheel of Time is a bit of a flog. I liked the Fires of Heaven, but the three—well, three and a half—proceeding it were a bit of a bore. When Robert Jordan stopped carrying a full complement of characters as POVs (by this I mean mostly Rand, Mat, and Perrin), the story suffered for it. Now, they all have Rand. But Perrin and Mat appear only now and then, and, I can’t remember exactly, but I don’t think these latter two appear in the same book between Fires and Knife of Dreams? I’m not certain. It’s a long stretch, regardless.

Oh, and I dropped the third Tor version because it and the Orbit’s 2nd together were boring me. I’ve kept the other Orbit one for now… the colors are nice.

Tor Originals

Orbit Originals

Tor 2nd Version

Orbit 2nd Version

Little Brown Book Group

And that’s it for this week! What were your favorites? Personally, I don’t think you can really go wrong, but I especially like the newest covers, and the Tor 2nd issues. I mean, I still own the Tor 1st ones, but I may look into acquiring some of the others now…

The Wheel of Time – Early Special Editions

Welcome to Week #3 of this Wheel of Time showcase, where I’m showing the covers of the epic fantasy series some much needed love. Last week I showcased Books #0-4 (New Spring through the Dragon Reborn), and in this week’s segment we’ll feature special editions of the first two books, which—somehow—were the only ones I could find that HAD special editions.

While both Eye of the World and the Greant Hunt had hardback special editions (complete with sleeves), I could only find one rather poor picture of the outside of Eye of the World, I could also only find one photo of the inside of cover of the Great Hunt. And while one’s a bit disappointing, the inset is incredible.

Weirdly, I couldn’t find any other editions of this, though I’m sure they must exist. Right?

The next two editions are of Eye of the World—both its Amazon Edition (promoting the new TV series—which I haven’t seen and won’t be watching) (and is rather boring in my opinion)—and the 30th anniversary edition (which is just the cover from the first printing, only featuring the image of Lan and Morraine in the middle, surrounded by white, glossy and foil).

And finally, we have the editions of Eye of the World and the Great Hunt that split their books in two, thus turning the first two books into four. I think the idea was to appeal to younger readers that may not see the appeal of a thousand-page brick. So, instead, welcome to the new and improved and even longer Wheel of Time series, beginning with From the Two Rivers, continuing with To the Blight, The Hunt Begins, and finally New Threads in the Pattern.

Next week, come back for Books 4-8 of the Wheel of Time! Hope you enjoyed these special editions! Now go out and buy them all!!

Beautiful World of Books – Special

Welcome to a special month-long edition of the Beautiful World of Books, where I showcase one of my favorite series of all time! Now I know that some of the rest of you have your own opinions on whether or not this series is all that great or not (but it is, and that’s that;) —but hopefully you’ll be okay as we spend a few weeks examining the covers that we’ve seen over the course of this 15 book series!

As this is such an expansive and world-renowned series, I’ll be covering it in quite a few posts, starting with the first four books—Eye of the World, The Great Hunt, The Dragon Reborn, and Shadow Rising—along with the prequel, New Spring. After that I’ve a tentative schedule I’ll be looking to follow, but if you know anything about me it’s that schedules and I often have… an issue.

  • From the Two Rivers (Books #0-4) – Thursday, April 14th
  • Early Special Editions (Books #1-2, mostly) – Thursday, April 21st
  • The Rise of the Dragon (Books #5-9) – Thursday, April 28th
  • The Art and Lore of the Wheel of Time – Thursday, May 12th
  • The Breaking of the World (Books #10-14) – Thursday, May 19th
  • Recap and All together (Books #0-14) – Thursday, May 26th

So, please come back tomorrow for the start, or stay away while I rant about how much nostalgia I get from this series. Haha kidding—I promise I won’t do that, like, too much…

Also, just a note, I won’t be talking about the Amazon series at all, mostly because I haven’t seen it. And don’t plan to. You see, I have it all imagined and pictured a certain way in my mind, and I’m not interested in seeing it done up any other way. But if you want to tell me about it, that’s cool. I’m just not going to watch it.

Shadowdance – the Beautiful World of Books

With the release of The Bladed Faith coming next week, I thought it might be nice to take a look back at some of David Dalglish’s previous series to see just how far we’ve come. Now, as the author has written and published waaay more than just a handful of books, we have quite a few options for this. The the most recent Keepers trilogy, preceded by the Seraphim one. Then there are the shared universe ones. In chronological order: the Breaking World trilogy; then the Shadowdance hexalogy (that’s 6—not including the Cloak and Spider prequel), whose own timeline overlaps the Paladins’ tetralogy (that’s 4); and at last the Half-Orcs heptalogy or septology (which is 7). That’s… a lot of books.

Now, it’s fair to say that Dalglish is one of my favorite authors, but even I haven’t read all his stuff. And while I’ve read and reviewed at least some of his stuff on here, I’m willing to bet that many of you are only kinda aware that he exists. And likely weren’t aware that he’d published nearly 30 books.

To be fair, a lot of these were self-pubbed, and haven’t been repubbed by any major outlets. But they still carry the same quality as most of the rest of his works—although the early ones are a bit rough around the edges.

Anyway, while I’ll try to work through these series fully, for now let’s focus on my original favorite, my first introduction to Dalglish—the Shadowdance series.

This was a tricky one, as only four of the books were self-published before being picked up fully by Orbit, so there are four self-pubbed entries—plus the Cloak and Spider novella. Also, two of them have different names. Though actually, it’s more than just that. Books #3 & 4—A Dance of Mirrors and A Dance of Shadows—were originally published as A Dance of Death and Blood of the Underworld, books where Dalglish changed the titles on because he did significant restructuring and rewriting so that the stories don’t really match up anymore. They’re actually quite different than the others, if I remember correctly, though it’s been a while since I read them. You used to be able to find the two self-published versions on Dalglish’s website for free—if you were curious—though I’m not sure if that’s still a thing.

Self-Published Shadowdance

Orbit Shadowdance

So, which do you like better: the classic fantasy vibe that the self-published ones have, or the more uniform, if stylized decoration upon the Orbit ones?

Rockton by Kelley Armstrong – The Beautiful World of Books

You’d be forgiven for not realizing it, but Kelley Armstrong’s Rockton series came to a close in February of this year with the release of the Deepest of Secrets. February was jam-packed with releases, so I almost missed it myself. In fact, it wasn’t until Mogsy’s review of it that I found out it was the final book.

Though I guess it makes sense. Just how many murders can one stage in the remote Yukon wilderness, where the population of moose almost surely exceeds that of humans? Now I haven’t read the latest book yet (or #6, for that matter), but does that mean that we can’t take a look back on the seven covers that have led us to this point?

Well, I’m doing it anyway.

Now I’m going to post two separate sets of seven. The first are those covers from Minotaur Books. The others… are… kind of a collected set from other publishers in English. I don’t know why, but there were some that I couldn’t find covers for from one certain publisher that I’d never heard of. So… yeah, two sets of seven.

Rockton (Set #1)

Rockton (Minotaur Books)

So, which do you like better? The Minotaur ones or the… others? Personally, I’d pick most of the others, but not absolutely all of them.

Well… maybe all of them.

By the way, just in case you were curious, check out my reviews for the first 3 books in the series below! I uh kinda skipped #4, Watcher in the Woods (as in I DNFed it), but my review of Alone in the Wild should be out sometime soon—maybe by the end of March.

• Review of City of the Lost

• Review of A Darkness Absolute

• Review of This Fallen Prey

Until next time!