It seems like every day we’re hearing about something new that Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda is joining to work on. The man is incredibly busy these days, and is only getting busier.
Miranda has now joined up with author Patrick Rothfuss to help in adapting his popular book series “The Kingkiller Chronicle.” According to the press release, Miranda will serve as “creative producer and musical mastermind” on the projects, and he’ll also have the option to be involved with any stage productions based on the books as well.
Tak is an “abstract strategy” board game in the traditions of Chess and Go, based on a fictional game mentioned in Patrick Rothfuss’s Kingkiller Chronicle novel series. It was developed by James Ernest and Rothfuss for Cheapass Games, and is right now enjoying the home stretch of a massively successful Kickstarter campaign.
It should come as no surprise that the game surpassed its $50,000 funding goal almost instantly, currently topping off at more than ten times that number. A legion of loyal fans clamors for anything even peripherally related to Rothfuss’s epic fantasy saga about a multi-talented liar who falls backwards into legend status on the road to avenging his family’s murder.
Lionsgate has scored the rights to The Kingkiller Chronicle fantasy book series by author Patrick Rothfuss, who had talked to various studios about adapting his work including Warner Brothers, MGM, and others before eventually reaching an agreement with Lionsgate.
Part of that agreement was that Lionsgate be willing to adapt the stories on multiple platforms. So instead of just making movies based on the books, they’ll also be simultaneously developing a TV series and video games as well.
2011 was a big year for doorstopper-sized fantasy novels, particularly A Dance of Dragons by George R.R. Martin, which is a whopping 1,040 pages. It sold 298,000 copies on its first day alone, which included 170,000 hardcovers, 110,000 eBooks, and 18,000 audiobooks, proving that although ebook sales are catching up, print is still ahead for big releases like this.
Another major series that got a hugely anticipated sequel came in the form of Patrick Rothfuss’ The Wise Man’s Fear, which continues the events of The Name of the Wind and propels Kvothe into an even more compelling situations. Canadian horror also got a few notable entries with Enter, Night and Dead of Winter, both historical fiction novels and both superbly written. Small and mid-sized presses continue to produce some of the best genre fiction out there, and this year proved no exception.
Here’s my picks for the Top 10 Fantasy and Horror Books of 2011.