Fantastic 2000: A Review of the Year in Fantasy
by Rob H. Bedford
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2000 was a pretty good year to be fan of fantasy. A good number of new books
were published continuing some of the best series, newer series saw publication
(and acclaim) while a good number of classics were re-issued, and the internet
was abuzz with the ongoing production of the landmark work of the genre and the
newest fantasy sensation.
2000 saw the continuation of two of Fantasyís most popular and best examples
of the genre: George R.R. Martinís A Song of Ice and Fire book
#3--A Storm of Swords. Earlier volumes of this vast epic have been
nominated for various awards including the Nebula Award, Hugo Award and Locus
Poll Award. The third book in the series continued the trend of hitting the New
York Times Best Seller list.
In the very next week, at least in the United States, Robert Jordanís
Winterís Heart was published, the mammoth ninth volume of the landmark
fantasy series The Wheel of Time. For the second consecutive
volume in the series, Robert Jordan secured the number one spot on the New York
Times Best Seller List.
Ricardo Pintoís The Chosen, the first book in The Stone Dance
the Chameleon Trilogy was published to acclaim in the United States.
John Marco published his second volume of Tyrants and Kings,
The Grand Design, garnering honors for the second year in a row from
Barnes and Noble.com and Elizabeth Haydon continued her magical, musical tale
a heroine named Prophecy which picked up the story begun in
Rhapsody, also making bn.comís best of the year list for the second
Dave Duncanís Tales of the Kingís Blades came to a conclusion
with Sky of Swords. Hopefully he will return to that world and tell more
tales of the Blades.
Some of the classics that were reissued included the first three volumes of
Terry Pratchettís Discworld. While Mr. Pratchett is the best
selling author in the United Kingdom, he is just beginning to catch on here in
the United States. Mr. Pratchett also published another volume in the
Discworld series, The Truth. Earlier in the year Terry
Brooks latest Shannara novel, the first of a projected
multi-volume series, saw publication Isle Witch: The Voyage of the Jerle
Shannara while his original Shannara books were released with new covers.
Continuing the "Terry" theme, Terry Goodkind continued his tale of Richard,
bearer of the Sword of Truth with Faith of the Fallen.
Jack Vanceís landmark The Dying Earth was published in an
omnibus volume, collecting the four volumes of the influential work under only
Roger Zelaznyís Amber series was published as a 10-in-1 volume
The Complete Book of Amber.
Perhaps the most anticipated event for Fantasy fans is the upcoming release
of the film version of J.R.R. Tolkienís Lord of the Rings. The people making
this seem to be doing things right, enlisting the some of the best, most
respected actors, utilizing the best technology to put forth JRRTís vision-as
director (of the films Peter Jackson) says, "Technology is just NOW catching up
to the vision that JRRT had when he created Middle Earth"
The third Edition of the popular role-playing game Dungeons and
Dragons, introducing a whole new generation to the fantastical game
many of us grew up playing into the wee hours of the night, made a huge buzz.
The books remained near or at the top of amazon.comís Science Fiction and
Fantasy bestseller list for the duration of 2000.
While considered books for a younger audience, The Amber Spyglass,
conclusion to Philip Pullmanís critically acclaimed trilogy His Dark
Materials was published.
Perhaps the largest impact, not only in fantasy, but in publishing was felt
by the publication of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the fourth
volume chronicling the tales of the young wizard in training. Harry
Potter has created such a stir that lines were forming and book stores
were crowded for Midnight party releases of the much anticipated book. The
phenomena is getting kids and adults to read, and that is a great thing.
Production on the film version of the first Harry Potter began:
Harry Potter and the Sorcererís Stone.
Looking ahead, 2001 is going to be another great year, headlined by the main
event at the end of the year that many are anticipating: Harry v. Gandalf. Both
pictures will be released around the holidays.
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