Welcome to the week in review! Every Friday, we comb through the links and images we found and shared this week, and pull the very best for this post. Consider it concentrated genre goodness from all around the web.
- Here’s a free download of wallpaper of Michael Whelan’s cover of Words of Radiance, by Brandon Sanderson. Plus, you can read an excerpt.
- George R. R. Martin has posted a new Wild Cards excerpt! Check out “Those About to Die,” by David Anthony Durham, from the upcoming Wild Cards: Lowball.
- It’s Throwback Thursday! Check out this article from 2010, when Senior Editor Melissa Ann Singer listed some great books you may have missed.
- Are there any science fiction or fantasy stories that you think are better when you’re younger, and your can more easily suspend your disbelief? io9 wants to know.
- Mary Robinette Kowal answers writing questions with puppets.
- What are you looking forward to reading in January? John DeNardo shares his picks on the Kirkus Reviews blog.
The Tor/Forge Newsletter went out this week!
- Books: I Like Them, Who Could Have Guessed? by Jo Walton
- Building Ilmatar by James L. Cambias
- Giant Hawks and Mountain Bikes: Alternative Training by Brian Staveley
And, just to make Friday that much sweeter, here’s a list of sweepstakes and sales we have going on!
- January Grab Bag Sweepstakes (Ends 1/31)
- A Memory of Light Sweepstakes (Ends 1/13)
- Goodreads Sweepstakes: Three Princes by Ramona Wheeler (Ends 1/13)
- Goodreads Sweepstakes: RedDevil 4 by Eric C. Leuthardt (Ends 1/14)
- Waiting on Wednesday: Three by Kristen Simmons (Ends 1/14)
- Goodreads Sweepstakes: The Wily O’Reilly by Patrick Taylor (Ends 1/15)
- Goodreads Sweepstakes: Pillar to the Sky by William Forstchen (Ends 1/15)
- Goodreads Sweepstakes: Three by Kristen Simmons (Ends 1/16)
- eBook Sale: Personal Demons by Lisa Desrocher is on sale for $2.99 (Ends 1/31)
- eBook Sale: Silver by Rhiannon Held is on sale for $2.99 (Ends 1/31)
- eBook Sale: An Echo Through the Snow by Andrea Thalasinos is on sale for $2.99 (Ends 1/31)
- eBook Sale: An Irish Country Girl by Patrick Taylor is on sale for $2.99 (Ends 1/31)
- eBook Sale: One Second After by William Forstchen is on sale for $2.99 (Ends 1/31)
- eBook Sale: Halo: Glasslands and Halo: The Thursday War are on sale for $2.99 (Ends 1/31)
- Goodreads Sweepstakes: The Nightmare Dilemma by Mindee Arnett (Ends 2/3)
- Goodreads Sweepstakes: The Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan (Ends 2/4)