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Brent Weeks

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In a small-town Montana school at age 12, Brent Weeks met the two great loves of his life. Edgar Allan Poe introduced him to the power of literature to transcend time and death and loneliness. Fate introduced him to The Girl, Kristi Barnes. He began his pursuit of each immediately.

The novel was a failure. The Girl shot him down.

Since then–skipping the boring parts–Brent has written eight best-selling novels with the Night Angel Trilogy and the Lightbringer Series, won several industry awards, and sold a few million books.

Brent and his wife Kristi live in Oregon with their two daughters. (Yeah, he married The Girl.)

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Brent Weeks Great question! A rattling noise at low rpm's could either be something stuck in your CV joint or you might want to check your trunk. I find that when…moreGreat question! A rattling noise at low rpm's could either be something stuck in your CV joint or you might want to check your trunk. I find that when I slow down, that's when the hostages make the most noise. They seem to think somebody will be able to hear them at that time. Best of luck!
Oh, also, avoid border states. I find the spot checks are particularly problematic there.(less)
Brent Weeks Oh, I didn't know we were going into the embarrassing questions! Yes, I do laugh at my own jokes. Then of course, I often scowl, change the word order…moreOh, I didn't know we were going into the embarrassing questions! Yes, I do laugh at my own jokes. Then of course, I often scowl, change the word order to see if it makes it funnier, scowl again, and try three more times. I also occasionally cackle when I've pulled something particularly cruel and/or clever. This is why I can't write in coffee shops. (less)
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The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair

Good morning from Abu Dhabi, UAE! I’m here all week for the International Book Fair, and I’ll be in conversation with sci-fi author and publisher Noura Al Noman on Friday, May 27 at 6pm GST(that’s Gulf Standard Time), or:

7:00 PDT

10:00 EDT

14:00 UTC

If you’re local, please do join us, and be sure to say hello!

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“The truth is, everyone likes to look down on someone. If your favorites are all avant-garde writers who throw in Sanskrit and German, you can look down on everyone. If your favorites are all Oprah Book Club books, you can at least look down on mystery readers. Mystery readers have sci-fi readers. Sci-fi can look down on fantasy. And yes, fantasy readers have their own snobbishness. I’ll bet this, though: in a hundred years, people will be writing a lot more dissertations on Harry Potter than on John Updike. Look, Charles Dickens wrote popular fiction. Shakespeare wrote popular fiction—until he wrote his sonnets, desperate to show the literati of his day that he was real artist. Edgar Allan Poe tied himself in knots because no one realized he was a genius. The core of the problem is how we want to define “literature”. The Latin root simply means “letters”. Those letters are either delivered—they connect with an audience—or they don’t. For some, that audience is a few thousand college professors and some critics. For others, its twenty million women desperate for romance in their lives. Those connections happen because the books successfully communicate something real about the human experience. Sure, there are trashy books that do really well, but that’s because there are trashy facets of humanity. What people value in their books—and thus what they count as literature—really tells you more about them than it does about the book.”
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“Do you know what punishments I've endured for my crimes, my sins? None. I am proof of the absurdity of men's most treasured abstractions. A just universe wouldn't tolerate my existence.”
Brent Weeks, The Way of Shadows

“Why is it, my shadow-striding friend, that we don't fear dreams? We lose consciousness, lose control, things happen with no apparent logic and abiding by no apparent rules.... We don't fear dreams, but we do fear madness, and death terrifies us.”
Brent Weeks, Shadow's Edge

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Which October New Release would you like to read in November?

Books were randomly chosen from Goodreads' "Most Popular Books Published In October" list.

** Write-ins are allowed. If you do so, please include title, author and series name.

Fireborne (The Aurelian Cycle, #1) by Rosaria Munda
Fireborne by Rosaria Munda
(The Aurelian Cycle #1)
 
  2 votes, 33.3%

Shattered Bonds (Jane Yellowrock, #13) by Faith Hunter
Shattered Bonds by Faith Hunter
(Jane Yellowrock, #13)
 
  2 votes, 33.3%

Ninth House (Alex Stern, #1) by Leigh Bardugo
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
(Alex Stern, #1)
 
  1 vote, 16.7%

Wicked Wings (Lizzie Grace, #5) by Keri Arthur
Wicked Wings by Keri Arthur
(Lizzie Grace #5)
 
  1 vote, 16.7%

The Burning White (Lightbringer #5) by Brent Weeks
The Burning White by Brent Weeks
(Lightbringer #5)
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

Rebel (Legend, #4) by Marie Lu
Rebel by Marie Lu
(Legend, #4)
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

The Library of the Unwritten (A Novel from Hell's Library, #1) by A.J. Hackwith
The Library of the Unwritten by A.J. Hackwith
(A Novel from Hell's Library, #1)
 
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  0 votes, 0.0%

Reaper (Demonica, #20) by Larissa Ione
Reaper by Larissa Ione
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message 32: by M.A.

M.A. McComas Thank you for accepting my friend request! I love your books and can't wait to see what your next project is! I love how you can take amazing fantasy set in great worlds and connect it with real life issues. That is something I have learned from reading your works and have tried to work into my own writing. I just released my own book on Amazon and I hope that someday you will read it and see the influence your writing had on mine!


message 31: by Dana

Dana Ilie Hey Brent,
Thank you for accepting my friend request. I love your books. Can't wait till september 2019....
Dana


message 30: by Cameron

Cameron Hayden I'm looking forward to reading more of your work!


Brittanee Thank you for accepting my friend request! :) I cannot wait to read the Night Angel series, Lightbringer is one of my favourite fantasy series and I'm betting that Night Angel will be as well! I've also been suggesting (forcing) some of my friends to read it as well since I know that they'll love it as much as I do! Anyway keep up the awesome writing! :)


message 28: by Stephen

Stephen Brent,

Thank you for friending me here on GR! I am new to your books and just purchased the first Night Angel novel. Based on all the good things I hear about it, I am really looking forward to reading it!

Stephen


message 27: by James

James Just want to say thank you so much for what you do! I know you love doing it, or at least I would assume so haha! You are one of my favorite authors and I have been following you since the first Night Angel book came out! You have written some of my favorite books ever! Keep creating those masterpieces! Thank you!!!


message 26: by Michael

Michael Hey Brent,

Thanks so much for the add. Really appreciate it! Love all your books and have been using you as a benchmark for the books I read ever since I discovered the Night Angel Trilogy. Thanks so much for the privilege of reading your books, and keep up the great work.


message 25: by L

L Dear Brent,
I would like to thank you so much for being my friend here on GoodReads, which i concider a great honor and privalidge. I am a huge fan of the fantasy genre and apsolutely love your work, including the Night Angel trilogy that is spectacular! Thank you so, so much.
Kind Regards
Lucinda x


message 24: by Paul

Paul Thanks for the add Brent! I thoroughly enjoyed your Night Angel Trilogy and am planning on reading your Lightbringer series soon. Keep up the good work!


message 23: by Kevin

Kevin Lever Thanks for the add!


message 22: by S.C.

S.C.  Savage I am so excited for the second lightbringer Book!!! I can't wait to read it! Keep up the awesome writing Brent!!!


message 21: by AliciaJ

AliciaJ Hi Brent,
I hope you are busy busy busy writing the next book in the Lightbringer series. Can't wait!


message 20: by Edward

Edward The way of shadows is one of the best books i've read in a long time, its what finally got me to transition from teen fiction to adult fiction. You are a really amazing writer!


message 19: by Jessie

Jessie I just want to say I think it's really cool that you have a GoodReads account and are friends with people, your fans, rather than just another author page. I love your books, they're slowly becoming some of my new favorites, and can't wait to finish the Night Angel Trilogy. When's the next Lightbringer book coming out? :D

-Rahl

PS: I can't believe no one's commented on your page since April!


Jennifer Brent,
Long time since we've chatted, hope you and the wife are well.
I just pre-ordered "Perfect Shadow" on my Barnes and Nobles ColorNook! Can't wait for it to come out!

Sincerely,
Jennifer Squire


Jonathan Avery I read The Desert Spear, then I read the first book of The Night Angel Trilogy. I thought you might find that interesting.


Charlotte Have to say that I love your books. Currently trying to get my boyfriend to read 'The Black Prism' before all the other books he insists he has to read. All of your books have really blown me away when reading them and i can't wait for your next book.
Much love!<3


message 15: by Matthew

Matthew Just finished The Way of Shadows and honestly it's one of the best books I ever read. Next week I planed to start reading second book of Night Angel Trilogy, can't wait :D


message 14: by Maggie

Maggie I just finished Beyond the Shadows, & I enjoyed it so much! I can't believe it's over. It was so wonderful; I cried really, really hard, haha. (: Thanks for the great trilogy, & I can't wait to read The Black Prism!


message 13: by Steven

Steven Hey Brent, your books look and sound so kick butt man. Have you been hit up for a movie deal yet? Your trilogy is on my list of must reads. I'm from up in the Longview/ Kelso area of Washington, think you will ever make an appearance for a signing up this way? You definitely got a lot of fans in this town. Everyone I talk to has heard of you and has your books.


Jennifer Just checkin in on ya! Hope things are well! The weather is finally warming, I hope you guys are taking some time for yourselves to enjoy it!

KIT,
Jennifer


Jennifer Hope things are coming along well, and things aren't too stressful. Wishing you and Kristi a Happy early V-day!


Jennifer Hey all you Brent Weeks fans! If you havn't checked out brentweeks.ning.com it is the ultimate Brent "Night Angels Trilogy" and the upcoming "Black Prism" trilogy website! I encourage everyone to take a peek, you never know what secrets, and Brent knowledge you'll find. Brent as you probably know likes to talk, sometimes even adds a bit of spoilers! So head over there, and enjoy the ride!


message 9: by Jennifer (last edited Dec 15, 2009 02:54PM)

Jennifer Just headed over to your website, joined the boards (a little late granted!). Just wanted to let all you goodreads fans to know that Brent has posted alot of interesting things over there. Maybe even a few *spoilers*, maybe not. I guess you'll have to go see for yourself!


PS- If you didn't notice the obvious, the link is at the top of the page! lol


message 8: by Jennifer (last edited Dec 15, 2009 02:16PM)

Jennifer Congrats! You are the thirteenth most followed author on goodreads.com! I have no doubt that with the release of "Black Prism" you will be in the number one spot. At least if my votes have anything to do with it! I am waiting for the new year to arrive!


message 7: by Brent

Brent Weeks Jennifer wrote: "Brent I miss your books! I have been trying to find something to compare and I keep getting a sour taste in my mouth! Please tell me you are cooking up something special for your devoted fans?

Si..."

Jennifer,
If you are unable to make it to Powell's this weekend, I'd be happy to send you signed book plates. Just email me with your address. Thanks for your praise and support. Happy Thanksgiving.

Brent




Jennifer Jennifer wrote: "Brent I miss your books! I have been trying to find something to compare and I keep getting a sour taste in my mouth! Please tell me you are cooking up something special for your devoted fans?

Si..."


Working on a way to get to Oregon in November!


Jennifer Brent- I was visiting your website and was sickened to find that your cover to "Black Prism" was leaked! That is terrible. I do not think people realize how much work goes into your creative thoughts. I hope you find out who the creep(s) are and blog some of their intellectual property! OK so maybe I am a little vindictive, but it is better than what Durzo Blint would do to them *wink wink*


Jennifer Brent I miss your books! I have been trying to find something to compare and I keep getting a sour taste in my mouth! Please tell me you are cooking up something special for your devoted fans?

Sincerely,
Jennifer

PS- Is there anyway I can get a signed copy of your book(s)? I move around a lot with the military being a army wife but I will drive to a signing if I have to! I am still working on my husband to get time to read them, he is interested and he does not read often!


message 3: by C.E.

C.E. Thornton Just dropping in to say I just read the last page of "Beyond the Shadows" and your trilogy is some of the best writing I've read in years. Thanks for an awesome story! I could go on, but we'll be here all night!


message 2: by Brent

Brent Weeks Jennifer wrote: "Adele I have to agree. Brent is such an amazing writer, that I would be interested to see what his top favorite books are, and ones that he intends to read in the near future! Keep on writing Brent..."

Well, thank you. I signed up here thinking, hey, I love books, I have strong opinions, this will be great! Then I realized I now have a pretty good chance of sometime meeting the authors I might have less-than-completely laudatory things to say about. That was a splash of cold water on the idea. Then, honestly, this site--cool as it is--has just been lower on my list of priorities with my web site, my forum, doing interviews, facebook, twitter, and oh yeah, trying to write. It IS still on the list of things to update and to put at least some of my favorites up on, but it is lower than a lot of things.




Jennifer Adele I have to agree. Brent is such an amazing writer, that I would be interested to see what his top favorite books are, and ones that he intends to read in the near future! Keep on writing Brent- You have an incredible talent.


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