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The Black God's War (Novel)Writing isn’t nearly as much fun without loud music in my face. I need your help so I can rock (or groove, or float) on.

I recently asked my homeys on Facebook and Twitter to recommend just one song for my next music playlist. These are the songs I’ll listen to as I write my next book, The Gods Divided (sequel to The Black God’s War, which comes out on August 1st). There’s still time to recommend a song (only one, please). I’ve listened to all of the current suggestions (thanks, y’all!), and here are the ten songs I’ve approved so far.

In no particular order:

Map of the Problematique, by Muse (from @AlexJKane).
Crystal, by New Order (from @RinnFalconer).
Call me When You’re Sober, by Evanescence (from @MumofBabyDavros).
The Last of the Mohicans, from the soundtrack (from @Strassur).
Timshel, by Mumford & Sons (from @charlotte_abel).
Roads, by Portishead (from @I_Pagan).
Sigur Ros, by Sæglópur (from Corey Podwinski)
Angels, by Wax Poetic featuring Norah Jones (Alexandra Geraets)
Sign of the Southern Cross, by Black Sabbath (Eric Kent Edstrom)
Remembering, by Karen Thurber (Karen Thurber‘s MySpace)

(I’ll keep adding songs to this list as I approve new songs.)

New songs added since I published this blog post:

Philosophia, by Guggenheim Grotto (@_MoniqueMartin_)
Anywhere on This Road, by Lhasa de Sela (Sarah Bartsch)
For Prayer, by Wye Oak (@iamfantastikate)
Blow Me Away, by Breaking Benjamin featuring Valora (lexcade)
Escape Artist, by Zoe Keating  (Timothy C Ward)
Threads, by This Will Destroy You (bennylol)
A Song for Starlit Beaches, by Yndi Halda (Machine_Gun_Jubblies)
Solitude is Bliss, by Tame Impala (MunkyAU)
Lobby, by The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble (thepaganapostle)
Welcome Home, by Coheed and Cambria (Barry Napier)

Feel free to comment with a song suggestion, and leave something like an email address or twitter handle in case I add your song. The first 20 selections will win paper copies of my book. EDIT: I’ve just reached 20 songs, but feel free to suggest a song if you’d like a chance to win a free ebook edition of The Black God’s War.

My taste is eclectic, and I like variety in my playlists. Thanks for your help, and check out the links to the songs above if you’re looking for a good time.

Kit Soden Steven EriksonThe Twittersphere turned me onto a very cool album by Kit Soden, a collaborative endeavor with Steven Erikson, mainly inspired by Erikson’s epic fantasy series, The Malazan Book of the Fallen.

You can check out the album for free here, Like a Dancer Unstrung, and then get it in mp3, FLAC, and other formats. I think it works great as a complete album, though my favorite tunes are Bard’s Curse, Reapers Gale, and Lay of the Bridgeburners.

Kit has another album, Around the Corner, that I also really like–seriously, it’s quite good. Check it out.

I managed to tracked down Kit and asked him a few questions that he was nice enough to respond to:

What is your relationship with Steven Erikson?

Kit Soden: We have only corresponded through email, he lives in England and I am in Montreal. I hope to meet him next summer when I tour Europe. (See following answer..)

Were you hired and paid to create this album, or was it a labor of love?

Kit Soden: I had been writing songs with SE’s poetry for a couple of years, and I wanted to write more. I tried to get in touch with him, and finally did. It turned out he liked the music I had been writing, and we agreed that an album should be made, but that it should have other songs than just Malazan. SE sent me some unpublished poems, and I began writing more. This has been a labor of love on both sides, in his writing of the poems and in my writing and recording of the songs.

Are you a big fantasy genre fan? What are some of your favorite books or authors?

Kit Soden: I love the fantasy genre, because of its extreme use of the imagination. It is like music in this way, you use a familiar means to open new worlds.
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