Sunday Salon: Bits of Book & Blog Babble
First off, I was thrilled to receive notification this week that I was nominated for two BBAW awards: Best Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Horror/Speculative Fiction, and Most Concise. I have to believe that that last one was on the strength of my haikus, because my reviews themselves? Not so much. :) I know it’s cliché, but it really was an honor just to be nominated, so, thank you, awesome nominators!
It was also a really good week for my acquiring stuff off my wishlist that had been impossible to find:
– A copy of Colman by Monica Furlong arrived in the mail from Bookmooch. It’s the out-of-print sequel to Juniper and Wise Child, which I loved as a kid (Juniper) and when I read it four-or-so years ago (Wise Child), and have been trying to get my hands on Colman ever since I learned of its existence a few years ago, but it’s the sort of thing that never seemed to turn up in used book stores or on Bookmooch… until now!
– I was able to mooch a copy of Underdog by Markus Zusak from Israel. It’s his first book, and comes before Fighting Ruben Wolfe and Getting the Girl, and while I didn’t love those two as much as The Book Thief and I Am The Messenger, I *love* Zusak’s writing style and also am a bit of a completist. It’s not normally available in the US, so I was beyond pumped to find a copy listed on BookMooch by someone who was willing to send internationally.
– I’ve got Fables Vol. 12: The Dark Ages sitting on my table, hot off the presses! I may have mentioned how much I love my local library, but one of the things I particularly love is that I can go (in best Veruca Salt voice) “I want that! Buy it for me! Dance, monkeys, dance!” and they WILL! (Although on the website the link is called “Suggestion for Purchase”, but that’s boring.) Aaaanyways, if you’re the first one to suggest they buy it, you’re the first one on the hold list when they do. I had totally forgot Fables was coming out this week, until I went to the library on Tuesday to pick up some other holds (another volume of Angel: After the Fall and a disc of Rome) and the woman working the checkout pulled three items off the shelf. I am not kidding, I actually squealed aloud.
Two Twilight related links/pieces of merchandise, sent to me from a friend (who claims she got them from Jezebel… riiiiiiight. We all know what kind of things she’s been shopping for in her spare time.)
– Who doesn’t want their very own life-size silhouette of Edward Cullen plastered to their bedroom wall, reminding them to “Be safe.” and watching them sleep? Creepy.
– It’s very pale white! It sparkles in the sun! It can be kept in the freezer for an appropriately cold-to-the-touch feeling! It, unlike its inspiration, doesn’t give a damn if you’re married or not! It is thoroughly NSFW and inappropriate for kiddos under 18 and those who are offended by sex! (Personally, I can’t believe no company came up with this sooner.)
I am trying to decide whether or not I want to re-read none, some, or all of the Wheel of Time books before the new one, The Gathering Storm, comes out this fall. It’s been about 4 years since I last read the series, and I *know* I’ve forgotten where most of the storylines are, not to mention some crucial details. The final three books are scheduled to come out roughly one per year, starting this fall, and I can’t decide whether I should re-read the whole thing now and then maybe have to again before the final book comes out, whether I should just re-read the most recent book (book 11) before book 12, or whether I should just not read (or re-read) anything until everything is published. What say you?
I spent pretty much all of yesterday reading The Secret History of the Pink Carnation rather than accomplishing any of the things I needed to accomplish (including trying to further cut down my ever-present review backlog), so today will mostly be spent working and getting errands and other household things done. Woohoo.