Global Affairs and Housekeeping

book-316411_6402016 has been a year, hasn’t it? And it is not even over.

I know that last week’s events have thrown many people’s lives into turmoil, both within and without the US. It was the capstone to a year that seems to only bring us horrible news, though as one of my friends reminded me it also brought us new (small) people to love and other joyful things. But it is hard to hold on to those when faced with the grim reality of news reports and to not feel despondent. Ana and Thea over at The Book Smugglers had this amazing post, which says all I’d want to say much better than I ever could. As they said, we’re stronger together. Let’s remember that and be there for each other.

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Return of the Librarian or where I’ve been

So you may have noticed I’ve been somewhat quiet around here and on Twitter. This was due to me and the family being away for a few days visiting my sister in law in Sweden. We had a fantastic time visiting her and her family and Sweden was lovely even though the weather was mostly atrocious—we had rain four days out of five! We did however see lots of beautiful scenery and wild animals. We saw a raven, a fox, reindeer, deer, and even a couple of elk. There was snow, lots of forest, hills, mountains, lakes, and rivers.  Read More …

In the News: Defying Doomsday on Pozible

City overlooking desolate desert landscape with cracked earthIn the past couple of years Kickstarter and its various competitors have turned into a great way to get interesting anthologies to market. There are lots of great projects out there and increasingly I’ll receive emails asking me to broadcast new campaigns to my readers here on the blog and elsewhere. I usually let those go, because it feels odd to promote projects I won’t personally be backing. But last week I backed the Defying Doomsday project, because it looked very interesting, it’s got a story by the awesome Corinne Duyvis, and the representation of disabled or chronically ill characters is dear to my heart. This meant that when I received an email about the project from its creators, I was stoked to share it here on the blog. What exactly is the Defying Doomsday project? Have a quote:  Read More …

In the News: London Book & Screen Week

lbswbannerSo I usually don’t post much about the press releases for events I get in my inbox, unless it is for an event here in the Netherlands, which so far has happened I think three times, all at The American Book Centre, but sometimes something hits my inbox and it makes me so sad that we still haven’t invented that teleporter yet. Exhibit A is the press release I received about London Book and Screen Week, which runs from 13-19 April and coincides with the London Book Fair. There are some awesome events on and several interesting workshops and exhibitions and I wish I could go.  Read More …

In the news: Cover for Joshua Winning’s Ruins

joshuawinningOne review copy that has been languishing on my digital to read shelf for way too long is Joshua Winning’s Sentinel. One of the reasons I was drawn to accept a review copy of Sentinel was its cover. I love the style of it. And add in the promise of underground societies, evil forces, and a teen trying to figure it all out and I was sold.   Read More …

Strange Chemistry and Exhibit A close down: a round-up of the links

SCI’ve been a Strange Chemistry fan from the beginning. Its editor, Amanda Rutter, was one of the first friends I made when I discovered the blogosphere, at the time she was still blogging at Floor to Ceiling Books, and she helped me out a lot when I decided to start blogging myself. So to see her move into publishing herself was exciting and witnessing Strange Chemistry publish some of the most innovative and wonderful books in the field of YA in the past two years has been a pleasure.  Read More …

In The News: Cover Palooza

InboxLast week I received several mails with interesting new covers and acquisitions news. And as I’ve been looking forward to these books a lot and Solaris’ new acquisition sounds really interesting, I thought I’d share them on the blog.

Let’s start with Angry Robot Books, who revealed the covers for two final books in the series, that I’ve been looking forward to hugely, Emma Newman’s All Is Fair and David Tallerman’s Prince Thief. Both covers and the accompanying blurbs can be found below:   Read More …

In the News: Three Wishes…

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My week is totally not going as planned. I was going to post a review every day and do some extra reading on top, but of course I should have learned by now not to plan to tightly, as there are two little girls in my house who are apt to mess up my carefully laid plans. However, I will have a review up tomorrow, as it’s part of a blog tour, so I really have to get that written, but before I start in on that, I saw an announcement floating around my timeline on Facebook and I really wanted to share it with you guys.

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In The News: Q&A with Clifford Beal

cliffordbeal-gideonsangelI’ve been a little spotty in my blogging lately, mostly due to sick kids, a weekend away, and a really busy week at work. As a result I also have stuff I’ve been meaning to post about for a while tucked away in Evernote and I decided to pull one out today because if I don’t post this now, it will really be too random. Anyway, last February I reviewed Clifford Beal’s Gideon’s Angel, which I enjoyed very much and last month Solaris released a short video shot at the official launch event for Gideon’s Angel. It featured a Q&A with the author where he among other things talks about why he chose to write a historical fantasy and about the historical figures he included in the book.

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