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Oh dear, I just bought 19 books

But they were all on special, honest they were!

Open Road Media has 80% off all their ebook titles for Cyber Monday. (I don’t really get what Cyber Monday is or what the point is, but I’ll happily buy reduced books.)

I now have all three of Pat Wrede and Caroline Stevemer’s Kate and Cecy books (I already had the first one), the Octavia E. Butler books I want to read but didn’t have copies of and all the Dorothy L. Sayers Lord Peter Wimsey books. It’s that latter bit of shopping that took the numbers up, but I’ve always wanted them and only not bought because of the price. So with them all (except Whose Body? which I bought recently anyway) selling for $2.99 I decided to spend the money because even though it adds up, I would have bought them eventually anyway and for a lot more. (That’s how I’m justifying it to myself, anyway.)

Kate and Cecy:

  • The Grand Tour: or the Purloined Coronation Regalia
  • The Mislaid Magician: or Ten Years After

Octavia E. Butler:

  • The Parable of the Sower
  • The Parable of the Talents
  • Seed to Harvest: Wild Seed, Mind of My Mind, Clay’s Ark, and Patternmaster

Lord Peter Wimsey

  • Clouds of Witness
  • Unnatural Death
  • Lord Peter Views the Body
  • The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club
  • Strong Poison
  • Five Red Herrings
  • Have His Carcass
  • Hangman’s Holiday
  • Murder Must Advertise
  • The Nine Tailors
  • Gaudy Night
  • Busman’s Honeymoon
  • In the Teeth of the Evidence
  • Striding Folly

I’m a happy, if poorer, reader.

New Books

Marcus’ school gala was held a week ago and, of course, my first goal was to check out the book stall. We ended up with a good haul for both Marcus and me, as well as the pile of pony/unicorn books we found for my niece.

I managed to score 11 UK editions of Nalini Singh’s books, a copy of Laura Hillenbrand’s Seabiscuit and a DVD of the 1997 ITV version of Rebecca, which I remember really liking when I saw it on TV. (Okay, mostly I remember the lovely hardanger collar on one of the second Mrs de Winter’s blouses, but hey, I’m an embroiderer.)

Books from the Gala

To add to the “new books” feeling, my hardcover copy of Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance, signed by the author, arrived a couple of days later.

Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance

Lois McMaster Bujold signature in CVA

To finish off a perfect book week, two books I’ve been waiting to see published as ebooks turned up on Amazon. As I mentioned in an earlier post, both The Infinity Concerto and The Serent Mage are now both on my Kindle and I just have to find time to read them.

So I’ve had a very good book week, and thanks to the gala, it wasn’t even hugely expensive.

Yay! Happy Dancing!

I’ve got behind again, basically because I’m totally exhausted and sick.

That’s okay. I’ve given myself permission not to blog when that happens.

All the same, I do have ideas about things I’d like to post when I have the energy and enthusiasm. The one I’m working on at the moment is “I wish they were ebooks”. Making up my TBR list, I found all those old favourite from the 80s and 90s that I want to read. And a bunch of them, understandably I admit, are not available as ebooks. Since I’m rereading one of those right now, it make me want to make a post about those old books whose rights and/or current popularity are uncertain, but that I wish were ebooks so I could reread them more easily.

Since it was going to be an alphabetical list, right near the top after the Catherine Asaro books that haven’t been epublished (she’s working on it though) are The Infinity Concerto and The Serpent Mage, fantasy novels by SF author Greg Bear. Most of his SF has been epubbed, but not these two that I loved and want to have in my elibrary for when I get to rereading them.

It can be hard to discover when old books turn up as ebooks, since there generally isn’t a lot of fanfare about it. I discovered a blog called New Kindle Ebook Releases that does an automated update for various genres at regular intervals. I scan down the authors each time in the hope something I didn’t know about will show up (and then I’ll be geographically allowed to buy it if it does). It’s a very useful tool and many thanks to the person who runs it.

I’m sure you can see where this is heading. Yes, those two Greg Bear books turned up on the list today, and even better, Amazon will sell them to me. I’ll be buying them as soon as that gift certificate I bought myself turns up in my email account, since my account balance went to zero when I bought Chicks Unravel Time a few days ago.

Happy, happy.

Now  I just needs the other books on the list to turn up as ebooks. (A list which I’ll try to post in the next few days, but no promises.)

P.S. Sorry the images include the Amazon stuff on them. I didn’t know if I could get rid of it or find them anywhere else. I’m trying not to make too much work for myself.

New Book, Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops

I bought a book on a whim today. One that I didn’t already know about and hadn’t preordered. One that I didn’t look at, think “hmm, interesting” and put it on a wishlist. No, I actually bought it.

There’s a question that seems to come up a lot these days – how do you find out about new books? For me, there are two main avenues. The first is that the book is by an author I already know and follow in some fashion (even if just to recognise their name on an “upcoming release dates” post I see somewhere else). Hooray, a new book by Author X and it goes on preorder, or the “to buy” list or the “I don’t know if I want it but I don’t want to forget about it” list.

The second is to see something recommended on a blog I follow. If I trust the blogger and think the book itself looks interesting, I’ll investigate further. Usually I’ll decide to let the book pass me by, or I’ll put it on a wishlist as a way to remember it later. But sometimes, I’ll buy, and that’s what I did today.

This on can be blamed on Simon from Savidge Reads. He featured this on his blog today and after finding myself smiling at his examples, I popped over to Amazon and bought it. I understand what he was saying in his post, wondering if laughing at some of the examples when we might say such things ourselves was being a bit mean. But from his examples (I haven’t actually started the book yet), it seems to me that it is more a case of smiling with someone rather than laughing at them. I hope so anyway, as it does look like a fun book.

I am determined to finish The Kingdom of Gods first (especially since Mira Grant’s Blackout comes out tomorrow night), but I’m looking forward to having this one to read for some light and fun reading after a couple of serious books.

Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops

Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops
Jen Campbell

From the hugely popular blog, a miscellany of hilarious and peculiar bookshop moments:
‘Can books conduct electricity?’
‘My children are just climbing your bookshelves: that’s ok… isn’t it?’

A John Cleese Twitter question ['What is your pet peeve?'], first sparked the ‘Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops’ blog, which grew over three years into one bookseller’s collection of ridiculous conversations on the shop floor. From ‘Did Beatrix Potter ever write a book about dinosaurs?’ to the hunt for a paperback which could forecast the next year’s weather; and from ‘I’ve forgotten my glasses, please read me the first chapter’ to’Excuse me… is this book edible?’

This full-length collection illustrated by the Brothers McLeod also includes top ‘Weird Things’ from bookshops around the world.

(Blurb from

Thea is evil

The False Prince

Thea over at The Book Smugglers is evil.

One click shopping is evil.

Automatic downloads to Kindle are evil.

I’ve just read Thea’s review of a book I’d never heard of before. It’s called The False Prince by Jennifer A. Neilsen and it sounds really excellent. Here’s the blurb and make sure you go and read Thea’s review.

THE FALSE PRINCE is the thrilling first book in a brand-new trilogy filled with danger and deceit and hidden identities that will have readers rushing breathlessly to the end.

In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king’s long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner’s motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword’s point — he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. But Sage’s rivals have their own agendas as well.

As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner’s sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold, until finally, a truth is revealed that, in the end, may very well prove more dangerous than all of the lies taken together.

An extraordinary adventure filled with danger and action, lies and deadly truths that will have readers clinging to the edge of their seats.

I have an automatic aversion to thief and assassin books, so a review has to be good to convince me to try such a book. That doesn’t mean I don’t read them – I adore both Fitz from Robin Hobb’s Six Duchies books and Eugenedies from Megan Whalen Turner’s Thief books – but you’ve got to work on me. Thea managed it with ease.

Let me know if you buy it because then I won’t be the only one caught out by her evil book smuggling ways.


Firebird by Kathy Tyers

I read the very original editions of Firebird and Fusion Fire back in the ’80s when they were originally published. I loved Firebird, but did struggle a bit with some of the nasty stuff Phoena got up to in Fusion Fire. I was always sad the story didn’t seem to be finished.

Move up to the new millennium and the books were rereleased in revised trade editions with a more spiritual bent from a Christian publisher. Finally the third book, Crown of Fire was released. I happily bought all three. I read and really enjoyed the new edition of Firebird (although part of me missed the original version, which I had loved so much), but again I got stuck in Fusion Fire. So to my great shame, I never actually got to read the new book. I always wanted to and the whole series has been on my reread list for a long time.

So here we are in 2011, and over the weekend I was compiling a list of my favourite books (especially older ones like these) that I own in paper and would love to be able to buy as ebooks. For each one, I did a quick online search, just in case it was available and I’d missed it, and what did I find but here was a new, annotated version of the trilogy. I bought it on the spot and I’ve started reading Firebird all over again today. This time I will keep on going with Fusion Fire and I will read all three books.

Is this a little excessive?

Which is a good thing, since today I discovered that Kathy Tyers has two more Firebird books coming out, Wind and Shadow this week and Daystar next year. Yipee, hooray! I want to tell her how delighted I am to discover this, but find myself very embarrassed that I’ll have to admit that much as I’m a fan of the series (I now own 8 editions of the 3 books after all), I never finished reading it. Maybe I’ll just lurk on her Facebook page until I’ve actually read this annotated edition of the first three books.

Please, please, do let the new ones come out as ebooks as this one did.

The Annotated Firebird: Firebird, Fusion Fire & Crown of Fire

Wind and Shadow

New Book, The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal

The Hare with Amber Eyes

Sometimes it’s hard to decide if reading someone else’s blog is a good thing or a bad thing. And when you combine that with one-click purchasing, it can be downright dangerous.

I have just read a wonderful review of The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal over on Eve’s Alexandria. While I had heard the name of it before – mostly because it is such a lovely name – I didn’t know anything about it. Thanks to this review, it is now on my Kindle and I hope to have a chance to read it soon.

Here’s the blurb below, but do go and read the Eve’s Alexandria review as it has so much more detail and personal response to the book.

Edmund de Waal is a world-famous ceramicist. Having spent thirty years making beautiful pots—which are then sold, collected, and handed on—he has a particular sense of the secret lives of objects. When he inherited a collection of 264 tiny Japanese wood and ivory carvings, called netsuke, he wanted to know who had touched and held them, and how the collection had managed to survive.

And so begins this extraordinarily moving memoir and detective story as de Waal discovers both the story of the netsuke and of his family, the Ephrussis, over five generations. A nineteenth-century banking dynasty in Paris and Vienna, the Ephrussis were as rich and respected as the Rothchilds. Yet by the end of the World War II, when the netsuke were hidden from the Nazis in Vienna, this collection of very small carvings was all that remained of their vast empire.

Planning some shopping

Georgette Heyer

I have 28 ebooks in my shopping cart at Books on Board at the moment. Right now, they would cost me US$283.31 (and that’s with US$108.39 in savings, so the total retail cost of the cart would be US$391.70). Hopefully, once the clock ticks over midnight in the US, that total will drop to something actually affordable.

You see, Sourcebooks is having an ebook sale on Georgette Heyer books to celebrate Ms Heyer’s 109th birthday on the 16th August. Instead of costing about US$13.99 each, Heyer ebooks will be reduced to US$1.99 for the week. I’ve been saving up my pennies and I should have enough money to pick up all her romances that are available (bar the four I’ve already bought as ebooks).

What I actually buy will depend on what prices do or don’t drop come midnight, but I’m very much looking forward to an ebook splurge. If you’re a Heyer fan, go check out the sale yourself. If not, know I’ll be enjoying my new books once I actually have them.

New Book, Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh

Last night, Orannia from Walkabout and I went to a book tour event with Nalini Singh at the Takapuna Library. It was a lovely evening – Nalini is such a lovely lady and so vibrant and passionate when she talks. Check out Orannia’s post for some thoughts on the evening – and some hints/comments Nalini made about her upcoming book plans.

As I said in my introduction to my dream library, books for me are becoming two different things – the content (ie the story) and the physical artifact. So when I go to see an author, even if I have bought their books as ebooks (as I do with Nalini’s books) I’ll try to buy a paper copy of the latest or a favourite and get that signed to be my memento and memory of my time meeting the author.

I did that last night and now I have a very nice, trade-paperback of Kiss of Snow, which I previously only owned (and read) as an ebook. This is a UK/NZ edition and I’ve never owned one of those before. When I was buying Nalini’s books in paper I was getting US editions as they weren’t published down here at that point (kind of ridiculous when you consider that Nalini is a New Zealand author). As this is my “artifact” book, I don’t mind that it looks different from the others and it is ever so pretty.

Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh

Signed by the Author

Two signed books in two days – I am doing well. I don’t really think that I can expect the trend to continue though.

New Book, Ghost Ship by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

I was delighted to get this one in the mail today. It’s not actually out yet, but for a bunch of slightly complicated reasons, I’ve got it early. It is signed by both the authors and will be a very nice addition to my collection. I don’t quite know when I’ll read it as my goal is to conclude by Liaden reread with this book. The temptation may be too much for me, but we’ll see. I really do think I’ll get more about it if I’ve reread the other books first, since my memory of the details of the overall story are pretty hazy. (P.S. Sorry about the glare in the pictures.)

Ghost Ship by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

Signed by the Authors

New Book, Ammonite by Nicola Griffith

Yay, a book in the mail! This is the August read for Sharra at Calico Reaction‘s A-Z Book Club. I’m really enjoying these reads; they’re always interesting, even if some haven’t been for me, and there’s always intelligent discussion at the end of each month. I highly recommend Sharra’s Book Club – do go and take a look.

Ammonite by Nicola Griffith

Change or die. These are the only options available on the planet Jeep. Centuries earlier, a deadly virus shattered the original colony, killing the men and forever altering the few surviving women. Now, generations after the colony has lost touch with the rest of humanity, a company arrives to exploit Jeep–and its forces find themselves fighting for their lives. Terrified of spreading the virus, the company abandons its employees, leaving them afraid and isolated from the natives. In the face of this crisis, anthropologist Marghe Taishan arrives to test a new vaccine. As she risks death to uncover the women’s biological secret, she finds that she, too, is changing–and realizes that not only has she found a home on Jeep, but that she alone carries the seeds of its destruction. . . .


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