To try and get back into a bit of a regular blogging habit I thought I’d write a little weekly post to have a bit of a catch-up and I quite like the idea of being thoughtful on a Sunday.
New Book Club
On The Readers Bookclub we’ve had some amazing books and some lovely author chats since it’s inception last summer but all good things must come to an end. The book club is no more. Long story short. Logistical issues.
But don’t worry as Simon and I have joined forces with Kate & Rob from Adventures with Words. We had a great time when they popped us as guests last month when we discusses the The Explorer and that chemistry is being used to launch a new monthly book club: hear… read this!
The first episode is live at hearreadthis.com and brings a discussion of HHhH, the book but not the author, that was to be this month’s book on The Readers. Kate and Rob have kindly agreed we can discuss I Remember You by Yrsa Sigurdardottir.
The new format is two books and we also discuss Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, and if you’ll list you’ll see why I was glad the author wasn’t on the show this time.
We’ve submitted it to iTune, it’s not live yet but you can listen and download directly from our new shiny website:
We’ve also on Facebook and twitter
Though I am going to miss chatting with authors about their books I’m also excited that we can now talk about books by authors who aren’t accessible especially the dead ones (I know that sounds bad but I have a thing for older books at the minute).
But not next episode as Kate and Rob have kindly agreed we can discuss I Remember You by Yrsa Sigurdardottir which we’d already announced and they’ve suggested House of Rumour by Jake Arnott. I’ve been meaning to read it for ages as I enjoyed The Devil’s Paintbrush so high hopes.
I think this is the second time I’ve spilt tea over a pile of books. The first time I had a pile on my desk and knocked my tea over. The first time I ruined the cover of the bottom book and stained a copy more. This time I launched a mug from a side table next to my reading chair splashing a few spines and causing a few dribble marks.
Not so long ago this would have really upset me – flaring a strong OCD response – I keep telling myself it’s just a book and they’re objects to read no to keep pristine but I’m still a little sad. And unlike last time I didn’t run out and buy undamaged replacements.
I do feel like I’m sponsored by Gollanz. I’m not I swear. But they are taking up a lot of my reading time and book budget not only have I got a nice pile of Moorcocks to work through with Von Beck landing this week (Elric: The Fortress of the Pearl is read next) I’m collecting (yes, collecting) their new yellow SF Masterworks: I’ve just added Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang, Synners and The Demolished Man. And now we’re heading into Fantasy classics. Last Call I’ve been meaning to read for an age – I’m nervous expectation as I know a couple of people that really love it. Aegypt just sounds right up my street and well if I end up making them a collection I might as well read The Dragon Griaule and it’s a collection of short stories, which is always good thing to support.
You excited by the new Fantasy Masterworks?
Off to Brighton
In less than three weeks I’ll be taking my first trip to Brighton to hang around with a bunch of book lovers at World Fantasy Con 2013! I’m very excited and very nervous all at the time time. Joe Hill is going to be there, which means I can’t put off reading NOS4R2 until christmas but if I can finish Broken Homes I’m going to let Kate Mulgrew read it to my instead. I’ve got four hours of trains so I might get a good bit listened to on the way.
Books in the Bath
I’ve said this before but I can’t multitask when listening to an audiobook. I can drive, or I can exercise or relax in the bath but that’s about it. I needs my full attention over wise I block it out when my focus shifts. It’s one reason I listen to music when I’m writing. It’s peripheral. I’d love to by able to listen to a podcast/audiobook and take it in but I can’t. Now that winter is coming it means relaxing baths and audiobooks with a beer. Bliss or what?
A Time Traveler’s Tome
Some books leave you in awe. The Time Traveler’s Almanac like the two books I’ll be talking about next is one those books.
Actually the Vandermeer’s, in the form of Jeff, have been involved another book called Wonderbook, a creative writing handbook, which is illustrated throughout with amazing things like this:
I was lucky enough when their other massive anthology, The Weird, came out two years ago to interview them both and I’m hoping they’ll do the same again. I’ve already spotted a Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy-related short story by Douglas Adams that I didn’t know about. I wonder what other gems they’re going to have?
Lost Art of Letters
Speaking of gems Letters of Note and To The Letter seem like perfect companions. Letters of Note is a popular blog crowd funded with Unbound and now coming from Canongate. One of the lovely things about this almost A4 volume is the facsimiles of letters from such a cross section of people. Emails of Note isn’t going to be the same I don’t think and To The Letter looks behind letters and gives some practical tips on writing your own (or so the press release implies). I’m looking forward to these I have to say.
I’ve just finished Feet of Clay as I needed something familiar after reading for the book club, which means I can post my next review in the City Watch Re-Read can be posted. I’m almost done with The Mystery of a Butcher’s Shop, a very bizarre Mrs Bradley Mystery by Gladys Mitchell. I have a feeling they’re going to very – stopping myself from ordering the new ones coming in December and going to be good and ask Santa instead.
I’ve read the opening to Ancillary Justice and it’s really refreshing for a SF tale especially as the language makes you reconsider why you have a certain default narrator. It’s getting a lot of positive and few negative comments. But either way it’s nice to see more female SF getting a push.
What you been reading?
I want to talk about ‘crowd control’ and ‘The Austen Project’ as I’ve run out of time on this post.
What you been up to this week? Anything caught your eye?