Haul & News – 15 March 2014

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I’ve decided that each weekend shall be the time I take to discuss books I’ve received to review and/or books I’ve bought the week before, and any news that particular caught my interest.

Books Received:

  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (review) from PanMacmillan Australia
  • Glaze by Kim Curran (review) in eCopy
  • The Very Best by Tad Williams by Tad Williams (review) from Tachyon Publications via NetGalley in eCopy

My excitement for Fangirl is probably a bit obvious as I’ve already posted the review before even my Haul & News post! It really is a lovely book and makes me annoyed with myself for not having read Rowell’s work before. You can see my review of that book here.

Glaze was highly recommended by a favourite author of mine, Laura Lam. She retweeted that Kim was looking for reviewers for this book and I decided to give it a go. She’s also looking for more reviewers, so if you’re interested, get in contact with her over twitter! Or let me know, and I’ll pass on her details to you.

Petri Quinn is counting down the days till she turns 16 and can get on GLAZE – the ultimate social network that is bringing the whole world together into one global family. But when a peaceful government protest turns into a full-blown riot with Petri shouldering the blame, she’s handed a ban. Her life is over before it’s even started.

Desperate to be a part of the hooked-up society, Petri finds an underground hacker group and gets a black market chip fitted. But this chip has a problem: it has no filter and no off switch. Petri can see everything happening on GLAZE, all the time. Including things she was never meant to see.

Up front – I’m a terrible person who hasn’t yet read much Tad Williams. I note that I enjoy his parts in anthologies I’ve read, and as a mark of just how many books I buy and horde in true tsundoku fashion, I own seven of his novels that I’m still saving – I figure when I eventually start them, I’ll love them so much that I’ll need time or something!

But ramble aside, I’m excited to read this because I’m excited about Tad Williams. I’m so sure he’s going to become another favourite author, and honestly, anthologies are one of the best ways to discover new favourite authors.

News:

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During March, FableCroft Publishing is running the Cranky Ladies of History crowd-funding campaign on the Pozible platform. Read more about it and their blog tour here! You can also pledge towards the project here, which currently has a list of authors who have pitched in hopes to be included, such as Juliet Marilier, Garth Nix, Laura Lam, and Lauren Beukes – read who else is interested here!

I’ve pledged – have you? We’re almost getting there, so get in soon to join in with history!

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Twelfth Planet Press have joined in with the awesome by offering a paperback and ebook bundle – now when you buy a paperback from them, you can get the ebook thrown in for just $3 which is certainly an awesome move!

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So, Pottermore. I know, I know. It wasn’t as good as we were all expecting and hoping, but at least the information within it has been excellent. More of that has been added very recently, in Chapter 7 of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire where we get to learn more about Quidditch! Things such as the structure of the tournament and some of the more unusual and controversial entries in the Quidditch World Cup rulebook. Go on, log into your account again and give it a look.

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There’s been some good news about the Waterstones issue, thanks to numerous people – one being Emma who blogs here about a response she received from Waterstones from a letter she sent. In order for the impact to occur anyone who enjoys Speculative Fiction and has a local store, it would help immensely if you 1. let them know who your favourite authors and books are, and 2. let them know how happy you are with their displays when they get them balanced.

Other links of notice:

  • For Brandon Sanderson fans in the US, Tor are having a very excellent competition for very special cards.
  • For Brandon Sanderson fans in the UK and Republic of Ireland, Gollancz are also offering up an exclusive collectors card. Details are here.
  • I just thought it time to pimp out the podcast Galactic Suburbia, which is my go-to podcast of choice as it details speculative fiction news and chat. Especially around awards system or when anything happens in the news, they are excellent to listen to. Click here for more information and to try them out.
  • Penguin Australia have posted a list of 20 Australian books to read in your 20s – what do you think of it? As someone who is nearing the end of their 20s I haven’t read a single one of them – should I jump straight to that?

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