Saturday, May 02, 2009

Fortuitous Find

Sometime last week I wrote a post on bookstores and the problems they were having competing with online offerings. In that post, I mentioned how I love to go and just wander around a bookstore and admire the books, and how sometimes a book that you might not have ever seen or thought about reading, will jump right off the shelf, into your hands, and go home with you....

Thursday a friend asked if I would give her a ride to get her hair cut and stop a couple of other places. One of the places she needed to go was a bookstore. Twist my arm! I had just been to a bookstore on Tuesday, so I wasn't looking for anything in particular. But, since this was a different bookstore from Tuesday's, I was happy to wander the shelves , checking out discontinued, sales, and new arrivals.

As is my custom, my feet eventually led me to the Scifi/fantasy section. And there, sitting facing outward, was a book with an absolutely wonderfully beautiful cover. It was one of those large paperbacks that I normally don't like since I can't tuck them in my purse. Still, it had such a wonderful cover that I pulled it off the shelf to have a look. The blurb on the back was oh so interesting, and inside the back cover was an ad for the next book in the series. I asked the clerk, and she said it would be out in May. Interesting cover, cool story idea, next book out almost immediately? Sold!



When I got home I saw an entry in my RSS feed about the book/cover over at the Tor site. Since I had just bought the book, I clicked thru and was pleased to get a lot more info. Seems these books are going to be just one of three trilogies set in this universe. All three of the books are already out in England. They decided to do these wonderful complimentary covers for the US release and are releasing them one each month for 3 months. World's End was April, Darkest Hour will be in May, followed by Always Forever in June!! This is wonderful news for me because one of the things that drives me crazy is waiting for the next book in a series to come out. LOL! I think that is why I often wait till a couple of books are out in a series before I dive in.


Click here for a better look at all the covers, and an interview about the books, the covers, and how they all came about.

Oh, and just to wet your appetite for what's inside, here is part of the blurb from the back cover:


A dragon firebombs a freeway. Shape-shifters stalk the commercial district. The deadly Wild Hunt wreaks havoc on the highway.
A pedal-to-the-floor, high-octane fantasy thriller that pitches magic and wonder into a pop culture mash-up of the modern world. Described as “One part Lord of the Rings, one part Illuminatus!, one part Arthurian romance, one part Harry Potter—100 % original!”

For more info on the book, and author, and to read the rest of the blurb from the back of the book, click here.


DesLily said...

well now.. I will anxiously await your review on this! I hope it lives up to your expectations!!!

Rebecca Anne said...

You don't have to wait years and years for the next book in line! That alone is worth diving into a series. I'm such an impatient little book soul that waiting practically kills me. I hope you enjoy!

gryphondear said...

The answer to trade paperbacks (the big ones) is to get one of those pilot cases, the briefcase on wheels. They hold more stuff and (physics lesson here) the weight is supported mainly by the ground, not your shoulder. The only drawback is dealing with revolving doors, turnstiles and stairs.

Either that or invent the bag that is bigger on the inside than the outside, like Hermione Granger's. I first saw this sort of carry-all described in Robert Heinlein's Glory Road. I'm sure there have been other instances in literature, but we need that bag as much as we need the beam-me-up machine.

;^) Jan the Gryphon

Kelly said...

My Mama says sometimes she just has to go to Barnes and Noble to 'touch the books', but I do understand, there is no substitute for a book store.