I’m looking forward to Eileen Wilks‘ October release MORTAL TIES, the latest in her World of the Lupi series, and this short story about Rule whetted my appetite nicely. It’s part of Literary Escapism’s School’s In series, and there are quite a few other authors participating.
Kristin Cashore posted about her editor starting up her own imprint at Penguin:
Penguin Young Readers Group has announced the formation of Kathy Dawson Books, an imprint that will focus on “emotionally driven” middle grade and young adult fiction across a variety of genres.
It sounds interesting (a winter 2014 launch though) – equally interesting (if not more!) is the mention of Kristin Cashore working on a contemporary novel.
I enjoyed reading Andrea K Höst‘s guest posts on classic mysteries at The Readventurer - her first post was on Agatha Christie books and the second on other classic mystery authors. I’ve probably read every single Christie published (and multiple times too), but found the second post useful – she highlights less well-known (at least to me!) authors and provides pointers on where to start.
Re Agatha Christie, I loved Hercule Poirot from the start, but found the Miss Marple books a bit slow and boring when I first read them. They’ve grown on me during re-reads though (maybe they weren’t for impatient teens), and Miss Marple’s now my favourite Christie detective. As for the rest, I find Tommy and Tuppence engaging, don’t really get on with Ariadne Oliver (which is kind of amusing because she appears to be based on Agatha Christie herself), and really like the two Parker Pyne and Mr Quin short story collections.
Do you have any favourite Christies?
This is very late, but Ilona Andrews posted the cover for the UK edition of GUNMETAL MAGIC. They’re self-publishing the UK edition from what I gather (I can’t believe that UK publishers don’t want this series).
I’ve already bought the US edition, so probably won’t buy this when it comes out (though I am kind of torn on this – I want to support their UK sales, but don’t see the point of paying twice for a book). But I do like their image of Andrea – I think she looks harder than the model on the US cover, more ready to do battle and take you down.
Finally, it’s hardly a secret that I’ve fallen for Tammara Webber‘s books recently (I gulped down her Between the Lines series after I finished EASY). She posted her last rejection letter for the first Between the Lines book - the last because that’s when she decided to take the leap and self-publish.
It made me wonder how many fantastic books are out there unpublished because they’ve not found an agent (or publisher) who believed in them. This whole e-publishing thing has opened up a new world.