Well, that was a completely unplanned blog absence – it only hit me today that it’s been almost three weeks since I last posted.
I can only blame it on the Heat – and yes, that’s heat with a capital H. I know I say this every summer, but it has been a proper heatwave for the past few weeks, and London is not built to cope with temperatures of more than, say 22 degrees (that would be Celcius, by the way). Certainly not temperatures of near 30 degrees for what feels like a good long month.
So the fact I have not felt like doing very much in this weather, combined with the fact that Wimbledon is completely distracting me (World Cup? What World Cup?), well, it only adds up to my annual blogging slump.
Anyway, random things on my mind:
Juliet Marillier mentions that her next book “Seer of Sevenwaters” is available for pre-order (out in December, yay!) BUT there is no UK release. Whyever not, people?!! I’ve no idea how her sales are doing here, but she is an excellent author. And I’ve loved her UK covers best for her past two releases. Sigh. I’m guessing I will end up with the US edition this time around.
Speaking of Ms Marillier, she has a Sevenwaters novella in the “Legends of Australian Fantasy” anthology, but I am not seeing this in stock on Amazon or The Book Depository. And shipping from the Australian bookstores she links to is as much as the book itself, making it around £32 in total. As much as I love Sevenwaters, I have to draw the line somewhere. Fingers crossed it becomes available more widely.
Oh, and since we’re on book availability, I caved and ordered Meg Burden’s “Northlander” based on Angie’s review and after she got her hands on the sequel. Which I liked very much, by the way, despite it feeling a bit like two separate stories linked together. I do agree with Angie that it reads somewhat like early Tamora Pierce (who is one of my favourite YA fantasy authors, so that is a good thing, trust me). But now, the sequel is out of stock again at the two online bookstores mentioned above. Arrghh. (And yes, it’s still listed as in stock at the other two US bookstores Angie linked to. And yes, I’m a cheapskate and don’t want to pay for shipping.)
Gosh, this is a bit of a grumpy post, isn’t it? It’s the heat, I tell you. I’ll be in a better mood the next time, promise.