Linkage

Various (and random) items around the web that have caught my eye below.

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Discover a New Love’s $2.99 Georgette Heyer promotion is sadly only for US (or NA possibly?) readers (though bonus – their Heyer mini-site with excerpts and all), but I loved their blog post about favourite Heyer moments.  So much so that I’m tempted to do a massive Heyer re-read now.  What’s your favourite Heyer?  I’d completely forgotten about it, but I did a guest post for the Historical Tapestry gang a few years ago on my favourite Heyer books.  And I wrote about why I adore her COTILLION a while back as well.

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Sherry Thomas‘ debut book is still lying unread in my TBR pile, but her upcoming YA fantasy (fall 2013) sounds right up my alley – opening paragraphs:

Just before the start of Summer Half, 1883, a very minor event took place at Eton College, that venerable and illustrious English public school for boys.  A sixteen-year-old student named Archer Fairfax returned from a three-month absence, caused by a fractured femur, to resume his education. 

Amost every word in the preceding sentence is false.  Archer Fairfax had not suffered a broken limb.  He had never before set foot in Eton.  His name was not Archer Fairfax.  And he was, in fact, not even a he. 

This is the story of a girl who fooled a thousand boys, a boy who fooled an entire country, a partnership that would change the fate of realms, and a power to challenge the greatest tyrant the world had ever known.

Expect magic.

Intriguing, eh?

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Free and fun Sarah Rees Brennan short – it’s previously published and I think I’ve read it before, but it’s still as good on the second re-read!  And a brand new website as well.

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Courtney Milan always makes sense, and her post on the number of followers/subscribers/likes and how they translate to readers is just as articulate as you would expect it to be.

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The new Patricia Briggs cover for FROSTBURNED – I don’t think I’ve ever not liked a Dan Dos Santos cover.  I love that the design is so consistent with the previous books in the series.  Though I admit that it could be the ugliest cover ever and I’d still get it.  And while we’re on the topic of Patricia Briggs, Orbit UK is doing a two-in-one release of her fantasy books MASQUES and WOLFSBANE (titled ARALORN).  They’re not my favourite of her high fantasy books (and the cover is kind of generic blah fantasy), but I’m glad they’re getting a UK release.

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And while I don’t want to end on a down note… Hachette UK, really? DRM working well?  I kind of wish that they would trust that the “mainstream readers who are so valuable to us and our authors” will actually pay for their books, instead of spending additional money on applying a DRM solution which anyone with access to Google could remove in ten seconds.  I’d rather they spend their money on digital world rights.

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5 thoughts on “Linkage

  1. Hey Li! How are you doing now that the Olympics are done? Hope the post-Olympics wasn’t too hard ^_^;

    I don’t know about the Sherry Thomas’ YA novel. Wasn’t there a book with similar premise, as in girl cross-dressing as boy attending school. The only thing I find exciting is that it’s set in Eton ^_^; I just feel we are being bombarded with YA from every direction, even our favorite authors…

    I like the new cover of Mercy 🙂 He’s so good. He and Chris McGrath are really the best when it comes to UF covers!

    • Umm… looking forward to the Paralympics 😉 There is a bit of a post-Olympics mood, but helps that next weekend is a long one.

      I have no idea what book you’re thinking of, but it sounds good! Heh. Maybe you mean Tamora Pierce’s Alanna series (one of my all-time favourites!), though that’s straight fantasy?

      And yes, totally agree with you re Dan Dos Santos and Chris McGrath – love both their styles.

  2. Oh lucky you, Li! Having the Paralympics! Is there going to be any coverage on TV? We usually don’t 😦

    I read a blurb that was very similar. but I can’t remember which book it is now…

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