Saturday, March 10, 2012

Saturday Link Salad

I have been very quiet this week, and I apologize, buuuuut, it's been because I've been preparing for an all Iron Fey week next week!  That's right, starting tomorrow I'll have a review every day until Friday, when the fuzzy kids will put on a small ode to Puck, Ash, Grim and Meghan.  Then next Saturday join me for the Loss blog tour stopping here, with a review of Loss and a guest post from Jackie herself.  To wrap out March break, I'll be reviewing Julie Kagawa's forthcoming The Immortal Rules with a giveaway!
See, I knew you'd forgive me.

Now onwards with this weeks news!

-It was the week of book excerpt previews.
  -Check out the first 10 chapters of i hunt killers by Barry Lyga.
  -Read the first chapter from the Last Guardian, the next Artemis Fowl book by Eoin Colfer.
  -Its out in stores now, but in if you haven't dug in yet (my copy is sadly neglected right now due to my Julie Kagawa obsession) take a look at the first chapter of Pandemonium, by Lauren Oliver.
   -Can't wait for Kody Keplinger's forthcoming Midsummer's Nightmare?  Check out the excerpt posted on  Pick a Poppy.

-Have you been following all the Pottermore bashing of late? Well days after the Telegraph gets comments from JK Rowlings Reps, Pottermore has announced that YES it is actually still going forward and we should expect it to go live early april.  I will not hold my breath, sounds like they're still dealing with a lot of challenges.

-The Book Doctor had a nifty little article on why there are so few standalone books these days, this week on the guardian.  The hubby often bemoans all the trilogies these days, and I thought she had some good points about how as they publish all books are standalone's if they're in a series or not.  What do you think? Would you prefer more standalone books? Or are you fine with waiting several years to read the complete story, as intended by the author?

-500 new fairy tales have been found in Germany recently.  The Guardian had an intriguing article about them and how they relate to the Grimm tales.

-The BEA announced the line up for the BBC this year.  It's been a hotly discussed topic on the twitterverse since the sale announcement, and I'm curious what you think?  I don't see any sweeping changes from last year, and have to wonder how well the networking lunch will work.  I envision empty tables with lonely/unpopular folks and a few tables with a huge crowd and the "popular" folks.

-There were two fun interviews this week.  First up was an interview with Toronto's Lena Coakley who wrote Witchlanders (on the top of my to-buy list!).  And then a great little interview with Julie Kagawa over on Hypable about her writing and The Immortal Rules.

- Justin Cronin's follow up to The Passage has had a title, cover and release date reveal!  Coming October 16th (the hubby is crossing his fingers it will be at the BEA), part two is called The Twelve.

-Kody Keplingers's fourth book has sold, it's called Goldfish and she reveals some details over on her blog.

Finally!  I have a load of Cassie Clare bits and pieces for you, and yes, a couple of them are from last week because I forgot them *blushes*.  Sorry about that diehards!
  -Snippet from when Will and Jem first meet.
  -An unidentified snippet.
  -An unidentified snippet with Clary.
  -A third, and very mysterious unidentified snippet.
  -And I've saved the best for the last, The City of Lost Souls chapter titles, full prologue and some snippets!

Are your fingers good and worn out?  Then my job here is done.  Enjoy your Saturday!

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