Sunday, March 9, 2008

I've Hit the Mother-Load!

Today, my husband came home from the post office with four ARCs for me.
THE RED QUEEN'S DAUGHTER just sounded so cool. I knew it was released a few months ago and in hardback by Hyperion and I thought, "I'm not worthy!" They won't send a precious, last ARC to a puny little blogger like me. But, I figured, what the heck and I emailed the author, Jacqueline Kolosov. She said she'd send one right to me and it's here!
Historical Fantasies seem to be getting more and more popular, especially with my younger gal-pals and I'm thrilled because I love 'em too. You know what I can't figure out? Why is this shelved in Young Adult, but not NEFERTITI by Michelle Moran? I really don't think it was necessary and might limit the potential readership. It looks like an ageless book to me. My younger friends who love Fantasy and Science Fiction tell me they don't pay attention to the YA label anyway and some of them (the guys especially) avoid it. I think this would be a good novel to shelve in both YA and regular adult Fantasy.
You all know I don't read much Contemporary Romance. I prefer stories which take me far and away. But, Karen Templeton has a way of creating very REAL characters I can relate to and, besides, I'm a baby fanatic. The fastest way to sell me a book is to put a baby on the cover.
Agent Colleen Lindsay does a weekly column featuring new books and a link there led me to these two adventures by Tobias S. Buckell. I think this is a good promotional thing. I've found several novels through that weekly column. Tor was kind enough to send these along. RAGAMUFFIN arrived as a hardback - not a paperback ARC - and I felt so honored. Of course, I was grateful for CRYSTAL RAIN too.These are Speculative Fiction and the world-building looks awesome.
These novels will be reviewed in May/June.

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