I'm almost done with K. J. Parker's Devices and Desires, and I've started GRRM's Dreamsongs, volume 1 (Canada, USA, Europe). At the rate I've been reading this year, I reckon that I'll go through 6 or 7 additional titles before the year is out.
I'm trying to figure out which books I'll be reading, but I'm having a hard time deciding. David Anthony Durham's Acacia (Canada, USA, Europe) is a sure bet, as I want to see if it will crack my Top 10 of 2007. I have an ARC of GRRM and co.'s newest Wild Cards book, Inside Straight (Canada, USA, Europe), on its way, which means that this one will be read as well. As to which other novels will make the cut, I'm not certain. The second Dreamsongs volume seems likely, but that's a lot of GRRM in a short span of time. Carrie Vaughn's Kitty and the Silver Bullet (Canada, USA, Europe) is another sure shot. Any suggestions!?! I've got too many books to choose from!;-)
Of course, the arrival of my ARC of Ian Cameron Esslemont's Return of the Crimson Guard will trump any of these titles!
R. Scott Bakker emailed me to let me know he had no idea exactly when he'd get the opportunity to transcribe the hard copy of his answers and send them back to me. He and his wife bought a house, and it's undergoing heavy renovations at the moment.
I have a 9-way interview in the pipeline, this time with GRRM and his 8 Wild Cards collaborators. Special thanks to Ran and Mormont of Westeros for the help they provided to put this one together!:-) I'm really curious to see how this Q&A will turn out, for there is the possibility that it will turn into a nuthouse! The questions have been sent, so we'll see how everything works out!
Upcoming contests will include a giveaway for Joel Shepherd's Killswitch (Canada, USA, Europe). Another one will feature a full set of K. J. Parker's The Engineer trilogy: Devices and Desires (Canada, USA, Europe), Evil for Evil (Canada, USA, Europe), and The Escapement (Canada, USA, Europe). There will also be a contest for Carrie Vaughn's latest Kitty novel, Kitty and the Silver Bullet.
And stay tuned, for I will have the most fucked up giveaway yet in December. Indeed, I will have two Advance Reading Copies of the newest Wild Cards title, Inside Straight, autographed by George R. R. Martin, Melinda M. Snodgrass, Daniel Abraham, Carrie Vaughn, Michael Cassutt, Caroline Spector, John Jos. Miller, Ian Tregillis and S. L. Farrell, up for grabs! If those prizes are not collector's items, then I don't know what is!;-)
Speaking of collector's editions, I will also be giving away two limited editions from Subterranean Press, Novik's His Majesty's Dragon and Erikson's Gardens of the Moon. Cool, eh!?!
Yep, the Tairy Awards will be back this year, once again in honor of the Yeard himself! Look for that post during the last week of December.
Yesterday spawned an immense "fuck me" moment for me. The Hotlist reached its 500,000th page view, which is still hard to believe. I mean, I knew it was coming, of course. But to actually see it happening was shocking. . .
The New York Giants won against the Miami Dolphins last Sunday, which means that the Giants are now 6-2. It was Dallas' bye week, so the Cowboys are still 6-1. Which means that the showdown between both teams next Sunday will determine who's the best team in the NFC. Not only that, it could also help decide whether GRRM or I will win our friendly wager.
Needless to say, I really want to see a character based on me get offed in A Dance with Dragons or the next ASOIAF volume! Go Cowboys, I say!:p