As I knew it would be, it's been kind of a mindfuck to get my normal life back on track after spending 5 weeks traveling around Poland, Finland, and the Baltic States. I'm aware that I cut it a bit close by coming back just in the nick of time for my friend's wedding, and then resuming work on the following day. Oh well. . .
The Hotlist should also return to its habitual bits and pieces in the next little while, so bear with me.:-) There's a lot of stuff up in the air as things return to normal, but here's what's on tap for the next couple of weeks.
I'm currently reading Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon (Canada, USA, Europe), which I'm quite enjoying so far. Next in the rotation will be David Louis Edelman's Multireal (Canada, USA, Europe).
After that, I'm interested in Glen Cook's Chronicles of the Black Company (Canada, USA, Europe), Ekaterina Sedia's The Alchemy of Stone (Canada, USA, Europe), and/or the anthology Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy (Canada, USA, Europe, and http://www.subterraneanpress.com/).
Of course, if ARCs for Neal Stephenson's Anathem (Canada, USA, Europe), Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book (Canada, USA, Europe), or Terry Pratchett's Nation (Canada, USA, Europe) show up in the mailbox in the meantime, well that might screw up the batting order!
I have a few threads to follow up on, as there were plans for a couple of interviews prior to my departure for Europe earlier this spring. But as things stand, I have to concrete commitments at the moment.
In all likelihood, I will have a few Q&As lined up for the near future in the next couple of weeks. . .
A number of contests have already been confirmed. The first, from Subterranean Press,will be for a full set of numbered deluxe hardcovers from Tim Powers: Last Call (Canada, USA, Europe, and www.subterraneanpress.com), Expiration Date (Canada, USA, Europe, and www.subterraneanpress.com), and Earthquake Weather (Canada, USA, Europe, and http://www.subterraneanpress.com/).
I will soon make the announcement for a contest for Tobias S. Buckell's Sly Mongoose (Canada, USA, Europe), and I should also have one for L. E. Modesitt, jr.'s Mage-Guard of Hamor (Canada, USA, Europe). You can also expect a giveaway for Brandon Sanderson's The Hero of Ages (Canada, USA, Europe).
I'm also working on giveaways for Stephenson's Anathem, Gaiman's The Graveyard Book, and Pratchett's Nation, so stay tuned for that.
For those interested, you can still register for Ian Cameron Esslemont's Return of the Crimson Guard (Canada, USA, Europe) giveaway.
I have to contact various editors and publicists about this, which means that there might be more to come.
So in a nutshell, these are the coming attractions. . .