Wednesday, 19 September 2012

End of ROW80, and New Diana Gabaldon and Amanda Palmer!

End of A Round of Words in 80 Days!

At the start of this round, I vowed to enter all the edits for Rome, Rhymes and Risk. I have to say, I failed spectacularly on that front. I was too busy finishing the first draft of Fred and Lyne's story (the contemporary paranormal) and beginning to type it up, along with much sweating over my query for Out of the Water. Some goals accomplished, some left hanging. Can't wait for the next round!

I won a book over at Kathy's! And I've just finished reading Karen Jones Gowen's Lighting Candles in the Snow. I'll be reviewing that and Kathleen Koen's Before Versailles soon. (Feeling guilty that I read this before I've read a single Dumas book!)

Has anyone kept bees or collected honey before? I'd really like to experience it just once. Particularly on this day, at Casa Gaiman. Speaking of Neil Gaiman (don't I always?), I've just discovered that there's a Twitter account that works on a similar premise to the country of Sweden's account (wherein anyone can apply to tweet for Sweden for a week or so): the Neil Gaiman's Twitter Wife account. I am now inching that much closer to joining Twitter.

I think Diana Gabaldon should set up an account like that too. I could be Diana's Twitter Sister or something. And speaking of Herself, she has a new anthology coming out!


A Trail of Fire, featuring four novellas in one volume. I've read three of the stories already, but I'm eagerly waiting for 'The Space Between': "This is a long - 40,000 words - novella that takes place in 1778 (right after the events in An Echo in the Bone) and deals with Michael Murray (Young Ian's older brother), Joan (Marsali's younger sister), the Comte St. Germain, Mother Hildegarde, and a few others."

This one's going to be in the Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination anthology, along with a new Turtledove story, among others.

Speaking of releases, happy belated Theatre is Evil release day to Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra! I got my copy of the Kickstarter Limited Edition album yesterday. Many of the songs are available here, but I'm embedding this one, one of my favourites (even though it's a lyric video and I sometimes subscribe to Pulp's dictum: NB Please do not read the lyrics whilst listening to the recordings):

 

What new stories and songs did you discover this week?

9 comments:

S.P. Bowers said...

Can't wait for The Space Between!

nutschell said...

Space Between sounds like a fun read!

Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

Elizabeth Anne Mitchell said...

Ah, the perpetual feeling of the half-full glass at the end of a Round. I would still submit you did a good job this round! Enjoy the reading, and see you October 1!

Beth Camp said...

Who doesn't love Diana Gabaldon? Sounds like you have been busy this last round and are ready to jump back to work Oct 1st. May you succeed spectacularly next round -- as you have done this one!

Mike Paulson said...

It sounds to me like you have had a busy and productive round. Great job! I look forward to seeing you October 1st for Round 4!

Deniz Bevan said...

Me too, Sara!

Start with Outlander, if you haven't read the original series, yet, Nutschell!

Thanks, Elizabeth! Can't wait for the next round.

Aww, thanks Beth and Mike!

Theresa Milstein said...

I like that you write in such radically different genres. No new songs this week. I started reading the Origami Yoda book (not whole title) for a middle grade audience, and I'm really enjoying it. The short chapters are written from several POVs, and the author really nails capturing different voices for each person. It also keeps making me laugh.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Deniz .. gosh lots of recommendations here - I really do have to get myself into gear for reading ... these books sound interesting .. I want to read Karen Jones Gowen's Lighting Candles in the Snow ... I must catch up ... Perhaps I can do reading in 80 days?!

Cheers .. Hilary

Deniz Bevan said...

Thanks, Theresa!
I like that reading idea, Hilary!

Books I'm Reading and Finished Books

  • Arthur and George by Julian Barnes
  • ***Reading At Intervals***
  • The Peoples of Middle-earth - Book 12 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
  • Edmund Campion by Evelyn Waugh
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • A Woman in Arabia: The Writings of the Queen of the Desert by Gertrude Bell
  • 12 Anne and Avonlea books by L. M. Montgomery (skimming/reread (this was free on Kindle!))
  • Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford
  • 11 Doctors 11 Stories by various authors (including Neil Gaiman)
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien manuscripts edited by J. D. Rateliff
  • Creed or Chaos? by Dorothy Sayers
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • The Jerusalem Bible
  • ***Finished Books***
  • Career by Yevtushenko (poem)
  • Human life in this century by Yevtushenko (poem)
  • Willow by Anna Akhmatova (poem)
  • Sonnet LXVI by Shakespeare
  • Sir Walter Raleigh to His Son (poem)
  • Fair Jenny by Robbie Burns (poem)
  • MacPherson's Farewell by Robbie Burns (poem)
  • World's End, the collected Sandman No. 8 by Neil Gaiman
  • O Wert Thou In The Cauld Blast by Robbie Burns (poem)
  • The War of the Jewels - Book 11 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
  • The Rolling English Road by G. K. Chesterton (poem)
  • The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes
  • A Tradition of Eighteen Hundred and Four by Thomas Hardy
  • The Hierophant by Lee-Ann Dalton (short story)
  • The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street by Helene Hanff
  • 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff (reread)
  • Lonely Planet guide to Switzerland
  • Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen
  • beta read!
  • Ode on Venice by Lord Byron (poem)
  • Little Miss Scatterbrain by Roger Hargreaves (reread)
  • Little Miss Lucky by Roger Hargreaves (reread)
  • Little Miss Trouble by Roger Hargreaves (reread)
  • Homage to Switzerland by Ernest Hemingway (short story; reread but I really don't remember it after 20 years)
  • The Hockey Sweater by Roch Carrier (reread)
  • Sing a Long Children's Songs
  • Emily's First Christmas
  • Up At the Villa by Somerset Maugham (novella)
  • Telling Stories by Tim Burgess
  • The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Marble Collector by Cecilia Ahern
  • Sophie's Throughway by Jules Smith
  • Baby Animals (Little Golden Books)
  • The House That Jack Built (Little Golden Books)
  • Scuffy the Tugboat (Little Golden Books)
  • The Saggy Baggy Elephant (Little Golden Books)
  • Morgoth's Ring - Book 10 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
  • A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Who's A Pest by Crosby Bonsall
  • Mine's the Best by Crosby Bonsall (reread)
  • The Case of the Hungry Stranger by Crosby Bonsall (reread)
  • extracts from the diary of John Evelyn (Volume 1 of 2)
  • extracts from Lord Byron's letters about Villa Diodati
  • Pippin the Christmas Pig by Jean Little
  • Ite Missa Est by Anthony Martignetti
  • The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis (reread)
  • The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis (reread)
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis (reread)
  • Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis (reread)
  • The Red Angel by G. K. Chesterton (essay)
  • Emily's Runaway Imagination by Beverly Cleary
  • The Boy Who Set Out to Learn What Fear Was by the Brothers Grimm
  • The Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis (reread)
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis (reread)
  • secret beta read!
  • Preludes by Wordsworth (extracts read aloud)
  • Little Miss Scatterbrain by Roger Hargreaves
  • Dance Me A Dream by Kait Nolan (ARC)
  • Once Upon A Coffee by Kait Nolan
  • England and Switzerland, 1802 by William Wordsworth (poem)
  • Once Upon A New Year's Eve by Kait Nolan
  • short story by Becky Morgan (http://forums.compuserve.com/discussions/Books_and_Writers_Community/Writers_Exercises/Becky_Morgans_December_X/ws-books/85291.1?nav=messages)
  • Blood In Blood Out by Brenda Novak (short story)
  • That Hell-Bound Train by Robert Bloch (short story)
  • Distraction by J. L. Campbell
  • Humble Bundle Peanuts collection (strips by Charles Schulz)
  • Peanuts Volumes I to VI (bought via Humble Bundle; very disappointing as it's mostly new strips -- how is that even allowed?!)
  • Sandals and Sangria by Talli Roland (short story)
  • Over the Hump by Talli Roland (short story)
  • issues of Journal of Inklings Studies and Amon Hen and Mallorn (Tolkien Society)
  • Z is for Zamboni: A Hockey Alphabet by Matt Napier
  • Babar and his Family by Laurent de Brunhoff
  • Illusions Lost by Byron A. Maddox (short story)
  • ongoing rereads of most board books listed last year!
  • Lost My Name book for Emily (https://www.lostmy.name/)
  • Now We Are Six by A. A. Milne
  • When We Were Very Young by A. A. Milne (reread)
  • Neil Gaiman comics on Sequential app
  • Moranology by Caitlin Moran
  • see the 2015 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ch/2015/12/annual-books-read-statistics.html
  • see the 2014 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ch/2014/12/books-read-in-2014-review.html
  • see the 2013 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2014/01/toast-to-professor-books-read-in-2013.html
  • see the 2012 list and statistics here http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/12/the-hobbit-review-and-year-end-books.html
  • see the 2011 statistics on http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/01/books-read-in-2011-statistics-fourth.html
  • see the 2011 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/01/books-read-in-2011.html
  • see the 2010 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2010/12/books-read-in-2010-listed-here.html
  • see the 2009 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2009/12/books-read-in-2009-part-ii.html
  • also in 2009 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2009/12/books-read-in-2009-part-iv.html
  • see the 2008 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-ii.html
  • also in 2008 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-vi.html
  • also in 2008 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-iv.html