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

  • The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien (annual reread)
  • Brenda Novak
  • Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford
  • Beowulf and Sellic Spell by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • ***Reading At Intervals***
  • What to Expect in Baby's First Year
  • Baby's First Year for Dummies
  • secret beta read!
  • 11 Doctors 11 Stories by various authors (including Neil Gaiman)
  • Nightmares and Dreamscapes by Stephen King
  • Creed or Chaos? by Dorothy Sayers
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien manuscripts edited by J. D. Rateliff
  • The War of the Ring - Book 8 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
  • Lessons for a Sunday Father by Claire Calman
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • The Jerusalem Bible
  • ***Finished Books***
  • The Heart of Christmas by Brenda Novak
  • Deadly Contact by Lara Lacombe
  • Carry On, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse
  • Brief Lives, Sandman 8 by Neil Gaiman
  • Liza of Lambeth by Somerset Maugham
  • The Mapmaker's Daughter by Laurel Corona (I give up on finishing this; skimmed to the end)
  • Childe Harold by Lord Byron (listened to the parts of it set in Switzerland read aloud)
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood by Diana Gabaldon
  • My Dancing Bear by Helene de Klerk
  • The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
  • The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier
  • Jane of Lantern Hill by L. M. Montgomery
  • Tu Vas Naitre by Sylvia Kitzinger
  • Goodbye To All That by Robert Graves
  • secret beta read 2!
  • Trust Your Eyes by Linwood Barclay
  • The Caliph's Vacation by Goscinny (Iznogoud series; Canadian translation) (reread)
  • Neither Here Nor There by Bill Bryson
  • Le Tresor de Rackham le Rouge by Herge (Tintin series) (reread)
  • Le Secret de la Licorne by Herge (Tintin series) (reread)
  • L'Affaire Tournesol by Herge (Tintin series) (reread)
  • The Bum by Somerset Maugham (short story)
  • The Colour of Magic, Discworld 1 by Terry Pratchett
  • Fables and Reflections Sandman 6 by Neil Gaiman
  • Doctor Fischer of Geneva or The Bomb Party by Graham Greene
  • Once Upon an Heirloom by Kait Nolan (novella)
  • The No-Kids Club by Talli Roland
  • Snip, Snip Revenge by Medeia Sharif
  • Journey to an 800 Number by E. L. Konigsburg
  • various Neil Gaiman short stories on the An Evening With Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer album (reread (well, this time in audio))
  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (reread; actually this was an older edition, published under the original title of Ten Little N******)
  • Dumb Witness by Agatha Christie (reread)
  • Never Saw It Coming by Linwood Barclay
  • How To Fall In Love by Cecelia Ahern
  • biographical note on Lord Peter Wimsey in reissue of Clouds of Witness by Dorothy Sayers (on Gutenberg)
  • One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern
  • Notwithstanding by Louis de Bernieres
  • The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King
  • Temptation by Sandy Loyd
  • The Incorrigible Mr. Lumley by Aileen Fish
  • Effie's Outlaw by Karen Lopp
  • Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler
  • The Christmas Crossing by Bev Petterson (short story)
  • secret beta read!
  • An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield
  • Forgotten by Catherine McKenzie
  • Arranged by Catherine McKenzie
  • Emil In the Soup Tureen by Astrid Lindgren
  • Whales by Jacques Cousteau (excerpt essay from his book)
  • Tutankhamen's Tomb by Howard Carter (excerpt essay from his book)
  • Ice Dogs by Terry Lynn Johnson
  • Everything's Eventual by Stephen King
  • Go the F*^$ To Sleep (board book)
  • Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss (reread) (brought to you by Neil Gaiman: http://www.worldbuilders.org/our-next-stretch-goal-unlocks-at/neil-gaiman-reads-green-eggs-and-ham)
  • The Sagan Diary by John Scalzi
  • mini Twitter stories by Talli Roland (available here: http://advice.uk.match.com/dating-advice/enjoy-valentine%E2%80%99s-day-and-get-mentallydating?utm_expid=55691082-15.2L0G0ictTcSJ4BI9Srh77A.0&utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fadvice.uk.match.com%2Fdating-advice)
  • The Book of Jane by Anne Dayton and May Vanderbilt
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul: O Canada The Wonders of Winter
  • Beloved Demons by Anthony Martignetti
  • Hands-on Therapy by T L Watson
  • Let Me Make Myself Plain by Catherine Cookson
  • The Razor's Edge by Somerset Maugham
  • Mystery of the Fat Cat by Frank Bonham
  • Spin by Catherine Mckenzie
  • Virgins by Diana Gabaldon
  • The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen (reread)
  • The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
  • The Ghost in the Window by Betty Ren Wright
  • The Progress of Love by Alice Munro
  • The Treason of Isengard - Book 7 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
  • The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling (reread)
  • Behind the Lines (poems) by A. A. Milne
  • the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling (reread)
  • Chicken Soup for the Expectant Mother's Soul
  • 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