Sunday, 10 November 2013

Incoming: World Fantasy Con Edition

AKA Showcase Sunday

Brace yourselves! Not only is it the WFC edition but it's been three weeks since my last update. So there really is an embarrassingly large pile of books on my table. I have probably missed some, but here goes.

The one book I really really wanted to pick up at WFC was Liz de Jager's Banished. There were no copies out when I registered (that's when you get to fill up a bag with free books) so I'd thought they'd all been snapped up. Then there were rumours of them on the Friday registration tables (argh) until happily I found a pile on Saturday when it was help yourself to the leftovers. Well I hope it was help yourself otherwise lots of us stole books!

I also received my ninja book swap gift from Doing Dewey, who gave me Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay for my "trick" and Heartless by Gail Carriger as my "treat" along with a Halloween cupcake set (which I didn't have a chance to use as I was away for Halloween - but monsters are not just for Halloween).

I ordered a copy of The Bone Season from The Book People to get signed at WFC and accidentally ended up with more books. It happens. I wanted to read How I Live Now, so of course I bought a four book Meg Rosoff set instead of just one book.

Oh an the lovely Leah @ Uncorked Thoughts sent me the Joey Hifi version of Moxyland (I already have a copy so this isn't even adding to the TBR) and The Almost Girl which I'd been hovering over on NetGalley and trying to think of all the unread galleys I already have... I already had Dodger (signed) so that makes four of these books ones I already have. I don't know if that makes me look saner or crazier.

P.S. Sarah Rees Brennan is hilarious in person.

For review:
Someone Else's Skin by Sarah Hilary (Headline)
The Foundling Boy by Michel Déon (Gallic Books)
The View from the Tower by Charles Lambert (Exhibit A)
The Elements of Eloquence by Mark Forsyth (Icon Books)
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children: The Graphic Novel (Headline) *review*
Channel Blue by Jay Martel (Head of Zeus)
The Facades by Eric Lundgren (Duckworth)
Black Venus by James MacManus (Duckworth)
The Song of King Gesar by Alai (Canongate)
The Pure Gold Baby by Margaret Drabble (Canongate)
Dodger's Guide to London by Terry Pratchett (Transworld)
Shadowplay by Laura Lam (Strange Chemistry)

Deadlands by Lily Herne
Twinmaker by Sean Williams
Banished by Liz de Jager
The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan
Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
Beauty by Sarah Pinborough
Passages: Sampler of French Fantasy from Bragelonne
Sea of Ghosts by Alan Campbell
Ex-Heroes by Peter Clines
The Silver Bough by Lisa Tuttle
The Witnesses Are Gone by Joel Lane
Didier Graffet Artbook

Heartless by Gail Carriger
Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay
Moxyland by Lauren Beukes
The Almost Girl by Amalie Howard

Dodger by Terry Pratchett
Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman
She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
Just In Case by Meg Rosoff
What I Was by Meg Rosoff
The Bride's Farewell by Meg Rosoff
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon *review*
Ghost World by Daniel Clowes
Krabat by Otfried Preußler
Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb
Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb
Assassin's Quest by Robin Hobb
Fool's Errand by Robin Hobb
The Golden Fool by Robin Hobb
Fool's Fate by Robin Hobb

I need a lie down now!

Showcase Sunday is hosted by Books, Biscuits & Tea.


  1. What a fantastic haul you have there!

    I wasn't much of a fan of The Bone Season, I hope you like it more than I did! Love the Parasol Protectorate series though.

    1. I read it a while ago, but bought a paper copy to get signed as doubt I'll get another opportunity. I loved it but I think I had different preconceptions of it (ie. no one told me it was the "new Harry Potter") :D

  2. Good grief... All I can say is CONGRATULATIONS, and also, I really want to read Ghost World. I don't think there are any more words, so I'll just go look at the book piles again instead, k?


    1. Your challenge is to beat this on your next bookish outing my child.

  3. Just a couple of books :) Thought glad to see it was three weeks worth, when i first saw the pile i was in awe :) You've got some great books there too! Shadowplay has a great cover and sounds really interesting and i keep meaning to read a Robin Hobb book. Twinmaker also looks good, as well as so many others in the pile, hope you have a lot of spare reading time :)

    My SS

    1. I bought the Robin Hobbs when they were all 99p before WFC and then I was listening to her on a panel and thinking ooh I really want to read her books now. And I magically had them already!

  4. Ohmygosh just LOOK AT THAT PICTURE AND ALL THOSE BOOKS! I've found loads I'm going to be adding to my to-buy list. I especially love the sound of Black Venus and I've wanted to read How I Live Now for a while so I'm hoping to buy that soon!

    I really hope you enjoy them all, looking forward to hearing your thoughts on them :)

    WFC sounds great, did you enjoy it? :D

    Meg xxx

    1. Yes, was knackered by the end and some of the panels were a bit meh but the social aspect was great. Met so many people. And, THE BOOKS!

  5. Bloody hell! That's a massive haul! You're welcome for the books too, I was so excited posting them to ya haha :D.
    Very, very jealous of Twinmaker! *Grabby hands*


  6. Blimey, that's quite a haul! I remember struggling home from the Crime Writing Festival at Harrogate with my luggage and all the books I'd got... I'm taking a wheely suitcase if I go next year!

    I hope you enjoy the books, it looks like you've got some great ones there :)

  7. Woo, you have about twice as many books as me! I feel better now... ;-)

    Some great stuff in there. Interested to know what you think of Tigana - I've heard some amazing and some terrible reviews of that.

  8. Tell you what - you never disappoint me when it comes to building book castles (let's face it, you've moved on from merely building houses a long time ago) and maybe (just maybe) I can impress you by the end of the month when hopefully all the books I ordered from AwesomeBooks will finally have arrived at my doorstep (don't I hate postal delays). And ohhh guess what, guess what ... I finally managed to grab a copy of Pratchett's "The Long Earth" (used, thus cheap, and about time too).

  9. Aaaah! Yet another blogger I follow who was also at the con and who I only found out I could have met after. Aaaaah! Love the swag, I have a very similar, albeit rather much larger cough cough *56 books came home with my from wfc* pile myself. I've been telling my wfc tale over on my blog if you care to stop by. Are you planning on going to World Builders or Lon Con in August? If so I think there needs to be some kind of informal book blogger (not that I am currently an exclusively book blogger myself, but I do read tons of them) meet up there, eh?

    1. I'm doing Nine Worlds next year. I'm not a big con-goer really. Might do EasterCon. LonCon back-to-back with Nine Worlds is probably a bit much for me!

  10. Oh my. Sounds like a fantastic con that you went to. You got some amazing books this week. Come visit me as well.

    Books of Love

  11. Look at all those pretty Robin Hobbs! I love those designs of her books (I own the same ones).

    That is a hefty pile of books. I wish you a lot of strength to chew through it all :D

  12. Holy crap that's a lot of books!
    You picked up so many amazing sounding books for free! I've been wanting to start Sarah Rees Brennan's books, they look really good! The Bone Season sounds really good! I've been meaning to get myself a copy of it.
    I hope you had fun at WFC! Great haul, happy reading :)

  13. Wow, that is some pile of books! And I thought I had a lot of reading to do with my 6 books to read! :-)

  14. All I can say is that I am majorly jealous! :P

  15. Wow, that is incredible! Makes my to-read piles look puny and sad. I hope you enjoy the Robin Hobb books. I read them several years back, all through a summer. My friends and I all happened to be reading them at the same time so we had a bit of a book club that involved a bit of talking about the books and a lot of wine. Good times! Happy reading.

  16. I've never been to a con where you get free books but that sounds awesome! I hope you enjoy the books I sent and the cupcake kit too :)

  17. And I thought Vicky's stack was big... :D
    I really liked Miss Peregrine so I wonder what the graphic novel is like - I might have to check it out.


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