Links of Interest (At Least to Me) 06/01/2009

Eoin Purcell

An interesting acquisition by Pandora and relevant because Badger is part of Edco a primarily Irish firm.
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Only $1.6 Million for Laura Bush, maybe this recession IS hitting celeb biogs.
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But then you read the Leona Lewis will write one and you realise that no, it’s alive and kicking
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I’m not a fan of the Princess Diaries series, but then I’m not the target audience, I do like the little sweet spot at the end. They are publishing a companion volume that is supposed to have been written by the lead character. NICE!
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WSJ have pretty much made the whole of this article on the book industry free access and its well worth reading and considering
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Borders US has a new boss, out with the old in with the new I suppose.
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Just before Christmas The New York Observer had a nice piece on Bloomsbury USA.
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One author tells publishers where they went wrong
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Pointing in the almost unavoidable direction of the digital, Lonely Planet appoints a new CEO
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David does a whip around of 2008 so we don’t have to!
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God there are a lot today! I think tomorrow I’ll emerge from my festive/toochache fug and post some more!
Eoin

The books I’m waiting on in 2008* (fiction)

Eoin Purcell

In which Eoin reveals his desperate fantasy addiction

1) So when I hear that Steph Swainston was writing two new books set in the world of the Castle I was really excited. The first one seems to have changed title from Carniss Keep to Above The Snowline but is due in late November 2008.

2) If you haven’t started reading Steven Erikson yet, start now. This is detailed, realistic and epic yet magical and rooted in fantasy in way that makes Jordan look like an amateur (I say that as a lapsed fan of the late, great and desperately missed author). His latest is Toll of Hounds and is due in June 2008.

2) George RR Martin burst onto the scene for me if not for many others only a few years ago with A Game of Thrones. Now I am anxious to read his latest, which by his own admission he has not finished, in 2008.

4) In confirmation of my enormous nerdiness and fantasy addiction the fourth of my five books in 2008 is book three in Scott Lynch’s Gentlmen Bastards Sequence, The Republic of Thieves.

5) My last choice is not my usual fare but since Scott Pack announced this book some time ago and sent out PDf samples, I have been intrigued. The Equivoque Principle by Darren Craske will definitely be on my shelf some time in 2008.

Waiting and hoping,
Eoin

* Watch out, as with all fiction these books may well slip and arrive in 2009!