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This should be it for BEA books, thank heavens. Previous posts are here, here, and here; you can still claim anything in those posts, too. The rules are in part one, but the basics are: claim as much or as little as you want and don't worry about asking for too much. There are duplicates of some of these, so go ahead and ask even if someone else already has. Postage is free, too, but if you want to send us cookies we won't say no.

The Grays. Whitley Strieber. August 2006. Signed. X-Filesish fiction )

Two manga samplers. )

Anne Freaks Volume 1. Yua Kotegawa. March 2006. Manga. This opens with Yuri burying his mom, whom he has just killed; then Anne Freaks shows up, tells him it's a bad place because someone will surely find the body, knocks him out, and does a better job of body disposal.  )

Neon Genesis Evangelion: Angelic Days Volume 1. Fumino Hayashi. May 2006. Manga. An alternate reality of the original Evangelion )

Missouri Boy. Leland Myrick. September 2006. Graphic novel memoir )

The Way of the Wilderking. Jonathan Rogers. May 2006. I haven't read this; extrapolation from back cover copy follows )

How I Lost 10 Pounds in 53 Years: A Memoir. Kaye Ballard with Jim Hesselman. September 2006. Hollywood Comedian's Memoir With Revealing Anecdotes )

On Christmas Eve. Ann M. Martin. October 2006. Christmas book. Um, obviously. )

SuperVariety Sudoku. James E. Riley, ed. No lj-cut necessary; it's a book of sudoku and dual sudoku and wordoku puzzles.

The following books are signed to one of us, or to some random person. (Some people don't follow directions well, don't take no for an answer, or refuse to just sign their books, for fear that they will turn up on EBay or something. The people most concerned about EBay are frequently the people who have least reason to be concerned.)

Memories of Empire. Django Wexler. September 2005. Haven't read it, but the usually guessing will happen behind the cut )

An Unreasonable Woman: A True Story of Shrimpers, Politicos, Polluters, and the Fight for Seadrift, Texas. Diane Wilson. September 2005. Think Erin Brockovich, only with the county leading the nation in toxic emissions )

The Water Prescription for Health Vitality and Rejuvenation. Christopher Vasey. This isn't someone who was confused about signing; this is someone who would not leave m_shell alone until she agreed to take a copy )

TV Guide: Celebrating an Icon. Stephen Hofer, ed. March 2006. For those interested in pop culture, this contains a color reproduction of every tv guide cover. Ever. )

And sundries: temporary tattoos with the domiKNITrix logo; a set of twenty postcards by Brom, goth but cooler than anticipated from the images I'd previously seen; buttons and pins (I Lie for a Living, Kids Rule, The President's Nemesis, Mindful Politics: It's the Ego, Stupid, etc, good as bases for crafters); a guitar pick; a stretchy bracelet that says "anime wa inochi"; miscellaneous posters; and, for anyone who actually read this far, North-South Books' fab promotion: a Rainbow Fish t-shirt, sized Kids L (6-8). Said t-shirt is text-free; it's just the shiny rainbow fish from the book cover.

ETA: Also we have Arden Shakespeare Books of Quotations. These are cute mini books (with excellent paper) of themed Shakespeare quotes; we have two each of Love, Nature, and the Seven Ages of Man, and six each of Life and Death.
eruthros: Delenn building the crystal machine in season 1  of B5, captioned "foreshadowing" (B5 - Delenn incredible foreshadowing)
For rules of the game, take a look at part one. The basics are: claim as much or as little as you want. There are duplicates of some of these, so go ahead and ask even if someone else already has. Postage is free, too, but if you want to send us cookies we won't say no.

All of the books in this post are signed by the authors.

The Erotic Writer's Market Guide. The Circlet Press Collective. June 2006. market guide + the usual suggestions for writers )

The Dream Thief. Helen Rosburg. Medallion Press, which means historical fiction/romance novel )

The Scroll of Seduction. Gioconda Belli, trans. Lisa Dillman. September 2006. I haven't read it, but this is what I know )

Sharp Objects. Gillian Flynn. October 2006. Thriller featuring a reporter whose first assignment has her returning to her hometown )

Provincetown Follies, Bangkok Blues. Randall Peffer. May 2006. This is the one that was billed as, "Drag queens. Murder. Provincetown, Massachusetts. Vietnam. Thailand." )

Knitting Rules. Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. March 2006. Amusing book of knitting tips, tricks, anecdotes, and neat sidebars )

Murder Across the Map. Cindy Daniel, ed. October 2005. Twelve short murder mysteries )

Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars: The Fall of the Amazing Zalindas. (This copy still uses "Walendas" throughout rather than Zalindas.) Tracy Mack and Michael Citrin. September 2006. Sherlock Holmes from the POV of the Baker Street Irregulars )

The Pale Blue Eye. Louis Bayard. June 2006. Cadet Edgar Allen Poe + West Point + body with stolen heart + a police detective with a secret )

The Sea of Monsters. Rick Riordan. April 2006. YA. Haven't read it, but here's what I know )

Crashing the Gate: Netroots, Grassroots, and the Rise of People-Powered Politics. Jerome Armstrong and Markos Moulitsas Zuniga (of the Daily Kos). March 2006. Haven't read it, and you probably know more than I do anyway )

The Floating Island. Elizabeth Haydon. September 2006. YA. Haven't read this one either; here's what I know )

And there will be a part four, apparently, with some miscellaneous stuff (manga, Shakespeare quotations, books where an author insisted on signing one to me and one to [ profile] m_shell even if we said "no, we just need the one," that sort of thing).
eruthros: Captain Jack Sparrow gazing into the camera (PotC), captioned "bring me that horizon" (PotC - bring me that horizon)
And there may even be a part three. Oy. For rules of the game, take a look at part one. The basics are: claim as much or as little as you want. There are duplicates of some of these, so go ahead and ask even if someone else already has. Postage is free, too, but if you want to send us cookies we won't say no.

Pornology: One Nice Girl's Quest to Understand Strip Clubs, Sex Toys, Magazines, And Videos Before She Learned to Relax Because After All, It's Just Sex. Ayn Carrillo-Gailey. February 2007. Again, I haven't read it, but [ profile] m_shell has, and she says... )

The Man Jesus Loved: Homoerotic Narratives from the New Testament. Theodore W. Jennings, Jr. May 2003. Haven't read this one either... )

Trust. Charles Epping. June 2006. Another book with the words 'the da vinci code' in the cover copy )

Haters. Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez (author of the Dirty Girls Social Club, but this is YA). October 2006. We're clearly in the 'haven't yet read it' post )

Catalina. Markus Orths; trans. Helen Atkins. October 2006. The usual historic fiction about women. Meaning plenty of cross-dressing. )

Storm Thief. Chris Wooding. September 2006. YA, fantasy. Okay, it's lifted from Douglas Adams, but still: probability storms are a neat concept )

Stone Light. Kai Meyer, trans. Elizabeth Crawford. January 2007. YA fantasy. Winged stone lion army. I need describe no other plot points. )

Firestorm. David Klass. September 2006. YA, adventure/fantasy. Guess what? Haven't read this one either, but [ profile] m_shell has, and she says... )

Passing the Time in the Loo. Steven Anderson, ed. July 2005. Summaries of classic stories, quotes by theme, instructions in the basic rules of soccer, a trivia section: yep, it's a bathroom book. )

Abundance: A Novel of Marie Antoinette. Sena Jeter Naslund. October 2006. Yep, it's a fictional memoir of Marie Antoinette )

Mary: A Novel. Janis Cooke Newman. September 2006. Yep, it's a fictional memoir of Mary Todd Lincoln. It's a theme! )

The Meaning of Night: A Confession. Michael Cox. September 2006. Murder! Revenge! Love! Victorian England! )

Red River. Lalita Tademy (author of Cane River). January 2007. "Epic Work of Fiction" and all that jazz )

And... still more to come tomorrow morning.
eruthros: X-Files: Mulder in glasses, text "sexier in glasses" (XF - Mulder sexier in glasses)
It's free book time again! What this means is that [ profile] m_shell and I finally sorted through various BEA books. (Yes, it's been two months. Look, there were a lot of books.) Books and other things listed behind the cut are free for the taking; we'll happily mail them out to you book rate. We're both broke students, though, so we won't say no to anyone who feels a need to send us cookies or pay for postage or whatever.

Claim the books you'd like in the comments (or by IM or email), and send one of us your snail mail address if we don't have it. Feel free to request as many books as you'd like; part of the point of this is to get them out of our apartment. Go ahead and ask even if someone has already claimed something; we have two (!) copies of some of these.

The Interpretation of Murder. Jed Rubenfeld. September 2005. Freud + serial killer + amnesiac woman + kinky sex )

The Looking Glass Wars. Frank Beddor. September 2006. The True Story of Alyss in Wonderland. )

I Could Have Sung All Night. Marni Nixon with Stephen Cole. September 2006. Before I even get to the cut-tag: Marni Nixon is the singer who dubbed for Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady. The Buffy writer/producer is Marti Noxon. Okay, now that that's over with: Marni Nixon and the Golden Age of the Hollywood Musical )

Bliss. O.Z. Livaneli. October 2006. Turkish morality fable? )

Friends of Meager Fortune. David Adams Richards. February 2007. Love and Lumber )

Comrade Rockstar. Reggie Nadelson. June 2006. Reissue. During the Cold War, an American wanna-be rocker can't make it big in the U.S.... so he tries Russia )

No God In Sight. Altaf Tyrewala. August 2006. Reissue. Fifty connected first-person shorts )

Julius Winsome. Gerard Donovan. October 2006. Yet another one I haven't read! )

Crispin: At the Edge of the World. Avi. September 2006. Crispin: not as cool as Charlotte Doyle, but still fun. )

Leven Thumps and the Whispered Secret. Obert Skye. October 2006. So it's obvious from the cover that it's a Harry Potter rip-off but hey, it's a mildly entertaining Harry Potter rip-off. )

Three Shades of Night (World of Darkness). Janet Trautvetter, Sarah Roark, Myranda Sarro. Haven't read it, haven't skimmed it, don't know anything about it )

Typecasting: On the Arts & Sciences of Human Inequality. Stuart Ewen and Elizabeth Ewen. September 2006. I haven't read this, but [ profile] m_shell has, and she describes it as a dense, intensively cross-referenced tome that attempts to outline the entire history of western "scientific" support for racism and ethnocentrism. )

Billy Boyle: A World War II Mystery. James Benn. September 2006. This one snuck up on me; I knew it was a historical mystery/thriller, like the Poe mystery or the Freud thriller, just from the title, but guess what? It actually fits into that category even better: our main character is the nephew of Dwight Eisenhower. And working for him during WWII. )

>Abadazad: The Road to Inconceivable. J.M. DeMatteis and Mike Ploog. Part-graphic novel. June 2006. Abadazad comics turned into part-diary part-graphic novel )

Peter and the Shadow Thieves. Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. July 2006. Sequel to Peter and the Starcatchers. We've done Oz and Alice, so let's hit Peter Pan next. )

Escape From the Carnivale: A Neverland Book. Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. October 2006. A book-for-younger-readers in the Peter and the Starcatchers series. )

Here, There Be Dragons. James A. Owen. October 2006. Only skimmed it. )

Little Fur: The Legend Begins. Isobelle Carmody (author of the Obernewtyn Chronicles). Haven't read this one, either )

More follow in the next post.
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Yes, this is one of those posts that happens when your in-progress file gets too big, weird, and disconnected to do anything with. So why not just post the whole darn thing at once?

Weirdest BEA schwag:

Jelly Belly gummi rat from Coffee House Press. Nothing to do with anything, near's I can tell.
Magnetic Poetry's BEA-themed magnetic poetry, featuring words like schwag and tired and not and another and catalogue.
Red back massage thingy from Elloras Cave.
Inexplicable green alligator filled with water. I don't even remember where it's from. Or why anyone would advertise a book with a squishy water-filled alligator.


So I read Interpretation of Murder, which is... well, it features Freud, and I find the practice of Freudian psychology kinda funny, so it's hard for me to accept it as a thriller. I mean, totally ridiculous dialogue during psychiatric appointments, and Jung and Freud arguing about the supernatural, and Oedipal complexes in Shakespeare, and then at the same time, thriller. With standard death!porn -- you know, the bits where we see a murder from the murderer's pov, and don't give the victim a name, but call her "the young girl" or whatever. Bleh.

The basic problem is that this book doesn't fit in its genre, or even know what the genre is. (You have to know what the genre is to play with it.) I expected it to be a puzzle-thriller: the PR material was all about solving puzzles in Shakespeare and that sort of thing, so I figured it would be the da Vinci Code (which I, um, haven't read) except with Shakespeare and serial killers and Freud. I did not expect the puzzle to be "why does Hamlet act in some instances, and yet find himself incapable of acting on his uncle?" Especially since this puzzle is solved entirely without dialogue or investigation: it's a thought-puzzle in the mind of the narrator. Note to author: thought-puzzles do not make puzzle thrillers.

(Also, there's a bit where they talk about a psychiatrist sleeping with his patient, and there's already been a lot of dialogue about 19th century neurologists are just using sex as a cure, so. It's like the author's trying trying to do both the 19th and 20th century "nervous disorder" cures at once: The talking cure and orgasms. Ickitas.)

... they even made fandom_wank. Not that that takes much on slow wank days. Slow wank days. Heh. -- talking to friede about audiography


Totally disgusting discovery of the day: the Left Behind game. It's... I have no words. Since I have no words, I have attempted to share the horror with everyone I know. For example:
[ profile] eruthros: Oh lordy. Have you seen the PR stuff about the Left Behind game?
[ profile] friede: noooo
[ profile] eruthros: Basically you wander the streets of New York with many large guns, trying to convert or kill Jews, pagans, Buddhists, gays, etc.
[ profile] friede: ...
[ profile] eruthros: And these people call themselves Christians!
[ profile] friede: seriously. gar
[ profile] eruthros: In fact, they protest against violent video games and how they make kids violent!
[ profile] eruthros: And. Wah.
[ profile] friede: *pets*
[ profile] eruthros: posts link to Left Behind Games' website
[ profile] eruthros: You can even play it MULTIPLAYER and try to take territory from other players!
[ profile] friede: omg
[ profile] eruthros: When presumably you're all trying to, you know, convert folks, apocolypse, blahblah etc. And yet.
[ profile] friede: also AHHHHH
[ profile] eruthros: Left Behind was creepy enough before it was, like, Grand Theft Soul.

Also? In this game the UN is a tool of the antichrist. Jesus Mary Mother of God. I ask you. And this, from the president of a Christian marketing organization: "I would assume, if there is violence, it's the cosmic struggle of good versus evil, not gratuitous violence." Right. Of course. It's not gratuitous! You're just killing all the Jews 'cause it's the end times! WAH. From the LA Times: "Ralph Bagley, a spokesman for the Christian Game Developers Foundation in San Diego, said he had seen demand for Christian games grow as parents rejected the escalating violence and explicit sex in mainstream games." And this is... not part of the escalating violence?

Also? Also? Look at what Michael Pachter, an analyst for the investment bank WedbushMorgan, said about this game: "The reason that I think this game has a chance is that it's not particularly preachy. ... I will say some of the dialogue is pretty lame —people saying, 'Praise the Lord' after they blow away the bad guys. I think they're overdoing it a bit. But the message is OK." BUT THE MESSAGE IS OKAY? BUT THE MESSAGE IS OKAY? I swear, I'm going to have an aneurysm over here, if that's what people think is a reasonable message.
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It's starting to be the kind of weather that makes me think longingly of air conditioning. And want to eat nothing but cold pasta salad and ice cream. (Not together.) We recently received a birthday package from [ profile] sineala and [ profile] lysimache, and in it we found Herrells chocolate-almond sauce. I could eat this stuff forever; we're going to have to get more vanilla ice cream.

Dear Philadelphia: upper seventies at the most, okay? or at least a strong breeze? no love, [ profile] eruthros


This morning, while the rice pudding was baking, we finally hauled all the bags of books up from the car and sorted them out. This is always the astonishing part of the BookExpo process, as you attempt to remember when (or why) you picked up some of the books you find in the bag. Or the tschotchkes - why do we have two t-shirts that say "in space, no one can hear you read?" and what are they advertising?

In any case, expect a post on the subject of "um, somehow we seem to have picked up three copies of the Dave Barry book" and "we got this signed to you but we don't remember your address" soon.

I have to highlight one particular inscribed book here, though, even though we don't have extra copies of it. It's Broken Trail, which I've been calling "the ni hao book." Yes, that's right: I smiled politely at Alan Geoffrion and asked him if he would sign a copy to my friend [ profile] joie_de_livre, a librarian in the Bay Area. I did not mention that I wanted a copy for her because she had come up with the best summary imaginable for his book. I thought it might be rude, given... well:

The publicist's summary: A hardened old rancher crosses paths with five Chinese women being forced into prostitution.
[ profile] joie_de_livre's take: "Ni hao, ni hao, ni hao, ni hao, ni hao, ni howdy!"

So, [ profile] joie_de_livre, expect the ni hao book any day now!
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1. Thrillers featuring famous people. Sure, there was the usual historical fiction -- Mary, a fictional life of Mary Todd Lincoln; Mrs. Shakespeare, a fictional life of Anne Hathaway; and Abundance, a fictional life of Marie Antoinette -- but there was also a mystery/thriller set at West Point featuring Edgar Allen Poe and a mystery/thriller set in New York featuring Freud and Jung. (And heiresses in the plural. And it is titled Interpretation of Murder. It is to giggle. Apparently, this book is expected to kick up the fiction market in the fall, which has been pretty soft so far this year.)

2. A tremendous decrease in memoir and autobiography. Last year was the year of memoirs; this year, we've got non-fiction on all sorts of subjects, including a tremendous quantity of September 11th/Katrina/political stuff, but I don't think I saw memoir at all except from already famous people -- food reviewers doing Their Life In Food sort of thing, people related to baseball players doing My Life in Baseball, political relatives doing How Cool Bush, Sr Is, Really or How Cool Cheney Is, Really. (That would be George H.W. Bush's daughter and Mary Cheney, respectively.)

3. That brings me to the biggest category of nonfiction: 9/11! Katrina! Iraq! Bush!

3a. Katrina as an aberration! Historical perspectives on hurricanes! Anniversary books for Katrina! The Katrina titles include: The Great Deluge (Douglas Brinkley), Breach of Faith (Jed Horne), and Path of Destruction (Mark Schleifstein). We've even got historical focuses: LSU press is doing a book called Conservative Conservationist about some mid-century Republican's efforts to preserve wetlands, and Vintage is re-releasing Bayou Farewell, all about Why We Get Bad Hurricanes These Days.

3b. Anniversary books for 9/11! Including the graphic novel of the 9/11 report. (I kid you not. Buzz around this one is actually really positive, but I haven't seen it.)

3c. The Bush/Iraq/election category. We loves Bush! We hates Bush! How the Democrats can win! Why we can't let the Democrats win! Books by politicians (yes, in the plural), journalists, bloggers. John Ashcroft. Barak Obama. Edward Kennedy. Ariana Huffington (who claims to not mention Bush by name in her book; the political is all implied rather than outright.) Bob Woodward. Michael Isikoff. Markos Zuniga, of the Daily Kos, and Jerome Armstrong collaborating. Books about puppies being adopted by marines in Baghdad, about soldiers who are saying no to Iraq, about soldiers' letters, even a graphic novel about a pride of lions in Baghdad. (I did not see the text for that one, so I can't make a statement about the intent of same. It's called Pride of Baghdad, as I recall. The lions are freed when Baghdad is bombed, or something. *vague*)

4. In YA fiction, the biggest trend continues to be As Cool As Harry Potter But Not a Rip-Off, Really, but there are some other areas of interest as well. Tokyopop and others are taking advantage of anime and manga and attempting to do novels in the style of manga. There's a little bump in YA historical fiction to match the overall historical fiction surge (M.T. Anderson's latest book, actually, is YA historical fiction set before the Revolutionary War.) I credit J.K. Rowling with the other major change in YA fiction in the last several years: YA fiction of more than two hundred pages, especially from major publishers who were leary of that sort of thing before. (I held up Black Tattoo as an example of this: it's 500+ pages long. Oy.)


Also, today I have a lilac icon from last year and, by pure happenstance, a handtowel in my bag. (I actually don't know why said handtowel is in my bag, but perhaps it's because I wrapped wine in it when I flew to D.C. and then forgot to remove it. Or something. Thus I attempt to give meaning to the inexplicable.) How's that for looking geeky without doing any geek-related work?

BEA stuff

May. 3rd, 2006 10:03 pm
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McGraw-Hill / 2024
Take a Starbucks Coffee Break
Enjoy a free cup of Starbucks on Friday, May 19, 3:30 - 4:30 and pick up a galley of The Starbucks Experience.

Gibbs Smith / 2010
Betsy Burton will sign HC copies of The King's English: Adventures of an Independent Bookseller May 19, 2 - 3 pm to celebrate its forthcoming PB release. Nathalie Dupree, two-time James Beard award winner will sign copies of her new book Nathalie Dupree's Shrimp & Grits Cookbook May 20, 10 am -12 pm. See the screening of "The Real Dirt on Farmer John" on May 20, 1:30 - 3:30 pm. Author will sign copies of Farmer John's Cookbook: The Real Dirt on Vegetables after the screening in booth 2010.

Tin House / 540 (event at PGW / 2660)
Friday, May 19, 2006 4:30-5:30 pm
The only literary magazine with its own martini, Tin House, invites you to cocktails at the PGW booth #2660 on Friday to celebrate the launch of its New Voice Series and the release of Tin House Books' forthcoming anthology, Food & Booze: A Tin House Literary Feast.

North-South Books, Inc. / Booth 5231
Join us in celebrating the 25th anniversary of North-South Books at Booth 5231! Come by at 10am, noon, and 2pm Friday and Saturday and 10am and noon on Sunday for "North-South Surprises" including Rainbow Fish games and youth-sized tee shirts (while supplies last).

Ponteverde Press / Booth 4559
New title: The history of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and quackery is told in a unique way through quotes, and the finest medical art ever published. MEDICINE: Perspectives in History and Art is a 600 page coffee-table book with 583 illustrations, most in color and the vast majority never before published, that relates the history of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and quackery in a unique and personal way through the quotes and letters of physicians, nurses, patients, artists, writers, and poets. Rather than a "names and dates" history, readers will learn about great discoveries from those there at the time, including Shakespeare & Mark Twain.

Other Press LLC / 3118,3131
Tote bags and advance Reading Copies of key fall titles

City Lights Books / Booth: 3258
Meet Cindy Sheehan: Friday, May 19th, 11:30AM At Booth #3258 World-famous peace activist Cindy Sheehan signs copies of her new book "Dear President Bush" just published by City Lights. From her trip to the World Social Forum in Venezuela to being ousted from the State of the Union address, Sheehan continues to speak out on topics such as civil disobedience, U.S. foreign policy, New Orleans, military recruitment, her son Casey's death on his 5th day in Iraq, and soldiers who resist.

Jones Books / Booth: 4575
Oo la la! Win Pastry for Two at Firehook Bakeries and Meet Paris Travel Guide Author Joyce Mitchell. The author of "Paris by Pastry: Stalking the Sweet Life on the Streets of Paris," Joyce Slayton Mitchell, will be at Jones Books, booth 4575, on Saturday, May 20, from 11 to 5 p.m., to chat about her delicious new book. She'll draw the winner for the Pastry for Two gift certificate, courtesy of Firehook Bakeries, at 4 p.m. on Saturday. A bientot.

Hellenic Federation of Publisher / Booth: 1048
Event Sat. night: Melanes of Naxos, A Pioneering Center of Marble Carvers in the Aegean by Dr. Vassilios Lambrinoudakis, Professor of Classical Archeology, University of Athens. "It is well known that the Greek island of Naxos, played a major role in the creation of Classical monumental art. Rich in marble as it is, it gave birth to skillful stone carvers, who made the first steps towards monumental marble architecture and sculpture. Recent research in the village of Melanes, Naxos, has revealed new aspects of this pioneering creation during the period of the 8th and 7th centuries B.C." May 19, 2006, 6:30 - 8:30 pm The Embassy of Greece, 2221 Massachusetts Avenue, Washington, D.C. 20008

DK Publishing, Inc. / Booth: 2950
Stop By DK Publishing's Booth For a Full-Color Galley of the Revolutionary Reference Book, PICK ME UP!
DK Publishing invites BEA attendees to stop by Booth #2950 for a copy of Pick Me Up. This full-color galley includes the lenticular jacket art that DK commissioned from eBoy, the well-known digital artists' collective. Pick Me Up promises to usher in a reference revolution in trade publishing--so be sure to grab a galley. Once you pick up Pick Me Up, you won't be able to put it down.

Actionopolis / Booth: 4052
Movie, Comics, and Animation Pros Go Prose: Actionopolis YA Illustrated Novels
Actionopolis is a new line of illustrated novels for young adults featuring writers and artists from film, TV, animation and comics. The Actionopolis line abides by the philosophy that action and adventure should be driven by strong concepts, fully developed characters, and of course, good stories. Actionopolis is dedicated to delivering exciting, and above all, FUN books for all ages. Stop by booth 4052, and get a preview of our first seven books, which launch this summer.
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (BtVS Tara avatar avatar)
And as Oddly-capitalized as a Stony Brook press Release! (Further SUNY SB-related posting will have to wait until ... well, until I wanna post about it. At least I'm honest.) So instead: totally random.

Why do I never realize that I'm not logged in until I've read skip=200 posts? Why can't lj have a flocked-only filter, so I don't then have to go back and skim through forty pages of lj looking for little padlocks? This is an important question. ETA: Okay, speak of the devil. The new toolbar thingy will at least tell me I'm not logged in when I'm on my flist. If I like it. It's kinda hideous.

Also, the train car I was on this morning had almost all the lights burnt out, which was a really weird experience going through the tunnels. Dark and gloomy and the lights in the next car seemed really bright.

Totally random thoughts, some with "wait, is that who I think it is?" as I perused the BEA autographing schedule, just released, are behind this lj cut )
eruthros: X-Files: Mulder in glasses, text "sexier in glasses" (XF - Mulder sexier in glasses)
Books, tigers, whatever.

Potential spoilers are under the cuts.

10. Thud!, Terry Pratchett. Read more... )

11. Memory, Lois McMaster Bujold. Read more... )

12. Komarr, Lois McMaster Bujold. Read more... )

13. Okay, this time I did take the whole Vorkosigan thing as far as Civil Campaign by Lois McMaster Bujold. Read more... )

14. Diplomatic Immunity, Lois McMaster Bujold. Read more... )

15. The Loch, Steven Alten. Read more... )

Also, on a book related note, this year the BEA is in Washington, D.C. the weekend of May 18-21. (This is Terribly Wrong, as the ABA convention/BEA should always be the last weekend in May or the first weekend in June. What's up with this mid-May weirdness?) Reed Expos, which runs the website, claims that more information will be available in February (from past experience, this appears to mean "April"), but registration is already available.

ETA: Okay, I said that without going to their website, and then I did, and then I snerked. Because... well, this is their logo this year:

And then their slogan is "this year, it's truly monumental."

Yes, I am twelve. TWELVE.


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