At this time three weeks from now, I'll be sitting at my gate in JFK airport in NYC, awaiting the boarding call for my Finnair flight to Warsaw, Poland, via Helsinki. I'll post dates and details soon, so that I might have the opportunity to meet some of you along the way! As you can expect, I have a lot of shit to put together before then. Not only in my personal life, but also on this little blog of mine. So here's what's coming up in the next few weeks. . .
My set of page proofs for Steven Erikson's Toll the Hounds (Canada, USA, Europe) is still in transit somewhere between London and Montreal and, unless I get the package this week, I may not be able to read and review it prior to my departure. This would really suck. . .
With Toll the Hounds not showing up in my mailbox, I began Richard Morgan's The Steel Remains (Canada, USA, Europe). Not too far into it, but I'm a bit underwhelmed. Maybe I'm just jaded or I was expecting too much, but insofar as I've read, while a good read it's nothing special -- yet. Still, I have a ways to go, so there is time enough!
At work, I've been reading David Ambrose's The Man Who Turned Into Himself (Canada, USA, Europe), and it's been an interesting read thus far.
Depending on my schedule till my departure on June 14th, and depending on whether or not I'll receive Erikson's latest on time, my next reads would likely be Ekaterina Sedia's The Alchemy of Stone (Canada, USA, Europe), and/or David Louis Edelman's Multireal (Canada, USA, Europe). Stay tuned, for both Larry and Robert will have Sedia's newest up for grabs in the near future.
I mentioned in a previous post that due to dead weight issues, I would only bring three books with me for the duration of my month-long trip. As a matter of course, they have to be lengthy paperbacks. Two selections remain the same: Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon and Susanna Clarke' Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. As things stand, the third would be Carlos Ruiz Zafon's The Shadow of the Wind.
Afraid that there won't be any action on the Hotlist while I'm gone, think again! First of all, instead of using a Yahoo Group to keep my friends posted about what I'm doing, I'll use the blog instead. Of course, due to the fact that thousand of "strangers" visit these parts, I might not post some of the "juicy" stuff, but what the heck!?!
Also, I have already read and reviewed two Subterranean Press novellas which will be released this fall: Jim Butcher's Backup (Canada, USA, Europe, and http://www.subterraneanpress.com/), which is set in the Dresden Files series, and Orson Scott Card's Stonefather (Canada, USA, Europe, and http://www.subterraneanpress.com/). Both of which will see their review posted while I'm overseas. As for the three books I'm bringing with me, well it will all depend on my schedule and internet access. But I reckon that you should see at least one or two of them reviewed before I fly back home.
At least on the review front, the habitual pace will be maintained on the Hotlist. As far as news and articles are concerned, well you should easily understand that I'll have much better things to do in Europe! And yet, a rainy day or two might permit me to stay up to date with what is going on by visiting a few blogs and message boards. . .
Unless those Jack Whyte and Terry Brooks interviews materialize out of left field before I leave, I don't think there will be a new Q&A posted on the Hotlist.
I'm still awaiting Adam's questions for our interview with Joe Abercrombie, so perhaps this one has a chance of seeing the light before my flight to NYC. . . In addition, if I find the time to fire off the questions and if he has time to respond rapidly, you might see a new Ian Cameron Esslemont interview as well.
Later this summer, you might see interviews with Steven Erikson (I'll get in touch with him when I'm done with Toll the Hounds), Richard Morgan (to promote The Steel Remains), and David Louis Edelman (if I enjoy Multireal as much as Infoquake).
The fact that I'm leaving for over a month and thus can't oversee the registration process for all the giveaways I host on the Hotlist, I'm now forced to make announcements for a few that should have taken place a couple of weeks later. The current Naomi Novik contest is a good example of that. . .
If all goes according to plan, I'll make the announcement for signed copies of Steven Erikson's Toll the Hounds this week.
I mentioned a new Todd Lockwood contest last week, and it should also be announced in the next few days. A hint, you ask? I'll give you one word: Malazan. . .
Can't wait for Patrick Rothfuss' The Wise Man's Fear, then you'll get a chance to read a novella-length portion that will appear in the book in the forthcoming Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy (Canada, USA, Europe, and http://www.subterraneanpress.com/). I'll have this Subterranean Press limited edition up for grabs soon.
Just awaiting confirmation from the artist, but there will also be a giveaway for a signed copy of Stephan Martiniere's Quantum Dreams (Canada, USA, Europe) or Quantumscapes (Canada, USA, Europe).
Having received an extra ARC of Chris Evans' A Darkness Forged in Fire (Canada, USA, Europe), I'll give away that copy to a lucky reader who'll get an early read of what Simon & Schuster hopes will be the fantasy debut of the year.
I have a few contests in the pipeline with Tor Books, but unless they get back to me soon, they might not see the light. . .
The first two weeks of June will see giveaways for Ian Cameron Esslemont's Return of the Crimson Guard (Canada, USA, Europe, and PS Publishing), the UK edition of Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel's Scion, and David Louis Edelman's Multireal. The winners for these three contests will be randomly selected upon my return, however.
Well, that's about it. As you can see, I'll be quite busy in the coming weeks, with the blog and everything else. At least such a state of affairs, though stressful, keeps things interesting!;-)