Well I can’t really deny my attendance anymore, can I? When I tell people I get up at 5am to travel down to London on a Saturday they give me odd looks but it’s so worth it. You’re in a building surrounded by people (bloggers, publishers, authors) who love books – how could you pass that up?! That’s why you drink a lot of tea on the train. 😉
This is the second “theme” blogger brunch Random House have done and I really like them. I also really loved the speed-book-dating idea. Instead of doing a big presentation we split into four groups and spent time at either FICTION TO MAKE YOU PONDER, THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT, SWOON or the FANSTASTICAL FICTION & ACTION PACKED ADVENTURE table. At each we had about 10 minutes and below are the books that I liked best.
The new Lockwood & Co – The Whispering Skull is out in September and I’ve been really lucky and already read it. SO GOOD. Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens was also featured, the book is out now and again I can only recommend it and another book I’ve been fortunate enough to read is Boy In The Tower by Polly Ho-Yen, it’s out this month.
I might have nodded a bit over enthusiastically while these books were being talked about and maybe bullied (only in a loving way) Andrew Regina (The Pewter Wolf, see his recap HERE) about the need to read them.
Titles I haven’t yet read but want to:
- Nightmares! by Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller
- Dragons at Crumbling Castle: And Other Stories by Terry Pratchett
- The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare & Holly Black
And then Steve Cole parachuted in from the skylight! Ok he didn’t – he did have a chair servant though, which I’m sure is useful on many occasions.
*checks again to make sure no one is there*
Ok I’m fine… and not paranoid.
But now – ok now I really want to read it, which makes the fact that I have to wait until November rather frustrating.
We didn’t get to find out much about the contents of the book (pretty much was you can deduce from the cover for yourself) apart from that it picks up where the previous books by Charlie Higson left of but you don’t need to have read them to read Shoot to Kill.
Steve Cole talked about some of the procrastination research he did and for those of you who were there and wondered why the German speaker (me) didn’t translate Himmelstreppe – I thought I had an unfair advantage.
After the brunch a few of us went to the pub next door for lunch and Steve Cole joined us (brave man!)