In the Post: Paolo Bacigalupi's The Alchemist & Other Good News

This week has been rather blah for me. Mother Nature seems to be clinging to winter when the rest of the south and I are OH SO READY for Spring. Bills are due and work is a bit sparse.  So you can imagine how exciting a parcel notice is. I mean, bill collectors don't send packages, right? (the answer is 'right' - I mean, how awful would that be to walk down to the office to pick up a package only to have it be some awful thing from the tax man or the utilities company? ack, no thanks.)


No, this was a good package - a book. One that I've been waiting for since it was announced in August: Paolo Bacigalupi's latest title, The Alchemist, from Subterranean Press.  Mine is #173 of 300 signed copies.  There are, by the way, still copies of the trade edition available for $20.  From the product description:
Magic has a price. But someone else will pay. 
Every time a spell is cast, a bit of bramble sprouts, sending up tangling vines, bloody thorns, and threatening a poisonous sleep. It sprouts in tilled fields and in neighbors’ roof beams, thrusts up from between street cobbles, and bursts forth from sacks of powdered spice. A bit of magic, and bramble follows. A little at first, and then more— until whole cities are dragged down under tangling vines and empires lie dead, ruins choked by bramble forest. Monuments to people who loved magic too much.
And in other good news:


Author Caitlin Kittredge is holding a book sale over on her Web site to help a friend attend Juilliard for the summer. For a donation of $15 or more you can receive (while supplies last) signed editions of various books, or you can just buy, for $1 or so, books and DVDs from her own collection.  I was able to snag a couple of signed Cherie Priest novels (Boneshaker and Bloodshot) - so that's very exciting, I must say.


I was also able to snag a copy of the upcoming release Moondogs by Alexander Yates (DoubleDay: March 15, 2011) - just by following @Doubleday on Twitter.  The book is getting fairly good reviews already from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and Library Journal. No news yet on how large the first print run will be.

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