Hubby and I spent the weekend away and had a delightfully nerdy and book-wonderful weekend.
Saturday was a board gaming party, where much Vegas Casino building, nun chasing, alien blasting and monster slashing fun was had by all. Also pies. I never realized there was such a thing as too much pie.
Sunday we found ourselves on the outskirts of Michigan State University. Had someone told me the MSU campus was that lovely, I’d have ended up there instead of my alma mater. so many brick buildings! We went to Curious Books, where I picked up a Steven Brust, some Cordwainer Smith, some Neal Asher, a Peter Watts, and a few other goodies. Great bookstore. if you are in Lansing, hit up Curious Books. Nicely organized store, friendly and helpful staff, and half the basement was old scifi magazines and anthologies, how sweet is that? North edge of campus, down the street from the super awesome bubble tea place and the very strange looking art museum, you can’t miss it.
After Curious, we hit up Schuler’s books and music. not much of a scifi section, and very much with the vibe of a chain bookstore, this isn’t my usual hangout. Ahhh, but this afternoon at Schuler’s was so very different. they bring in plenty of authors, but the woman they brought in this past Sunday, is someone very special and dear to my heart. Her books have held my heart in their pages, have caressed my face with their imagery, and they usually make me cry at the end. tears of agony, tears of happiness, tears of beauty, sometimes all at the same time. She’s an amazing author, and a friendly, funny, snarky, darkly brilliant person.
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And yes, Ms Valente read from the first chapter of The Girl who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There. There were many oohs and aahs and then giggles at the jokes and puns about grown-uppy stuff. afterwards, there were questions on if she was working on another fairyland book (yes! and it’s a planned series of 5 books), if she’s working on another Prester John book (yes! but they aren’t sure if it will be published as part of an omnibus, or as a single novel), what her inspiration was for Deathless (having her Russian husband and his parents tell her stories of their homeland, many of which were thinly veiled political commentary), which of her books she’d recommend to an older-teen reader (none! no, wait, Orphan’s Tales doesn’t have graphic violence or sex in it), what fantasy books by other authors she’d recommend (you’re not aware of SF Squeecast, the Hugo winning podcast that she’s on?) among many others.
it was a truly amazing afternoon. When I got to the front of the line, she cheerfully signed my books and we talked a bit, and it was spectacular. I think I was glowing.
Then hubby and I then spent a ton of money on manga, and OMG, they are reprinting Ai Yazawa’s Paradise Kiss!! large format, horrifically expense, no extras at the end. . . and I will buy them all! if only to have all five spines match.