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Oct. 24th, 2006

10:16 pm - Keeping my place warm...

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.. though perhaps I should have used a different subject, as I'm back in blocked-drain hell, and who knows what strange chemical reactions might be generating heat out there...

Won't have time for a proper book report atm, but have finished Conor Kostick's Saga, finished Jenny Han's Shug, and (just today, in an act of utmost procrastination and denial) finished Catherine Gilbert Murdock's Dairy Queen. Saga held up at least to the level I'd reported on when mid-way through, though I found the ending - intriguing. Satisfying, mostly, but made me wonder a lot about whether there'll be another book. This is not because the ending feels middle-of-trilogy not-ending-ish, at all, but rather because (desperately searching for a non-spoilerish way to put this) there could be room for all kinds of new directions. As Epic felt perfectly finished, but Saga added new directions galore, I could see his being able to go somewhere I'd never have been able to imagine with a third. And (without spoilers again!) - he is doubtless not a mediaeval historian for nothing, and I'm sure the resonances of the last page or two aren't my own doing. I'll definitely be snapping up whatever he comes out with next, whether a sequel-of-sorts or not, and certainly won't feel cheated if it's not. (Picture is terrible, but at least there is one now, as there wasn't last time I posted about it. And the cover I think is just great. Nice job, O'Brien Press!)

Just for the sake of not spending an entire entry being wildly obscure to anyone who hasn't read the book, I'll point out that one of the many things I really appreciated about it was his willingness to leave the protagonist of one book and the protagonist of the other in open disagreement (but not conflict) about a very important occurrence at the end. The confidence not to set up simplistic or black-or-white morality (especially in a children's/YA book) is fantastic.

I think I'm babbling now, so will return to Shug and Dairy Queen later, but have to share an alert which came from amazon.de (which I use because of the €3 shipping to Ireland - cheaper by far than UK version, inexplicably). Yeah, it's all in German, and I only know enough German (now) to order English books from them, but the format is pretty unmistakable. People who ordered Caddy Ever After (von Hilary McKay) also might want Pens, Swords, and the Springs of Art: The Oral Poetry Dueling of Palestinian Weddings in the Galilee (Brill Studies in Middle Eastern Literatures) von Nadia G. Yaqub. Fascinating, doubtless, but because I ordered Caddy Ever After?

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From:wyvernfriend
Date:October 24th, 2006 09:23 pm (UTC)
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It makes no sense that theres a E3 shipping from germany but more from the UK. I have to lean on himself learning more german!
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From:wyvernfriend
Date:October 24th, 2006 09:30 pm (UTC)
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though I did notice that several of the prices are more expensive with the .de site.
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From:lady_schrapnell
Date:October 24th, 2006 09:38 pm (UTC)
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Sorry - I didn't specify that it was the Marketplace that had €3 shipping - and what's even dafter is that you'll get the same booksellers (like UK Book Depository) selling the same book on the two sites, and pay less to have it ordered through German Amazon! They do well for newish US-published children's and YA books - not so sure about other ones. And I practiced on French Amazon, which I could just about follow, before they upped their marketplace shipping.
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From:sdn
Date:October 24th, 2006 09:26 pm (UTC)
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that gorgeous saga cover was done by our designer; o'brien loved what he did for our edition of epic.
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From:lady_schrapnell
Date:October 24th, 2006 09:52 pm (UTC)
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Oh, just noticed you said 'our' edition! Haven't been able to find a picture of it yet, but very good news that Firebird is publishing it. Next April, from what I saw just now?
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From:emmaco
Date:October 25th, 2006 08:18 am (UTC)
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Wow, I want you get the book rec on the Palestian weddings and tell us about it!

I'm keeping an eye out for Saga, having read good reviews elsewhere. Did you see that I liked Exchange? Thanks for the rec, I probably wouldn't have picked it up otherwise as it had a fairly bland title and cover.
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From:lady_schrapnell
Date:October 25th, 2006 09:03 am (UTC)
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Yup - I was catching up on LJ reading but didn't catch up on commenting yet! Drains are now working again, so once I've caught up on laundry and dish-washing, I'll get to the commenting... Always something!
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From:emmaco
Date:October 25th, 2006 09:03 pm (UTC)
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Wasn't meaning to prod you! I just know it's easy to miss entries if you're busy and wanted to say that I liked it!

Dish washing? Why would you need to do that? *looks over shoulder guiltily*
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