* First thing, I did a post yesterday Art Sites for Holiday Gifts, with a list of retail sites by artists, craftpeople, and fair trade places where you can buy gifts online and support small/tiny business. If you have any to add sites to the list please put them in the comments.
* Second thing, The Siren Depths is shipping early, and some people have already gotten it and some people have already read it. (The ebook should be available around December 1, the book's original publication date, and I don't know about the audio book.) If you see it in a bookstore, please let me know in comments. If you've read it and have any sort of opinion on it, please consider leaving a review at Amazon, B&N, GoodReads, or wherever you review stuff. Reviews and word of mouth recs are the only advertising most books get, and the only advertising that really works. Especially on Amazon, where the number of reviews determines whether or not the book will be recommended to other readers and how often it will show up.
And if you see any fan art posted publicly, let me know so I can link to it on the Three Worlds Compendium. I love fan art! (Fanfic is great too, but I shouldn't read it so I don't link to it though I really want to.)
* Other second thing, I've been really swamped for time lately, but this weekend I got some editing and writing done in the morning, then took a break, and went to a friends' party, saw Skyfall, and read Lois McMaster Bujold's new book Captain Vorpatril's Alliance. I really enjoyed this one. It's set before Cryoburn, which was okay, but not really my one of my favorites. It's an Ivan story, and though it starts out on Komarr it moves pretty quickly to Barrayar, and you get to see Gregor, Miles, Duv Galeni, Lady Alys and Simon etc. (Cordelia and Aral aren't it in except as background.) The back cover (everyone I've talked to has a "What the hell is that?" reaction to it) with the two semi-naked women in sketchy poses has nothing to do with the book. The book is sexy at about the same level of sexiness as the previous books. Anyway, I enjoyed it and though it won't knock aside Barrayar, Memory, Mirror Dance, The Vor Game or any of my other top favorites in the series, it was still quite good.
Books and Things
November 19th, 2012