Today was the third and final day of BEA, although I’ll still be in New York until tomorrow afternoon. It was a lot calmer than the previous two days of exhibits, largely because it closed at 3. I picked up some more books, although not quite as many this time.
I didn’t realize just how many books I’d end up coming home with. I ended up making one trip to the post office to mail myself books, and I’m planning on making one more tomorrow morning. Rather than bore everybody with details about my day (OMG! I met Kristin Cashore! But Terri Windling wasn’t there even though she was supposed to be. Oh, and I tried to give my business card to TOR. I hope it gets there), I’m going to talk about a few of my treasures. These are the books that I carry back to DC, because I’m not taking any chances on them getting lost in the mail, and also because I’ve already started some of them.
“Redshirts,” by John Scalzi – So yeah. I blogged about this yesterday, but I am going to say it again because of the epic level of awesomeness. I waited in the extremely long line to get a signed ARC of Redshirts because John Scalzi is awesome and I want to read his next book. When it was my turn to have my copy signed, I told John Scalzi that I was going to bring him bacon but couldn’t find any that morning. Scalzi thanked me profusely for not bringing him any bacon because bacon is rather difficult to travel with. Redshirts is a novel in three codas, which intrigues me because I love books that play with non-traditional formats.
“The Killing Moon,” by N. K. Jemisin – Last night I went to an event at the New York Public Library. Four different authors read from their books, and N. K. Jemisin was one of them. She read an excerpt from the sequel to this book, which is fantasy set in a world that vaguely resembles ancient Egypt. One of the neat things about this series is that Jemisin managed to get the first two books published in consecutive months, which means that I won’t have to wait long to read the sequel! I got to meet Jemisin at a book-signing yesterday, and she told me that she liked my henna tattoo, which made me unreasonably happy.
“Bitterblue,” by Kristin Cashore – Kristin Cashore was one of the other authors at the New York Public Library event last night. She read the prologue of Bitterblue, and I braved an extremely long line to get a signed copy of it because I absolutely MUST see what happens next. The story is set in a magical world where some people are endowed with magical gifts called graces. Bitterblue’s father has one such power and is able to tell lies that everyone will believe, and he used his powers to oppress his kingdom. This book comes after two of Cashore’s other books, “Graceling” and “Fire,” but I am going to jump right in with this one because it seems like I can.
“The Mirrored World,” by Debra Dean – I got to meet Debra Dean yesterday, and she’s super nice. Her novel is a historical fiction set in St. Petersburg about the life of St. Xenia. This sounds right up my alley, because I studied in St. Petersburg and am a sucker for anything Russian. I read the first two chapters and love it thus far! I have an ARC of this on my Kindle as well, but I couldn’t pass up the chance to get a signed copy and to meet the author. One of the neatest things about BEA is getting to interact with different authors on a face-to-face basis. It’s easy to forget that authors are people too when all you see of them is a tiny blurb in the back of the book, and meeting them gives a better idea of what’s going on behind-the-scenes.