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Holy Moly! It's already March!!

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Wow! I can not believe how quickly this year is going! It seems like only yesterday that I was packing up books for the Secret Santa giveaway and now look! It's March and the sun is shining over the London S&S offices.

A quick reminder to everyone who has received a book from S&S UK last year via our giveaways. If you enjoyed the book, or better yet if you wrote a review for the book, then please let me know. All feedback (good or bad) is welcomed and I always love reading your thoughts on our titles. As well as your own blog or journal, you can also post your book thoughts in our community booky_talk and on goodreads, Amazon, Waterstones, etc.

I hope you are all well and are finding time to squeeze in a bit of reading every now and again! What have you read this year that has grabbed you? For me, I've been getting into zombie fiction! Hilarious and terrifying in equal measure! We will continue to do giveaways of review copies so be sure to keep a look out for the next one coming later this month!

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jawastew
Mar. 3rd, 2010 07:48 pm (UTC)
I've been reading a lot more SF and YA SF! I love the genre, so it's no surprise to me. What is a surprise is how much I've been digging into so far this year. :)

I've really enjoyed a few books this year:

The 13 Curses by Michelle Harrison (can't wait for the next!)
Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire
The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson
Fool by Christopher Moore

and I'm currently in love with John Scalzi's Zoe's Tale. :)
simon_saysuk
Mar. 4th, 2010 04:53 pm (UTC)
A bit of SF is always fun, I have just been reading the manuscript of Kevin J. Anderson's new SF series, HELLHOLE - top stuff!! We will hopefully be publishing this year!
muse_books
Mar. 3rd, 2010 07:53 pm (UTC)
I've finally started read the Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson. Just amazing!

Also, agree the year seems to be flying by!
simon_saysuk
Mar. 4th, 2010 04:56 pm (UTC)
I'm still trying to get into that trilogy... everyone says it's amazing and that you just have to get through the first 40 or so pages of the first one and then you'll be addicted... my problem is I can't get past the corporate jargon at the beginning!
pinkgalagirl
Mar. 3rd, 2010 08:17 pm (UTC)
I've just recently been getting into memoirs- I finished Chinese Cinderella, by Adeline Yen Mah the other day and now I'm halfway through Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi. Other than that, been (re)reading some of the good old classics- the Once and Future King, Sense and Sensibility, Jane Eyre...

I did read Philippa Gregory's The Other Queen, but I didn't like it so much. Since doing The White Queen review last summer, I've read at least 5 of her other books, and this is the only one I didn't love. Is it true that Gregory's The Red Queen is coming out this summer? I can't remember where I heard it, but I got quite excited. Shall she be tweeting the story again?
simon_saysuk
Mar. 4th, 2010 04:59 pm (UTC)
Yep, THE RED QUEEN is out in August this year... we just got our ARCs in!! I'll be sure to send you one once it's been cleared by Editorial :)
pinkgalagirl
Mar. 4th, 2010 05:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks- that would be awesome! I'll be looking forward to it!
catherinehaines
Mar. 3rd, 2010 08:22 pm (UTC)
Right now I am reading SHADOW PROWLER and it's fantastic so far (I'm about 2/3 of the way through). It's rare to see first person in epic fantasy (rather than urban or young adult fantasy etc.) so I love it when it pops up and is done well. And boy is this done well - for me, first works best when the character is, well, quite a character. And Harold is clever and snarky and thus wonderful to read. :)

I'm still sticking to my favourite parts of the book world, although lately I've been hungering for more witch/ghost fiction when it comes to my paranormal reading, so I've been indulging in a bit more of that lately.
simon_saysuk
Mar. 4th, 2010 06:05 pm (UTC)
So glad that you are enjoying SHADOW PROWLER!
bpddjeoomon
Mar. 3rd, 2010 08:29 pm (UTC)
Have you heard of and/or read "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" by Seth Grahame-Smith?

I'm reading it right now and loving it so far. Which is really saying something because the real "Pride and Prejudice" bored me to tears!

Also my birthday is this month! So I'm hoping for some book shaped gifts from friends and family. :-D
simon_saysuk
Mar. 4th, 2010 06:07 pm (UTC)
I have indeed heard of it and loved it! Though I'm a P&P fan anyway. We are publishing a classic with a twist in a couple of months called JANE SLAYRE... Jane Eyre with vampires, werewolves and more, oh my!!

Yay!! Happy Birthday!! I hope you get oodles of quality book fodder!
trishtrash
Mar. 3rd, 2010 09:49 pm (UTC)
I read and reviewed both Day After Night by Anita Diamant and Ghost Song by Sarah Rayne on LibraryThing and in my journal (here and here) and to Goodreads and Amazon. Thanks very much for sending them, I enjoyed them both to varying degrees :)

I'm interspersing my usual contemporary fiction reading fare with non-fiction and missed classics this year - I'm ashamed to say I only just got around to Wilkie Collin's The Woman in White and Charlotte Brontë's Villette. Both amazing works of period fiction.

pinkgalagirl
Mar. 4th, 2010 05:13 pm (UTC)
I just reread Jane Eyre and I think I might have to say I liked it the first time, but I loved it the second time. I'm interested in more of Bronte's work- you recommend Villette?
trishtrash
Mar. 4th, 2010 05:19 pm (UTC)
I *loved* Villette, and heartily recommend it. The plot isn't quite as strong as Jane Eyre, but Lucy Snowe is my favourite character from romantic period fiction, hands down.
pinkgalagirl
Mar. 4th, 2010 11:12 pm (UTC)
So, being a gorgeous sunny 70 degree day, I decided to take a walk to the Salvation Army and Goodwill to browse the books- and guess what I found? A copy of Villette for $2 that has not even a crease in the spine! So, per your recommendation, I got it (along with a copy of Anna Karenina, since my long time friend recommended that not long ago). I won't be reading it next, since I want to see if my book club wants to read it. Jane Eyre was a huge favorite, so I'm thinking there will be no qualms with it!
trishtrash
Mar. 5th, 2010 08:18 am (UTC)
Excellent, how I love good-condition second hand book finds! And an excellent idea, also, taking it to your book club; I think you'd find a lot to discuss - I'd love to know what they/you think of it, after.
simon_saysuk
Mar. 4th, 2010 06:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your reviews!! It's lovely to get feedback on the titles.

I have a couple of classics on my iphone and I love dipping in to them... yes, I've already read them, but the quality of writing calls to be re-read again and again!
lafemmedarla
Mar. 3rd, 2010 10:45 pm (UTC)
Coincidence! I just got my book , A Darkness Forged in Fire,(Our delivery system around here is pretty slow)

I look forward to read it and shall post a review when I'm done. Thanks!

Managed to read eleven books so far this year. The Strain, the Chrestomaci books and Beastly (this last one was a bit shocking as I spent the whole book loathing the protagonist and yet liking the book so much)

Edited at 2010-03-03 10:45 pm (UTC)
simon_saysuk
Mar. 4th, 2010 06:12 pm (UTC)
Wow!! that is a slow delivery system! I do hope you enjoy the book!
sleep_aurora
Mar. 4th, 2010 01:28 am (UTC)
I've been looking for some decent zombie fiction, but I'm not finding anything so far that grabs my attention.

I recently read Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments trilogy and absolutely LOVED it. I've been liking the young adult fiction lately.

I'm really looking forward to Graceling and Fire, which are in my TBR pile.
simon_saysuk
Mar. 4th, 2010 06:24 pm (UTC)
We've got a few zombie fic titles coming out over the next few months including;

http://books.simonandschuster.co.uk/Plague-of-the-Dead/Z-A-Recht/9781849831628

http://books.simonandschuster.co.uk/Day-by-Day-Armageddon/J-L-Bourne/9781849831581

Have you read Demon's Lexicon yet? By Sarah Rees Brennan

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simon_saysuk
Mar. 4th, 2010 06:24 pm (UTC)
What a great idea! Have you got a list of classics that you want to read?
giraffedays
Mar. 5th, 2010 12:35 am (UTC)
I read Map of Ireland by Stephanie Grant, which I really enjoyed, and A Darkness Forged in Fire by Chris Evans.

I haven't read anything so far this year that's really blown me away. I liked Succubus Blues and Finding Nouf, which is a literary detective novel set in Saudi Arabia, but nothing I've absolutely fallen in love with.

Last year I read Mr Darcy, Vampyre and was probably the only person to really love it - have you read that one? I read P&P&Zombies but I'm not a big zombie fan so it fell flat for me. This year I read Jane Bites Back which is about Jane Austen living as a modern-day vampire trying to find a publisher for her last novel - very fun!

Edited at 2010-03-05 12:37 am (UTC)
aurillia
Apr. 7th, 2010 07:47 pm (UTC)
Sorry, that's me there, above. I forgot, but I also read How to be Single by Liz Tuccoli. The one I loved best was Map of Ireland. My book review site has moved to www.giraffedays.com.
muse_books
Jun. 22nd, 2010 08:07 am (UTC)
Hi.

Hope you are well. I wondered if S&S would be doing any Team Unicorn or Team Zombie badges for the new anthology?

http://promo.simonandschuster.com/zombiesvsunicorns/
dionisia2005
Aug. 29th, 2010 12:24 am (UTC)
hi!!
how are you??
are you coming back with some more giveaways??

thanks!!
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