Maybe I should start a tumblr
Anyway, three books-I-wanna-read things.
1. After Liar, I came to the realization that I’m a sucker for intricately structured YA fiction. Backed up by awesome writing, of course. (See also: Boy Toy; Jellicoe Road; basically everything Megan Whalen Turner) Tim Wynne-Jones’ Blink & Caution probably would have been one of those books I might have gotten around to at some point. But after Kirkus’s review, which begins, “Two teenagers hurt by life ‘with its never-ending snares and pitfalls and dire consequences’ come together in this elegantly constructed noir mystery and love story,” I now have to read it.
2. This morning’s Publishers Lunch mentioned a deal for an awesome-sounding book. So awesome-sounding that I was inspired to hunt down more information about it. And I found the deal report on the author’s blog. Yay!
Jay Kristoff’s STORMDANCER, a dystopian fantasy set in steampunk feudal Japan, to Pete Wolverton at Thomas Dunne Books, in association with Julie Crisp at Tor UK, in a good deal, in a three-book deal, by Matt Bialer at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates (World English).
His blog also includes his query letter, which said the manuscript was YA, though from the looks of this, it’ll be published as an adult book. There was one line in the query that made me pause. Free Willy? Really? Whatever. For now, I’m willing to overlook it for the STEAMPUNK FEUDAL JAPAN part. Because did you notice it’s set in steampunk feudal Japan?
Also, one book-I’ve-read note. My discussion/review of Neesha Meminger’s Jazz in Love is up at the Kirkus blog. Backstory, in brief: unable to find a publisher for this, her second novel (after Shine, Coconut Moon), Meminger self-published her story about an Indian-American teen’s rocky romantic life. And the book is fun!