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January 27, 2011
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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?

3. Looks like Simon Pulse is granting my wish with this collection.

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!

8 Comments leave one →
  1. January 27, 2011 10:20 pm

    Hi Trisha, thanks for the shout-out.🙂

    STORMDANCER was intended to be YA when I wrote it, but my agent and editors both think it has too much crossover appeal to be a pure YA release. Pretty sure younger readers will get into it though – the protagonist and most of the main characters are <20.

    Don't let the 'Free Willy' thing worry you. If you like the thought of following a teenage girl through a dystopian shogunate peopled by clockwork samurai carrying chainsaw katana, you'll like STORMDANCER.

    You might cry at the end though😛

    • January 28, 2011 9:05 am

      Do I “like the thought of following a teenage girl through a dystopian shogunate peopled by clockwork samurai carrying chainsaw katana”? Um, YES!

      Thanks for dropping by and for the additional info!

  2. January 28, 2011 6:37 am

    STEAMPUNK FEUDAL JAPAN?!

    Um. Sign me up. Now now now, please.🙂

  3. January 28, 2011 10:09 am

    ditto viz S.F.J.!!!

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