Today’s subtitle could be, “Thoughts I Had While Without a Computer for the Past Two Weeks That Were Too Long for Twitter,” but that seems a little unwieldy, don’t you think?
Face Off Anthology
So the first bit of exciting news I heard from ThrillerFest was that they’re coming out with a new anthology of short stories. They’ve done a few of these before. I checked out the first one because I knew James Rollins had contributed. (“Kowalski’s in Love” gives an explanation as to how the character from Ice Hunt first joins up with the folks at Sigma, some time between Black Order and The Judas Strain.) But I’m just really not that into short stories, so I’ve largely ignored them.
This one, surprisingly, I’m really excited for. It’s not coming out till next summer, so maybe my enthusiasm will wane before then, but I just love the idea. All the stories will be crossovers, familiar characters from two different authors coming together. And yes, James Rollins is contributing again, but this time I won’t just be flipping through to find his story. In fact, over the next year, I’ll probably make a point of reading some of these authors who’ve been on my TBR forever, so I have more “familiar” authors when the anthology comes out.
You can read more about the plans — including a full list of contributors — here.
Crossovers can be so fun when they’re done well, so I’ll be not-so-patiently waiting for Face Off.
I’d love to read the entire nominee list so I can agree or disagree with the awards accordingly… but that seems overly ambitious, so I just wait for the winners. And specifically, the winner of the debut category, which I then make a point to read (or have over the last few years). This year’s debut winner is Matthew Quirk’s The 500. Past winners have been hit or miss for me — I enjoyed last year’s winner, Spiral, but gave a rare 1-star review to the previous one, Still Missing — so we’ll see what I think of this one.
… and More
One bit of news not coming from ITW is the Inferno movie announcement. I can’t help feeling a little vindicated that Hollywood is just skipping over The Lost Symbol; I know there are people who enjoyed it, but to me it just seemed like a shadow of Brown’s earlier novels.
The bigger news story, though, is the unveiling of J.K. Rowling as Robert Galbraith. I admit, I’m excited by this news. Of course it sucks for Rowling that her trust was broken (I would say the extra money she’ll get now would help make up for it, but I think she has plenty already), but this new book is much closer to my comfort zone than The Casual Vacancy… or even, much as I enjoyed it, Harry Potter. I would still love to see her go back to fantasy, maybe an adult fantasy this time, but I’m very interested to see her at work in a crime novel.
And finally, in not-quite-bookish news (or should I say bookish not-quite-news): Fox Books Files for Bankrupcy.
Any recent announcements you’re excited about?