Tuesday, November 18, 2008

This and that...

Hmmm, I haven't been posting much lately :( Sad. Basically, work is sucking away all my energy ^_^; I've been running to do this and that... My supervisor keeps changing his mind and coming up with weird ideas... well not weird, but different and unexpected. Good news is that I haven't had to come in on the week-end for the past two weeks. Dunno about this week, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

My friend S had me hooked to this UK show: Top Gear. It's about cars... I don't really care about the cars and their testings, but I enjoy seeing the challenges and the chemistry between the three hosts. They are simply just hilarious :)

The two above combined together have pushed me into a reading slump. I'm reading, but not really focusing... and I feel meh about whatever I'm reading. That sucks too. Hopefully, I'll be able to climb my way out of slumpville... but let just say, this morning I looked at all those new books and I couldn't decide what to read... that's usually not a good sign.

I've been looking at upcoming releases for December... is it me, or it's quite pitiful? I think I have 3 or 4 books on my list and one, I put because, euh, there was nothing on my list... How am I suppose to use the coupons that I got from the bookstores?!?!

I've been surfing on Chapters/Indigo online like crazy, looking for future releases... 2009 looks good so far for me... Although some of the books I'm really looking forward to are still MIA in their list... However, guess what? I was able to find information and covers for them!!!

Storm Glass by Maria V. Snyder

As a glassmaker and a magician-in-training, Opal Cowen understands trial by fire. Now it’s time to test her mettle. Someone has sabotaged the Stormdancer clan’s glass orbs, killing their most powerful magicians. The Stormdancers—particularly the mysterious and mercurial Kade—require Opal’s unique talents to prevent it happening again. But when the mission goes awry, Opal must tap into a new kind of magic as stunningly potent as it is frightening. And the further she delves into the intrigue behind the glass and magic, the more distorted things appear. With lives hanging in the balance—including her own—Opal must control powers she never knew she possessed...powers that might lead to disaster beyond anything she’s ever known.

Was able to find a date on Ms. Snyder's website... and Storm Glass is coming out on... April 28, 2009!!

White Star by Elizabeth Vaughan

The Lady High Priestess Evelyn, known as Evie to her friends, is a healer, dedicated to using her magic in the service of the goddess to aid others and give strength where it is needed. Orrin Blackheart couldn't be more different. With his black armour, a black name and a blacker reputation, he's been feared and hated in equal parts. So on his defeat and capture in battle, the Goddesses insistence that Evie saves him from a death sentence astonishes them both - as does the growing attraction between them. But in saving Orrin Evie condemns herself to a prohibition on her magic and a penance posting on the edges of the land, while to retain his salvation Orrin must battle a spreading plague across the land. Fate clearly has plans for them both - but to fulfill them, both must survive the perils ahead.

This book is supposed to come out on April 7, 2009. Definitively can't wait.

Both books sound really good :D I can't wait to get them, seriously!!

By the way, we, romance readers, have been complaining about the number of series out there. It seems that all books now are part of a series and there's barely any stand-alone book. However, did you ever notice that it's actually worst in the mystery section? It's all series as well... and worst, it takes forever for the heroine or hero to get with someone. Ugh.


  1. I haven't read any books by Snyder, but that blurb sounds interesting. I have a few Vaughn books, but haven't gotten around to reading them yet.

    I've noticed that the mystery section is full of long running series. Their seems to be no end in sight for some of them. But I don't mind the lack of romance in mystery as long as the mysteries are good.

  2. I love Top Gear! I am often left crying laughing at their antics! They have recently started an Australian version which isn't anywhere near as good, but it's getting there!

    Yay to a new Maria Snyder book..even though I haven't read the last one yet. And I haven't read the last Elizabeth Vaughan yet. It's sitting on my bedsite table, but I just haven't managed it quite yet!

  3. Brie - *Gasp* Brie!!! What are you waiting for?!?! LOL :) You should read both, Vaughan and Snyder :) They're great books!

    As for the mystery... I agree... there seems to be no end to any of those series! What annoys me is that a lot of those series have love triangles and they're never resolved.

    Marg - I know!! it's just hilarious!! I'm binging on the 11 seasons and it's a great stress reliever.

    Go for the Vaughan's, Marg ;) I'm sure you're going to enjoy it a lot ;) and I can't wait for the new Maria Snyder. It sounds really good :)

  4. Ooo, I'm excited for the new Snyder book as well! But I'm wondering where they're going to classify her this time. Seems like her books have been getting tossed around to different genres a lot lately. Starting out in fantasty, then going into romance, and now supposedly getting put into Teen. lol

  5. I have added both Vaughan's and Snyder's books to my 2009 booklist. They look good! Thanks!

    I agree about the series. Sometimes I like them, but after awhile it can be frustrating trying to keep up with them. I really dislike it when the books cannot standalone--some even end in the middle of a sentence.

  6. Samantha - I personally think that the Snyder books belong in fantasy. I can understand why someone would put it in teen though, cos it's an adventure without too much gore and sex... However, the heroines (Yelena and Opal) are old enough to be in fantasy imo. LOL :)

    psst Sam, move them into fantasy and romance :P

    Jan - Yay for adding them to your 2009 booklist :) I think both covers look good... although something looks slightly off with the model of White Star... I don't know if it's her face or the hair... hmmm.

    Ohhh... that sucks when it ends in the middle of a sentence... it reminds me of one of the Stephanie Plum... where Stephanie was drawing the name of the guy she'd invite over... and you had to wait till the next book to find out.

  7. Nath, you might be interested in this quiz that I did on my blog a couple of days ago


  8. Marg - Thanks!! I saw it on your blog, but I'm not much for quiz ^_^;