I was surprised this morning to find a package in my mailbox.
I wasn’t expecting anything, and it didn’t feel like minis or anything else that I’ve gotten in the mail recently. Upon opening, I discovered that it was a copy of The Edinburgh Dead, by Brian Ruckley!
You see, about a month ago I got back to reading more. I’ve always got a book on the go, but depending on how busy life is, or what I’m currently obsessed with, I may not read so much. For instance, in May my son, Aidan-Grey, was born. Yay! At the same time, I started driving most places I went (namely gaming nights), instead of taking public transit. Public transit is a great way to find time to read. This is one reason why I don’t have a smartphone or an iPad. I feel that if I get one of these, my priorities will shift and I’ll never pick up a book!
Anyway, about a month ago I got back into reading. I somehow stumbled onto the books news and review site, Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist, probably looking for a review of one of the many books I’ve seen recently at Chapters or Indigo that has looked interesting.
Patrick often has book giveaways, and a recent one was for Ruckley’s The Edinburgh Dead. So, clearly I put in my name and voila, I won! I now have a shiney new copy of the book to add to my to-read list. I have a feeling it’ll be high on the list, too.
Speaking of that list, when I get a chance I’ll organise and take a picture of the books that are coming up. I went on a total shopping spree recently when Chapters-Indigo had their “Buy 3, Get 1 Free” sale. I’m a sucker for this sale, and I often pick up a few books. This time around I went three (or was it four) times, and now have quite a number of books added to my already stupidly-large collection. Most of the recent purchases are steampunk, and I think all of them can be found in the Science Fiction and Fantasy sections of bookstores. Anyway, more on those later.
Until then, thanks again to Patrick (and publisher Orbit) for the book, and for such a great site – news, reviews, interviews, as well as links to other book blogs and publisher’s sites.