On the battlefield of dreams and screams, the valiant Dalton still lives! He looks to the skies and offers thanks, etc. Anyway. So, yesterday (not entirely a blur) was full on. My bank manager is going to hate me – inevitably, I spent all his money on books – so many that I probably won’t live long enuff to read them all – will have to give them away as prizes in some competition, and so on.
I saw the wonderfully understated Trudi Canavan do a reading – she’s going post-industrial! Yes, that means steampunk. A re-emerging trend. Then I went and saw THE Scott Lynch. He bounded into the room, hair flying (no, I’m not jealous… alright, just a little) and wise-cracking. He read a short story from a forthcoming collection/anthology. Funny. Very funny. Smart. Wonderful, very. Just very.
Then the master. Brian Aldiss talking about ‘Finches of Mars’. The man is a scholar and a gent. He talked brilliantly (he’s not capable of anything else but that) about the ‘assumptions’ we make that construct false worlds. Genius. I’m smarter for just having been in the session, I think.
Then a panel of commissioning editors from all the big publishing houses. They told everyone in the room that they could have a book deal. Oh, hang on, they didn’t say that. Sorry. So Dalton goes out and wrestles Bragalonne and Titan to the ground until they finally yield. It’s for their own good. They will thank me one day – hopefully while I’m still alive.
Then onto a Jo Fletcher party – what a host. More alchohol than even Conan could drink. Patrick Rothfuss’s beard now reaches the floor. He is a wondrous Gimley made of jelly and ice-cream.
And now the long journey home to Manchester. Good job I’ve been in the gym training for 6 months so that I have the strength to haul all these damned wonderful books
Speaking of books. We are into the last 24 hours of my Knight of Ages giveaway. So if you have been putting it off, of you think theres a catch, theres not so download it now while you can for free!
Here, its here, go on if you haven’t already. You know you want to.