Friday, March 28, 2008

This and That

I'm in the midst of reading Armed and Magical, in preparation for an advance review. I plan to post my review just before the book releases, but I needed to read it early in order to prepare some other stuff I'll be doing in conjunction with the release. In the meantime, I have unfortunately had to set aside Griffin's Daughter, but the author knows that I had commitments and I hope to be able to get back to it soon.

Also competing for my attention are Mad Kestrel (pirates!), Clockwork Heart (steampunk!), In the Eye of Heaven (knights!) and Elom (prehistory!). I have sampled all of them, and something fires up about each one. It may come down to a coin-toss to decide which to read next. And these aren't even all the books in my stack.

Unfortunately, because of the size of my reading stack, I have been turning down all review requests for the past few months. I don't see this changing any time soon. In addition to the above books and books I have not mentioned, I have some non-debuts and non-fantasies that I want to buy and read. I'll blog about all of them here.

In the meantime, Raven has agreed to review Truancy! It should already be on its way to her. I have offered to arm-wrestle her over another of the books in my stack, but since we live clear across the country from each other, and because I have so many other books to read, I may let her win on that one. (wistful sigh!) Which book is this that has inspired such competition among review buddies? You'll have to wait until she actually starts reviewing it to find out!

In order to help supply my book-buying habit, I have activated an Amazon Associates account, and all USA-based purchases from this website will earn me a small referral. When I accumulate ten bucks, I'll get an Amazon gift card. In the interest of preventing avarace from contaminating my reviews, I will only place an Associate link on debut showcases, not on reviews. I showcases all debuts, whether I think I'll enjoy them or not. When I post a review, I'll simply link back to the showcase post.

This weekend I need to scrutinize the publisher newsletters for any debuts that I may have missed. The rate at which they are releasing seems to have abated, or else I've gotten lazy (extremely likely). I also would like to do a linkfest, because so many of my fellow bloggers are reviewing debuts and they deserve to be recognized!


Chris, The Book Swede said...

Good luck with Amazon Associates. I have slowly accrued (fabulous sounding word) £10 -- and to my annoyance, I can't buy through my own links! :D

I keep forgetting to include the links at the end of my posts -- that's how much I'm motivated by avarice! ;)

Tia Nevitt said...

I suppose buying through one's own links is an obvious loophole that Amazon would have to close.

No, I think we can trust your reviews!

Nancy Beck said...

Armed & Magical - that's next on my list to buy.

Can't wait! :-)

Anonymous said...

I think this would be the first time I've ever won at arm-wrestling. From now on I'll make a practice of only arm-wrestling people who are too far away to actually wrestle me. ;)

Tia Nevitt said...

Nancy, it's available on April 29th!

Raven, that's a good strategy!

Carole McDonnell said...

Wow, woman! You're so committed. And ethical too.

Good luck with all the books. -C

Kimber Li said...

I so understand, Fellow Reviewer in the Blogosphere. So many wonderful books, so little time! It's good to have fellow reviewers on board, but that doesn't stop the desire to want to read all the books all by myself right now!

Tia Nevitt said...

It is nice to be able to share the joy!