Remember me saying how much I enjoyed the audiobook of Ellen Kushner’s and Delia Sherman’s The Fall of the Kings? Here’s something cool: Audible has combined all three of the Riverside audiobooks – Kushner’s Swordspoint and The Privilege of the Sword, and Kushner & Sherman’s The Fall of the Kings — into one big omnibus audiobook called The Swords of Riverside.
If you already have an Audible account, please notice you can get this omnibus for just one credit. This is a fantastic bargain. And if you don’t have an Audible account, they love to tempt you by offering you your first book free when you sign up, and that’s even more of a bargain. And if you’re not interested in committing to a membership you can always buy the audiobook at the non-member price which is still a bargain, as you’re getting all three for the price of one audiobook.
It’s over 45 hours of pure immersion in the wonderful, mysterious city of Riverside and its denizens. You can lose yourself in a whole other world for days on end! If I didn’t already have all three audiobooks, I’d be doing this immediately.
(Please note: The Riverside books contain same-sex romance, so if that puts you off — then heck, why not try something else by Ellen and/or Delia, like Ellen’s Thomas the Rhymer – sadly, only in print version and not audiobook — or the excellent audiobook of Delia’s YA novel, The Freedom Maze?)
Other news: Jo Walton’s The Just City is available for pre-order at Amazon — and likely also at your favorite non-Amazonian book-buying site, not to mention pre-ordering from actual bookstores. Release date is January, but that’s not as far away as it looks, trust me. And I know she’s finished writing the sequel, The Philosopher Kings, so I can see there won’t be much of a wait between volumes.
I pre-ordered it in the Kindle version, so that when it comes out it will instantly show up on my Kindle. I love pre-ordering. I order, then basically forget about it, so it’s like buying a surprise present for myself. I’m always surprised!
Other other news, being actually about me: Still worn down, and hauling myself to three days a week of the Day Job. My boss is deeply happy to have me back. Much has gotten tangled there which now I am laboriously untangling.
And I actually braved New Haven one day, and stopped off at Hull’s Art Supply to buy a bunch of bookbinding supplies, since I suddenly realized that the supplies I had on hand were Not Right, Not Right At All, and that I wanted a new journal/workbook Immediately If Not Sooner, and that to accomplish this Steps Must Be Taken. And so I took them. (Quite soon I must make a trek to Boston to visit the Paper Source in Somerville MA. Hull’s just doesn’t have the hand-marbled one-of-a-kind papers that the Paper Source carries, although it has everything else I need. )
I also treated myself to a late lunch at the Booktrader Cafe, where once in the misty depths of time, the Fabulous Genrettes used to meet. The main room at Booktrader seems once to have been some sort of greenhouse or solarium, and so is entirely constructed of glass, including the roof, which fact I love beyond all reason. I’m always happiest when I can see the sky.