Well, at least I've managed to post two mini reviews. And I wrote my column in record time yesterday. Things are looking up!
I'm starting my recommendations for books to give as Xmas gifts this Sunday. Kicking off with The Dark is Rising Sequence (comprising Over Sea, Under Stone, The Dark is Rising, Greenwitch, The Grey King and Silver on the Tree) by Susan Cooper. Readers can get the Puffin edition at 20% off the retail price, if you snip out the column and present it at the Kinokuniya Books counter at KLCC Suria. This offer ends, while stocks last, on 18 December, 2004.
This edition has, I think, a very tacky cover (left), all embossed title and flashy graphics. My omnibus Penguin one has lovely cover illustrations by Michael Heslop. You can check out Heslop's cover art for the individual Puffin editions here. In fact, you should check out this website called The Lost Land. It's devoted to Susan Cooper and is quite cool. It even has pictures of the parts of Wales that are featured in The Grey King and Silver on the Tree.
Back to Christmas, I'm still waiting for local book distributors to send me anything they think will make good gifts. I'm beginning to despair. The Pansing rep just informed me that they've been bought over by F&N and in the process of moving to new premises which they will share with Times Publishing Limited! This means that they won't be sending anything out to the press for a while. I guess, having just moved myself, I should understand ....
One book that I want to read, that's distributed by Pansing, is Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke. I'm supposed to get a copy in the next week or so, but I have no intention of writing a review so I'll have to wait until Mike the Man (Eye on Everything) does that before I can get my paws on it.
Has anyone out there read it? Am I in for a treat or otherwise?
Anyway, is there a book that you think makes a good perfect Christmas gift? Is there one that you've given or been given in the past that's been a huge hit? Let me know.