Over at Fantasy Book Review (a UK site) I was pleased as punch to see that Jonathan Stroud is writing a prequel to the Bartimaeus trilogy--"The new and fourth Bartimaeus book will follow Bartimaeus’s adventures during his 5,000 year career as a djinni." For those of us for whom Bartimaeus made the series, this is wonderful news. Ptolemy's Gate, the third book in the trilogy, won the Cybils Sci Fi/Fantasy award in 2006.
Which leads nicely into this years Cybils--nominations close tomorrow! I have still not committed myself to a nomination in my own category--science fiction and fantasy. Indeed, I am still hoping to find the perfect book that hasn't been nominated yet, one that I can really stand behind. So tonight and tomorrow (unless someone nominates them before I get to them) I am reading:
The Unfinished Angel, by Sharon Creech (now read)
The Oracle of Delphi Keep, by Victoria Laurie (halfway done)
Ghost Town, by Richard W. Jennings (now read)
and Dormia, by Jake Halper and Peter Kujawinski (now read)
Poor Dormia got stuck with a cover I, at least, find utterly dreary. I know someone must have put a lot of love and effort into it, but the end result is just, well, un-exciting. But I am enjoying it...