Exciting Bartimaeus news, and more about the Cybils

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...


  1. I love Victoria Laurie's books for adults, and was thinking about reading The Oracle of Delphi Keep. I hope you post your review!

  2. Funny you should (both) mention Oracles of Delphi Keep--I read the first chapter and really liked it. It's got British orphans!

  3. Oh, wow! I remember reading the Bartimaeus books years ago. I actually still have Ptolemy's Gate on my bookshelf, and never finished it. But I didn't hear that he was writing a fourth one, so I'll definitely watch out for that. :)
    And good luck finding a book!

  4. Seriously on Bartimaeus? I'm so psyched! I love Bartimaeus! Thanks for the news!

  5. I look forward to seeing what you nominate. I didn't nominate anything for science-fiction and fantasy this time.

  6. Ooh, I hadn't heard about the new Bartimaeus book! This is good news indeed.


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