It was a long weekend in Australia and I was enjoying myself too much to get online. There was BBQ-ing, movie marathons, enormous plates of nachos and a Muay Thai tournament. I'm not one much for blood sports but I like saying yes to random things and treating it like research. Maybe there'll be a kick-boxing scene in a future novel!
I was given the most stunning graphic novel this week, Fables, the deluxe edition, volume one, by Bill Willingham. It's been put out by Vertigo, the same graphic novel press who published V for Vendetta, which is also sitting on my shelves. It's a beautiful hardback book and full colour throughout.
When a savage creature known only as the Adversary conquered the fabled lands of legends and fairy tales, all of the infamous inhabitants of folklore were forced into exile. Disguised among the normal citizens of modern-day New York, these magical characters have created their own peaceful and secret society within an exclusive luxury apartment building called Fabletown. When Snow White's party-girl sister, Rose Red, is apparently murdered, it's up to Fabletown's sheriff, the reformed and pardoned Big Bad Wolf, to find the killer. Meanwhile, trouble of a different sort brews at the Fables' upstate farm where non-human inhabitants are preaching revolution – and threatening Fabletown's carefully nurtured secrecy.
Living Hell by Catherine Jinks (April 12, Harcourt Children's Books) and The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall by Mary Downing Hahn (September 6, Clarion).
The Clearing, Heather Davis (Graphia, April 12) and The Mermaid's Mirror, LK Madigan (October 4, Houghton Mifflin Books for Children).