I have to admit, when I found out one of my new favourite authors was on Twitter (hello @TansyRR) I did briefly consider tweeting her and asking if the publishing schedule for the third book in the Creature Court series was still on track to be published this year, as book 2 of the Creature Court – Shattered City was only published in April 2011 and not in December 2010 as originally planned. Because I, like, really really want to read it. I have not tweeted because although I do really really want to read the book it somehow seemed really really rude to just ask something like that. I am not after all, you will be surprised to hear, the most important person in the world.
Then, thanks to @cityoftongues, I read this article on Game of Thrones author George R Martin and his dedicated and not so dedicated followers. Well I guess the latter are dedicated, just not in a way you’d want them to be. Game of Thrones is in the news because HBO have just released (in the US) a series based on the novels. From Twitter talk it is good in the way that only HBO can be. As I don’t download TV I just have to wait for it to be released on DVD in the Australian market. Which I hope it will be. Kinda like TrueBlood it’s not something that you are likely to get on free to air TV here.
Anyway back to the fans. George R Martin has taken the terrible step of taking, according to some fans, far too long to complete the next book in the series. His detractors have even set up blogs to speculate about what is taking so long, who might finish the series if George dies before it is complete [George says no one, it dies with him] and even tracking what they think he spends his time on rather than writing the book they are waiting on. So while they denigrate him, they are also willing him to give them what they want. Strange way to go about it I think. But read the article, it is very instructive on how not to behave as a fan [warning it is 6 pages long].
So I’m glad that I didn’t send that tweet. However, I am not above writing a blog post which might come up should an author or someone close to the author google their name [tongue firmly in cheek].
So if say, Ben Aaronovitch is around and would like to mention whether there are plans for any more books after Midnight Riot and Moon over Soho [the Book of the Week in the SMH recently (reviewed by my fav reviewer Pavlov’s Cat)] that would be great. [A bit later after using my orsum google fu] Or you know I could find his blog and discover that there is another book which I MUST HAVE, [ETA: then have a lovely person in comments tell you that it is the same book with a different title] another one in the series being published in January 2012 and maybe follow him on twitter. But seriously if you want to read some really good books – you could do a lot worse than get yourself a copy of Power and Majesty, Shattered City [Tansy Rayner Roberts] or Midnight Riot (Rivers of London in UK) and Moon over Soho, and although I haven’t read it yet I’m going to say Rivers of London [Ben Aaronovitch].
Feel free to put your reading recommendations in comments, any bad fan behaviour you have witnessed or even enacted yourself, and general booky stuff. If you are an author and want to dish the dirt on your fans that would also be awesome.