My dear Gentle Reader, this weekend is Nova Albion, my local Steampunk convention. This will be my last steampunk event of the year (I think). I am pulling out all the costuming stops, look for fun fun Retro Rack posts in the up coming weeks as a result.
The convention is at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara (5101 Great America Parkway).
I will be there hanging out at the Victorian Ball from 8:00-midnight, although knowing me I may not last that late.
noon ~ 1pm: Steampunk Writer’s Round Table
Room: Stevens Creek
with Kitty NicIanian, Thomas Willeford, and Priscilla Troy
2 ~ 3:30pm: Reading from C&C, Q&A, Signing
Room: Stevens Creek
Other then that, I will most likely be found in Miss Kalendar’s Salon, Room 1232, drinking tea.
In the evening I will be milling around at the various parties and events.
1 ~ 2pm: Write & Publish Steampunk Literature
Room: Stevens Creek
with Ryvenna Lewis, Mark Anderson, and J. Daniel Sawyer
I’m hoping this will be a pretty low key convention, I look forward to meeting people in person, relaxing and generally practicing my etiquette on all and sundry.
I won’t be back blogging until Monday or Tuesday so in the meantime, here are a few more Etiquette & Espionage reviews. Thanks again to all who took the time to write them.
- Bookkaholic Book Reviews praises, “Gail Carriger’s prose is filled with glorious wit and whimsy, the perfect tone for YA steampunk. However, the plot is just plain fun.”
- ALPHA Reader says, “Some people see a dumbwaiter – Sophronia Temminnick sees a means to spy on her mother and the mystery lady called Mademoiselle Geraldine whom she’s taking tea with.”
- Book Tasty hypothesizes, “If I was a student at Mademoiselle Geraldine’s I believe I’d want to be one of Sophronia’s good friends.”
- Frodo’s Blog of Randomness analyzes, “Carriger not only uses standard forms of humor, but with the etiquette involved some specific situations that most books would be unable to take advantage of are used masterfully.”
- The Ranting Dragon rants, “The humor is droll and dry, invoking more giggles than I usually experience from a book… Carriger’s worldbuilding was a definite highlight of this book.”
- Serendipity Reviews, “Full of idiosyncratic faux-Victorian language and gloriously extravagant settings (who could forget the dirigible academy?), there is a strong core of personal relationships and intrigues that you would expect in a school story.”
- Books with Bite waxes poetical, “ Talk over tea, handsome gentlemen and of course a secret society under the guise of a school. I love it.”
- A Library Mama is not disappointed, “There is adventure, humor, and the beginnings of a sweet cross-class interracial romance…All in all, Carriger does not disappoint.”
- Luna’s Little Library is taken, “I was along for an adventure and Sophronia was my kind of protagonist.”
- The blogging experiment: cook read write writes, “Gail Carriger’s books certainly carry a special charm and her unique writing style and ability to incorporate the most absurdly wonderful adjectives are a joy to read.”
- Fangs for the Fantasy is surprised that a YA is actually YA length, “The writing of this book is pretty much a joy. We cover so much in so much detail that I actually thought the book was much longer than it was – I was astonished to see, after I’ve finished it, that it was more a novella than a novel.”
- Team Tynga’s Reviews, “Fans of the adult series get glimpses of some familiar characters and all readers, old and new, get to meet the irrepressible Sophronia Angelina Temminnick, our fearless fourteen-year-old protagonist. I loved Sophronia from the moment she stepped onto the page (and into the dumbwaiter).”
- Nawanda Files likes the authorbeast, “Carriger is undoubtedly a fantastic writer, and this book has enticed me to check out her adult series.”
- The Asian Gamer stops gaming to read and learns, “This book also convinced me of the importance of eyelash fluttering while engaging in espionage.”
GAIL’S DAILY DOSE
Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1885-1890 The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Malleable Wooden Surface
Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
The Unnecessary Shame Writers Feel When Getting Feedback
PROJECT ROUND UP
Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third: Writing rough draft.
Etiquette & Espionage ~ trade paperback available in the US October 13, 2013.
Curtsies & Conspiracies ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Release date November 2013. My ARCs have arrived, contest to come.
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 3: (AKA Blameless) Available serialized through YenPlus. Print edition Nov. 19 2013.
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Delayed. Why? Begin rewrite in 2014.
BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT on the Parasol Protectorate series! Really, DON’T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven’t read the other books first!
The Omnibus hardback editions are limited run through the SciFi Bookclub only.
The manga editions available in print.
Most short stories available in ebook form world wide!
The first Finishing School book ~ OUT NOW, The second Finishing School book ~ Nov. 5, 2013
On the Parasol Protectorate USA Today says, “This steampunk series has it all… If you want a little bit of everything — cogs, contraptions, vamps and wolves — then check out this series.”
Quote of the Day:
“To be sold cheap, a mail phaeton, the property of a gentleman with a moveable head, as good as new.”
~ Godey’s Lady’s Book and Magazine November 1872