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"HIC SVNT DRACONES. . ."
(Please read the following while playing Queen's Dragon Attack on repeat.)
1) DRAGONS OF AUTUMN TWILIGHT . . . It's that time of year again: March Madness. It is estimated that American companies will forfeit over $168 gazillion dollars1 to lost man hours during the NCAA Basketball Championship Tournament this year. I can still picture ESPN host Stuart Scott breaking down the brackets for the network in the past. However, this year he lost his long battle with cancer and the world is a worse place for it. Fortunately, he managed to complete his memoir, Every Day I Fight (9780399174063) 26.95, before he went to that Great Hardwood Floor in the sky. He seemed to be one of the most knowledgeable and more affable hosts on ESPN, and he will be greatly missed. In fact, I am going to purposely bust my brackets in his honor . . .
2) DRAGONS OF WINTER NIGHT . . . Death marches on. Death was an occasional lead character in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. This past week, Mr. Pratchett, to the world's great loss, has decided to personally join Death for his upcoming adventures. Myself, I haven't read any of Sir Pratchett's books. I like my fantasy to be serious. I guess that's why I couldn't make it through the first Harry Potter book either. But humor has its place. As just another nameless face in the fantasy community, you would run into his prodigous output again and again. Obviously, anyone who was a close friend of Neil Gaiman2 must have been one heck of a guy. Sir Pratchett did leave one last collection of stories for young readers, Dragons at Crumbling Castle: And Other Tales (9780544466593) 16.99, and it is selling well. Death posted this tweet: AT LAST, SIR TERRY, WE MUST WALK TOGETHER . . .
3) DRAGONS OF SPRING DAWNING . . . Hey, did anybody mention dragons? We had our good friend and author Rachel Hartman stop in today to sign our copies of Seraphina (9780375866227) 10.99 and the sequel, Shadow Scale (9780375866579) 18.99. Like a meeting of like-minded condottieri, Emily-the media escort, Rachel, and I hunkered down around the table as she autographed her books and talked about The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, George R.R. Martin, and of course, Terry Pratchett. She pays a lovely homage to Sir Pratchett on her blog (March 13, 2015): http://rachelhartmanbooks.com/blog . If you're into fantasy, I highly recommend her books . . .
1 According to the MUNWPOOBI (The Made Up Numbers We Pulled Out of Our Butt Institute).
2 He said, "I miss my friend, I miss him so much."
Odds & Sods
Sleeper Alert! Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler's Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World (9781476709567) 28.00 has been trickling out of here over the past few days. It's a guide to utilizing technology in the 21st century business world. Abundance (9781451616835) 16.00, their first title sold . . . abundantly the last time around . . .
Another one to keep an eye on is Jennifer Robson's After the War is Over (9780062334633) 14.99. It takes place after The Great War and it sounds kind of Downton Abbey-ish, as did her first book, Somewhere in France (9780062273451) 14.99. Cheerio!