The newest (#12) Sebastian St. Cyr novel by C. S. Harris comes out on 4 April. I have it pre-ordered and am currently in the process of rereading up to it. If you love Jane Austen and Agatha Christie, you’ll love these books. They can be read piecemeal (each can stand alone) but I’d read them in order, as the characters evolve, grow, and change through the series. Rich settings, well-rounded characters, engaging, nail-biting plots. The setting is period accurate and each book has a satisfying emotional payoff, but enough hooks that you want to read the next book in the series to see what happens next. Harris anchors her plots seamlessly into the historical context of Regency England — the way it really was, warts and all — while providing page-turning action, adventure, a dash of history and a lovely touch of tasteful spice.
Also on 4 April, the newest book in the Foreigner series, Convergence, comes out. Got that sucker pre-ordered, too.
In other book-related news, author-illustrator Jackie Morris, who writes and illustrates the most beautiful books, has a new edition out of Tell Me A Dragon. She is giving away copies, choosing from the descriptions of dragons in the comments on her blog post. So here’s mine.
“My dragon has iridescent white opal scales with gleams of turquoise, violet, and teal as the light strikes it. Its eyes are luminous turquoise and as deep and vast as the space between the stars. Its opalescent wing membranes taper on the trailing edges to near transparency like the skin of soap bubbles. It can change size from small enough to sit in the shell of my ear to brontosaurus huge. It has a slender, gracile body, a long, sinuous neck and an even longer, snake-like tail that coils expressively when it speaks. Its claws are made of ivory and it has long, raptor-like claws like an eagle for perching. It is nocturnal and loves to bask in the light from the full moon and to fly by starlight. It has a bitonal voice that is spidersilk soft, resonant and melodious. When it speaks, it speaks slowly, thoughtfully and in a slightly sibilant manner. It is particularly fond of singing long, quiet, wordless songs with slowly undulating and involved melodies during which its bitonal voice harmonizes with itself. Its snout is rather long, and it can gape its jaws very wide. It lives on sadness, grief and pain, which it sieves from the air like a whale shark as it flies through the night with its mouth agape, and exhudes calm peacefulness and comfort in its wake. Its food supply has become rather overabundant of late, and it is, alas, becoming a bit tubby from overeating.”
Seriously, if you have children in your life, you need to get them her books — The Ice Bear is magical. The Seal Children is lyrical. The Snow Leopard is wonderful. If you have a tween girl in your orbit, she needs to read East of the Sun and West of the Moon. The Quiet Music of Gently Falling Snow is for anyone who enjoys a beautiful, peaceful story with elements of fantasy. But the bestest, most magical, snuggle in and reading a story together book ever is Tell Me A Dragon. Give this book to people with babies so they can start them early.
Well, Michael’s had another coupon and another yarn sale, and I can say, I am in no danger of running out of yarn any time in the next five years. Also in the knitting news, the green cotton hat is done and the blue cotton hat is 2/3 done. I’ll finish it tonight. I got more cotton yarn at Michael’s last night, some variegated colors for summer chemo hats.
Also, I got a ChiaoGoo size US 2 (2.75 mm) 60-inch circular needle and yesterday at knitting group, I knitted the teal 9-Bladed Pinwheel shawl (at right) off the bamboo needles and onto the ChiaoGoos. It’s the first time I’ve worked on that shawl since my Dad died. That was the knitting I always took over when I went to sit with him so mom could go out. It’s such basic TV knitting — knits and yarn overs — it’s practically brainless. Easy to pick up and put down and requiring little to no attention. I had gotten it out to show a couple of weeks ago. That poor shawl has been a UFO* for about 6 years now. I started it two houses ago when I lived in the duplex off Quaker, before I moved to the apartments I was living in when I moved here. As you can see, it has the fat(cat)boy seal of approval.
I also got more skeins of that Paton’s metallic like I used for this hat. I got a beautiful deep purple and a deep red, two skeins of each. I already had some, and this will be enough that I can make two hats out of each of the colors. They’re small skeins and there’s not enough in one skein to make a hat, but three skeins will make two hats.
I also got two more skeins of the fuchsia Caron’s Simply Soft with the metallic thread like I made this hat from, and another larger skein of a nice teal blue color. The metallic thread doesn’t show up well in the picture, but it gives it a nice sparkle — not enough to be glitzy, but just enough to give it a little pizzaz. I’ll be making some more chemo hats from those, too.