YES! That time of the year is here: Book Expo America and Bea Bloggers Con are around the corner and by the time this post goes live I will be in New York with Thea! We have plenty of exciting things on the blog this week but given our manic schedule at BEA there will be ONE REVIEW (cue Thea and I freaking out: ONE REVIEW? WHAT DO YOU MEAN ONE REVIEW!? HOW CAN WE HAVE NO MORE THAN ONE REVIEW THIS WEEK!!) and regular programming will resume on June 3.
And don’t forget to say hi if you see us at BEA. Oh, oh! And if you are attending the Bloggers Con, Thea is on the panel YA Book Blogging Pros: Successes, Struggles and Insider Secrets on Wednesday at 11:15. See you there!
This Week on The Book Smugglers:
On Monday, Thea reviews The Wig in the Window by Kristen Kittscher. Spoiler: SHE TOTALLY LOVED IT. Then, we will be hosting a giveaway of the two books in the Middle Grade series Chronicles of Egg: Deadweather and Sunrise and New Lands
On Tuesday, we have this month’s entry in our new feature “Progressive Publishers Doing Cool Things” with a post about Lee & Low Books
On Wednesday, it’s time to vote on the book we will be reading for this month’s Old School Wednesdays Readalong
On Thursday, Jack Skillingstead is guest blogging with us to talk about his book Life on the Preservation and its journey from a short story to a novel
Then on Friday, we will host a giveaway of the new shiny paperback copy of Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs plus some photographs from Ransom’s personal collection of eerie images! Over at Kirkus, Ana talks about SFF books to look out for at BEA.
And that’s it, really, for today! It’s bye for now and as usual, we remain…
~ Your Friendly Neighborhood Book Smugglers
1) The B5 reunion panel made me cry several times, and made me laugh at least as often. It was JMS, Peter Jurasik, Jerry Doyle, Pat Tallman, Claudia Christian, and Tracy Scoggins doing most of the talking, with the moderators mostly giving up after a couple of questions. (The moderators were going to ask audience pre-submitted questions. That... didn't go well.) There was a memorial video for all the cast and crew who had passed since the show's creation, even guest stars, and I don't think anyone wasn't crying by the end of it, and Mira spoke about how much she had gotten out of being on B5 and how much she missed everyone, and everyone was crying... yeah, it was an emotional panel.
2) Previous night at the B5-themed party (With... Star Trek and Doctor Who-themed drinks, which in hindsight was bizarre) was pretty sweet! Robin Atkin Downes and Pat Tallman were there, and Robin was a total gentleman and a sweetheart, being really nice to us fans--he came up to the table I was with and just hung out for a bit before braving the line to the bar. I met some really awesome people, we drank, we danced, one of said awesome people was buying rounds--it was a cool scene.
3) Tonight after the panel I bought Bill Mumy a drink and we chatted about the show, and he was really gracious and friendly, and it was awesome.
4) I spent too much money. But, um, now I own an animatronic griffin puppet?
5) I took a bunch of photos of cosplay, and I need to pick out the good ones and upload them! Apparently there is a flickr group? I should find all my flickr info.
Fandom: X-Men: First Class
Pairing/characters: Charles Xavier, Raven Darkholme, Erik Lensherr, Hank McCoy, Moira MacTaggert
Prompt: X-Men: First Class, Charles Xavier(/Erik Lehnsherr), Erik is the first person Charles has ever been completely honest with. Though Raven may have known about his telepathy, she didn't know he was queer.
Warnings: Sexual tension, references to period specific homophobia.
Summary: Told from Charles and Raven's points of view as they navigate this new aspect of their relationship. Sexual tension between Charles and Erik is present but not acted upon. References to period fears of being queer in the 1950s and 1960s.
Title from The Wallflowers' song Misfits and Lovers.
Then there are days when they do their work, even if it's not their best work.
Then there are the days when a student or two, one in particular, has made it his apparent goal to avoid any effort and waste my time, his time, and his parents' money. And is pleased with himself when he has done so.
He has a deadly combination of arrogance and laziness, and intelligence misdirected at finding ways of slacking off. He's proud of himself when he does it, too. A lot of good that quality's going to do him.
It's weird to feel this organized. (As in: still very disorganized, but with some organized zones that weren't there before.)
Weird but cool.
So. Uh. Have some Vimes/Vetinari for the Twenty-Fifth of May! (I totally had a minute left to go when I posted it.)
Honed (3040 words) by melannen
Fandom: Discworld - Terry Pratchett
Rating: General Audiences
Relationships: Havelock Vetinari/Samuel Vimes
Additional Tags: Unresolved Tension, Shaving, straight razor, Trust Issues, Mind Games, it's not paranoia if they're really out to get you
There are very few people Samuel Vimes is willing to trust with a blade at his throat. Havelock Vetinari's list is even shorter.
There are ways to argue this away -- maybe most of the daughters choose to become accountants and plumbers and bakery owners instead -- but it really sounds like un-self-aware normalization of a 10:1 gender ratio.
(Admittedly, said daughter shows a strong interest in short- and medium-distance combat, and she's not nearly as weaselly or pushy as any of her male relatives that we've met. We see them maneuvering her in "leadership", boy-king-style. Maybe her father's just spinning her a line for weaselly convenience.)
 The quote I'm about to give is a mild spoiler, so I'm not giving the name of the show directly.
Prompt: Nick Fury walks into a bar and meets... David Wong!
Fandoms: Marvel Cinematic Universe/John Dies at the End (film)
Word count: 1188 words
Rating/Contents: General Audiences, no warnings apply
Summary: Nick Fury is in the habit of collecting useful people.
Read at the AO3
Then there was marriage, divorce, and a couple of flavors of disability, and there were little apartments with no dirt and no will or physical ability to garden, anyway.
Several years ago I moved to a double-wide mobile home with its own little yard. Unfortunately, it's not a particularly plantable yard. Fortunately, it's pot-friendly and very sunny.
( Today I planted four oversized pots with veggies )
Life is good. Today, life is very good. :-)