Meeting book lovers and fans… easily the best part about going to conventions, whether its BEA or Comic Con. Pulling in at a close second, however… is collecting swag. And I’m not just talking about t-shirts and kitschy pins & magnets that publishers and game companies dish out en masse. I’m talking about books. Oh, sweet sweet ARCs, how I love thee.
I spent this past Thursday through Sunday at New York Comic Con, doing my marketing thing for Quirk. Meeting Quirk lovers, dishing out books to media, selling titles to potential new fans… all in all, a great time. And in between chats with fans and press, I managed to sneak out of my booth to pick up some new(ish) titles from other publishers that I’m super psyched about. And really, you should be too.
1. Boneshaker by Cherie Priest: Okay, this isn’t a new book. But Tor did something brilliant on Thursday at Comic Con, during press day. They dished out free copies of the first title in Cherie Priest’s epic steampunk saga, which is set in an alternate 1880s America, full of zombies, steampunk and airships. There are two other books in the series already out, Dreadnought and the recently released Ganymede. I took my copy with me when I headed out to lunch.
After reading twenty pages, I immediately ordered the second and third book in the series. I tore through half of the book over the course of the weekend. So far, there is nothing not to like about it. Priest is an awesome writer, and I’m loving this world she’s created. Bravo Tor. Dishing out the first book in a series to get press (and potential fans like myself) checking out the books… good move. One I’m going to have to remember.
2. Crossed by Ally Condie: Alright. I’m not going to lie to you. A piece of me went to New York Comic Con on a mission to score this book from Penguin during their ARC giveaway. I stopped by their table on Thursday and scooped up their Daily Galley bulletin, which explained what books they’d be giving away at what time. One book every hour. And one of these titles was Crossed, Ally Condie’s sequel to her New York Times bestselling YA dystopian romance, Matched. Read more