So here is the thing about Gollanczfest. It happened last Saturday which was my second day in London, because the day before I had done more walking than I probably should have, by the time it came for going to the festival I was tired, sore and more than a bit grumpy. The talks were fantastic and hilarious but by the end I was extremely tired and really had no idea what was being discussed. Combined with the fact that I didn’t take any photos I really don’t have much to write a post about.
However I will say that the best part of the day was the signing afterwards. In fact I would go again next year just for the signing. Gollancz had about 20 of their authors all set up in a room, each with a pile of their books in front of them. You could go around pick up whatever books you wanted and get them signed. I really loved getting to find some new books and getting to speak to the authors (Ian McDonald in particular but I’ll talk about that later).
Anyway I did buy quite a number of books over the weekend so here is a very large book haul.
The Death House by Sarah Pinborough. So from what I can tell this is a book that takes place after a zombie apocalypse. It doesn’t really have zombies in it but zombies are still a part of the story. I think. I hope. I pretty much bought it because of the zombies.
The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette De Bodard. This book is one I’ve heard so many people talk about so I ended up buying a copy since I could get it signed. Actually a couple of book bloggers at the event told me it was good so I hope they are right!
Aurorarama by Jean-Christophe Valtat. Yeah I bought this because of the cover. Its like really really pretty. It was only when I got home I found out it’s a steampunk fantasy book which sounds amazing.
The Sleepwalkers by Arthur Koestler. This book is a “history of humanity’s changing vision of the universe“. And I pretty much bought it because of that one sentence.
Gossip From The Forest by Sara Maitland. From what I can tell this book is about fairytales and how forests can influence fairytales.
Leviathan or The Whale by Phillip Hoare. I’m going to be totally honest, I bought this book because it was called Leviathan. I am a sucker for epic sounding words like leviathan or pandemonium.
I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson. This book was recommended to me months and months and months ago by Jasmine Warga. I meant to pick it up at the time but it hadn’t been released yet in the UK. The Waterstones I was in had signed copies so I decided to finally get it. But to be honest I really have no idea what it’s about.
The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper. I’ve never heard of this before but it’s a classic childrens book. It sounds like it’s a good one to read around Christmas because it takes place in Winter.
Narrative Essays by George Orwell. So George Orwell used to work in a bookshop and one of the essays in this is basically him complaining about the people who go to bookshops, the essay is hilarious and I basically bought it for that one essay.
A Planet for Rent by Yoss and David Frye. I don’t really know what this is about so I’m going to copy the thing from Book Depository: “Out of the modern-day dystopia of Cuba comes an instant classic from the island’s most celebrated science fiction author: a raucous tale of a future in which a failing Earth is at the mercy of powerful capitalist alien colonizers.”
The BFG by Roald Dahl. The BFG was one of my favourite Roald Dahl books as a kid and I love the Everyman’s Library Editions. When I came across this Everyman’s Library Edition of The BFG I had to buy it.
Luna: New Moon by Ian McDonald. So I didn’t get this book in London, it actually arrived a few weeks ago. But I love this book (see my review here) and wanted to talk about it because I got to speak to Ian McDonald and he was so lovely. He was telling me that it is being adapted into a television show for either Netflix or Hulu. It was originally going to be a two part series but will be expanded into a trilogy (I may have fangirled at this) and he also told me a little of what happens in the next two books (okay I actually fangirled at this). Basically go read this book if you like sci-fi.
To go along with the book festival Gollancz had a sale on all of their ebooks too. Every book was £1.99 each and I bought a couple (mostly because I was bored on a long train journey back to Cheltenham!).
Pandora’s Star by Peter F. Hamilton. This is not a Gollancz book but it is currently 99p on the Kindle store. It is a space opera of epic proportions, like so epic the story had to be split into two books each of which is 900+ pages long. However it is a really good story, I’m already over 40% through.
NOS4R2 by Joe Hill. This is one I meant to pick up and get signed at the festival and totally forgot about it. According to Joe Hill its about a car that runs on human souls. Which sounds interesting….
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. Dear people of the internet. I finally bought The Name of The Wind. You can now all stop telling me all about how I need to read The Name of The Wind. Thank you.
The Promise of The Child by Tom Toner. This is from one of Gollancz’s new authors, I think it is a space opera type book. I actually found it hilarious how Tom Toner did everything possible to not sell his book at the festival considering that was the whole point of the festival.