Thursday, February 26, 2009

Stranded on a Desert Island: a Poll

Quick news: Graceling has a Korean publisher, Moonhak Soochup. Also, Hörbuch Hamburg will be producing a German audio version, to be released in Fall 2009, which is, I believe, also when the German print version will be released. yAt!

Also: I've been getting some questions about ARCs for Fire. No, the Fire ARCs are not out yet. What's out now are reduced bound manuscripts in a very limited circulation. (I don't even have one.) I believe the ARCs will be distributed in March or April. (To explain what I'm talking about to anyone not familiar with the lingo: ARCs -- advanced reading copies -- are produced in a limited quantity by publishers as part of their marketing plans. They're meant to generate buzz and sales, and they're distributed by the publishers, usually at conferences such as BEA and ALA as well as to review magazines.)

Also, since so many people were raving about the Megan Whalen Turner books in my recent book meme post, I wanted to report back that I read The Thief and LOVED it. I've now ordered it and the next two books. WHY HAVEN'T THEY ARRIVED YET WHAT IS TAKING SO LONG WHAT WILL I DO IN THE MEANTIME.

And now, I have a burning question. Please express your opinion by casting a vote! (If you're reading this post somewhere other than on my actual site and want to vote in this extremely relevant poll, please click here.)

37 comments:

Charly said...

I was tempted to choose a banjo, but went with the kitten instead. I wonder how big my pockets are... o__o

ARCs, huh? I believe I've gotten some o' those from my uncle before. Haha, what a dream it would be to get one of Fire!

I haven't been able to do much extra-curricular reading recently. I hope I can fix that sometime soon.

Angie Frazier said...

I know, I kinda wanted the banjo too. But the kitten wins out :-) Very much looking forward to FIRE. And congrats on the Korean and German versions of your book!

A. Grey said...

So, I went with the thesaurus. I would only accidentally kill myself with dynamite, I can't play a banjo, yams won't grow in sand, I don't read People, I'd break my neck on the bicycle and I wore a cumberbun for four years of marching band, I can do without one of those. As for the kitten, I already have the cutest kitten in the world, and so I'll keep the thesaurus and use it to write a moving letter to my cat so when someone finds my body, or I'm rescued, or I rescue myself, there's a record of my stay on the island.

A. Grey said...

'D' as in 'damnation!' as in the letter I left off the word 'cummerbund' in my comment. 'B' as in 'blast it all!' as in the letter I added needlessly in the word 'cummerbund' in my comment. 'M' as in 'moron' as in the letter I left out of the word 'cummerbund' in my comment. So much for getting passed the four years I spent wearing one... ;P

tinkandalissa said...

So, I picked a bicycle just because I think that I could take it apart and maybe use it's peices for lots of different important things...I have no clue what those things would be, but bike parts might just come in handy (unless of course it actually is a tiny pocket sized bike, in which case, I'd be screwed). I wouldnt want to be forced to eat my kitten if I was starving, and as a kitten it wouldnt really be able to hunt yet. I'd need to be able to start a fire for the dynamite or the magazine to be of any use. Anyway...what did you pick?
For some reason I feel compelled to tell you that Tink, oddly enough, is my husband's nickname (he's a 3rd, so the story of that name is long, and I've already had to explain to the 2nd Tink, better known as Big Tink, that there will be no Tiny Tink -whew, that's a run-on!).
-alissa
PS went grocery shopping yesterday and bought the ingredients for beef stroganoff. you got me craving it!

lindsiecmarie said...

i was torn between banjo and bicycle... bicycle won, just because i think i would get frustrated when i discovered i was unable to play the banjo...

J.L. Hart said...

After a bit of contemplation, a banjo. I don't know how to play, but I love music and think how much time I would have to learn!

Then again, perhaps I have no aptitude for the instrument. If that were the case, I'd now have a nice little supply of wood for my fire and strings to make a bow or fishing line. That is assuming I know how to use them to make such things, which I don't.

It's a good thing I like fruit, there had better be a lot of it on my island...

~Jen

gnomicutterance said...

My love for Queen of Attolia is so strong as to be a little bit unhealthy. Sooner or later I am going to have to buy another copy of that book because I will have read mine to pieces. So you will have to tell us what you think about it!

Also, like there was a question that I wasn't going to go for the really cute kitten?

Jazz said...

The cutest kitten ever because it is the only thing on the list that can love me back.

Purdypirate said...

Dynamite because I'm randomly strange like that.

I love ARC's, I just scored one of Bloodhound by Tamora Pierce. You'll have to let us know if your giving some review copies away. That'd be awesome. A contest would be cool too. ;)

Letter Garden said...

YAY! I'm happy for you! It's the cover I chose on their poll.

Edd said...

definatly had to go with the bycycle, im sure with some engineering it could be used for all kinds of usefull things on a desert island ^_^

i really wish i could get a ARC O_O im like a book junkie... hey i would much rather be addicted to literature than anything else ^_^

Anonymous said...

I chose a dynamite, because:
1. You can use it to make the jungle, assuming there is a jungle or lots of trees, catch on fire thus allowing this fire be your SOS sign for rescue.
and
2. You can use it as a trap. It could cook your meat for you.

Kouly said...

I chose a dynamite, because:
1. You can use it to make the jungle, assuming there is a jungle or lots of trees, catch on fire thus allowing this fire be your SOS sign for rescue.
and
2. You can use it as a trap. It could cook your meat for you.

Risa said...

I'm so glad you loved The Thief. I have been in love with that book and the series since the very beginning. I'm actually envious of your newbie status for the next two books as while I've read them multiple times and they hold up fabulously...there's still nothing like the first time you realize a Gen twist is unfolding.

I'll be interested in what you think of the next two. Please share when you get done!

Wish she didn't take years and years between each one. Please don't emulate this!

Anonymous said...

The Thief has been added to my list ;) I'm pretty sure I'll like it, so I am very excited to hear that there are two more books! I adore series, which means I can't wait for Fire either =)

Also, I chose a bicycle, because I can write in the sand-- no need for a magazine or thesarus, I have never liked yams, I would rather sing to myself or find a drum-like rock than play a banjo, I don't think a kitty should be subjected to desert heat, and if I have a cummerbund, it is quite likely that I was doing something much more entertaining before getting stranded. Plus, I can't make a bicycle. Although, trying to ride in sand may not be fun.. I'll just have to build a road. Yay! That gives me something to do!

Cheers, Kristin!
--Candelion

NoGrandmother said...

I'm so pleased to be among banjo lovers.

Natalie Hatch said...

I thought Banjo as well Charly, but then thought if I take the yam I could plant it and wait while it grows.

Angiegirl said...

Ohmygoodness, I just finished The Thief and The Queen of Attolia and am so blown away. I'm about 60 pages into the third one and seriously can't believe how good these books are.

Irish said...

All those items in the pocket and the only book is a thesaurus? lol

BTW stumbled across your blog yesterday which is when I started Graceling. Already more than 1/2 way through it. Loving it!

Pie said...

Yam. Behind my hopeless-romantic exterior, I am unavoidably practical. I am also, however, intrigued by how a yam ended up in my pocket.

kristin cashore said...

I chose the bicycle on the grounds that if it can be pulled out of a pocket (kind of like Mary Poppins's hat stand), what other powers might it possess?

I just *knew* my readers would find clever uses for every item, however -- even the cummerbund has gotten a few votes!

Alissa, I'm glad you told me that Tink is your husband, so now I know not to call you that!! ^_^ (Don't mind me if I forget now and then, though!)

I must say that it doesn't bother me when a writer takes years between books. Maybe because I write every day, and know that it's the book, not the writer, that chooses the pace. Some books just take a long time. It's part of their soul. The book I'm writing right now is going very slowly, and there's nothing to be done about it but try to be patient.

Not that I don't understand the eagerness for a sequel... :o)

Risa said...

Ah, you can say that now...

with such lovely calm, about years between books being bearable.

You say this...still filled with the fresh joy of Thief and surfeit with the pleasurable anticipation of two (two! I say) mgturner books arriving near instantaneously at your doorstep. Two books that...make Thief look like, well, a jolly good first go (pat on head).

Let's see how you feel and how calm you are in say, oh, 2010, 2011, 2012?

shuddering sigh from wan reader pining since 12 hours after the pub date of KoA in Jan 2006; who had to wait 6 years after QoA and 4 years after Thief...omg, I've gotten old as I wait

Picture your fans waiting until 2014 for Fire. I'm sure we'd all do it but...oh, what torture!

Risa said...

It's a meme in the writers' world! I had to come back with this one.

On "next book delay" topic...

Check out Patrick Rothfuss's blog entry for today

(newbie bestselling adult fantasy writer with book called Name of the Wind; info provided for those people who have a life)

(uh, cussing is present, lots, and the ruination of perfectly good sugar cereal, so, um, just know that)

Meredith said...

First time on your blog after reading your book (loved it, loved it, loved it!).

I picked a kitten because I just know I would be freakishly lonely on a desert island. The kitten would keep me company and thereby save my sanity.

And I agree with Risa about The Thief. It's great, but the next two are fan-freakin-tabulous. Seriously, I was stunned when reading them. In a good way.

kristin cashore said...

Risa, thanks so much for pointing out that post. It was really long, so I didn't read the whole thing, but the parts I read mirrored a lot of what I'm feeling as a writer who happens to be in the middle of a slow-writing book and is feeling a lot of pressure! It's here, btw, if anyone else wants to read it.

That's largely why I jumped up in defense of MWT. She really can take as long as she wants, imo, because for it to be the wonderful book we all expect it to be, she (apparently) needs to give it years.

I am PSYCHED to read QoA and KoA based on everyone's comments!

Claire said...

Finally finally finally reading Graceling. Cannot put it down - okay, this is a lie, because I have put it down to type this and to check my email in compulsive email-checker fashion, but I will be now picking it back up and diving into part 3.

(--- Spoilers for Graceling ---) It is probably what I would like to find in my pocket if on a desert island right now, but Katsa's fabulous survival skills have taught me that a book would probably not be as useful as, say, a knife or a lion pelt or an empathic lover. So I opted for a yam.(--- end spoilers ---)

kristin cashore said...

(*Graceling spoilers*)

Claire, it strikes me as very reasonable to choose a yam in the absence of an empathetic lover, knife, or lion pelt! :o)

(*end Graceling spoilers*)

claire said...

I chose the banjo, because I figured that someone stranded on a neighboring desert island would choose the kitten, and we could have some sort of stranded-on-a-desert-island neighbor party, at which I could play the banjo, and once the kitten got bigger I might be able to see it from my island.

AndrewsMommom said...

I chose the banjo because
1) I've always wanted to learn how to play and now I'd have all the time in the world to do so
2) If I get frustrated, I can always bang it around like a rock star guitar
3)It's random - and I like that!

I'm off to buy the Thief today - loving all the recommendations! Thanks friends!

Blayne said...

I picked the banjo....if i was on a desert island i would want something useful. I could either use it to keep myself busy or take it apart and use it for things. Like fire wood.

Claire said...

Finished it, loved it. :D

kristin cashore said...

I must admit that if I hadn't chosen the bicycle based on its possible magical qualities, I would probably have chosen the banjo. The only reason I didn't choose the kitten, btw, is that I was afraid it would starve, and that would be depressing.

I LOVE that the cummerbund numbers are slowly creeping up! Soon cummerbund with overtake kitten!

Claire: ^_^

kristin cashore said...

I only wish someone would explain *why* they chose the cummerbund. Highly-tuned fashion sensibilities? Or does it have elastic properties that would make a good slingshot?

cindy said...

i had to vote for a yam. i mean, food always trumps all. haha!

Akkigrl said...

I didn't chose the cutest kitten ever for the same reason as you, Kristin. If I couldn't feed it, I would feel really really bad. :(
So I went with the cummerbund, because I'm sure I could find at least 20 different ways to entertain myself with it. (And yes, one of them would be a sling-shot. :D)

Evelyn said...

I realized only moments after I posted my comment that there is another person posting by the name of Claire, so mine had a lower case "c." I was going to change it to my middle name, Meredith, but have noted that Meredith's taken too. So I chose a name I like instead, Evelyn. Just so everyone knows! Hi Claire!! (and Meredith!)
I still say banjo, but good point Kristen, about what other powers might it have!? If you figure it out, maybe you'll be able to fly over to my island on the bike, and we can go rescue my neighbor and their cute kitten!