Bookish Bits & Bobs

So much exciting book news lately! Well, exciting in my little corner of the bookish world, in any case… so I thought I’d write a quick post to tell you all what really had me jumping for joy (or scratching my head) in the last couple of weeks:


  • It was announced that David Nicholls, author of the wonderful One Day, will have a new book out this fall! Us is scheduled for publication in September; read more about it here.
  • I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this one: Anne Rice is writing a new Lestat book! Prince Lestat is due out in October, and will be the first in a new series revisiting the author’s vampire superstar. Read about it here. I don’t know — I loved Anne Rice’s first few vampire books back in the day, but so many years have gone by that I don’t really feel a need to revisit that world. Plus, to be honest, I haven’t loved the last few books of her that I’ve read. How about you? Will you read a new Lestat book?
  • Now this really is exciting! According to Patricia Briggs’s Facebook page, the author has just signed a contract for a new Alpha & Omega book, the 4th in the series. The book will be called Dead Heat, and will be published in spring 2015. *happy dance*
  • Beowulf by… Tolkien? According to this report, J. R. R. Tolkien’s previously unpublished translation of Beowulf will by published by HarperCollins in May.
  • Quick: When you think of Keith Richards, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? I’ll bet it wasn’t “children’s book author”, was it? In one of the more surprising book announcements of the year, it turns out the Keith will be publishing a books for kids called Gus & Me this fall. Gus & Me will tell the story about Keith’s grandfather and how he introduced Keith to music. Okay, maybe not as juicy as Life, but I’ll still check it out!

That’s it for now! What book news are you most excited about?

8 thoughts on “Bookish Bits & Bobs

  1. I’m so excited for Tolkien’s translation of Beowulf! Scholars have sort of been obliquely mentioning its existence for years, but also with the implication it would never be available to the public. This is such big news! And I full expect it to be wonderful, even if Tolkien was still making edits, considering how his translation of “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” is still the standard in many ways.

  2. I’m really not sure how I feel about a new Anne Rice/Vampire book either. With her decision to stop writing them and dedicate herself to writing the Christ books I was a bit disappointed. I kind of got the impression she was shunning that part of her bibliography for ‘better things’ and… eh. Maybe that’s not the case but now she’s going back to it and you’re right, I’m not sure if I feel the need to revisit that world. I never quite finished reading the entire Vampire Chronicles series and I plan on getting around to those eventually but I’m not sure if I’ll spend my money on her newer works, especially after her opinions of reviewers/bloggers.
    Very interesting about the lost Tolkien book. That might be worth checking out though, Beowulf was a favorite of mine.
    Hearing about Keith doing a children’s book cracked me UP. Definitely not what I expected.
    Thanks for the wrapup!

    • Thanks! The Keith book cracked me up too. 🙂 I don’t think I ever finished the Anne Rice vampire books either — I think the last one I read was The Body Thief…

      • I can’t remember either but I know the next to read is Blood and Gold. Which I’ve owned for like a decade.

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