This week’s pimpfest is going to be fairly focused. Not because there aren’t other awesome things out there worth your time, mostly because I’m lazy. Also because the thing I’m talking about is wonderful, and you should all know about it.
That said, I’m probably pointing you towards something largely aware of, but just in case you aren’t, The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There came out this week. This is the second book in Catherynne Valente’s Fairyland series, which, as I understand it, will be a five book series. This is very good news. Revels is a sequel to The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. I’m fairly certain I’ve squeed about the first book here before. If you haven’t read it… What the hell are you waiting for?
It’s everything a fairytale should be. It’s a book full of magic, but also consequences. It doesn’t flinch. It doesn’t apologize. It’s beauty, with bits of darkness tucked inside. And it’s brilliant.
At this late hour, I should offer a disclaimer. I haven’t actually read the book I’m pimping just yet. After the first one though, I’m all in. Actually, at this point, anything Cat Valente cares to write, I’m going to be excited about. She’s that good. The reason I haven’t picked up a copy of the book and devoured it yet is I’m waiting for the local date of Cat Valente’s tour. If she’s going to be anywhere near you, go see her. I happen to be lucky enough to be near once of the locations where she’ll be performing in conjunction with S.J. Tucker. Extra double bonus goodness for me!
One last Valente-related item to pimp this week. (See, it may be a one-person pimp fest, but there are a lot of things to talk about.) Cat Valente is holding an awesome Fairyland contest on her blog. Go check it out! And go read Cat’s books. All of them. Right now. Seriously.
Now it’s your turn. Beside Cat Valente’s awesomeness, what else is happening that I should know about? Pimp away!