Last night, I got on one of my late night Google searches, wondering if certain authors had anything new coming out. Which led to me wondering about 4 authors in particular. In all 4 cases, my wait is either going to be a very long one, or it just ain’t happening.
1. Peter Abrahams
Into the Dark has left me in the dark. 🙁
I ran across The Echo Falls mysteries quite by mistake. It’s a middle grade series and I normally don’t read MG. But the book cover had a blurb by Stephen King, so it was on like Donkey Kong. I love this series, I love Ingrid. I want more of her story, and book 3 only seems to set up book 4. The last book to come out, Into The Dark, was published in 2008. Abrahams also writes under the name Spencer Quinn, and he has a very popular series going on right now told from the pov of Chet the Dog. It doesn’t seem a coincidence that Dog On It was published in 2009. Maybe the Echo Falls series lost steam, maybe book four never happened because of publishing reasons, but I still check every few months, just hoping…
2. Kristin Cashore
I really, really liked Graceling. It was unlike anything I’d ever read, but then Fire came along and swept me off my feet. By the time I had discovered Graceling, I didn’t have to wait for Fire. Then I had to wait a long time for Bitterblue, but I knew it was on it’s way. And then when I finally got my hands on a copy of it, I couldn’t bring myself to read it for a long time… because I was literally too excited to read it. Reading it would mean it would be over, and Cashore writes slow. I am by no means complaining, I love her books. If it takes years to churn out the wonderfully magical and amazing books she writes, than it takes years and I will wait years. But it’s been almost three years since Bitterblue and I have no idea when another book will be published (although, according to her blog, she’s working on 3 different stories, which I’m sure are all amazing). Having a cover and a promise of a publication date (even if it changes a million times) gives me peace of mind. I know, it’s completely self centered of me, and knowing she’s still writing is a huge relief. I don’t know if any of them are Graceling books, but I’m more than willing to read whatever she wants to put out there.
3. Erin Morgenstern
I used to loathe the question What Is Your Favorite Book? It used to make me break out in hives and start babbling like a sweaty toothed madman. I would start listing authors, and then trying to pick through all their book babies, naming five, no ten, no twenty books that were my favorite. And then guilt would set in, because there were always books and authors that I’d forgotten to mention. Reading The Night Circus changed all that. It is my favorite book. I love absolutely everything about it. The book is, in my opinion, perfect. So there’s part of me that doesn’t expect Erin Morgenstern to write another The Night Circus. If it’s the only book she ever produces, then I will be content. I love her writing style. She spent years publishing little stories on her blog, and they are magical. And I know she’s hard at work creating something, and if I have to wait five or ten years for something else by her, than I will gladly do so. But, oh, the wait is so long.
4. William Goldman
This is the only one I feel good about whining about, because I thought this was going to happen. Goldman, author of The Princess Bride, teased at a sequel, Buttercup’s Baby. You can even read a little of it in the new editions of The Princess Bride. But there is no sequel, and as far as I can tell, Goldman was just messing with me. It wasn’t enough that I spent years as a teenager looking for the unabridged book of The Princess Bride (because I thought Goldman had just edited and abridged it from the original author S. Morgenstern… don’t judge me, this was in the early 90’s, so I didn’t have the internet as we know it today to look it up). I’d be more upset, but The Princess Bride is a fairly brilliant book and I’ve never read another book like it. But, oh, Goldman, how you tease. I’m no longer holding my breath on this one, since he hasn’t published a book since the 1980’s. A bookworm can dream, though.
I would mention George R.R. Martin, but… I’m not risking it.
So, midnighters, what books are you waiting on but feel may never come? Did an author leave you hanging?