Starting before Continuum, however, I picked up a few books in ordinary bookshops. I saw Madigan Mine by Kirstyn McDermott and, particularly since it's not available in ebook form, I couldn't resist it (and then I got it signed at Continuum, so yay). Then, with a bit more planning I picked up Black Sun Light My Way by Jo Spurrier, the sequel to Winter Be My Shield which I enjoyed immensely last year. While in the CBD Dymocks on Friday before the Continuum opening ceremony, my husband and I saw the display for Fairytales For Wilde Girls by Allyse Near complete with notification of the book launch in the evening. So I bought a copy and we went along to the launch and had a lovely chat with the author.
Then it was time for Continuum. I bought a bunch of books in the dealers' room over the weekend. I'd say I probably spent too much money on books, but at least I haven't been buying that many books lately in general so I suspect my bank account will survive the blow.
In the con bag, we all got a shiny copy of Words Next Door, an anthology from Fablecroft edited by Tehani Wessely. In the dealers' room I picked up:
- Broken Kingdoms by NK Jemisin (the guest of honour)
- A New Kind of Death by Alison Goodman
- A Book of Endings by Deborah Biancotti, a short story collection
- Bood Stones, an anthology of dark fantasy edited by Amanda Pillar
- A Trifle Dead by Livia Day (aka Tansy Rayner Roberts, it's her first crime book)
And I also picked up two of Twelve Planet Press's novella doubles, which are double sided volumes.
- The Company Articles of Edward Teach by Thoraiya Dyer / The Angaelien Apocalypse by Matthew Chrulew
- Above by Stephanie Campisi / Below by Ben Peak