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Books / Book Covers
« on: July 28, 2013, 02:34:14 PM »
(If we already have a similar topic somewhere buried in the depths of time, I apologise - feel free to merge!)

So. Book covers. I came across this fun article earlier and - apart from being taken a bit aback by just how many times one stock photo can be used by different books - it made me think about something I do occasionally think about: how important are covers to you?

I know one "shouldn't judge a book by its cover" and all that, but ... am I the only one who does it anyway? Unless a book comes highly recced by friends I trust, covers are the first thing I see when browsing, either in a physical bookshop or online, and a horrid cover has put me off from looking further at a book many times. On the other hand, a cool looking covers makes sure I take a second look at the blurb/inside/whatever.

Also, and related to the article I linked to above, while I can and do complain about generic covers at times, or certain genres having incredibly cliché covers (consider all the young adult [paranormal] romance books with a girl in a flowing dress in a forest / on a cliff / standing in mist for example), I do find it helpful to be able to tell with a glance what genre the book belongs to.

I also find it really interesting sometimes to see and compare the covers of different international editions of the same books - to see the differences in taste, what sells in some countries and not in others, etc; usually I find some of those covers completely off-putting and then it's interesting to consider that the publishers/designers in that country must assume (probably based on something) that to the people there, the cover will look appealing.

News / New Competition for Schools
« on: June 12, 2013, 05:24:53 PM »
There's a new competition announced at

Now that Collins Education have published a brand new classroom edition of Book 1, any teacher who’s cool enough will be rushing to buy Skulduggery Pleasant for their school.

To celebrate the release, Derek will be answering three questions from teachers and parents on the Collins Reading website in July, when Skulduggery Pleasant will be Book of the Month! There’ll be all kinds of exciting FREE Skulduggery teaching resources on there too, along with video interviews with Derek, so spread the word and get your teacher in on the action. We had to give the grown-ups their moment of Golden Godliness…

If you’d like to see your teacher’s question, or even one from your whole class answered, then ask a teacher or parent to get in touch with our friends at Collins Education: Twitter (@FreedomToTeach) / Facebook (Collins Secondary) / email ( We like to give you options! One last thing. And it’s very important. Awesome  questions only, please.

News / New Competition: Last Stand of Dead Men Tag Line / Poster
« on: May 31, 2013, 03:29:05 PM »
There is a new competition announced on the official SP website.

Look at the gorgeous jacket for Last Stand of Dead Men? Isn’t it lovely?! How excited are you? Pretty excited, we bet. So in celebration we’re running a strap line competition. The strap line on Last Stand of Dead Men is ‘No one is safe.’ Spooky, huh? But we’d like you get your thinking caps on and tell us what your strap line would be, if you got to choose. Here’s some inspiration…

Kingdom of the Wicked was ‘Cold. Blooded. Thriller.’

Death Bringer was ‘Kicking evil very hard in the face.’

Mortal Coil was ‘Gripping’ – remember all those creepy hands?

Well, now you’ve seen the cover for Last Stand of Dead Men. What would you put on there?

And the prize – this one is really good – Derek is going to choose his favourite 10, and we’ll print those up as posters for the winners. Basically, this means you win a completely personalised poster version of the cover of Last Stand of Dead Men to put up on your wall. And we might even get Derek to sign them!

Closing date for entries is 12 midnight on 1st July 2013. Only one entry allowed. Looks like it's open only to UK & Ireland residents, unlike the Tanith competition. ETA: Open worldwide now. More terms & conditions here.

Fan Fiction / She's So Cold (rated around PG/K+)
« on: April 13, 2013, 08:06:03 AM »
After a rather too long dry spell, I have returned to the land of fanfic writing! Val/Skul (what else?), but barely more than in canon. Oneshot fluff written to cheer up Moonie; her prompt is at the end of the fic.

Fic title, as most of my fic titles tend to be, has been nicked from a Rolling Stones song. No real spoilers for any of the books, although Saracen Rue is included.

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News / New Tanith-themed Competition
« on: March 28, 2013, 04:51:19 PM »
There is a brand new Tanith-themed fanworks competition on the official SP site. It's open worldwide.

We know you’re awesome. You know you’re awesome. We know that you know that you’re… you get the idea. But the thing is, sometimes it’s not enough to just know, sometimes you have to show everyone else. So, this is your chance. We’re looking for fan works, created by you, inspired by the Golden God himself. Derek, that is. And we’re going to have a theme. This month, unsurprisingly, the theme is Tanith Low. We love her. You love her. Get to it!

You can submit anything… well, anything you’ve created. It could be a poem, a drawing, a short story (under 1,000 words, please, we know how prolific you all get, and Derek needs a little time to, you know, finish Book 8 ), it could be a Haiku, a clay model, a photo montage. Anything you like, as long as it was inspired by Tanith. Simply email it – or a picture of it – to us at Derek will judge the entries, and then one lucky fan will WIN the chance to be featured in our newsletter and on the Skulduggery Pleasant website, as the creator of the Exquisite Corpse Work of the Month! Everyone who enters will get an exclusive The Maleficent Seven themed poster, plus we’ll also send the winner a signed copy of The Maleficent Seven.

News / Various Signings News
« on: March 21, 2013, 01:14:26 PM »
I was thinking that maybe it would make more sense to gather various signing news into one thread, rather than start a new thread for each event... if people disagree, I'm all for splitting the news etc, but this might be easier to keep updated?


SP fans: Derek Landy will be signing in Dublin on 30 March at Easons branches in Blanchardstown 11am and 3pm


SP fans:ONLY fan event for The Maleficent Seven is happening on 5 April, 5pm, The Stratford Picture House E15 1BX. Tickets:: 0871 902 5740


Further explanation for the latter by Derek:

All other activity that weekend are public SIGNINGS, not events. (And yes, an event always ends with a signing too...)


ETA: Some more news about that 5th of April event:

Our local (and lovely) independent booksellers, Newham Bookshop, are celebrating their 35th anniversary this year with a series of great writer events. This time they bring us the fans' favourite and bestselling children's author Derek Landy, the man behind the Skulduggery Pleasant series.


This is Derek's only fan event in London for his latest book, The Maleficent Seven.

There will be a book signing afterwards. Please note that this signing is only for books bought at the event.


Skulduggery Pleasant fans! @DerekLandy talk & signing here Fri 14th June 6.30pm. £3 tickets from shop or by phone 0113 2444588 #Leeds


News / Derek Landy Dublin Event on 7 March
« on: March 05, 2013, 11:14:15 AM »
For anyone who might be interested and in/near Dublin on Thursday evening, here's some information on his attending an event, including a mention of him discussing The Maleficent Seven (Thursday, 7 March 2013, 18:00 / 6 pm).

News / Book Eight Title: Skulduggery Pleasant: Last Stand of Dead Men
« on: March 01, 2013, 09:03:51 PM »
Full post here.

Quote from: Derek Landy
Okay then, here we go. This title has been in my head for years. EVERYTHING in the series has been leading up to Books Eight and Nine, and this is really where it all starts to build to the (hopefully epic) conclusion.

Prepare yourself for horror! Tragedy! Hilarity! Fights! Blood! Quips! Magic! Everything that makes life worth living!

Ladies and gentlemen, coming at the very end of August, is

Skulduggery Pleasant: Last Stand of Dead Men.

News / New Competition for UK & Ireland Fans
« on: February 28, 2013, 05:38:23 PM »
There is a new competition for various Skulduggery goodies on the official site, to celebrate the release of Kingdom of the Wicked in paperback.

According to the terms and conditions, the competition is "open to all residents of the UK and Eire" and you have to subscribe to the newsletter to enter (you can still enter even if you've already subscribed to the newsletter before).

From the terms & conditions:

The prize is one of the following items of Skulduggery Pleasant branded merchandise: either a Skulduggery Pleasant Watch or a Skulduggery Pleasant T Shirt, plus a Skulduggery Pleasant poster. There will be 100 Skulduggery Pleasant T Shirts to be won and 70 Skulduggery Pleasant Watches to be won. There will be 170 winners in total.

News / Book Eight Release Date: 29 August 2013
« on: January 25, 2013, 12:55:05 PM »
Just got this in my e-mail:

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Pertinent information in text form:

If you've been following Derek's blog, you'll know that he has written a third of Book Eight already. In fact, he's cracking on with it at such an amazing pace that we can now officially confirm that Skulduggery Pleasant Book Eight will publish on 29th August 2013.

Yes, that's just a little over 7 months away. Or a mere 219 days. Only 5,256 hours. And if you want to know the minutes, you should get a calculator.
Only kidding: it's 315,360.
Derek will reveal the title on his blog soon - just another reason to check the blog page regularly. That, and he sometimes posts funny pictures of cats.

Nor will that be the last exciting reveal of the spring, because the jacket will be revealed sometime after that, once artist extraordinaire Tom Percival has worked his usual magic.

News / Omnibus Edition Ebooks On The Way
« on: January 15, 2013, 03:04:37 PM »
It looks like anyone* interested in the SP ebooks but who hasn't yet got them can very soon buy the first six books as omnibus editions: for the Kindle, Amazon UK has both books 1-3 and books 4-6 available for pre-order (at the not-extremely cost-efficient price, compared to single books, of £14.99 a piece).

The release date is 14 February for both sets for Europe; according to the HarperCollins page for the books 1-3 omnibus, it's 1 February 2013 for Australia.

*by "anyone" I mean "not Americans", of course, as while both sets are also available as Kindle pre-orders on, they're marked as "not available" for US customers.

(To be honest, I'm not sure just HOW newsworthy this is, but it's the first time I see omnibus editions of any kind for SP and in addition, I expect that we'll see some kind of cover art closer to release date - which may, if we're lucky, be something new?)

Books / Kribu's Reading Challenge & List
« on: January 10, 2013, 06:35:23 AM »
So since others are doing this here... ;D

Challenge: read 120 books this year.
List: this will get updated as new books get read.


1. Jocelynn Drake - Nightwalker (Dark Days #1) ****
2. Sean Cummings - Poltergeeks ***
3. Kelly Meding - Three Days to Dead (Dreg City #1) ***
4. Diana Pharaoh Francis - Bitter Night (Horngate Witches #1) ****
5. Sarwat Chadda - Ash Mistry and the Savage Fortress (Ash Mistry Chronicles #1) ****
6. M. C. Beaton - Agatha Raisin and the Wellspring of Death (Agatha Raisin #7) ***
7. Patrick Ness - The Ask and the Answer (Chaos Walking #2) *****
8. Patrick Ness - Monsters of Men (Chaos Walking #3) *****
9. Patrick Ness - The New World (Chaos Walking #0.5) ****
10. Phil Rickman - Midwinter of the Spirit (Merrily Watkins #2) ***
11. Michael Grant - Fear (Gone #5) ****
12. Eoin Colfer - Doctor Who: A Big Hand For The Doctor (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts #1)***
13. Carolyn Crane - Mind Games (Disillusionists #1) ***
14. Jonathan L. Howard - Katya's World (Russalka Chronicles #1) ****
15. Chris Ould - Street Duty, Case One: Knock Down (Street Duty #1) ****

Off Topic / Adobe Makes Creative Suite 2 FREE to download
« on: January 08, 2013, 06:31:18 AM »
I wasn't sure where to put this, but some people might find this useful...

Okay, Creative Suite 2 came out in 2005 and thus isn't the newest thing around, which is probably the reason why Adobe has made it free, but it still works for a lot of purposes!

I have no idea if it's compatible with Windows 8, but it should still be okay on Windows 7. (No idea about Mac compatibility either, but the Mac versions are there, too.)

Download page, which includes Creative Suite 2, the component programs (e.g. InDesign CS2, Photoshop CS2, Illustrator CS2) and also stuff like Acrobat Pro 8 and Premiere Pro 2.0, and all the serial numbers needed, is here at the Adobe site.

Okay, for all I know, I'm the only person here who'd been reading a lot of Doctor Who tie-in books, but anyway, considering that there are both DW fans and fans of modern children's authors here, this might be of interest:

The original news article:

Penguin Books are to publish a new series of ebooks in their Puffin range for children to tie in with Doctor Who's 50th Anniversary. The series will consist of eleven short stories published electronically, with the first released on 23rd January featuring a tale about the First Doctor. Each subsequent incarnation will then be published on the 23rd of each month thereafter until the Eleventh Doctor's adventure on the anniversary itself.


Juliet Matthews, Publisher, Penguin Children's, said:
Penguin Children's has been the proud home of children's Doctor Who publishing for eight years and to be part of the 50th anniversary is incredibly exciting. We are delighted to have eleven sensational children's authors involved in the series, all bringing an individual style, imagination and interpretation to their eshort tribute to The Doctor. This is a who's who of children's fiction coming together to celebrate the much-loved Doctor Who.

And now the first author has been announced: Eoin Colfer for a First Doctor story, A Big Hand For The Doctor:

London, 1900. The First Doctor is missing both his hand and his granddaughter, Susan. Faced with the search for Susan, a strange beam of soporific light, and a host of marauding Soul Pirates intent on harvesting human limbs, the Doctor is promised a dangerous journey into a land he may never forget...

Any guesses as to which other currently relevant "sensational children's authors" might be involved? Who are the currently relevant children's authors who are also big enough names for this sort of publicity? I'm assuming British Isles, unless there are DW-familiar and internationally known big-name-authors in the US and elsewhere...

Skulduggery Pleasant / All The Short Stories: Poll and Discussion Thread
« on: January 07, 2013, 10:22:25 AM »
We've had a bunch of short stories / novellas now, so... favourites? Anything to say about any of them? Discuss!

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