Why Must We Wait?

I am sure lots of you will empathise about the conundrum that I found myself in the other day. You see I was mooching through books on a certain website, as we all do, looking at the books that it recommended I read in case I was missing something wonderful. I soon spotted that I was could be missing out on something imminently when I spotted that Hillary Jordan’s second novel ‘When She Woke’ is out on October the 4th, when I looked into it though I discovered (to my horror I might add) that the book isn’t out here until 2012!!! Erm, what the heck is going on? I don’t like waiting.

I am pretty sure that many of you have been in a similar situation; in fact I know that several of the people who are following the Man Booker on its forum internationally have had them shipped from the UK to destinations all over the shop. I also am fully aware that not every book sells to all the publishers worldwide at the same time, just like if a book is bought by Penguin in the UK doesn’t mean it will be bought by Penguin in the USA or Australia etc. I am just impatient. I want to read ‘When She Woke’ on October the 4th; I mean look how tantalising it sounds…

“Hannah Payne’s life has been devoted to church and family, but after her arrest, she awakens to a nightmare: she is lying on a table in a bare room, covered only by a paper gown, with cameras broadcasting her every move to millions at home, for whom observing new Chromes—criminals whose skin color has been genetically altered to match the class of their crime—is a new and sinister form of entertainment. Hannah is a Red; her crime is murder. The victim, according to the State of Texas, was her unborn child, and Hannah is determined to protect the identity of the father, a public figure with whom she’s shared a fierce and forbidden love.

When She Woke is a fable about a stigmatized woman struggling to navigate an America of a not-too-distant future—where the line between church and state has been eradicated and convicted felons are no longer imprisoned and rehabilitated but chromed and released back into the population to survive as best they can. In seeking a path to safety in an alien and hostile world, Hannah unknowingly embarks on a path of self-discovery that forces her to question the values she once held true and the righteousness of a country that politicizes faith.”

Of course I could order it over the internet and have it sometime not too far after the 4th of October, the joys of the internet (and I am sure some of you will snigger at the e-reader hater in me as you can get it ON the 4th, don’t be smug) yet somehow that seems like cheating. Don’t ask me why, it just does. That’s why I didn’t order another book that I am having to wait ages for, ‘Little People’ by Jane Sullivan, again how good does this sound…

“When Mary Ann, an impoverished governess, rescues a child from the Yarra River, she sets in motion a train of events that she could never have foreseen. It is not a child she has saved but General Tom Thumb, star of a celebrated troupe of midgets on their 1870 tour of Australia.

From the enchanting Queen of Beauty Lavinia Stratton to the brilliant pianist Franz Richardson, it seems that Mary Ann has fallen in among friends. She soon discovers, however, that relationships within the troupe and its entourage are far from harmonious. Jealousy is rife, and there are secrets aplenty: even Mary Ann has one of her own. Relief gradually turns to fear as she realises that she may be a pawn in a more dangerous game than she imagined …

This gripping historical novel has all the colour and flair of the circus, complete with sideshows starring the little people themselves. A fantastical tale of intrigue and showtime glamour, Little People will charm and beguile you.”

Oh well its something to look forward to isn’t it, and we need books that are tempting us from afar don’t we. Maybe its a sign I am of the ‘instant gratification generation’ which someone claimed the other day? I prefer the term ‘excitable about books’ personally.

Which books can you simply not wait for and are you debating ordering from foreign shores? Are there any books out in the UK at the moment that aren’t where you are… or vice versa?


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23 responses to “Why Must We Wait?

  1. Eva

    I’ve been pouting over having to wait until next February for Byatt’s new novel, but I just got it via Netgalley! *happy dance* I did wait MONTHS for her last ‘new release,’ The Children’s Book, all the while seeing so many posts from British bloggers in my feed reader. :p I am unemployed, though, so I just cultivate patience rather than avail myself of international book sites. Usually, I still have unread books from an author’s back list to content myself with until I get my hands on their newest release!

    • Cultivating patience is actually a really good thing. The year I didnt buy any books (no, seriously – in fact I think you witnessed it) was a year that taught me a lot about how you should really, really want a book and I am improving on that all the time.

      I know the feeling of desperately wanting to have, not always read, a favourite authors newest novel when you havent read their backlist, in fact I bet lots of people reading your comment will know that feeling.

  2. For some reason I am more liekly to buy a new book when it isn’t available in the UK. There is something about getting a book not available here that makes it all the more appealing. I’m currently trying to persuade myself not to buy That Deadman Dance from New Zealand, but I’m sure it will only be a few weeks before my willpower runs out.

    • You did that with The Slap didnt you Jackie. I know what you mean and this has just happened again as I see that Marieke Hardy has a book out in Australia (I am a huge fan) yet she isnt so known over here and now I want that really, really badly. Drats.

  3. Louise

    I have read When She Woke and I really liked it, I don’t think it’s something I would’ve read if I wasn’t familar with her previous novel, which I also loved. Dystopia isn’t my thing really, but this I really enjoyed. I’m sure I read somewhere it’s being made into a film 😉

    • Oh Louise I am so jealous (though the lovely Michael Kindness from Books on the Nightstand is proving his surname is spot on by sending me a proof) as I am so desperate to read it. Its one of the books I am most excited about that is out here in the UK next year (I know my readers are worldwide so hence the confusion)

  4. It doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense does it. It’s not like there needs to be a translation or anything!

  5. I’m waiting for the next installment in The Sandman series by Neil Gaiman. It’s currently out in an older edition, but all the others I have are in a new edition with matching spines etc. I want the complete set.

    Is that really sad of me?

    The Sandman is actually a great series. If we ever did a graphic novels Bookmarked, that’d be a good place to start, and I’m sure Alt.Fiction in Nottingham would be able to help x

  6. Marg, it’s probably the typesetting. That and the proofing takes ages. Also, each edition might get a different editor, who might have their own preferences which they ask the author to accommodate x

  7. This drives me crazy. I’ve been waiting for Amitav Ghosh’s River of Smoke for months. And why was Jo Nesbo’s The Redeemer published in the UK way before it will be out in the US (2012). In the Harry Hole series it comes before The Snowman, which has been published in the US. Argh!

    • Well we still havent had some of the first Harry Hole books out here yet, I find this all very bemusing when it happens with a series and comes out all disjointed. I have kind of stopped reading that series though (I only read one truth be told) and so its no great shakes to me, I know some people are gasping for them – or waiting till the first one is out here to start them.

  8. I used to get really excited over new book releases, until I found second-hand book stalls. Now I have a TBR pile big enough that even if the release date for a book I want to read is tomorrow, I won’t get round to reading it for weeks at the earliest.

    • Hahahaha there is something delightful in the discovery of the books from the past as well as the books from the new isnt there Hayley. Though I second what I said in reply to Eva, I tend to want both.

  9. Simon, I’m going to agree with the “instant gratification generation” comment I’m afraid. I’m very happy to wait however enthusiastically I anticipate a book (old or new). It took my father and I nearly 15 years to track down a copy of Polunin’s Circumpolar Arctic Flora for example. Given the staggering number of books worth reading and given that most of you probably have more than one unread book in your houses I find myself somewhat baffled by the desire for extreme speed of acquisition. It’s fairly harmless as addictions go I guess!

    • Agree all you want DP, I put that out there because I am partially aware of it in myself on occasion, other times I am blissfully ignornant of when I do it. Well thats my story and I am sticking to it.

  10. when she woke is well worth the hype. i’m waiting to post my review of it until publishing date time comes but there this is one of the most thought provoking books i’ve read all year, particularly relevant to the political moves that are already in motion here in the states.

  11. I’m sad that Max Barry’s latest book “Machine Man” has been out for a month now in the US and Australia but as yet doesn’t have a UK publisher. Think I will just have to buy off the internets. Boo. “When She Woke” sounds pretty great, will have to look out for that.

    • Its tricky when that happens, especially if you arent sure it will. I am going to use that to mention the Marieke Hardy book thats out in Australia now but I am not sure will see the light of day over here… and it must. Hints to all publishers are blatant.

      • Do you know about fishpondworld.com? You have to pay our extortionate prices for the books, but it is free postage world wide which is often the killer when it comes to buying books from Australia.

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