100 Days until Return of the Thief - #whereseugenides

The internet fandom tells me that today is 100 days until the release of Return of the Thief (assuming all is well with ARC's and the release), so I figured this was as good a time as any to finally get the little #whereseugenides idea off the ground.  I've been putting it off a little because I 'd hoped to come up with some brilliant participant's prize (like maybe a commissioned art piece?) that I ultimately couldn't figure out the logistics of, and because right when I thought of starting it, everyone started spending way more time at home and I was waiting to see if things would ease enough we might get some outdoors or travel pictures as well as at home.  

In any case, without overthinking any longer, this is what I've got: 

I thought it would be one simple and fun way to anticipate and celebrate the final book of a 24 year fandom by showcasing how far the series has reached via photo submissions.  If you want to participate, take pictures of Queen's Thief books in the wilds to which they've been released after purchase--whether that's in a backpack while at school, at home in a cozy corner, on a hike when you read dramatically in mountains like those of Eddis, or even if you took your copy on a wild vacation (like to your backyard or on the subway right now?)-- and post them on whatever social media account you feel comfortable using the tag #whereseugenides (or where'seugenides if you prefer and the platform allows it).  

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Heron on KoA cover?

I notice that on the newest cover for The King of Attolia, there's a tree with a heron perched in it. Can anyone remind me of the significance of this? All of the over new covers have little images that I can immediately place, but I can't recall a heron in this book. 

<Fine minute later update> Oh my gods, clearly I'm still too pre-coffee. I could have taken two seconds to Google this, right?

“The queen was settling on the edge of the bed, ungainly with hesitation and at the same time exquisite in her grace, like a heron landing in a treetop.”

Nevermind, answered my own question. But I guess I'll still leave this post up anyway to spur a different discussion: What are your favorite little "nods" from the book covers, any edition?

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"Personally, I like it much better when someone else does the decision making. That way you have legitimate grounds to whine and complain. I tend to find both whining and complaining quite interesting and amusing, though sometimes--unfortunately--it's hard to choose which one of the two I want to do."

Sounds like Gen...

... but it's Alcatraz Smedley (from the vs. the Evil Librarians series by Brandon Sanderson). Alcatraz is very much like a young (probably pre-Thief) Gen. Excpect his Talent is breaking things, not stealing them.


Gen's theme song?

So I found this on youtube a while ago and thought it might be relevant to our interests :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRpiBvwKX6c 

Doesn't this song practically describe Gen or is that just me? Its called "The villain I appear to be". And the video fits too! Just watch it. 

Here are the lyrics: https://connorspiotto.bandcamp.com/releases 

(I don't put them into the post itself because I have no idea if this might be a copyright issue.) 

(Also, shotout to the magus for providing me with an icon idea : ) 

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I've been doing some virtual programming and other MWT propaganda!

Hi, everyone! It's been ages — I've been lurking occasionally, but I haven't written in forever. I hope you are all well! 

I enjoyed seeing a few people virtually at Megan's recent "Day of Dialog" appearance. So wonderful! (Although I totally forgot to ask my most pressing question, concerning a book I think must have influenced her, which she has never mentioned... but I digress).

As some of you know, I am a YA Librarian, and my wonderful library has been having us create content. So recently the theme was "travel" and I posted this:

I'm also going to be doing a series called "Find Your New Faves" on Monday evenings, and I'm featuring "The Baker King" in the second session.  If you know anyone who might be interested, please let them know — or come yourself! I hope it's OK for me to post the link? If not, please take it away, and if so, it's here:

Thank you, and have a great afternoon!

Thief by Avian

While She Knits--Coronavirus Edition

It's been awhile since we talked about what we've been reading lately. With the shelter-in-place going on, did you read more than usual? Were you totally into comfort reads, or finding the time to finally tackle those long, dense books you've had on your TBR list forever? What did you like, or hate?

Did the closure of libraries cramp your style or were you able to read on your ereader or pull a book from that towering stack we always seem to have nearby?

I hope everyone has stayed healthy and safe!

Hello, everyone!

I finally, officially decided to join this community. I have loved Megan Whalen Turner's works for such a long time now. I have visited this website before sometimes, reading your posts with a lot of joy, but never actually participating. Well, I'm doing it now. 

I first read the Queen's Thief series at fourteen, hungry for something new after "Thief Lord" by Cornelia Funke had first sparked my love for charming, clever master thief characters in fiction — and fell in love fast and hard. I'm pretty sure I have reread the series four or five times now, especially my favorite installments, TT and TQoA. I'd love to exitedly tell you all the details of my reading experience, but it seems a bit overbearing to me to post a wall of text in my first post ever. So I'll try to sum it up for you: if I had to explain in a single sentence why I love these books, I will say that they have soul. The world feels genuine. The themes are subtle, but strong. Even the gods feel real. And the characters themselves feel alive in a way you rarely see. But who am I telling this? You all wouldn't be here if you didn't feel the same way — and that's why I'm here too. If you are wondering what my general taste is like: Other favourite books of mine include The Count of Monte Christo, The Princess Bride, The ocean at the end of the lane by Neil Gaiman, Phantom by Susan Kay and The Winter Prince. 

So, yeah. I really look forward to talking about a book series that has really shaped me. If there is anything you think I should be aware of being new here, let me know. I have to confess that I am completely new to livejournal, having just created my account for this very purpose, so if I make any bizarre mistakes, thats why. And no, I don't have an Icon yet — I'm working on that, though :) . 

Be blessed in your endeavours — Your LaSerpe.