Friday, 14 September 2007

The Magnificent, Overachieving Nix and Neil

Garth Nix's been really busy this year, hasn't he? He's published not one, not two, but THREE books so far!

Earlier this year, he published this:

Then I saw this in Kinokuniya the other day:

I didn't know about this, so I went home to do some research and found this synopsis:

From Harpers Children:
One beastly beast that's more than meets the eye. Two aliens with slimy tentacles and too many eyes fixed on adopting a human son. Three inventors and a sea serpent, a princess, an orphanage, and two ships full of pirates. Four fantastic tales by renowned fantasy author Garth Nix.

And as I was researching that, I found he's just released THIS as well:

Synopsis (from
In a futuristic urban wasteland, evil Overlords have decreed that no child shall live a day past his fourteenth birthday. On that Sad Birthday, the child is the object of an obscene harvest resulting in the construction of a machinelike creature whose sole purpose is to kill. The mysterious Shade -- once a man, but now more like the machines he fights -- recruits the few children fortunate enough to escape. With luck, cunning, and skill, four of Shade's children come closer than any to discovering the source of the Overlords' power -- and the key to their downfall. But the closer the children get, the more ruthless Shade seems to become!

Sounds intriguing enough. Man, that guy has been a busy little Nix, hasn't he?

Well, probably not as busy as Neil Gaiman, who has published Fragile Things, Interworld, M For Magic, and the Eternals comic series; wrote the screenplay for Beowulf, released the Stardust movie AND is busy getting ready to direct Death: The High Cost of Living... Did I miss anything?

Blast these overachieving authors. Making us non-achieving writers look bad only...

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