Thursday, May 5, 2011

Divergent

The cover is finished! The cover is finished! Are you ready to see it? Are you??

Well, unfortunately I don’t ACTUALLY have it, but I’ve been assured that it’s finished and that it’s brilliant, and that I’ll be able to show you all tomorrow.

Ahem.

The cynical among you may begin to suspect that all of this is the result of bad planning and borderline incompetence on my part, as I had promised to reveal the cover oh, maybe two weeks ago.

However- the nice and the kind and the generous among you might recognise this as a cunning way of drawing out the mystery and building the excitement, and regard all these delays and missed deadlines purely as brilliant marketing on my part.

It is, of course, entirely up to you to decide which of these kinds of people you are- cynical and suspicious (boo!) or nice and lovely and so very pretty (yay!).

So, while we wait for the cover to be revealed tomorrow, I now have a Blog post to fill, and I want to mention a book I’m reading which I think is brilliant. It’s called Divergent, and it’s by Veronica Roth, a new American writer. I’ve read the first hundred pages here- http://browseinside.harperteen.com/index.aspx?isbn13=9780062024022 - and I absolutely love it so far. It’s set in a Dystopian future- because those are ALWAYS the best kind- where the population splits itself into Factions according to their personality traits. People are always telling me I must read The Hunger Games- and I will, I swear I will- but Divergent grabbed me from the first paragraph, and now I’m pretty much helpless.

Aside from the great idea at its centre, this book is REALLY well written. I make no apologies for the fact that I’m a snob when it comes to the quality of writing- no matter how wonderful the premise, I simply can’t read it if the words don’t flow like they should or the characters aren’t genuine. I reckon I’ve improved as a writer since the first Skulduggery, and the later books are much better written than the first one (even if the first one remains my absolute favourite), but Miss Roth seems to have bypassed that awkward debut-writer stage completely. If she’s this good now, how good is she going to be in five books’ time? Scary good, is the answer.

If you’re looking for something new to read, click the link above and try it out. 

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Valkyrie's-sidekick (Scarlet Creed) said...

wats up with the

F's

Dragona Pine said...

f

Dragona Pine said...

AH DANG IT SCARLET!


*glares*

Valkyrie's-sidekick (Scarlet Creed) said...

oh yay!

Dragona Pine said...

I put all the effort into that and you stole it of me :(

Valkyrie's-sidekick (Scarlet Creed) said...

hold on

*blinks a few times*

looks at comment

YAY! i am first

Dragona Pine said...

*glares*

Valkyrie's-sidekick (Scarlet Creed) said...

i dedicate this to the following:

Dragona
Kallista
Ann
Leona
Amelie
Jaffa
Aquila
Lilith
Alexia
Nicolette
Gepard
Ayesha
Pyro
Octa
Skyril

and many MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ann Marie said...

*laughs* Poor Dragona. I don't think she meant to do that.

Dragona Pine said...

:P

Dragona Pine said...

Yey at least I got a page dedicated to me.


Hi Ann!

Valkyrie's-sidekick (Scarlet Creed) said...

YAY!!!!!!!!!!

U were dedicated!!!!!!!

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dragona Pine said...

I have to go now. I might be back later but I might not, I might be back by 5:00-7:00 tonight if not. Bye guys.

Valkyrie's-sidekick (Scarlet Creed) said...

oh yeah and..

Mar-chu

Ann Marie said...

BRB, can't find 'Renze's bottle.

Valkyrie's-sidekick (Scarlet Creed) said...

oh and

Pandora
Rosella
Isabella

Valkyrie's-sidekick (Scarlet Creed) said...

Bye
Dragona

C ya soon Maybe

Valkyrie's-sidekick (Scarlet Creed) said...

ANN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

*jumps onto her back and gives her a hug*

I MISSED U!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

:D

Valkyrie's-sidekick (Scarlet Creed) said...

*gets of her bak*

Ann Marie said...

O.o

*calls a chiropractor*

HI SCARLET! Where you been?

Valkyrie's-sidekick (Scarlet Creed) said...

well
i wasnt allowed on the internet because
it has a limit and it was nearly over the limit

amelie cain said...

hello anyone on i am so god damn bored (sorry scarlet)

Ann Marie said...

Ohhh. :-( I missed you. But you're back now! How are you?

I only have a few minutes, bed soon.

Valkyrie's-sidekick (Scarlet Creed) said...

AHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i got caught!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

F
F
F
f
f

Sorry Ann i gotta get off

Stupid internet limits!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

amelie cain said...

awww does that mean i am alone

Valkyrie's-sidekick (Scarlet Creed) said...

>:(
>:(
>:(
>:(
>:(

Valkyrie's-sidekick (Scarlet Creed) said...

Sorry Bye

wont be on 4 a while now that i'm caught
say HI 2 every1 4 me OK

*hugs*
*waves*

Ann Marie said...

Bye Scarlet! Didn't realize ou still weren't allowed on. :-( *hugs* Hope you're back soon.

Hi Amelie! How are you?

amelie cain said...

good i am bored so i am talking to a friend and yoda we talk like

Valkyrie's-sidekick (Scarlet Creed) said...

I'll be allowed on on the

19th of MAY

till then
BYE!!!!!!!!!!!!

*Vanishes into thin air*

amelie cain said...

awwwwwww bye scarlet

Ann Marie said...

Was watching the musical ep of Buffy, but it just ended:
Where do we go
from here?

Going to bed soon to try to get enough sleep for once.. think it's too late already.

amelie cain said...

i must a done it half a dozen time

Ann Marie said...

Oooh Willow and Tara are fighting. Willow was soooo cool and cute at first, and so aggravating now. Nngh.

Ann Marie said...

Think I lost you, Amelie. I have to go.

*hugs* Goodnight!

Dragona Pine said...

Hi.

Dragona Pine said...

I'll take that meaning as no one is on.

Everisse Eterna said...

Dragona? You there?
Can't stay, sorry, getting ready for school.

Check out my blog, though! New crackfic!

Dragona Pine said...

Hi Everisse! I'll go have a look on your blog

Dragona Pine said...

LOL that's awesome Everisse, I can't stop laughing!

amelie cain said...

hey anyone on anymore ima flirt

Dragona Pine said...

What do you mean Amelie?

amelie cain said...

its a song by r kelly t pain and ti

Dragona Pine said...

Oh right.

amelie cain said...

have you had a look at that book he wrote about its not bad

Dragona Pine said...

No I haven't.

amelie cain said...

i love the song american pie

Dragona Pine said...

I've never heard it.

amelie cain said...

well it come from you and me

amelie cain said...

youtube american pie by don mclean

Dragona Pine said...

Could you speak in english when you say "well it come from you and me"?

amelie cain said...

it is part of a song well it came from you and me

Dragona Pine said...

Right. English is good :P

amelie cain said...

so did you search it

Dragona Pine said...

I can't watch videos on this laptop because it'll freeze then shut itself down after like 10 seconds.

amelie cain said...

lets do the time warp again

Dragona Pine said...

That's a good dance AND a good song ^^

amelie cain said...

i know like the macerana and nutbsh and the chicken dance

Dragona Pine said...

I know the macerana.

Lou Lou said...

I've got it. the new cover. Look.

Lou Lou said...

If you want to see the new cover become a follower at deadtectiveskulduggery.blogspot.com
It's amazing

amelie cain said...

i love it and all those dances they are fun

Dragona Pine said...

You can't have got the new book cover.

amelie cain said...

but do you know that that is actually what the cover looks like

amelie cain said...

cuz that book cover i saw on a website that had that on it and it said unofficail he hasnt put it up yet he said he was goi ng to do it tommorrow if you actually read the blog above

amelie cain said...

so do you lou lou

Dragona Pine said...

I have to go soon.

amelie cain said...

gone all quite have you cuz you know your wrong

amelie cain said...

ok then i will have to find something to do

Dragona Pine said...

Actually Amelie it is possible he looked it up online but someone could have done a teaser front cover and book title and he thought that it could be the real thing. But if anyone goes and has a look at it they're the type of people who look spoilers up on the internet.

Skulgirl13 A.K.A Deryn Mellifluous said...

EST MI BIRTHDAY!!!!

Dragona Pine said...

Hi Skulgirl! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!


*gives her a birthday cake*



Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to Skulgirl
Happy birthday to you!


*streamers fly everywhere*

Skulgirl13 A.K.A Deryn Mellifluous said...

lol thanks now must head off to schol SEE YALL LATER@@

Dragona Pine said...

Bye Skulgirl! Have a good day!

Dragona Pine said...

I have to go now. I might manage a few minutes longer before I go but I doubt it. I'll on later tonight, bye!

Jay(Pan)Pantera said...

Hey, Derek. I have loved your books ever since a friend of mine forced me to read them. Are you ever coming to the U.S. cause if you do, come to Massachusetts. Please. Your number one fan is there. I love you and Skulduggery. You're both amazing.

Lilith Nightshade... said...

HI! I KNOW THAT HERE'S ANOTHER POST UP, (LOVE CAPS!) BUT I HAD TO MAKE AN APPEARANCE HERE! LATERS! OFF TO THE OTHER ONE DEREK!

JJAduP said...

i'm reading it now and it's awesome so far!

Everisse Eterna said...
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OhEmGeeGirl said...

Ahh - thank you!! that book your reading certainly gripped me. It's fantastic - I'm in love with it already!
Thanks.
But I think all of your devoted minions here know that Skulduggery Pleasant is second to none.
:D

OhEmGeeGirl said...

I learnt how to say "chicken soup" in spanish yesterday.
Pollo Sopa.

:) I feel clever.

JB Hi Fi said...

If you haven't read the Hunger Games...
Woah, still processing here.
Thanks for the suggestion Golden God of Awe

Cluainn Fhada said...

DON@T READ THE HUNGER GAMES!

At least not the last two, it gets terribly depressing.

Elizabeth said...

I have to read that sometime, after I'm done with exams... DL you should read Maximum Ride series, its really good! the writing kind of reminds me of skulduggery pleasant... :D

sadia_happypants said...

I read Divergent with your link.
Loved it.
And went out and bought it and finished it in two hours flat. Awesomee book.

but don't worry Derek - I'll finish Skulduggery in an hour - no matter HOW LONG it is.
TEAM CAELAN!!

Z said...

Hi Derek (AKA Mr. Golden God and Leader of all),

I started and finished the book in under a week!! IT WAS SO AMAZING!!! Thank you for the recommendation for the book! I LOVED IT!!

THnx,
Z

Artemis-CiarĂ¡n said...

I finished Divergent and Loved it a lot. Thanks for suggesting the book.
And I also gave The Hunger Games a try after this blog post, and I really liked the beginning and second half of the book, I'm going to read the next one soon too.

Oh and have you ever read the Artemis Fowl series?
There Awesome, next to Skulduggery Pleasant one of my favourite book series.

Valkyrie150 said...

I bought this book as soon as I read the thing on the internet and I managed to finish it in one day!!!! You know it's a really good book when you cannot physically put it down!!!!!!

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Octaboona Ambrosius: Horace said...

Achievement completed.

Taia DeMars, Inesculent Bean of Written Ramblings (and Dinosaur Enthusiast) said...

Hey, I left a couple alone. That was nice of me, right?

#ChaseForBook9

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Only because you couldn't comment on them :P

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