Thursday, February 23, 2012

The End Of The World Is Nigh

Just got word- The End Of The World has officially been released.

I thought it wouldn't be available until the 1st of March, World Book Day, but apparently they release their books a week or two early so that people will have them in their hands for the day in question. I think the vouchers can be used in participating shops from tomorrow onwards, but if you don't have a voucher the books themselves are real cheap, so it shouldn't break the bank.

TEOTW isn't the only World Book Day book, of course, so look around, see if anything else takes your fancy.

The A/NZ version of TEOTW will be released tomorrow, I'm told. The only difference between the two versions are the extras at the back. In the A/NZ, there's the short story using characters created by Minions -with-funny-accents right here in this Blog (and don't worry, this story will be collected along with all of the others and released to the world sometime between now and Book Nine).

In the UK and Ireland version of TEOTW, instead of a story, we have some deleted scenes from my first draft of the first Skulduggery book. I figured it might be interesting to give you a peek into what Val's home life would have been like if I hadn't come up with the idea of the reflection. Here's a hint: it'd be completely different. No warmth, or humour, or Melissa rolling her eyes while Desmond does something odd. Have a read, and then see which one you prefer.

Oh, and to all you competition winners who have been sent the signed books, I still have to send you a signed copy of Death Bringer. I've signed them and everything, I just haven't, er, sent them yet.  Ahem. The upside is that now I'll be able to send you signed copies of TEOTW as well- so yay me!

Oh, and as usual, even though TEOTW is only a novelette, keep spoilers to an absolute minimum in the comments section. You may continue to babble now.

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Valkyrie V. - Ivy said...

DECAPITATION IS THE KEY TO LIFE SUCCESS.

Zanida Laufeydottir Queen of Asgard (Zafira Kerias) said...

I feel lonely.....ah well i read :D

Zanida Laufeydottir Queen of Asgard (Zafira Kerias) said...

Ooh sooooo close

Valkyrie V. - Ivy said...

Yay! FIRST!

I dedicate this page to:

-Amanda. She's fun to slap and just funny in general. And I stole the 'DECAPITION IS THE KEY TO LIFE SUCCESS' thing from her. So... yeah.

-Derek. He's awesome. He wrote my favourite book series, and now I actually LIKE to read (most of the time), and now I've attempted to watch Doctor Who. It's awesome, too.

-Everyone who reads my story. You people - you guys ROCK. (READ IT! http://valkyriesstories.blogspot.com/)

-The End of the World! It lets me sound so insane when me and Amanda say, "Man, I can't wait for the End of the World..." "Yeah, we need to pre-order The End of the World"

-NINJAS. WE ARE THE MASTERS OF ALL... um... NINJA STUFF.

Valkyrie V. - Ivy said...

Amanda you're a dipperonie. Seriously.

Amanda Moore/China Sorrows, now Zinnia Batty said...

The rode hi hope the don't be a mom nut thing as the water goes up the TV falls. Go a I mumzy grandmumzy dipperonie fred bob ROBO the HOBO yessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss no no no kill hom he is a she he she ho ho ho dipperonies for every one that is realy pop what's up the killer ran far far far tell fell of a tree I want to do that no you don't. yes I do NO yes what the snozcomber is going on top of the car end the world gusterd at the mall die die die die die why won't you go away a rock is stalking me



Help pleassssssss pleasssssssssssss don't kill me PLEASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS









































































I like pie

Zanida Laufeydottir Queen of Asgard (Zafira Kerias) said...

I now am terrified....i tthink Nye has entered my scary li'l mind

Valkyrie V. - Ivy said...

And that, Amanda, is why I'm best friends with you.

Zanida Laufeydottir Queen of Asgard (Zafira Kerias) said...

Pie?????!!!!! I want pe!!!!!!

Zanida Laufeydottir Queen of Asgard (Zafira Kerias) said...

Goodnight everyone

Alexis A. said...
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Amanda Moore/China Sorrows, now Zinnia Batty said...

Dn ctr e°c d sf overflow n book f fk be? Cg j cf h°c sjbd nb f

Amanda Moore/China Sorrows, now Zinnia Batty said...

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Making the Legend said...

Question: I'm in America, but I'm visiting Ireland this summer, so will the novella be available then, or will I just have to go and steal one? Please don't make me steal.

-Molly, already feeling the little book in my hands.

Mayan said...

YAY!!!!!

Bethany said...

I got mine in the post a couple of days ago. So excited to read it.

And thank you, Derek for your reply. Things just got a little worse in the last five minutes because my aunt found my blog and is going to tell my parents, but yeah. Thanks.

The Awesomely Awesome Ninja Llama who is just so Awesomely Awesome and she was so Awesomely Awesome that everyone DIED (aka FreakFan) said...

Hae everyone!

Nicole Cerundolo said...

Must post for the sake of posting. Derek, I love you, but I haven't been able to stalk the blogs like I usually do... that is why things have been so quiet XD

~Night, Minions.

The Awesomely Awesome Ninja Llama who is just so Awesomely Awesome and she was so Awesomely Awesome that everyone DIED (aka FreakFan) said...

Hello AGAIN everyone. Not that I'm talking to anyone . . . . .

The Awesomely Awesome Ninja Llama who is just so Awesomely Awesome and she was so Awesomely Awesome that everyone DIED (aka FreakFan) said...

Do you guys know what my ultimate battle army would be like????




There would be me (of course) riding a llama. and I'd have a pair of scissors cuz they're dangerous =P and behind me there would be snails (of course) riding llamas (ofcourse) and I'd also give them scissors. Now that I think about I'm gonna make my snails my zombie minions. That's more like it. My zombie snail minions.



*chuckles*


?
Who wants to go up against me now???





I WILL WIN AGAINST ANYTHING YOU THROW AT ME!!
















Especially live chickens because I'll just get my llamas to eat them =P

Alexis A. said...

Oh dear, I know where I've heard the eating of live chickens before...
Hello 'evetherock', wasn't it?

The Awesomely Awesome Ninja Llama who is just so Awesomely Awesome and she was so Awesomely Awesome that everyone DIED (aka FreakFan) said...

Actually no. I was just saying that because if Eve the Rock would be going up against me she would definitely throw live chickens. Although they are delicious. Would you care for one?

Alexis A. said...

Erm, I'm good. Just ate a few dead and cooked chickens... that sounds a bit morbid now that I think about it....

Alexis A. said...

Isn't funny how llamas has 2 L's?

The Awesomely Awesome Ninja Llama who is just so Awesomely Awesome and she was so Awesomely Awesome that everyone DIED (aka FreakFan) said...

hahaha yea - its weird! But cool B-)

Alexis A. said...

'Weird' is a weird word too. But its a rebel. It completely disregards the I before e rule, and for that I respect it

The Awesomely Awesome Ninja Llama who is just so Awesomely Awesome and she was so Awesomely Awesome that everyone DIED (aka FreakFan) said...

hahaha yea. I'm really sorry but I gtg now. Talk to ya later!

Alexis A. said...

Adios

Anonymous said...

*Squeal*
This is unusually high for me, comment wise.
By the way, the squeal was due to the thunderstorm currently happening while I re-read Death Bringer. Again.

Alexis A. said...

I need to reread DB myself but my friend has neglected to return the book to me.

Anonymous said...

Accidently closed the comments box...

Alexis A. said...

I'm watching E.T.

Sparky Braginski said...

I THINK THAT I SHOULD BE ABLE TO GET MY HANDS ON A SIGNED COPY OF TEOTW.

Alexis A. said...

SPARKY! Was sup?

Sparky Braginski said...

The roof Kim.

The bug that just landed on my hand and made me freak out.

How are you?

Sparky Braginski said...

I may be a bit slow to respond, I'm playing a game.

Alexis A. said...

I'm good thx. And I may be a bit slow too, I'm watching E.T.

Sparky Braginski said...

Kk.

Rosella Embers said...

Mr Landy, sir

Can you please look at this link? I made this especially for you! Please look at it!

http://rosellafanfic.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/and-what-long-time-it-has-been.html#comment-form

(And id the word 'made' has steered you off, no, it is not a mug with feathers and cardboard glued to it - I spent a long time wheedling and convincing to make it for you!)

Thank you!

Valkyrie V. - Ivy said...

HI SPARKY

Sparky Braginski said...

Yo Val.

*hugs*

How're you?

Valkyrie V. - Ivy said...

Dandy. I got wrapped up like a mummy, to the point where I could barely breathe. So did Amanda. Then I played dodgeball with toilet paper rolls, but then I betrayed my team by attacking Amanda. And then Amanda dragged me across the floor. And then I ate a brownie.

Valkyrie V. - Ivy said...

Have you checked your email lately?

Rosella Embers said...

Hey, Anyone here?

Valkyrie V. - Ivy said...

Hi Rosella!

Rosella Embers said...

Hey Val! *Hugs*

Hey Sparky! *Hugs*

How are you guys?

BTW Both of your stories are EPIC!!!

Rosella Embers said...

.

Valkyrie V. - Ivy said...

I have to go. Bye!

Rosella Embers said...

Um, well, I have to go off and do an assignment, then... well... do whatever i have to do...

... Um, see you guys later! And congrats on creating such awesome stories!!!

Zathract Mist said...

NIGHTMARE!!

Zathract Mist said...

Everyone leaves when I arrive...

Zathract Mist said...

*shrugs*

I'll be back on in ten or so... Bye for now.

Mz.Boo said...

so excited.. just ordered teotw off book depository free postage 80c

Shaylin Adams said...

OMG DEREK! YOU ARE THE BEST TO FINISH END OF THE WORLD!!! IM SOOOOO HAPPY RIGHT NOW XD!!! Does anyone know when it will be in Australia

Zathract Mist said...

Did you read his post at all?

Becauae it clearly stated that it should be our in aus by tomorrow.

Lavender Hope said...

hi guys! umm, is anyone even on now? mist, u still there? well, even if u r, im sorry but i just dropped by to say hi. now i have to go so, bye. please ignore that it rhymed. did not mean to type it like that. so anyway, gtg bye!

Shaylin Adams said...

i didnt read all the post because i read the first sentance and started running and screaming

Sparky Braginski said...

*storms in, kicks boulder until it cracks, rages for a moment, swears loudly and leaves again*

Sparky Braginski said...

*comes back and paces*

Zathract Mist said...

*sighs sympatheticly and speaks softly*

What is is Sparky? (you don't have to tell me if you don't want to)

Shaylin Adams said...

naww sparky whats wrong?

Zathract Mist said...

*it

Sparky Braginski said...

Honestly, right now I feel like raging.

Seeing as this is the closest that I'm going to get without making matters worse, I am now going to rip my amazing treehouse to shreds.

Please stand aside.

*pushes Zath out of the way and kicks the tree trunk*

*smirks at the tree falling over*

*pulls chunks of panelling away from the tree and snaps it in two*

*picks up my hammock and tosses into the lake*

*pauses and cracks knuckles and neck*

I haven't even started.

Sparky Braginski said...

*stomps on the treehouse, grinning at each crack*

I love Blogland.

Zathract Mist said...

And is there any meaning behind your raging, or is it just raging?

Either way, I can relate. I'm in a raging mood right now too. In fact, I think I just winded my brother. It's hard to say...

Zathract Mist said...

*sighs*

Well, I suppose there needs to be at least ONE tree-house around here...

*grabs materials out of no where and begins building in my tree*

Zathract Mist said...

*steps away an hour later to look at the tree-house that is at least as a normal house*

It's much bigger than Sparky's.

Sparky Braginski said...

*kicks the new treehouse tree down*

My treehouse WAS a house. It had three f*cking floors and a bowling alley.

*proceeds to destroy new treehouse*

*mercilessly*

Zathract Mist said...

...Dude...that took me an hour to make.

Zathract Mist said...

(And I didn't know that)

Sparky Braginski said...

I'm trying to make myself calm down with sad music.

That is aided by me writing something sad.

Sparky Braginski said...

So far, it's working...

Zathract Mist said...

Listen to How to Save a Life by The Fray.

Zathract Mist said...

*sighs and grabs more materials out of no where before starting again, this time a much larger design*

Sparky Braginski said...

Gotta go.

Bye!

Zathract Mist said...

*grumbles something darkly and d9oes not speak to her*

Zathract Mist said...

*does

Shaylin Adams said...

not bing rude or anything, but y do people write what they are doing? e.g. *sigh*

Zathract Mist said...

Would you rather us saying something like "I am sighing. Oh look, now I'm building a damn tree-house again someone who was just in a rage destroyed it"?

How else are we going to say what we're doing?!

Shaylin Adams said...

u dont say what you are doing perhaps?

Zathract Mist said...

*shouts in annoyance before continuing to build and ignores Shatlin*

Zathract Mist said...

*Shaylin

Zathract Mist said...

*Steps away again three hours later muttering about the lack of grammar from certain people and looks up at new tree-house*

As big as Sparky's was! You had better not knock it down.

*Enters and sits on couch*
*Flicks on TV and ends up watching Primeval*

Shaylin Adams said...

but it was a very good point you made by the way. Good luck with your tree house thingy ;)

Zathract Mist said...

*Calls down to Shaylin*

Thanks. Sorry I shouted at you, too; I'm not very happy with my brother and with Sparky right now.

Shaylin Adams said...

haha thats ok, i would be shouting too if sparky knocked down my tree house lol

Shaylin Adams said...

... im going to try and work up a convosation soo what about who is your favourite SP character?

Zathract Mist said...

That's a hard one to answer.

I know my favorite villain though.

*cough*Sanguine*cough*

Nixion Strange said...

BAH!

Zathract Mist said...

Nixion!

Zathract Mist said...

Look at my tree-house!

*points to the huge, three story tree-house just larger than Spakry's used to be*

Nixion Strange said...

It's a nice tree house, i admit
but does it have hamocks?

Izz said...

Just a quick comment to say hi before I have dinner!

Nixion Strange said...

Hi Izz!

Izz said...

And everyone must play Mapcrunch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Servus!

Zathract Mist said...

Of course. There's some there

*points to two on the side*

One there

*points to one at the front of the house*

And there's four more around the back. Sparky seemed to like hammocks so I thought I should put some in. Also seeing as mine will be open to everyone on Blogland (as long as I'm online)

It vanishes when I'm gone.

So come in!

*jumps the 20 metres from the ground and lands in tree house*

Zathract Mist said...

Hi, Izz!

Nixion Strange said...

*jumps 30 meters off thw ground, does a triple back flip and lands next to a green hamock*

Mine

Zathract Mist said...

*mutters something and adds a black hammock next to the green one*]

Mine.

*Picks up Faceless Ones and starts reading*

Nixion Strange said...

*picks up end of thw world and starts-*
oh, hang on. WE DON'T HAVE IT YET!

Zathract Mist said...

*Looks up at Nix*

You have work to do. Or have you finished the Lyra part?

Zathract Mist said...

I BLAME DYMOCKS!

...Again.

Shaylin Adams said...

i must admit, that is a pretty impressive tree house

Nixion Strange said...

STOP NAGGING ME WOMAN!
and almost, just hard to get to where im going, you know?

Zathract Mist said...

Understandable.

Zathract Mist said...

Thanks, Shaylin.

Nixion Strange said...

but should be done soon
i might be slow to comment, cause im writing

Shaylin Adams said...

one question, everyones user names they have right now, are they names you would have as a SP character or taken names? or both if u really wanted to be in the book

Shaylin Adams said...

or just random names

Nixion Strange said...

Taken name

Zathract Mist said...

Mine, personally, is my taken name as well as my main character in my books and me in my books.

Yeah.

Nixion Strange said...

both actually

Jervis Tetch said...

I haven't gotten TEOTW yet, curses to living in a rural town.

I'm the living embodiment of jealousy to those who already have their books in their hot little hands.

Hng.

Shaylin Adams said...

awsome! well i should probs change mine because mine is currently my given name...

Izz said...

Hey Jervis, haven't seen you in a while. I'm Izz, just with a different name.

If I'm slow to reply it's cause I'm cooking.

Zathract Mist said...

*shrugs and goes back to reading Faceless Ones*

Nixion Strange said...

Snezelberry!

Izz said...

*looks at Nix*
Pardon?

Nixion Strange said...

Snez-el-berry

Shaylin Adams said...

?

Izz said...

*notices I'm still standing on the ground*
oh.
*floats up through floor of tree-house*
better.

Nixion Strange said...

Flamburger!

Nixion Strange said...

how do you do the blod and italics thing again?
Step by step

Izz said...

*looks around*
*jumps into red and white striped hammock*

What was that Nix? and what does it mean?

Shaylin Adams said...

y r u saying random words?

Nixion Strange said...

Dolumpsanger!

Sparky Braginski said...

< i >Italics stuff here< / i >

Just remove the extra spaces and...

Voila!

Sparky Braginski said...

*dives into purple hammock and frowns*

Why did I throw mine into the lake?

Nixion Strange said...

did i do it right?

Sparky Braginski said...

Yes.

Nixion Strange said...

YES

Shaylin Adams said...

hiya sparky

Nixion Strange said...

hello Sparky
I see you changed your pic
Good, this one's better

Zathract Mist said...

You know what, forget it.

*adds seven more hammocks*

*ignores Sparky*

Nixion Strange said...

changed your pic back, i should say

Sparky Braginski said...

Bye.

Shaylin Adams said...

bye

Nixion Strange said...

I have gracefully acepter that i'm not a main
Fair enough, i'm never a main person, let alone a amin character

Izz said...

Dinner awaits!

Auf wiedersehen alle!

Zathract Mist said...

*Looks up*

What? Who's leaving?

Nixion Strange said...

i think everyone is...

Stephanie Edgley said...

Hello, people.

Nixion Strange said...

Hello Star

Zathract Mist said...

*glowers*

Suddenly I am in a VERY bad mood.

*hops down from hammock and slams fist into the ground sending bits of earth flying everywhere*

Nixion Strange said...

Mist, on a scale of one to ten, what sort of ranking would you put me of friend

Stephanie Edgley said...

That's annoying . . . I was just readinv all the comments but now i have to post another one to refresh

Zathract Mist said...

7-8ish. Why?



*yells and punches ground again*

Wait, I have a training room...

*jumps back into tree house and runs into a room pull of punching bags*

Nixion Strange said...

hmmm

nothing, just thinking

Gabriel said...

....

Zathract Mist said...

OK.

I'm not so angry anymore.

*returns to hammock and continues to read Faceless Ones*

Star, you can come up if you like. There's already 9 hammocks up here.

Stephanie Edgley said...

Hi, nix. Hi, zathract.

Zathract Mist said...

Oh, and I changed my picture too!

Nixion Strange said...

hey Gab
>sigh<
i feel depreased

Zathract Mist said...

No, now I did.

Stephanie Edgley said...

Cool! *jumps into sky blue hammock*

Gabriel said...

Cool.
Why?

Nixion Strange said...

*hums sad tune and sings slowly in hamock*

Stephanie Edgley said...

Hi gab!

What do you mean, cool, why?

Gabriel said...

Why are you depressed Nix?
I meant to say cool hammocks.

Zathract Mist said...

Gab and Star, this tree-house is three stories high, has basically every kind of room you can think of and is JUST larger than Sparky's old one. She smashed her's around an hour ago and then she destroyed the one I built so I am not happy with her. It took me an hour and then THIS one took me three hours.

Oh, and I posted on Nix and Mist, you guys.

Lynxia Lost said...

Hello??

Nixion Strange said...

i dunno
im nearly always depressed

Zathract Mist said...

Nix, if you want something sad listen to How to save a Life by The Fray.

Gabriel said...

Yeah...

Stephanie Edgley said...

Zathract, i liked you pic with tge swirly blue background best because at least i could actually SEE that one. The other two aren't very clear.

Gabriel said...

Hey Lynxia.

Zathract Mist said...

Don't need to be...

Zathract Mist said...

Hey, Shadow.

Stephanie Edgley said...

Hi lynxia!

Zathract, i know, i read all the comments. Sparky was a being a bit stupid, i think. If I had a great treehouse like that I wouldn't smash it.

Lynxia Lost said...

Hi Gab. Hi Star. Ni Nix. Hi Zath.

@Star - You spammed my blog! Why???

Stephanie Edgley said...

I like trains. (Pew) *random train squishes everyone*

I love asdf movies.

Nixion Strange said...

Hey Lynxia
Flame says i have to walk you down the aile because im groomsman ans your bridesmaid

Stephanie Edgley said...

I did??? *goes to see if i did*

Lynxia Lost said...

*stares at Derek's blog* Hey! You could have told me I didn't get to see Sparky's character on Tuesday when I got TEOTW! Humph! *crosses arms* So unfair!

Gabriel said...

When's the wedding?

Lynxia Lost said...

No Nix. Tell Flame to get lost.

Nixion Strange said...

Man: Got your nose

Police: Look out, he's got a nose!

*gunshoots*

Lynxia Lost said...

???

Gabriel said...

I hate music...
But I like singing and pianos annd flutes and guitar..But my teacher bore me to death.

Lynxia Lost said...

Need to go now!

Gabriel said...

Bye Lynxia.

Nixion Strange said...

why do birds, sudenly appear, everytime, you are near...

Gabriel said...

My Chapter 2 is more than a thousand words...is that bad or good?

Nixion Strange said...

Bye Lynxia

Zathract Mist said...

Shut up, Nix.

Nixion Strange said...

Life is cruel...

Nixion Strange said...

and one more thing
*punches Mist in the face and breaks his nose*

Stephanie Edgley said...

Huh? I never spammed, lynxia. If i did, i'm very sorry, but i don't think i did.

Yeah, i love that nose one.

"Ooh, pie! What flavour?"

"PIE flavour"

Gabriel said...

So is death...
I like Death..it sounds warm and comforting.

Stephanie Edgley said...

Bye, lynxia

Gabriel said...

Nice one Star.

Zathract Mist said...

You can get the hell out of my tree-house now, Nix.

Zathract Mist said...

*somehow heals nose*

Nixion Strange said...

3.141592565

Zathract Mist said...

Death sounds cold and comforting to me.

Zathract Mist said...

Oh, and guys?

Nixion Strange said...

MAKE ME!

Zathract Mist said...

1st

Zathract Mist said...

1st

Zathract Mist said...

1st

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