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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Zathract Mist said...

Because we all know...

Sparky Braginski said...

1st!!

Zathract Mist said...

...What?

Gabriel said...

Sparky, what do you mean?

Zathract Mist said...

How the bloody hell did...?

Ebony Law said...

-Runs over to Freakfan and comforts-

Sparky Braginski said...

What do I mean about what?

Gabriel said...

Oh, good Mist got first again.

Gabriel said...

You said
Dylan if you dare.

Sparky Braginski said...

If he dared multi-post for first.

Eve the ROCK said...

Brb

Lavender Hope said...

*red in the face, shouts at freakfan*
u do NOT want to see me mad! if i saw u in person, u do NOT want to see what i could do!
*takes some deep breaths*
however, i will be calm and ignore that punch. ... oh, and by the way, I have NOT learned my lesson. GOODBYE to you!
PS: for my friends, i am still here.
i don't like annoying people... i thought i said that already.

Gabriel said...

Oh.

Ebony Law said...

Oh. Just a question...


Did China die in Death Bringer?

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

*hugs Dylan for good friendship*



Thanks. I'm okay*




*GLARES AT SPARKY*

Gabriel said...

DYLAN. YOU FLAMING FREAKING IDIOT.
CHINA DOES NOT DIE!

Lavender Hope said...

gosh, he is annoying... i mean freakfan... he will never be a friend of mine! *scowls*

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

*laughs at Hope*


Do you mean you dont like annoying people or you dont like people that are annoying???

*holds baseball bat ready for answer*

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

*coughs I AM A GIRL coughs*

Sparky Braginski said...

Hope, you still there?

I don't feel like arguing, I feel like curling up into a ball and crying.

FreakFan, I don't care.

If anyone has anything of interest to say, please say it.

Gabriel said...

Lavander, am I annoying?

Lavender Hope said...

*squints at freakfan and ignores him*

Gabriel said...

I meant Lavender.

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

*coughs IAM A GIRL FOR CRYING OUT LOUD coughs*

Ebony Law said...

Freakfan, ignore the mean ladies. And Sparky.



xD xD xD


-Gives banana-

:) -Smiles delightfully-
















Dingleberries hurt Freakfan! :O





#$#%^%!!!!!!!!

Gabriel said...

i'M A GUY!
*kicks Dylan in the face*8

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

*chews on banana*



This will make a good banana cake!



*bakes cake for Dylan and for Dylan ONLY*

Lavender Hope said...

hmm... no, i don't think u r Gab, but i haven't talked to u much... so i can't be so sure...
*sigh*
i'm sorry, sparky. i'm trying to cool down now.

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

*punches Gabriel in the face*


DONT BE MEAN TO DYLAN!

Zathract Mist said...

*ignores fighting and curls up again*

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

*pats Mist's back*


*goes back to fighting*

Ebony Law said...

Aw. Ta, Freakfan.


-Gives half of cake and starts to eat my half-


-Spits out-

Did you put live chicken in here?...

Sparky Braginski said...

*groans and looks around*

Lake.

*ignoring the obvious reasons behind me not swimming, I dive into the lake*

Gabriel said...

*blocks and spears Freakfan*

Zathract Mist said...

*groans at father and gets up*

Sparky, I'm leaving the dedication of the page to you.

*hangs head and jumps down*

I'll be back in ten minutes...

*sighs sadly and walks off*

Zathract Mist said...

...Wait...she jumped in the lake...?



Oh, crap...

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

*whistles innocently*

What? Me? Never!



*giggles*





*Kicks Gab in groin*




*laughs with glee*

Zathract Mist said...

You had better not kill yourself.


Be alive when I get back.


And when you stop, dedicate the page.


I have...*sighs*...something to do...


*walks off*

Gabriel said...

*IGNORES FREAKFAN*
What happened to Sparky?

Ebony Law said...

Freakfan...
-Giggles-

It's funny because she's a girl. Groin....

-Hands two axes- Use these. They're much more efficient.

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

*repeatedly slaps Gab*




*remembers Dylan and bites lip to avoid craziness*

Sparky Braginski said...

*is splashing around in water, trying to ignore everything around me*

Thanks Zath...

I dedicate this page to...

The blissfulness of relaxation. Of not needing to worry. To having people who you care about, that care about you in return. To enjoying the smaller things in life, like the sun setting and rising, the Earth turning, water rippling, birds chirping.

And finally, I dedicate this page to Lavender Hope, Kallista Pendragon, Valkyrie V. Cain, Flame Phoenix and Echo Blood.

None of you guys know Echo, but she is the nicest girl I know, and I don't know what I'd do without her.

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

*Screams with joy*


*grabs axes and swingss them around*




Oh @#$%&@!!!! My legs!!!!!!!

Gabriel said...

Shut up. Dylan and Freakfan go die in a hole or something.

Sparky Braginski said...

I don't shock myself if I'm touching the body of water.

When I step out, that's when I shock myself.

*dives under the water and dolphin kicks to the surface*

Gabriel said...

I saw Echo once...

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

Damn I'm sorry people I need to go have dinner. Speak to you guys next weekend cuz I'm not allowed on during the week!



*cries*




*hugs Dylan*



Bye TRUE friend!

Lavender Hope said...

*sigh*
i remember when i was younger, 10 years old or so, i would think i had flames going up in my hair and fireballs in my hands when i got really mad at someone.
now i will splash around with sparky. yay! :)

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

*rolls away with no legs*

Ebony Law said...

-Sees lip fall off and blood burst out-







...

Gabriel said...

BRB
I'll come back when someone I hate dies, or goes away.

Ebony Law said...

FREAKFAN! Don't leave me.

Eve the ROCK said...

SLAUGHTERHOUSE!!!!

Gabriel said...

Hello EVE.

Eve the ROCK said...

Where'd everyone go?

Sparky Braginski said...

*does freestyle to other side of lake*

Whoa, there's like, a city here!

*steps out of water and flinches instinctively*

Wait...

*looks at hands and arms, walking away from the edge of the lake*

...I'm not shocking myself...

This, this is amazing...

*looks up and sees Hollow Men lurching towards me*

Excellent.

*pulls out Makhaira, grinning*

Eve the ROCK said...

Hi gab!

Eve the ROCK said...

Hi Sparky!

Gabriel said...

Can I join you Sparky?
I want to kill something.

Ebony Law said...

Hai, Eve.

Eve the ROCK said...

Why aren't you shocking yourself? *throws bucket of water onto Sparky*

Ebony Law said...

What about me, Sparky? My leg keeps spazzing out because I haven't kicked something... So, can I help? It'd be handy.

Eve the ROCK said...

Hey Dylan. Is Mist still here?

Sparky Braginski said...

Sure Gab.

*runs into the army, dripping*

*slices at the Hollow Men, shredding them to pieces and ducks under the plumes of noxious gas*

Eve the ROCK said...

*eats live chicken*

Gabriel said...

*wields spear and vaults over the Hollow Men, activates sigils and Hollow Men exploded into pieces*

Sparky Braginski said...

Maybe I grew out of the shocking myself thing...

*throws the Makhaira like a frisbee, smiling as it splits dozens of Hollow Men in half*

Eve the ROCK said...

*eats live chicken*

Ebony Law said...

-Slices Hollow Men, and all of the gas is clouding our vision-

-Throws fire at the gas, and jumps to the floor as fire tendrils lash out because the gas was ignited-

-Smiles-

Sparky Braginski said...

*runs after Makhaira, picks it up and runs around, turning murder into an art form*

And I'm actually killing things.

*cough cough SCAPEGRACE cough cough*

Gabriel said...

*throws spear spears three Hollow Men*

Ebony Law said...

What's a Makhaira? I haven't heard of it before.

Gabriel said...

*spears Dylan's neck*
YOU annoy ME.

Lavender Hope said...

... hi everyone!...
sorry, i wasn't really paying attention to what we were doing. i had a call from a friend who used to live close, but now lives far away. so i was saying hi. anyway, i'm still here.

Sparky Braginski said...

Which is better, this Makhaira;

http://www.knifeforums.com/uploads/med_1188270129-Kopis.jpg

Or this one;

http://topicstock.pantip.com/wahkor/topicstock/2008/09/X7044940/X7044940-87.jpg

What do you guys think?

Gabriel said...

* flings daggers of light to a bunch of Hollow Men*

Eve the ROCK said...

*eats live peri peri chicken*

Zathract Mist said...

*reappears and jumps back into hammock, curls up and ignores the sounds of battle on the other side of the lake*

Eve the ROCK said...

Hi Mist! :)

Zathract Mist said...

*mumbles*

Hi Eve.

Eve the ROCK said...

*rides Cthulhu across lake*

Gabriel said...

Cool, expected it to look much more ancient though.

Eve the ROCK said...

Are you okay?

Zathract Mist said...

*shrugs but does not reply*

Ebony Law said...

I say... A Makhaira is my new dagger. I had a normal dagger, but my new one is a Makhaira. Thanks SO much, Sparky. I now have a new weapon added to my... inventory.

Sparky Braginski said...

Which one?

Eve, e-mail.

Eve the ROCK said...

*sits on hammock beside Mist*

Zathract Mist said...

Probably not.

Sparky Braginski said...

*looks at Dylan*

It is NOT a dagger.

If you fucking DARE use a Makhaira, I will bloody kill you.

Ebony Law said...

-Finishes with the Hollow Men and levitates self to far away hill to practice with new weapon-

Lavender Hope said...

oh hey, i forgot to tell u, sparky.
i can shoot arrows. the first time i did archery, on the second shot, i hit a bull's-eye! that said, can i join u?
*takes out my bow and quiver of arrows*
*notches and shoots arrow that goes strait through the hollow men in a line*

Ebony Law said...

The first one.

Eve the ROCK said...

Sparky, I'll reply once I have the laptop back. *sighs*

Ebony Law said...

Sparky, no swearing.

And I can use any weapon I wish.

Sparky Braginski said...

He's using a Makhaira...

That's my thing...

I. Am. Going. To. Find. You. Silver.

And when I do, you will die.

Lavender Hope said...

*smiles* :)

Gabriel said...

*applauds*
It's called originality, Dylan.
Anyway. I'm using twin katanas medium length and very sharp.
*wields katanas*

Ebony Law said...

Fine, I won't use it.

Eve the ROCK said...

*lies down* I wish I could meet you one day. I wish I could meet all of you.

Sparky Braginski said...
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Zathract Mist said...

*sighs quietly*

Ebony Law said...

WHAT? WHAT?!?! KATANA IS MY WEAPON!

Gabriel said...

*raises hand up, the katanas crossing, slashes down with right hand and under arm stabs Hollow Men.*
That STINKS.

Lavender Hope said...

me too, eve, me too

Sparky Braginski said...

Good.

Ebony Law said...

My new dagger is a Falacta.

Lavender Hope said...

i've got my arrows!
*shoots at hollow men; doesn't miss*

Ebony Law said...

http://local.coldweapon.org/pics/FalcataSword.jpg

Gabriel said...

Well, katanas are Saskia Bloom's weapons... and Saskia Bloom is a character I made up.
I can use katanas or guns. And Spears.

Eve the ROCK said...

......*lies there*

Sparky Braginski said...

Actually, no.

Dylan, if you EVER try and pull something like that again, there will be no mercy.

Zathract Mist said...

These are my daggers.

http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110202001417/potcoplayers/images/a/a8/Curved_Dagger.jpg

No one else use them.

*goes back to sulking*

Johanna Remmus (The Mad One) said...

There is only about 90 comments left!

Ebony Law said...

Gab, could you stick to your spear? Katana... katana is sort of my thing... spear seems to be your thing.


I do archery, too, Gab. :D

Zathract Mist said...

*hesitates*

...Eve, are you OK?

Gabriel said...

SPEAR OF LIGHT.
*light forms inside hands and shapes into a spear, throws at Hollow Men*
BOOM!

Sparky Braginski said...

*lies next to Eve*

You can say here.

Nod or shake?

Ebony Law said...

Sparky, do you like my Falacta?

Gabriel said...

I'm still using katanas.
Try using different...like your brain.

Johanna Remmus (The Mad One) said...

Oh yeah...

Hi!

Sparky Braginski said...

Everyone, be prepared to move to the previous post.

Eve the ROCK said...

Daggers are cool. Especially those Egyptian ones.

Gabriel said...

I will be..or not. I just disappear randomly.

Lavender Hope said...

*sigh*
this was fun, fighting hollow men with my friends, but i cannot for much longer. i gotta get me some sleep if i'm gonna sing for u guys tomorrow. :)
i will post the song on my blog! http://lavenderhopestoryblog.blogspot.com/
GOOD NIGHT EVERYONE!!! AKA MY FRIENDS :) SMILES 4 EVERYONE!!! BBBYYYEEE!!! SEE U TOMORROW!!!

Sparky Braginski said...

Dylan, I don't like you.

The dagger= Cool.

You using them= Don't care.

Johanna Remmus (The Mad One) said...

What's wrong with Eve?

Ebony Law said...

-Lies next to Eve-


-Mutters-

Life is too short, Eve...

Gabriel said...

Dylan you can use a sai.

Sparky Braginski said...

Bye Hope.

Eve the ROCK said...

I'm fine. I just like lying down. I had to be around dead chicken. I'm having that for DINNER.

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

Hi




Bye



(again)

Sparky Braginski said...

*is still lying next to Eve*

Nod or shake?

Johanna Remmus (The Mad One) said...

I just finished eating my cheezels.

Gabriel said...

Is Lavender leaving? If so, bye Hope.

Johanna Remmus (The Mad One) said...

They were cheesy.

Eve the ROCK said...

Are you talking about the email? Shake.

Zathract Mist said...

*sighs*

Dylan, get out of the hammock.

Gabriel said...

I haven't tried the hammocks.

*tries an invisible one*

*falls*

Damn it.

Sparky Braginski said...

*looks at Eve*

I see...

Eve the ROCK said...

*turns to Mist* Im not a goody goody. But I feel guilty when i rebel. I don't understand why every decision I make myself ends badly.

Johanna Remmus (The Mad One) said...

*turns on tv*

Eve the ROCK said...

Thats why I want to play it safe this time.

Zathract Mist said...

*groans and jumps out of hammock*

I can't stand all this misery and secret-talk stuff. I'm leaving.

*sighs sadly and vanishes along with tree-house sending everyone crashing down to the floor*

*pokes head back in*

Sorry.

*leaves*

Zathract Mist said...

Yes, Eve, I understand that, and it's fine. I understand completely.

Sparky Braginski said...

We can use my treehouse...

*lies in hammock*

*frowns*

Flame...

Eve the ROCK said...

Mist...:(

Gabriel said...

I didn't need to fall a second time.

Zathract Mist said...

Dylan, I will kill you if you "last".

Johanna Remmus (The Mad One) said...

I am so bored...

So I'll say something random!

Smiley face washing basket puzzle

Sparky Braginski said...

Comment 4949.

Eve the ROCK said...

*gets up off floor*

Gabriel said...

Zathract, what do you mean "last"?

Sparky Braginski said...

Dammit...

Ebony Law said...

-Gets out of hammock-


That's nice... did everyone take a look at my Falacta?

http://local.coldweapon.org/pics/FalcataSword.jpg

Johanna Remmus (The Mad One) said...

Can some one please tell me why your in tree houses and why Eve is so... Miserable?

Gabriel said...

...

Eve the ROCK said...

How would you all feel if I just spontaneously explode?

Gabriel said...

iT'S A SECRET talk. Between Sparky and Eve.
I don't know.

Eve the ROCK said...

I'm not miserable

Zathract Mist said...

Terrible.

Gabriel said...

I won't like that Eve.

Zathract Mist said...

Worse than I feel now. So don't explode.

Ebony Law said...

Can you stop threatening to kill me, please? It's getting annoying. I like all of you, and I'm waiting for us to be friends again, and everything. So, yeah...

Ebony Law said...

Eve, I would feel awfully sad.

Johanna Remmus (The Mad One) said...

I am so annoyed...

Sparky Braginski said...

I would be marginally more depressed than I already am.

Eve the ROCK said...

Okay. I just thought it would be fun to be in chunks.

Johanna Remmus (The Mad One) said...

35 to go...

Johanna Remmus (The Mad One) said...

I hope Derek gets a new post up soon.

Ebony Law said...

-Practices with Falacta-



-Flings Falacta at tree trunk and it dices into the tree and makes that noise when something... flies into a tree-

Zathract Mist said...

*sighs*

I'm back. I can't stay away.

Sparky Braginski said...

He only did this post three days ago.

Eve the ROCK said...

Yay! *hugs Mist*

Gabriel said...

And it's already full...

Zathract Mist said...

*Looks around in tree-house, grabs huge chain with a HUGE weight and jumps into lake*

Ebony Law said...

-Pulls out and sees one Hollow Man at the bottom of the hill wondering where his fellow Hollow Men went-


-Dives down the hill and flings the Falacta into the Hollow man, and laughs as it easily slices through-

Gabriel said...

Holy crap.

Eve the ROCK said...

*screams and Cthulhu plucks Mist from lake*

Sparky Braginski said...

Mist!?

*dives into water after him and wrestles the weight out of his grip*

*pulls him out of the lake*

ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MIND!?!?!?!?

Zathract Mist said...

*wights hold me down*

...Why can I breathe down here?

Johanna Remmus (The Mad One) said...

I am having dinner in an hour

Gabriel said...

*evaporates lake using my awesome sigils, drags Mist back to Eve*
Eve, watch him.

Eve the ROCK said...

Phew. Don't you dare do that to me again.

Ebony Law said...

-Attempts to throw the Falacta like a boomerang, but the Falacta simply keeps zooming through the air away. Uses air and, lightning fast, the Falacta flies into my hand-


Need to work on that..

Zathract Mist said...

Do'h.

Gabriel said...

Whoa..never mind.

Johanna Remmus (The Mad One) said...

19 to go...

Eve the ROCK said...

I don't know. Maybe it has something to di with those gills.

Sparky Braginski said...

Johanna, stop counting down and wasting space.

Johanna Remmus (The Mad One) said...

13...

Zathract Mist said...

I have no gills.

Sparky Braginski said...

Last?

Gabriel said...

*snatches Falacta from Dylan's hand and throws it into the lake, full of water now by the way*
Stop playing with blades.

Ebony Law said...

-Taps sigil on shoulder and sticks finger in the water, and the water turns to ice-


-Runs to treehouse, grabs ice skates, and skates around on the ice-

Sparky Braginski said...

Awks...

Last...?

Zathract Mist said...

I say that Sparky gets the final comment and dedicates the post.

Eve the ROCK said...

Huh. Maybe it's your magic then.

Ebony Law said...

-Waves hand around Mist and pulls the water off of him-

Gabriel said...

Stop counting people!

Gabriel said...

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