And, after waiting THREE YEARS for this book, I could hardly bear to start it because I know that as soon as I finish, I will need to a)re-read the whole series to have any hope of retaining my sanity and b)when that fails, start counting the days until the NEXT book. So, while resisting temptation as long as possible, I didn't want my ARC to get lonely. So I took it around with me. DH joked that perhaps I should let it ride in one of the baby carriers. At least I *think* he was joking.
Who needs coffee when you can have an ARC for breakfast?
Later, the ARC took tea with my Nook wherein they discussed the relative merits of Shiny! Paper! New Book Smell! versus Digital! Highlight every "Oh, Clare!" or "Oh, Flynn!" scene! Search functions! (BTW, the first book in the series, "In the Bleak Midwinter" is on sale for Nook at only $2.99, and a free preview of One Was a Soldier is up now, called "Letters to a Soldier" with bonus letters and an excerpt!)
Next, it visited with the Queen, who was a little sad that it doesn't have pictures (I told her that Mama wouldn't have minded some pictures too ;):
The Queen was, however, suitably impressed with the "many, many pages of ABC's. Da typer must have worked Bery Bery hard to do dat! How many chapters dat have?"
From visiting with a queen, the ARC went on to brighten the spirits of the jail house book club:
The resident tough guy examined all the critical acclaim the book has received (while contemplating whether or not it could be traded for shinier contrabrand!):
Then with the ARC of one was a soldier winking at me from the nightstand, I downloaded the "Letters to a Soldier" preview that's up now for free at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and I think Borders too. And I defy anyone to read a Julia Spencer Fleming excerpt without immediately, IMMEDIATELY needing to read the book. Luckily, unlike when I read the "I Shall Not Want" excerpt at the end of "All Mortal Flesh" and nearly required tranquilizers to survive months and months of waiting, I had One Was a Solider sitting right there. And so, I gave into temptation . . .
Review forthcoming. Have you ever waited for a book so long that you were almost scared to start it? What series has you wishing for the next book before you even finish the current one?