That’s Mary Rickert’s THE MEMORY GARDEN, Carrie Vaughn’s KITTY IN THE UNDERWORLD, D.B. Jackson’s A PLUNDER OF SOULS, Steven Erikson’s THE WURMS OF BLEARMOUTH, Graham Joyce’s THE GHOST IN THE ELECTRIC BLUE SUIT, and Karen Miller’s THE FALCON THRONE – which Orbit rather inventively sent out with a pinion feather attached; I think it’s a primary flight feather, and it definitely comes from a real bird. It makes me feel vaguely positive feelings towards the book already: I mean, FEATHER.
Yes, I’m easily distracted by shiny things.
And no, neither Visi nor Vlad are impressed with my new idea of staging books around them to take pictures. Visi was so unimpressed he only opened one eye and went immediately back to sleep.
I believe it’s a tail feather from a ring-neck pheasant. See, e.g., http://continentalfeathers.com/pheasant-feathers-c-27.html
You people with your feather-knowledge! (It’s still cool.)
Damn. Heather beat me to it. We feed them in our garden, and the dog had one just like that recently (I swear, no pheasants were harmed in the retrieval of that feather!)
And what’s wrong with your photography? It had a cat in it…