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May 12th, 2021 48 comments

The Ruby’s Curse Forbidden Planet Signed Bookplate Edition

A Signed Bookplate Edition is available to order while stocks last from

From their Facebook page: Massive thanks to Alex Kingston for signing a heap of The Ruby’s Curse for us this morning. Order your copy Here!

A Signed bookplate Edition was also available to order from

Standard books are available to order from and

The Audio CD is also available to order Here

She’s got ice in her heart and a kiss on her lips…

1939, New York. Private Eye, Melody Malone, is hired to find a stolen ruby, the Eye of Horus. The ruby might hold the secret to the location of Cleopatra’s tomb – but everyone who comes into contact with it dies. Can Melody escape the ruby’s curse?

1939, New York. River Song, author of the Melody Malone Mysteries, is forced to find a reality-altering weapon, the Eye of Horus – but everyone who comes into contact with it dies. River doesn’t believe in curses – but is she wrong?

From the top-security confines of Stormcage to the barbarism of first-century Egypt, River battles to find the Eye of Horus before its powers are used to transform the universe. To succeed, she must team up with a most unlikely ally – her own fictional alter ego, Melody. And together they must solve another mystery: Is fiction changing into fact – or is fact changing into fiction?

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  • Anonymous

    May 23rd, 2021 - 2:47pm

    Books now saying item being processed on waterstones so hopefully not to long now

    • Anonymous

      May 24th, 2021 - 11:20am

      Still not sent out yet. Will wait until tonight then ring them tomorrow

    • Anonymous

      May 24th, 2021 - 11:37am

      Changed mt mind, just phoned. Payment has been taken today. So should be here by about Wednesday, Thursday.

    • PiersS

      May 24th, 2021 - 1:37pm

      Shipped notification today Monday 24th.

    • Anonymous

      May 24th, 2021 - 3:26pm

      Just received my notification now. Such a relief.

  • Anonymous

    May 21st, 2021 - 10:24am

    Update from waterstones. Stock arrived this morning so hopefully the books will be being sent out soon.

    • PiersS

      May 21st, 2021 - 1:29pm

      Thank you. Much appreciated.

    • Anonymous

      May 21st, 2021 - 1:50pm

      It was a bit of a relief when I got the email today as I was a bit concerned. Oh by the way, ringing waterstones is the best option for uk customers as it’s freephone and they are quite efficient. Email takes longer.

  • Doctor Stu

    May 20th, 2021 - 1:15pm

    I preordered this ages ago but just realized some people received them back around the 9th of May? Have they all be sent out then

    • booboo

      May 20th, 2021 - 1:18pm

      the signed ones have, most of them anyway i think

    • Doctor Stu

      May 20th, 2021 - 2:10pm

      I preordered the book plate one and haven’t received anything yet. I forgot all about it. And now I can’t remember which site I ordered it from I’ll have to look through my emails

    • Chris Howarth

      May 20th, 2021 - 3:23pm

      I’ve just had a dispatch notification for mine. It’s from FP.

  • Anonymous

    May 20th, 2021 - 1:07pm

    No idea what’s going on with Waterstones? No dispatch email or anything & it’s due out today!

    • PiersS

      May 20th, 2021 - 1:29pm

      Same. Mine shows as still processing on Waterstones, been that way since order placed day of announcement.

      FP book arrived weeks ago.

    • Anonymous

      May 20th, 2021 - 2:32pm

      Different distributors. Waterstones and fp use different distributors which means waterstones haven’t had the deliveries of the book in order to send them out. All orders at waterstones have a holding placement of processing. It’s annoying the book hasn’t been sent but we’ll just have to wait.

    • booboo

      May 20th, 2021 - 2:37pm

      if they have not had the book, presumably she has not been able to sign them yet either?

    • Anonymous

      May 20th, 2021 - 3:15pm

      Phoned waterstones, they are going to look into it and email later. Will let you all know the outcome.

    • Anonymous

      May 20th, 2021 - 9:16pm

      I emailed them Tuesday & have received nothing back from them! Will be phoning them this Monday to find out what’s happening??

  • MJS

    May 7th, 2021 - 4:41pm

    Yep, mine’s here too. Proper signature on the title page

  • Anonymous

    May 7th, 2021 - 11:32am

    My Forbidden Planet signed copy has been delivered today………….. No bookplate!……… Fantastic – Alex’s autograph is in the book itself.

    • Anonymous

      May 7th, 2021 - 5:30pm

      Is it the Cover picture as advertised above (Which has been used on all adverts from FP, Amazon & Waterstone’s etc)?

    • Anonymous

      May 7th, 2021 - 8:40pm

      Yes it is the same cover.
      Alex has signed autograph inside on the title page.

  • MJS

    April 29th, 2021 - 3:03pm

    They’ve taken the money, so.we should find out soon!

    • Anonymous

      April 30th, 2021 - 12:17pm

      Yes, I noticed I had been charged by FP & that they getting ready to dispatch copies!

    • Christoff the Wise

      May 4th, 2021 - 9:30am

      Just had the email from FP, it’s on the way!

    • Anonymous

      May 4th, 2021 - 10:25pm

      Yes, got mine today as well – Looking forward to reading it!

  • CyberLewis

    April 27th, 2021 - 12:59pm

    I’ve had two different answers off Forbidden Planet; an email response saying it’s bookplates and a Facebook response saying
    “ That was her really signing real books. We always flag if an item is a bookplated edition.”
    So it’s still 50/50 haha

    • bryan

      April 27th, 2021 - 3:42pm

      Whatever it is. its Gone. no more orders .

      I hope its a Book signed, but if it is a bookplate , its no different to waterstones, except price. it hit the £20 the FB price in postage is £16.99

      I would love all the covers Titled in sharpie pen 🙂 But poor Alex would need a splint on her wrist.

    • Anonymous

      April 27th, 2021 - 3:45pm

      Most of the recent waterstones book plate editions I’ve bought have been a physically signed book.

  • Anonymous

    April 26th, 2021 - 10:50pm

    Are there two different versions of this book? The one pictured has a completely different font for ‘The Ruby’s Curse’ which is cleaner & more clear & the one I prefer. The picture with Alex Kingston holding the book show’s a different & messy font which I don’t like at all – Is this version the final book cover?

    • Alex C

      April 27th, 2021 - 1:22am

      It looks like Alex wrote the title with the Sharpie, since it’s the same colour. Maybe the FB version is without the title so Alex can write it? I have no idea.

    • Anonymous

      April 27th, 2021 - 7:34am

      I don’t think Alex would want to sign 800+ copies in marker pen with ‘The Ruby’s Curse’ when she has to sign her signature as well! Booboo do you have a more definitive answer?

    • booboo

      April 27th, 2021 - 8:12am

      no idea, 90% sure it was to be bookplate unless what she is holding is the bookplate that just fits inside, or a second cover just for signing that has the name missing, bit confusing

    • Anonymous

      April 27th, 2021 - 12:13pm

      The more you look at the photo the less it looks like she’s holding a physical book. Think that is the book plate.

    • Anonymous

      April 27th, 2021 - 1:00pm

      Wonder if that’s the bookplate she’s holding and the space where the title should be is where the Signature usually goes. But since this photo is for promotion purposes she’s wrote the title on this one instead.

    • booboo

      April 27th, 2021 - 1:03pm

      that’s what i think, or its a second cover just for signing

    • Anonymous

      April 27th, 2021 - 4:06pm

      Well I have ordered both – Will just have to see what turn’s up & choose from the 2 copies what I think is the better version? This is starting to become a habit now (Which is extremely annoying!) that companies cannot give a truthful & direct answer to a simple question! They must know what they are selling, especially as it’s just a month away from release. All very irritating as usual!

    • Anonymous

      May 27th, 2021 - 8:39pm

      I have now received both my copies: One from FP & the other from Waterstones. I must admit I’m very taken with the Waterstones Bookplate version, but do prefer the Signed version from FP. I shall keep the Signed version & sell off the Bookplate version.

  • Lake Note

    April 26th, 2021 - 10:17pm

    I can’t wait to see a River adventure through Alex Kingston’s, I love River Song, so I ordered both signed books and the audiobook as well! <3

    • PiersS

      April 27th, 2021 - 1:33pm

      I’ve ordered both signed books too! There’s an audiobook? I must have missed that *goes to order it*

  • Anonymous

    April 25th, 2021 - 11:28am

    My recent signed book plate editions from waterstones include richard osman and stephen fry. Both books feature a page physically inside the book that is signed by the author.

    • Anonymous

      April 25th, 2021 - 1:12pm

      Should have clarified. The edition are referred to as book plate but a full page is added to the book at printing which the author’s have then signed.

  • Anonymous

    April 25th, 2021 - 11:10am

    The recently signed Target FP books had the bookplate glued in, so it looked like part of the book.
    If that helps?

  • CyberLewis

    April 24th, 2021 - 8:31pm

    Is the actually book signed from forbidden planet and just a bookplate from Waterstones?

    • Anonymous

      April 24th, 2021 - 11:04pm

      I would also be interested to know if the FP Version is an actual Signature & not a Bookplate? Any further info on this ?

    • Anonymous

      April 25th, 2021 - 9:56am

      Considering the target books were book plates I’d presume this would be as well

    • booboo

      April 25th, 2021 - 10:19am

      FP usually say i will try to find out

    • booboo

      April 25th, 2021 - 10:40am

      at this stage its bookplate unless something changes

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