Thursday, July 7, 2011

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*News From the Glamorous World of Bookselling*

"Now I've been crying lately
Thinking about the world as it is
Why must we go on hating
Why can't we live in bliss . . ."
--Cat Stevens, Peace Train

It's no Krod Muldoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire, but it appears that George R.R. Martin's series "The Game of Thrones" was fairly successful in that all-important 'Geek' demographic on TV. Geeks read, and we've gone through more than our fair share of the first four titles in the series: A Game of Thrones (9780553573404) 8.99, A Clash of Kings (9780553579901) 8.99, A Storm of Swords (9780553573428) 8.99, and A Feast for Crows (9780553582024) 8.99.

Now there's good news and bad news. The good news is that the long anticipated fifth book in the series, A Dance with Dragons (9780553801477) 35.00, will be released next Tuesday (7/12). The bad news is that some doofus at Amazon Deutschland released 180 orders of this book to customers last week, and George Arr Arr is pissed.

Let's see what he had to say about this teeny, tiny snafu: "I am not happy about this. My publishers are furious. If we find out who is reponsible, we will mount his head on a spike . . . And thousands of other readers are now getting spoiled, most quite inadvertently and unwillingly, as they stumble over spoilers cropping up everywhere on the Internet. Most of those 'lucky' 180 are keeping mum, to be sure, but there are always a few jerkwads in any group, and those are the ones who cannot keep their mouths shut . . ."

Now, I don't want to sound like a 'Jurisfiction cop,' but I believe the correct term is 'head on a pike.' I wouldn't normally mention it, but Mr. Martin deals in medieval fantasy so you would think he would know better. We are getting a lot of back- orders and I feel this will be 'the book' of the summer. Order accordingly. We will now return to our regularly scheduled program . . .

1) HOW CAN I TELL YOU . . . Almost in time for the northern Michigan summer season, we received our copies of The Red Hot Best of Northern Michigan 2011-2012 (9780918293091) 14.95 today. I, of course, had to flip to the 'Independent Bookstore' section, and I was happy to see both Horizon Books and McLean & Eakin Booksellers are featured. I think that The Cottage Book Shop in Glen Arbor shoulda been on there, too. Not only is she located in one of the most beautiful places in Michigan, but she has big time writers like Nick and Robbyn van Frankenhuyzen, authors of Saving Samantha (9781585362202) 17.95 (7/10) and Bonnie Jo Campbell, author of Once Upon a River (9780393079890) 25.95 (8/5) coming to visit. Support your local businesses!

Odds & Sods

Neil Gaiman doesn't have anything new, but he has been promoting American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Ed. (9780062059888) 26.99 on the telly. I caught Neil on Craig Ferguson and I was laughing so hard that I was crying. You can catch them here:

The new title, Maine (9780307595126) 25.95 by Paula Abdul look-alike J. Courtney Sullivan has been getting some buzz. I was disappointed because I thought it was about the Spanish-American War, but it's actually about the three generations of the Brian Kelleher women. Backorder accordingly.

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