This Just In....News from The Agony
07-19-03: New McMillan
title from Rick DeMarinis and Chuck Palahniuk's
McMillan title from Rick DeMarinis
The front and back flaps from the new Rick
DeMarinis novel 'A Sky Full of Sand'.
The latest novel by
Rick DeMarinis from
Terry D'Auray's review of
Rick DeMarinis' 'A
Clod of Wayward Marl'
made that book swound awfully appealing to me.
I've got to admit that things about the book
that she found less than gratifying were
particularly the things that sounded most
interesting to me. SoI was stoked when Dennis
McMillan sent me these scans of the cover and
flaps from his forthcoming title by this unique
Certain to be the usual
high-quality production, I'm curious as to what
the heck the book is actually about. It's not
usual to mix drunks and Democritus on the DJ
flap. It's also nice to see a DJ flap that
doesn't recount the whole plot of the
McMillan also notes the
starred review of Bob Truluck's latest in
Publisher's Weekly. Terry loved
Level', and her
review made it sound good to me. My take is that
you should probably try to pre-order the title
from M is for Mystery or one of the other
bookstores in which Truluck is appearing, and
make a point of seeing him. I'm told he's
something of a character...
You have to love a
travelogue that features pasties
on the front cover.
Last year, when I talked to
Chuck Palahniuk in an interview,
he mentioned that he was having his tour guide
to Portland published -- and here it is.
Featuring Katherine Dunn (all hail 'Geek Love',
may it remain forever unsullied by a bad film
adaptation), recipes for crepes and lots of the
nuttiest street people, 'Fugitives and Refugees'
looks to be a rather unusual travelogue, to say
the least. It appears that Random House under
the Crown imprint is publishing a series of
these by famous writers. I'm looking forward to
the Barry Lopez guide to Northern Spain. I just
finished Palahniuk's 'Diary' and enjoyed it
thoroughly; since it's not out, this will do
nicely. It's funny and weird and bound to scare
more people away from Portland than it attracts.
What more can you ask from a travelogue?
07-15-03: Janis Ian SF
Anthology and Jasper Fforde's Literary DVD
Ian SF Anthology
Janis Ian inspired the stories in this
anthology edited by Mike Resnick.
Here's a new release
where the promo actually does the project
justice. "STARS is a truly unique
undertaking, and an immensely personal one as
well. It was born at a 2001 World Science
Fiction Convention, when Mike Resnick began
introducing Janis Ian to the many writers whose
work she had adored for decades. When Janis
discovered that these writers were as enamored
of her music as shww was of their writing, this
exciting creative venture took root." The many
writers look intriguing, and this is a huge
hardcover release. It's fascinating what gets
Fforde's Literary DVD
The cover of Jasper Fforde's newsest
novel, now out in the UK.
One of the many DVD style extras
include in this book is this advertisement
for a FootnotesPhone.
If there is
any writer who can give the movies a run for
their money, it's got to be Jasper Fforde.
Reading his books is tons of fun -- they're
fast, funny and ultra literate without any of
the usual deadweight associated with litrachur.
But now, he's going for the movies throat with
his newest. It includes this little announcement
at the beginning:
"This book has been
bundled with Special Features
including: the making of wordumentay, deleted
scenes fromj all three books, outtakes and
much more. To access all these bonus
features, log on to
and enter the code word as directed."
Fforde's website is
beautifully designed, and just so you know he's
a manly man who creates it writing in raw HTML;
none of the poofy Dreamweaver crap for him! NO,
I don't know what the code word is; we'll
both have to read the novel and find out!
But among the special features are several of
his wonderful advertisements, see the sample