Its been an actually nice launch week so far for the book– Im truthfully in awe of how lots of people are reading the book and sending me pictures of it and who are tweeting me their fired up responses as they get through it. It implies a lot.
It means a lot in part because … this isnt one of those simple books to explain, a minimum of not for me. Ive never really gotten a grip on how even to discuss it. Some books are really, really easy to give a snap-your-fingers pitch for– Grady Hendrixs novels, for example, included an appealing logline that pops like the bubble from bubblegum– “Its a scary book composed inside an Ikea brochure” resembles, what the fuck, Im in. Buying the ticket, taking the ride. My middle grade coming out in October, Dust & & Grim, is blessed I think with an easy method to pitch it: a woman acquires a funeral house for beasts and needs to share that inheritance with a bro shes never ever met. Hell, you might cut it to, “a woman acquires a funeral house for monsters.” Whichs your open door. Thats the hook sunk into the meat of your cheek. The Miriam Black books: “Miriam Black * can see how youre going to pass away by touching you.” Easy. You could add, “But if she desires to change fate, shell need to defy the stars” or something, but you dont even have to say that– you get the hook or you do not and thats that.
Ideally, this book, TBOA, is that type of book.
The Book of Accidents resists that kind of … logline characterization, which is seemingly a no-no in Fiction Land. And you could get deeper, too, saying oh its about the discomfort we bring, its about being haunted generational injury and cycles of abuse, its about bullies, its about compassion as our ultimate weapon versus wicked, its got ghosts and an evil tunnel and a serial killer and a kid who can do dark magic and a woman whose artwork comes alive and a father haunted by the ghost of his abuser and, and, and. Its all of those things and even there, its not quite best, and now Ive gone and spent an entire paragraph attempting to tell you what the book is about.
Part of me thinks, well, thats fine. Dont try to figure out what its about. Just read the book.
However, who knows?
It indicates leaving evaluations someplace (Goodreads, Amazon, and no you do not have to buy the book at Amazon to leave a review there). It implies preferably buying from an indie book shop or at least a physical bookstore like B&N, since indie bookstores will hand-sell books in a way that a giant online-only space-dong seller can not. It indicates you carrying a torch for the books you enjoy, be it this one or another book.
Especially with this sort of book. A odd book. Unusual books need love.
So, thats my ask: check the book out, share it, evaluate it, duct tape the book to a rock and toss it through a next-door neighbors window, let lightning strike the book and when it ends up being animated by primal forces you start to praise the Living Book as a brand name brand-new god in this world. Or something, I dunno, Im just fuckin spitballing over here.
To re-up, your procurement choices include:
” … what a ride.”.
Tor.com posted a fantastic review by Martin Cahill:.
I finished this mighty book in two and a half days. It gets dark, it gets scary, and at times, it can appear like theres no method forward. I think readers are going to like this, specifically if theyre craving that huge summer read.”.
A fast news-scented upgrade mist for you–.
Okay, thats the spoiler-free version. If you want the spoilery version, Ive published it here.
I need to note that in the talk he asks me about my favorite haunted house movie and novel, and I completely whiffed it– my brain evacuated any haunted house media Ive ever consumed, and I was left with just the howling space. Let me answer here– my favorite haunted house motion picture is most likely The Changeling, or possibly The Orphanage. Best haunted home book, besides Shirley Jacksons Hill House, I d say– nnnmmmngh, its hard, however Beloved is it, most likely.
Tip that tonight Im virtually talking with fantastic good friend and incredible author Delilah S. Dawson at the University Bookstore in Seattle– however you do not have to be in Seattle, you can stream our chat into your home through the magic of ALCHEMY I imply THE INTERNET. Information here. Its 7:30 PM EST (4:30 PST).
And the Daily Mail examined it thusly:.
So, there we go.
Lets see, what else?
If you missed it, I got to hang with my friend Steven Spohn, and speak about … well, stress and anxiety and what makes us all tick and how we can be excellent to ourselves. A mental health booster. Check it out.
Thanks, all. Have a terrific weekend. Go watch Ted Lasso.
ANYHOW, I believe thats it in the meantime.
* I note that Blackbirds is on sale in e-book for $1.99 for the remainder of the month.
Im gon na be on Brandy Schillaces new show, Peculiar Book Club, on August 12th, 7pm. We will talk weird science and science fiction and how to make fiction feel real and feel real and all that stuff.
Its been an actually great launch week so far for the book– Im truthfully in wonder of how lots of individuals are reading the book and sending me photos of it and who are tweeting me their fired up reactions as they get through it. It indicates a lot in part due to the fact that … this isnt one of those simple books to explain, at least not for me. It indicates leaving reviews somewhere (Goodreads, Amazon, and no you do not have to purchase the book at Amazon to leave an evaluation there). It indicates ideally purchasing from an indie book shop or at least a physical book shop like B&N, since indie bookstores will hand-sell books in a way that a giant online-only space-dong merchant can not. It suggests you bring a torch for the books you like, be it this one or another book.
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Oh, and lastly, though I dont think Im expected to care about this sort of thing, the other day the signed hardcover of THE BOOK OF ACCIDENTS was # 5 (!) in all of B&N (!!) so I dunno what the heck thats about but Im very excited, and thanks to B&N for putting the book out there with such gusto and prominence.