After quite a while resting on my more or less laurels (past listings) it's time to get a move on and put up some more listings. My goal is five books every day from now on. This should be achievable, but not according to my past performance.

These books get listed in three places: on Amazon, Biblio, and Half. Books without ISBNs (older books) generally will not be listed on half. My prices might vary between these three places. Amazon and Half tell me competing prices, so I peg mine on them. Thus, if the lowest price for Deadly Percheron is $98 on Amazon, I might peg mine at $95. If it weren't my only copy maybe I'd be more reasonable. In fact, I think my Biblio listing is more reasonable.

Going forward (and possibly backward), links to titles of books will send you to the main Amazon listing. My listing will be somewhere amidst the other maybe 237 listings. This is where my photo of the book can be seen, which will probably be a better one than the one Amazon features. Half doesn't let me attach my own photo—at least I don't think it does. Photos are also at biblio. Lots of older listings still don't have photos. Nor updated prices.

I've been lousy at selling direct via email. Sorry about that, if you've tried me. Listing through the major portals keeps me honest—also prompt and reliable.

Thursday, February 2, 2006

02/02/06 THU:
---Word from American Fantasy:
Hi Retailers,

In SFRevu, another good review for:

Invisible Pleasures by Mary Frances Zambreno
Review by Sam Tomaino
American Fantasy Press Hardcover: ISBN 0961035242
Date: 01 December, 2005 List Price $25.00

When I got this in the mail to review, I tried to recall if I had read any stories by Mary Frances Zambreno before and could not recall. So I went into this collection not knowing what to expect. Well, this is an excellent collection by one of the best writers of fantasy that I have ever encountered.

Most of these stories are reprints that are between 5 and 20 years old. There are four stories published here for the first time, so I'll review them first. "Fairy Godmothers" is an odd little tale with a distinctly different take on Cinderella. There isn't much actual story here but it is thought provoking. "Aunt Concetta's Cat" is set in Italy, years ago, and is a nice little horror story about some children and their difficulties with their Aunt Concetta and their greater difficulties with her cat. "The Little Girl in the Picture" has no fantasy elements at all. Two schoolgirls try to find out about a little girl in her First Communion dress in an old picture. It's one of the most delightful stories in the volume. "The Bearwalker" makes use of a legend from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, a combination of a werewolf and Native American lore. I had never given much thought to that part of the country but this story makes it sound interesting.

Of the remaining stories, there were two I found exceptional, in that I'd nominate them for a World Fantasy Award if they were new. "The Lady of the Mercians" is a story about a real historical person, Aethelflaed of Mercia, the eldest daughter of Alfred the Great. This is a fantasy tale of how she might have repelled an invasion of "Norse Irish". In it, she works against the magic of the invaders but does not betray her Christian faith. Zambreno is a medievalist and gives us what seems to be an accurate portrayal of how people like Aethelflaed might have thought and acted. Another wonderful story in this collection is "The Ghost in the Summer Kitchen". In it, a young girl named Rose is cooking in a summer kitchen (a separate building) and meets a younger girl named Annie who disappears. I won't ruin the story by telling you any more than that but I did love how it ended.

The other dozen stories here are all worth reading. They range from fantasy to horror to science fiction and from medieval times to fantasy worlds to present day to the future. This is an excellent volume that I will put in my Fantasy Award nominations next year. I highly recommend it.


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