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.

Monday, July 30, 2007

---This from Pyr:
Hi everyone! I wanted to pass this along because Pyr is thanked here (with the Pyr logo!) as an advertiser who supported their Quill finalist - very exciting for us!

I hope you'll log on and vote for BRASYL (Ian McDonald; 978-1-59102-543-6)!

How many different ways can the future be imagined?

Reviewed by Jeff VanderMeer
Sunday, July 22, 2007; BW11


By Ian McDonald

Py . 357 pp. $25

Ian McDonald's Brasyl, with its three storylines, is as close to perfect as any novel in recent memory. It works because of great characterization, but also because McDonald envisions Brazil as a dynamic, living place that is part postmodern trash pile, part trashy reality-TV-driven ethical abyss . . . and yet also somehow spiritual. Whether it's Jesuit priest Luis Quinn's journey up the Amazon with a French spy in 1732, TV producer Marcelina Hoffman's search for a reviled former soccer player in 2006, or the exploits of the thief Edson Jesus Oliveira de Freitas in 2032 (and the mind-blowing scene in which he steals a futuristic purse), McDonald's novel is always in motion. This movement extends through time and alternate realities in ways both wonderful and wise, as the three storylines interlock for a satisfying and often stunning conclusion. McDonald has found new myths for old places; in doing so, he has cemented his reputation as an amazing storyteller.

Marcia Rogers
Director of Special Sales
Prometheus Books

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