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"And her soul walks beside her..."

If you want a glimpse of exactly how much Amazon is presently frelling around with my books (and no doubt many other writers' books), just have a look at the page for the Kindle ebook of Daughter of Hounds. Presently, most of the page is occupied by "reviews" of Laurell K. Hamilton's novel The Harlequin, as well as by entries from her blog, most of which seems to be devoted to her fancy new sports car (with photos). What the hell?! My thanks to troublebox for filing a complaint with Amazon. I'll complain to my editor on Monday. Also, do note that the Amazon "bargain book" copies of the Threshold remaindered tpbs are said to have been authored by "Caitlin R. and Dame Darcy (artist) Kiernan." Anyway, once again, here are the correct Amazon links for the three novels presently in new mass-market editions (with the correct ISBNs if you wish to preorder from an actual bookshop):

Silk (ISBN 978-0-451-45668-7)

Threshold (978-0-451-46124-7)

Low Red Moon (978-0-451-46164-3)

If you have an interest in seeing me continue to publish novels, these are the editions I ask that you please purchase, as these are the only editions that Penguin is watching. Thanks.

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Yesterday, I did manage to get back to work after the movie. We read through Chapter One of Joey Lafaye. The good news is I still like it, so now it's time to backtrack and have another go at a prologue.

By the way, does it amuse anyone else that Nicole Kidman's character in The Golden Compass, a woman who is a megalomanical tool of a dogmatic political and religious body, happens to bear the surname "Coulter"?

I think that's it for this afternoon. The platypus is looking askance again...

Comments

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lokilokust
Dec. 8th, 2007 06:49 pm (UTC)
how different, textually, are these versions from the previous editions?
(i'm assuming things like typos and whatnot were cleaned up, but have there been any real changes of note?)
greygirlbeast
Dec. 8th, 2007 06:52 pm (UTC)

how different, textually, are these versions from the previous editions?

Especially in Silk, the changes are fairly substantial. See my entry from December 1st.
lokilokust
Dec. 8th, 2007 07:07 pm (UTC)
thank you.
now i know what to pick up at the bookstore today!
seph_ski
Dec. 8th, 2007 06:54 pm (UTC)
does it amuse anyone else that Nicole Kidman's character in The Golden Compass, a woman who is a megalomanical tool of a dogmatic political and religious body, happens to bear the surname "Coulter"?

I find that absolutely delightful!

I'm also amused by the fact that when reading the book, both my husband and I had pictured Nicole Kidman as the ice-bitch Mrs. Coulter. Perfect casting, IMO. We also pictured Sam Elliot as Scoresby. So much of that movie was visually presented near identically to the way my mind's eye saw it when reading the book. I was very much impressed by that. I can't wait for the other movies and then to have the whole set on DVD.
robyn_ma
Dec. 8th, 2007 08:27 pm (UTC)
Say, since when are you a comic-book character?
greygirlbeast
Dec. 8th, 2007 08:29 pm (UTC)

Say, since when are you a comic-book character?

Whoa. I had no idea.
robyn_ma
Dec. 8th, 2007 08:39 pm (UTC)
The hair color not so much (these days), but the face and especially the attitude? Warren Ellis should be paying you royalties.
greygirlbeast
Dec. 8th, 2007 08:50 pm (UTC)

Warren Ellis should be paying you royalties.

Yes, he should.
blakesrealm
Dec. 8th, 2007 11:00 pm (UTC)
Strange issue with the Kindle page, having a combination of you and LKH like that. Wonder how that happened, and I'm quite shocked to see the car that she bought, not a traditional woman's car if you will. Made the car geek in me drool, that's for sure.
greygirlbeast
Dec. 9th, 2007 03:22 am (UTC)

and I'm quite shocked to see the car that she bought, not a traditional woman's car if you will.

What is a woman's car, exactly?
blakesrealm
Dec. 9th, 2007 03:59 am (UTC)
Meant more that those are the kind of cars that guys get laughed at when they buy them and called "mid-life crisis" kind of cars, like what happened to me this year when I bought my Mustang. I caught much grief over that.

What I meant didn't come out right, sorry about that, meant more along the mid-life crisis line.
blakesrealm
Dec. 9th, 2007 05:16 am (UTC)
Still feel bad about how that came out, sure I can edit it and fix it but it was my screw up in the first place so I gotta live with it.

When it comes to muscle cars the stereotype is that they're a male dominated segment of the market, and for a good reason as the majority of the cars are bought by men -- having grown up with a father who was into the muscle/antique car scene I got to learn that first hand.

That's really what i meant by it, that it surprised me that LKH bought one herself, and if you read her problems with the stick shift/power situation that's kinda what leads me to be surprised, as if you're not used to driving a car with that kind of horsepower/torque you're in for a steep learning curve. It's quite easy to stall them out and spin the tires like mad.
greygirlbeast
Dec. 9th, 2007 02:07 pm (UTC)

Still feel bad about how that came out, sure I can edit it and fix it but it was my screw up in the first place so I gotta live with it.

Eh, don't worry about it. I was just messing around with ya.
xanguisettex
Dec. 9th, 2007 03:03 am (UTC)
LKH has traumatized me enough without having to suffer reading her blog, ugh.

By the way, does it amuse anyone else that Nicole Kidman's character in The Golden Compass, a woman who is a megalomanical tool of a dogmatic political and religious body, happens to bear the surname "Coulter"?

I read the trilogy many years ago, but the similarity was not lost upon me. Mrs. Coulter is one scary dame.

Her daemon was as creepy on the screen as it was in the pages, I thought...Creepy, mean little thing...
greygirlbeast
Dec. 9th, 2007 03:21 am (UTC)

LKH has traumatized me enough without having to suffer reading her blog, ugh.

Fuckin' A.
blakesrealm
Dec. 9th, 2007 05:17 am (UTC)
Couldn't agree more with that statement.
xanguisettex
Dec. 9th, 2007 08:11 am (UTC)
Hey, I was faithful up until the point it dissolved into nothing but porn. Tried the first Meredith Gentry book and stopped when I thought, Wait a minute, is she describing...in a literary context...tentacle porn?! Oh no. SHE IS.

I don't mind horrific tentacle'd beasts of the Lovecraftian sort. I can deal with those! Tentacle porn? In a book?

I have other ways of killing brain cells:

*headdesk headdesk headdesk*
blakesrealm
Dec. 9th, 2007 08:28 am (UTC)
The Gentry books I was willing to accept them for what they were, they started out based around that sexual dynamic and were a total miss for me, I didn't read them past book one, but what she did to the entire Anita Blake run was just plain sad really.

I'm drawing a blank, but I think that they turned porn with some minor plots around book ten or so and that's when I just couldn't stand it anymore. Pam, my wife, actually went to a signing that she did locally and asked my question for me, I couldn't make it, I had her ask, "What pseudonym do you use for your erotica book line?" She laughed and said that she didn't write erotica, I beg to differ. :)

I'm really curious as to what happened that caused the book line to veer off track so much and lose its focus/story? Was it a conscious choice made by romance/fantasy/paranormal being a hot commodity? Or was it something that she just wanted to do? We'll never get a straight answer I'm sure, but really it was such a great series that has fallen to the point of which bone(s) will she ride tonight?
greygirlbeast
Dec. 9th, 2007 01:58 pm (UTC)

don't mind horrific tentacle'd beasts of the Lovecraftian sort. I can deal with those! Tentacle porn? In a book?

Clearly, you have not read Frog Toes and Tentacles. :-)
xanguisettex
Dec. 9th, 2007 03:26 pm (UTC)
Uh oh.

I'm always willing to expand my mind...Perhaps a different take on the tentacles will change my mind on the subject XD
greygirlbeast
Dec. 9th, 2007 03:55 pm (UTC)
I'm always willing to expand my mind...Perhaps a different take on the tentacles will change my mind on the subject XD

One should keep an open mind regarding tentacles.
mellawyrden
Dec. 9th, 2007 05:06 am (UTC)
Thank you for posting these links. I'm buying all three but I'm cut to the quick til early January, and will have to wait until then. Hopefully my purchase will still matter to Penguin even if I'm not part of the xmas rush..?

Artists getting screwed over by corporations is something I really get crazy over. I'm telling everyone I know who is an artist, or who reads, or shops for gifts, about the situation at Amazon.
cdennismoore
Dec. 10th, 2007 03:00 pm (UTC)
"Laurell K. Hamilton sent the following posts to customers who purchased Daughter of Hounds"
Well, that was nice of her . . .
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