David Thompson passes along a picture of a section header from a Barnes & Noble; I saw something similar (‘Supernatural Romance’) at a Books-a-Million yesterday when I picked up a copy of Gail Carriger’s Blameless (The Parasol Protectorate).
Gimme a break, it’s steampunk. Alt-history steampunk horror. OK, OK, maybe there’s just a bit of romance novel ethos in it… but it also has clockwork assassin beetles in it, so I don’t want to hear any snickering, OK? Anyway, this entire werewolf/vampire Byronic hero thing seems to be quite the fad. Did the demographic that reads romance novels get bored with pirates?
And, more importantly, is there any way to suck them farther into the genre?
I picked Red State Uprising: How to Take Back America this week because it was written by a buddy of mine (one Erick Erickson, who also happens to be the guy who runs RedState) – and no, I’m not getting paid to shill this sucker. I wouldn’t mind being paid to shill it, so if you want to keep thinking that I am… then who am I to stop you*?
So, adieu to Blameless (The Parasol Protectorate): we’ll go back to non-political books next week.
Moe Lane Continue reading Book of the Week: Red State Uprising.
This is, alas, not yet available on Amazon.com – but it’s the memoirs of Donald Rumsfeld, and I for one have been looking forward to reading it for a while.
It promises to be quite fascinating, in fact: the press release from Sentinel (division of Penguin) indicated that the book would feature “plainspoken, first-hand views and often humorous and surprising anecdotes about some of the world’s best known figures, from Margaret Thatcher to Saddam Hussein, from Henry Kissinger to Colin Powell, from Elvis Presley to Dick Cheney, and each American president from Dwight D. Eisenhower to George W. Bush.”
That one sounds particularly interesting. At any rate, no Amazon listing means no widget, so I suppose that Blameless can stay up for another week.
Continue reading #rsrh BotW: Known and Unknown.
Yes, Blameless sucked me into its magic-steampunk-alternate-history web. In fact, looking at those hyphenated descriptors, I’m not particularly surprised at all that it did suck me in.
Farewell, . See you in December, I’m sure.