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PW reviews INSIDE STRAIGHT

PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY has weighed in with a nice review of INSIDE STRAIGHT in today's issue.

For those of you who do not read PW, the review is also available online at the PW site:

http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6501524.html?industryid=47159

They say, "this fast-paced and sardonic story will appeal to comic book aficionados and heroic fantasy fans alike."

Amen to that.

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penguin_racher
Nov. 19th, 2007 08:48 pm (UTC)
I just wanted to stop by and say that I've only recently taken to reading your A Song Of Fire and Ice series but I love it. I keep putting other books down to read your stories. Thanks for being such a great author. I'll forgive you for not liking the Cowboys. ;) I hope you don't mind that I added you.

A fan in Ohio
caelestis
Nov. 19th, 2007 09:19 pm (UTC)
I wonder.. you have so many people who have added you. I know you have friends on here, but do you ever read a random stranger's livejournal?
I would. But maybe I'm strange.


...And I probably have a lot less to do than you.
infinityltd
Nov. 20th, 2007 12:07 am (UTC)
I read the first, oh say nine or ten books when they came out. With the publication of the new books, I would like to go back to the other ones to have the whole series fresh in my mind. Is there any chance the older books will come back into print with the release of Inside Straight?

Thank you.

P.S. I, too, had a hard time believing your Jets beat my Steelers.
grrm
Nov. 20th, 2007 12:34 am (UTC)
out of print titles
The older Wild Cards titles may come back into print eventually, but only if the new books do well enough to justify resissues. So at best we're a couple years away from that.

Used copies turn up regularly on ebay and ABE, however.

For that matter, I notice two INSIDE STRAIGHT arcs on ebay right now. tsk, tsk. Those are supposedly not for resale, but there's always someone looking to turn a buck, and no real way to stop it.
johnjosmiller
Nov. 20th, 2007 03:20 am (UTC)
Re: out of print titles
Don't look at me. I gave mine away.

John
sleigh
Nov. 20th, 2007 03:35 am (UTC)
Re: out of print titles
I ate mine. Tasty!
johnjosmiller
Nov. 20th, 2007 04:50 am (UTC)
Re: out of print titles
Good source of roughage!
infinityltd
Nov. 20th, 2007 04:21 am (UTC)
Re: out of print titles
That's true about trying to turn a buck.

Thank you for the advice on the used books. I'll head over to ABE and see what I can find. And, of course, pick up Inside Straight when it hits the shelves.

johnjosmiller
Nov. 20th, 2007 04:53 am (UTC)
Re: out of print titles
Check out eBay as well. Sometimes you can get a group of the books in one swoop.

A word on pricing. All the Bantam books should be fairly easy. The Baen books are somewhat harder, with BLACK TRUMP extremely difficult to find cheaply. I haven't checked in awhile, but copies had been selling in the $50 range last time I looked.

John
infinityltd
Nov. 20th, 2007 05:03 am (UTC)
Re: out of print titles
Eep!

Thanks for the heads-up
johnjosmiller
Nov. 20th, 2007 07:47 pm (UTC)
Re: out of print titles
I just ran BLACK TRUMP through ABE and came up with only three hits, from $35 to $50, with the low end ones not being in great condition, it seems.

If you can find a copy on the cheap, grab it.

Also, in times to come, the iBooks hardcovers are going to be the scarcest and highest-priced. Word to the wise. Look for them while they're still cheap, especially my novel DEATH DRAWS FIVE.

John Jos. Miller
sirhamerswinger
Nov. 20th, 2007 09:58 pm (UTC)
Re: out of print titles
Isn't this the first book, or maybe not?
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1596872829/ref=ord_cart_shr?%5Fencoding=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&v=glance

I was going to get this and start at what I thought was the beginning, would I be completely lost if I started with the new release, or should I try to hunt down the whole series? I also have Vol 1 of Dreamsongs to read, and Vol 2 will be out shortly. Are the 2 dunk and egg stories in vol 2?

johnjosmiller
Nov. 20th, 2007 10:47 pm (UTC)
Re: out of print titles
Yep, that's the first book. iBooks reprinted the first six before Byron Preiss died and his family let the company go. I wouldn't be surprised to find all six on Amazon or even on some bookstore shelves around the country.

You should be able to follow the story in INSIDE STRAIGHT (1st Tor book) very well, but don't expect to get all the references or allusions to previous characters and occurences.

I have some extra copies of some of the first six or seven books. If anyone is interested in a package deal on some or any of these, drop me a line.

John Jos. Miller
nycfalcon
Nov. 22nd, 2007 12:56 am (UTC)
Re: out of print titles
Would you consider releasing them in some digital format? i.e. palmbook/e-book. It would be extremely inexpensive to do that, and possibly add increased interest for new and later titles.
darksunlight
Nov. 20th, 2007 05:13 am (UTC)
And we still have months before we can read them!

I just want to say I've been a big of wild Cards since- *tries to do the math* I was ten or tweleve, I think? 17ish years ago? I found a copy of the second book belonging to my brother, and, sadly, that was the only book of the series I had for the longest time. But I read it until it was battered and torn, and still read it when I wanna good solid read. I ran across a couple others ina used book store maybe seven years ago? and have been eagerly hunting down the rest ever since.

I aboslutely love these books, and I'm glad to have the opurtunity to tell you such.
the_corbie
Nov. 20th, 2007 09:20 am (UTC)
Heh. Coincidentally, book 2 was the first I read and the only one I could find for ages too. This was in the primitive days of the internet, though, when eBay was but a gleam in someone's eye... :p
theswornsword
Nov. 21st, 2007 05:34 pm (UTC)
Off Topic
I am somewhat curious, as a former (& possibly future) TV writer, where do you stand on the strike? Is the strike having any effect on the HBO production of ASoIaF or is it not that far along yet?
grrm
Nov. 21st, 2007 06:25 pm (UTC)
WGA strike
Although I'm pretty much out of TV and film writing myself, I strongly support the WGA and the writer's strike.
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