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October 27, 2004

Book of the Dumb 2 Arrives


Here's Athena again, modeling this year's model of Book of the Dumb: Book of the Dumb 2, or as I like to call it: Book of the Dumb 2: The Quickening. It's 330 pages of quality stupidity, and as a bonus it actually looks quite a bit nicer than the original, thanks to a slightly revised cover design and and substantially overhauled inside design which makes it a lot easier to read and enjoy. I'm very pleased about both; I wasn't a huge fan of the first BotD cover, although I allowed that the Uncle John people knew their business better than I did. Since the book sold very well, that was the correct assumption on my part. However, the new cover refers back to the old cover while at the same time opening up the design, so everyone's happy.

As a extra bonus, the content's good, too. Although I did find one very amusing typo, in the acknowledgments: I thanked Fark.com and mentioned Fark proprietor Drew Curtis by name, and the typo has him as Draw Curtis. I think there's some deep, rich, creamy irony there, and indeed I can see the Fark headline now: "Book of the Dumb Author Thanks Drew in Book, Spells Name 'D-r-a-w.' Asshat spelled 'A-S-S-H-A-T'." I'd be more upset if it actually weren't kind of funny, and from what little I know for Mr. Curtis, he doesn't seem the kind to get that upset about it. Anyway, I'm sure they'll fix it in the second printing. And since that's the only typo I've come across so far, we've gotten off pretty lightly.

I've gotten my personal copies slightly ahead of the book appearing in the stores but it's available for pre-order on Amazon and other online book sites. And it'll be in bookstores probably in the next couple of weeks. I will of course let you know when it's officially on the market.

I'm really excited about this book getting out there -- I talk about Old Man's War more, because it'll be my first novel, but like most authors I feel about my books pretty much like parents feel about their kids; it's hard to pick favorites (at least in public). But I have a lot of fun writing the Books of the Dumb, and it's the sort of book I can see writing for a while. If they ask me to do Book of the Dumb 3 (or, as I like to call it: Book of the Dumb 3: The Final Outrage), I'll be there. Book of the Dumb 4? Sure. BotD 5? Why not. Athena needs college, and I like being published, and apparently, the world needs books about dumb people doing dumb things. As I said before: Everybody wins.

Posted by john at October 27, 2004 03:39 PM

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sylvia | October 27, 2004 07:01 PM


oh, and the book doesn't look bad either :)

Brian Greenberg | October 27, 2004 07:49 PM

Maybe the next one should be called "Book of the Dumb, Ignorant & Hypocritical?"


Brett L | October 27, 2004 07:53 PM

I submitted this blog with a funnier headline.

Rob Rummel-Hudson | October 27, 2004 09:14 PM

Congrats, John. Yoodah man.

Andrew Cory | October 27, 2004 09:55 PM

Sounds like you already have your first entry for book 3...

Can’t wait to sell it to Christmas shoppers...

jpe | October 27, 2004 10:24 PM

What a pleasant blog: reasoned, amusing, not strident. I'm starting to wonder if I'm still on the internet, and haven't stepped into some alternate universe or something. How often is it one finds positive comments about Lileks and Rall?

Consider me charmed.

Kafkaesquí | October 28, 2004 12:26 AM

When is Book of the Dumb: Next Generation coming out? I'm looking forward to all the stories about idiot Will Riker.

wendell | October 29, 2004 03:49 PM

That should be:
"Book of the Dumb 2: Electric Boogaloo"

And #3 has to be in 3D.

Congrats again on your charmed PF&PA* life.
*Proud Father and Published Author

Dee | October 30, 2004 02:43 PM

Drew - Draw : it's not a typo, only a stylistic preference as to verb tense!

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