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October 07, 2006

Mmmmm... ARCy Goodness.

My reward for signing a big ol' stack of Ghost Brigades for the fine booksellers of Northern California: an ARC of Dan Simmons' new book The Terror.

I mention this for the sole purpose of inspiring insane jealousy in at least a couple of people who I know read the Whatever. Because I am a sad and petty little man, that's why. Oh, yes.

Posted by john at October 7, 2006 04:28 PM

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Hilary | October 7, 2006 04:39 PM

A nAw Dan Simmons!!! You are not so much petty as cruel. Damn you to hell Scalzi and your little dog too.

Nina A | October 7, 2006 05:17 PM

SCAAAAAAAAAAAAAALZIII!
Jealousy inspired.

Nathan | October 7, 2006 05:32 PM


I, sir, am going to take the high road and congratulate you on your good fortune, wishing you the greatest reading pleasure and....


DAMN. CAN'T. DO. IT.

Joel Finkle | October 7, 2006 05:42 PM

Ha ha! I've got one too... or I will on Sunday, when the Trouble and Strife gets back from the Great Lakes Booksellers show near Detroit.

Hugh | October 7, 2006 06:54 PM

:acts ignorant: Who's Dan Simmons?

Steve Buchheit | October 7, 2006 08:44 PM

(feigned indifference) ARCs? Why, can't you get *real* books?

mumble mumble grumble, sigh, yeah, still jealous.

DAMN YOU SCALZI!

Joe Rybicki | October 7, 2006 09:56 PM

You bastard.

Joe Rybicki | October 7, 2006 10:01 PM

Oh, by the way -- in case you haven't seen it yet, there's an In-N-Out right near the Oakland airport. Or, if you have a car, you can drive up to Pinole, where the In-N-Out has a view of the Bay.

Doug M. | October 8, 2006 12:18 AM

After _Olympos_, you couldn't pay me to read any more Dan Simmons.

No offense, and I hope you enjoy the book.


Doug M.

Buck | October 8, 2006 12:48 AM

I've read just about every book written by Dan Simmons, and have enjoyed most of them. However, I hate to say, if "The Terror" has cyborgs who, because of their basic programming, obsess over, and quote ad nauseum, French philosophers (I'm right there with you Dan M.), I may pass.

If it's got 9 foot tall beings who can travel through time and look like the Tin Man's razor wire cousin- I'm there.

This is where an editor is pivotal. Such as, I've really enjoyed Peter Jackson's work before and especially including "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. Treebeard's endless poem in "The Two Towers" or the 5 minutes of skulls falling on our intrepid heroes in "Return of the King?" Kong and Anne Darrow pulling a Bambi and Thumper on ice routine in Central Park? Someone needed to take him aside and let him know when enough was enough.

I just finished E. L. Doctorow's "The March," and the economy of his writing blows me away.

B*tching aside, I'll read "The Terror." But obviously at a date much later than our esteemed Mr. Scalzi.

Chang | October 8, 2006 04:01 PM

Nothing is inspiring jealousy in me at the moment as I spent the night in a hotel room with a flat screen in the bathroom mirror. There's some odd symmetry in atching TV on the crapper.

Smurf | October 11, 2006 10:52 PM

I can't get jealous until you tell me

- what an ARC is (advance r____ copy?)

- who Dan Simmons is.

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