Gift cards are love. I had some Powell's Books
gift card money, and thanks to cashing in a credit union benefit I had a Visa with $75 on it, so about a week ago I used the Internet to get books closer to me. That is, I ordered a bunch of books, justifying it by knowing that I'll give half of them to my friend Alicia, since I think she'd like them. I learned today that the books were ready and waiting for me, and it was a good day for walking, so I walked...and walked...and walked (as you know I do), peeked along the way inside the remodeled Bagdad Theater
across from the Hawthorne Powell's, and bought -- well, let's show you!
That's the third and likely final Leverage
tie-in novel The Bestseller Job
, by frequent Star Trek
novelist Greg Cox; the first two "Gin and Tonic" mysteries by Laura Anne Gilman (suricattus
), writing as L.A. Kornetsky, about two amateur investigators in Seattle and the two pets who are kind of a Greek chorus wondering what the humans are up to; the third The Girl Who...
novel by Cathrynne M. Valente catvalente
, this one titled The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two
; 7 Against Chaos
, where Harlan Ellison got to write a comic again, this time finally taking a long-imagined story about a non-human race stopping at nothing to change history so that humanity would never evolve in the first place (Ellison once proposed the basic idea as a plot for the first Star Trek
film); and The Night and the Land
, fantasy-horror by someone I know, thanks to the Internet. The Night and the Land
is the first in a three-book series by Matt Spencer (happyspector
) about some almost-but-not-quite human people living, fighting, and (in one case) loving and fucking in Brattleboro, Vermont. It's a novel and series where all hell breaks loose, more than once, and even at a national level. It'll build to actual factional war in the upcoming Book Two, including a chase scene I've read in draft form that might be the best stretch of writing Matt had done by then. The third book also includes a line FROM MY OWN JOURNAL that I gave Matt permission to quote. This really makes me smile.
The wheels of publishing can move slowly: Matt finished the first draft of this book in 2005. That year I also volunteered to offer editing/proofing advice; he emailed me the manuscript, I printed it, and I marked it up with grammar/spelling corrections plus suggestions on what to cut and what to expand. (And I remember a serendipitous moment of reading a dream sequence involving champagne when the Oasis song "Champagne Supernova" came on the radio.) I considered it practice for more word work, and it was fun. And now something I helped in a small way to get finished is out in the world... and I bought it! And I could
. Best of luck from here, Matt. And the other authors whose work I got.