Tuesday, December 4, 2007

We Have A Winner

The field was crowded, the fight marked by dogged controversy. Yet one name rose to the top. Well, sort of a name. And there isn't any suspense, since the results are right out there for the world to see. Okay, the world isn't actually looking. But there was controversy and there were dogs, and there is a result. From now on, whenever I want a shortened version of The Dead And The Gone, the dead and the gone, or the dead & the gone, all I'll have to do is write d&g. For which I am very grateful.

I don't think I'll inform my editor and agent. I think they'll be able to figure it out all for themselves (these are very smart people).

Speaking of very smart people, I want it clearly understood that I'm smart enough to realize if a bookseller reviews a book online, it's to get people to buy the book, and the review might be excessively effusive just to entice people into spending their hard earned pounds. But I don't care. I love this semi-review, semi-advertisement, which I stumbled upon in my soon to be obsessive googling of d&g:

The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer
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I didn't think Susan Pfeffer could better her previous book "Life as We Knew it" but she can and does! "The Dead and the Gone" is about the same set of circumstances that befall the characters in "Life as We Knew it", but this time the stage is set in New York. This means that the experiences are very different. This is one of those books that kept me reading until I had turned the last page - and that was 1:45am!! And then I couldn't sleep because I was thinking about it! Not for the faint-hearted this is a story about the world changing due to an asteroid hitting the moon - with all the apocalyptic consequences you could possibly imagine. Quite possibly the best book I have read this year!
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Format: Paperback 320 pages
Date of publication: 03/03/2008
Publisher: Marion Lloyd Books
ISBN: 9781407106229

If you read all her other reviews, you'll discover that she loves everything. But if d&g is quite possibly the best book she's read all year (and the year is almost over, I'm happy to report) then she must love d&g best of all. Making her a woman of extraordinary taste and discernment, a very smart person indeed.

Oooh, I just had a great idea. I'll make a new year's resolution to be more modest. That gives me almost a month in which I can brag and boast and swell my head in public. Twenty seven glorious days of self-aggrandizement.

And this is even better! People break their new year's resolutions all the time. I can be modest for a day or two, and then slip up and apologize, and slip up again and apologize some more, and then just grin shamefacedly and promise that next year I'll do better. Oh happy day. Oh happy life.

And while I'm at it, Happy Chanukah!


Anonymous said...

I'm ecstatic! I love being the winner, even if I can't prove it.

Oh, and I'm doubly ecstatic, because I mentioned wanting an ARC (didn't name book) on my blog and a friend contacted me and made me tell her because she has a bookseller friend and he didn't have one but she contacted another mutual friend who got one at NCTE and that friend is reading it fast and sending it my way. So I'm happy all around these days.

Well, except for my dirty house. But reading-wise, I'm happy.

Still Anonymous (I'm not that shy--don't know why I'm so shy with you.)

Anonymous said...

I read both d&g and LAWKI this year, so how do I choose a favorite?????


Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

It turns out it's a good thing d&g won. It was my sister-in-law's favorite, and she voted for it.

I'm very curious (naturally enough) about people's reactions to d&g vs. LAWKI. Based on an extremely small sample, some people like them equally, and a couple prefer LAWKI. I assume by the time thousands of people have read d&g, there'll be those who prefer it. They're such different books, even if they are based on the same fictional disaster.

Anyway, congratulations anonymous, and thank you anonymous, and hi to all the other anonymice who might be hanging out here.