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Got my advance US copies.

Posted January 16, 2009 by John Birmingham
A courier arrived with a parcel from NYC, which I sort of ignored for a days while I was sick. But I finally opened it up to find a couple of copies of WW, as expected, but in hardback form, which was totally unexpected. I had no idea it was coming out in that format.

Anyway, it looks much better than I'd been hoping for. Like Rhino I was a bit perplexed at the cover art initially, since it seemed to give no indication of the content beyond a vague promise of explodey goodness.

But it's weird. You wrap that cover around 600 hard back pages and it suddenly looks quite awesome.

Anyway, back to work.

63 Responses to ‘Got my advance US copies.’

Murphy asserts...

Posted January 16, 2009
I'm looking forward to bringing signed copies home from NYC for myself and my friends. I've got people lined up to read the novel.

Glad you are feeling better, John.

Respects,

Murph

On the Outer Marches

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BrianC mutters...

Posted January 16, 2009
Speaking of Rhino when is that horned holligan going to get another blog up and running? ey?

Im talking to you, you grey skinned scalliwag.

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Therbs mumbles...

Posted January 16, 2009
Hardback sounds as though they're expecting big things. A step up.

BrianC - check out Rhino's new blog - rhinorog.blogspot.com

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Guru Bob ducks in to say...

Posted January 16, 2009
Rhino hunting on my blog came up with the goods...

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Bangar asserts...

Posted January 16, 2009
BrianC, check the links to the left, it's good to be the Rhino.

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Barnesm would have you know...

Posted January 16, 2009
Just hopped over to Amazon in prep for lodging my review, and read some of the editorial reviews.

James Rollins is certainly warm for your form.

Still with the new year it is timely to remind folk of the Three Laws of Zombies behaviour as recorded by Daryl Gregory Author of 'Pandemonium'

1. A zombie must not stop hunting and eating human beings, or through inaction, allow a human being to go uneaten.

2. A zombie must disobey all orders given to it by human beings, except when the order is to eat human beings.

3. Braiiins!

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Luke has opinions thus...

Posted January 16, 2009
Does hardback vs paperback affect sales? I prefer paperback. I find hardcover is more a put on the desk and read as opposed to carry in hand and read.

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Big Bad Al mutters...

Posted January 16, 2009
Rhino has found his new stamping grounds.

His game reserve is at http://rhinorog.blogspot.com/

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savo is gonna tell you...

Posted January 16, 2009
The hard back guarantees at least a couple of print runs.

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DrYobbo has opinions thus...

Posted January 16, 2009
Normally I'd guess hardcover wouldn't sell as well as the inevitable softie followup because of the obvious cumbersomeness of it - takes up too much space in your hand luggage for flying with it, too bulky to take down to the beach, too difficult for puny geeks to hold upright for the lengths of time required to finish the thing off.) But given it's 600+ pages anyway it hardly matters, the softie version is still big enough to be used in lieu of a phone book by the NSW fuzzy muff. Hardcover looks better on the shelf and doesn't age as dramatically with heavy reading I guess but would leave more bruising.) Staring at the stack of monolithic textbooks above my work colleague's desk (comparing the disintegrating softies with the still-hanging-in-there hardbacks) it makes sense to given really big f--- off books a spine to hold them together. Unless you want the thing to split into an unintended trilogy before its time.

Any links to the new cover art to compare with the orig? (Which seemed fairly appropriate I'd have said)

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savo asserts...

Posted January 16, 2009
O/T

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,27574,24920345-1702,00.html

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,,24785577-1702,00.html

hasn't happened in 40 years.

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DrYobbo is gonna tell you...

Posted January 16, 2009
'Course I could just google it and not be such a lazy smegger

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/images/0345502892/sr=1-1/qid=1232068563/ref=dp_image_0?ie=UTF8&n=283155&s=books&qid=1232068563&sr=1-1

I guess the plane motif is to fit in with the O/S covers of AOT?

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damian would have you know...

Posted January 16, 2009
I like a softback when I can stash it in the pocket of cargo pants, for reading during odd, otherwise wasted time. If the book is big enough that this isn't possible, then a hardback will do just as well and as the doc mentions, lasts longer. I find I prefer to remove the dust jacket for reading - my reading habits seem to preserve paperbacks well enough, but destroy dust jackets on hardbacks with ruthless efficiency. I guess there's always the temptation to use it for a bookmark, which hastens the process.

Other than non-pocketability, the only downside to hardbacks from my point of view is the price.

These days, incidentally, I carry a couple of dozen titles off of Project Gutenberg in my phone, as reading matter for unexpected downtimes. Getting new edition/commercial books in an unencumbered format would be a real boon to me... I so far have not deigned to dabble with DRM-crippled ebooks.

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Orin mutters...

Posted January 16, 2009
Why does a hard back guarantee a couple of print runs? Or is this something all hardbacks do? (not that it won't sell awesomely, I'm just curious about this statement)

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damian mutters...

Posted January 16, 2009
Orin: because there will be a paperback release subsequent to the hardcover one

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Rhino has opinions thus...

Posted January 16, 2009
Sweet. I've had a couple of people to whom I've pre-pimped it go to Amazon and look at the cover and say that it doesn't evoke the story that I told them about. Oh well. Guess that's why I'm a Rhino in Atlanta and not a marketing guy in NYC.

IMHO being hard cover means that the publisher expects sales to be strong and it is a mark of 'prestige'. I like hard covers as they look nicer on the shelves of my library and I buy them at 30% to 40% off when they are first released. I also like to scour the clearance racks for recent bestsellers as well ... picked up Weber's hard covers of Armageddon Reef for $5.96 and By Schism Rent Asunder for 50% off that way.

My only fear is that the Amazon comments will be overtaken by a deluge of love for The Rhino and the pure literary praise will be lost in the noise.

Oh, and thanks to Guru Bob for the rockin' new icon I'm sportin'

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Rhino would have you know...

Posted January 16, 2009
An icon that you can't see here. Damn. LOL

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damian is gonna tell you...

Posted January 16, 2009
The question piqued my curiosity about the pros and cons, also. Here's a pretty good discussion:

http://nathanbransford.blogspot.com/2008/10/hardcover-vs-paperback-debuts.html

A hardcover release also suggests the author has "made it", especially in genre fiction, because it indicates the publisher thinks the author is well known enough to sell reasonably in that format, and not queer the push for paperback sales later.

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damian mumbles...

Posted January 16, 2009
Yo Rhino:

http://en.gravatar.com/

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Orin mumbles...

Posted January 16, 2009
I can stash it in the pocket of cargo pants

Only if they are MC Hammer cargo pants.

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savo ducks in to say...

Posted January 16, 2009
My thinking is what Damien said AND

Amazon.com Sales Rank: #18,363

and not a book sold yet. Way to go!

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Timbook2 is gonna tell you...

Posted January 16, 2009
I've had my copy of WW pre-ordered for months now and I'm really looking forward to a fantastic read.

It won't be quite the same though since I seem to be off the friends and favs list of certain folks these days.

Oh well, I guess whipped, kept, man-house-mommies can't expect much respect.

I'll still buy the books and read them though.

Best to all.

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MickH reckons...

Posted January 16, 2009
Found in the "About the Author" section in Amazon

"...He lives at the beach with his wife, daughter, son, and two cats. "

WTF!

ROFL. Close enough I suppose but where's the dog?

:-)

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John Birmingham asserts...

Posted January 16, 2009
Ah, an old bio from my Bondi days.

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damian has opinions thus...

Posted January 16, 2009
Closest beach now is the one at Southbank, right?

For some values of "beach", of course.

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DrYobbo asserts...

Posted January 16, 2009
Ahh, Breaka Beach. Even Chandler Aquatic centre gets more swell. And smells less stridently of wee.

The plane is a bit misleading (a F16? Used to be able to pick 'em but my planespotter days are long gone) - can only think of one incident in WW which makes a feature of one, and it ain't over continental US. Or at least if it was it'd be a bit of a smear somewhere across the Midwest shortly after commencement of action.

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Sparty would have you know...

Posted January 16, 2009
"but in hardback form, which was totally unexpected"

scary how authors are kept in the loop

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Rhino mumbles...

Posted January 17, 2009
@Damian ... Thanks Dude.

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gtrof puts forth...

Posted January 19, 2009
I much prefer hardcover. Paperbacks tend to degrade after a couple of years. Plus love that thick cover and dust cover.

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dm60462 mutters...

Posted January 21, 2009
Just finnished WW. REALLY confused about something. If fallout cloud tracked N of HI, as mentioned, why would the state be out of coffee so fast? It was possibly the first mention of "none to be found anythere" in the book. The big island is rife with coffee farms. Other than that, lots of fun. Especially laughed at the Aussie expressions coming out of American's mouths! :)

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BiggyRat would have you know...

Posted January 21, 2009
Great Read! Thanks JB! I was disappointed that you were straying from the Axis of Evil series, but damn. it was worth it.

Okay, when's the sequel???

;0)

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BiggyRat mumbles...

Posted January 22, 2009
DOH! Axis of Time of course...(what an idiot!)

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Norm reckons...

Posted February 25, 2009
Love the book but wonder why no side story about Puerto Rico, large National Guard of both

army and air forces would have been a much better place to gather the remains of what was left in the Caribbean as opposed to Cuba (Guantanamo).

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Johntae swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 25, 2009
Good read, it's a fun story. Hopefully you'll have more feedback on back story going forward. It's understandable that most people don't realize how massive and massively far flung US military assets actually are. Especially at the point before the Iraq war. The reserve Divisions were activated and sent to Iraq so the forward based regular forces could remain at their prewar posts. Many Air and Army National guard units were federalized and shipped over seas to provide support as well.

I was curious why the US would abandon the Atlantic when the Med Fleet and it's Carrier group could easily maintain control of the south Atlantic by basing out of Belize, Honduras, Panama or share resources with the Sub fleet in Scotland, especially considering the US wouldn't give a dam about Europe's problems. What about the US Troops in Haiti? You could transfer the European command assets to the Central American bases. A couple regiments and a couple of squadrons of fighters and choppers would make them the most powerful combat force in the south Atlantic. Sorry if I'm rambling.

Great story telling though, I know you wanted to get the books out and paid before the world economy completely tanked.

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