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August 23, 2013

Book report

Filed under: books,personal — danylmc @ 1:56 pm

This is the longest, and therefore my favorite review of my book so far. I know how many of you deadbeats read this blog, and roughly how many books I’ve sold so yet again, here’s where you can buy an ebook and here’s where you buys your hardcopy.

Also, I’m speaking at Te Papa on Monday alongside Giovanni Tiso about:

In the age of the blog, how is the written word received, rated, and disseminated?

Wouldn’t you rather come listen to that than eat lunch?

I’m also going to tell a (mostly) true story at the Book Council event on Friday night. And I’ll be shopping for groceries at Karori New World on Sunday morning! See you there!

 

22 Comments »

  1. Karori New World? Elitist.

    Comment by Clint — August 23, 2013 @ 2:41 pm

  2. I bought and read it – it reminded me of the late Iain Banks in the application of extraordinary events onto an ordinary setting.

    But Te Aro and the Aro Valley are different places as far as I was aware? Or is their conflation a literary device?

    Comment by richdrich — August 23, 2013 @ 3:01 pm

  3. is their conflation a literary device?

    Yep. It was nice to be able to swap between referring to Aro Valley and Te Aro instead of just repeating ‘Aro Valley’ over and over.

    Comment by danylmc — August 23, 2013 @ 3:08 pm

  4. Also, thanks!

    Comment by danylmc — August 23, 2013 @ 3:08 pm

  5. Thoroughly enjoying my copy that I got from Page & Blackmore in Nelson and I’m just a lurker!

    Comment by g2-33efdc1409fd335b811cc63f63c48b71C — August 23, 2013 @ 3:32 pm

  6. Why cant reviewers get straight to the McGuffin?

    Some of us are far too important to actually read stuff.

    Comment by Gregor W — August 23, 2013 @ 3:44 pm

  7. I know how many of you deadbeats read this blog, and roughly how many books I’ve sold so yet again, here’s where you can buy an ebook

    Shit. Sorry.
    I already downloaded the torrent version.

    Comment by Phil — August 23, 2013 @ 3:46 pm

  8. New World! – it’s such a rip-off. Countdown Karori might be a bit scummy, but it is heaps cheaper. Mind you, you could always bust a ride over to Pak’n’Save with me on Saturday morning…

    Comment by Sam — August 23, 2013 @ 5:10 pm

  9. All right, all right. You’ll see an additional download in the morning. It will join all the other novels on my iPad Kindle reader I haven’t got around to reading yet (roll on Thailand). Still, given the amount of time you put into this blog it seems only right to buy your book!🙂

    Comment by Sanctuary — August 23, 2013 @ 7:08 pm

  10. “Now I wonder what he would be able to achieve without the piss-take element?”

    Oh, high-art/low-art distinction, how I love you.

    Comment by Grant Buist — August 24, 2013 @ 6:22 am

  11. Oh, high-art/low-art distinction, how I love you.

    Kim Hill asked me something along the same lines. ‘Do you think you could write a REAL book?’ Because comic writing is SO easy.

    Comment by danylmc — August 24, 2013 @ 8:15 am

  12. Yes, a REAL book. A literary New Zealand novel – earnest, depressing, boring and full of laboured messages about personal relationships or what it is to be a New Zealander. Something no more than a thousand or so people want to read. That sort of thing. That’s PROPER writing, that is.

    Comment by Psycho Milt — August 24, 2013 @ 8:45 am

  13. “…Yes, a REAL book. A literary New Zealand novel – earnest, depressing, boring and full of laboured messages about personal relationships or what it is to be a New Zealander…”

    More than a hint of truth in that. I have seldom heard probably our most successful popular author ever mentioned…

    http://christchurchcitylibraries.com/Literature/People/S/Summers_Essie/

    “…Essie Summers wrote 55 romance novels, selling more than 19 million copies in 105 countries and published in 25 languages…”

    Comment by Sanctuary — August 24, 2013 @ 11:18 am

  14. I didn’t get the ending … Verity. What?

    Comment by MeToo — August 24, 2013 @ 9:43 pm

  15. It seems sad that our literary establishment, such as it is, views ruminations on the meaning of New Zealand’s national identity as the sine qua non of worthwhile art.

    Comment by Hugh — August 24, 2013 @ 10:13 pm

  16. Me too, MeToo. And how do magnets work? Loose end right there.

    Comment by Guy Smiley — August 25, 2013 @ 9:10 pm

  17. how do magnets work?

    I actually prepared an answer to this in case any journalists asked me about it. Turns out explaining magnets is really tricky. But no one ever asked.

    Comment by danylmc — August 25, 2013 @ 9:29 pm

  18. Still, it’s always good to know the answer just in case. I guess. Anyway, loved it, thanks. Plenty of scope for a sequel.

    Comment by Guy Smiley — August 25, 2013 @ 9:37 pm

  19. A sequel, that would be grand!

    Comment by MeToo — August 25, 2013 @ 9:57 pm

  20. > Because comic writing is SO easy.

    Why not stick to satire?

    Comment by Ross — August 26, 2013 @ 1:17 pm

  21. Having failed to top the Google search results for ‘lesbian threesome,’ you could perhaps aspire to be on the top page of hits for the phrase ‘urinating with an erection.’ Though God knows, at my age taking a piss is difficult enough without going through the rigmarole of trying to get an erection first.

    Comment by Higgs Boatswain — August 28, 2013 @ 12:34 am

  22. Ahuh. Too much info Buddy.

    Comment by toby — August 28, 2013 @ 5:47 am


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