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    Quote Originally Posted by RonClinton View Post
    Anybody pick up a CD book via their 50% Black Friday offer?
    I grabbed the Backshot works from Gorman and Piccirilli, as well as Paul F. Olson's Whispered Echoes based on Kevin Lucia's recent write-up.
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    I have to say, I wasn't as impressed with the Olson collection as I thought I'd be. The Backshot volumes are great, though.

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    I went with 2 of the McCammon books.

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    Speaking of Black Friday, I picked up a signed HC of READY PLAYER ONE during Barnes & Noble's Black Friday event. Lots of love for this book all over the web peppered with some post-hype scathing reviews of very consistent criticisms...but I threw caution to the wind and grabbed a copy. I go in with low expectations, but am hoping for the best. If I don't care for it, there are enough rabid fans out there that I shouldn't have any problem getting my money back on it via eBay...it already seems to be going for more there than cover price.

    Anybody else grab a copy (or anything else, for that matter) from B&N's special signed books Black Friday sale?
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    [QUOTE=RonClinton;87886]No classic horror-boom pb fans? Ahh, you all don't know what you're missing...

    Anybody pick up a CD book via their 50% Black Friday offer?

    I was quite tempted. The books I wanted-One just announced title, one new title I wasn't aware of at all and one title that I've wanted for a while. I have other things going on in my life presently which make buying more new books a low priority unless it's something special. Today, I went through the Jury Duty process. I just watched in the court room. I wasn't selected (or however you put it). I just had to show up. I'm hoping on my remaining days off, my regular days off, I can complete one course and get that out of my hair. If that happens, after that, things will go back to normal for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonClinton View Post
    Anybody else grab a copy (or anything else, for that matter) from B&N's special signed books Black Friday sale?
    I picked up the signed Tom Hanks books, and John Hodgman book, and the one I REALLY REALLY wanted - the signed Bruce Dickinson book. \m/

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonClinton View Post
    No classic horror-boom pb fans? Ahh, you all don't know what you're missing...
    I read the Grady Hendrix book, and I bet I have a lot of those books on my shelves in the attic. I used to buy any used horror novels I could find in the '80s, and bought a ton of new paperbacks in the '90s too.

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    Double booked myself last night and elected to see Andy Weir instead of watch my beloved Sounders destroy poor Houston to clinch their second straight Western Conference Championship trophy.

    Approximately 600 people were here - by far the biggest signing I’ve attended at Third Place Books. I didn’t grab any pictures but they set up an airlock that you entered through and the stage had moon rocks complete with a window so you can watch the earth rise (which I learned technically doesn’t happen because the moon is locked to the earth.)

    The first 30 minutes or so were a conversation between Andy and Neal Stephenson and then questions from the audience. We learned that Watney would be sorted into Hufflepuff and welders don’t return phone calls to authors wanting research.

    The actual signing was very assembly line - no time to chat and no posed pictures.

    Regardless I had a blast and while I regret missing the Sounders match, I watched the DVR recording when I got home.

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    Got my Sub Press edition of The Martian signed, along with the short story in Ready Player One, Laos from Sub Press, and of course Artemis.

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    TD/Jason: I was there last night as well. It was, as you say, a huge gathering...other than King, it was by far the largest signing I've ever attended. The airlock entrance thing was cheesy but pretty neat...again, not anything like I've seen at a signing before. I think Neal Stephenson, who conducted the interview, needs to keep his day job as author, though...a skilled interviewer he's not. Speaking of Stephenson, I got one of the free posters, but handed it to the employee at the signing table to give to a more appreciative home. I didn't bring my S/L of THE MARTIAN (inscribing a S/L???...sacrilege, I say!), so only had my copy of ARTEMIS for him to sign (well, inscribe, actually, as I have the S/L of it on order). Seemed like a nice, smart guy filled with good humor...just like his books.

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    I grabbed a poster that was lying around. Figured it might come in handy somewhere/sometime. For the record I haven’t read anything from Stephenson, but I do have a few of his books on my want to read list.

    And you’re right - not a skilled interviewer.

    Sacrilege to sign the SL? I can see that. I just thought it would be fun. And since I have no plans to sell it works. But getting him to sign RPO is just an upgrade to my SL.

    It was a fun evening.

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    Sounds like you guys had a great evening. I have to admit that I resent not having much for signings here in Winnipeg.

    Mike: I was considering grabbing Devil's Day. Have you read any of Hurley's other work? Any opinions?

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    I read The Loney because Richard Chizmar said something about it on the Twitters. Snagged one of the Tartarus Press editions for a decent price and now I see people asking ridiculous amounts of money for them. Are they really worth that kind of cash because I will sell mine.

    Story wise I thought it was okay. Didn’t leave me any lasting impressions.

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    Cool event, Jason and Ron! Congrats on the sigs!

    Nice adds, Mike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theli View Post
    Sounds like you guys had a great evening. I have to admit that I resent not having much for signings here in Winnipeg.

    Mike: I was considering grabbing Devil's Day. Have you read any of Hurley's other work? Any opinions?
    I have not read any of his stuff at all, but I'm a huge fan of weird westerns, so it seemed to fit. I've just dipped into it, Seems pretty violent and graphic, but well written. Teens stay away, nothing sparkling about these vampires, AH's with sharp teeth and appetites LOL!!

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    Picked this up Treasure hunting yesterday!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mhatchett View Post
    I have not read any of his stuff at all, but I'm a huge fan of weird westerns, so it seemed to fit. I've just dipped into it, Seems pretty violent and graphic, but well written. Teens stay away, nothing sparkling about these vampires, AH's with sharp teeth and appetites LOL!!
    Mike, I think you've got DEVIL'S DAY and DUST DEVILS confused -- Janz' is the one w/ weird western vampires, while Hurley is the one...without them.

    Theli, for what it's worth, here's what someone on another forum said about Hurley's DEVIL'S DAY when I asked the same thing...he rated it a 1 out of 10. "If you want a novel about the bleak realities of farming in rural England along with the traditions, superstitions and folk songs passed down through generations of farmers then this is the book for you. If you want a compelling narrative, well-rounded characters and some element of horror that would justify this being published by a specialty genre press then steer well clear." Not exactly a glowing review, certainly nothing like what one read about THE LONEY.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TacomaDiver View Post
    I read The Loney because Richard Chizmar said something about it on the Twitters. Snagged one of the Tartarus Press editions for a decent price and now I see people asking ridiculous amounts of money for them. Are they really worth that kind of cash because I will sell mine.

    Story wise I thought it was okay. Didn’t leave me any lasting impressions.
    It's free to list stuff on eBay nowadays (unless you sell more than 50 items a month, or buy a bunch of listing upgrades), so toss it on there and see what happens.

    For what it's worth, I also picked up a copy (ebook, though) because of Rich's recommendation and was pretty disappointed. He (and others) were making it out to be the next big thing in horror and there's effectively no horror and very little suspense. It was a huge disappointment.

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    They seem to go in the $300 range which I find kind of crazy. There was the best offer accepted on a copy listed at over $700. Now that Hurley has a new one maybe I’ll throw it up there with a ridiculous price but accept offers I’m confident that I’ll make my money back and then some.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mhatchett View Post
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