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Ends & Odds, Pieces & Bits…

October 7, 2011

When I add a new post to this main page, it goes out instantly by email to subscribers, and gets automatically posted to Facebook and tweeted to the Twittosphere. (As you know yourself, if you just found this in your eMailbox, or got it in your News Feed, or on your Timeline.)

But when I add posts to other pages on my blog, they just stay where I put them. Unless you happen to drop by to check out one or more of those pages, you’ll never know about them.

Which may be just fine with you. But I figure you might find something of interest in these recent additions:

After a quick one-paragraph bio, About Lawrence Block has evolved into an ongoing page of reading recommendations under the header of What LB Likes To Read. A couple of nights ago I had dinner with Dan Wakefield, and we discovered we were both major Somerset Maugham enthusiasts. So today I added a couple of paragraphs on Maugham, picking some favorites and providing live links. (And while I was at it I tossed in a link to my favorite novel of Dan’s.)

As the reviews roll in for Getting Off, Jill Emerson’s Page has become a repository for them. Here are a couple of snippets:

“I had a great time reading “Getting Off.” There is enough sex and murder to make anyone happy.” —Todd Martin in HorrorNews

“Get ready for a wild ride. I have never blushed this much reading a book in public ever before, and I relished every shameless second.” —Cullen Gallagher in Pulp Serenade

And there are tributes as well from David Montgomery and Tom Callahan, and you can scroll on down to see the ladies of the Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society, read a couple exchanges in which Jill clearly gets the better of me, and check out her seven-book body of work, all available now at $2.99 a book. Such a deal!

Matthew Scudder’s Page came about with the publication of The Night and the Music, the complete collection of Scudder short stories. You’ll find links for the $2.99 eBook, and a list of the 14 mystery booksellers who can supply signed copies of the trade paperback edition—and one who’s offering a deluxe leatherbound limited edition for $150. (You can order the signed book directly from us for $15 plus shipping, but we can only fill US orders; the fourteen dealers listed can ship anywhere in the world.)

On the same page you’ll find some early reviews of the just-published book, and who am I to deny you snippets?

“A quicker, more enjoyable read you won’t find, and veteran Scudder fans will rejoice at sharing his adventures again.” —Mike Rogers at Library Journal

“One Last Night at Grogan’s” has a beautifully elegiac feel to it, and if it does turn out to be the series’ farewell, it’s a good one.” —James Reasoner at Rough Edges

“One of the biggest bargains you’ll ever find…an irresistible collection. You’ll want this one for sure. Trust me.” —Bill Crider in his Pop Culture Magazine

You’ll also find links, but why should you have to hunt for them? I’m more than happy to provide them. I live but to serve…

Kindle Nook Smashwords

And LB’s Bookstore, for the signed trade paperback

Finally, the LB’s Afterthoughts page was designed to give you a taste of the entries in the 99¢ eBook, Afterthoughts, my piecemeal tell-all memoir of my early years in the business. The book’s been selling very well indeed, and now I’ve added a selection that’s not to be found in Afterthoughts; it’s the concuding chapter of The Night and the Music, telling how and when the various stories came to be written.

Ends and odds, pieces and bits. What the blog doesn’t have yet, and really ought to, is a schedule page. In its absence, I’ll take this moment to tell you I’ll be at Gary Lovisi’s paperback show at the 57th Street Holiday Inn in Manhattan from noon to one on Sunday, October 16. And I’ll be attending QuebeCrime, the first annual crime festival in Quebec City, the last weekend in October, and Men of Mystery, in Huntington Beach CA, on November 19.

I really ought to have a schedule page. Soon, I trust. In the meantime, would you like to see those links for The Night and the Music one more time?

I didn’t think so. Never mind…


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  1. Mason Palmer permalink

    This man has a delightful sense of humor.

  2. Craig permalink

    LB, I just finished Liar’s Bible. (I was lucky enough to buy it when it was on sale a few weeks ago.) What a fun reading experience.

    • Craig, thanks, and I’m glad you got it at the sale price, as it’s back up at $7.99 now. Note to self: Talk to Open Road about putting The Liar’s Bible and The Liar’s Companion on special. (Like they listen to me…)

  3. Craig Childs permalink

    When Liar’s Companion and Telling Lies for Fun and Profit go on sale again, I’ll be the first to buy them.

    Hey, and one other question–whatever happened to that novelization of Black Widow, which you mention writing in 1986 in one of the essays in Liar’s Bible? It’s not listed on this site in your bibliography. Are you holding back on us?

    • Ah, yes. Black Widow. I finished the book and thought it turned out reasonably well. But Berkley had failed to get all their ducks in a row, and had put me to work without getting the screenwriter (who controlled novelization rights) to sign off on the deal. Which he refused to do. So Berkley paid me the full advance, as they were contractually required to do, and the manuscript’s in a box somewhere in my office. At this point, some 25+ years later, I could probably change the names and publish the thing. I’ll have to think about it…

  4. Craig permalink

    Sounds like a good idea for a $2.99 ebook, if you ask me. You might want to check with a lawyer, just to make sure the screenwriter doesn’t try to sue you.

  5. Craig permalink

    Also, while you’re digging up lost treasures, you can also re-release Turnabout, the collaboration with Richie Weber that (apparently) Amazon has never heard of.

  6. Craig permalink

    First Black Widow, then Turnabout… sounds like you did a lot of work in 1986 that never got properly introduced to the world.

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