Thursday, March 10, 2005

Requiem brags

I just finished my periodic self-Google (doctors recommend this procedure monthly) and discovered a couple of things that made me happy.

Award-winning paranormal romance author P.C. Cast has listed Requiem for the Devil on her favorite book list. It's under the list entitled: "These novels are close to my heart, brought me to tears, made me wish I'd written them" along with some truly amazing authors like Tanith Lee, Diana Gabaldon, Dean Koontz and Christopher Moore. Little Nobody Jeri Smith-Ready sits in the middle of all these luminaries, kinda like that one burnt potato chip in every bag.

I'm especially flattered because I read Goddess of Spring by Ms. Cast a couple of months ago and really enjoyed it. The main character, a woman who runs an Italian bakery, switches places with the goddess Persephone and gets sent to the underworld to put a little life into the brooding god Hades. It's funny, beautiful and has quite the stallion of a leading man. A poignant twist on the Orpheus/Eurydice myth was particularly moving.

Hmmm...Hades, Lucifer. I guess we have similar tastes?

I don't know why, but it freaks me out in the loveliest way when people I've never met tell the world that I entertained them. God bless Google.

In other Requiem news, it's still in the top 25 best-selling Dark Fantasies on after nearly four years, up there with Laurell K. Hamilton, Kim Harrison, and some guy named Stephen King. It's also the 17th highest rated on that site, if you eliminate the ones with fewer than five ratings (which is how Fictionwise ranks them). People are continuing to buy it after all these years, and in steadily increasing numbers.

Apparently some people fancy those burnt potato chips.


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