Thursday, May 01, 2008

Playlist and Editor's Choice

Is that the sound of my dancing feet? Yes, those are my slippers shuffling and sliding across the linoleum.

Two reasons:

1) I created a Wicked Game playlist:

It's also posted it on the book's page (click and scroll down). This is a "soundtrack" of most of the songs mentioned in the novel (all the ones I could get legally through More playlists coming soon!

If you'd like to post the playlist on your own website, MySpace or Facebook page, send me an e-mail and I'll give you the secret code. Or you can just grab the HTML yourself if you know how to do it.

2) Wicked Game is this month's Editor's Choice at Love Vampires: The Website Dedicated to Vampire Fiction.

In her review, Amanda made herself my favorite person always and forever. Here's a long excerpt (all emphasis mine):

I have read a lot of vampire novels, some romance, some horror, some urban fantasy and some of just about every flavour in between. Some books have been so good I’ve spent the next week pimping the book to everyone I speak to. Some have been so bad I’ve wanted to bang my head (hard) against my desk and induce unconsciousness so I won’t have to think about what I’ve just read. A lot have been average, neither bad nor fantastically good, but a pleasant and entertaining way to pass time reading.

However, every once in a while someone writes a book that surpasses genre conventions and expectations, turning established ideas into something fresh and new. Books that have done this for me include J. R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series, Robin McKinley’s Sunshine, Charlaine Harris’s Southern Vampire series and Laurell K. Hamilton’s early Anita Blake. All in their own way original or unique, some of them eventually being consumed and becoming part of the established framework for that genre. It is in this way that Wicked Game strikes me as original and unique.

The words different, original, unusual and unique are used a lot in reviews but hopefully I have managed to give some context of what I mean when I use them. It is hard to draw comparisons between Wicked Game and other vampire novels because nobody else is really writing like this at the moment.
Go read the rest if you like, or just admire the gorgeous website design. I'll be here dancin'.

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It's a wonderful review, and so well deserved. I'm both speech- and breathless.


Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 5/01/2008 9:38 AM

Great play list. Of course, I'm listening to the Dead.


Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 5/01/2008 9:41 AM

I was limited to what had available, which was actually about 95% of what I needed. That was the only Dead version of "Uncle John's Band," but I figured Vampire Jim would like it, since he was a Beach Boys fan. :-)

The other substitution was Counting Crows cover of Steve Earle's "Fearless Heart," since they didn't have the original. But I thought they did a good cover, and Shane would have been a mild CC fan, so I'll take it.

Soon I'll be posting the full playlist (in words) on its own page, as well as a separate playlist for the chapter titles, and the playlist of Shane's 5:54am songs for Ciara.

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 5/01/2008 10:30 AM

Oh, and the other sub was The Pogues' "Dirty Old Town" for "The Old Main Drag," which they didn't have. But "DOT" was my second choice for that scene, anyway (the picnic scene).

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 5/01/2008 10:40 AM

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