Monday, September 22, 2008

Brief NAIBA recap and musings from people who don't exist

Just got back from the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association Fall Conference in Cherry Hill, NJ. I love bookseller trade shows because hey, I love booksellers. But I also love them because I get a chance to mingle with people outside my genres, and because I get to see previews of books that aren't coming out for months. Oh, and I might have picked up a book or ARC or two. Or sixty.

My name is Jeri, and I'm a Bookaholic. {{hiiiii Jeriiiiii}}

Anyway, the work day is over for most people, but I've got a novel to revise, so I've got a full night's work ahead of me. So this'll be quick, another "They blog so I don't have to" moment.

In a post entitled "Eat your heart out, George Clooney," Ciara brags about a review in Green Man Review, which I have to admit is one of my favorites, too:
Wicked Game is clever, funny, creative, and way too much fun. Jeri Smith-Ready plays with a concept I always thought would work well with vampires, setting them up as nighttime radio DJs whose familiarity with the material comes from actual experience, and she does it well, throwing in a nice mixture of musical styles and character personalities. Honestly, this is a book I wish I'd written, so I'm glad someone went ahead and did it. Smith-Ready's treatment of vampires is slightly skewed from the average depiction; in her world, vampires need to find a balance between the time period in which they were alive, and the modern era, lest they become disconnected and unable to function. Moreover, they're essentially locked in to their "Life Time," unable to easily change or grow or learn new things as time marches on without them. This imbues this particular breed of vampire with a unique and satisfying vulnerability, which makes for some interesting complications in their society. She also plays with the nature of codependency between vampires and humans, showing various ways in which they each get what they want, be it sex, money, protection, or dinner (you guess which is which. . . .) Maybe it's not all entirely original, since there's only so much variation possible, but it's explored nicely here.

Ciara's a fun character in her own right, a natural con artist who's always looking for that extra angle to exploit, and that back door to escape through. She's pragmatic, and naturally skeptical at first when things get weird, reacting like any normal person would, but when the chips are down, she really shines. In fact, it's safe to say she's got some massive reserves of confidence to draw upon, and an amazing amount of chutzpah, given some of the plans she comes up with. It'll be interesting to see what she does next, after what she pulls off in this book.

Wicked Game is a sure-fire winner in my opinion, and the sequel will be one of my must-reads.

Delish. Read the rest and see if you can figure out Ciara's favorite line. By the way, I don't know why the last two paragraphs are italicized. Fun with Blogger!

Then in Shane's World, our favorite vampire DJ (well, my favorite, anyway) waxes nostalgic about 80s video games, and shares with us a clip from a hilarious spoof of "Pac-Man the Movie."

Off to eat my first real meal of the day and then get crackin' on the manuscript. Tomorrow I'll be back with the results of Spencer's story contest.



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Now playing: Calico Horse - Awake In the Clouds
via FoxyTunes

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3 Comments:

I think I am a bookaholic too. So wanna go to the meetings together?! LOL

Posted by: Blogger Ruby (Mouth) at 9/22/2008 11:01 PM

Congrats on the great review!!! :-)

And I had to smile when I saw you'd just attended NAIBA b/c guess where I'm going this weekend? SIBA. The Southeastern Independent Booksellers Alliance tradeshow. I love booksellers, too, and books, oh, books...

Maybe you and I will catch up at another event one of these days!

Posted by: Blogger Cynthia Eden at 9/23/2008 12:58 AM

Ruby: Riiiiight. And what would do at those meetings? Talk about books? Get thee behind me, enabler!

Cynthia: Thanks! And have a great time at SIBA--you will love it. :-) I hope to see you next year at RT!

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 9/23/2008 7:49 AM

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