Further to my last post…

Leave it to the Fates to slap me one in the face when I’m running around yelling the sky is falling.

I joined a group that’s a sort of review copy consortium today. Basically, a whole gaggle of publishers have gotten together and formed a website offering electronic copies of books to review. If you’re approved, of course. They can’t just go handing out freebies to everyone, now, can they.

I already get the tangible sort of books to review; now I also get them electronically. So, how will that new development affect my thoughts on electronic books? Edge of your seat yet?

Well, says I, free books is free books. But the thing is, once I’ve read and reviewed a physical book I can choose to keep it or toss it onto my groaning shelves. But once I’ve read and reviewed an electronic one? I’ve virtually downloaded it into my brain, where it gets lost amongst all the pieces of mis-matched and broken furniture, the dust and cobwebs, unlikely to be heard from again.


I may have to stew about this one a while. Have your people contact my people in, say, a month. Or two.

The fact I can be seduced so easily by anyone walking by and whispering "freeeee boooooks…" tells you all you really need to know about me, doesn't it?

That's why the lady's a tramp.

And, what's my first electronic galley? Why, I'm glad you asked:



Tell your friends you heard it here first (even if you didn't). Major, major big hit potential is written all over this Canadian writer's book, buddy. Major, major big hit.

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Crummey (River Thieves) returns readers to historic Newfoundland in his mythic and gorgeous latest, set over the course of a century in the life of a hardscrabble fishing community. After a lean early-19th-century winter, a whale beaches itself and everyone in town gathers to help with the slaughter. But when a woman known only as Devine's Widow—when she's not called an outright witch—cuts into the belly, the body of an albino man slides out. He eventually revives, turns out to be a mute, and is dubbed Judah by the locals. Judah's mystery—is his appearance responsible for the great fishing season that follows?—is only one among many in this wild place, where the people are afflicted by ghosts and curses as much as cold and hunger. Crummey's survey eventually telescopes to the early 20th century, when Judah's pale great-grandson, Abel, sequesters himself amid medical debris in an old hospital where his opera singer cousin, Esther Newman, has returned and resolved to drink herself to death. But before she does so, she shares with him the family history he never knew. Crummey lovingly carves out the privation and inner intricacies that mark his characters' lives with folkloric embellishments and the precision of the finest scrimshaw. (Apr.)
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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Other Press (March 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590514343
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590514344

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