Wednesday, November 02, 2005

because you asked...

Hey Neil, I have a confession to make. I got a free copy of Noisy Outlaws, Unfriendly Blobs, and Some Other Things That Aren't as Scary, Maybe, Depending on How You Feel About Lost Lands, Stray Cellphones, Creatures from the Sky, Parents Who Disappear in Peru, a Man Named Lars Farf, and One Other Story We Couldn't Quite Finish, So Maybe You Could Help Us Out from the Barnes & Noble where I work, and am consumed by guilt that I didn't pay for it, and quite possibly, the company didn't, either. Anyway, I was wondering what I could do to make sure that 826NYC will get my support in lieu of the $22 I didn't spend.

Also, I thought "Sunbird" was probably the best short story of yours I've read, and I absolutely loved it.



Right. Good question. I asked Dorna from McSweeney's what you could do, and she said,

What'd make me kind of really happy right now (well, apart from a
mention of this book on Oprah or something) would be:

(1) a review anywhere with a link to:
Mainly because that page announces the November 12 event and it'd be
helpful to get it noticed;

and (2) If she'd consider maybe posting a review to the Amazon page?
It's looking a little slimpickings there and I don't like the practice
of posting from within, which is often advocated. If she liked the
book and puts something up, that'd be very great. All she'd have to do
is go to the Amazon page, here:

and click on the link under Customer Reviews that says Write your own
review and post something.

Seeing that Christine is a Barnes and Noble employee she might also want to post a review over at (here's the link) or browbeat, bludgeon, bribe or blackmail any book reviewers she knows into mentioning it.

Then again, donations to 826NYC can be made directly at -- or, of course, you could start buying your superhero supplies from

Hey Neil,
You said a while ago on your blog (after you said the Moa was being silly) that there will be a signing later at Dream-Haven, when will that be? I would really like to get my book signed by you in person, and I was unable to attend the Moa signing due to a family funciton.


Current plans are for the friendly Minneapolis signing to take place on the 3rd of December. Around 2.00pm. At DreamHaven. More information to follow...


Last week you got a question about people posting pictures of themselves dressed as the Endless. So, some brave soul on LiveJournal immediately started:

- Glen

and lots of people write things like


I have another simple question for you. Why do you spell it "Hallowe'en"? Is "Halloween" incorrect?

Not if you're American. Probably not if you're English any more, although when I was at school that was how we spelled it, the apostrophe indicating the missing "v". (I did a quick google and noticed that the Daily Telegraph still spells it like that and then I had to read the story about unicycling doctors and I learned that After Paula Dadswell complained, she received a letter from hospital managers assuring her that in future all unicycling on the ward would be restricted to "special occasions" and then I learned that Ronald Pearsall was dead, and got to the point in the obituary where it mentioned that he was part of a team that wrote Dennis Wheatley thrillers after Wheatley died, and then I went to a Wheatley bibliography page and established that he didn't seem to have published much in the way of thrillers after he died in 1977 and then realised I was in one of those evil timesinks that the internet does so well... )


Hi Neil. Just wanted to quickly mention what I suppose could be considered a one-word review of Anansi Boys, on Stephen King's website. The one word: "Excellent."
I was also wondering what you think about his Dark Tower world being turned into a series of comic books @ . I'm looking forward to it, personally. Loved those books.

I'm delighted.