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Auction, Winner, and Other Wednesday Stuff

There’s only one day left, give or take, to win the amazing, eye-popping, high-quality, ready-for-framing 16 x 16 print of me, John Scalzi, Patrick Rothfuss, Charles Stross, and Mary Robinette Kowal posing in the style of Young Flandry. Bid now, and bid often!


The contest I did for a SFBC edition of either The Legend of Jig Dragonslayer or Libriomancer was amazing. I asked people to comment and share the best thing that happened to them last year.

Roughly 300 people entered, and I have to tell you, reading all of your good news and accomplishments from 2012 made my week so much better. You took risks, sold books, bought homes, got married, fell in love, beat cancer, had children, survived accidents, reunited with loved ones, moved to better places, got dream jobs, quit jobs from hell … I’m bookmarking these posts so I can come back and reread the comments when I’m in a lousy mood.

Congratulations to Jeff D., who was selected by the Great and Oracular Master of the Numbers of Randomness to receive the book of his choice.


As an FYI, the audio book of Libriomancer has been taken off of Amazon and Audible.com. Audible received some feedback on the narration, and decided to go back and re-record the book with a different reader. Not an ideal situation, but I give Audible major props for listening to their readers and taking steps to address the problems. I’ll let folks know when it’s available again, which should happen relatively soon.


Finally, I shared this line from Codex Born on Facebook yesterday, but I’m gonna share it here as well, because it makes me laugh. Because no matter how old I get, a part of me will always be twelve. This is Isaac grumbling about one of the villains of the story.

“[BAD GUY] can go light a match and stand behind a flatulent dragon for all I care.”

I’m telling you, this new book has NEBULA AWARD written all over it! :-)


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Jan. 30th, 2013 03:33 pm (UTC)
Jim, just started the audiobook for Libriomancer yesterday. And yep, I was just about to post a review to that effect. I know you have *NO* control over the narration, but...I am glad to hear Audible is making steps to correct the issue. I LOVE the book and was disappointed in the narrator (very flat and one note) and the editing (several sentences were repeated for no reason).

Glad I read the hardback version first! :) Can't wait to try it again in audio!

Edited at 2013-01-30 03:34 pm (UTC)
Jan. 30th, 2013 03:44 pm (UTC)
I had seen a few reviews along those lines. We brought it up with Audible, and they had already lined up a new narrator and were getting things moving.

I don't know the details, but that can't be a cheap step to take. It would have been nice if it had been done well the first time around, but it makes me happy that they care enough about the quality of the book to go back and do it right.
Jan. 30th, 2013 03:54 pm (UTC)
This is one of many reasons I have been an Audible member for over 11 years. They do listen (for the most part) and have quite excellent customer service. I am very glad that they are spending the time and money to make it better, that is a quality of a top notch company, one that I recommend wholeheartedly.
Jan. 30th, 2013 09:36 pm (UTC)
Seconded. I left one of my very rare reviews to say essentially don't be put off by the narrator for this great story. This was my comment of the performance.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator had a difficult time with making the characters' voices distinct as well as differentiating between the protagonist's internal monologue versus spoken word. I had trouble figuring out who was speaking sometimes.

I was also jolted out of the story periodically by some truly odd pronounciations. I get that not everyone knows how to pronounce "geas" but Copernicus (the astronomer), Hermes (the Greek god as opposed to the brand) and morgue (as in where the dead bodies go) are not unusual words.

I had no idea that they ever rerecorded. How cool. I wonder if the original buyers will be offered the updated version.
Jan. 31st, 2013 12:11 am (UTC)
I didn't know either. I didn't expect they'd take this step, but I'm delighted that they did.
Jan. 31st, 2013 12:39 am (UTC)
Since I'll get the updated version regardless, I'll just have to listen to it again. Oh the tragedy! :D

Edited at 2013-01-31 12:40 am (UTC)
Jan. 30th, 2013 05:48 pm (UTC)
Thing about the contest: I could think of some awesome things that happened last year - but then I realised, I have all 3 Goblin books AND Libriomancer. I bet I'm not alone, either.

So there's good stuff out there that didn't get reported.
Jan. 31st, 2013 12:11 am (UTC)
Well, if it helps, I have a few more books by another author that I'll probably be giving away soon :-)
Jan. 31st, 2013 03:06 am (UTC)
I wasn't feeling bad for not entering. Someone else gets to read your books! Who loses?

(I did squee a bit about Libriomancer on my own LJ, if you missed the post. I kept it short, alas, as I was in a hurry.)
Jan. 31st, 2013 03:21 am (UTC)
I did see that, and thank you :-)
Jan. 30th, 2013 06:16 pm (UTC)
"[BAD GUY] can go light a match and stand behind a flatulent dragon for all I care."

I appear to be collecting new phrases for exasperation, suddenly... (Last night it was "I am bed bath and beyond DONE with you" on Tumblr.)
Jan. 30th, 2013 08:13 pm (UTC)
“[BAD GUY] can go light a match and stand behind a flatulent dragon for all I care.”

This is why I recommend your books to all of my friends.
Jan. 31st, 2013 12:11 am (UTC)
Dragon farts FOR THE WIN!!!
Joel Cunningham
Feb. 7th, 2013 10:33 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear about the new reader for the audiobook. I was planning to call Audible and return my copy since I would never listen to the original again. I just checked with their customer service and they said the new version WILL be offered to everyone who already purchased the other one. It will be replaced in your library at no charge/no additional credit.

Love Audible -- I think they realized the series could be a big seller, but not with that reader.
Feb. 7th, 2013 10:54 pm (UTC)
That's great, thank you for letting me know!
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