Saturday, February 3, 2007

"The Manuscript" comes home

Michael Stephen Fuchs' thriller The Manuscript is now available on our fair shores, at least from Amazon and from Powell's as well as a couple other online sellers. Reviews on Amazon are running 4 1/2 stars out of five, so Michael ought to be patting himself on the back.

Not sure if it's in bookstores or not; I plan to go pester a few just to find out. A clerk at Barnes & Noble told me it's not in the store, but that it was available for immediate delivery from their warehouse, which means that some of them have already arrived in California. In any case, if you can't you can't find one in your local book dive, they can be apparently be ordered easily enough from the stores; or, if you prefer not to get out of that chair, a few mouse clicks will do the same.

It's cheaper here, as it's a trade paperback. Unfortunately, it doesn't have the cool new cover--shown to the left--that the upcoming paperbacks will have in the UK. [Correction: That cool new cover apparently hasn't been approved for public release yet, so now I'm reverting to the old cover...which is also pretty cool. For those of you who already saw the new cover at this site: You've seen into the future. That's what clairvoyance feels like.]

Nonetheless, I seem to recall someone saying something to me about books and their covers and judging them thereby. So don't hold out for the new cover. Go ahead and get one now.


Jake said...

...Actually, that book sounds pretty damn interesting from reading those reviews. I'm sold, besides the David Recommendation. ;)

Both covers are fairly Cool Looking.

Anonymous said...

Michael Fuchs writes rubbish. Do not buy this book.Even a new cover wouldn't save it. If you are tempted, read the forword and that will put you off for life. This poor sap is trying to jump on the coattails of The Da Vinci Code and fails miserably.

David Isaak said...

Wow, Anon! When I get that hostile, I usually have the courage to identify myself.

There ARE similarities between "The Manuscript" and "The Da Vinci Code". For example, both have front and back covers, and words printed all over the pages in between.

I frankly have no idea what you're talking about. But, then, I found "Da Vinci Code" to be literally unreadable, so perhaps I missed something. I WANTED to read it, just to see what all the fuss was about. But writing like that seen in the fifth paragraph stopped me dead (the whole paragraph is just this one silly impossible sentence):

"On his hands and knees, the curator froze, turning his head slowly."

When I get that on page one, it's hard to keep going.

True, if you loved "The Da Vinci Code" you might not care for "The Manuscript." Or probably any other books I talk about on this blog.