Tuesday, August 21, 2007

It's Alive! My Creature...Lives!

Woo-hoo! (Dancing round the room.) They're beautiful! (Holding book on high, gazing up at it.) Stunning! Fantastic! And, mine, all mine! It's my-- (Dances backwards over cliff and falls into river of fire...) --Pre-c-i-o-u-s-s-s-s-s-s!


Sorry, sorry. Don't you hate those Gollum moments?

Actually, the books came about midday, and I posted two of them off to folks who may write reviews. Since then I've just admired them. From various angles. In various lighting schemes. Haven't really had the courage to read any of it yet, though I did glance through to see if anything was obviously printed upside down, or if sections of The Da Vinci Code had insinuated themselves. (So far, everything right-side up, and no DVC.) And I read the paired epigraphs, which are pretty damn good. (But, then, those two are from the Book of Exodus and WB Yeats, respectively. Reliable sources.)

The visual impact of the cover doesn't really come across in photos. From the start, both Will and Sophie have used the word "stunning," and I can't come up with a better one. The cover art is peculiarly luminescent, and I once again thank heavens that I wasn't put in charge of design, or we'd have something far more pedestrian.

What is so bizarre is the blatant multiplicity of it all. I mean, sure--I knew in principle that they intended to print more than one copy. But seeing a stack of them, even a modest stack, brings it all home. This is a book. One that might be picked up and read--oh please pray god--by total strangers. Not to mention how nicely it sits atop the whole MNW pile...

Shock and Awe is fatter than I expected. (Why am I surprised? I do have a tendency to go on and on.) Indeed, I might have been alarmed were it not for the fact that I was preceded by Annabel Dore's The Great North Road, which is a regular Moby Dick of a book.

And there I am, atop the stack of Macmillan New Writing books. Not there for long, of course, as LC Tyler and then Faye L Booth will be piled on top of me soon. But, still, what a stack. (Sorry if your book doesn't show to better advantage. Shiny little guys, aren't they?)

I'm #23 in the line-up. Which, according to the late-Victorian numerologist Cheiro, is "A very fortunate number. It indicates success, help from superiors and protection from those in high places. A most fortunate number in dealing with future events." (LC Tyler and Faye Booth, take note: 24 and 25 are pretty spiffy numbers, too.)

Okay. Sweet. But I'm avoiding confusion by not paying attention to the Wikipedia entry on the topic. Or to the Jim Carrey movie, which I haven't seen. So please don't disabuse me of my wild romantic notions. For the moment, I'm pretty happy.

17 comments:

Faye L. said...

Hell, I'm giddy and it ain't even my book. Looking good! So the author copies are sent out...what...a week or two before the release?

FLB

Matt Curran said...

Most definitely a sexy looking book, sir.

Nothing beats seeing your novel in print for the first time. I even asked Sarah to drive into Sheffield to present me with my first copy while I was at work.
It's sad, but I remember doing a jig around a dodgy carpark, hugging the book to my breast.

It's a good job there weren't any police nearby...

The best part is that you never get tired of seeing it in that lovely hardback format.

Sexy.

Damned sexy.

David Isaak said...

Hi Faye,

I'm an ocean away, so they actually sent them last week, just about three weeks before pub date. And I think we may have been running a little later than usual...

David Isaak said...

Hi Matt

"It's a good job there weren't any police nearby..."

Yeah, or rivers of lava, either. But I'm glad to hear that others are afflicted with the Gollum tendency.

It is sexy, innit?

Eliza Graham said...

Pretty babies, David! Enjoy them.

Anonymous said...

Many congratulations David - and the very best of good things over the coming months. Looking forward to reading it!

Cheers

Brian McGilloway

David Isaak said...

Hi, Eliza. No such thing as an ugly baby, right? (At least not to thier parents...)

David Isaak said...

Thanks, Brian,

I'm drumming my fingers waiting for Gallows Lane, too, as Borderlands was a top-notch read in every respect. But I guess that won't happen until next spring...

Suroopa said...

Groovy to look at, and the joy is infectious! And that pile, it looks stunning...may it grow in strength! A prayer from distant shores...

Sam Taylor said...

Congratulations! You are teh kewl now. :)

David Thayer said...

SHOCK is a handsome devil, love the dimensions. Moments to be savored.

David Isaak said...

Hey, Sam! Yeah, like, totally.

David Isaak said...

Indeed, Mr Thayer. Though the savoring time has been short; off to Jakarta tomorrow, and not done with my work yet.

I'll say howdy to the salad bar at the Ponderosa for you!

May said...

It must feel like giving birth to child.

David Isaak said...

Hi May--

I suspect this is similarly exciting--but from what I hear, considerably less uncomfortable.

Charles Lambert said...

It looks great, David! I've just got a copy of the jacket of Little Monsters, but I've had to wrap it round something else to see what it's going to look like because there's still no actual book. The one that seemed to fit best is Cavafy's Collected Poems, which may be an omen (or not)... Whatever, all my congratulations!

David Isaak said...

Hey, Charles--

I got an early jacket copy, too, but it turned out it wasn't quite actual size, so my wrapping efforts were misleading anyhow.

The jacket of Little Monsters looks great--the subtle discord between the art/font and the actual words of the title makes it quite intriguing. A tip of the hat to your jacket designer.

(I'd post a link, but that's too complicated at the moment. But those reading this might want to click on "Charles Lambert's Blog" under COOL WRITERS over on the sidebar and check out the jacket.)