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Author:  Ray [ Thu May 07, 2009 10:27 am ]
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You covered that transactional bit anyway regarding the recent Ligotti piece, just the sort of thing I meant. So more like that please.

Author:  Pete [ Thu May 07, 2009 3:07 pm ]
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Thanks Ray. In the case of Ligotti, it was more by accident than design though.

Author:  Pete [ Tue May 26, 2009 11:14 am ]
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Andy hasn't started a thread for Black Static #11 as yet, but I've already let the cat out of the bag about what books you can expect to see reviewed.

Check the blog :D

Author:  RossWarren [ Fri Jun 19, 2009 9:09 pm ]
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Simon Bestwick, listed in the books list with his Abbadon title, also has a collection out from Gray Friar Press this month.

Author:  Pete [ Mon Jun 22, 2009 7:27 am ]
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I've reviewed all the Abaddon "Tomes" titles so far, and all the Gray Friar Press titles that I've been sent, so things look good for Mr B.

Our featured writer for Black Static #12 in August will be Gary A. Braunbeck, with a review of his latest Cedar Hill novel, "Far Dark Fields", and an interview.

Author:  Pete [ Sat Jul 18, 2009 7:54 am ]
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As a diversion from the BFA stuff, I've just posted to the blog a book trailer for "Sense and Sensibility and Sea Serpents", the latest Austen variation from Quirk:-

I don't have sound on my computer, but I'm assuming it's SFW (safe for work) as no restrictions on YouTube.

I'm toying with the idea of using the occasional book trailer as filler, posting between the more 'content heavy' blogs, so if anyone sees any good ones please let me know, either by PM, email to or by posting somewhere on Interaction.

Author:  Rolnikov [ Fri Nov 06, 2009 9:20 pm ]
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I agree on ARCs (see Pete's latest blog entry). Though I haven't yet graduated to getting actual printed ones, I do get pdfs and Word versions occasionally.

You feel like you have to give the publisher a free pass on mistakes, or at least include a caveat, and take the risk half your review won't apply to the printed version.

In one book recently two characters were being attacked by monsters, but though one of them got zapped, he still managed somehow to sprint off, leaving his brother behind on the floor... I realised their names had been mixed up at one point (unless I missed something). In a printed copy that would be a pretty bad mistake, but in an ARC you tend to assume it'll be fixed.

Author:  nigelfox [ Sat Nov 07, 2009 9:02 pm ]
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Pete, I've enjoyed in the extreme your entry about ARCs. I agree on almost everything you said, but I must admit that ARCs are better than nothing... Too often the alternative is a PDF file (which is even worse) or a word of apology from the publisher for being unable to send anything.

Author:  Pete [ Mon Nov 09, 2009 9:59 am ]
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Oh yeah, I agree ARCs are better than PDFs or nothing.

I can't recall ever having an apology from a publisher for not being able to send something. Usually I just get ignored :lol:

Mind you, I'm receiving so much stuff now that it's very rare I ask for something - only if it fits in with a planned feature.

Author:  Rolnikov [ Wed Nov 18, 2009 10:15 am ]
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Pete wrote:
'The Devil is a Gentleman' has footnotes at the end of the book, which is something I find extremely irritating. I don't want to have to keep breaking off from my reading to turn to the back of the book. Footnotes are meant to be placed at the foot of the page - it's why they are called foot-notes. Does anyone else find this annoying?

Depends if they're interesting or not, I think! Author's comments that form part of the text are better on the page (like in Jack Vance's books), but I think citations and editorial comments are better at the back.

It's much, much easier to typeset them at the back... Putting them on the same page can be quite fiddly, especially if things might be moved around - for example if you're not sure where art will be added.

Author:  Pete [ Wed Nov 18, 2009 3:08 pm ]
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I'd agree that incorporating stuff into the text is the best option, but where that's not possible...

Also I can see that from a typesetting perspective back of the book works best, but as a consumer of books the problems of the producer do not concern me. It's all about what works best for the consumer (i.e. the reader).

Choosing between a flick of the eye to the foot of the page, or continually marking the page and turning to the back of the book, then I have to go for the former.

Anyone else?

Author:  Rolnikov [ Sat Dec 12, 2009 10:15 am ]
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I meant more that if the footnotes are by the author of the book, it's good for them to be at the foot of the page, but if they're notes about the book by someone else (e.g. in Penguin Classics) I'd prefer them at the back.

Reading your interview with Joel Lane in BS13, which I just got from Fictionwise, I'm quite chuffed to find I've now got his first published work - I picked up Dark Horizons 27 on eBay this week.

Author:  Pete [ Sat Dec 12, 2009 1:26 pm ]
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Ah, see what you're getting at. Me, I think that if it's something I'm going to want to read there and then, with relevance to the text, then it should be at the foot of the page, regardless of who wrote it. If it's simply a matter of attributing to a source or similar, then it's fine to leave it in the back.

But when it comes to deciding if I want to read something or not, a flick of the eye to the foot of the page is easier than having to constantly turn to the back.

I may very well have a copy of that Dark Horizons around here somewhere. I have loads of books and magazines in out of the way places. Impossible to keep track of them all.

Author:  gileadslostson [ Thu Apr 08, 2010 9:15 am ]
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Happy birthday Pete! Hope it continues for many years to come :D

Author:  Pete [ Fri Apr 09, 2010 9:41 am ]
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Cheers Marc. When you have a book out, you have guaranteed yourself a review in Black Static. If you'd put a kiss as well it would have been a good one :lol:

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