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Claude Lalumière
Posted on Friday, February 04, 2005 - 10:15 am:   

2004 was a great year for Lucius Shepard readers -- with several excellent new books of his being released -- and I celebrate that in my "best of the year" piece for Locus Online:
http://www.locusmag.com/2005/Features/01_Lalumiere_BestOf2004.html
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, February 04, 2005 - 11:07 am:   

Hey, thanks Claude. I appreciate it.
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Bill Reynolds/Socrates17
Posted on Friday, February 11, 2005 - 03:39 pm:   

Sure makes it hard to keep up, though, and, as I've fessed up elsewhere, I seem to have missed Handbook of American Prayer.

I always try to buy first from the author/band if I'm at a concert or a signing, then (if it is a specialty label) from the publisher/record company, then from a specialty retailer, and finally as a last resort Amazon.

Fortunately, I've got a good relationship with PS. Peter has my credit card on file, I just email him with what I want from the next 6 months' releases, and periodically something shows up.
In the cases where I've messed up with PS, Camelot books in Florida has always been able to rescue me.
Night Shade retains your data in an account and has an OK shopping cart system.
Wildside is a nightmare to browse on line.
You have to keep re-entering your data with Golden Gryphon for every order, which is irritating.
The specialty book retailers I've tried (no names) are all much too slow.
Wayside Music and Seventh Records (Magma's record company) are very fast. I gave up on one specialty music mail order company in the midwest because they were too slow. (We're talking 4+ months here for in stock items. I'm not that unreasonable.)
It would be sooooo much easier to order everything from Amazon (who even have PS books sometimes, especially at the UK site) but....

Claude - great column. You clued me into a couple of things I had missed. Can't agree with you on Groundhog Day, but I'm relieved that Someone besides me was disappointed in The Wizard. I was starting to think that maybe I had shot myself in the foot by holding The Knight until the sequal was released and then reading them sequentially. I've been doing this with many series ever since Len Deighton's Berlin Game, Set, and Match and it usually usually hasn't been a problem. Especially with, for instance, the new John C. Wright "trilogy" which was witten originally as one book and is better read that way.
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, February 11, 2005 - 07:14 pm:   

Sorry you missed Prayer, Bill. Amazon has copies, I think. But I know for a fact that the publisher is out of copies.
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Bill Reynolds/Socrates17
Posted on Saturday, February 12, 2005 - 12:11 pm:   

Not to fret. If I can't get it in Forbidden Planet this coming Tuesday like I said, I'll order from Amazon. They appear to still have it.

The mainstream publishing industry being what it is, Thank Arioch for the proliferation of small imprints. (Windows/Walls is sorta borderline.) Regardless of the inherent problems in keeping up with all these publishers (record companies, whatever) at least I'm still in the position where more of artistic merit is released than I can keep up with. I don't know what I would do if that was no longer the case.
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, February 12, 2005 - 12:28 pm:   

Okay, Bill. Bon Voyage.

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