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JV
Posted on Monday, June 21, 2004 - 09:39 am:   

My nonfiction collection is now available for pre-order. Scroll down to the minotaur cover and click...

Jeff

http://www.monkeybrainbooks.com/
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JV
Posted on Monday, June 21, 2004 - 09:42 am:   

Here's a small version of the cover.

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Jeff
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Little Toy Robot
Posted on Monday, June 21, 2004 - 11:49 am:   

Do I order this, or do I get the Dr. Who book? It's a tough choice.
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JV
Posted on Monday, June 21, 2004 - 12:08 pm:   

Get the Dr. Who book. It'll be more comforting. And in the inside of it will be larger than the outside.

JeffV
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Chris Roberson
Posted on Tuesday, June 22, 2004 - 10:07 am:   

I know! Get both, and then you won't have to wonder what you'd be missing.
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JV
Posted on Tuesday, June 22, 2004 - 11:14 am:   

Yes, Chris is right--what was I thinking?!?!

In fact--screw the Dr. Who book. BUY FIVE COPIES OF THE NONFICTION COLLECTION.

(Sorry, Chris--I guess I just got burned out there for a second... ;) )

Jeff
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JV
Posted on Friday, July 09, 2004 - 11:04 am:   

Whew. I've turned in the final manuscript of Why Should I Cut Your Throat? in to Chris and the copy editing phase begins, along with any final cutting of content, if necessary.

I'm very happy with this collection. I think it's probably the most entertaining book I've ever done.

No squid, though.

JeffV
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JV
Posted on Friday, July 16, 2004 - 12:57 pm:   

Here's a bigger version of the cover. Some aspects of it may still change according to Chris R.

I just love Scott Eagle's artwork so much.

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JeffV
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MRossi
Posted on Wednesday, August 11, 2004 - 07:54 pm:   

No squid? Good lord! What on earth is the point, then? Cool cover, though.
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Kirsten Bishop
Posted on Thursday, August 12, 2004 - 01:47 am:   

What a wonderful beast. Can I take him home and keep him?
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JV
Posted on Thursday, August 12, 2004 - 12:32 pm:   

Isn't he wonderful? I just love that image.

JeffV
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Luis
Posted on Thursday, August 12, 2004 - 08:13 pm:   

If I take him home, will he cut my throat while I'm sleeping?
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Antony
Posted on Friday, August 13, 2004 - 05:07 am:   

Hi,

Could a table of contents of this book be posted ?

Thank you
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jv
Posted on Friday, August 13, 2004 - 06:18 am:   

This is not the exact order, but this is the contents list.

Jeff


PREAMBLE
Why Should I Cut Your Throat When I Can Just Ask You For The Money?

CAREER AND CRAFT
Rum Runners, Tiny Castles, And Allergies
Sudden Hummingbirds, Sudden Dislocations: The Interstitial Experience
Leviathan
City Of Saints & Madmen: The Untold Story
A Short Essay On Teaching Creative Writing
Scott Eagle: The Interview
The Best Fireworks Display You’ve Ever Seen

INTERLUDE
World Fantasy Convention 25: 1999

REVIEWS
The Circus Of The Earth And The Air
The Scar
Look To Windward
Lorien Lost
Light
Thraxas
Toxicology
Pulphouse #18 - The Jesus Issue
Trampoline
In Springdale Town
Observatory Mansions
Longing For Blood
F&SF - January 1997 Issue
The 20th Century’s Greatest Hits: A Top 40 List
Island of the Sequined Love Nun and The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove
Read This #1: 1998
Read This #2: 2000
Read This #3: 2002

INTERLUDE
Vanishing Books, Fake Diseases, and Alien Babies: A Myopic View of ReaderCon 14 (2002)

CRITICISM
Edward Whittemore's Jerusalem Quartet
The Death of the Imagination? The-Nothing-You-Haven't-Ignored-Before Sermon
Horror: Alive Or Dead? A Discussion of the Current Horror Malaise
Cordwainer Smith: An Appreciation
Barry Hughart
The Infernal Desire Machines Of Angela Carter
Angela Carter : A Personal Appreciation 282

CODA
Anarchy, Surrealism, Dead Authors, & Ambergris

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Antony
Posted on Saturday, August 14, 2004 - 02:26 am:   

Much Appreciated

Thank You
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JV
Posted on Tuesday, September 28, 2004 - 03:12 pm:   

The book is now out and available from the publisher! It's not available through bookstores until October.

It looks wonderful.

JeffV
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Vera Nazarian
Posted on Tuesday, September 28, 2004 - 04:53 pm:   

Yaaay, Jeff! Me want one! :-)
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Neal Stanifer
Posted on Tuesday, September 28, 2004 - 05:20 pm:   

Jeff,

If I put this on a shelf next to Thomas Disch's The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made Of, am I going to be awakened at three in the morning by gurgling shrieks and the sound of rayguns?

Honestly, thanks for posting the contents list. That cemented it. As soon as written exams are over...
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JV
Posted on Tuesday, September 28, 2004 - 07:38 pm:   

Hope your exams go well, Neal. And thanks, Vera!

I dunno--it's not like the Disch or Malzberg's nonfiction. I'm not as jaded as Malzberg yet. I'm not as...I don't know what the word is...as Disch. And Disch is an icon in the field. I'm just joe writer, struggling along in the trenches. And that's what a lot of Why Should I Cut Your Throat is about.

JeffV
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Neal Stanifer
Posted on Wednesday, September 29, 2004 - 07:45 am:   

Thanks, Jeff. I hope so, too.
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Mastadge
Posted on Tuesday, October 05, 2004 - 06:49 pm:   

Hmm. . .My copy shipped today, should be here soon. Of course, I won't have time to read it anytime soon. . .maybe I'll have read all the books I now own by the end of the decade, by which point I'll have acquired at least another decade's worth of books that will be sitting patiently waiting on the shelves. . .
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JV
Posted on Tuesday, October 05, 2004 - 06:56 pm:   

It's a dipping book. You can dip into it and out of it...unlike, say, Stephenson's turd-gid epic!

JeffV
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Mastadge
Posted on Tuesday, October 05, 2004 - 08:17 pm:   

I read Cryptonomicon . . . haven't bothered with the Baroque thingie yet. Maybe when they're all out in paperback.
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JV
Posted on Saturday, February 26, 2005 - 08:51 pm:   

An interesting and positive review of Why Should I Cut Your Throat?

http://www.sfcrowsnest.com/articles/books/2005/nz7571.php

This book has been very odd for me. It has gotten maybe four reviews. Yet it's selling well.

JeffV
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John Klima
Posted on Sunday, February 27, 2005 - 10:04 am:   

I see it all over the place, in both Border's and B&N, and other stores as well. Chris has gotten great distriution for it.

JK
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Chris Roberson
Posted on Sunday, February 27, 2005 - 03:14 pm:   

That's good to hear, John!
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JV
Posted on Tuesday, March 08, 2005 - 07:02 am:   

I've moved JAO's deathless comments about Why Should I? to the Archives, under the Jeff is Very, Very Patient for those who would like to revisit them.

JeffV
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JAO
Posted on Sunday, March 13, 2005 - 04:15 am:   

If you're going to delete my messages, why don't you delete them all?

JAO
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JV
Posted on Sunday, March 13, 2005 - 05:57 am:   

I just deleted your retarded attempt at satire, is all. It's up on Amazon as a "review". People can still read it there. If you persist in posting it here or causing a nuisance, I'll keep deleting your posts here or eventually just ban you from my messageboard.

As ever, amazingly patient,

JeffV
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JAO
Posted on Sunday, March 13, 2005 - 05:27 pm:   

I posted it here once. You make it sound like I plastered it all over the place. In fact, I've posted about seven total messages here, half those not more then 2-3 lines. I want to clarify that so people don't think I've been bombarding your message board (which you seem to be implying).

I'm sorry you thought my satire retarded. I didn't think Amazon would take it, since they (supposedly) screen the reviews (wonder what they're screening for?). It just seemed a funny thing it try.

Anyhow, it's clear I've offended you, so I won't bug you any further. Happy trials.


JAO
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Sunday, March 13, 2005 - 05:41 pm:   

It's gone from amazon.
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Brrrrian
Posted on Sunday, March 13, 2005 - 07:39 pm:   

Xena ate it.
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JV
Posted on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 06:33 am:   

Well, that's weird. I actually thought Amazon was more appropriate as a place for it. I don't want to engage in censorship, but JAO--I've got a thousand freakin' things on my plate and playing patty-cake with someone who I don't know who seems passive-aggressive...I just don't have patience for it anymore. If you want to re-post it to the archive thread, feel free.

JeffV
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JAO
Posted on Tuesday, March 15, 2005 - 02:27 am:   

All right, I'll stick it back under the old thread. I realize I made a rather poor first impression, so I appreciate the offer and your patience. I'll keep any further postings to a dull mumble.


JAO
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Mr. Bargain
Posted on Tuesday, May 03, 2005 - 08:54 am:   

For those of you out there who haven't purchased this book – though I'm not sure how much this actually helps the author – Amazon is offering it for a mere $6 and change!
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edinburghemma
Posted on Monday, September 26, 2005 - 12:15 pm:   

My Dad has theived my copy of Why Should I Cut Your Throat alas.
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edinburghemma
Posted on Monday, September 26, 2005 - 12:17 pm:   

along with my ability to spell!

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