|Posted on Saturday, November 06, 2004 - 04:17 pm: |
You can now gaze upon the very, very cool cover of the Bantam edition here:
|Posted on Monday, November 08, 2004 - 02:18 am: |
Dr. R.F. Wexler
|Posted on Monday, December 06, 2004 - 09:12 am: |
A Note To the Bantam Edition of the Lambshead Guide
Because of certain libels perpetrated in the Night Shade Edition of the Thackery T. Lambshead Guide to Eccentric and Discredited Diseases, I, Dr. R.F. Wexler, have taken legal action.
To review: The Night Shade edition contains a personal letter I wrote to my former friend and colleague, Dr. Thackery T. Lambshead; in this letter I plead with Dr. Lambshead not to publish this edition due to the well-known tragedies attached to the various publications of this guide. (A medical book that endangers lives is not a medical book!). The letter was printed in the guide (without my permission), and was alluded to disparagingly in a footnote (see page 215, Night Shade edition). And, this abuse apparently not being enough, my letter was given to the infamous Dr. Stepan Chapman, who incorporated libelous passages into his History of the guide (note pages 215 and especially the reference to anthrax on page 271).
For these actions, culpability lies with the current editors, Drs. Mark Roberts and Jeff VanderMeer, for Dr. Lambshead's health did not permit him to review every detail of this edition.
Having taken the matter to court, the jury has given over control of the guide to me. Future editions will have the libelous material removed.
Terms of the settlement are such that seventy percent of all royalties are awarded to me, and Dr. Chapman's hands have been exchanged, by expert microsurgery, with the feet of a baboon. In addition, Drs. Robert and VanderMeer, when appearing in public to promote the guide, must wear a hat constructed from a camel's bladder. They must also address me as Your Lordship, the Exalted Dr. Wexler.
Ironic, isn't it, that a book I had hoped to prevent the publication of is now my main source of income.
|Posted on Saturday, March 26, 2005 - 04:02 pm: |
IT IS DARMED HARG TO TYPE ACCURXATXLY WIHT THESE THINGS AT THE THE ENDX OF MY ARMX, LET ME TELL YOX.
|Posted on Friday, April 22, 2005 - 08:29 pm: |
A review copy of the trade edition made its way to me yesterday. Looks great!
|Posted on Monday, June 20, 2005 - 07:43 am: |
Just a few links to recent reviews, and a note that the Guide made Booksense's Top 20 list for June.
Contributors should be assured their copies are on the way, etc. We're having the usual slowness re copies, which I'm now certain just has to do with the high number of contributors. Wouldn't think it would be a factor, but it is. Oy.
|Posted on Monday, June 20, 2005 - 08:20 am: |
It was also featured in Entertainment Weekly in their spotlight section in the Books coverage.
And, this from the San Diego Union Tribune:
For a nightstand book, or a little something to drag along to appointments, you could do worse than to look at "The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric and Discredited Diseases" (Jeff Vandermeier and Mark Roberts, editors; Bantam, 320 pages, $14). In a nice package of mock-Victorian science, writers as diverse as Cory Doctorow (see above), Kage Baker, Neil Gaiman and Liz Williams toss flowery and fulsome prose around some very odd corners. You can marvel at such problems as Poetic Lassitude, Reverse Pinocchio Syndrome and Wife Blindness.
It seems that the authors and editors had a very good time building this one; I had a good time, taking it in small doses. It wouldn't do to come down with Diseasemaker's Croup, would it?