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Back in Florida, yea these many years ago, [ profile] rdeck had this long-running writers group running which I seamlessly joined when we got married and every so often we'd get in some new people who would filter in from the creative writing classes that [ profile] rdeck taught at the adult education program at the local High School.

One of those new faces was Jim Longo, who quickly proved to be far more than just another writer - he has become a good and dear friend. And we actually got to watch him emerge from the chrysalis of someone who was a natural storyteller but an indifferent writer to someone who is still a natural storyteller but whose writing skills have grown immeasurably. He is hard to pigeonhole, though, and after trying for some time to find a traditional publisher for his absolutely WONDERFUL novel, he has now decided to do something about releasing it into the world himself.

I don't, as a rule, think that being involved in publishing your own fiction is necessarily workable in the current climate - the issues of respectability and reviewability surface immediately, not to mention such pesky details as distribution and publicity. But I can attest to several important things concerning THIS book:

1) It really IS that good;

2) it WAS edited, by an editor whom I know and trust;

3) It was just too quirky, perhaps, to capture the risk-averse interests of a trad publisher;

4) It deserves to be out there, because it really IS that good.

If the world is getting you down and you want to poke fun at it and laugh out loud at its foibles, you can't do better than this. The book is called "The Idiocy and the Oddity", it's by James Longo, and it's available here.


Here's a synopsis of it from the back:

"Ulysses stops taking his medications, and thinks that he can change the world. The adventures this this causes himself, his loved ones, two psychiatrists, three secrets organizations, world religions and two aliens will leave you gasping for more."

And it will.

Here's what Jim had to say about himself in his bio, just to give you an idea as to what you're letting yourself in for:

"James Longo took a creative writing class at the suggestion of his girlfriend. She immediately moved out after his first short story. This eventually led to his first novel.

Brought up in New England, Jim received a B.S. in pharmacy from Northeastern University. He now lives and works in South Florida.

Conceived at a funeral on Valentine's Day, nearly delivered in the back seat of a car, James Longo brings a unique perspective to the mundane."

Take a chance on this one. It's worth it.
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David Louis Edelman, who started the ball rolling, has a summary here.

So, then. Word of mouth works. Pass it on.
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David Louis Edelman, author of "Infoquake" writes in his blog:

"So I'm going to try a little experiment here. I want to hear from science fiction and fantasy readers and consumers. Pick three recent SF/F titles that you've purchased, and add a comment telling the world how you heard about them, and what inspired you to buy them. "It was sitting on the bookshelf at Borders next to Robert Heinlein and I liked the cover" counts, as does "one of my friends told me about it" or "Amazon told me that I would like it because I recently purchased Paddy Chayefsky's Altered States." Extra points for the out-of-the-ordinary. You can tell me how you found/purchased Infoquake if you'd like, but it's not necessary; any SF title will do."

Let's see - the last three books that I bought were Elizabeth Bear's "Blood and Iron" (which I gacked from her LJ, and from all the things that people were saying about it there), Jo Walton's "Farthing" (because I know the author and also because of the things I'd heard/read about it at conventions or on the Net) and Neil Gaiman's "Fragile Things", which I haven't read yet, because he's Neil Gaiman and I KNOW I like his stuff. As for "Infoquake", that one came to me as a review copy and I still plan on writing a review for it as soon as I'm out from under my edits - better late than never, eh...?

But I'd like to pass this one along. Call it a book buying meme. WHat were YOUR last three purchases? WHy did you buy those books and not something else? (And for bonus points you can talk about ANY of mine... *grin*)

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