2009-04-21

eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
2009-04-21 12:44 am
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BookExpo America autographing

The autographing list for BookExpo America just went up, and I read them even though I'm not planning to attend this year. Because the lists are hilarious. Publicists attempt to come up with a pithy statement about the book being autographed in twenty words or less, often (seemingly) without any awareness of how genre, publicity campaigns, and the English language work. As a result, we get such amazing descriptions as the following:

Beautifully illustrated guide for the Sex and the City generation. (Guide to what?)

Epic fantasy and sci-fi series with magic, mysticism, and science. (This describes such a large percentage of the sff lists as to be meaningless.)

A funny and poignant story about a very unlikely friendship. (Again, this describes an amazing quantity of the mainstream fiction lists. It is utterly meaningless! But well done on not identifying a single thing about the setting or genre, guys, seriously.)

A world where few can be trusted. (I think this wins the "Genre? Wait, is it even fiction?" award.)

A military experiment questions the human race in this haunting thriller. (I'm not sure if I'm supposed to take this literally or not -- like, is this Adam-the-demon-robot-human interrogates humans? I suspect it is, instead, that the existence of X in the experiment leads to pseudo-philosophical questions. Could be wrong!)

An instant steampunk zombie classic! (... okay, I'd read it.)

How a Boston terrier gives a new perspective on single parenthood and unconditional love. (Nothing in the description indicates if this is self-help, or fiction with a talking dog, or what.)

A political thriller about ex kgb and suitcase bombs in the US (ex kgb bombs? ex kgb agents? adjective in search of a noun?)

Oh, and this one requires author and title to make me snerk:
Senator Jim DeMint [R-SC], Saving Freedom. DeMint's firsthand account of the unsettling socialist shift.