|Sent on:||Sunday, October 10, 2010 4:16 PM|
Oh, brave new world! Interesting that Waffle Street is a self-published book. We used to call them vanity press books. This one has 13 enthusiastic reviews on Amazon but all are by people who have not provided any reviews of other books – sort of looks like a group of author fans and friends, especially as all are uniformly positive.
I think the book would be fun and interesting to read but it exists outside the usual vetting that a regular publisher provides and has none of the unbiased reviews that such published books usually garner. So, it’s sort of a “Let the Buyer Beware!” situation.
Given the uncertainty about availability (In addition to the other uncertainties described above), it’s probably more reasonable to go with the runner-up title, especially as the two were so close. We might discuss whether we wanted to pursue this one for a later date at our next meeting.
I decided to check out Look Me In the Eye and was interested to learn that the author is the younger brother of Augustus Burroughs who wrote the hair-raising memoir of his childhood experiences with a mentally disturbed mother called Running with Scissors that probably many of us have read. I’m not sure what relevance this has but it’s an interesting fact.
The book probably wouldn’t appear in my top 20 list of what I want to read but I’m game if others are.
I found a web site for Waffle Street where it can be ordered or the author contacted. I have no idea how long it would take to get it or how many copies are available.
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