I enjoyed the questions, but I’d like to change one of my answers. They asked what upcoming publications I’m looking forward to and I answered “none”, but that’s only because I forgot about Charles Frazier, whose follow-up to Cold Mountain, Thirteen Moons, will be out in October. I liked Frazier’s Cold Mountain a lot. Sometimes I don’t even understand why I liked this book so much. I am definitely worried that Thirteen Moons will not knock me out as much, despite the favorable review cited above. The plot sounds rather James Fenimore Cooper-esque, revolving around an orphan who becomes an honorary Cherokee during the time that Andrew Jackson was battling native Americans on the southern frontier. I will definitely be letting you know more about this book as soon as I get my hands on a copy.
I also mention in the above interview that I’m eagerly awaiting the paperback publication of Rick Moody’s Diviners. I wish I could change this answer as well, because I’ve just discovered that the paperback edition is already out (but I wasn’t aware of it because none of my regular bookstores are displaying it). Ironically, when I finally discovered this fact, I decided not to read the book after all.
How many times has this happened to you? A book comes out in hardcover and sounds interesting, and you think “I’ll read this when it comes out in paperback”. A year later the book comes out in paperback, and you hold it in your hand and study it and read the blurbs and think about the fact that nobody’s really been talking about this book in the year since it first came out, and it just doesn’t seem that hot anymore and maybe it was never so hot in the first place, and you put it back on the shelf. So Diviners turns out to be another book I’ll never read, another victim of the wait-a-year-for-the-paperback buzz-kill effect. Yet another reason why two-tier book pricing has got to go.
Thirteen Moons, though, is the rare book I would buy in hardcover.