Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Author

I enjoy reading. My tastes vary and I read a little bit of everything but I usually stick to just a few authors. Waiting for one of these author’s new books sometimes puts me in spot of having nothing new to read. I may try a recommended book or author (for instance MRTL suggested Carl Hiaasen and now I have a new author on my list) and sometimes I discover a new author all on my own.

My latest discovery is Brad Meltzer. I discovered Meltzer because I found the cover of his last book, The Book of Fate, interesting. I Googled him and found his website. He is a best selling author of suspense/thriller books that are set in the world of government. Not politics, but government. I am fascinated by the way government works (or does not work) and I also saw that he was writing some comic books. While surfing his website I found that he also had a blog. I read few entries, and as bloggers do, I left a comment on one his posts. He sent me email in reply to my comment.

I figured, here is a guy who writes thriller/mystery/suspense books which revolve around various areas of government, writes comic books and has a blog AND he replied to a comment I made, I had to check out his work. I started with his book Zero Game and I loved it. I told my wife, Lauren, about the book and about his email to me, and how I wanted to buy the rest of his books. Lauren started teasing me claiming I had a Man-Crush on Brad Meltzer.

This summer I have read five out of six of his books. I also received another personal email from Brad regarding something or other from his blog. I loved the fact that a best selling author was so accessible.

His last book I read, The First Counsel, I bought at Barnes and Noble. I read it over the next two weeks and I was nearing the end of the book. I only had a few chapters left to go and I purposely set some time aside so I could finish. I sat outside on the front porch and started to finish the book. I was on the second to the last chapter and things were starting to come together when I turned the page (page 497 to be exact) and noticed that page 498 was blank. Page 499 was printed but page 500 was blank. There were about 10 pages total at the end of the book that were blank. I was pissed. I could not finish the book.

I took the spine creased, dog-eared, coffee-stained book back to the store and I asked for a replacement. The manager told me he could not take the book back in the condition that it was in. He needed a reason to replace the book. I showed him the blank pages. He still refused.

“Look,” I said “How was I supposed to know that the pages were blank when I bought it. The book is tattered because I was reading it the way it is supposed to be read, from the beginning to the end. If the pages in the beginning of the book were blank I would have returned it in better condition.”

The manager was still not sure if he could replace the book. I was frustrated and I said, “Fine. If you can’t replace it I will just email Brad Meltzer and ask him for the missing pages.”

The manager gave me a look. The look that he gave me as he rolled his eyes said You, Sir, are the biggest dork I have ever encountered, sheesh emailing the author….

He then exchanged the book for me.

I told Lauren about the exchange with the bookstore manager and she concurred with his Look.

29 comments:

Kami said...

I read magazines.

mrtl said...

did you tell her it takes one to know one? hee

t_cole said...

i would have said and done the EXACT same thing as you. verbatim.
when you're caught up on your reading - check out Frank McCourt.

Ern said...

I'm glad they finally returned it. What shoddy customer service! Luckily you have friends at the top. :)

Li'l Foot's Mommy said...

I would've done the same exact thing. I think I'd still write to Brad just so he can have a good laugh about the situation.

Redhead Mommy said...

Isn't it wonderful when "big famous people" take the time to make contact?

Carl Hiassen is a favorite of mine. I just read a book called Wild Fire by Nelson Deville. It was excellent.

Chris H said...

Well good for you! Sheesh, blank pages, how awful!

Chris said...

Meltzer is cool. The only one I was really disappointed in was Zero Game. Loved The Millionaires. I traded email with an author this morning. It was cool.

Circus Kelli said...

What? I see absolutely nothing wrong with what you said to the store manager.

(Did you pass this on to Brad Meltzer? I totally would have...)

Oh, The Joys said...

Totally on Lauren (and the book guy's) side.

You're a HUGE dork.

(Though, I admit... it takes one to know one.)

kalki said...

You totally have a Man-Crush on Brad Meltzer.

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well, sort of related, as it could be considered to involve a man crush...

sari said...

Well at least he was polite and included a "Sir" in it.

Loth said...

You got to the end of a book and were prevented from finishing it? I would have been hyperventilating with a combination of distress and fury! I think you were way more polite with the bookshop guy than he deserved.
Incidentally if you (a) like Carl Hiassen and (b) fancy learning to pass yourself off as Scottish, try Chris Brookmyre's books. They are rude and funny and poke fun at....well, just about everything, but government and organised religion come in for their fair share of his scathing wit. Try "One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night" which has been described as "Die Hard with a kilt on". Magic.

Oh and he has a website at www.brookmyre.co.uk

April said...

I just went to Brad's website and read the first chapter of "The Millionaires"(which is so cool that you can do that!) I'm hooked, and "I'm packing up the kid and heading to the library this afternoon. Thanks for sharing!

SusieJ said...

I wouldn't be able to sleep without finishing the book!! By the way, you might want to check out Mr. Pip. I just finished it -- and I'm telling everyone to read it.

3jaysmom said...

I am a certified book-a-holic myself! I have read Hiaasen too. If you haven't yet read his book Skinny Dip, definitely read it soon. You will laugh out loud and often! I will definitely pick up Meltzer, I need another author; as you say, the ones I'm fond of, sometimes dont put books out often enough to keep me reading! I also enjoy John Lescroart, Lisa Scottoline and Patricia Cornwell, among others.

Here's a tip: I belong to www.paperbackswap.com this is a FREE site (no cost to join, no cost for the books) where you list your books (not necessarily paperbacks) and swap them with others. For each you send out (that has been requested) you get a credit that you can "spend" on your own request. You pay the postage to send yours out, others pay the postage to send to you, so you are really not out anything in the long run. You pay nothing for the book. All the books I've received have either been in excellent or new condition. I've never had any problems and you can even specify that you wish a book to come from a non pet or non smoking environment if that is what you want. They list over 1 million books!

Anyone who reads as much as I do (4-6 novels a month or more) can save a ton of money this way! Check it out!

~Diet Goddess~ said...

I will totally second what 3jaysmom said up there about www.paperbackswap.com! I've been a member since December 2006 and I LOVE it!

Another great site for finding some decent book recommendations is www.goodreads.com. I can keep track of all the books I've read and what I thought of them. You can browse what others are reading to get some ideas too.

I'm with you on Brad Meltzer, too! Great author! Had no idea he had a blog, though. I'll have to check that out.

Nilbo said...

I'll believe it when he comments here. Otherwise, have I told you me and Tom Clancy are BFFs? Oh, yeah, and I totally have an intimate relationship with Amy Sedaris, but shhh, don't tell.

Oh, and one time? Stephen King and I had coffee. But we ended up getting into a fight about who should pay. Cheap bastard.

BOSSY said...

Look Schmook.

Anonymous said...

You have had man crushes in the past. Reds' older brother looks relieved.

Mainline Mom said...

Total man-crush.

momo9 said...

Jim Caviezal is surely jealous of Brad!

Mama Podkayne said...

Do you have an rss feed? I can't find it!

C. said...

Love him!

Gale said...

It's all in who you are connected to, way to drop a name and stand up for yourself

platypus said...

I would have been furious! Thanks for telling us, though. I think I may need to check his books out as they sound just like the sort of thing I enjoy reading.

The only author I know is Nils!!

Scarlett Wanna Be said...

Don't you be embarrassed...you and Brad are friends...you don't have to defend yourself just like I don't have to defend myself when I say that I get love letters from George Clooney. There are those who will always be jealous of fancy people like us who have friends in high place.

Heather @ Desperately Seeking Sanity said...

He's one of my favorite authors too. My mother got me hooked!

I found your blog through Wandering Wednesday

http://momsblogging.com/2007/09/19/wandering-wednesdays/

Great site! I'll definitely be back