on tweets, and reviews, and books, and cool non-English covers

Seriously, how cool is this cover? It’s for the German edition of Jonathan L. Howard’s “The Fear Institute”, an absolutely brilliant book that had its paperback edition released today. (Go buy it!) One of the best parts of the BookGeeks gigs is the chance to read some books I might have missed out on otherwise, and I’ve got to say that Howard’s Johannes Cabal series is seriously, seriously good.

We’ve reviewed them all at BookGeeks (or uh, really *I* have reviewed them all at BookGeeks), and, truly, they are just brilliant fun and each book is better than the last as Johannes swipes, mocks, and strides his way towards his goals. Often leaving others lying prone in his wake, and always with the sort of rejoinder that makes you feel as if he has never, ever, had that moment where you think of a come back hours after an event. Trust me, Cabal gets them in on time, and then dances on the supine bodies of his competitors, left face up so they can watch Cabal win.

All of this, I hope, is making you want to read the books (which, really, GO!), but the bonus on top of the bonus that is finding the books is that occasionally you get things happening like authors retweeting a link to your review. And, wow, that *always* feels weird, bizarre, and just….well, weird. I think I intellectually understand that other people might read the reviews, but emotionally (although I seriously hope that people will believe me and buy the books!) I feel like I am mostly just enjoying the chance to write about something I love. And then I realize people read them.

The reviewing is brilliant, though, and it’s fun to follow authors, publishers and the occasional hilarious spam bot (and a smattering of horse oriented people) because it feels a bit like sitting in a Starbucks and listening to people chat about things you are interested in. Without ever having to go outside (where it is a bit warmer than earlier in the month, but still cold). There are people that are super, super active on Twitter, and I doubt I’ll ever be there, but I do occasionally join in, and it’s actually a reasonably friendly environment. People tend to reply to tweets, even famous-type people, possibly because the snippet nature of them makes a reply seem less arduous than mountains of fan emails.  Or perhaps because the sort of conversations that happen on Twitter are different than the “when is your sequel out! Can I have a free book!” that may happen elsewhere. Either way though, the chance to participate via the reviews and listen in on Twitter is great fun.