Nov 01, 2013 in Uncategorized
The take shelf is as magical as it sounds. In the world of publishing, most companies have shelves of extra books, open to anyone for the taking. Sometimes the take shelf goes beyond books. I have seen DVDs, food, and even a baby—alright, that was a prank—on shelves, up for the taking. It is like a library with an extended group of friends. If you love a book, you might put it on the shelf for one of your friends to discover. But what would happen if an old library book, full of notes littering the margins and stuffed with post cards, newspaper clippings, and letters ended up on a take shelf. What would you do? Would you try to return it to its owner, to the library stacks from which it fled, or pick it up a read along?
A copy of S., conceived by J.J. Abrams and written by Doug Dorst, recently appeared on a take shelf without the slipcase explaining the interior of the book. It became, simply, the Laguna Verde High School Library copy of the Ship of Theseus by V.M. Straka. Published by the Winged Shoes Press in 1949, stuffed with notes and ephemera from students Jen and Eric. An anonymous report has it appearing on a take shelf and disappearing on the same day. Now, someone else has it.
Do they know what it really is? I hope not. I hope they have a similar experience to J.J. Abrams. When he was at LAX, 15 years ago, he found a novel sitting on a bench. Inside someone had written on the title page, “to whomever find this book please read it and take it somewhere and leave it for someone else to read.” That event never left him and inspire S., a book that is more about the experience of reading it than anything else.
I hope whoever found the book reads along, follows the clues, keeps pursuing answers, and returns the book to a take shelf. For someone else to discover.
Oct 29, 2013 in Guest Posts, Weekly links
The day has come! At long last, S., conceived by J.J Abrams and written by Doug Dorst, is in bookstores across the country and we can finally start spreading the word about just what Abrams and Dorst have unleashed on the world.
News about Abrams’ and Dorst’s novel has spread far and wide. CBS News has some highlights from this morning’s interview with J.J. and Doug right here, as well as bonus content that didn’t air on CBS This Morning. Publishers Weekly gives S. a starred review, proclaiming the novel “multilayered and complex,” and going on to write: “the Talmudic commentary fascinate[s]…a must-read.”
Elsewhere, the New York Times has both a By the Book with J.J. Abrams and a great interview with Abrams and Dorst. Another interview with Abrams can be found at the L.A. Times Jacket Copy blog. There are also some truly mesmerizing, hour-long transmissions from Radio Straka you can listen to here for some great background from the world of S.
Curious just how ornate a package you’ll be receiving if you pick up a copy? Check out our Look Inside video and see for yourself. We’re also running a Cipher contest that is your chance to win a lunch meeting with Abrams and Dorst in New York City. (Yes, you read that right.) And if you weren’t one of the two million views on Bad Robot’s Stranger video, or missed the full version of the announcement trailer of S., we’ve included the full version of the trailer below.
Oct 01, 2013 in Mulholland News
Today marks the release of Bombproof, a novella-length eBook by internationally bestselling author Michael Robotham. If that weren’t exciting enough, we’re selling it for just $2.99 during the month of October!
Bombproof follows the misadventures of Sami Macbeth, wannabe rock god, who was released from prison fifty-four hours ago. Thirty-six hours ago, he slept with the woman of his dreams at the Savoy. An hour ago, his train blew up.
Now Sami is dashing through London’s West End, identified as the most wanted terrorist in the country. Can he get himself out of this desperate, hopeless situation? You’ll have to download the eBook to find out.
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READERS ARE SAYING:
“Robotham’s books need to come with a health-warning: inclined to induce insomnia. . . . A great read that really pulls no punches when exposing the role of the media in construction heroes and villains.” —Karen on Goodreads
“Michael Robotham’s books just keep getting better and better. I love his characters. Vincent Ruiz in this book is awesome.” –Dennis on Amazon
Sep 13, 2013 in Mulholland News, Weekly links
Joe R. Lansdale’s THE THICKET kicks off our Fall 2013 season this week, and the coverage of Joe’s newest has been absolutely astounding. Kirkus gave THE THICKET a rave review, praising Lansdale’s newest as “alternately violent and tender, with a gently legendary quality that makes this tall tale just about perfect.” Publishers Weekly called the book “satisfying” and remarked upon Lansdale’s ability to tale a tale by turns “grim” and “hilarious.”
But it’s not just the trades that love Lansdale’s newest! MysteryPeople, blog of the famed Austin, TX store, says THE THICKET at once has “echoes of True Grit, The Searchers, and Lonesome Dove” and is also “the perfect story for Lansdale.” Not to be outdone, LitReactor writes: “If you like dialogue – gritty, sharp, well-written dialogue – then The Thicket is a must-read. ”
Jenny Dial Creech at The Houston Chronicle also absolutely loved THE THICKET, writing: ““Opening lines don’t get much better than this…Let the comparisons continue with this latest work, which reads like a dark version of The Adventure of Tom Sawyer and feels like a Coen brothers movie. It’s the perfect mix of light and dark, with plenty of humor mixed in.”
Looking for more than just review coverage? Read to Write has an interview up with Lansdale in which Lansdale discusses writing for the region and period and much more. Den of Geek has an interview with Lansdale in which he discusses his writing process.
Audio’s more your thing? Check out this interview with Joe on the Reading and Writing podcast that really demonstrates his abilities as a storyteller.
Finally, right here on MulhollandBooks.com, Joe shared with us his inspirations for THE THICKET, and we’ve also got up an excerpt from the novel’s first chapter. More to come as the press rolls in and Lansdale, the Mulholland team, and several other of our esteemed authors head off to Bouchercon next week in Albany!