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IlyaP

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  1. IlyaP

    The Acts of Caine, Matthew Stover

    It was a big topic of interest when I was doing my Masters in Communication and Publishing ten years ago, and I haven't given it much thought since, but when I was ordering the book via Better Read Than Dead (a *fabulous* bookstore here in Sydney) the brilliant gals at the front desk said it had to be ordered via print on demand as there were no more first-hand copies available in any warehouse in Australia, and that even in Canada, they had to make a print order with Overlook Press (Bakker's publisher in Canada), have the order be sent from Overlook to a printer, have the book be shipped from their warehouse to Australia, to the bookstore, and then sent to my doorstep.
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    The Acts of Caine, Matthew Stover

    Seems to be that way, aye. I had to order it as print on demand from a local bookseller, as it's no longer in stock anywhere in Australia and had to be printed on demand in North America and then shipped here.
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    The Acts of Caine, Matthew Stover

    My understanding is that it has to do with publisher rights, author contracts, and ROI for republishing, as opposed to, for example, books that are currently print on demand only (such as R. Scott Bakker's The Thousandfold Thought).
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    The Acts of Caine, Matthew Stover

    There are multiple copies on eBay at the moment, asking for anywhere between $12 and $30 for the book, which fits within my band of acceptable asking prices.
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    Star Wars Novels/Graphical Novels 2

    Lost Stars by Claudia Gray is highly recommendable. It's a stand-alone book, and it's just so goddamn good. I've read every New Canon book that's come out, and hers is exceptionally good and is a book that I always keep both on my iPad (via the Kindle store) and on my bookshelves. It's one of those books that I very much loved enough to buy multiple times because I *knew* I'd be rereading it.
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    The Acts of Caine, Matthew Stover

    Including The City of Ravens by Richard Baker - a Forgotten Realms novel that I *cannot* recommend highly enough. It's goddamn gold.
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    The Acts of Caine, Matthew Stover

    How odd. I've managed to pick up multiple copies on eBay for around $20 AUD. Between me and my best friend back in Canada, we have something like eight damn copies of the book.
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    The Acts of Caine, Matthew Stover

    If you're in Australia and you're after a physical copy of Blade of Tyshalle, I do have a few spares still left in our garage which I'd be happy to mail free of charge to anyone who's interested. That said: the eBook editions of all four Caine books are available via Orbit. One thing I've done is actually take them and edit out the atrocious covers and use modified images instead - including the fabulous used in Blade of Tyshalle. Sadly, I've yet to see an artist produce a better cover for Heroes Die (any artists out there want to take on this particular challenge?).
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    The Acts of Caine, Matthew Stover

    Underwhelming and/or non-existent marketing by his publisher certainly doesn't help.
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    Rejoice, A Knife to the Heart by Steven Erikson

    This just flew directly to the top of my Must Read list.
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    The Acts of Caine, Matthew Stover

    It's not real. Someone's made a bunch of fake entries on Matt's Wiki page for reasons unknown,
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    Star Wars Novels/Graphical Novels 2

    Read the whole book over the course of several days. Fun read, if incidental. Am wondering if the sub-plot with the Grhysk (that the correct spelling?) is going to go anywhere interesting, and is a long-game by the Lucasarts Story Group.
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    The books coming out in 2019

    Isn't Neal Stephenson due to publish a new book in 2019, called 'Fall'? It's meant to be a retelling of Milton's Paradise Lost, and was scheduled to be published originally in Q3 of 2017, but was pushed back for reasons unknown. (Borough Press is meant to be publishing it, if memory serves.)
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    Star Wars Novels/Graphical Novels 2

    And there's more to come. My local bookstore received word of a Lando novel coming out at some point this year, which makes me happy (unclear if Young Lando or Contemporary Lando).
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    Star Wars Novels/Graphical Novels 2

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_best-selling_books Well, Dune is presently at approximately 20 million copies sold. I've found a bit of research that suggests StarWars.com had at one time claimed that the Heir trilogy sold near 15 million copies - but their current site doesn't make any such mention, and I've not had any luck finding any research that supports that number. Is there anyone who's research-fu can corroborate or deny the numerical assertion? Certainly, Douglas Adams's Hitchhiker books are around 14 million and counting. It'd be interesting to see the numbers on this. Maybe something that we could politely get El Commander Werthead to research and write about? Does he accept candy as bribes? Maybe cookies?
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