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$150 down the drain...

Why the hell should you spend $150 on a book?

Well, what if I said it was a collection of short stories by Jay Lake illustrated by Frank Wu?

What if I said it was an artistic expression in bookbinding by specialty publisher Traife Buffet Haute Bibilio?

What if I said the end-papers are so blindingly orgasmic that you would have a hard time turning past them to read the book because they just scream to be licked?

OK, I get the "TMI" in response to the last one.

Still, the collector edition of Greetings from Lake Wu is an amazing piece of work, a collection of almost entirely fabulous stories and almost entirely fabulous art in a definitely entirely fabulous package. Sure, the Wheatland Press Edition is much cheaper (but lacking color prints of Frank's paintings and 3 new stories and paintings only in this edition). If you just want a rollicking journey through SF short fiction, get it. If you want something a bit more substantial, and with it the admiration and envy of your reading peers, pick up the collector edition.

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johnnyeponymous
Sep. 11th, 2006 11:50 pm (UTC)
Let us not forget...
That I did an intro for Frank in this edition, something missing in the Wheatland version and also worth the extra C-note
Chris
britgeekgrrl
Sep. 12th, 2006 12:05 am (UTC)
What if I said the end-papers are so blindingly orgasmic that you would have a hard time turning past them to read the book because they just scream to be licked?

I don't think that sounds like TMI at all. In fact, it sounds rather lovely! Then again, I've had a few lickable (imho) books in my time, so I can quite understand the sentiment.
bovil
Sep. 12th, 2006 01:44 am (UTC)
It's this incredibly heavy silvery textured stuff that looks like it's got a dozen layers to it. It's almost as iridescent as the shot-silk cover.
karisu_sama
Sep. 12th, 2006 12:00 pm (UTC)
Oooooooooooo.... aounds like it LOOKS like utterly gorgeous eye-candy... but how DOES it taste? :p :p
firestrike
Sep. 12th, 2006 12:18 am (UTC)
"It is so choice. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up."

And Jay has threatened that if this one doesn't sell, their next collection will feature Frank writing the stories while Jay does the artwork.
jaylake
Sep. 12th, 2006 01:31 am (UTC)
Oh, yes. Fear me.
bovil
Sep. 12th, 2006 01:38 am (UTC)
Is it true that you're going to do all the artwork by potato-printing?
jaylake
Sep. 12th, 2006 01:47 am (UTC)
French fry pointilism, actually.
jaylake
Sep. 12th, 2006 01:47 am (UTC)
Oh, and thank you for the kind words.
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bovil
Sep. 12th, 2006 05:28 am (UTC)
It is signed by Mr. Frank and Mr. Jay, and even numbered. I've got lucky number seven.
karisu_sama
Sep. 12th, 2006 12:01 pm (UTC)
and even numbered. I've got lucky number seven.

7? That's odd numbered. XD *runs, giggling*
artvixn
Sep. 13th, 2006 12:00 am (UTC)
The concept of paper cuts on my tongue has me cringing now, thank you very much....
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