2006-05-03

An Open Letter to Karen

Dear Karen Traviss,

You may wish to thank the "Talifan" who have been pestering you lately. It is through their attentions that your books have come to my attention. As a long-time fan of hard speculative fiction who also enjoys the occasional romp through franchised novels (including, but not limited to, Star Wars and Star Trek novels), I thought your books might be a worthwhile purchase.

Ordinarily I would cautiously buy a single novel from a new and unfamiliar author, but you come so highly recommended by the so-named Talifan of the Stardestroyer.net community that I failed to resist the impulse to buy all five paperbacks on Amazon today. Seeing as they have become the focus of so much controversy, I feel it fitting to acquire, read, and publicly review the novels as soon as possible.

I apologize in advance for my posting scathing reviews of your own most original work should you not prove to live up to the grand literary tradition of Murray Leinster, Arthur C. Clarke, etc; I also apologize in advance for saying you completely depart from the vision of Lucas in your Star Wars books. I might not find it in me to say such things, but in case I do - don't take it personally. I certainly don't mean it personally.

If you don't feel up to thanking the Talifan for giving you that little extra bit of internet press that brings you that little bit of extra business, I understand. After all, they were so rude and abusive about it that I would be hesitant to thank them were I in your shoes. Still, no press is bad press for a new author on the market.

Sincerely,
The big hairy mountain man.

5 comments:

  1. Ordinarily I would cautiously buy a single novel from a new and unfamiliar author, but you come so highly recommended by the so-named Talifan of the Stardestroyer.net community that I failed to resist the impulse to buy all five paperbacks on Amazon today.

    . . . an excellent plan. And I'm sure there won't be any need for scathing reviews. You're just getting some Star Wars books . . . it isn't like you're searching for a number to flip out about. ;)

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  2. Watch her become one of the most talked about authors...all thanks to the talifan.

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  3. Actually, I bought not only her two Star Wars books, but also the three other novels she's published.

    Given the shipping times and my travel schedule for this month, expect the review of the complete set of Karen Traviss's published novels around three weeks from now. I'll post it here.

    I'm honestly really curious about what kind of a writer she is after all this fuss.

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  4. 5 books in 3 weeks? Damn, you read fast.

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  5. That's mostly the Super Saver Shipping time, plus the fact that I'm currently planning on being out of town at the recording studio for at least a few days after they're expected to arrive.

    ...ya, I read fast, I guess. It's really more a matter of finding time out of my schedule this month than anything else.

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