November 29th, 2010

reading

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I'm alive, just a bit depressed and haven't felt much like posting. A pirate publisher has created an unauthorized NookBook edition of The Element of Fire for sale on Barnes and Noble.com, and I'm not sure how difficult it's going to be to get them to remove it. Its entry is also attached to the legitimate entries for the print versions, both the reprint paperback I did myself and the old 1993 Tor editions, and user comments and complaints are getting attached to the legitimate versions as well as the pirated NookBook, so I'm not sure how that's going to work out. I was going to do a NookBook edition of it myself when I had time, but I think that's probably not going to happen now.

(ETA: It looks like the pirate NookBooks are now marked "unavailable." After five days and six different emails to three different addresses, but I think nightwalker found me the right email to complain to, and that may have done it. Everybody cross your fingers this is settled.)

That kind of put a damper on Thanksgiving for me, though otherwise it was great. We had turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, rolls, corn, potatoes, and I made the Emeril recipe for green beans braised in bacon, onion, and garlic. It was all excellent.

I went with some friends to the Galleria on Friday to use our Borders coupons and watch rich people shop. Had really, really good Mexican food and saw the aftermath of an almost smash-and-grab at one of the very expensive stores, possibly DeBeers or Gucci. The police and security response was interesting to watch. It was very fast and efficient, and it was clear from how they spread out to guard positions all over the mall that they were prepared for the initial attempt to be a distraction for a more serious robbery somewhere else. We went and sat for a bit in a little store that sells one kind of specialty makeup, which did not appear to be much worried about being robbed.

Oh, and before the robbery we saw a Wii demo installation where people were playing Epic Mickey, which was created by our friend Warren Spector. It looks awesome!

We also went to Murder by the Book and vigorously stimulated its economy to the best of our ability.