Friday, January 06, 2012


Thanks to The TBR Pile for not only offering a rave review of "Murder on Ice: Enhanced Multimedia Edition" -

Murder on Ice is a very entertaining mystery. The author definitely kept me guessing as to who the killer was, which is something I have always liked in a book. Bex is a great character. She is smart and has lots of courage to try and figure out who the killer is. The other characters in the book definitely enhance the story. I loved the scenes with Frances and Diana as they were very amusing!.... I like the videos because it added a nice visual to the story. If you missed this first in the series, pick it up.

- But also for letting me guest post on the subject of why dead no longer has to mean completely dead (what also would a soap fan write about, after all?):

As we learned from both “The Princess Bride” and “The Wizard of Oz,” nothing is really dead until it’s really most sincerely dead.

The same applies to publishing. In theory, once a book is out of print, it’s dead. Well, mostly dead, as Miracle Max would say. (Really, if you haven’t read “The Princess Bride,” do yourself a favor and hop to it, ASAP. It has all the great lines from the movie, plus about a thousand more zingers. But, I digress….) You might be able to find a copy of an out of print book in a used book shop, or borrow it from a friend. Maybe the library will stock one, for old times sake.

But, it used to be that out of print meant as good as dead.

Not anymore. Thanks to the explosion of e-publishing, not only can currently released book ostensibly live on forever (shelf space just isn’t as important anymore), but even books once given up for… well… dead (how’s my leitmotif going? Sick of it yet?), can find new life.

Read the entire entry at: and please leave a comment.

And let's all hope that the demise of other mediums we love has, like Mark Twain's, been greatly exaggerated.

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