Self Agog Over Earthquake! And Other Surprises of the Evening

Dear blog readers, just as self was settling down for a cozy evening with hubby in front of flat screen HDTV (Hubby informed self that she would indeed be able to watch season premiere of Nip/ Tuck, as we still get F/X — happy happy joy joy!), she felt a disquieting rumbling beneath her feet. Self and hubby looked at each other, but the rumbling did not go away. Then TV began to tilt forward. And self thought it would indeed be very funny if TV crashed to the ground. And hubby declared we were experiencing an earthquake. And self grew suddenly afraid. And hubby ran outside. But self could not leave the dogs, who were still snoozing (proving definitively once and for all that the old wive’s tale that dogs know when an earthquake is at hand and give notice by exhibiting odd behavior is just that — an old wive’s tale). And self can’t understand why this event has not been trumpeted on every news station in the Bay Area.

Anyhoo, after she had calmed down somewhat, self resumed her activity of the evening: perusing weekly e-mails from Publisher’s Weekly. And now she would like to share with loyal blog readers that Publisher’s Weekly classifies deals this way:

“nice deal” — $1 – $49,000
“very nice deal” — $50,000 – $90,000
“good deal” — $100,000 – $250,000
“significant deal” — $251,000 – $499,000
“major deal” — $500,000 and up

And since self is so insatiably curious, she naturally peruses list of recent deals with great avidity, searching for any that have achieved “major deal” or at least “significant deal” status. But alas, the only two deals that self sees classified are just for “very nice deals.” And these are for :

a Fiction Debut: London Observer’s New York correspondent Paul Harris’ FREETOWN, about a journalist covering the conflict in Sierra Leone who, in search of answers to the mysterious and sudden murder of his aid-worker girlfriend, unearths a web of conspiracy and corruption — pitched as in the spirit of John Le Carre . . .

(Pardon me, but in self’s humble opinion no one can capture the spirit of John Le Carre as well as John Le Carre)

Nicholas Drayson’s A GUIDE TO THE BIRDS OF EAST AFRICA, set in contemporary Kenya with a very unlikely hero, who falls in love with a woman on their monthly guided bird walk but has to compete for her affections with his old school bully, in the form of a competition to spot as many separate species of birds in a week.

But, anyhoo, self wishes to congratulate Harris and Drayson, for having the good sense to set their stories in Africa just at the precise moment when Hollywood A-listers (Angelina, Brad, Leo et. al.) have discovered same.

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