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the bear - 16-12-2007 at 09:11

Its getting near Christmas so most people will be busy but what is everybody reading, Fact and fiction?

Who's wanting Father Christmas to big them a book/ books as a present, what book would you like to recieve?


Regards the Bear


marymary100 - 16-12-2007 at 10:24

I'm reading Mark Haddon's A Spot Of Bother atm and have 10 books waiting to be read so I'm hopeful that I won't get any more books this holiday so that I can get on with some other things.;)


LSemmens - 16-12-2007 at 11:57

What are books? I can't read!


the bear - 16-12-2007 at 12:00

Leigh if you look round you'll find some books that have pictures that you can colour in, one of these modern ideas I think, lol waveysmiley

Have a nice day


best regards the Bear


janet - 16-12-2007 at 14:29

Dave Evans' History of Magic in Britain since Crowley,

Carey's Kusheil's Avatar,

Hamilton's A Lick of Frost (if I finish it - it's not really holding me atm)


scholar - 16-12-2007 at 14:43

I would like any of Dr. Turtledove's books that I have not already read. :D


marymary100 - 16-12-2007 at 15:18

Do you also read the Dan Chernenko, Eric G. Iverson, Mark Gordian, H.N. Turteltaub ones?


delanti - 16-12-2007 at 16:09

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Originally posted by LSemmens
What are books? I can't read!


It's that thing under the short leg of the table that keeps it from wobbling. rollarf


marymary100 - 16-12-2007 at 16:54

Isn't it that thing in the bathroom next to the toilet?


Badgergirl - 16-12-2007 at 20:02

I'm reading Maoab is My Washpot, Stephen Fry's autobiography. I'm loving it!


Badgergirl - 16-12-2007 at 20:04

I would love to get a heap of Manga for Christmas, but I rather doubt I will, given the sort of Manga I usually read!

Er....*ahem*...


scholar - 16-12-2007 at 21:49

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Originally posted by marymary100
Do you also read the Dan Chernenko, Eric G. Iverson, Mark Gordian, H.N. Turteltaub ones?
I've been terribly short on money for books, lately. I haven't been making a point of following them. The name Iverson sounds vaguely familiar.


scholar - 16-12-2007 at 21:54

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Originally posted by Badgergirl
I would love to get a heap of Manga for Christmas, but I rather doubt I will, given the sort of Manga I usually read!

Er....*ahem*...
That would be homosexual romances, I think you've said?

No pop-up books, I hope. shocked_yellowshocked_yellowshocked_yellow


marymary100 - 16-12-2007 at 22:04

They are pen names of Turtledove I believe.


scholar - 16-12-2007 at 23:20

Dr. Turtledove's style, under that name, is rather plain. He reminds me of Dr. Asimov in that respect--direct, unadorned, the plot and ideas are the thing, not so much the way they are expressed. Turtledove has more of an ear for language and flavor in his dialogue, I would say.

Do the other names represent other styles, genres, or subjects?

I remember my older brother used to read an author who used several names because he produced so many fiction books. Publishers used to be unwilling to publish more than a few fiction books per year by the same author (fearing perhaps that they would be betting too much on one man). He would submit under four or five names so that he could do several books per year.:D


janet - 16-12-2007 at 23:22

It would be a very unusual publisher who did not require to know the legal name of their authors.


marymary100 - 16-12-2007 at 23:38

Link

Enjoy


scholar - 16-12-2007 at 23:48

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Originally posted by janet
It would be a very unusual publisher who did not require to know the legal name of their authors.
Vern is older than I, and the author I have in mind had been writing for many years before Vern discovered him (in the 1950s, perhaps?).

For all I know, the editors might have seen the manuscripts with the pen names, and then the publisher might have known they were the same guy--and put them out as submitted, thinking that if the book under NameA didn't do well, it wouldn't discourage people from buying a book under NameB. I don't even remember any of the author's names. The guy wrote fiction action-adventures, mainly for paperback sales, I think.


scholar - 16-12-2007 at 23:53

I remember the identity of James Tiptree was a mystery to the public for many years. Was the person behind the name known to the publisher? I think Tiptree's work appeared in a number of science fiction magazines. (I notice, Janet did not say a magazine publisher would know. There is less at stake, financially.) Would each publisher have known? Or, would anything less than a book just require a check to the Tiptree name?


janet - 16-12-2007 at 23:56

Setting up an account to a pseudonym is possible but one needs an accountant who knows what's going on, to deal with tax issues.

IME, magazine editors sometimes worry about legal names, sometimes do not.

Again, IME book publishers require legal names - no matter what name one publishes under. They often have no objects to pen names - but they want to know who they are dealing with.


LSemmens - 17-12-2007 at 11:19

As you have observed Janet, the financial side of things must needs be addressed otherwise you might be sitting on cheques in the name of several pseudonyms with no chance of ever cashing them because you can't prove who these cheques belong to!