Dispatch from the Razor's Edge, the Blog of Michael Stephen Fuchs
2007.07.06 : Pandora's Diner

"Fuchs seems to operate on the narrative principle of 'when in doubt, put in a firefight.'"

From:       michael stephen fuchs
To:         dispatch@michaelfuchs.org
Subject:    Fuchs Dares Publish Again
Date:       Fri, July 6, 2007 8:20 am

And so just a quick message from our sponsor (me), to the
effect that this new book of mine seems to be out today:

In addition to the UK, it's on sale in a variety of countries,
amongst them conspicuously not the U.S. I don't expect anyone
to order it from overseas (which most of you reading this
are). Save your money. The book might be out in the U.S. next
year. Or you could skip it entirely and treat yourself to a
nice big, leisurely brunch - with buttered toast and blueberry
pancakes and fresh orange juice and coffee - say, at one of
those counter-style greasy-spoon diners, with the booths with
the mini-jukeboxes and big laminated menus, that they're
always trying to copy here and never getting quite right.
(It's always like a movie set, dressed by someone who got
everything he knows about America from exported Happy Days
episodes - and there are always these one or two incorrect and
telling details that give the whole thing away. Whenever I'm
in one of these places, and I spot the fatal flaw in the
facade, I always get this nervous feeling like I've found
myself in a cleverly-, but not quite cleverly enough-, laid
trap. "Don't turn your head," I want to hiss out of the corner
of my mouth. "But see the two men in the corner booth?" "The
construction workers getting their early breakfast before
going on shift?" "Perhaps. But look - there's no mud on their
boots. The boots are brand new." "My God, you're right." "And
see those bulges under their coveralls?" "Michael, I'm
afraid." "It's going to be okay. Nonchalantly pass me that pot
of scalding hot coffee - and be ready to run when I do.") Or
you could, you know, buy two Graham Greene novels in trade
paperback - say, 'The Power and the Glory' and 'The End of the
Affair' - for the same price. Or go see the new Die Hard film,
with a friend.


From:           michael stephen fuchs
To:             dispatch@michaelfuchs.org
Subject:        Solicitation Emendation
Date:           Fri, July 13, 2007 8:08 am

Sorry to intrude on your Friday morning, but it has been
brought to my attention, by persons not my publisher, who
never tell me anything, never anything at all, though somewhat
to their defense they frequently don't know anything at all,
though these are often just the sorts of things they should
know, really should be expected to know, in any publishing
outfit run along proper lines, that Pandora's Sisters IS in
fact available in the U.S. from amazon.com:
They indicate a 4-6 week delivery time; but you seem to pay
domestic shipping charges, so it's awfully cheaper. Also it's
also 34% off, just like on amazon.co.uk.

But here are a few other Graham Greene titles you might really
consider instead:

The Honorary Consul
The Lawless Roads (travel writing - but reads better, with
stronger themes and drama and narrative arc, than the last
35 novels you've read)
The Human Factor
Travels With My Aunt

Or you might check out the new collection of stories from that
absurdly, distressingly, hugely unfairly talented Miranda July,
who really brasses me off that she's so annoyingly talented
what with her Camera d'or from Cannes for her personally
written-directed-and-starred-in film and her globally-toured
performance art pieces and her two albums and now her
smashingly-well-received debut story collection, with what I
have to say is just about the coolest and most winning
promotional web site I've seen in about ten years:


Miranda July, I hate you.

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Fuchs is the author of the novels The Manuscript and Pandora's Sisters, both published worldwide by Macmillan in hardback, paperback and all e-book formats (and in translation); the D-Boys series of high-tech, high-concept, spec-ops military adventure novels – D-Boys, Counter-Assault, and Close Quarters Battle (coming in 2016); and is co-author, with Glynn James, of the bestselling Arisen series of special-operations military ZA novels. The second nicest thing anyone has ever said about his work was: "Fuchs seems to operate on the narrative principle of 'when in doubt put in a firefight'." (Kirkus Reviews, more here.)

Fuchs was born in New York; schooled in Virginia (UVa); and later emigrated to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he lived through the dot-com boom. Subsequently he decamped for an extended period of tramping before finally rocking up in London, where he now makes his home. He does a lot of travel blogging, most recently of some very  long  walks around the British Isles. He's been writing and developing for the web since 1994 and shows no particularly hopeful signs of stopping.

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PANDORA'S SISTERS by Michael Stephen Fuchs
D-BOYS by Michael Stephen Fuchs
COUNTER-ASSAULT by Michael Stephen Fuchs
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