Monday, March 10

From Aaron, in the comments section:



So, I want to be more active and help you write more Caine novels. I'm sure your publicist has all sorts of data and crap...and I know you'll have a better idea, but here goes.

What do y'all think of the Asshole Maneuver:

1: Bombard popular blogs with content and quotes related to MWS work.

2: Subsidize tattoos or other forms of advertisement that will glean public attention.

3: Go from store to store inserting slips of paper into each and every book with clips from MWS work and indicate that they should read that work "or else."

4: Get published and dedicate our stuff to MWS.

5: End the war in Iraq - dedicate it to MWS. How?...

Make them all wear bikini clothes and shoot those who do not. No room for hidden bombs when you're mostly naked.

With these key points, I suspect change is in the wind my friends!


I'm Matthew Woodring Stover, and I approved this message.


Danj said...

I've been meaning to slip some Stoverfacted examples into the tvtropes wiki, partly because I'm a fan, partly because I want there to be more fans.

Tiny, subliminal stuff like that can really add up online.

And then? You might even get your own Overworld article on Wikipedia, because that level of wank--uh, sorry, 'encyclopaedic information'--will be culturally significant.

Guy's gotta dream big.

Tim said...

I'm waiting for the feature film produced by JJ Abrams and written by MWS.

Yes, I think you know what I'm talking about.

Can you feel it? It's...


JasonZ said...

I'll get a Caine tattoo if it's a good one.

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steve said...

I, for one, welcome our new Stover overlords.

Robert said...

Matt, I may have been introduced to your writing through Traitor, but Heroes Die and Blade of Tyshalle were the books that really made me a true fan of your work. I must've bought 4-5 copies of Heroes Die by now as gifts for friends.

What struck me about Traitor was how much deeper it was than most of the Star Wars books. It made me think and reminded me that just because the book is primarily meant as entertainment doesn't mean it has to be shallow. The fact that I think you were the only writer I thought really got Jacen Solo (my favorite character in NJO) only helped. It's just a shame that the later books seemed to set aside the "true understanding of The Force" aspect of the book.

"February-midnight-in-a-war-zone of the Caine books" is an awesome way to put it. I don't think I've ever read any books as...honest in their presentation. (I almost found myself writing "gritty" but that just reeks of popular buzzword rubbish.) The concepts and philosophies in those books really made me look at life from a far different point of view than the one I've grown up with. The scenes between Kris and Hari early in Blade stand out in those regard and I especially loved your concept of the Blind God; especially because I found the truth of it chilling to the bone.

I'll definitely be looking for ways to promote the new book when I have the chance. Cover art to be turned into forum signatures will work wonders when it's released.

Some quick questions for you:

-I've been wondering, is there any significance to what you refer to your characters and when? I've noticed you seem to call Hari "Caine" when you're referring to his Overworld exploits and Caine "Hari when referring to his life on Earth. Also that when you referred to Kris as "Deliann" a few posts back it was specifically when referencing a point in the story when he and Caine were on Overworld. I've seen authors who stick to a specific system with referring to their characters; Dennis O'Neil stands out as he would always refer to the DC Comics character The Question as "Charlie" even though most of the world knew him as "Vic Sage". Is this choice in reference an intended separation that goes along with your "Theory of Personality", or if it's just instinctual on your part?

-Something I've wondered for a while: If authors try to implant concepts and ideas into their books and what people get from said writing is a product of their own imagination meeting the words on the page, doesn't that create a sort of paradox within the process? Just something that struck me when reading your comments (not that I disagree with them, just an idea that hit me).

-And finally, are there any plans for you to be doing another book signing tour for either Caine Black Knife or your next Star Wars book?

P.S. I recently picked up The Lies of Locke Lamora on your recommendation and I'm loving every page so far. Thanks!