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Max Barry wrote the novels Syrup, Jennifer Government, Company, Machine Man, and Lexicon. He also created the game NationStates and once found a sock full of pennies.

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Tue 17
Jan
2006

Roam Free, My Novel

Company Company coverOh, it’s a red-letter day in the Barry household. My third novel, Company, goes on sale today. It’s also my 13th wedding anniversary. (Yep, teen bridegroom. What? It’s not so weird. It is not.) And—and—my baby girl just rolled from her back onto her front! Yes! Big achievements all round!

Somewhat scarily, the first week or two will largely determine whether Company is a sales success or not. If it starts strong, bookstores will leave it placed up the front of the store, or include it in special deals. But otherwise, it’s a quick one-way trip to the jungles of General Fiction. You don’t have long to establish yourself as a winner on those New Fiction shelves, no sir, and there’s a long line of up-and-comers ready to steal your shoes. So good luck, little Company.

I found three new reviews today: a nice capsule from People Magazine (“biting, hilarious”) and two rippers from Entertainment Weekly and Forbes. What I especially love is that both decline to give away the book’s big twist, something I thought no reviewer would be able to resist. But EW says:

To disclose what occurs after page 80 would rob any enjoyment from the book. It’s that twist that saves Barry’s third novel from becoming as drab as the office he describes and establishes him as one of the keenest and shrewdest minds in corporate satire. Utterly original… A-.

while Forbes pumps me right up:

Barry’s accomplished an impossible feat—he’s written three books without succumbing to a sophomore slump. Insightful and devlish… if you’re reading a management book right now, any management book, put it down and get this instead.

I’m building a collection of links to reviews that don’t contain big spoilers in the Company Reviews section.

And for those who want a little taste before plumping their hard-earned, I’ve just posted an extract from Chapter One. Enjoy! (I hope.)

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JacksSmirkingRevenge (#1324)

Location: That place where Billy Elliot was comitted, England
Quote: "What can the harvest hope for if not for the care of the reaper man?"
Posted: 4967 days ago

ARGH!!! WHY DO YOU MOCK ME!? I live in the UK, so no Company for me til at least Friday, but probably Monday! ARGH!!! The unfairness of it all...

JacksSmirkingRevenge (#1324)

Location: That place where Billy Elliot was comitted, England
Quote: "What can the harvest hope for if not for the care of the reaper man?"
Posted: 4967 days ago

The question is, do I have the resolve to not read that extract or the reviews? I desperately want to read Company with a fresh mind, but I also desperately need to have sustinence now!

Machine Man subscriber Alex (#237)

Location: London, England
Quote: "We're today's scrambled creatures, locked in tomorrow's double feature (Bowie)"
Posted: 4967 days ago

Well, I got my copy in the UK, yesterday. Though it was bought online. It's been a brilliant read so far. There I was on the train on the way into work, at the end of page 20, when IT HAPPENED...

Hang on that sentence didn't make sense! It must be a typo....I'll carry on. Hey! The story doesn't make sense now! I look at the page number. 53! YES....53! My copy of the book jumps from page 20 straight through to 53.

Ah it'll be a clever gimmick by Max to confuse and delight his readers....If only *sob*

Now I'll have to wait for the book to come out properly in the UK and keep this copy as a treasured mis-printed copy.

Or sell it on e-bay as a rare collector's edition???
Who knows?

Drunkendove (#2064)

Location: Neither here nor there.
Quote: "An altogether admirable attempt at alliteration, and although ample accidental additions are assured, all are accessory."
Posted: 4967 days ago

Will Irish bookshops have it?

Also, will you be updating the Q&A section under "Max"? Because it still says that you're working on your secret third novel. The secret is kinda out now.

Machine Man subscriber Max

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Quote: "I'm my number one fan!"
Posted: 4967 days ago

Oh yeah, the Q&A! I've been meaning to update that for ages. For now I guess I'll yank out that question.

Alex, you should definitely tell Amazon (or whoever) that you got a dodgy book. They'll replace it for free.

The book is only out in the US & Canada at this stage... see the "Buy" page for details, but basically no other country has a publisher with a confirmed pub date yet.

Machine Man subscriber Danni (#357)

Location: England
Quote: "Eagerly awaiting the European Tour."
Posted: 4967 days ago

It's not fair! I have to wait 3 weeks to get a copy! The good news though is Amazon has a deal on if you buy it with Syrup from the USA, so I'll be taking advantage of that ;)

(Max, how dare you put teasers up on your site! I couldn't resist, and now I want more!)

Machine Man subscriber Devin (#100)

Location: Los Angeles, CA
Quote: ""Toast sweat! It's the scourge of our time!""
Posted: 4967 days ago

Congratulations on all that! I'm going to head out to the book store in a couple hours for when it opens to pick up a copy. I've been looking forward to this day for quite some time!

Machine Man subscriber Xpovos (#958)

Location: Washington D.C.
Quote: "Time not important, only life important"
Posted: 4967 days ago

Woo-hoo! Finally something worthwhile to use my Christmas Borders Gift certificate on. I'll pick up a copy on the way home from work.

Scott (#354)

Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Quote: "Max Barry tastes like awesome"
Posted: 4967 days ago

Order Placed. I actually didn't realize the release date was so soon. >_<

Machine Man subscriber Alex (#237)

Location: London, England
Quote: "We're today's scrambled creatures, locked in tomorrow's double feature (Bowie)"
Posted: 4967 days ago

A bit of a result about my book with the missing pages. The seller told me they would send me a new copy without me having to send the "limited edition" one back.

Fingers crossed that this one has ALL the pages!

:O)

Wolfgang (#1368)

Location: Berlin, Germany
Posted: 4967 days ago

Congratulations, Max, another great, hilarious, witty, clever, <add another 20 randomly picked words of highest praise> book - and happy anniversary!

I got it from amazon.de on Saturday (ordered it in August, I think) - complete, with all pages :-) - and had it read by early Monday morning.

What's in store for number four? When will I be able to order it? Any idea yet? I'm being greedy, I know, sorry ;-)

Machine Man subscriber Adam (#24)

Location: Morristown, Indiana
Quote: "Why do I blog? Simple, because Max Barry blogs."
Posted: 4967 days ago

January 17, 2005 "COMPANY DAY"

A LOYAL FRIEND AND FAN...MORE OR LESS.

First of all, a few months ago on this site. Someone offered a free ARC of company. They did not want to make any profit off selling it. They put a comment on "the Block" blog. I couldn't resist!

Now, today,as I lay sickly on my own bed, I must go out and buy this book to support Max Barry. I also have to take one of my friends from school, Matthew(16). I already own the ARC, and I have read it.
Company is infinitely excellent. I know it will be a good buy.

Hopefully, my parents will let me drive to the nearest bookstore to get it. I am not at school right now due to my illness.

-adam

PS If my mug and poster arrive today...it will be the best day ever!

Darwinsduck (#2077)

Location: SC, USA
Posted: 4967 days ago

I was able to pick up the book at B&N yesterday, the 16th, over the pond in the states. So far it is great, had me laughing out loud in parts. I'm only about 100 pages in so far, but a couple of things about the wording used.

1. You use the word "sacked" a lot to mean terminated from a job. In the U.S., which is where the story is taking place, we use the word "fired" more the sacked. Like Donld Trump, "You're Fired!" Sacked seems to be more of a British, or Australian, word.

2. At one point, not wanting to spoil anything, you have some people talking about their CV, and not putting a reference on it. I am not sure what CV stands for, but from the context I take it to mean a resume, something you send to company's to apply for a job.

But none of these take away from my enjoyment so far, keep up the great work.

Earl Mayer (#2078)

Location: Paris, France
Quote: ""On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog.""
Posted: 4967 days ago

I will have to wait between 1 and 3 weeks as well before I receive little Company in my mail box. I don't understand how Jennifer "Gouvernement" (as it's called here) isn't the most famous novel ever since I find it exceptionnal and definitly my most favourite book. I'm a big fan of Jennifer, a nationstate player and secretly hope of a brilliant big production cinema adaptation.

I enjoyed that little piece of Company online but hope the whole book isn't just about office fights, but Max is a plot mastermind so I give him all my trust.

Good Luck for the sales - hope you won't have to create a new game to make them happen - though I do enjoy NS :)

Bony Tony (#1343)

Location: United States
Posted: 4967 days ago

Best of luck to you, Max. I hope your book is a NY TIMES BEST SELLER. HA.

Zoomy (#1546)

Location: Outside Glasgow
Posted: 4967 days ago

I'll buy it as soon as I can.

Picto (#64)

Location: United Kingdom
Quote: "Who is more foolish, the child afraid of the dark or the man afraid of the light? - Maurice Freehill"
Posted: 4967 days ago

I love it when you find an American reading an English/Australian book and they point out the differences. It just reminds you of how different our cultures are. Fascinating. Being English myself, I now have to find a method within the law of acquiring cash to purchase the book from overseas.



English publishers suck. :-(


And yes, Darwinsduck, CV is similar to what you call a resume/résumé, and it stands for Curriculum Vitae.

Robert (#413)

Location: Los Angeles
Quote: "A positive attitude will not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort."
Posted: 4967 days ago

Congrats on the release, I just picked it up at the local Barnes & Noble, but there was something there that troubled me, there were only about six books in stock, now either the people at Barnes & Noble thought the book would tank, or a bunch of other people rushed in an hour before me to pick the thing up. Either way I'd put money on the book doing great.

P.S. There have already been a few comments on the cover from the people who've seen it.

Keith Dotson (#1697)

Location: Detroit, Mi
Quote: ""I like to use 'I Can't Believe it's Not Butter' on my toast in the morning, because sometimes when I eat breakfast, I like to be incredulous. How was breakfast? Unbelievable." --Demetri Martin"
Posted: 4967 days ago

I got a call that my copy was ready to pick up on Wednesday last week. I bought it over the weekend. Would have done it the day I got the call but I was out of town. GRRR. Anyways, Congrats on the great new book. Though Great may be an understatement.

PS - Love The Back Cover Memo

JacksSmirkingRevenge (#1324)

Location: That place where Billy Elliot was comitted, England
Quote: "What can the harvest hope for if not for the care of the reaper man?"
Posted: 4967 days ago

How come every seems to hae got the copy's they ordered online already? It says it will be despatched upon release. If I'd know that Amazon try to get it to you on the day it comes out, I wouldn't have waited til the 16th to order it :( Friday seems a logn way off.

Tom Foley (#1008)

Location: Seattle
Posted: 4967 days ago

I can't wait to get to the bookstore today. Looking forward to your trip to Seattle.

Paul (#104)

Location: Connecticut, USA
Quote: ""Don't fight it son. Confess quickly! If you hold out too long you could jeopardize your credit rating. " --Brazil (1985 movie)"
Posted: 4967 days ago

I ordered mine via Amazon and foolishly opted for their free shipping... it's now slugging itself over to me (sent last night, due here Jan 26-28th). I might not be able to wait that long. A trip over to the local bookseller might be in order after all. Then I'll just have a copy to lend/give out to someone unfamiliar with the genius that is Max Barry. :)

Paul (#104)

Location: Connecticut, USA
Quote: ""Don't fight it son. Confess quickly! If you hold out too long you could jeopardize your credit rating. " --Brazil (1985 movie)"
Posted: 4967 days ago

PS:
Company has made the February 2006 Booksense Notables list:

http://www.bookweb.org/graphics/BookSense/picks/Feb2006.pdf

(bottom left of page 1)

Congrats!

Machine Man subscriber Geoffrey Atkins (#858)

Location: Omaha, NE
Quote: "these nights are already long. and if i last through the winter. i swear to you now i won't call. --Circa Survive"
Posted: 4967 days ago

Went and got it this morning when I went out to breakfast! Here's to first week success! Cheers!

Kalle (#1278)

Quote: "Sex is herital. If your parents never had it, chanses are you'll never have it either."
Posted: 4967 days ago

Cool Max! I'm definately gonna add this to my birthday wish-list.

Anita Heiney (#292)

Location: Richmond, VA USA
Quote: "I came. I signed up. I got an error."
Posted: 4967 days ago

Okay okay - enough with the pressure already. I'll go buy one. Does it make a difference, Max, if I purchase it in the store or online? I want to do what's best for you of course.

Congrats on the baby rolling over. I was afraid it might have "the big head" like you and never be able to accomplish this feat.

Ciao!

James W. G. Ford (#1437)

Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Quote: "Never allow yourself to be limited by tradition. If we all did that, we'd still live in caves."
Posted: 4967 days ago

Damn you, Max Barry! Why is your book tour not coming to Canada??? It may be cold and wintery, but there's oh-so-much love.

Machine Man subscriber Jarrad (#837)

Location: Hobart
Posted: 4967 days ago

Waiting, waiting, waiting on Amazon

Says the book may not get to Australia until mid-Feb

AAHHHH

Machine Man subscriber Tim Hodge (#1275)

Location: Canberra
Quote: "My copy of Syrup is made from magic paper."
Posted: 4966 days ago

Man! I kind of assumed, what with Max being Australian, that this magical Company release date might be of some use in Australia! DAMN!

Oh well, off to Amazon to select the lightspeed shipping, then. Bugger.

Machine Man subscriber Mapuche (#1184)

Location: Darwin, Australia
Quote: "Inconceivable!"
Posted: 4966 days ago

By email this morning from Amazon.com....


The following items were included in this shipment:
------------------------------------------------------------
Qty Item
------------------------------------------------------------
1 Syrup
1 Company : A Novel
------------------------------------------------------------

Heheheheh

Matthew (#16)

Location: Columbus, Ohio
Quote: "Unicorn on mountain top. Wind blowing through mane."
Posted: 4966 days ago

Looks like Adam (#24) and I will be waiting for "3 to 5 business days."

I feel weak...need....Company...

Nice picture in the EW review, Max.

Rod McBride (#688)

Location: Gardner, KS
Quote: "www.MidwestRockLobster.blogspot.com"
Posted: 4966 days ago

Well done, Max.

I got mine ahead of the official release date by ordering it through a Borders. I guess until you get to the J.K. Rowling level they don't use lay down dates to keep the book from getting out early.

The book totally hijacked me for about 24 hours. I did little but read 'Company' until I finished it, and being a slow reader it's highly unusual for me to finish a novel, even a short one, that fast. That's a double-edged sword because after waiting forever to read another Max Barry novel, I've done the equivalent of eating all the trick-or-treat candy on Halloween night and have to wait an impossible stretch for the next one.

Austin (#814)

Quote: "You might be stretching."
Posted: 4966 days ago

I think I will go buy it during lunch tomorrow.

Marzouq (#2083)

Location: Kuwait
Posted: 4966 days ago

Im gonna order the book from amazon right now!!

w3a2 (#2084)

Location: SA
Quote: "Arguing on the internet is like arguing on the internet."
Posted: 4966 days ago

Thanks a lot. I had this great idea for corporate satire i just about sat down and wrote and it looks like you've probably written it but far better.

and i'll have to buy it i suppose

Machine Man subscriber Emmaus (#1692)

Location: North Carolina, USA
Quote: "How much deeper would the ocean be without sponges?"
Posted: 4966 days ago

Because I got this entry in my e-mail, I went and appended my Amazon order to include <i>Company</i>. I anxiously await it's delivery!

Tomben (#2086)

Location: Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.
Posted: 4966 days ago

Max,

Just got done with Company. Nicely done, if a little disconcerning for those of us who have worked in a sprawling IT company.

Did Syrup get re-released in paperback in the US? I'm seeing copies of it in stores now, whereas a year or so ago I couldn't find any locally.

Tom

marcie (#1987)

Location: staten island, new york
Quote: ""it's up to me now, turn on the bright lights""
Posted: 4966 days ago

i got the book yesterday. read about half of it.
i didn't want to finish it that fast yet.
but what i HAVE read, i absolutely love. congratulations.

you did it again. =D

i wish you all the success with this book.

Jason (#1193)

Location: Indianapolis, IN
Quote: "The bulwark of the suggestion box has failed."
Posted: 4966 days ago

Just picked up my copy yesterday at my local independant bookstore (Bighat Books in Indy. Great place. http://bighat.booksense.com). So far I'm really loving it.

Great work!

James (#1739)

Location: Los Gatos, CA
Quote: "I am a silly."
Posted: 4966 days ago

Somehow it seems fitting that Company comes out the day after my first day of work at my first .real. job (ie: office, cubicle, anti-sexual-harrassment policy and everything).

I've been a fan for a while, Max, and I look forward to reading the new book, if for no other reason because it means I'm not sitting in my cubicle trying to convince my boss (and myself) that I can write Perl scripts.

~james,

(^-- Written from work when I should be coding.)

Justin Holt (#147)

Location: Rochester, NY
Quote: "www.justinholt.net"
Posted: 4966 days ago

Picked up my copy yesterday, sold another copy to some random elderly man who was standing next to me looking off into the abyss of Dan Brown books, and moved the remaining copies that B&N had to the front of the store, replacing, well, the abyss of Dan Brown books that have been featured on the New Release rack for years. One of the workers looked at me with a 'wtf' are you doing sort of look, but she didn't really seem too motivated to stop me so I just held up the book cover and smiled my best Mentos commerical circa like 1999 smile at her, and then promptly left.

Love what I've read so far...

Travis Emergency (#2071)

Location: New York
Posted: 4966 days ago

I actually got my copy in the US one day early, on Jan 16th.
I'm very happy about that, as the book is awesome.

Daniel Short (#257)

Location: Oklahoma, USA
Quote: "Hehe"
Posted: 4965 days ago

Congrats Max, This snuck up on me. I'm gonna go pick it up right now!

JacksSmirkingRevenge (#1324)

Location: That place where Billy Elliot was comitted, England
Quote: "What can the harvest hope for if not for the care of the reaper man?"
Posted: 4965 days ago

My order has yet to be ispatched, despite the fact that i ordered it on Monday :( This makes me very sad...

Machine Man subscriber Xpovos (#958)

Location: Washington D.C.
Quote: "Time not important, only life important"
Posted: 4965 days ago

I have an update for you, Max, and it's not a good one. The local Borders did not have your book in the "New Fiction" zone, which is quite large, but had already gone on its one-way trip to the "Fiction/Literature" zone, right between two other Barry author, though the one on the further side spelled it Berry. Additionally they had only two copies, so I bought them out of half their stock. And despite being in alphabetical order by author, it still took me two tries to find it, even though I was deliberately looking for it! Maybe this says more about my search skills than their marketing skills, but it definitely won't leap out and catch the eye of any passers-by. The spine art-work isn't nearly as catchy as the front.

Amina (#2094)

Location: Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia, USA
Quote: ""Thank God for tea! What would the world do without tea? How did it exist? I am glad I was not born before tea." – Sidney Smith"
Posted: 4965 days ago

In a strange and wonderful twist, when I read the excerpt from Company’s first chapter just now I had vivid flashbacks to the enchanting week-at-the-beach vacation a couple of years ago where I read JG for the first time. I look forward to feeling warm, relaxed, and sunburned while reading the rest of Company.

So congratulations, Max, on all of the milestones and breakthroughs in your household this week, and thank you, thank you! for a respite from the bitter cold wind outside that keeps knocking out our electricity.

Paul Rice (#2097)

Location: Allston, Massachusetts USA
Quote: ""Will you still know who are when you come to who you are?""
Posted: 4965 days ago

I have a fresh copy on my desk at work, and keep reaching for it thinking it's a donut.

Stephanie (#2098)

Location: United States
Quote: "Going crazy. Care to join me?"
Posted: 4965 days ago

Three books stores, but no book. Borders received one copy and it sold before I got there. Barnes and Noble "had them on order" and B. Dalton didn't have them and didn't know when they would get them. I'm trying to support you Max, but the corporate giant bookstores aren't letting me.

Machine Man subscriber Bushra (#36)

Location: Fremont, California
Quote: "www.caffeinatedmuslim.com"
Posted: 4965 days ago

I got my copy at Borders yesterday. They only had two copies of it on the New Hardbacks table, but nothing in the Fiction/Literature section. I checked out Barnes too and they only had one copy of it in the Fiction/Literature section. It bypassed the New Fiction section altogether. Hopefully, they'll get a few more copies in the coming days.

Anyways, I like the book so far. I might make my manager read it.

Paul (#104)

Location: Connecticut, USA
Quote: ""Don't fight it son. Confess quickly! If you hold out too long you could jeopardize your credit rating. " --Brazil (1985 movie)"
Posted: 4964 days ago

Update: I went to look at a few local booksellers, and no one had it! This made me very angry. Barnes and Noble and Waldenbooks didn't have any copies despite getting shipments weekly or more, and the independent sellers weren't sure if their distributor (often it is Book Sense) was going to send them any copies (which I think they will since Book Sense has you as a February Notable, see my link above). So, I had to wait for the copy I bought through Amazon, which I JUST received not 10 minutes ago. Let the reading begin!

Michael Fiedler (#1318)

Location: Lincoln, NE
Posted: 4964 days ago

I live in Lincoln, NE and found the book front & center at my local Barnes & Noble. By the way, I saw your book signing schedule and noticed that you will be in LA on the 25th. I'm going to LA Saturday and am flying back on Tuesday, so I rushed to my calendar to see if I could be lucky enough to be in LA on the right day. Nope...crap. The 25th is Wednesday, so I'll be long gone. Oh well, maybe you'll get to Nebraska one day. Meanwhile, have fun at all the "cool" cities. :)

Melinda Kovac (#583)

Location: South Australia
Quote: "Nothing says feminine like a burping contest"
Posted: 4964 days ago

Seeing as the credit card is full, will have to wait patiently for an Australian release :(

Joseph (#1825)

Location: Jeffersonville, Indiana, USA
Quote: "With a gun barrel between your teeth, you speak only in vowels."
Posted: 4964 days ago

I have to admit you con'd me into joining your website for free goodies. For at last a second posting, you can't escape me that easy Max(x) Barry. I just dropping in a little buz on your book sales in my area. I went to the dreaded Walden's books and it was in the stores back room burried in a unkown box still. I was very upset with this and traveled about 6 miles to a Borders and behold one lone copy of Company hidding in the crazy contraption of an organized shelf they so called. If you were going to have a bull rush for the book, it won't be in my city. (weeps for Max)

Jason (#1193)

Location: Indianapolis, IN
Quote: "The bulwark of the suggestion box has failed."
Posted: 4964 days ago

I finished the book on Wednesday. Read almost all night and durign work on Wednesday. Very irresponsible but it was that addicting.

Also hyped your other books to the owner of the local store in town, Big Hat. She seemed intrigued by your stuff so hopefully she gets Syrup and Jennifer Gov't in now, too.

Laurie (#127)

Location: Wadsworth, Ohio
Posted: 4963 days ago

Just finished the book- ignoring all school related activities. I LOVED IT.

It didn't end the way I expected, which makes it that much better. I very much enjoy surprise endings.

Why no mention of Finlay? Did you really have to submit the Acknowledgements that long ago? And no new picture? I really do feel depraved in that regards- I only know of like two pictures of you- and one is just your head. We want more Max!

(By the way, Company wasn't out in the New Fiction section at the local Borders, but I made the woman who helped me find it feel quite inferior as she didn't know who you were... imagine, not knowing Max Barry!)

Keep up the great work!

Greg Karber (#1568)

Location: gregkarber.com
Posted: 4963 days ago

Laurie, Entertainment Weekly's new issue (the one with George Clooney on the cover) has a picture of max. It's only about a sixth of a page, but its the dominant image, so if you're looking for another photo, rush out to your local bookstore/magazine stand.

Travis Emergency (#2071)

Location: New York
Posted: 4963 days ago

Well I've got some news for you, Max, that's slightly better than other peoples'.

My local Barnes & Nobel had about five copies, in the New Fiction section, allthough that section is downstairs.

Steven Bateman (#1590)

Location: Rathdrum, ID
Quote: "If two hurricanes chase you around, you should just give up. It's Zeus trying to murder you with hammers."
Posted: 4962 days ago

I purchased the last existing copy in North Idaho for another month, in hardback. I just finished it not five minutes ago. Amusing enough, I couldn't stop reading it at work.

It's... great. I loved it. Oh, and Stephanie, if you haven't found one yet, check your local Hastings. Their shipments are delayed, so they should be getting them in either next week or mid-Feb, depending on which rep I spoke with wasn't drunk.

With that said... what's your next one? :D

rasmus (#2112)

Posted: 4962 days ago

When does the book tour commence?!

rasmus (#2112)

Posted: 4962 days ago

I work at a Chapters (the Canadian equivalent to Barnes and Noble)in Toronto and Company isn't in our "New & Hot Fiction" alcove at front of store... YET. Next time I go in I'm going to move it from the fiction section and bump Amy Tan's new novel out of the way.

Unfree People (#206)

Location: Guadalajara, Mexico
Quote: "Freedom Reigns! except where it's important..."
Posted: 4961 days ago

Is there an official ebook available for purchase anywhere? Amazon charges bucketloads of money to ship to where I'm currently living.

Wolfgang (#1368)

Location: Berlin, Germany
Posted: 4961 days ago

Unfree People:
Have you tried www.amazon.fr? Shipping within France should be free there with the book priced at about 20 Euros. Or isn't Nice where you live, anymore? You might want to try amazon-Marketplaces then (best at .com) - rates and shipping can be cheaper than with amazon itself (as long as you live in an "Amazon payment country" or whatever they call it). Finally, couldn't your bookshop order it from the US for you? Anyway, good luck - and in any case, Company would even be worth bucketloads of shipping money ;)

Paul (#104)

Location: Connecticut, USA
Quote: ""Don't fight it son. Confess quickly! If you hold out too long you could jeopardize your credit rating. " --Brazil (1985 movie)"
Posted: 4961 days ago

Unfree People: Here are a few places that sell the ebook:

Amazon:
Adobe Reader: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B000E6FZC8/ref=ed_oe_d/002-3812595-6569638?%5Fencoding=UTF8&v=glance
Microsoft Reader: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B000E6FZAA/ref=ed_oe_d/002-3812595-6569638?%5Fencoding=UTF8&v=glance
(both $12.21)

eBooks: http://www.ebooks.com/ebooks/book_display.asp?IID=231243
Adober Reader, Microsoft Reader, or Mobipocket Reader
(each $17.95)

Powell’s:
Adobe Reader: http://www.powells.com/cgi-bin/biblio?inkey=91-0385517580-0
Microsoft Reader: http://www.powells.com/cgi-bin/biblio?inkey=92-0385517580-0
Palm Reader: http://www.powells.com/cgi-bin/biblio?inkey=93-0385517580-0
(each $14.36)

Aaron Doucet (#733)

Location: Canada (Sorry)
Quote: "He'd never seen so many expensive pairs of shoes in one place."
Posted: 4959 days ago

Well, I broke down and bought it. They had it for 20% off at my local campus bookstore so I picked it up. I just got to the twist. Amazing stuff.

What also amazes me is that your writing style has changed throughout your three books yet they still manage to be awesome.

Noemi (#1850)

Location: California, USA
Quote: ""Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious. " - Brendan Gill"
Posted: 4958 days ago

I saw a review for your book in one of the newspapers in my hometown! I was so excited I shrieked! And then all of my friends looked at me like I was derranged... Let me see if I can get a copy and I'll scan it and send it to you. :)

Mark (#2122)

Location: Seattle
Posted: 4950 days ago

www.zephyrholdings.com is updated!

Chas (#537)

Location: Free Country USA
Quote: "./configure, make, make install."
Posted: 4947 days ago

One more book sold, Max! First section was awesome. Can't wait to finish it.

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