So for the month of December, A Genie in the House of Saud is paired on Amazon with James Patterson's latest novel, Cross Country. When a book buyer checks out Cross Country on Amazon, he or she will also be given the option to buy Zubis at a discount. It's called the BuyX/ GetY program and, basically, could be called Riding the Coattails Program. It's a great concept .. unless the bestselling author with whom you join is uncharacteristically and consistently ranking one-star reviews on their page for this particular novel. I read Cross Country and, frankly, am surprised by the negative reviews. I found the story to be quite thrilling and provocative, with Patterson's well-honed panache for characterization. The negative reviews seem to all echo the sentiment that Patterson diverged from his predictable Alex Cross character and plotline. People like routine, I guess. I just hope they like genies.
Meanwhile, last month, Mystical Publishing paired Zubis with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (God Rest His Soul... he died in 2004. Could have been foul play because he was a journalist/activist against particularly active and heinous racist cells and stoked many enemies. However, he also allegedly smoked upwards of 60 cigarettes a day. That would do it.) Anyway, A Genie was virtually flying off the virual shelves when paired with Stieg. I think there's a parallel to be drawn about the types of readers who follow Patterson and are not willing to explore an internationally-based supernatural thriller and those who read Stieg and are.
We have the rest of December to woo Patterson fans. I hope they give us a chance. My heart still belongs to Stieg, though. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was one of the best atmospheric, taut and well-crafted thrillers I've ever read. He had submitted the trilogy before he died and The Girl Who Played with Fire comes out in August 2009. Zubis was forged from fire: A girl who plays with fire. Sounds like a pairing to me.
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