Today I received a nicely inscribed hardcover copy of War Like The Thunderbolt from its author, Russell Bonds. This replaces the advance reading copy (ARC)/uncorrected proof/bound galley I was provided for review (read that review here). Russ also included a handwritten Thank You note on a cool card with an embossed image of The General, the subject of Mr. Bonds’s preceding work.
As you can see, my review while generally positive was not free of criticism. And lots of folks with much bigger wigs than mine reviewed Russ’s book, and some in more glowing terms. This is the first time any author has gone to such lengths to thank me for a review (though most are generally gracious). Bloggers who review books – as far as I know – don’t usually receive any compensation for doing so outside of the book itself. ARCs are first very, very difficult to review (they typically have no indexes or maps and very poor quality images if any) and second they are, well, worthless – we don’t like to put them on our shelves. So Russ’s gift was very thoughtful and fortunate, as this very successful book has gone into paperback and hardcovers are tough to come by. And don’t get me started on publishers who offer to provide pdf copies of the book. Double yoi!
Still, sometimes folks want to get the word out before the product is finished. Such was the case with Thunderbolt. Authors and publishers take note – this is the way to do things. Thanks, Russ – you’re one classy guy!