About 30 minutes ago I followed @AlmaKatsu and I was just about to send her a message when Twitter told me that “Loading seems to be taking a while”. I’ve been reading The Hunger Games trilogy, but I’ll leave that for another time.
Today is gray and threatening rain at my house in California and maybe that’s why it reminds me of the cover of “The Taker”. Last summer Alma Katsu was kind enough to sign two books for me at San Diego’s international event, Comic-Con. I have an extraordinarily long-lived character in my head so the panel on immortality looked interesting. Katsu was the most memorable person to me and not just because I waited in line later for not one, but (pleasant surprise!) two books. First, she said her characters experience immortality as punishment. Second, her background with the government in studying genocide was so serious compared to what I typically encounter there and it was in stark contrast to her sense of humor.
A couple hours after the panel I was waiting in line to get her “Alma Katsu” on a book and I was wondering how much it cost. Just before I spoke to her I asked one of her assistants(?) the price and found that it was free for those of us waiting in this line! I asked her if I could have a book for the wife of a friend of mine and she happily said yes and signed both copies of “The Taker”. She warned me that it was “dark”. I wondered if I have that kind of face that says “Middle America” or something along those lines. I thanked her and went on my merry way to the rest of Comic-Con.
Later, my wife was actually the first one to read it and confirmed that it was dark indeed. I finished it fairly quickly and found out that my friend’s 20-something daughter was a better candidate for Katsu’s tale. His wife is apparently NOT a fan of dark writing. How did I get that exactly backwards?
While I haven’t typically read dark material in the past, I loved this book. I only have one correction for Katsu which has to do with the extinct(?) card game, Faro, and it’s really a small thing in the telling of her story. I’m experienced at playing cards as I worked in casinos in the early ’90s. They actually paid me to play poker! I’ll leave that for another time, too.
A while back I connected with Katsu personally on Facebook and today I noticed that I somehow missed connecting to her “author” page on Facebook. I automatically remedied that situation and I recommend you do, too!
When I connect with her next I intend to ask her if there is a possibility of free autographed copies of her book for readers of AOO. If you’re left wondering… AOO is this blog – Authors, Offers, And Others. Would you say, “AOO like a wolf? Or Ah…Oooo? Or you might have another way of pronouncing AOO. No matter how you pronounce the name of this blog, Alma Katsu’s “The Taker” may leave you making some version of the AOO sound.
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