Friday, February 22, 2008

Bird Is The Word


Countdown! In exactly 2 months, The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread by Don Robertson will be re-released, and a whole new generation will have the opportunity to meet Morris Bird III, one of the greatest characters in American literature. I'm not saying this lightly -- I put Morris Bird III (Robertson always refers to him by his whole goofy name) right up there with Huck and Holden and Scout.

I've already pre-ordered my copy from Amazon, but it irks me that there's no cover image up yet. I'm so pleased and nervous about the upcoming release. Here's hoping that this wonderful 43-year-old novel will be widely advertised and reviewed and rescued from near-obscurity. Here's hoping that book clubs all over will decide to read it. Maybe it'll get Oprah's attention and sell a bajillion copies. I wish she were from Cleveland (where the action in the novel takes place); she'd be all over it. But even if the book never enters her perception, there's always Stephen King, who's a Don Robertson fan. Maybe he'll help with the buzz. Meanwhile, I'm doing my part. I'll post about this again next month. Maybe sooner.

5 comments:

Gentle Reader said...

Wow, I've never heard of this book--but now I'll be on the lookout for it. It will be interesting to see if the buzz gets going for it--hope so!

raidergirl3 said...

I'll keep an eye out - that's quite a rave you give it.

kookiejar said...

I love how Morris Bird III trips off the tongue. That alone sells me on this book. I can't wait to give it a read.

Miami Heat said...

Mine's on preorder as well from Amazon! Let's spread the word! I've posted about Don Robertson many times on the Stephen King message board, so I hope it helps...

John

Bybee said...

Gentle Reader,
I don't think I've ever gotten a buzz going before in my life, but I sure hope I can now!

Raidergirl3,
Yeah this is one of THE books of my life.

Kookiejar,
His friends call him something similiar but less complimentary!

Miami Heat,
I'm so glad you're talking it up as well! My next move is to talk it up on bookcrossing, as well in real life to my fleshy bookworm friends.