Hark! There is a book you must buy. Marcus Sakey, my media mogul brother, Jaime Lannister to my Tyrion, Alan Wake to my Barry, has gone and written another novel. Brilliance, it is called, and it is available on this day for buying with your monies and reading with your eyes. Click upon this link to buy it.
Why that link in particular? Tell you what: first, click and buy, then come back and read this, then go read the book.
SO! Why that link (or this one!) in particular? Because if you use that link (or this one!) your money will go, partly, into Marcus’s coffers… but also into Tap-Repeatedly’s. And those coffers are more important than his. Marcus actually has coffers. Tap-Repeatedly has no coffers. We’re going to have to get some coffers to HOLD THIS MONEY.
Marcus has been doing the novel thing for a while now. Six books! By all accounts he’s managed well, having won like forty prestigious awards and sold… I don’t know, a squidillion copies. His novels have been translated into languages by professionals who do not use Google Translate, and sold in places where they speak those languages.
All of his books have been optioned as movies. One of them just wrapped principal photography in London. Good People will soon be a Major Motion Picture directed by Henrik Ruben Genz and starring Actual Famous People James Franco, Kate Hudson, Omar Sy, and Tom Wilkinson. The rights to this latest one, Brilliance, were picked up by Legendary Pictures. Marcus did a show called Hidden City for the Travel Channel, and has another show in the works. Yes indeed, by all accounts he’s been successful in his chosen profession.
In that time he hasn’t given me one single shiny nickel.
Normally I wouldn’t really expect him to, but when his first novel – The Blade Itself – was published way back in 2006, I said to him, “When you’re rich and famous, you’ll give me money, right?”
So he lied.
As a novelist he lies for a living, but he shouldn’t lie to me; I am his brother.
Do you think Hieronymous Franco does not receive regular checks from his brother James? You would be wrong. He does. You believe Matilda Hudson, younger sister to Kate, is not enjoying luxury’s lap? She is. George RR Martin’s junior siblings, fraternal twins Jim and Ozark RR Martin, are actually in total control of their brother’s fortune. Because fraternal means “brother,” and George RR Martin understands his responsibility to family.
Don’t mistake Marcus’s book The Blade Itself for the identically-titled novel by Joe Abercrombie; not only are they very different, but Joe’s brother Mo Abercrombie is, let’s just say, not hurting for cash.
(Abercrombie’s book is also way better. Probably because he supports his family with riches earned from his writing. Plus the phrase “the blade itself” actually has some meaning in the context of his novel. Marcus just threw three darts at a board to pick random words. That’s also how his books read. Just a string of characters, randomly strewn across a page).
Since I can’t get him to give me any money, I’ve set up a front organization in the form of Tap-Repeatedly. Marc plays a lot of video games – if he played fewer he’d probably publish books more quickly – and I’ve been working hard to convince him that he should invest a good chunk of cash into the site, to ensure continued quality coverage of the medium he loves. If I can’t get money from Marcus, at least we can. Though I guess technically it’ll be your money, since he doesn’t need to buy his own book using the above link (or this one!). He gets free copies.
Brilliance is a bit of a departure from the usual Marcus fare. In general he’s getting a reputation for stories that put normal people into terrifying circumstances, like Stephen King’s trademark is creating unspeakable horrors in small-town white-fence America. Brilliance is a little the same, a little different – a story about very abnormal people whose existence is a very terrifying circumstance. And as usual it’s a cool thriller on one level, and a complex social commentary on another. He’s good at that.
He is not good at keeping promises to his only brother, a fine lad who has eschewed the fast, exciting life of a world-renowned novelist in favor of a simple existence, caring for the poor and feeding orphaned kittens.
Marcus is a bad person, but his books are good, and year after year I dutifully advertise them, singing his few praises and extolling his limited virtues, suppressing his faults, which are many, in hope that one day he might remember the little people.
The little people are me.
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