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kittykat AKA Jo Tortitude | 2268 comments Some of the blurbs for the various editions of this book are a total mess

This version and this version include these two massive paragraphs that are reviews not book summary info...

"Lyric River is a novel with heart, real heart, and it may break yours. But it will also make you laugh and smile and fall in love with the characters and feel what it means to be alive and human and to live for a while in a real world. Lyric River is full of witty dialogue, touching love stories, and quirky twists like the odd attic boarder who thinks he's God. Lyric River is about things that count-family, friends, the search for love, for joy, and the river, always the river. The writing is finely crafted, drop dead gorgeous throughout. It's a sweet book set against a dark menace, in which life isn't always sweet or fair. But love, good cheer, friends, loyalty and the natural world help compensate for what humans do to one another. Lyric River is subtle, funny, sad, tender, loving, rich in thought and feeling-an altogether wonderful novel that deserves a wide readership."
-Paulette Alden, author of Feeding the Eagles and The Answer to Your Question

"I have spent my entire career reading and writing about the Mountain West, and few have been the times I have so thoroughly enjoyed a book about my home turf. Mac Griffith manages to capture the culture, the lifestyle, the vernacular, the various sometimes frantic and disjointed modi operandi of life at altitude in a way that is simultaneously enlightening, edifying and, most importantly, entertaining. His grasp of the eccentric characters that call the Rocky Mountains home is spot on. Lyric River is perceptive, incisive and flat-out a hoot."
-M. John Fayhee, editor of the Mountain Gazette and author of Up At Altitude: A Celebration of Life in the High County, A Colorado Winter and A Colorado Mountain Companion

With this version the blurb is incomplete and cuts off mid-sentence!

This version seems to forgo the need for paragraphs in the blurb and

this version seems to have a whole extra paragraph that the others don't.

Please, can someone make good of this unnecessary mess.


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kittykat AKA Jo Tortitude | 2268 comments And another one... this is the list of the three editions

1) The paperback edition has the following as it's blurb

"This is one of the most anticipated sf&f collections of recent years. Pinsker has shot like a star across the firmament with stories nominated for multiple awards and Sturgeon and Nebula award wins."

This is not blurb about the book and should be deleted.

2) The kindle edition has the following as it's blurb

"Sooner or Later Everything Falls into the Sea is one of the most anticipated sf&f collections of recent years. Pinsker has shot like a star across the firmament with stories multiply nominated for awards as well as Sturgeon and Nebula award wins.

The baker's dozen stories gathered here (including a new, previously unpublished story) turn readers into travelers to the past, the future, and explorers of the weirder points of the present. The journey is the thing as Pinsker weaves music, memory, technology, history, mystery, love, loss, and even multiple selves on generation ships and cruise ships, on highways and high seas, in murder houses and treehouses. They feature runaways, fiddle-playing astronauts, and retired time travelers; they are weird, wired, hopeful, haunting, and deeply human. They are often described as beautiful but Pinsker also knows that the heart wants what the heart wants and that is not always right, or easy."

The first paragraph is not blurb about the book and should be deleted. The second paragraph needs to be tidied up.

3) The ebook edition is missing a cover and has the following as it's blurb

"Praise for Sarah Pinsker:

"Thoughtful and quite moving." � --Rich Horton, Locus Magazine

"The last and best story in the issue, in my view, is the piece by Sarah Pinsker." --Alastair Reynolds

"A bittersweet tale containing elements of the fantastic, but at the same time, very much rooted in real and relatable loss and pain. There is a beautiful subtlety to this story. It never hits the reader over the head with the speculative element, leaving much of that side of the story between the lines. Pinsker handles the subtext so deftly that two full stories present themselves to the reader, even though only one is fully outlined on the page." � --A. C. Wise, SF Signal

"Beautiful, bittersweet tale. Just perfect." � SF Revu

This is one of the most anticipated science fiction and fantasy collections of recent years. Sarah Pinsker has shot like a star across the firmament with stories multiply nominated for awards and Sturgeon and Nebula award wins. Often described as beautiful, Pinsker also knows that the heart wants what the heart wants but that is not always right or easy.

Sarah Pinsker's stories have won the Nebula and Sturgeon awards. Her fiction has been published in magazines such as Asimov's Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Lightspeed, and Uncanny, in numerous year's bests, and translated into Chinese, Spanish, French, and Italian, among other languages. She is a singer/songwriter and her fourth album is forthcoming. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland ( / @sarahpinsker). "

The vast majority of this is not blurb about the book and should be deleted.

Please, can someone also make good of this unnecessary mess.

kittykat AKA Jo Tortitude | 2268 comments Bumping as both of these are still o/s months later.

Also, this one needs paragraphing from the huge block of text it is currently - see below

Bree, a high school student living in Dallas, Texas, has a natural intellect and a desire to succeed. More than that, Bree has a dream -- a dream that is quite unlike her peers at her city high school. Bree wants to go to college, study biology and make a name for herself in this world. In a city filled with drugs, crime and violence, her world is in constant conflict with her vision. Bree's personal story intersects against a familial backdrop that provides challenges at every turn. Her father is a drunk who is absent, both physically and emotionally, more than he is present. His abusive tendencies have driven away her brother towards a life embracing the criminal underbelly of the city. Bree's mother is exhausted and overworked as she tries to make ends meet while living under the burdens of abuse as well. Along the way, Bree, her family and her friends continue to be confronted with challenges that are inherent to inner city Dallas life. Above all, Bree's personal journey coincides with a greater purpose: helping others just like her rise above their plights and situations. Bree begins volunteering at a Dallas crisis hotline with the hopes of having a great volunteer experience for her college application, and she quickly realizes that her volunteer role is helping to make a difference in her community as well. The Dallas depicted in Inner City Blues is quite unlike the Dallas in most readers' imaginations. Far from the glitz and glamor of the Dallas Cowboys and big-city living, there is the simple struggle to be. The community depicted in the novel struggles with day-to-day drugs, violence, and the neglect of society of large. Ultimately, Inner City Blues is a story of singular vision and inspiration that can only occur when one determined individual chooses to rise above all of the odds and circumstances formed against her. Readers will cheer every step of Bree's journey as she motivates, inspires and changes the lives of the characters in Inner City Blues as well as the reader. While the world and story of Inner City Blues were intricately crafted to entertain the reader, the story was also created with a greater social purpose in mind: to remind the reader that the story of Bree and her family is the story of too many Americans today. These inner city communities are neglected, abandoned and denied resources that are necessary for building healthy communities capable of fostering a child's dreams and visions. The educational systems of today are letting down the young luminaries who are capable of great things, just like Bree. A life of drugs and violence does not need to be a foregone conclusion, but it will be the conclusion of too many African-American lives so long as educational opportunities and resources are denied and dreams are not nurtured. To this end, Inner City Blues is not simply an example of art imitating life since it also offers an antidote for present-day problems. Bree's volunteer choices in the book are not there by accident. Her choice to volunteer at a Dallas crisis hotline is meant to demonstrate the ways that these hotlines provide essential knowledge and resources to anyone in need of assistance with drugs, violence, crimes and bullying-related issues. It is for this reason that the book concludes with a helpful list of resources, hotlines and crisis centers for a wide range of issues. Centers and resources directed at aiding domestic assault victims, sexual assault victims, mental health issues, veteran issues and more are all listed at the end of the book with websites and phone numbers to call. In effect, Inner City Blues provides readers with a powerful fictional narrative that delivers a profound statement on real-world issues, making it a must read for anyone who is committed to social justice and making America a better place with brighter futures for all its citizens.

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