Some of you may be aware that I spork the Maradonia book series by Gloria Tesch. I even have a website!
And one of these days my webmaster will figure out how to turn the comment feature on. Wouldn’t that be nice?
I’m nearing the end of the second book, Maradonia and the Gold of Ophir (book 4 of the cut-in-half-and-released-as-two-books versions), and to ensure there were no long, depressing waits between sporks (that is, longer than what already exists), I needed to get my hands on a copy of Tesch’s latest.
Which presented a problem because there aren’t any used copies of the book anywhere. And I didn’t really want to give the Tesches any money. So, I had a friend buy the book and then send it on to me when he received it, and then I paid him back. It didn’t really accomplish anything, but it made me feel better.
So yeah, the cover. It looks better than previous books, although the image is off-center toward the right. It’s annoying, but I guess that happens.
Hmm. “Gloria Tesch is one of the World’s Youngest Novelists and is widely seen as a great talent.” Well, at least they’ve toned down the hyperbole. I’m not really buying the “widely seen” bit, though. I mean, sure, Mommy and Daddy Tesch probably think she’s a great talent, and maybe Fisher, but aside from those three…..
On the title page, I was delighted to see that Tesch had personalized my copy with a signature and a smiley face, so my book (being a first edition and all that) will someday be worth thousands of dollars.
The font size has also been toned down a little, moving from Dr. Seuss to slightly bigger than Large Print. On the other hand, the margins are tiny, so I guess it evens out. The nicest thing is that the Tesches have cleaned up some of the most egregious formatting errors that plagued the first two books. Hell, the paragraphs are actually all indented properly! Well. Mostly all indented.
Best of all, tucked inside the book were two inserts asking me to please support their movie! With a “Double Your Money in 24 Month”…uh, something. Usually, it’s called a guarantee, but this one is just in quotation marks. And it’s 24 Month, rather than 24 Months, but I’m being nitpicky.