Hello, again! It’s been a while since we’ve had a Worm Blurb but I haven’t had anything interesting to say outside of the usual reviews, and of course I do realize the hubris of even that statement. Regardless… I have news!
Given that it has been more than a year since our ragtag cadre of guerilla style readers first came together, it is time to put our community to the test. This is a two-parter so pay attention, the details are super intricate:
1) pick a book to read
2) email a short review
3) the best will receive a quasi-worthless prize and be used in an amalgamated review by Cmixgeek (that’s me) after all the reviews have been collected.
That’s a lot to take in. Allow yourself a moment to absorb the implications.
Here are the specifics for those who are undaunted:
Over the next month or so guerillabookworm will be collecting suggestions for one highly anticipated novel (by title or author) in one of three categories. Those categories are
Gay & Lesbian Fiction
So email a suggestion for a book you’d like the group to read together, preferably something you assume will be great but try to avoid something that falls in the midst of longer series. It should also be either very recently released or due for release soon. With me so far?
Once we have selected an entry in each of the three categories, we will announce the selected books. Then the onus is on you, dear readers, to review it. Here’s the catch… each review submitted, via email, must be exactly twenty-one words. Each submission must also contain a name, nickname, nom de plume, nom de guerre, twitter handle, pseudonym, alias, title, or some other bit of nonsense that identifies you. You must also include a region, galaxy, city, or country of origin. I don’t personally give a damn if it is real, but it has to be there. Cool?
The best ten blurbs selected for each work will comprise a crowd-sourced review of the book. Aside from The Worm being somewhat lazy and busy preparing a trip to Chicago, I also feel its about time for all you lurkers out there to join the party. This is a safe space, remember? Its group participation time!
Random other tidbits: Submitting a title for consideration does not mean you have to write a review. Baby steps are all we’re asking for here. Submissions and reviews can be emailed to email@example.com without fear of spam attacks or unsolicited emails. I don’t have time to cyberstalk anyone and since I’m not selling any widgets or snake oil, there is no need for me to contact you outside reader-initiated conversation. In fact, I apologize to the people I have not had the time to reply to this week. Did I mention the Chicago trip?
Lastly, the prizes. Once the ten blurbs are selected and posted, I will subjectively pick one blurb in each category that I just plain like best. To that lucky winner I will send something potentially awesome. Or, more likely, something off my bookshelf that I can’t bear to throw away but don’t have space for. If the sheer exhilaration of seeing your review published on guerillabookworm.com is not enough motivation, maybe a signed hardback copy of Clive Barker’s Weaveworld or a lovingly used trade paperback of Arkum Asylum will blow your hair back? The Ray mini-series? A leatherbound Pride, Prejudice and Zombies? We’ll see.
So get to thinking about something you’re dying to read and talk about, then lemme’ know what’s got you squirmming with anticipation. Ready? Jump to it! Worm Out.