March 30, 2006



(a) There's an article in this week's East Bay Express about me, King Dork, books about rock and roll, songs about girls, and my book release thing at Cato's. (The caricature by Norman Dog is almost unique among caricatures, I believe, in that it looks quite a bit better than its actual subject. Wish I could trade places with it...)

(b) So far the advance reviews for King Dork have been positive, with one exception. That exception is from VOYA ("Voice of Youth Advocates" - with that name, it totally sounds like it should be putting out straight-edge records rather than reviewing books, but in fact VOYA is a trade journal for youth lit.) They have a complicated rating system where you get a Q # (for quality) and a P # (for "popularity") on a 1 - 5 scale, and I'm afraid my book didn't do too well in either.

No one likes unfavorable reviews, of course, but there is often a silver lining, and for me the silver lining in VOYA's dark cloud is this awesome sentence:

The sarcastic humor will appeal only to mature teens with an interest in 1960s novels, heavy metal music, oral sex, and random beatings.
Well, I think that should cover just about 100%. Result!

I don't think this review is on-line yet, but anyone who is planning to read the book should be aware that the review contains major spoilers, so proceed at your own risk.

(c) On the other hand, there's a "starred" review in the School Library Journal, which can be read on the Barnes & Noble King Dork page - it is extremely kind, but also, I think the reviewer really "got" it, if you know what I mean.

(d) Thanks to everyone who sent in fliers for my show. It's a big help. I'm going to post them up here when I have a free moment and even try to put some up around town, just like in the old days, taping my fliers to the telephone pole, etc.

Posted by Dr. Frank at March 30, 2006 05:59 PM | TrackBack

That picture looks like a cross between you and Morrissey

Posted by: llivermore at March 30, 2006 08:20 PM

You just made Bookslut!
The awesome Michael Schaub lurves you, apparently. good show!

Posted by: rockity_roll at March 31, 2006 01:55 AM

I just realize that your book is coming out really soon. I'm excited!

Posted by: Manda at March 31, 2006 07:02 AM

Realize should be realized, which I just realized.

Posted by: Manda at March 31, 2006 07:03 AM

I pre-ordered a copy of the book a couple of weeks ago. I hope I hate it. That way, I can go around tellin' everyone, "Dr. Frank wrote a book, and I hate it."

...and then, everyone I know will order a copy.

Just lookin' out for ya'.

Posted by: Corey at April 1, 2006 01:36 AM

that artist went a little crazy with the smile lines...maybe he was on the team that came up with the original yellow smiley guy in the 70's

Posted by: ole cappy the pirate at April 3, 2006 08:29 AM