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Dec. 6th, 2008 03:34 pm
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In addition to the The Week and The Economist (shockingly, both delivered on Saturday this week, as they're supposed to be but so rarely are (I do so loathe the Raleigh USPS)), and the new issue of Locus, today's mail included book deliveries from two of my favorite publishers, PS Publishing and Lethe Press:

From PS, the new issue of Postscripts, reprint Bradbury collection The Day It Rained Forever, novellas Living with the Dead by Darrell Schweitzer and The City in These Pages by John Grant, and the new "PS Showcase" collection by Douglas Smith (with an introduction by Chaz Brenchley ([ profile] desperance)). And from Lethe, Sea, Swallow Me, a collection by Craig Laurance Gidney ([ profile] ethereal_lad), which includes Spectrum Award shortlisted "A Bird of Ice" along with 5 other reprints and 4 new stories.

On an entirely unrelated note, do people give Christmas bonuses to newspaper carriers nowadays? Today's News & Observer included the usual December "Happy Holidays" insert with my carrier's home address on it. I assume that's a discreet way of asking for a Christmas bonus, but I've always felt like it'd be weird to mail a check for that to somebody I've never even met. And how much would even be appropriate?

Date: 2008-12-06 09:08 pm (UTC)
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do people give Christmas bonuses to newspaper carriers nowadays?

Honestly, I don't think I've ever heard of such a thing. I think if you actually talk to your carrier and have something like a professional relationship with that person, it might be generous and appropriate. Otherwise, they're just doing their job and they do get paid for it.

Date: 2008-12-06 09:11 pm (UTC)
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Holiday tips, whether for the mail carrier, garbage man, or paper boy, should be between $10-$25 dollars each (depending on your level of gratitude and what you can afford, of course.)

They'll appreciate any amount you give.

Date: 2008-12-06 09:32 pm (UTC)
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We're a favorite? Aww...

I sent you Jameson Currier's collection. It's not spec fic but I think you'll enjoy the stories.

Date: 2008-12-06 11:20 pm (UTC)
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Ooh! Thanks!

Date: 2008-12-06 11:11 pm (UTC)
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There's an SF author here in Toronto named Douglas Smith - is it the same author?

Date: 2008-12-06 11:21 pm (UTC)
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There's not a biography in the book, but it looks like his web site is, and that says he lives just north of Toronto, so I'm guessing so.

Date: 2008-12-06 11:15 pm (UTC)
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"The City in These Pages by John Grant"

Thanks for the mention!

Incidentally, in case anyone's interested, I've put a copy of the book into the HelpVera auction in aid of Vera Nazarian, here:

Date: 2008-12-07 06:10 pm (UTC)
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What [ profile] defenestr8or said - I've always known that it's the done thing in some areas. I rarely remember to, personally.

Date: 2008-12-08 10:31 pm (UTC)
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Looked at that Bradbury reprint, saw there was a $375 version, checked to see why, saw it was a signed copy, and thought, "holy crap, Ray Bradbury is still alive!"

Date: 2008-12-09 12:12 am (UTC)
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Yep, still alive, and able to command ridiculous prices for signed editions.
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