Best (and worst) blurbs
When a book, especially a first novel, is published, the author, agent and editor bend over backwards in an attempt to secure endorsement from other authors (hopefully highly recognizable ones) in order to entice people to buy it and stores to stock many copies.
I'm fairly new to the blurb process, having only blurbed one book in my nascent career. And that blurb was incredibly difficult to write. You want a blurb to speak effusively about the book in question, but not so much that it becomes over the top (and readers become skeptical). Authors ideally want a blurb to contain two things:
1) a pull quote about the book ("The Willow Tree is a phantasmagoric treat!"
2) a pull quote about the author ("Bill Fester is phantasmagoric!") These are desirable because they can be used on several books.
Anyway, a newspaper article got me thinking about the best and worst of the lot. I remember picking up Warren Ellis's CROOKED LITTLE VEIN and seeing this quote:
"Stop it, you're scaring me." --William Gibson
Now that's a great quote. I'd love to know some oft he best, worst and silliest blurbs you've ever seen. Here's a good one to start things off:
The London Spectator on CLEAR by Nicola Barker:
"The brilliance of Barker's style is beyond perfection."