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15 January 2010 @ 10:15 am
So what do you really think about A Reliable Wife? And another depressing Aol.com link...  

Just what we need, more customer complaints about stock that we don't have...Well, at least the Big Bomb RPL is in line with other retail outlets...sort of. kind of. but not really at all...

And yeah, I'm into about chapter 4 of A Reliable Wife, but not because I want to, but because I got written up for not selling enough of the book, and well, I figured that it would be easier to push it if I knew what it was about...and I'm not terribly impressed. Neither of the two main characters are sympathetic, and Ralph's obsession with sex seems odd to me. It's probably because i'm mainly a sci-fi nerd, but I do have a liberal arts degree which did include reading some classical literature, so I have read other styles of literature before...I just don't enjoy the book. *sigh* Wish AA would at least force an enjoyable book down our throughts...
(Anonymous) on January 15th, 2010 04:42 pm (UTC)
I haven't read it, though I did skim through it one day while stuck at reg. I've sold a few by telling (carefully selected) people that the wife is not very reliable (wink, wink) and that the book is pretty spicy. Usually people buying those trashy erotic romances. I actually had one lady come back after leaving the store because it just sounded irresistable to her. Takes all kinds, I guess. And no, I'm not recommending it to minors, cranky old men, people buying religious books or people buying real literature. So fire me.
(Anonymous) on January 15th, 2010 05:49 pm (UTC)
It's actually a pretty good book. There are elements of it that some people won't like but, overall it is a decent story about love, revenge and what lengths people will go to for them. I read it before it became a key item.
(Anonymous) on January 15th, 2010 06:30 pm (UTC)
Beckett 75%. Get them while they're hot!
(Anonymous) on January 22nd, 2010 04:38 pm (UTC)
...thank God we got rid of those bastards. Christmastime, I had a Beckett on each shoulder when I was at greet. Just hearing "We have to sell more Becketts!" gave me nightmares. But it's still about the same with other make items.
(Anonymous) on January 15th, 2010 09:15 pm (UTC)
I really like Reliable Wife.. thought it was excellent. I loved the dark side to it, but it ultimately is about redemption and moving onward and upward. Finish it, it has great twists and turns.
(Anonymous) on January 15th, 2010 10:53 pm (UTC)
I hope you get fired
(no subject) - (Anonymous) on January 15th, 2010 11:33 pm (UTC) (Expand)
wtf - (Anonymous) on January 16th, 2010 12:44 am (UTC) (Expand)
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cafesoup on January 15th, 2010 09:30 pm (UTC)
I read on here that there was, once again, a rape scene stuffed in our new make book, so when we got the boxes in I flipped to the end to find it- written from the rapist's POV. The writing is bland, the characters are statuesque, and reading the last chapter revealed nothing but.... rape pregnancy! the end. I don't care how twisty the book was for the first 23 chapters, that's how it ended, and I reeeeeeally don't care how it got there, because that is a STUPID ENDING. At least the son/rapist gets stabbed and buried in the backyard. My one-word review for this book is: VAPID.

And if you posters above me actually read and enjoyed this book, it is just another example of why MAKE titles are ridiculous- you can't use a single book as a catch-all recommendation. If someone recommended Reliable Wife to me, even after recommending something relevant to whatever I wanted, I would never trust that recommend-er again. What's sad is this probably would be a recommendation for me, since I enjoy historical fiction. It's just NOT a good book!
(Anonymous) on January 15th, 2010 11:31 pm (UTC)
She was already pregnant when he tried to rape her. Maybe you should read the book before you attempt to give a review.
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thank you for ruining the book for me - (Anonymous) on January 16th, 2010 12:00 am (UTC) (Expand)
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(Anonymous) on January 15th, 2010 11:46 pm (UTC)
Other Suggestions
So, which titles would you suggest? What are some books that you would try to upsell?

(Anonymous) on January 16th, 2010 12:41 am (UTC)
Re: Other Suggestions
I suggest 'Dog On It' (Chet & Bernie), and 4 times outta 5, it sells. And the customer comes back for the second one! It doesn't contain rape scenes and desolate landscapes. It's funny and a quick read. My customers love it.
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marlowe1977 on January 15th, 2010 11:54 pm (UTC)
Reading the back of the book, I thought to myself that for once Borders bucked the trend and picked a Make Book that is somewhat intriguing and steers clear of depressing subject matter. IMO, the author doesn't appear to try to make a statement or send a message or teach a lesson. He wrote a book in hopes to entertain and keep his audience interested and guessing.

This is the second make book (first being "City of Thieves") that I contemplated adding to my to-read list on Goodreads. Contemplated, that is, until the ending was totally given away here. Seriously, people... have you not heard of Spoiler Alerts? It's the courteous thing to do.

(Anonymous) on January 16th, 2010 12:02 am (UTC)
Sorry, I won't read it BECAUSE it's a make book. Please suggest, recommend, or tell me about a book you liked, and I might consider it. Tell me I have to sell something I have not read, and you are barking up the wrong tree. YOU sell the book if YOU like it so much. Forcing someone to buy something based on an opinon from who? Give me a break.
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Make books are here to stay - (Anonymous) on January 16th, 2010 06:39 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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aliasheist on January 16th, 2010 12:51 am (UTC)
Reliable Wife is a gothic novel, first and foremost, and it is, admittedly, slow to start. The characters are going to be reprehensible examples of humanity, and you're supposed to want them to all die horribly in a fire.

The sick thing is, the author sets it up so that just when you think you have the character pinned down and you wanna hate 'em, the author gives you more information. They're all, with a few exceptions, really good examples of the adage "the road to hell is paved with good intentions."

It takes about two thirds of the way through the book before you start to get why Catherine is the way she is, and I was mightily pissed that she had the gall to be a sympathetic character after everything.

I wanted to hate this book. I wanted to hate it so hard, and I'm actually disappointed in myself for enjoying it. Yeah, it's not for everyone, definitely, but once you get past the opening chapters and into the story it's a pretty accessible read. I'm pitching primarily at women, mid-twenties on up, as well as men who spend time over in fic/lit, but I've had luck with people over in mystery and history as well.

Hell, if you wanna make off with my pitch, take it: "If you're looking for something new to read, I just finished (or started, or am part way, or almost finished) A Reliable Wife. It's set in Wisconsin at the turn of the 20th century, around winter of 1907, and it's about desperation, desire and attempted homicide."

The attempted homicide thing either works or it doesn't, and I usually follow up describing it like a trainwreck. It's terrible, but you just can't look away. Good luck.
(Anonymous) on January 16th, 2010 01:00 am (UTC)
The book is poorly written crap and I've seen better character development on late night Cinemax. The rape sequence was unnecessary, lame, and unnecessary to the plot. More poorly written nonsense to sell to unsuspecting customers who trust us less everyday.
Thank you! =) no sarcasm intended - mar48 on January 16th, 2010 07:07 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(Anonymous) on January 16th, 2010 03:49 am (UTC)
There is a special level of hell for booksellers who sell these books. I for one lie my ever-loving ass off. I tell people how great it is, how it is a black widow story with a twist, how much they will love it. I do not like romance books at all. I would never read it because it sounds like a completely uninteresting book to me. Somehow I manage to sell my alloted amount of books every day, but I dread the day when I won't sell something. Its been made clear that if we can't sell Make titles, no matter how good of an emplyee we are, we are completely expendable. ::sigh::
(Anonymous) on January 16th, 2010 05:41 am (UTC)
I've read some portions, and it is just crap to me. Nothing I would ever read or recommend to anybody. I've grabbed some of the catch-all phrases from reviews I've read and the company PR slide show - "Enthralling!" and "Everybody in the company is talking about it!"

Looking at various reader reviews online, it seems that people either love or hate this book. There aren't a lot of in-betweens.
amarantha84 on January 24th, 2010 04:31 am (UTC)
Technically, everybody in the company *is* talking about it, which is why the comment is thus and not "everybody in the company LOVED it!"
(Anonymous) on January 16th, 2010 07:30 am (UTC)
I'm not going to read it, but I have had several customers tell me it is a real page turner, and have only had one customer who didn't like it. Our store goes at least 20 over the make title a week as we recommend it to everyone. I just read the back cover and basically repeat it to the customer and they buy it. Maybe it's the area.
(Anonymous) on January 17th, 2010 12:16 am (UTC)
Re: Excellent
Then tell them your customers love it. I'm not whoring myself and telling them I like it when I haven't even read it.
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randomsome1 on January 17th, 2010 06:29 am (UTC)
It's overwritten, clunky, repetitive, and predictable, and the sex scenes are so terrible they'll likely end up finalists in the yearly awful literary smut contest. So I took it to weepingcock: linky.
(Anonymous) on January 17th, 2010 07:51 am (UTC)
Do any employees exist who enjoy selling Make Books? If not, then the bookseller happy to promote Make Titles to make Ron Marshall happy is Urban Legend from those yardstick-loving folks in Ann Arbor.
(Anonymous) on January 18th, 2010 06:40 pm (UTC)
yes I love make books. I reed them and then give them to frend, he read them too , I love thats em. OK?
(Anonymous) on January 17th, 2010 08:03 pm (UTC)
Our number 1 best seller??
In our Sunday paper, Borders lists its top sellers once a month (B&N and two indies get the rest of the month). Today's list has "A Reliable Wife" at the top of the list. "Breaking Dawn" is #2 and "Lost Symbol" is #3. Personally, it sounds like it was a.) faked or b) the store is in worse shape than I thought.
(Anonymous) on January 17th, 2010 09:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Our number 1 best seller??
Take a look at your paperback bestsellers bay. It's there as #1 too.
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(Anonymous) on January 18th, 2010 08:03 pm (UTC)
You all might want to check this out from PW: ttp://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6715184.html

The NYT bestseller list has an incredible reputation and I doubt it's rigged in any way at all. Amazon's list, of course, differs because it's based solely on on-line sales, and that's only one segment of readers. I'm wondering, though, whether Amazon's list includes Kindle sales, and if NYT includes any e-book sales at all. My first hunch is that it's yes to the first and no to the second.

For myself, I find I very seldom like any fiction that hits the bestseller list. There are exceptions, of course, but in general I just don't seem to have that kind of taste. In my years at Borders, I like to think I've gotten pretty good at sussing out what bestseller readers *do* like, and I recommend books I haven't read to such readers all the time. Generally, they seem happy with what I give them. There's a wide swathe of customers I think would like Reliable Wife and I don't mind recommending it to them. What I won't do is recommend it to every customer I meet.

I read the first couple of chapters of RW and couldn't get into it. I thought the author totally failed to pull off the atmosphere he was trying for in the first chapter--his prose just wasn't up to the task. And, as someone else here noted, the characters are not sympathetically drawn. These are two deal-breakers for me personally.