- A nice review at Lean Left that really gets Emmy’s role in the book:
The dog asks clear questions and Orzel uses those interjections well. They very often serve as a way to clarify, or to bring up questions that the readers probably has, or to deal with obvious tangents. It is a very effective tactic and it serves to lighten the prose at strategic times in the discussion. The dog’ voice is skeptical, wise, incredulous and smug (and bloodthirsty. Much of the time, the dog is attempting to use physics to hunt down and, one presumes, devour squirrels. Seriously, the dog has issues.) as needed. And Orzel uses her segments extremely effectively to make sure the text is never too dry or that the reader is never left with too many “yes, but what about .. ” or “what the heck does that mean?” moments. You eventually start to look forward to Emmy’s next appearance.
- The vanity search turned up a couple of libraries mentioning copies in “new arrival” lists, one in Florida, one in Maine. This reminded me to check the Schenectady library where one of the two copies has already been checked out, and the other is still being processed. Yay, libraries.
The sales rank keeps edging up into the five digits, but then a flurry of sales will bring it back down into the four digits. It’ll be interesting to see what effect next week’s radio interviews have.