Great, you have made my point for me. If one does not relate to the other then why are there so many references to King's release on the same day? It cannot be both ways. As I mentioned I got Solo and Goodkind's The Third Kingdom the same time so one reelase does not make a person choose. If I read King I would have gotten all 3.
Oh, but that was not what I meant there. With King and Forsyth out the same day those two pretty much had the first two slots booked, and that months in advance. Sales figures today are largely made up of advance orders of the big chains - Smith's, Waterstone's, Amazon of course - not so much by actual copies going over the counter. And with such competition I'd speculate every Smith's would order the King outing - with some backlist - roughly ten times as much as SOLO copies. It's not so much about what you prefer to read as about what Smith's know from experience their customers will want to read. Considering the circumstances I find it even quite a bit astonishing SOLO came up third in that Sunday Times list glidrose mentioned earlier. I'd still like to learn how SOLO does on the eBook market and what the relation eBooks to print for SOLO is.
The thing is Solo was badly promoted on top of them picking pretty badly when it came to an author from a name standpoint and after reading it from a writing standpoint he is pretty poor too. Faulks was a name, Deaver an even bigger name. Coming into this I didn't know Boyd, never read any of his work (btu I had read Faulks and Deaver) so my one experience with him has soured me.
I think the promotion isn't really much of a factor there. I don't read a book just because it's stuffed down my throat a hundred times on the telly or in an add campaign. What these things provide is awareness ('Hey, there's a new enter-favourite-author-here, let's go and get it!'), not a general surrender to the Consume!-onslaught. SOLO got a very nifty cross-promotion at The Dorchester and some kind of Jensen event with copies being sent to various spots around the globe. Those events are effectively very much made for fans - that would supposedly be us here - adding to the public profile, but only ever so slightly. The posters in the tube are a lot cheaper and a lot more effective, I should expect.
Boyd is a very good name in his own right - check out AN ICE CREAM WAR or ANY HUMAN HEART one day - but he isn't a producer of relentless action-packed pageturners. I dare say Boyd is the kind of writer Fleming would have liked to be, had he progressed further into the literary realm. That said I don't consider SOLO one of his best works, especially not for a first-time Boyd experience.
Edited by Dustin, 14 October 2013 - 04:36 PM.