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reported by Gus Openshaw

Tuesday, 18 April 2006

GOWKJ a Bestseller

From The Birmingham News April 16, 2006:


1. "Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog"by John Grogan, (William Morrow, $21.95)

2. "Two Little Girls in Blue" by Mary Higgins Clark (Simon & Schuster, $25.95)

3. "The Da Vinci Code" by Dan Brown (Doubleday, $24.95)

4. "Gus Openshaw's Whale-Killing Journal" by Keith Thompson (McAdam/Cage, $19)

5. "The Mermaid Chair" by Sue Monk Kidd (Penguin, $24.95)

6. "The Tenth Circle" by Jodi Picoult (Atria, $26)

7. "His Lovely Wife" by Elizabeth Dewberry (Harcourt, $24)

8. "Prior Bad Acts" by Tami Hoag (Bantam, $26)

9. "French Women Don't Get Fat" by Mireille Guiliano (Knopf, $26)

10. "The 5th Horseman"by James Patterson (Little, Brown, $27.95)

Posted by Gus Openshaw at 9:03 PM EDT
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Monday, 3 April 2006

"GOWKJ" Book Signings Preliminary Schedule

How to get all the excitement of a whale hunt without setting foot on a deck, and with none of the whale-killing stench:

Date/Time: 4/7, 4pm
Location:Birmingham, AL
Venue/Details: The Alabama Booksmith

Date/Time: 4/25, 7pm
Location:Jefferson Parish Library
Venue/Details: Metairie, LA

Date/Time: 4/26, 5pm
Location:Jackson, MS
Venue/Details: Lemuria Books

Date/Time: 4/27, 5:30pm
Location:Oxford, MS
Venue/Details: Square Books & Thacker Mountain Radio Show

Date/Time: 6/3, 1-3pm
Location:Port Washington, WI
Venue/Details: Port Washington Pirate Festival

Posted by Gus Openshaw at 9:13 PM EDT
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Sunday, 2 April 2006

Entertainment Weekly's review: We give it a B

From the March 31 issue of Entertainment Weekly:

Gus Openshaw's Whale-Killing Journal

Keith Thomson

Mar 24 2006



Reviewed by Troy Patterson

Here we have a novel – could it be the first of its kind? – purporting to be the reprint of a blog. Gus Openshaw is an absurdist Ahab, a middle-aged cat-food cannery employee who has lost his wife, child, and right arm to a blubbery sea beast – "he'd be pushing the max if they had Big & Tall stores for sperm whales" – and who sets sail seeking vengeance. His blog entries describe silly encounters with pirates, a preppy dungeon master, a psychotic cook, the whale-huggers of "Bluepeace," and a nonagenarian navigator, among others. The love interest is his arms dealer's raven-haired intern, who's sold him a remote-controlled robotic giant squid. This is all fairly amusing and entirely inconsequential – an anti-Moby Dick. Grade: B

Posted by Gus Openshaw at 10:25 AM EST
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Wednesday, 29 March 2006

Gus Openshaw's Whale-Killing Podcast

Because everyone in the Seven Seas is listening to podcasts, my publisher put a recording of the first entry of my Whale-Killing Journal on iTunes (for those of you who can't figure out iTunes (I myself can barely send e-mail), it's below too). It's read by an actor named Jefferson Tholen who is real talented and, as important, doesn't read slow like I do.

P.S. If you've got one of those RSS reader gadgets, here's the address of my podcast in .mp3 format:

Posted by Gus Openshaw at 12:01 AM EST
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Tuesday, 28 March 2006

Thar Blows The "Gus Openshaw's Whale-Killing Journal" Book!

Shipmates, are you hankering for a good guy-tries-to-get-revenge-against-a-whale story? Good news: The book version of the "Gus Openshaw's Whale-Killing Journal" blog is now officially published, and available both online and at a bookstore in your waters.

Keep checking here for reviews, book tour details, and more information than you could ever want and still be considered healthy.

Posted by Gus Openshaw at 4:28 PM EST
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Wednesday, 22 March 2006

Greetings and a Death Threat

News from the crew and captor of the whaleboat Georgette:

Flarq the harpooner/scrimshawist is in his second year of art graduate school at Berkeley. Last semester he was failing Art History--no surprise as he’s illiterate. In place of a thesis paper, he drew a scrimshaw of himself hurling a harpoon at the professor. He got an A.

I think Moses the no-longer-drug-addicted deckhand meant to mail me an update, but sent the wrong envelope. It contained no note, and, instead, a half-pound of “Guavan Gold.” Seems Moses has fallen off whatever is the maritime equivalent of the wagon.

Our favorite con man, Nelson the pirate, says “a big cheery hi to everyone!” He’d love to hear from you too. He’s opening a Museum of Keys, he claims, and hopes you’ll send in copies of your house keys so that he can include them in his Shipmates’ Keys exhibit.

Stupid George has been hired an advertising agency to work on a high-profile aspirin account. You know those folks you see on the commercials who have headaches before they take the aspirin? Well, they’ve been in the green room talking to George for the previous hour. George says to “Wish every1 a mary christmiss!”

Admiral Vurman, still at large, sends his best regards to all of you, and a keelhauling (death by dragging you beneath a ship's barnacle-crusted hull (you drown if you're lucky)) threat to me.

Duq the ship’s cook is back in Asia for his VIAA (Vietcong Interrogators Alumni Association) 40th reunion as well as Triple Squeak season. A Flarq scrimshaw to the first of you to correctly tell me what in the heck that is.

The pious harpooner Thesaurus has started a ministry and seeks contributions. He seays to send them c/o Nelson. (Note: This update is from Nelson.)

Bob the rat either is living with our digital shipmate Snuggs, or now we know why the neighbor’s cat is smiling.

As for me, my book comes out next Thursday. Also I just realized that Vurman's been sitting behind me as I've been typing this up, and he's aiming a spear gun at me. So I got to go.

Posted by Gus Openshaw at 9:23 PM EST
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Monday, 13 March 2006

Gus is in "Moby-Dick"

"GUS" appears 17 times in that other whaling book, Moby-Dick, almost as many as "DICK" (23)!  Search the text and see what you can come up with.  One guys shows how the text of Moby-Dick predicts assasinations.

Posted by Gus Openshaw at 9:42 PM EST
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Late Breaking Photo Of A Can O' Blubber

Posted by Gus Openshaw at 9:41 PM EST
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How Whales Can Be Used To Make Thermometers

From The Japan Times

Posted by Gus Openshaw at 9:29 PM EST
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Late-Breaking Scrimshaw of a Crusty Geezer

Flarq the harpooner’s taken to scrimshawing brine-hardened old salts. Know this bastard?

A hint.

Posted by Gus Openshaw at 12:16 PM EST
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