Weekly Reading: The Fireman

The Fireman
The Fireman

In January, when I was at the ALA conference, one of the books I was most excited about was Joe Hill’s The Fireman.  I was disappointed when I couldn’t grab a copy, but was thrilled when one of their staff members sent it to me in the mail.

I wanted to listen to the audiobook though.  Why?  Well, primarily because Kate Mulgrew read it.  Who is she?  She is Captain Janeway from Star Trek Voyager AND she is Red on Orange is the New Black.  She was the reader for NOS4A2 as well.

Over the past couple of years I have consumed most of Hill’s books.  I have talked about how much I enjoyed the Locke & Key series in the past.  I am not going to rehash all of that. Its a great book.  I enjoyed it and I think those who like horror with also enjoy it.  Feel free to tell me your thoughts in the comments!

What I was most excited about was the book trailer.

Book trailers are relatively new.  What is the purpose?  Well, I think connecting to readers on social media are the purpose.  They are embedded in blog posts, shared on Facebook, and you can comment on them in comments.  If you should know anything about content creation and social media, the ability to share, connect, and comment are critical.  Creating a book is typically done alone, as is consuming the book.  Sharing a book may connect you to other people, but not in the way social media allows you to do that.  A book trailer builds interest, connect fans, and share something visually.

I enjoy book trailers and have seen some great ones.  I like this one.  It explains enough of the story to build interest and it gives us a visual of the dragon scale disease.  What do you think?  Do you know of other book trailers?  I have been watching more and more over the past few months, but I know I have only seen a small portion.

It makes me realize that I want a book trailer for my own book some day.


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