February 1, 2010
Post #2580 – 20100201
To the best of my recollection, “Lizard Music” was the first novel I ever read. It’s a hard book to find these days, as I discovered recently when I tried to track down a copy to give to a younger relative, so I was very excited to see it on your site in audio form; I could barely remember what it was about, but I did remember loving it as a child, and I was curious how it’d hold up a couple of decades later.
I carefully downloaded all the pieces, loaded them up on the iPod, and listened to it all through a long couple of bus rides. I think I loved it even more this time around, and probably frightened a few of my fellow riders by laughing out loud a few times.
Just wanted to let you know that the effort you’ve made to make these excellent books available while we wait (ever hopefully) for a reprinting are very much appreciated. Thank you!
Lizard Music is scheduled (I don't know exactly when) to come back in book form from the highly excellent New York Review of Books Children's Collection. This is the best honor a book can have, in my opinion--they only publish tried and true superior books. It is also optioned for a possible film adaptation, which means a visionary producer is trying to put together what it takes to make a movie--this might actually happen. Investors and major studios, come forward--we will direct you to the movie people. And, as you discovered, an audio version is available here. So thanks for liking it. The book is surviving nicely.