So I Named My Fantasy Team ‘Amor Deliria Nervosa’

Yeah, I know it’s not the most traditional name for a fantasy baseball team, but what better way to pay homage to the brilliant (and extremely nice) mind of Lauren Oliver than to name my fantasy baseball team after a theme from her books? See below!

Now if only the team didn’t suck! Excuse: The reason I’m sitting 15th out of 20 is because I missed the draft. However, I did pull off a nice trade to land Cubs uber-prospect Anthony Rizzo, a definite keeper for Amor Deliria Nervosa next year.

Additional note: Do you see the hubris of the second-place team, to already declare himself champion?? On the bright side, he did love The Hunger Games and is a big supporter of TheFandom.net, so he’s OK in our book!

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Meeting Lauren Oliver at Books of Wonder

This wasn’t the first time I had the privilege of meeting Lauren Oliver — and once you get to know her, you realize it truly is a privilege — but it was just as wonderful as the first time. She was on hand at Books of Wonder bookstore in New York City, signing Pandemonium books along with Tahereh Mafi (Shatter Me), Anna Carey (Eve), and Veronica Rossi (Under the Never Sky). See Lauren signing here:

And here’s Lauren, smiling for a photo with me!

During the event, Lauren admitted that Requiem is already written and hidden on her laptop. Anyone want to try and hack that? (KIDDING!) She also has been looking over drafts of the first Delirium movie script.

Lauren is such a nice person, and we’re so lucky to have her spreading brilliance on the reading public. Thanks, Lauren!

Pandemonium Delirium Leaves This Amazonian in Acrimonium

Hello, my name is Adam Spunberg — creator of thefandom.net — and I’m here to tell a cautioning tale of book purchasing gone wrong.

You see, I ordered my copy of Pandemonium well in advance from Amazon, which would have been perfectly fine if I hadn’t gotten other ideas. As many of you probably know, Amazon has a Super Saver shipping discount: If you order $25 of merchandise or above, shipping is free.

Naturally, I thought, “What a perfect opportunity to get the Deathly Hallows I and II DVDs I’ve been wanting!” It never occurred to me that this inspired decision would also mean I wouldn’t get Pandemonium on its release day — February 28. Curses!

If you look at the image below, this is the less-than-lovely email I received from Amazon this morning:

As you can see from the parts marked in red, I now won’t be receiving Pandemonium, OR the Deathly Hallows DVDs until Friday. I’ve learned my lesson. Don’t make the same mistake I did! Super Saving isn’t worth hearing the whole world rave about how good a book is while you wait impatiently at your mailbox!

Ahhh. Getting that out makes me feel better now. Better, but not cured. Never will I be cured.