And Carl Hiaasen’s next book will probably be set in Florida, and Nadine Gordimer’s next book will probably be set in South Africa, and Harlan Coben’s next book will probably be set in New Jersey…

Cidu Bill on Dec 15th 2012

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14 Responses to “And Carl Hiaasen’s next book will probably be set in Florida, and Nadine Gordimer’s next book will probably be set in South Africa, and Harlan Coben’s next book will probably be set in New Jersey…”

  1. Cidu Bill Dec 15th 2012 at 03:57 pm 1

    Oh, and just for the record, King’s current novel takes place mostly in Texas.

  2. Jon Delfin Dec 15th 2012 at 04:09 pm 2

    The current novel notwithstanding, the publisher seems to be mocking the repetitiveness of King’s statement as a child would. (This, assuming “So?” = CIDU.)

  3. Cidu Bill Dec 15th 2012 at 04:24 pm 3

    Yeah, but what’s the joke here unless Stephen King really is known to make big announcements about where his next book is taking place? There’s nothing unique about an author writing about a particular place, so this could just as easily have been Mark Twain saying his next book will be set near the Mississippi River.

  4. 1985Fury Dec 15th 2012 at 05:26 pm 4

    I’m pretty sure the joke’s not any deeper than “A lot of Stephen King books take place in Maine.” It’s like saying, “Tim Burton’s next movie will star Johnny Depp.” The cartoonist has made an observation and hopes it’s clever enough to be a punchline.

  5. Kamino Neko Dec 15th 2012 at 07:45 pm 5

    Since when does Stephen King look like the Terminator?

  6. Joshua Dec 15th 2012 at 08:08 pm 6

    What are the words the publisher is saying? It looks like “NI NXT MOOK MALL ME NET N MAINE.”

    That could be the joke, if anyone knew what it meant.

    Otherwise, I got nothing.

  7. Kamino Neko Dec 15th 2012 at 08:12 pm 7

    ‘My next book will be set in Maine’, except in that annoying mocking voice where you don’t actually pronounce the words properly, and just get the rhythm, and general sound.

  8. James Schend Dec 15th 2012 at 09:22 pm 8

    You’d think King’s publisher would be a little more respectful considering how much money he’s made off the guy. Just sayin’.

  9. James Pollock Dec 16th 2012 at 12:26 am 9

    It would be one thing if King wrote, say, 20 books that were mostly set in Maine. When it’s closer to 200, it’s a bit repetitive.

    BTW, Twain managed to get as far away from the Mississippi as King Arthur’s Court and Calaveras County.

  10. Kilby Dec 16th 2012 at 07:53 am 10

    @ Twain - What about “The Innocent’s Abroad”? They were in Europe.

  11. mitch4 Dec 16th 2012 at 09:35 am 11

    I think it’s suggesting King comes in each time and makes this big deal of announcing to the publisher his next book’s setting. Somehow he hasn’t come to realize how unsurprising this is by now, as the publisher hides his mockery.

  12. mark d Dec 16th 2012 at 10:18 am 12

    The publisher seems to be mocking the fact that King thinks every innocuous thing he says about a coming book is worthy of a media quote or text message or tweet by his publisher. Are those air quotes or texting motions the publisher is making with his hand to signal the misspellings?

  13. Ray Brady Dec 16th 2012 at 10:37 am 13

    “Are those air quotes or texting motions the publisher is making with his hand to signal the misspellings?”

    I think he’s using his hand like a puppet, as if it were saying these words.

  14. padraig Dec 16th 2012 at 08:29 pm 14

    Also John Sandford’s next book will involve Lucas Davenport stalking and shooting some really depraved Minnesotans, which always warms my cheesehead heart.

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