The image above was on the cover of the cassette case (click image to see the full view, including the actual tape), and inside was what looked like a cassette tape, but upon further inspection, I saw that it was actually a USB flash drive. A message inside explained that because the good folks at Quirk Books love me soooooo much, they put together a mix of songs as a thank you.
It’s nice to be loved.
This first-ever Quirk Mix Tape includes 17 songs, like “Buffy The Vampire Slayer Theme” (Nerf Herder), “You Give Love A Bad Name” (Bon Jovi), “All You Zombies” (The Hooters), and “Nightclubbing” (Iggy Pop), and closing up the playlist is “Closing,” the great proclamation of thanks by Steve Martin.
Along with the songs, the 1 GB flash drive also contains a PDF with explanations as to why each song was chosen for the mix — all picked by the staff at Quirk, along with the publisher’s Spring 2011 catalog, otherwise known [by me] as Stuff To Drool Over.
Quirk is known for their clever literary mash-ups, but before they hit it big with zombies, sea creatures, and androids, the imprint’s niche was humorous handbooks and survival books. When my friend was studying to become a lawyer, I gave him Quirk’s Law School in a Box kit, hoping to save him $100K. It didn’t sway him, but he did laugh his ass off.
I’m off to listen to some free tunage, but be on the lookout here at Geeks of Doom for reviews on some of Quirk’s upcoming books.
Oh! And I also received a separate package with a very very cool, totally up-my-alley Pride and Prejudice and Zombies-themed package from Quirk, so I’ll be posting pictures of that Doom Delivery here in the near future.
So you basically just used this post to brag? I want to know the full setlist and possibly find out if I can get this awesome mixtape! :jealous
Comment by xinoart — February 10, 2011 @ 10:45 am
Don’t let the free shwag taint your objectivity when reviewing…
Comment by Jon — February 10, 2011 @ 11:00 am
LOL, no, not bragging, just sharing what I consider to be a fun item :D
Don’t worry, I won’t, and I don’t. A lot of the review material we get here is provided by publishers/studios, and that doesn’t come into play when we’re reviewing. Also, I was not obligated in any way to talk about this Mix Tape, I did it because I thought it was a cool thing to share and a great way to bring attention to BOOKS (most people just want to see movies/video games, I’d like to bring more attention to books if I can). I happened to really enjoy the books that Quirk publishes, so I don’t mind getting the word out about them to my readers. And I’ll say it right now, not to judge a book by its title, but The Meowmorphosis? I cannot imagine what the hell will be going on with this one, but my curiosity has been piqued. If it’s not that great, believe me, I will say it, the last thing I want is for my readers to think I have shitty literary taste.
Comment by Empress Eve — February 10, 2011 @ 1:22 pm