From what I can determine, timothy; or, Notes of an Abject Reptile isn't out until January 2007, which for me raises possible questions of conflict of interest here.
Why is Miss Snark involved pre-release? Is this a book she's agenting, or a colleague is agenting? Is there some other connection? If so, it's in her interest to hype the book, as she or a crony will get a piece of the action. 15% is more than you get as an Amazon affiliate.
Would Miss Snark be willing to say she has no business reason to plug this book?
Oh darn, you caught me.
It must be true, how could it be otherwise?
I only give heartfelt recommendations to books in which I have a vested financial interest.
Of course, that also reveals the terrible secret that Miss Snark is actually a dragoon of agents:
Timothy; or, Notes of An Abject Reptile is represented by Flip Brophy of Sterling Lord
Portraits, by Michael Kimmelman, is represented by ICM
The Creative Habit, by Twyla Tharp, is represented by Mark Reiter
The Intuitionist, by Colson Whitehead, is represented by Nicole Aragi
Motherless Brooklyn, by Jon Letham, is represented by the Richard Parks Agency
Winter's Bone, by Daniel Woodrell, is represented by Ellen Levine
You weren't sidetracked by my careful red herring of (Knopf:2006) after the author's name.
You've cleverly seen through the words "read the book", knowing since I didn't use the word "buy" --and I never ever in a million years say you should get things from the library, certainly not The Mercantile, or any library whatsoever -- I want you to rush right down to the bookstore and BUY this so I can snare you in my evil plot to become rich and famous.
Yes, you've nailed the ever-mercantile Miss Snark with your careful research, and clear thinking. You've made the world a safer place for book recommendations.
Miss Snark hangs her head in shame. That muted snortle you hear is absolutely not the sound of laughter. No no no.