Thursday, 15 November 2007

And now, a message from

"Hello from

We're writing about the order you placed on [details removed]
(Order# [details removed]). Unfortunately, the release date for the item(s) listed below has
changed, and we need to provide you with a new delivery estimate based on the new release date:

Alan Moore (Author), Kevin O'Neill (Illustrator) "The League of
Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Black Dossier" [Hardcover]
Estimated arrival date: 12/03/2007 - 12/13/2007

We apologize for the inconvenience caused by this delay."

Got that? That book you all bought yesterday and have been reading and blogging about? It doesn't actually exist yet, according to Amazon.

The phrase "adding insult to injury" springs to mind.

Update, 17 November Still, things could be worse. Oh, hold on ...

Hello from

Unfortunately, an unexpected delay from our supplier may prevent us from delivering some items in your order placed on [details removed] (Order# [details removed]) by December 24. Other items that may be in stock will still ship separately, with no increase in your total shipping charges.

Alan Moore (Author), Kevin O'Neill (Illustrator) "The League of
Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Black Dossier" [Hardcover]
Estimated arrival date: 12/10/2007 - 12/28/2007

... Yes, they are worse.


Anonymous said...

I got the same email, but about the new Scott Pilgrim book people claim came out yesterday.

Steve Flanagan said...

I did consider calling this post "And now, a bare-faced lie from", but it seemed excessive.

Richard said...

Yep, got the email as well.

Even more annoying is the fact that Jess Nevins has already got the annotations up !

No fair!

Anonymous said...

Hi, where/how can one go about buying this book?


Steve Flanagan said...

JP - It's only on sale in the USA, which is why I ordered a copy from But Brian Hibbs reports that the first printing has already sold out.

Jova said...

Has this to do with anything with the copyright issue?

I wonder Amazon is forbidden from sending 'The Black Dossier' to addresses within the UK.

Steve Flanagan said...

I suspect that it has more to do with the "not printing enough copies" issue.

Stephen said...

FWIW, they sent me my copy immediately. (I'd pre-ordered it in August 2006... maybe they did them in the order they were reserved?)

Still very frustrating -- for us: I'd like to read your review!

Tim Chapman said...

If you've not been able to secure a copy yet, you might want to pop down to Leeds. There's people there who will see you OK, if you know what I mean. Nudge, wink, etc.

Steve Flanagan said...

Et in arcadia ego?

Thanks for the tip, Tim, but Amazon now claims to have posted it. Fingers crossed (mine, not theirs).