An Unusual Request for Help
Readers of the Whatever, I need your help! I have to verify a very unusual thing, and if you’ve bought Old Man’s War from Amazon at any point (or just even put it into your shopping cart), perhaps you can aid me in my hour of need.
It all began yesterday, when Kari of Inkgrrl.com sent me the following message:
Attached is a screenshot of Amazon’s recommendation for my purchasing pleasure – when I clicked on a link which would supposedly tell me why this amazing artifact was recommended to me, well, the screenshot pretty much says it all.
Draws some interesting corollaries between book-buying habits and other habits… I’m not sure how I feel about this one.
You’ll have to follow the cut see what it was that Amazon supposedly recommended, because, well… you’ll see.
This is what Amazon supposedly recommended.
The recommendation is apropos to this Whatever discussion of Amazon’s new Sex Toys shop.
Naturally, I assumed that this was simply some clever Photoshopping, so I wrote Kari back thanking her for the picture, which I said was the best thing anyone’s sent to me ever. She replied:
Now, if I hadn’t already admitted that I still have your book on my wishlist instead of happily digested in my head, you might wonder why I continue to probe… but I gotta ask – do you go into detail about prostate issues in older men in combat or something?
Suggesting, of course, that she didn’t actually Photoshop up this baby. So I wrote her back:
You’re not seriously telling me that this is a real Amazon alert.
As God is my witness, not only will I never go hungry again, but this is what popped up. No pun intended. I sent to my SO and he recognized your name from reading your blog (he lurks there) and told me I should let you know about it. An author friend of mine came back insisting it was a hoax, too. But no, it’s still there – if I go to Kari’s Store, then look under the Recommendations column and click on Health and Beauty, I get the attached.
And now this has gone from the realm of the best thing ever sent to me to just about the best thing ever, period, end of story. Because it suggests that someone at Amazon reads this site, and also has a wicked sense of humor.
People, I don’t think Kari’s lying here, but I need — need — independent third party verification of this thing. I’ve gone ahead and put Old Man’s War into my own Amazon shopping basket, and clicked my own personal recommendations set to include their Health category and their Beauty category, and I’ll be going back to see if I can replicate Kari’s findings. However, if you’ve already bought Old Man’s War from Amazon at some point, and have those categories already set for recommendations, well, if you wouldn’t mind going in and seeing if there’s a butt plug suggested for you because of my book, I sure would appreciate that.
For the record, I cannot personally recommend the SeaKap medium-sized black butt plug, as I’ve never, you know, tried it. However, I invite the SeaKap folks to peruse my Guidelines for Publicists.
Also, while I have no opinion one way or another on the butt plug, I would suggest that, should you purchase both Old Man’s War and the toy in question, that you don’t use the two in conjunction. Seems to me that either of these objects should engage your full attention. Moreover, I refuse to be held responsible if you do not heed my advice and attempt to use the two in some ill-advised biblio-anal play. And that’s all I’m going to say about that. To contemplate it any further would induce images that not even CIA-strength industrial brainwashing will ever get out.
But about that Amazon recommending thing: Let me know, folks. Because, damn. If this can be verified, it doesn’t get much funnier than this.
Update, 6pm: The actual programmer of the window that features that recommendation above chimes in the comment thread. Look for Mike A.’s comment at 2:11pm, 9/18.