WORLD OF THOR There are only two new books on the fiction list this week; one is Riley Sager’s “The Last Time I Lied,” and the other is “Spymaster,” the latest volume in Brad Thor’s series starring the Navy SEAL turned intelligence operative Scot Harvath. “What I do is faction, where you don’t know where the facts end and the fiction begins,” the author told The Times last summer.
Thor has always been clever about marketing his books — he once photoshopped one of his book covers onto a picture of the New Jersey governor Chris Christie reading at the beach. So it’s not surprising to find that he has a shop on his website, selling mugs, T-shirts, challenge coins and the like. (“What are challenge coins?” you ask. They are metal disks that commemorate the publication of his novels, and they cost $25.)
SHOP TILL YOU DROP Looking at those challenge coins made us wonder what sort of merchandise other best-selling authors are hawking. Turns out we didn’t have to look very hard to find all kinds of, um, unusual things.
In Nora Roberts’s online shop, you can buy lunch totes, bullet necklaces and even a bottle of her $16.99 “signature lotion” (“a blend of jasmine and pomegranate with top notes of citrus, dewberry and cassis, and bottom notes of musk, sandalwood and vanilla”).
George R. R. Martin’s website bristles with official “Game of Thrones” merchandise, including scabbards, blades, daggers and a large number of dangerous-looking swords (including one called the “Oathkeeper Damascus,” which goes for a cool $700 and comes with a firm warning: “This is not a toy”).
Lee Child, who famously drinks 30 cups of coffee a day, promotes “Jack Reacher Custom Roasted Coffee” from the Baltimore Coffee & Tea Company.
On James Lee Burke’s website, in addition to the usual swag, you can snap up a $48.95 “vintage Indian head belt buckle” that’s a copy of the one the author wears.
Cassie Clare offers posters, pins and a deluxe $150 tarot card set featuring characters from her Shadowhunter series.
Anne Rice advertises a “Prince Lestat Journal Bundle” — a $40 notebook, pen and bookmark set.
Then there are the “Christmas Box” angel statues available through Richard Paul Evans’s website: They’re $14,500 apiece, which includes delivery but, alas, not the pedestal base. You’re on your own for that — and it will likely run you another $3,000 to $6,000.