Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Amazon shipping The Metamorphosis

I'm getting word that people are finally receiving their Amazon pre-orders of Bruce MacNab's new book, The Metamorphosis: The Apprenticeship of Harry Houdini. The book was officially released in late October, but Amazon delayed shipped for reasons unknown. Amazon now shows the book as "Temporarily out of stock."

I'm sorry I haven't yet offered up a full review of the book. I have one roughed out, but haven't had time to finish it. But I'm not sure I can do much better than the blurb I wrote for the reviews page in the book. Sometimes less is more. (But stand-by for the "more" as well.)

The Metamorphosis: The Apprenticeship of Harry Houdini can be purchased on Amazon.com or direct from Goose Lane Editions.

UPDATE: I've learned that Amazon is being stingy when it comes to stocking books by small publishers, so an alternative is BN.com where The Metamorphosis is readily available. The book can also be found at The Book Depository, with offers worldwide free shipping.


  1. John, I recieved my copy and so far it is very interesting. Thanks for all you do to keep us up to date on all things Houdini!

  2. My local Barnes and Noble does not stock this book and they cannot order it. Amazon is temporarily out of stock.

    Mr MacNab and his publisher are doing an excellent job of keeping this book away from customers.

    1. I'm sorry, Leo. It's frustrating. But it looks like you can order direct from the publisher. The link is up in my story. There also appear to be several copies in Amazon's Marketplace.

  3. Looking forward to your review, John when you get time to do it.

  4. Well, I read it and John's blurb on the cover is correct. This is well-written, well-researched, and well-illustrated. Very nicely done in all respects. It's interesting to read so much detail about a relatively short period of time in Houdini's life. A lot of new info for Houdini buffs.

  5. One of the best aspects was seeing how closely Harry and Bess worked together in those early years. Indirectly, it gives you some idea of what she lost from her life when Houdini essentially became a solo act.

  6. Hi from over the pond. Ordered from amazon.com
    Stated delivery Feb 2013 !! Now shipped ETA 19/12/12
    Nice Christmas present. Go for it. Regards Narinder