This is not a novel, or a short story - it's a pamphlet. It's a very short satirical piece that is made up of a jumble of interviews, short story outtakes, and excessive annotations, all involving the fictional author William Ashbless. If you are looking for Tim Powers' usual excellent fiction - this is not it. For those who are closely following the history and adventures of William Ashbless, and are intensely interested in this main hero of Anubis Gate, I wouldn't recommend this pamphlet even for you. I am somewhat offended by Powers and Blaylock sticking it to their fans - this work, as a hard cover book is not worth it. If it had been included in a larger anthology of Ashbless' works, letters, and IOUs, then maybe I can see the value in that.