A new review at Strange Horizons

Maybe it’s just been a while since I’ve read an in-depth review of the book (And by “a while” I mean a couple weeks.) but this one seems different. It’s more…. articulate. Not that my other reviews have been composed of grunts and spitting, but this one seemed… I dunno… extra articulate.

Looking at it again, though. I don’t think that’s where the difference is. Maybe this reviewer was thoughtful in a different way. She spends a fair amount of time musing about why the book works, the nature of fantasy, what makes an epic. Stuff like that. It’s not a rambly soapbox though, it all relates to her discussion of the book.

Anyway, I think it’s a lovely review, above and beyond the fact that she’s very flattering about the book.

She also compares me to Dickens. Which I’m still how sure how I feel about. I’m pretty sure she meant it as a complement, though. So I’ll take it that way.

For those of you who’d like to read the whole thing, you can find it HERE.

There’s also a place for comments below the actual review. I was going to leave one for her, mentioning how much I liked the review, but then I couldn’t decide if it was weird to post a comment on my own review. Plus I didn’t want to look like an ass-kisser.

Gech. I’m rambling. I’ve got to go get some sleep.



This entry was posted in reviewsBy Pat7 Responses


  1. Miriam
    Posted June 20, 2007 at 2:16 PM | Permalink

    Don’t know if you know this, but last month your book was in Writer’s Digest as one of their recommended books of the month. =)

  2. Neth
    Posted June 20, 2007 at 2:33 PM | Permalink

    Hmm…I’d say don’t comment there – the reviewer will probably see this and that’s enough. It’s a slippery slope for authors who respond to reviews. *of course I always enjoy it if I write a review and the author comes along and comments, so my opinion might only be worth a few grunts*

  3. Benjamin Hampton
    Posted June 20, 2007 at 4:26 PM | Permalink

    Totally agree with the review. I have read lots of great, classic fantasy in my life but in all honesty this seriously is one of the best books in the genre I’ve ever read. Can’t wait for two and three! PS: Is it true that they’ll be coming out one a year?

  4. Sienged
    Posted June 20, 2007 at 9:07 PM | Permalink

    More like a book report than a book review.David Copperfield of fantasyHahaha What?I don’t see it but she did defy anyone to ague against it.P.S.Bring on the stick figures David Copperfield, I mean Pat.

  5. Haplo Peart
    Posted June 22, 2007 at 2:47 PM | Permalink

    Its a good review, but I had to stop reading it before it revealed too much. I am only 100 or so pages into the book currently…and the review started telling me things I didn’t know yet, good reveiw though…AWESOME book, this is the first book in a good while that has had me from page 1 and only (just barely) the needs to sleep and go to work can make me put it down.Great Stuff! Right Up there with Early Shannara, The Gunslinger, and Deathsgate Cycle…which trust me is HIGH praise for me to say!

  6. I. M. Bitter
    Posted July 10, 2007 at 3:33 PM | Permalink

    Ooooh, that was very well written! For those of us aspiring writers it was nice to have it picked apart and analyzed.Thanks for passing along the link.

  7. Miquel
    Posted July 22, 2009 at 10:17 AM | Permalink

    I know (I’m not sure whether from reading it or from hearing you in an interview) that you don’t like Dickens, but the comparison is inescapable. Tarbean is a dark twist on Dickens’ London! (Thats meant to be a compliment. I love Dickens :-P). Thank you for writing your book. It was magnificent!

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