Monday, January 15, 2007

Shadow of Tyr review

There is a truly wonderful review of the second book of The Mirage Makers, The Shadow of Tyr up at Specusphere, the Queensland site for "fans, users and creators of speculative fiction industries". You can find the full review here.

In part:

"Her writing is smooth, easy to read and consistent in its excellence, as we expect of an established writer."

"Larke writes this sometimes tragic tale with great sensitivity. Many years and many locations have been shoe-horned into this volume: it is epic fantasy on the grand scale. The characters are well-drawn and differentiated and the tale sweeps us along with the grandeur of its purpose."

I just love it when a reader understand what I have trying to say, and loves the book at the same time. My thanks to the lovely Satima Flavell.

BTW, if you are an Australian resident, there's a simple competition to win one of 5 copies of the first book, Heart of the Mirage up for grabs here.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Donna says...well done Satima...well done Glenda...

Sarah said...

What an accurate description of what I'm sure we all feel when we read one of Glenda's books. Good job Satima.

I, on the other hand, was left feeling momentarily confused a little bit after christmas. After reading page 40, I was presented with page 39 again..only it was the page 39 of a completely different book, with completely different characters and set in modern day Australia. Fortunately my Angus and Robertson were helpful and the book was swapped over no hassles. How odd, though.

-Sarah

Glenda Larke said...

That is odd, Sarah! I didn't think that sort of thing happened too often these days. When I was little, I had an aunt who worked for Speciality Press in Melbourne, who did a lot of printing for publishers. I loved it when they mucked up, because my aunt used to snaffle all the resulting books and send them to us kids. It was usually quite readable - altho you might have to turn the book upsidedown every few pages, or ignore the funny illustrations. I still had some of those books when my own kids came along.

hrugaar said...

Yup, Glenda is a mighty fine writer.

I'm still enjoying The Tainted at the moment, but my copy of The Shadow of Tyr has now arrived (from the other side of the world!) and is sitting tantalisingly on the shelf in front of me here. :o)

Love the idea of turning a book upside down to read for a few pages ... wonder if one could make that a deliberate feature in a novel (e.g. chapters narrated by a certain character would always be printed upside down). In these days of mass publishing (and indeed online publishing) we can lose sight of the concept of a bound book as being physically an 'art object' in its own right.

Glenda Larke said...

that's an interesting idea...

Anonymous said...

Never were truer words written!

Karen (because it won't let me sign in, again!)