UK Orbit edition
Some reviews are surfacing in the UK for Heart of the Mirage. This from Barbara Davies, giving it a five out of five star rating in this month’s Starburst Magazine:
“those looking for a 'sense-of-wonder’ fix need look no further. Larke doesn’t conform to the cookie-cutter school of fantasy and has a talent for world building and a fondness for unstable landscapes . . . It’s also great fun”.
Back in 1999, she gave me a full complement of stars for Havenstar too. I think she remembers.
Natalie Baker for the online site "The Bookbag" says:
"I had serious difficulty in putting the book down. It’s not just the general storyline of Ligea’s changing attitudes, which is very strongly written and allows for more shades of grey than many fantasy novels do, but also a richly imagined and thoroughly believable world..."
Oz Voyager edition
Later on she says:
"...the second book will be released in the UK in December, and the third next May. Although it’s not so long to wait, I’m not sure I can hang on that long – I might well break down and bribe some friends on the other side of the world (Glenda Larke is Australian, although she is very well-travelled and now lives in Malaysia) to send the books to me. And if that isn’t a recommendation to read these books, I don’t know what is. Highly enjoyable, this book’s got love, betrayal, skulduggery, espionage, adventure, magic, heartbreak and plenty more besides."
Graeme Flory, alas, didn't like some of my choice of words for two "otherworld" animals, nor one of the characters saying "holy shit!" and it seems to have spoiled much of his enjoyment of the book. (Sorry, Graeme!) Still, he does say this and a couple of other complimentary things:
“It is nice sometimes to break out of the typical medieval Fantasy City and go somewhere different. Larke accomplishes this by setting her tale in the equivalent of Ancient Rome and the deserts of Africa and decorates the proceedings with some stunning imagery in the process.”
And to change the subject...
I am off to Los Angeles tonight. Via Singapore, where I spend the night at the airport in order to catch an early flight to Narita and hence to the USA. I don't even want to know how long it will be before I get there...
It will be my first trip to the west coast of the US. I have actually lost track of the number of times I have been to the east in the past 17 or so years - but I think have driven through every state between Maine and South Carolina, had a trip to Florida, and of course I have a daughter in Virginia. She started her post grad work in Manhattan and then moved to Boston...so I visited whenever I could. But somehow there was never a reason to go to the west or, in fact, the middle. Now, however, my second daughter is living and working in Los Angeles, so I have an excuse to get to California.
Anyway, expect my next post to be from outside Malaysia...and things might be a bit erratic for a day or two. I wonder how my two torn up hips are going to stand up to this?
Ouch. I'm Noramlyed before I even begin.