Saturday, July 31, 2010

Over the past year....

  • ...20,100 people from 125 countries visited this blog, according to ClusterMaps. (I'm not going to rock the world with those figures, am I?)
  • Google Analytics has a higher number, almost 23,000, of whom  9,657 were distinct visitors from 122 countries...
  • Australia and USA together accounted for 52% of visits and those two countries plus Malaysia and U.K. made up 80% of visits.
The keywords over the past year that brought folk here, 
(after the obvious ones of my name and the blog name):
  • Top of the list: Stormlord Rising. By far!! I'm really chuffed! That means that folk are really hanging out for this one!!
  • The Last Stormlord was high up there too, along with "Ryka Feldspar". 
  •  So was "whose"  "whom" "who's" in various forms, linked to grammar questions; "fantasy tropes" "First person novels" etc
 And here are a couple of funny ones I cannot explain:
  • "I raise my eyes, and there is Kinabalu, presiding over the forest" (74 visits)
  • "if you prune my orchid, I will pay you rs.600 a day for the work, as soon as you have finished it." (14 visits)
Huh??

Friday, July 30, 2010

On feeling unsufferably smug...

 Re the photo from B&N I posted yesterday, it seems this was the front-of-the-store display. What you see as you walk in the front door. Right next to Margaret Atwood's latest too...

And just after I posted yesterday's blog, feeling frightfully smug, I followed a link tweeted by a Twitter friend about author expectations on a blog by a literary agent, Rachelle Gardner.

Here are a couple of extracts:

But there are many writers who hold on to unrealistic expectations long after reality should be setting in. This is an ongoing concern for agents, editors, and publicists who constantly find themselves not living up to writers' expectations. In many cases (and yes, there are plenty of exceptions), the writer's hopes and beliefs were simply too idealistic to begin with.


and then this about one of the common unrealistic expectations:


"I'll go with the publisher who will commit to putting my book on the front table of Barnes & Noble." I'm sorry to say that this is highly unlikely if you are a first-time author without a huge platform or marketing hook. Now, I've had clients whose books have been on the front table of B&N and other exciting places. But it's more the exception than the rule, so enjoy it if it happens, but don't expect it as a matter of course.

So I had to have a bit of a giggle at reading this so soon after seeing the photo...
Stormlord Rising is my ninth book, so it's taken a while for me to get on to the front table. And now that I am there, I am going to wallow in delicious smugness.


Until reality sets in, which it will.
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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Another squeeeeeeeeeeeee for Stormlord Rising...

My daughter walked into her local Barnes & Noble bookshop in Virginia last night and was confronted with this on the display - a mix of mainstream and genre...her mum right among them... You know what I will NEVER get used to this. This is book number nine, but still I get this enormous thrill... If you want to buy from B&N, the link is here.  Buy here through Amazon here: Stormlord Rising
And here is my second squee for the day - getting my author copies from Orbit US!! I am one grinning author today.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

It's available!! If you live in the USA!




One reviewer called it the best middle-book-of-a-trilogy ever!

See reviews here.
And here.
And here.



Buy from Amazon by clicking on the button above.
Buy from Barnes & Noble here. They say you can reserve and pick up from your local store in 60 mins.
Buy from Borders here.

Cover of the US/UK edition is from Steve Stone (artist) and Peter Cotton (designer). Thanks, guys, I love it! Do click on the link to Steve...there are pix there to die for.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Squeeee! I'm on Geek Syndicate!!

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No blog post today. Instead you have to hurry on over to the murky underbelly of geekdom, Geek Syndicate and read my interview with the fabulous Liz...about women in genre fiction.

And thanks Karen Miller. You rock too!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

When is a book SF?

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A look at The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell

First, let me get a few things straight. Any attempt to categorise fiction and place each story into its correct genre box is basically futile. Even asking questions like "What's the difference between fantasy and science fiction?" or "Is this work mainstream fiction or genre?" is pretty ridiculous if you expect a definitive answer. And I am happy with that. No book has to be put into its little named box before I'll read it and enjoy it. I read at least two books every month which are neither fantasy not SF, usually mainstream fiction, occasionally non-fiction. And all novels are made-up, and therefore unreal, by definition anyway...

So please don't tell me I am a bit silly to even step into this topic: I know it!

Second: I don't care whether David Mitchell's book is SF or mainstream or not - I'll read anything he writes and love it nonetheless; that's the kind of writer he is. I read this one and I devoured it. If I have any carping to do, it's only minor. I did think it a tad uneven, but maybe that's only because parts of it are brilliant. I did think that a couple of times he lost the narrative drive in order to digress, but the digressions are so interesting, I was willing to forgive them.

For those of you who haven't read it, a brief recap: it's set around the late 1790s into the early decades of the 1800s. It's based on historical fact - the Dutch trading post on an artificial island that is now part of Nagasaki, during a time when the Japanese was trying to keep foreign influence at bay and contact with foreigners to a minimum. Mitchell's characters are fictional for the most part, but have their historical counterparts. He does mess a little with history, but not much.

So is there anything fantastical in the story? Well, yes, there is. But then, any writer delving into this period of history, or into Asia, is going to have to deal with the fantastic, and I thought he did it very well. Human beings are always seeking explanations for what they don't understand (perhaps because the science hasn't got there yet) and their explanations often read more like a fantasy novel. Or sound more like a religious belief. There are characters in the book who see things and read a lot into them; there are premonitions and a spiritual aspect to life.

Perhaps because I live with this side of Asia on a daily basis, I saw Mitchell's coverage of these parts of his tale as very close to the reality. People here believe deeply in the ghosts and spirits and premonitions. I am constantly praised for my bravery when my job means I sleep in a tent deep in the rainforest or peat swamp. And the speakers are not talking about leopards or bears or malaria or leptospirosis and all the REAL dangers; they are speaking of the spirits. Of the unknown and feared. Of the things that come out in the dark of night. How brave I am not to fear these things! I bask in unearned glory...

To Mitchell's characters, the oddities they feel or see - or think they see - are real. I thought he captured that side of both Asia and the 18th-19th century period very well. But I never saw the novel as being a fantasy, where these things have real dimension in the context of the story.

So, when I saw that Locus Online had listed the book on their weekly SF/F bestseller list, I tweeted about it, basically saying  "SF/F? No way!", and followed up on Facebook. 

Now, thanks to pal Cheryl Morgan, I see that David himself said there was an immortal in the book. There was? Help, talk about giving me an incentive to read it again! I totally missed that. (For those that haven't read it, part of the plot is to do with a particular nasty search for immortality by some of the characters, one of whom claimed to have lived for a some centuries  -- but does a claim make it true?) And Cheryl's blogpost sent me over to Galley Cat, where in turn I was led here, to Capital New York and a post about Mitchell's future books and a question-and-answer at one of his readings:

...one young man asked about the novel’s villain, a serenely amoral abbot who may or may not have been alive for 600 years. The slightly irritating questiondid he really live for 600 years?elicited an unexpected response. Mitchell announced ... that Jacob de Zoet will be followed by two more books dealing with the theme of immortality and delving further into the realm of speculative fiction.


Just to be snarky, I'll say that doesn't make The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet SF/F.

And at the same time, I'll say: Who cares? Go read it. It's a fascinating book.
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Thursday, July 22, 2010

A Bird's Eye View

One of the things that has always fascinated me has been bird migration - and how they find their way over thousands of kilometres of land and ocean. Some birds are born knowing; others learn from their family group - common in big birds like geese. They memorise landmarks such as rivers -- or nowadays motorways! Birds have been noted to follow the M3 up from the south, then turn onto the A25 to circle London until they get to the M1, where they peel off again, heading north. I'm not kidding.

And now there's been some fascinating work on birds and magnetic fields:

Birds use their right eye to see the Earth's magnetic field and use it to navigate, scientists have discovered.

German researchers found that if a bird's right eye was covered by a frosted goggle, the birds could not navigate effectively, while they could navigate perfectly well if the left eye was covered instead.
It has long been known that birds are able to sense magnetic fields and use them to navigate, particularly when migrating south for the winter. Snow geese head off on the migratory journey: Scientists have found that birds can actually see magnetic fields...

See the whole article here.Unfortunately, it is rather badly explained, but interesting nonetheless.

The funnel-like cage they are talking about is called an Emlen funnel. Usually it has an ink pad on the base and sloping walls. When a bird is ready to migrate, it faces the way it wants to go -- and leaves inky footprints on one part of the side wall, but not on the others. So never fear, they didn't have to release the birds wearing the goggles to find out whether they would go the right way!!



 

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Sherlock with a mobile phone...

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I loved the 2009 movie "Sherlock Holmes". But even as I really enjoyed it, I felt a tinge of ...what, regret? Regret that this film really wasn't my idea of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson, as per Conan Doyle. There was something missing. It's ironical then, that I should find my nostalgia for the real thing indulged to the full -- in a movie set in the London of today, with handphones and blogs and computers. And yet I did. Along with loads of action and adventure.


If you are in the UK this Sunday night you have a chance to do the same. The film is a 90 min made-for-TV BBC production. It's called SHERLOCK, it's on this Sunday night -- and it will be coming to other parts of the world soon, so don't despair if you live elsewhere. And the really, really good news is that it's only the first one, A Study in Pink. There are at least another two to come, of equal length. The first and the third are directed by the film director (Push, Wicker Park, The Acid House, Lucky Number Sleven, etc) Paul Mc Guigan (see pic) which doubtless accounts for the film quality of A Study in Pink -- which I was privileged to get a sneak preview of in post production, thanks to Paul. (I also was on the set of the third in the series too...) It had no music yet and was missing some tweaking, but it knocked my socks off as a drama, as a Sherlock Holmes mystery, as a modern version of something basically Victorian, and as a brilliant piece of directing with a fabulous script and cast.

"Sherlock Holmes", 2009 film version, was Victorian England with a 21st century feel.  "Sherlock" is 21st century TV with a Victorian feel. Marvellous stuff. You'll love it. Of course as I happen to think a great deal of Paul, I am probably biased. No, no, I'm not. It's a GREAT film.

So you know where you should be in UK at 9p.m.on Sunday. In front of your TV set.

Take a look here for more about the cast etc: BBC link.
And here for a fan page: http://www.sherlocking.org
Later: And Cat has just told me about the trailer which can be seen here.
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Sunday, July 18, 2010

How to clean up messy writing

I am a very messy writer, and getting worse with age as arthritis kicks in and cripples my fingers. (One of these days I am going to have to change to speech-to-writing technology.)

Because I am  not a good copy editor, I see what I think I wrote, not what I actually wrote. And the only way I can get away from that habit is to read my MS aloud. It slows me down a enables me to see all the mistakes -- and I am always horrified by how many there are.


Missing words...
Muddled homonyms because I am hearing the words in my head as I type rather than thinking....
Typing "that" instead of "than", and a whole stack of other similar one-letter-wrong words which are not really conventional typos but rather fingers going into authomatic mode when it's NOT wanted...
Extraneous words that I thought I had deleted still there...
Not closing the speech quotes...

And so it goes on. And on and on and on.

But there are others, even worse:
Referring to a character by the wrong name...
Using the same word or phrase repeatedly over and over again...
Using the same phrase over and over again. They exchanged a glance.
Sigh.

And every now and end there are truly horrendous errors, where someone does something that is impossible within the context of the story. (My beta readers are fabulous at catching these.)

And the only way I find these kind of errors is reading aloud. Try it sometime.

Friday, July 16, 2010

En français, pour votre considération...

Vive la France!
The French publisher, Pygmalion, has just bought the French translation rights for the Stormlord trilogy. Which means they have bought two trilogies of mine in a year, and published a third...



Je vous remercie, Pygmalion!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Porn for a Bibliophile

Warning: do not click on this link unless you can control your envy...


And if you want to see what some of my study bookshelves look like at the moment here's a shelf, 
panning outwards...
And yes, those are two tins of Tunisian harissa there...chillies to the uninitiated...

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

US readers, don't forget...!

 STORMLORD RISING
is available in less than two weeks!!!
If you live in North America.

Click on the Borders link, 
or the Amazon thingy to order now
- and guess what, 
it'll be at your house on the release day. 
No more waiting!!

Go on, you know you can't wait...
 
After such a cataclysmic finale to the first book the reader, like the characters, must struggle to pull together the shattered pieces of the world and make sense of it. The best thing about this book is the way that the heroes do this, growing into protagonists through some of the best character development I’ve read in years.
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The point at which Shale and Terelle shift from passive to active ramps up the energy in what is already a dynamic series to the point where I caught myself cheering more than once. Clever and captivating, this is a book for any fantasy reader who wants to be completely swept away.
 
Australian Publisher + Bookseller  
March 2010, Vol 89, No. 6
 
 

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

More for wasp lovers...



Ok, the very last wasp photos, I promise.

Now surely you can see how beautiful she is? How extraordinarily fragile? And how dedicated to her young? In these pix she is building the top wing of the children's nursery. In the top photo, an enlargement of the one to the right, she is moulding the entrance hole...

This is one of the Solitary Wasps - not to be confused with the Social Wasps, which are the scary ones, and which I have been stung by - 30+ stings in a single attack - and one species of which I have developed an allergic reaction to (fortunately not the aforementioned that swarmed in fury when their nest was accidentally disturbed by someone else. An attack that resulted in my losing a shoe in mangrove mud and having to bathe in an irrigation/drainage ditch...but that's another story.)

I suspect this is a  Eumenidae, some of which are called potter wasps because of their gorgeous pot-shaped nets. We have those around the house too. This one here though is possibly Eustenogaster calyptodoma. Any wasp folk out there can confirm?

Monday, July 12, 2010

One for the geeks...my wasted day

Something always goes wrong when I buy computer hardware. Yesterday we bought a wireless router. Should have known it was doomed... I think I'm death to technology.

I followed instructions step by step and there I was last night, wifi all over the house, even out to the back fence. Yay! We are truly connected ... not. None of those beautifully connected computers could get onto the internet. Not sure what use wifi is if it doesn't connect you to anything.

While struggling with this and trying a variety of things, friend Donny skyped me while waiting for the World Cup to start. He was good enough to spend time and energy trying to fix things. (Thanks, Donny!) Gave some advice, which today I tried to put into practice. All morning. Nothing worked.

So this afternoon, went to the local computer store with its wonderful staff who are somewhere around one third my age and 3000 times more knowledgeable on things geeky. They tried pretty much all the things that Donny suggested and several hours worth of other stuff. Nada. Router won't talk to Modem, even though they are both Chinese.

After total frustration, the geek came up with a solution. Let's have wifi that you use with a cable.

Right.

So now the wifi router is routed to both modem and the computer by cables. It acts as the translator. The wifi now connects to the internet, but too bad if I ever want to disconnect the computer from the router! Actually, it's not as bad as it sounds, as that computer is pretty well permanently on my desk because it is hooked up to a large screen and an ergonomic keyboard anyway.

Why is nothing as easy as it sounds? Now I've done no work today and it's almost 8pm.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

And the future of science is in the hands of women....

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Husband attended a Science Faculty meeting at the National University of Malaysia the other day, and there was some discussion on the new intake to the faculty. (The beginning of the university  year is July here.)

There were around about 8oo new science students  starting their first year of university, and 77.2% of them are women. That's right. This is a Muslim, Asian country ... and women lead the way to the future of science.

Of course the powers that be are scratching their heads over this one. They wanted women to have parity; no one expected that once you remove the societal barriers, they would prove to be better.


The solution might lie with taking a good look at the way in which students are expected to learn at school and the way in which they are assessed, which is now obviously favouring girls. Or the answer might lie more with the age at which university is proffered as the next step to most students. Men might benefit more from entering at an older age, or even with a more narrowly-focused subject requirement. Nations should perhaps fine-tune an alternate entry level to tertiary education to better meet the needs of men.

I see it as a problem, which does need to be addressed and rectified. We want equality, not imbalance. But for all that, somewhere inside, the woman in me feels ... let's admit it, a tad smug. In science, in our local university at least, we've more than made it.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

More waspish industry...

She now has two upstairs rooms built on the three downstairs. The third downstairs room addition has an outlook on to the floral landscape. I love the tail of greenery for the backroom.
And I finally managed a quick and fuzzy snapshot of the designer-builder. She is over 3cms long, black with yellow abdomen stripes and a very big butt...

Friday, July 09, 2010

The Staggering Price of Going Home...

Those of you who follow this blog regularly will know that the Malaysian Government has made it impossible for me to live here in my old age because they have refused to grant me permanent residency, and refuse to enter into any further discussion on the matter...
 ...in spite of the fact that I am married to one of Malaysia's more pre-eminent, highly decorated, internationally-renowned academics and citizens who has devoted much of his life to the  future Malaysian scientists and scientific endeavour (I'm sure he will blush when he reads that, but to my eyes, it's a true statement)
...and in spite of the fact that I have lived here for 32 of the past 40 years
...and in spite of the fact that most of those 8 years abroad (ultimately the reason I lost my permanent residency status in the first place) were while he was on government secondment.

So we have been looking at ways in which we can settle down where I was born, Western Australia.

And believe me, I am wondering how it is ever going to be possible.

Look at this, figures taken from the business section of The Star Wed. 7th July 2010.

Australia's median home price 2009 was 6x the gross yearly income
Britain's  median home price 2009 was 5.1x the gross yearly income
USA's median home price 2009 was 2.9x the gross yearly income

The median home in Australia cost $A 468,000 in May 2010
In US for 2009, the median home was US$216,700 or $A 248,085

In the past year, Australian house prices rose by an incredible 20%. Australian home prices are 82% higher than in the US.

I won't even begin to say how much more they are than prices in Malaysia. Our major investment is in our home here - but if we sell it, it will only be about half the price of an Australian home one third of the size in a lousy area.

Maybe we'll settle for a caravan somewhere...?

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Bathroom Renovations

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Remember that horrible scene in Alien where you realise that the aliens are actually paralysing humans to be left as food for the alien hatchlings?

Yeah, well, here's where the script writers got the idea.
This is our second bathroom. Like most Malaysian houses, there are no insect screens. And the assassin aliens have access...

Left: Day One of the construction. Note the hole left to drag in the paralysed, living dinner...
Day 2:  the construction continues, enlarged. The hole is closed, the imprisoned is enclosed in the dark awaiting death, along with the young that will suck its juices


Monday, July 05, 2010

STORMLORD RISING is coming....

Australian cover
US Cover
UK cover
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Well, in actual fact, Stormlord Rising is already available if you have access to Australian books and can buy the Australian Voyager edition.

But if you are in US, it's out in August, next month - in fact I see that Amazon is advertising it for THIS month. That's right, July. July 27th to be exact. So hop over there to Amazon.com, or to Borders online and order, NOW. You know you can't wait a moment longer, and wouldn't it be nice to get it the moment it's available...? Besides, think what fun you can have teasing all those folk in the UK, who have to wait a little longer, by writing an online review.

If you are from UK, it's November. At the moment, sometimes Amazon.co.uk allows you to pre-order, on other days the entry says "not available". Not sure why.

BTW, I think the subtle differences in colour, as seen in the pix above, is more a result of the fact that the US version is glossy, whereas the UK version is matte with glossy title.

So, will you like it? So far the feedback from readers has been mind-blowing. They all say its better than The Last Stormlord, and I'm talking about people who loved The Last Stormlord. (One assumes those who didn't like it won't go on and buy the next!)

And of course, having just written a post on why writers shouldn't take much notice of reviews, I am now cheeky enough to tell my readers that you should all take notice of the following totally brilliant reviews of Stormlord Rising:

There are two reviews here...
another here.
There's another here at ASIF from Tehani Wessely.

And here's one you may not have seen yet because it's relatively new, from Nyssa over at Awritergoesonajourney.
She gives me 5 out of 5 for plot complexity, world building, characterisation and writing style, bless her.

She also starts by saying "Larke will have your soul..." (Cue for me to give evil laugh).

"Most readers can recognise 'middle book' syndrome of trilogies, where the second book sags in terms of quality. Even the best of authors can write terrible middles, but not Glenda Larke. Carrying all the tension and hypnotic power of the first book, Stormlord Rising is a fabulous continuation of the brilliant The Last Stormlord, and edging the plots towards their final exploding conclusion. "
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"Larke sure knows her way around words, and by twitching at the strings of one character or another, she makes them dance to a tune only she can hear. We can only wait and read what she chooses to reveal to us.
"The worst thing about Stormlord Rising is that the end is so close, yet so far! Impatience is not pleasant, but it's so hard to fight when you get a book this great, this spellbinding, this epic."

Now if that doesn't make you want to read the book, I'm not sure what will.

Friday, July 02, 2010

Why a Writer Should Never Take Too Much Notice of Reviews

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This is a post written particularly for newly published or about to be published authors.

Don't get me wrong. I love reviews.
And I read them all. I have Google Alerts and Blog Pulse look for them every day and send them to my inbox ...

In some ways that makes me a bit of an oddity, because a great many writers won't read their own reviews at all, especially not random reader ones from places like Amazon (as opposed to review sites and professional reviews). Why not? Because they start to obsess about them and they get too upset by the bad ones.


I view it differently.

Good or bad, they are a connection to readers, and I really appreciate that. Writing is a lonely business and we authors should connect to those who buy our books, who take the time to read our stories. Reading their reviews is one way to make that connection.

For me, well, the good ones give me a nice ego boost (and we all like that, right?). The highly critical ones - if they say something thoughtful or wise, it's a learning experience I can benefit from. I can use what is said to make the next book better.

The reason for not obsessing about a review:

There's no point. It is totally unrealistic to assume that all readers will like your work, any more than you like every book you read. So why get upset when someone says your characters are flat, your plot boring and your world poorly depicted? They give their honest opinion and for them it is true. It won't be true for the next reader.

Believe me, you newly published writers out there: not everyone is going to like your baby, that lovely child you slaved over for years.
Some will miss the dimples and home in on the pimples instead, and yeah, your book will have pimples. No book is perfect.
Some readers just like a different kind of story entirely.
Some readers will hate the way you look at life, which will come through in your writing.
Some readers are just don't get what you've written - it may be their failing, or yours.
Some will hate your writing style.

And that is true of everyone's work. It doesn't matter if your name is Ursula le Guin or Tolkien or Neil Gaiman, some will hate your story, others will find it boring.

So read reviews, but don't obsess. You can even get a laugh out of the silly ones. For example, this complaint - and it was a complaint - about The Last Stormlord (which is book 1 of a trilogy):
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by the end of book one, you feel like you're only a third of the way through the novel."
Yep, mate. Exactly right.

And here's the proof that obsessing is ridiculous:

As you read these excerpts, remember that each one of these is a comment about the same book, The Last Stormlord.

Characters
"The characters were cardboard." (Good Reads reviewer)
"full of interesting characters and the central characters are likable..." (Amazon reviewer)
"the characters are predictably clichéd, the villain more so than the heroes, and the supporting cast worst of all." (Amazon reviewer)
"Larke calibrates conflicts and tensions between characters remarkably well and with subtlety." (Online Review site)
"A lovely job is done here in showing him (Shale) growing up..." (another Online Review site)

Pacing
and Plot
"A nice tight story line with no inconsistencies" (Amazon reviewer)
"With this novel she moves into the realm of sheer virtuosity" (Newspaper review)
"This is a GREAT book" (Magazine review)
"The plot is predictable
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"It is an engrossing book.
" (Same good Good Reads reviewer as comment immediately above)
"This book was long and difficult to follow." (Amazon reviewer)
"an extremely entertaining book." (Amazon reviewer)
"Emotion zilch. Meh." (Good Reads reviewer)
"I ended up staying up all night reading it once I started" (Amazon reviewer)
"Couldn't get into it. Didn't care about the characters or the problems."(Good Reads reviewer)
"...even in 600 pages – no long, dull stretches of exposition. This book keeps moving and tumbling from one fantastic set-piece to another. " (Online reviewer)
" Wonderful setting, wonderful world building, incredible imagination and all in all a good tale."(Good Reads reviewer)

World Building
"has created a great world here with different cultures and characters" (Amazon reviewer)
"The stuff with the water was inventive and original." (Good Reads reviewer)
"The premise is still dumb."(Same good Good Reads reviewer as comment immediately above)
"a great setting with an interesting magic and belief system." (Amazon review)
"world-building is a great strength of the story"(Another newspaper review)
"I’ve visited an arid and frightening and wholly convincing land… and I’ve loved very minute of it. " (Online Review site)
"I just couldn't buy an entire civilization that refused to seek out new horizons, explore beyond the status quo of barely enough water to survive in a desert..." (Good Reads reviewer)

And here's one more comment I just have to include. I don't have a clue what it means, but it struck me as very funny:
"When I finished with the book, I honestly feared she might be more-talented version of Christopher Paolini." (Amazon reviewer)

So, which comments am I going to obsess about, the good ones or the bad ones? Which ones am I going to believe?

My philosophy is: read them all, learn what you can, appreciate them -- and don't take any of them too seriously. Not even the good ones. More importantly, write the best novel you can, and then try to make the next one even better.
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Thursday, July 01, 2010

Shiny new book....

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The UPS man came and left a shiny new book with my name on the cover. Book two of the Stormlord trilogy, Stormlord Rising, from the Orbit US. (See the cover to the left right...)

If you live in the US, one more month, people! You can order now, you know. Try clicking on the purchase ikon to the left right in order to order from Borders.

And I just signed the first foreign language translation contract for the trilogy. More about that another time...