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Saturday, May 02, 2009

Paolo Bacigalupi

At Readercon last year I had the pleasure of being on a panel with Paolo Bacigalupi. A little later I had a signing session, which basically means I sat at a table with a pen in my hand, smiling awkwardly as people walked by. Paolo was good enough to sit down and hang out, and I've remembered that conversation since.

It was terrific in that he's a lot of fun to talk to, humorous and smart and easy going. What's strange about this is that he pretty much spent the entire time explaining the horrible state of the environment, the futility of the measures we're taking (or not) at the moment, and generally making me very scared of all things plastic. This guy knows way too much about way too much. Odd that he smiles so often... I do take a measure of hope from the fact that he's a father, so he hasn't completely given up.

He's a hell of a writer, too. His collection, Pump Six and Other Stories is terrific, even if it's not exactly light reading. Here's what Publishers Weekly said in a starred review:

Bacigalupi's stellar first collection of 10 stories displays the astute social commentary and consciousness-altering power of the very best short form science fiction. The Hugo-nominated The Calorie Man explores a post–fossil fuel future where genetically modified crops both feed and power the world, and greedy megacorporations hold the fates of millions in their hands. The People of Sand and Slag envisions a future Earth as a contaminated wasteland inhabited by virtually indestructible post-humans who consume stone and swim in petroleum oceans. The Tamarisk Hunter deals with the effects of global warming on water rights in the Southwest, while the title story, original to this volume, follows a New York sewage treatment worker who struggles to repair his antiquated equipment as the city's inhabitants succumb to the brain-damaging effects of industrial pollutants. Deeply thought provoking, Bacigalupi's collected visions of the future are equal parts cautionary tale, social and political commentary and poignantly poetic, revelatory prose.

Nice. I mention him now because he's back in the award game again. His story, "The Gambler" is nominated for a Hugo in the Novelette category. You can read it over at the Pyr Website. He's up against some folks I really like, so it's darn hard to say who I want to win. But still, today I'm a Paolo mood, hence this post.

I also "enjoyed" reading a recent Interview he did with EcoGeek. Go take a look. (Oh, and I should note, as Paolo did on his blog, that the interview got reposted at io9. Quite a few people went ballistic there.)

Here's another one from last year, at Omnivoracious.

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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Evil Robot Monkey

How about an audio story for your Sunday morning (or afternoon, or evening, or whenever)?

"Mary Robinette Kowal's Evil Robot Monkey is very short and bitterly moving, about an uplifted chimp," says, Rich Horton in Locus. The story was published in The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction Vol. 2 (2008), and it snagged Mary a Hugo nomination just one year after walking away with the John W Campbell tiara.

Joe Sherry at Adventures in Reading liked it. Here's Joe's Review.

Want to judge for yourself? Well, that's easy. Just pop over to Mary's site and listen to her read the story especially for you. She's a great reader, and it's a very short story, just about six minutes. You've got six minutes to spare, don't ya?

Note: I snipped this image from Boing Boing. I believe Mary did the illustration herself. Multi-talented she is...

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Wild Cards!

I've been sitting on some very cool news for a little while. For the past several weeks I've been corresponding almost daily with a particular mega-bestselling author. We've been talking about whether I might be up for writing for a little series of books he's been editing for, oh, over twenty years now. He asked me to pitch some characters. I did. We batted them back and forth a bit until one in particular took shape. Then a contract came my way. I signed, and I was in! What am I talking about?

Well, the bestselling editor-very-much-in-chief is none other than George RR Martin. He needs no introduction. The ongoing series is Wild Cards, which is the terribly cool sci-fi/comics/alternative history/collaborative project that's been churning out books since 1986's Wild Cards (Volume 1). They have twenty volumes out so far, and hey, there's more to come.

First, go here and take a look at the announcement George just made about the "Fresh Blood" of which I am part.

Back? Okay, cool. Over all those volumes the series has included the work of wonderful writers, too many for me to start naming them here. I'd encourage you to look the series up, though. Even Wikipedia has quite a bit of information on it and on specific characters, of which there are many. Here's part of the intro cribbed from the Wiki page...

The series relates an alternate history of the earth after World War II. In 1946 an alien virus that rewrites human DNA is accidentally unleashed in the skies over New York City. It kills 90% of those who come into contact with it (referred to as 'drawing the Black Queen'). However, 9% mutate into deformed creatures (known as 'Jokers') and the remaining 1% gain superpowers (known as 'Aces'). There is also a class known as 'deuces' - Aces who have acquired useless or ridiculous powers, such as the ability to levitate up to two feet, or to grow bodily hair at will. The airborne virus eventually spreads all over the world, affecting tens of thousands.

It's an inspired combination of traditional comic elements spliced into a rather realistic, and decidedly dark version of our world and of the passions that drive people. The various books over the years have seen a collaborative effort among authors of the consortium, creating mosaic novels, standalone novels, and all sorts of variations, including lots of gaming variations (which is where it all began, really). The series has plumbed the depths of Jokertown and traveled right around the world.

Most of the volumes are out of print at the moment. It would be nice to see more of them back in print, admittedly, but if you're interested in giving the series a try you need not be daunted by all those hard to find volumes. Getting your hands on the first book, Wild Cards, is a good place to start. But so to is jumping in at Inside Straight, part of the newest cycle which is followed by Busted Flush.

What will I be doing in this world? Don't know yet. If I did I wouldn't be able to tell you anyway, but at the moment the future projects are in the furious planning stages. I may be in there somewhere as a writer in a future volume, and my characters may appear in other writer's stories. I can say that everyone - lead by George himself - has a great deal of enthusiasm for pushing the series into the future. I'm thrilled that he invited me in, and I'm really looking forward to how the new books take shape!

By the way... Yes, I have George's email. Yes, we correspond often. But, NO, I'm not going to ask him about A Dance with Dragons for you! You think I'm crazy?

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Bright Of The Sky

I had the pleasure of sitting next to Kay Kenyon at last year's World Fantasy Awards banquet. (Thanks for arranging that, Lou Anders.) She's quite gracious, and she taught me a thing or two about how to survey a room (looking for famous people and stuff) without looking like you're surveying the room. Useful advice.

Ever since then I've wanted to read her work, in particular the Entire and the Rose Series that begins with Bright of the Sky. I finally got to it, and I'm glad I did. I enjoyed it quite a bit. It's sci-fi, but I find the characters, the world and the epic nature of the conflict to draw me in ways that good fantasy does. I don't quite know what I mean by that, but I felt the same way reading Peter F. Hamilton's The Dreaming Void. Her alternate universe is authentically weird, dangerous, fascinating.

Here's what Publishers Weekly had to say in a Starred review...

At the start of this riveting launch of a new far-future SF series from Kenyon (Tropic of Creation), a disastrous mishap during interstellar space travel catapults pilot Titus Quinn with his wife, Johanna Arlis, and nine-year-old daughter, Sydney, into a parallel universe called the Entire. Titus makes it back to this dimension, his hair turned white, his memory gone, his family presumed dead and his reputation ruined with the corporation that employed him. The corporation (in search of radical space travel methods) sends Titus (in search of Johanna and Sydney) back through the space-time warp. There, he gradually, painfully regains knowledge of its rulers, the cruel, alien Tarig; its subordinate, Chinese-inspired humanoid population, the Chalin; and his daughter's enslavement. Titus's transformative odyssey to reclaim Sydney reveals a Tarig plan whose ramifications will be felt far beyond his immediate family. Kenyon's deft prose, high-stakes suspense and skilled, thorough world building will have readers anxious for the next installment.

I particularly like Sidney's adventures among the Inyx. You'd have to read it to know what I mean, but I find the relationship between rider and mount - both sentient - to be really fascinating. Also, folks, there's the advantage that she already has three books out! The other two are A World Too Near and City Without End. They've all been well-received, and I believe the concluding volume, Prince of Storms is due out from Pyr in Jan 2010. All in all, some good reading.

Here's Kay talking for herself at SFWORLD.COM.

If you want other confirmation here are a few more reviews...

SF Site

SCIFI.COM

The Washington Post

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Interview with MRK & The Deal

Mary Robinette Kowal, the current reigning Campbell queen, has started a series of interview features with the rabble that would like to grab her tiara. She sent me some questions a few days ago, I shot them back to her fast, and she's posted them. Take a look here.

As I send you over there, I realize that in one of my answers I made a wee announcement that I hadn't actually made here yet. It's a Kowal exclusive. Perhaps I should say a word about it, though. So, go take a look and then come back and we'll talk.

I'll just look at puppies until you get back...

Okay, so you're back? Right. You may have noticed that I announced over there that I'll be leaving my full-time teaching job at Cal State Fresno. Yep. Crazy, huh? With this economy? Are you loopy, David? (That's me talking to myself. Sorry...)

Well, yes, it may be a bit loopy, but it may also be wonderful. When we moved West three years ago, we were following the teaching jobs that were on offer. Good jobs. Engaging teaching. Grown-up security. But we were also leaving behind a house in the woods in Western Massachusetts, a house and community we really rather loved. We've decided the time away has been enough. We're going back. (There's more to it than that, but that's the short version.)

So what am I going to do for a living at my "house in the woods"? Part time I'll continue to teach for the Stonecoast MFA Program. It's a low-residency program that includes Popular Fiction in its curriculum. I get to hang out with James Patrick Kelly, Kelly Link, Nancy Holder and Michael Kimball (just to name a few folks), and I get to work with material that's often close to my own interests.

But that's just part time. More significantly, my full time job will be... writing. Writing books. Writing stories. Writing blog posts, essays, reviews. Writing stuff. I hope that excites you. It excites me, but it'll only work if I have some help from my friends.

So don't be shy out there. If you like my work buy a title every now and then. Tell friends. Give chunky books as birthday present. Write a blog post or review. I'll appreciate it each and every time, and in return I'll focus on being the best writer I can. And I'll make sure that if you do care about my characters and the worlds they live in I won't make you wait too long between books about them.

Deal?

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Banal Evil or Fruit Basket Worthy?

This one leaves me scratching my head a bit.

It sounds - according to Jay Lake - that something very big and very unfortunate is happening in terms of copyright law, something that will eventually effect us all. He's a smart guy. I believe him. I also feel a bit powerless to do anything or to shape my feelings about this into a usable form. How about you? Take a look at Jay's post to see what I'm talking about...

Here's his post: The Banal Evil of the Google Copyright Settlement.

And then there's Cory Doctorow's take on the same thing. Seems a bit different. He's a smart guy too. I believe him. Hmm...

Here's Cory's post: Why Publishing Should Send Fruit-Baskets to Google.

And here's what the Authors Guild has to say about it...

A Brief Guide to the Benefits of the Authors Guild V. Google Settlement.

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Sunday, March 01, 2009

Pat on the Release of Book Two

I have this friend Pat. You might have heard of him. He wrote a book. People loved it. Made him famous and wealthy. His readers then promptly began demanding another book. Pat, being the generous guy that he is, wants to produce said book. Actually, he wants to have produced it like a year ago. Alas, easier wished for than done...
This is one of several cartoons Pat has up on his blog. Also, he has a long, detailed explanation of what's up. I think it's a brave, honest and insightful mediation on the creative process and the pitfalls of... well, massive success.

If you haven't already, go take a look: Pat's Post.

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Normal School

This is just a quick shout out for the new literary mag here at Cal State Fresno. I've been amazed at how quickly it's grown into an awesome journal. This is mostly due to the work of Steven Church, the main dude in charge of the thing (and author of The Guinness Book of Me: A Memoir of Record and the forthcoming Theoretical Killings: Essays, Experiments and Accidents).

Not only was the debut issue pretty fabulous, the magazine has recently been picked up for distribution by Ingrams. You may see the next edition in... in... Barnes and Noble and such places! For an upstart literary journal that's rather amazing. To win that shelf space during this economic cycle is... well, whatever comes after amazing.

Here's our site; pretty stylish, huh?

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Two Friends With Publication News!

Thrilled to point you toward two friends that have just inked publishing deals.

One is Mary Robinette Kowal, last year's Campbell winner and the author of many lovely stories. She's signed a two-book deal with Tor's Liz Gorinsky. The first book, Shades of Milk and Honey, she describes as a "Jane Austen with magic novel". She posts about it on her journal, including describing when she got the news - while hanging out with Sir Scalzi, no less. I'm very happy for her.

The other is Nnedi Okorafor. She's just sold her first adult title, Who Fears Death, to Betsy Wollheim at DAW Books! This is very good news. I had the pleasure of reading the book in manuscript form. "Pleasure" is probably not quite the right word. It is an intense, often difficult book because of the subject matter, but it's also plenty brave and powerfully written. Come to think of it, I even offered a blurb. Among other things, I said...

"Her latest novel for adults, Who Fears Death?, is urgently topical, at times brutal, and always wholly original. It's no surprise she's been racking up awards. There are more to come, surely."

Her announcement is HERE. And here she is hanging out with Wole Soyinko...
Cool. Congrats to both!

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Monday, February 02, 2009

To Facebook for Realms of Fantasy!

Some very good writer/student/friends of mine have started a Facebook group with the goal of aiding Realms of Fantasy. It's likely a tall order, but I do think it's important to rally behind causes you care about - especially when something like economics is dragging down a publication that fulfills some very needed roles for a literary genre. Realms of Fantasy did that. It's a publication I personally went to many times as I felt my way into being a writer of fantasy. It's been a very real resource for me, and I'm sure it has been for others too.

So... pop over there and see if you can't brainstorm some ideas to help!

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

"Special" Course with Edward P Jones...

at George Washington University, featuring... ME!

The description is as follows...

The English Department is pleased to announced that Edward P. Jones will be teaching a special one credit course for a small number of GW students.

English 193 (Studies in Contemporary Literature) will meet four Monday evenings in February from 6-7:30. Students will read four novels and discuss them with Mr. Jones: David Anthony Durham, GABRIEL'S STORY; Mary Lavin, IN A CAFE; Chaim Potok, THE CHOSEN; and Richard Wright, UNCLE TOM'S CHILDREN. Only ten students will be admitted to the class.

Do you know how much this excites me? Edward P Jones is the Pulitzer Prize winning author of All Aunt Hagar's Children, The Known World and Lost in the City. He's big time, having won just about every literary award and accolade this country has to offer. We've met before, and we even did an interview together a few years back for Mississippi Public Television (along with Jeffrey Lent), but still I'm thrilled that he thinks enough of my work - my first novel, at that - to include it on such a short list with those other incredible writers. I'm very pleased...

Here's the announcement.

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Friday, January 02, 2009

M H Ayinde

Another blogger recommendation, this time from M H Ayinde... She's got some nice things to say about Acacia, which always makes me happy, and inclines me to point you in her direction...

See the post here, and then stick around and read about vegetarians and global warming and stuff like that...

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Thursday, January 01, 2009

A Nice End of Year Letter

A blast of fireworks over Muckle Bousta. Rather a surprise for the seals, I imagine...
Happy New Year, folks! Very nice to make it into another year, and very much looking forward to some big changes and developments in the next 12 months. I'll be turning 40 this year, a milestone that has come to mean a lot for me and the way I envision the coming years. I'll happily keep you informed as things develop (and I'll thank you every day for being here and being interested). I won't try to say too much else right now. I would like to post a lovely letter I just received from a reader from Sweden. I've taken his name out, but kept everything else...

My name is J and I'm 18 years old. I live in Sweden. I got Acacia for Christmas and have been occupied by it for several days. I enjoy this type of book and I hope that the story reaches the movie theatre. As I said I have been reading it since I got it and I finished just now. The book is very well written and it was really hard to read because of the large amount of emotions that burst out of you. The last 40 pages made me skip lines (that I then had to re-read) to get to the finish faster.

There are two reasons that I now write to you. First I want to thank you for this fantastic and heartripping (if that's a word that exists) story and world that I have had the opportunity to visit the past 5 days. The other thing is that I want to ask you when the other book is being released, I can't wait for it to happen (especially after finishing the first book so recently).

Finally , I want to excuse my English and once again tell you how much this book affected me, Thank You! -J

No, J, thank you. As a writer, I'm nothing without readers to bring the words I write to life. I owe more to folks like you than you probably imagine, and I couldn't be happier to be reaching readers across age, language and national borders. I'll do my best to be worthy of it.

I hope the new year treats you well, and I hope it sees you reading The Other Lands before it's over!

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Thursday, December 04, 2008

Advice From Scalzi and The Swivet

As Paranoyd here pointed out to me, John Scalzi has also commented on the publishing er... turmoil over at Whatever. Much wisdom.... and a helpful suggestion. This is a much more focussed suggestion, I think, than our (still) president's suggestion after 9/11 that we "go shopping", even if it's similarly a consumer-based idea. He says the best thing you can do for publishing and for authors you love is to...

"Buy some damn books.

Fortunately, this advice is well-timed: Books are inexpensive yet valued objects, which means that they make lovely gifts for whatever holiday festivities you subscribe to this time of year. Now is a fine time to introduce friends and loved ones to some of your favorite authors - and in doing so, you're boosting that author's sales, which will make his or her publisher marginally less liable to dump their shivering ass onto the street..."


I couldn't agree more. Full post is HERE.

Also, my friend and former publicist, Colleen Lindsay, has a few words to say on the subject at the Swivet. Her advice: "DON'T PANIC!!!"

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Pat Rothfuss and Heifer International

A while back Pat approached a bunch of us writer types, asking for book donations that he could then use as lures to get people donating to his favorite charity, Heifer International. He got plenty of yesses - including one from me - and he's started to post about the books that are to be given away - and he's clearly been pulling in cash for a wonderful cause.

I'm writing this to encourage you to check it out. The first post about it can be found HERE, although that was from two weeks ago. Subsequent posts give more info and show some of the books on offer. I just sent mine recently, but I think it'll make an appearance there in the weeks to come.

Go take a look!

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Todd Lockwood

Let me say this upfront. All the images in this post came from Todd Lockwood's website. They're all copyright Todd Lockwood. That link will take you there, and I recommend browsing the images. Good stuff. With the Holiday season around the corner, I think a quality fantasy print can make a great gift. I bought one for some of my special folks. (I also traded a book for a print. Barter rocks!)

This print was used for my friend Tobias Buckell's novel Crystal Rain. I promised my kids I'd post some images of Todd's prints, and this is me doing that. (Yes, my family is still hiding out in the windswept wilds of Shetland. I'm on countdown to departure day now. 25 Days!) So this is me trying to demonstrate to my kids that I know cool people...

I mentioned during my World Fantasy post that one of the people I most enjoyed talking to was the artist Todd Lockwood. He was one of the guests of honor, much in demand, but also much available, it seemed, for conversations in the bar and... well, mostly that. We talked art and careers and raising kids and... politics.

Hey, Sage. (That's my son - age seven.) You recognize this guy? Steven Colbert of The Colbert Report. You sometimes see him on your new favorite comedy show - Daily Show With Jon Stewart. (I have to admit, I'm not sure what it is about Stewart's comedy that my son likes so much. He's still in Scotland, where the show is popular. A few months ago I didn't think Sage was a likely candidate for political comedy. Perhaps the British environment has aged him and refined his sense of sarcasm.)

This one is became the cover os RA Salvatore's third Drizzt novel, Sojourn, detailing his emergence to the surface world...

Anyway... Yeah. I like Todd's politics. Remember now that this was about three days before the US election. I'm happy to say that Todd was with me on Team Obama, as were most of the folks I hung out with in Calgary. Lovely moment... Todd gets called up at the World Fantasy Award Banquent to say a few words. He approaches the mike solemnly, looks around, and says a single word. "Obama..." Resounding applause.
This is the print I asked for from Todd in return for my book. It's weird. I dig it. My cats would understand, I'm sure.

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Friday, August 10, 2007

Interview with John Scalzi

Hey. John Scalzi just posted an interview with me on Ficlets. He also mentions it on his stellar blog, Whatever. I'm thrilled about this. John's great. I admire his work and the life he's leading as a hard-core freelance writer.

I just popped over and checked out his blog and took a look at the comments so far. (One wonders if I should do this...) John gets a lot of visitors, so the comments are already lining up. One thing I'd note is that almost all the comments are about my answer to "racism in fantasy" question. Hey, I'm cool with whatever aspect of it gets folks talking, but it's funny that that's what gets picked up on. It was only one of the six questions, and none of the other ones had anything to do with race.

What about my days naked and fasting in the Arizona desert?

Or my answer to the question about a piece of writing advice I'd been given?

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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Anne Groell Interview

Noticed this on The Swivet. It's an interview with Bantam editor Anne Groell at SF Canada. She talks about the genre, about publishing in general, about being an editor. By the way, I've long thought aspiring writers should know something about the lives of the people that get their books into print. I don't mean get bogged down in only being focussed on the business, but I do think it's a mistake - one our MFA programs often make - to ignore the realities of the publishing industry. Anne dishes out a little reality, among it...

"Yeah, but the problem is that publishing is a business and, as such, requires profits. People aren't buying books like they used to, and we have to reflect that in our staffing, and in the decisions we make... Our decisions are based on the market, and - in many ways - the market is tough out there right now."

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Sunday, April 01, 2007

Some Jeffrey Lent Stuff


I've got two Jeffrey Lent related pieces of information. First is a very early, very positive STARRED review from Publishers Weekly for his forthcoming novel, A Peculiar Grace. It doesn't come out until late July, but they obviously wanted to go on record first. Here's what they said...

Family-fracturing secrets are at the heart of Lent's luminous third novel, a transcendent story about the healing power of love and art. Two decades after an intense romance curdled, hermetic Hewitt Pearce is living in his familys rural Vermont home, firing up his tractor for the occasional two-mile trip to the village, sometimes hiding in his hay barn, and producing prized custom ironwork when the spirit moves him. Upheaval arrives in the form of Jessica, a psychologically troubled waif with mysterious connections to Hewitt's late artist father. Then Hewitt learns that Emily, the girl he loved years earlier and whose life he has tracked from afar, is now a widow. Evocative flashbacks reveal his family's turbulent history, including Hewitt's days of sex, drugs, and rock and roll on a commune and his dark period of "death-by-whisky drinking" after breaking up with Emily. This sympathetic depiction of a decent man wrestling with his demons while deciding whether to revive an old love or open himself to a new lover is less visceral than Lent's astonishing debut, In the Fall, and less gritty than his second novel, Lost Nation, but it's no less magisterial and every bit as beautifully written.

Not bad. Okay, the other thing is that Jeffrey offered a blurb for Acacia. I'm thrilled about this. Jeffrey has blurbed my books before, so that part of it isn't new. But I wasn't sure at all what he'd think of Acacia: The War with the Mein. He's a highly literary writer, and his reading tastes are mostly in that area. But he read the novel with an open mind and liked it enough that he didn't mind saying so publicly. Here's what he said...

It's the rare novel indeed that overwhelms and absorbs us to the point that we live fully within it. I read Acacia in four long wondrous days, unable to leave the book. Durham has created a world so familiar and distant at once that the reader is transported and transfixed- the braiding together of this world through numerable plotlines is effortlessly accomplished and compelling with magnificent prose that illuminates crisply and cinematically. Acacia is full of wonders, brought to us by a masterful writer, a wizard of mind and place.

Cool.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

The Agony Column!

Joy, joy! Reviewer/blogger Rick Kleffel has posted a wonderful pre-pub review of Acacia: The War with the Mein and another novel. This is great news for me, as Rick is a heavyweight in this world and much respected. Thankfully, he liked my book a lot. Here's a little bit of what he said...

Durham's novel bristles with the joy and power of a historical novelist freed to create his own history. This is not the typical history of fantasy novels, though Durham assures us that he is quite familiar with all my favorites -- Gaiman, Herbert, Stephenson. What informs this novel and sets it apart is what made 'Earthsea' so special, a fully realized world of humans as varied as the usual elves, dwarves and whatnots. Well that, and an immense writing skill that brings a literary flair as well as lots of excitement to the novel.

Relief washes over me... Check the rest of it out here: News from the Agony Column.

By the way, the review starts off looking at another fantasy debut, The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss. His book sounds good, too, and judging by the Amazon ranking it's off to a good start sale-wise. Besides all that, he seems like a nice guy in general - if you can tell such things from a person's blog!

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Thursday, March 01, 2007

A blurb from James Patrick Kelly!

Good news on the Acacia: The War with the Mein front. I just received my first blurb for the book. Sci-fi veteran writer James Patrick Kelly was kind enough to read the book and to say...

Treachery in the throne room, princes in hiding, ancestors reaching from beyond the grave, wars of succession — this is a novel that Shakespeare would have loved. David Anthony Durham is rebuilding epic fantasy from the ground up. There are books that you visit for a vacation and then there are books that you live in. Get ready to have your mail forwarded to Acacia.

Wow. I'm very happy with that, especially as it's coming from Jim, a two time Hugo winner, with something like ten Nebula nominations and tons of other awards. He's a wonderful novelist and short story writer, always thoughtful and inventive. His books include Burn (a current Nebula Finalist), Think Like a Dinosaur, Strange But Not a Stranger. There's a great interview in Locus from last fall; he was the featured interview of the edition, by the way. You can check out his website for more information on him.

Thank you, Jim.

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