Back from Cornwall. Stayed in a lighthouse. Weather was fantastic. Paddled on the beach. Swam in the sea (cold as f*ck). Even did some body-boarding. Surf’s up, dudes, and that. Went to St. Michael’s Mount near Penzance, a castle/church/stately home on a great rock that is an island for most of the day. Fascinating, beautiful, but very high. Me and high do not mix well.
I return to find much discussion on the webasphere regarding my books. Without further ado, then. SFSignal have reviewed Before They are Hanged. They were not complimentary:
“Everything that was good in the first book (excellent story, fast-paced action, interesting characters) is honed to a fine edge here.”
Only kidding! They were really complimentary!
“I’m not usually a fantasy fan, but Before They Are Hanged is one of the rare books that I didn’t want to put down and pulled out to read whenever I could. It’s certainly a worth addition to the series and if you like great stories, fantasy or otherwise, pick up this book and the first if you haven’t already.”
Boo-yah. Actress Felicia Day also read Before They are Hanged. Well, you can’t win ’em all, as they say. She did not like it:
“The characterization is fascinating and gripping. Joe Abercrombie really masters the “grey area”, where no one is a two-dimensional bad guy, and you’re constantly questioning the motivation of people who you thought were on one side or another.”
Only kidding! She loved it! Reviews of the first two books from the interestingly titled woodge.com. Bad, bad reviews:
“This was exactly the kind of book I’d hoped it would be. Fun, exciting, violent – a large roster (but not too large) of interesting characters get involved in intersecting story-lines and it’s set in a medieval world with all sorts of people and places plus some powerful sorcery. This is sword-and-sorcery at its best.”
I’m joking! They were great reviews! Pedro Quaresma read The Blade Itself, and he was not happy:
“I therefore unconditionally recommend this book and this trilogy to any fantasy fan. I sure hope the author continues creating such great quality books.”
Got you again. He was very happy. And don’t worry Pedro, I will continue to produce books. Their quality? You’ll have to be the judges. Author Tim Stretton has finished Before They are Hanged, and been reflecting upon its qualities:
“I will blog much more about Abercrombie later–he is a writer of unusual gifts,”
I am indeed. In fact I once received a fossilised banana from a distant aunt. You won’t find many more unusual gifts than that. But he goes on to speak more directly about my work:
“and for anyone who enjoys fantasy his books are a treat. Darkly humorous, dripping with rich characterisation and with great control of voice, Abercrombie is setting the standard for modern fantasy fiction.”
Damn straight he is. Damn straight. Stretton goes on to consider The Blade Itself in more detail, and very complimentary he is too. Apart from his rather worrying stated desire to gun me down in the street. Simply another reason, as if any more were needed, never to leave the house.