Various First Law related curios and trivia from the interweb this week:
An interview with yours truly over on French website Elbakin.net conducted by Pat of Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist in English or in French. It’s more of an introductory sort of an interview for the French audience, focusing on the first book, so those of you who’ve been slavishly following my every word (and I’m sure there are many thousands) will probably find nothing massively new. But hey, if you slavishly follow my every word (as everyone should), I’m sure you’ll love it anyway, because that Joe Abercrombie guy is a hoot. There’ll be some other interviews over the coming weeks that perhaps broach newer subject matter.
A very pleasing review of Last Argument of Kings from a man I’ve shared enough beer with to consider a friend. Mr. Marcus Gipps works for Blackwells and is a respected bookseller with an understanding of the fantasy genre both deep and wide – so you must believe him when he tells you things like this:
“It all works really well, is what I’m trying to say – I care about these characters … the plot all comes together nicely in the end, people are actually changed by their experiences, and along the way we get some lovely writing. There’s a battle scene here that rivals anything I’ve read in fantasy, quite frankly … I’m hugely impressed, and if you have any interest in modern fantasy with a (seriously) dark edge, these are well worth reading.”
Woo hoo! It’s particularly pleasing since Marcus, I think it’s fair to say, took time to win over. Someone who I’m still in the process of winning over is one Amras at A Slight Apocalypse. His reviews of The Blade Itself and Before They are Hanged tickle me much:
“I thought that the Blade Itself was one of the most over-hyped and poorly written fantasies I’ve had the misfortune of reading, and I could not believe why everyone was loving this trite bullsh*t … I reread The Blade Itself to better learn to love myself. That’s a horribly selfish thing to do, you might say, and you would be in the right. It was selfish and also a tad pompous, but somehow I believe that Joe Abercrombie would approve of it nonetheless.”
Selfish and pompous? How could I not approve of my two favourite qualities?
That’s all for now. I continue not to receive e-mail directed to joeabercrombie dot com, but will hopefully be picking it up within the next couple of weeks, and will respond then. Honest.