Ah, the lord he giveth and the lord he taketh away.
Some bad news first, I always like to start with the bad news, don’t you? I am abject to report that UK publication of the Heroes has been delayed. The good news? It’s only by a week. Yes, indeed, due to a scheduling issue on the part of my dark masters at Orion, and totally not my fault at all honest, The Heroes will now descend screaming, heavily-armed and frothing at the mouth upon your local bookstore on January 27th, and not a day before. US publication date of February 7th is, to the best of my knowledge, unaffected. I apologise. All I can do is mercilessly blame others and hope to duck all responsibility. It’s the approach that’s got me where I am today…
Moving swiftly to more good news! The first review of the Heroes has surfaced over at the Wertzone, and it’s a goodun!
“The Heroes is the first major fantasy release of 2011, and it looks like the new year is already off to a cracking start … Joe Abercrombie doing what he does best but better than ever before: gritty, violent, morally ambiguous and darkly funny fantasy with a streak of intelligent cynicism.”
The bad news? I’m not China Mieville.
“Criticisms? Well, Abercrombie is evolving as a writer, developing a more varied prose style with some nice descriptive touches (even if they are being applied to a soldier’s first encounter with the horror of field latrines), but he isn’t exactly turning into China Mieville here.”
Why the hell did no one tell me I’m supposed to be turning into China Mieville! I mean he’s a darned fine writer, and from my brief encounters with him a very nice fella, and a dashedly handsome man to boot, as all kinds of women and Mark Charan Newton are forever telling me. But the world already has a Mieville, must I truly be another? Who would write Joe Abercrombie books then? Mieville? Aaargh! It boggles my mind so much I cannot even summon up a nice descriptive touch to describe it. But the good news? It’s a five star review! For those kind of marks I’ll be whoever you want me to be…