No, not an offbeat episode of the Sopranos, but an exciting initiative from writer, critic, bon vivant, and Stargate Atlantis joint-supremo Joe Mallozzi. We go back a long way me and Joe. We first met at one of Baron Destructo’s interminable drinks events, it’s a long story, and since then we’ve never looked back. You’d be amazed the conversational mileage that can be derived from simply having the same first name as someone else – already I have more in common with him than almost anyone else I know.
Anyway, as well as a writer, exec. producer, blogger and prolific eater, the other Joe is also a keen reader of sci-fi and, more recently, fantasy, and has decided to present some of this high-class genre material to his many readers. He examines, discusses, and invites comments on a sci-fi book, horror book, and fantasy book each month. This week’s choice? Why, only the first part of Joe Abercrombie’s seminal modern fantasy trilogy The First Law, no book other than The Blade Itself!
But dial down your pacemakers, because to make matters more exciting still, Joe has managed to prevail upon many of the authors of his featured works (some of whom aren’t even called Joe) to join in the discussions. He’s already had my US editor, the wonderful Lou Anders on to discuss his anthology Fast Forward, and he’s got folks such as John Scalzi, John Shirley, Kage Baker, and KJ Bishop upcoming. And yes, indeed, you guessed it, I’ll be hijacking Joe’s blog later in the week to answer questions/dodge sh*t flung at me by his readers in relation to the Blade Itself. There are already a few gems showing up in the comments section, including such stuff as:
“I can’t really review ‘The Blade Itself’ because I only made it to page 100 before I gave up and turned to ‘The Android’s Dream’. I guess the book was just not for me.”
A ha ha ha. But seriously, I think this is a great thing Joe’s doing, and I’m delighted to be involved. By all means drop by yourselves, and join in the fun…