Author and critic Lev Grossman has posted his favourite five sf&f books of the year at NPR, and stone me if he hasn’t included The Heroes:
‘Abercrombie is a Brit who’s not nearly as well-known in the U.S. as he should be.’
I can only agree. I should be bigger than General Electric.
‘It’s as if Tolkien cared about the back story of every individual orc: Each soldier is one among thousands, floundering in the fog of war, but each feels like he’s living out a tragedy or a triumph with himself as the hero. There’s no right side and wrong side — even the warriors aren’t sure which is which — and in the end the question of who’s the real hero comes down to who survives to tell the story.’
In other news, the bookselling, fundraising, basement clearing drive has had stunning, touching, and impressive results. They’ve been flying off the shelves (or out of the boxes) and to varied corners of the globe (it has corners, right?). Still a few bits and pieces available but things are winding down now and we’ve sent out well over 100 books, freed up about six cubic metres of my basement (largely in packing materials), and after postage has been deducted made about £500 for charity. So thanks to everyone who bought a book. Enjoy them and their many hilarious dedications. We’ll probably give it another go next year…