A fine review in Locus for Sunless Countries
The August, 2009 edition - and R.I.P. for Charles N. Brown
Russell Letson has read all the Virga books, and so he's eminently qualified to compare them with one another in his review of The Sunless Countries. Does this fourth book, which diverges so totally from the arc of straightforward adventure that tied the first three together, pass muster? Apparently.
Science fiction is supposed to be the genre that melds the adventures of the mind and body into a single thrill ride, as though a roller coaster could be combined with the Discovery Channel and an advanced degree in speculative anthropology and experienced all at once. This series, and this entry in particular, fulfills that promise.
This is an excellent first major review of the book, and especially good as it arrived two days before Worldcon starts. In my usual way I had no idea whether I'd crafted a masterpiece or a doorstop; at least I can go to the yearly party with some confidence that I've done right by the other Virga books.