Jo Walton on Lady of Mazes
A great review over at Tor.com
Jo Walton has some very kind words to say about Lady of Mazes; it's the sort of review I could have hoped for more of when the book first came out. Actually, the public reception to this novel perfectly encapsulates my career: rave reviews, nobody buying. Jo talks about how much she enjoyed the novel, and how surprised she was that it wasn't being talked about everywhere. I wasn't surprised--more like, resigned.
Somebody recently told me, "science fiction can only look in one direction at a time, and right now, that direction is Charlie Stross." (Who is, I hasten to add, eminently worthy of our regard.) But it does seem to be the case that "there can be only one" in SF, or at least it seems that way when it comes to SF novels in any given year. I'm currently enjoying the irony of having thousands of people become aware of my work through the free download version of Ventus--for which I receive nothing, of course--rather than, say, through my current, critically-acclaimed, award-nominated series. I've given up trying to figure out why this sort of thing happens, but I know I'm far from alone--check out Kaythryn Cramer's list of 100+ people who have never won a Hugo, for instance (it's astonishing who's on it).
Anyway, my warm regards and thanks to Jo for talking about the book that is, in many ways, my favourite--Lady of Mazes was certainly the more challenging and rewarding project I've ever undertaken, and of all my characters Livia Kodaly is closest to my heart.