Monday finds me in Brisbane, following a brilliant event with Ellison Hawker bookshop in Hobart. A big thanks to Richard and the rest of the folks that made that happen, as well as the good people of Tasmania who turned out to see me. I’d have liked to stay longer but sadly had to be up at 3 for a flight to Brisbane. I’ve been at SupaNova over the weekend, which I guess you could say is Australia’s answer to Comic Con, signing books, talking out of my ass, and watching the Cosplayers swarm by, some in fantastic costumes, and some in fantastically ill-advised ones…
Meanwhile the press chugs on. Nice to see a review in The Independent, since I don’t think I’ve ever been reviewed there before, and doubly nice since it’s rather a nice review too:
“This is not the epic fantasy of your fathers. Abercrombie has attempted something quite audacious – he’s essentially written a Western in the style of one from Clint Eastwood’s classic period, but set it in an epic fantasy world. And, darn, if he doesn’t pull it off … Red Country reads like neither a Western nor a fantasy novel, but something new, fresh and exciting – exactly what a genre still worshipping at the altar of J R R Tolkien needs.”
And another nice review from Nick Sharps at SF Signal:
“The exploration of themes is Red Country’s highest accomplishment. The characters are believable in their cowardice and their courage, and those recurring characters are bound to incite no small amount of excitement. The action is intense and grisly. The writing is finely constructed.”
Many interviews about also. One with Michael Flett at Geek Chocolate. A concise little video interview with Megan at Shearer’s Bookstore in Leichart. And a much longer interview via skype with Dark Matter webzine.
Right, now to Canberra, and then more SupaNova in Adelaide. I’ll look forward to seeing some of you there. And, incidentally, I believe Red Country is out in the US as of tomorrow…