Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Shadow Reviews

It seems there’s been a couple of nice reviews of Shadow of the Scorpion lately. It is one of Eric Brown’s ‘Choices’ (a name very much reminding me of the time when I was submitting to Interzone and getting regularly, but nicely, rejected) in the April 4th issue of The Guardian. He says it skilfully combines graphic action and sensitive characterisation and is Asher’s most accomplished novel to date though this is on top of a Despite some infelicities of prose. I’m still trying to figure out whether he’s talking about some shabby grammar, purple prose or whether my characters say ‘fuck’ too often.

In the Friday 1st of May issue of SFX the book is five star rated and ‘SFX Recommends’. Saxon Bullock, the reviewer says of it: Asking difficult questions while delivering plenty of full-tilt adventure and widescreen action, this is top-notch stuff from an author well and truly at the top of his game.

Thanks guys!

Now you’d think that all this praise would make me big-headed … and you’d probably be right!

5 comments:

dan said...

haha yes but i guess as with a lot of things these days - you're only as good as your last work!!

frankly, though, you fully deserve rave reviews being my favourite write and a thoroughly nice bloke to boot.

really looking forward to orbus now :-p

vaudeviewgalor raandisisraisins said...

"infelicities of prose"

the rail gun hit like a hammer on a snow cone with some fragile bird bones at the nexus.

the shirken played a chorus similar to a Leroux orchestra crescendo.

i like Neal Stephenson's early stuff a lot, i expect once in a while you're gonna throw in some left field description when painting out a super nightmare scene in a book.
am trying to draw Maker test tube dragon and can't find the definition in the u.s. paperback. some of your depictions have burned into my head. M. Crane, ruby cobra and his pop, prador, whelk superstars, and vague hint of Maker way back here, somewhere, in Polity Agent.

a little help?

Thud said...

credit where credit is due no doubt.

Kirby Uber said...

at the end? i cried a little.

Shaun Austin said...

Found out that I'm one of the winners of the Geekzone competition so should be getting my copy of Scorpion soon. Thanks for the heads up on that!

Seriously looking forward to it as I've basically been through every thing else you've done now!