Sunday, April 23, 2006


New Paragaea Review

In the latest issue of Emerald City, Cheryl Morgan reviews Paragaea: A Planetary Romance, which isn't really her cup of tea, and Cover Story: The Art of John Picacio, which very much is. This issue also features an essay by the inimitable Hal Duncan on the role of style in genre fiction, a subject he may be uniquely qualified to address.


I'll buy you a beer or two at WHC, OK?
I'll hardly turn down a beer, but I thought your review was fair and even-handed, by and large. It seemed to boil down to "If you like this sort of thing, you'll probably like this," which given that I do like that sort of thing, would have convinced me as a reader to try the book (if, you know, I hadn't written it). And you picked up on the central role that religious fundamentalists play in the book (and in much of my current output, for that matter), which yours is the first review to do.
I can understand other reviewers being nervous about such things. One of the most common complaints I get about Emerald City is from readers who object to their enjoyment of books being spoiled by my "inventing" political themes in them that "the author had never intended". This is usually in connection with books where the author sends me a comment like yours above.
I am reminded of something Dorothy Tutin said to me about being directed by David Mamet in one of his own plays. When asked what a certain line was supposed to me in the context of the scene, Mamet replied, "We really can't know the author's intentions at this point."
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