Hey, all! Just a quick note before The Last Ship comes on (followed promptly by a review of this week’s episode against the Russkies), but ASID has gotten several fairly glowing pro reviews over the last few weeks, and I’ve been remiss about sharing them with you. Partly that’s because of the Day Job, and partly it’s because I’ve been working on new material (Demigod mostly, but a little bit on the A Sword Into Darkness game). Mostly it’s because I’m a huge scatter-brain.
First, if you haven’t seen it yet, you should check out Carol Kean’s exhaustive review over at Perihelion SF (Warning! Contains Explicit Science!). She’s a treat on Twitter and really delved into the story, even though it is not her favorite kind of tale.
Then, semi-out-of-the-blue, the great Eric S. Raymond asked for a review copy and really turned out a fantastic review of A Sword Into Darkness. This guy KNOWS hard SF and military SF, and he really seemed to have enjoyed himself with it. Even better, he has name-dropped ASID (in a positive way) in several of his subsequent reviews. That really pleases me and inspires me to do even better with the eventual sequel. Check ’em out, and the comments are especially lively as well!
Another good thing about the ESR review was that it led to the this here Eric Wilner review on his blog. Eric Wilner is one of those lively commenters on ESR’s site, and he gave a really good accounting of his own thoughts regarding ASID. And if you check back to the posts prior to his review, you’ll find several blog posts inspired by the book where he examines some of the elements of the plot completely separate from where I went. Very interesting.
And lastly, I may have mentioned Castalia House before, but they are a Finnish publisher breaking some very exciting ground in e-publishing and the European market. Their SF editor is Vox Day, who has been and can be a provocative and perhaps devisive figure in science fiction circles. I dunno about all that. It all happened before I became active. I can tell you that he was always very reasonable, pleasant, and clever in his conversations with me, so I’ll say nothing about the controversies of the past. I can tell you that Castalia House has big plans and has some very strong authors launching from beneath their banner like John C. Wright and Tom Kratman. I was almost wooed over there as well, but have decided to remain with Stealth Books and stay independent for now (not that their offer and opportunity was not enticing and more than fair — it was). Quite separate from all of that, however, one of Castalia House’s reviewers picked ASID up out of the blue, unaware they had been interested in publishing me, and their blogger produced another balanced, and highly positive review here!
So, if you want to check out what others thought of ASID (aside from the 250 customer reviews and 4.5 stars on Amazon) either before reading it, or after trying it out yourself, I urge you to check out these pro-reviews. And then check back here for more thoughts on The Last Ship!