Daniel’s On A Roll (2)

by wjw on October 19, 2006

Stand by for a purely commercial announcement. Which isn’t surprising, considering that this blog is (in its own rambling, inept way) all about self-promotion.

What should cause jaws all over the world to drop to the floor is that I’m about to use this space to promote someone else.

Daniel Abraham’s new novel, A Shadow in Summer, is just out.

You should buy it.

It’s a truly intricate, original fantasy that eschews the twinkly faux-William Morris medieval world that has become standard in the genre. There are no colorful rustics spouting quaint pseudo-Dorset idiom, no wise wizards whose sole purpose is to explain the plot, and no exiled princes. (Well okay, there’s one exiled prince.) The population is made up of people who work and sweat and scheme and bleed and succeed and hope and fuck up and have their share of benign delusions, very much like the rest of us.

It’s a terrific book. And, because I’ve had the opportunity to read the next two books in this series in manuscript, I know that the series goes from terrific to brilliant.

So buy this book from the most talented writer of his generation. (“The most talented writer of his generation.” I believe I will repeat that meme until everyone starts to believe it . . .)

S.M. Stirling October 21, 2006 at 3:10 am

You need moderator control here, Walter!

Paul(Jvstin) October 21, 2006 at 3:03 pm

Steve is right, comment spam is odious.

The book sounds interesting, thanks for the recommendation.

dubjay October 21, 2006 at 9:59 pm

Okay, spam has been deleted.

If it keeps up, I will institute moderator control. It’s more hassle than I care to deal with, though.

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