My Fame Advances

by wjw on July 22, 2009

The Review Fairy has been good to me this week.

First, This Is Not a Game got a nice review in the Seattle Times.

Fast-paced and with an immensely satisfying resolution, “This Is Not a Game” uses the latest true-to-life phenomenon of “Alternate Reality Games” to make its gripping story’s grasp tighter, more relentless, and one you’ll miss when it at last lets you go.

Then, Implied Spaces got a nice mention over at the Mad Hatter.

Williams has amazing ideas about technology and what could happen to society given the chance . . . Williams somehow mashes up conspiracies, zombies, AIs, government bureaucracy, planet crushing weapons, and galactic war yet it never seems absurd.

And then Songs of the Dying Earth, and my story in particular, were praised in a very thorough review over next door in the Wertzone.

‘Abrizonde’ by Walter Jon Williams is a highlight, featuring the besieged castle of Abrizonde and charting the fortunes of the hapless Vespanus who is trapped within. This is a great story, tense and dramatic with an amusing finale . . . Songs of the Dying Earth (****½) is an exceptionally strong collection, a rich and sumptuous banquet of tales from the end of time. The weak links here are not enough to dilute the impact of the best stories in the collection, and the best stories are thought-provoking, memorable and sharply funny.

And it’s only Tuesday! The only way it could get better is for you all to go forth and buy some of my books!

Anonymous July 22, 2009 at 8:00 am

Just to keep on brightening your week: Pascal Patoz has posted a very positive review of AVALEUR DE MONDES (aka IMPLIED SPACES) on the nooSFere website:

Ty July 23, 2009 at 9:15 pm

Your Dying Earth story was absolutely one of the strongest in the anthology.

dubjay July 23, 2009 at 10:13 pm

There's =someone else= who's got a copy of the Vance anthology before me! This is sooooo completely unfair!

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