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baby you can drive my car--

Today, my goals are simple: Revise "Orm the Beautiful," think very hard about "Babylon and On," which may also wind up being named "Dark On Wednesday" (It needs more plot than night-golfing vampires, no matter what my backbrain says) and reread the existing New Amsterdam stories

The weekend appears to be devoted to a Ren Faire, museum-going, and dinner with friends, and tonight is Archery Night, so there's no telling how much might actually get done.

In other news, I may not be replete with degrading sex like some people, but the latest Blood & Iron review on Amazon comforts me that I can at least epater the bourgeoisie* every now and again.

That's a nice feeling.

(Actually, I have plenty of degrading sex, thank you very much. It's just mostly not in print yet. Gimme a year.**)

The good news is, my Dad liked it.




* bad French for "scaring the straights." Don't feel bad: I had to get truepenny to explain it to me.



**truepenny wrote all the sex scenes. Why are you looking at me like that? In fact, she also wrote all the icky sex scenes in the book that will soon no longer be named The Stratford Man, and The Journeyman Devil, too.

Really.

Really!!! ***

***not really.

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Just for the record, Bear wrote all the sex scenes.

And she knows it.
Even the ones in your books.
Oh, really, now. Faskinatin'.
Especially the ones I haven't written yet.
That goes without saying.
Ok, after reading the review-by-dad, I think I really need to make a B&N run to get Blood and Iron. I like complex, I like challenging, and damnit, that sounds both.

I think that, like stepping on the biggest, baddest, tallest, fastest roller coaster, I'm looking forward to one hell of a ride.
Conveniently!

You can read the first three chapters at my website.

http://www.elizabethbear.com/promethean.html
Done ...and now, with keys in hand, I'm on my way to B&N.

Sometimes my love of books is a pain in the ass *grin*.
Hee. We are wicked and tricksy, we authors.
"And after 9/11 the point of view of anyone or anything desrtoying New York and hurting New Yorkers is simply unacceptable to me!"

Says a reader who lives in... Missouri.

...

I know, I know. Barrel, fish, hand grenade, unsportsmanlike. I'll leave her alone.
Oddly enough, I grew up within a hundred miles of the city, and my editor is a lifelong Manhattanite...
Ha-hah! I just finished B&I Tuesday (haven't had time to write a review yet) and I wondered if anyone had flipped out about that, (I'm sure some people would, a few of them prolly read fantasy, and a few of those might stumble on this book, was the thinking). (oooh, for free publicity, send a copy of just the ending, pretending to be someone who hates it, to the likely-to-be-outraged personality of your choice; am leaving out details or examples so I don't accidentally start another political argument)

Oh, yeah. Also, I get a lot of defensive reactions from people who would prefer a nice binary worldview.
WHAT?! You mean the world isn't all black and white?!

ZOMG WTF BBQ!

*wrist to forehead* "Rhett, wherever shall I go? Whatever shall I do? Whatever will become of me? The world is not all black and white!"

"No, Scarlett, there's a whole Pantone chart of colors out there. Get over it and go on with your life. I have."
That's also funny, 'cause I certainly see *some* things in more or less "good and evil" terms (the fear that someone will link me w/well-known public figures who use those terms overmuch and inappropriately notwithstanding), and think sometimes I do indeed know w/reasonable certainty, that my side is right, and nothing about Blood and Iron made me particularly defensive. Not saying I agreed w/all the philosophy expressed, but . . . ::shrugs:: .

I do want to reread the last 60 pages or so before commenting further, cause by that point I was determined to finish and find out what happened, and there was a lot that really needed thinking over rather than hurrying through.

(Oh, and it will be a positive review; I was gonna not say this and hopefully leave you wondering for a couple of days, assuming I get to it faster than my House of Chains review I talked about doing a month ago, but my conscious got the better of my sense of mischief, dammit.)
I only sweat the Publisher's Weekly and Booklist reviews.

I don't write books so people can agree with them. Hell, if I write books that agree with themselves, I'm doing something wrong. You're cool.
Besides, it'd be just your luck to find out that she's only lived there since October '01 or something.

Still a silly review though.



She's entitled to her opinion. *g*
She is, and to do her credit, she expressed as her opinion, not as some sort of objective Truth.

I don't, actually, know why the review irked me, but it wasn't cause she didn't like the book. I think I mean I thought the writing style was silly, so. Meh.