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the girls tease her mercilessly until she moves away

And two more very interesting, thoughtful reviews, both from Green Man Review--

One for New Amsterdam (by Richard Dansky) and one forA Companion to Wolves (by Robert M. Tilendis).

Fair warning!!! The A Companion to Wolves review is spoilery, verging on giving the entire game away, much more so than New Amsterdam one.

From Mr. Dansky's review: But reading New Amsterdam for the mysteries is missing the point. As mysteries, they’re nothing special. There’s usually one suspect, who gets introduced late in the game, and their motivations are often given as exposition as opposed to revealed. If the mysteries themselves were the point, that would be aggravating.

Heh. Oh, god, is that a fair cop. I swear unto you, I had no idea how hard it was to write a viable mystery that also has character development. I finally just rolled my eyes and went with police procedurals, because jebus, in a short story form, I'm not sure I have the chops to pull it off.

From Mr. Tilendis's review: It's not until almost the very end of the book that he even considers the possibility of loving the men he is tied to. If it were an internal struggle of some sort that formed a subtext to the story, that would make sense. Even if it were a matter of Isolfr making an accommodation to something for which he has no enthusiasm (and we're never really asked to believe that), there would be a rationale to it, but as given, it's more of a null territory and deeply unsatisfying.

Well, drat. I wonder if this is a case of the reviewer wanting a different book than the one we wrote, or if we honestly blew it. Because, at least from Sarah and my perspective, one of the points of the book is exactly that: that Isolfr doesn't have any enthusiasm for what's going on, but he's facing it as a necessary duty.

I also adored this bit: One might also comment on the role of women in this story (not that I expect every fantasy by a woman to be a feminist tract), which is fairly traditional until we run into the svartalf Tin, who becomes Isolfr's ally.

...because both Sarah and I consider ACtW to be our *most* feminist book.

The fact that it has very few female characters in it, well, notwithstanding. (Lyda Morehouse opined to me once that Carnival is a role-reversal story; I tend to disagree, but of course she's entitled to her opinion. A Companion to Wolves, however, I will totally cop to. It's a role reversal story.)

Ah well, better luck next time, I guess. The book you write is never the book the other guy reads, nor is it ever the book you intended to write. It pays to make your peace with it early!
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