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Another country heard from:

Flattered to have a Publisher's Weekly review of Hammered here to share.

Not unmixed, and I think the reviewer may have missed what we Swedes refer to as our sense of humor (and the boldface headers that indicate where and when each scene is taking place), but not too bad for a first outing, I think. And hey, it's PW...


HAMMERED
Elizabeth Bear. Bantam Spectra, $6.99 (352p) ISBN 0-553-58750-1

Drugs, gangs and Internet warfare run rampant in Bear's ambitious debut novel, an SF thriller set in 2062. Jenny Casey, a former Canadian special forces warrior who's half-machine as the result of an accident years earlier, is living in Hartford, Conn., when a scientist working in need of the perfect subject for a high-stakes virtual-reality project puts Casey in his sights. Casey becomes a pawn in a furious battle waged in the corridors of the Internet, on the streets of battered cities and in the complex wirings of her half-manmade nervous system. As she approaches her 50th birthday, Casey manages to maintain a good sense of humor, a trait unfortunately lacking in the rest of the cast, which includes an old flame, a gangster named Razorface and a female ex-con who befriends the heroine. Bear's often jagged prose ("We disembark in Brazil, which has the distinction of being one of several countries I've been shot at in. Shot down over, even") suits the frequent, at times confusing narrative jumps between the virtual and real worlds. Though readers may have difficulties following this sometimes chaotic story, advance praise from such SF pros as Mike Resnick, Richard Morgan and Peter Watts should ensure a strong start. Agent, Jennifer Jackson at Donald Maass Literary Agency. (Jan. 4)


Ellie is amused to note that it's true: the criminal record does follow you everywhere. Several doctorates, and she's remembered as an ex-con....

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On the other hand, Peter Watts appears to really like the trilogy.

From his "newscrawl" page (which is worth reading for news and venom, not just for the mention of yours truly):

I've just finished reading the new trilogy by Elizabeth Bear. You can't have it yet; the first installment, Hammered, isn't even out for another month or two. Your loss, Toots. This stuff is great. It combines a gritty, dystopian Brunneresque worldview—politically astute, globally wide-angled, and refreshingly non-US-centric—with the kind of open-mouthed sense-of-wonder you might get from a collaboration between Stanley Kubrick and Vernor Vinge. Except Bear's aliens are more alien than Vinge's and her humans are way more human than Kubrick's.

Mind, we are talking about a single story in three volumes; although
Hammered sings on its own, some of the harmonics dangle loose enough to leave you wondering why they're there in the first place. Never fear; they're integral, and all (well, most) is resolved by the end of the tale. I can say this, because unlike you poor saps, I don't have to wait until 2006 to see how it all shakes out.

If you write sf, you'll be wondering if maybe it wouldn't be better for your own career if this Bear chick didn't just, you know,
disappear before things get out of hand. (Drop me a line; we'll talk.) But if you mainly just read the stuff, believe me: you're going to eat this up.

--Peter Watts

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And no, actually, no money changed hands at all on that last one.

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Can't hardly wait to get a copy in my grubby little paws. (and get you a few cents in the bargain, and Jenn a little bit too. Woohoo!)

First we must earn through the advance. Then we get to dirty our paws with filthy lucre....
Congrats! I read a lot of reviews for my work, and neither of those should be sneezed at. (Actually, if I were you, I'd be frame shopping for that second one.) Looking forward to reading the actual book!
Yeah, nothing like a death threat from a fellow author to brighten your day!
I'm pleased, indeed. Now just holding my breath for Locus and the rest....
Wow... congrats on getting those! Dang impressive sounding (even if the first guy missed a thing or two... like headings).
Hey, at least the words "unfortunately, the printer's ink and coarse quality of the paper makes this work unsuitable for use as toilet paper" weren't used.
Neither review to be sneezed, at, but you might want to look into a bodyguard after that second one... ;D
The good news is, I think I can whup Peter if I have to.
Does the (Jan 4) at the end of the PW review indicate that that's the official pub date? Because -- that's my birthday, and if that's the official p.d. it's clear what my present to myself will have to be. (or is that, "have to be", or even a 3rd variant?)

HLC
Amazon has it listed as Dec 28th, but I believe the official date is January 4th.

The book launch is Jan 22 in Toronto. *g* You should come!
Could be worse, indeed.

How are you doing, ferret-mama?
oooo, much jealousy and congrats. Or, as we tend to say to our nearest and dearest writing buds when something good happens to them -- "you bastard!" :-D
Note to self: do something worthy of a "you bastard!"...
::laughs:: Sweet, threats to knock you off already! That's always a good sign.
As an aside, it looks like the excerpt and the PW review are up on Amazon. Just holding my breath for the next batch, now.
So, when are you making wallpaper out of all this? :D
When I buy a house, the plan is to wallpaper the guest bathroom with rejection slips and reviews, under a nice coat of varnish.....

I almost have enough.
Mmmm, loverly reviews. Especially the second. Go you for writing something that deserves them! And, umm, if I didn't like you, suggestions to off the competition might've been considered. ;)
Thank you.

Hmm. Do you accept bribes? Because I'd rather not be assassinated *yet.*
Oh, I think he did. The jagged prose is from near the end.
I gotta agree with arc_stormcrow. Death threats already. You've made it.

Looking forward to reading them.
*makes a note to stay away from the Dakota when caulay is around....*
That's great! Reviews can be wonderful things, and in this case, they sure are!
Well, they could be worse. The first one is the one the industry sees.

Which is not to denigrate Comrade Watts contribution to the cause.
~~waves pompoms and cheers madly~~

Rockin'!!!
*g* Thank you. Enjoy the buffet....
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