The writer's workshop at WisCon was fun! It was, you know, remarkably like a writer's workshop.
No writing today, for obvious reasons.
PW reviewed The Chains that you Refuse. They rather hated it. The only two stories they liked were "Tiger! Tiger!" and "Seven Dragons Mountains" and those got sort of halfhearted nods at best. Since it's not up at Amazon yet, for your entertainment:
Fans of literate fantasy may embrace the 22 inventive tales in Bear's first story collection, but others will be put off by the experimental entries with their nonlinear, often static narratives and extreme emotional detachment. Little happens, for example, in the opening tale, "L'esprit d'escalier: Not a Play in One Act," about a man writing a play about Christopher Marlowe, John Keats and Allen Ginsberg in the afterlife. Bear (Hammered) is better when forced into the more traditional discipline of the Victorian pastiche with "Tiger! Tiger!" in which the world of Sherlock Holmes collides with that of H.P. Lovecraft. Perhaps the most successful story is "Seven Dragons Mountain," which mixes Chinese dragons and airships, but again a clever idea could have benefited from a more gripping execution.
You would think, if they were looking for adventure yarns, they would have liked the motorcycle story. And come on, there are two shootings in "L'esprit d'escalier." That's *something* happening. Nevermind the general goldfish!
*doesn't tell anybody that "Tiger! Tiger!" is IMHO one of the weaker ones in the collection*
*falls over in a gigglefit*
Hey, at least they reviewed it. That's pretty cool all by itself.
And the cover art is up on Amazon, though they still aren't shipping it. M'e, have you seen any yet?