This morning brings good news. Whiskey & Water is listed on Amazon, though not yet available for pre-order (you can wish-list it, or, yanno, armed with the ISBN, pre-order at your local independent book retailer, should you have one of those.) It's that much closer to being a real book.
Anne my editor has agreed to give me another couple of months to work up a proposal for Dust, so it's due after Christmas. This is vital not so much because of the writing workload of the last year (which has been my lightest year yet) but because of all the Other Stuff that has worn me the heck out--the move, the traveling, the brief flirtation with full-time employment, the... yeah. All that stuff. Also, the book informed me that none of the preliminary work I'd done is any good, and we're starting over from scratch with much cooler and grander worldbuilding. La. *g*
And in even more good news...
A Booklist starred review for Carnival. (thanks to Bill my editor for the heads-up.) This is my first starred review of anything, anywhere, and getting one for a MMPB is making me a little giddy.
Despite the scandal that clouded their last job together, AIs Michelangelo Kusanagi-Jones and Vincent Katherinessen have been reunited for a diplomatic mission to New Amazonia. Their ostensibly peaceful mission involves returning priceless art to previous owners, but they've also been sent to find out the secret of New Amazonia's seemingly inexhaustible supply of energy. One of them is planning to ensure failure, which will be a blow to the Coalition and also the terrible assessments of the AI governors. New Amazonia challenges them, for while its gynocentric society, though not completely beloved by all, makes their maleness a handicap, their relationship, which is illegal back on Earth, is the only thing that allows them to be diplomats on New Amazonia. More than human politics are in play here, though, for the city, which was left behind by an unknown nonhuman intelligence, has secrets to hide. Bear's exploration of gender stereotypes and the characters' reactions to the rigid expectations of a world of strict gender roles proves fascinating, as does her exploration of political systems gone too far in more than one direction. Her sense of pacing and skill with multifaceted characters prone to all sorts of confused motivations and actions also enrich this action-packed, thought-provoking story.
(N.B. Angelo and Vincent are not AIs. *g* They work for AIs. I suspect an editorial slip-up.)
*has a moment of they like me. they really like me*
Also, I read one and two halves books on the airplane: finished Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town; read Changeling, and started a very snarky and amusing biography: Aleister Crowley: the Beast Demystified, which will serve as part of my eventual backgroudn reading for Patience & Fortitude, Rag & Bone, and Balm & Oil.
I liked both SCtT,SLT and Changeling Rather A Lot. More discussion later, maybe, weather permitting.