Friday, July 06, 2007


The Rocky Mountain News has Acacia: The War with the Mein as one of it's Picks of the Week. Very kind. What really sounds interesting, though, is one of the other picks: Raven Black by Ann Cleaves. It's a crime novel set in the Shetland Isles, with the main detective being of Spanish origin. This is of interest to me because my wife and all her siblings were born in Shetland. Her parents live back there now and I've had the pleasure of visiting a couple times. Such an unusual place, and a very interesting setting for crime! Laughton, do you know this book/author? Curious as to an islander's take on it.

You might want to check out Kirkus Review's special edition on sci-fi and fantasy fiction. Yes, Acacia is mentioned, but it's a well put together collection of reviews, interviews and recommendations. The tone is quite upbeat in terms of arguing that sci-fi and fantasy is in a good place right now, with lots of new, young authors joining the mix. Amen to that.

Also, Gray Hunter wrote an Acacia review for Blogcritics Magazine.

Other than that, we're settling in to Fresno. Temps around 115'. Killed a Black Widow yesterday. Picked up a new kitten. Life goes on...



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re Raven Black ... Kinda instinctively avoided it David, but I promise I will dip into it when next in the Peerie Shop in Lerwick. Laughton

4:16 PM  
Blogger clindsay said...

You DO realize that you are now obliged to post kitten pics, right?

11:30 PM  
Blogger Aidan Moher said...

It's nice to see that the Kirkus issue included Acacia in there! And they also had great things to say about it, too!

A Dribble of Ink

12:12 PM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

Laughton, let me know what you think. That reviewer liked it a lot, but we both know how they can miss the mark, especially as comes to something as particular as island culture. It's got me curious, though.

La Gringa, I'll work on those kitten pics.

And, yes, Aidan, I loved it that Acacia was featured in that Kirkus special edition. It's nice enough that the stuff they say about the book is great, but I loved it that they pulled quotes of things I'd said to include, and loved it even more that they mention Acacia prominently right in the opening to the issue!

6:14 PM  

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