Thursday, May 10, 2007
Something I forgot....
Tonight I got an e-mail from a friend who just discovered Robin Hobb's review of my book. I wasn't surprised that they were geeking out about it, but I was surprised that they had only found out about it now, over a month after the fact. I told them that if they kept an eye on my blogs, they'd get a heads-up when cool things like this happened.

They told me that they did read the blogs, and that I'd never mentioned it.

I didn't believe them, of course, but looking through my previous blogs proved them right. That's when I realized this must have been one of the things I meant to write about, then didn't. This happens with unfortunate regularity.

What happened was this. Last year, when we were trying to collect author blurbs for the back of the book, I mentioned that I'd love to get a quote from Robin Hobb. I've loved her stuff for years. When I read her Assassin books back in the day, they gave me hope that my character-centered story might actually be publishable.

I scraped together all the courage in my timid Midwestern self, and introduced myself to Robin through e-mail. She was gracious enough to accept an ARC of the book (Advance Reading Copy) but told me straight up that she was really busy with deadlines, and that she usually doesn't read or blurb new authors. There just weren't enough hours in the day. I told her I understood entirely, and that I was flattered that she was willing to talk with me and accept a copy of the book.

Months passed, and we got blurbs from some great authors: Williams and Anderson and Brooks and more. I didn't hear from Robin, and I figured she was still working against her deadline. I liked that option better than the though that she'd given it a try and simply didn't like it. It must have been her deadlines. Of course.

Then, about a week before my book's publication date, I got an unexpected e-mail. Robin told me she'd finally got around to reading it, and she thought it was great. What's more, she actually went out of her way to post a review up on Amazon. As it was too late to get a blurb from her on the cover.

To put it simply, I was filled with geeky joy. That's probably why I forgot to write up a little blog about it. I was too tingly.

So for those of you who haven't already seen it. Here's a link to the review on my page. Or, if you'd prefer, you can go check it out directly on the Amazon site.

For you Hobb fans out there, sorry I didn't mention this before. Better late than never.


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Blogger Stephanie said...

I remember reading this review a few weeks ago, and the other ones at that, and feeling satisfied that there were others who were able to express their feelings towards the book more eloquently than I.

Now we just need to form up your own cheer-leading squad!

May 10, 2007 12:01 PM  
Blogger Pat said...

Wow. That's the weirdest mental image I'm likely to have all day....

May 10, 2007 3:36 PM  
Blogger William said...

writing reviews is a difficult task...I always find myself being too do you take hundereds of pages of emotion and mental pictures, and character development and story and sum it all up quickly...I'll leave that too the people who do it professionally....I find when reading music reviews (besides reading music is my other passion) I get frustrated at comparisons...everyone has to compare one album to the previous or state eight dozen bands that a particular band sounds like they've drawn influence from...I think that is just someones way of showing us that they don't know how to come up with their own unique descriptions of what an album is or how it made them feel...or what they liked/disliked...ok I'm rambling...I'll definitely check out these amazon reviews though Pat....and by the way I got your autographed/personalized copy of the book...I was very excited to see the title of my book and the words "best of luck..." followed by your signature....I laughed when I looked at your John Hancock because I remembered your blog about you being self conscious that it wouldn't look cool enough etc....

May 11, 2007 12:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can also mention that you now have a three-day old Wikipedia entry!

May 11, 2007 6:22 PM  
Blogger Anniina said...

I cannot imagine how amazing it must be to have Robin Hobb write a wonderful review and go out of her way to post it on Amazon. Wow.

I'm in the last pages of "Name of the Wind" right now, and then I'll be writing a little rave review of my own, from the unprof. fan perspective, of course.

Thank you for the most reading pleasure I've had in a good long while.

May 18, 2007 2:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, of course Robin would like your book. But a review, now that's great. It occurred to me that I've been lurking and not mentioned that I blurbed The Name of the Wind in my library's newsletter, available online at
It's a short blurb, but there it is. I bought and read my own copy, as well as ordered one for the library. Sorry I missed the book signing in Oak Brook.

Brenda, a librarian fan

May 23, 2007 1:16 PM  

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