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Vera Nazarian
Posted on Monday, August 11, 2003 - 02:40 am:   

All right, after a long period of silence, LORDS OF RAINBOW, my baby, is starting to get some more reviews. Got two in one week, to be precise.

One is more of a mixed one, by Paul Witcover in REALMS OF FANTASY, the other rather positive, by Don D'Ammassa in CHRONICLE. Both, interesting.

REVIEW THE FIRST (excerpted the nicer parts, don't kill me, Paul *grin* and okay, too long to post all, for fair use's sake):

"For the most part, Nazarian's prose reflects a disciplined, attentive eye and a sensitive ear--with one exception. Every nongray color in the novel is italicised, a regrettable affectation . . . Allegories codify the mysterious; fantasies embrace it. Nazarian wants to do both. Given her talent and ambition, she may one day succeed in forging a hybrid of these two opposing modes of storytelling, but in LORDS OF RAINBOW it is allegory that triumphs. Though the novel soars in places, the weight of imposed meaning finally pulls it down."
-- Paul Witcover, REALMS OF FANTASY


REVIEW THE SECOND (this one is a double review) with another book):

LORDS OF RAINBOW, by Vera Nazarian, Betancourt, 2003, $34.95, ISBN: 1-59224-823-3
VENGEANCE OF MASKS by Rosemary Edghill, Betancourt, 2003, $35, ISBN: 1-58715-115-4

"These two new fantasy novels are superficially somewhat similar. Both are set in corrupt, repressive fantasy realms, each with the story focusing on a single city. Both involve crises caused or aggravated by the appearance/escape of a more than human figure, and both involve magical conflicts to determine the future of their respective civilizations. The similarities pretty much end there. Nazarian's world is not a typical fantasy setting -- it's set in a world that didn't know color until the appearance of a strange new sun. Her story is filled with adventure but it also works on a much less physical level, with very strong characterization and an almost poetic feel to the prose. Edghill's story is more conventional fantasy adventure, and it's the first in a series about Childeric the Shatterer. An ancient demon has escaped the bonds that held him. It's an easier story to read, and it's a pretty good one, but I suspect that weeks from now the images that I retain will be from Nazarian's bizarre otherworld."
-- Don D'Ammassa, CHRONICLE

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Vera Nazarian
Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2003 - 09:26 pm:   

Strange Horizons reviewer Stephanie Dray gives a long, thoughtful, and interesting review in the October 27, 2003 Issue, aptly calling LORDS OF RAINBOW "a love affair between the wheel-shaped city of Tronaelend-Lis and her citizens," and saying:

"Vividly described in rich prose that entrances like a magic spell, Lords of Rainbow will resonate with readers like the stories of childhood. It is not only prefaced with a lovely and accessible poem, it also reads like poetry. Thus, when taken as fable, there is much in this book to love. For in the end, we find a twisted Cinderella tale where an ugly, common girl can be elevated by noble spirit, and a city can be transformed by magic. "
Stephanie Dray, Strange Horizons

See the complete review here:

http://www.strangehorizons.com/2003/20031027/rainbow.shtml
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Vera Nazarian
Posted on Thursday, December 04, 2003 - 02:45 pm:   

And here is another review, this one for DREAMS OF THE COMPASS ROSE, over at SFCrowsnest.com:

http://www.computercrowsnest.com/sfnews2/03_dec/review1203_11.shtml

Thanks for the nice commentary, Donna Jones! :-)
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Vera Nazarian
Posted on Tuesday, February 17, 2004 - 01:05 pm:   

Here are a couple more recent reviews of LORDS OF RAINBOW:

The Green Man Review:
http://www.greenmanreview.com/book/book_nazarian_lordsofrainbow.html

Crescent Blues:
http://www.crescentblues.com/7_2issue/feat_wholesale2.shtml
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Vera Nazarian
Posted on Tuesday, November 16, 2004 - 12:31 pm:   

Thanks to Sean Wallace for pointing this out, DREAMS OF THE COMPASS ROSE just got a very nice review over at SFRevu.com in the November issue:

http://sfrevu.com/Review-id.php?id=2186

But just a note -- I recommend that folks buy the Trade Paperback edition, not the Hardcover at this point... :-)

Look here for places to buy:

http://www.veranazarian.com/dotcr.htm
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Mastadge
Posted on Tuesday, November 16, 2004 - 01:25 pm:   

I already own the hardcover, or I'd definitely spring for the trade. :-)
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AnnaT
Posted on Tuesday, November 16, 2004 - 04:35 pm:   

Magic review, Vera! Congratulations.
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Vera Nazarian
Posted on Tuesday, November 23, 2004 - 12:27 am:   

Mastadge, you are a sweetie, and thank you for your constant support.

Anna, thanks a million! :-)

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