|Posted on Saturday, September 04, 2004 - 07:25 am: |
Thought you might like to see John Toon's review of The Year of our War at infinity plus:
He concludes: "Mere commentary can't do this book justice. Its atmosphere, intricacy and craftsmanship -- astonishingly well-honed for a debut novel -- should speak for themselves. The imaginative power Swainston has put into The Year of Our War is phenomenal; it deserves to be read, that's all there is to it."
|Posted on Friday, October 22, 2004 - 06:01 am: |
Thanks, Keith. That my favourite review. It mentions Peake as an influence - rather than Mieville who is not an influence on Castle. So that's right and I'm really thrilled to have such a good review. Thanks to John Toon.
My other favourite review is Gary Wolfe's in Locus. He linked 'scolopendium' to scopolamine and is absolutely right. Brilliant.
Farah in Vector wrote a review in Vector that's my favourite. I'm grateful to her for looking at Lightning's character.
The enthusiastic review at
was really exciting because it was the first and it's still my favourite.
Here are more links to online reviews:
John Clute at Excessive Candour
Ariel at alienonline
Cheryl Morgan at emeraldcity www.emcit.com/emcit103.shtml
Having said all that, watch out for No Present Like Time. I wanted to talk about the Bradford riots, I got angry about a present war (who isn't?), I fell in love with accounts of voyages of exploration - Cook, Raleigh, Drake, Columbus, Hakluyt and Raphael out of Utopia. I made the sword fighting as realistic as possible which meant bounding around the house with fencing foils in a dangerous fashion.
That's all I'm going to say about NPLT for now.
|Posted on Tuesday, February 15, 2005 - 04:00 am: |
Steph, hello. Haven't read the book yet, just picked it up; have selected it as one of two books for an upcoming reader's discussion group. Just a hi.
|Posted on Friday, February 18, 2005 - 03:44 am: |
Hi Adam, I hope you enjoy it.
|Posted on Wednesday, December 07, 2005 - 12:53 pm: |
Good review here of NPLT by John Berlyne of SFRevu
|Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2007 - 08:32 am: |
New convert to the Castle... there should be a review on ths site very soon:
Half way through reading The Modern World I ordered The Year Of Our War I enjoyed it so much...
Take it easy
|Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2007 - 02:21 pm: |
Glad to hear you enjoyed it - I hope you find YOOW just as good.
If you have any questions about the book at all, you can get in touch here:
Please let me know when the review's up. I loved the piece on your blog.