|Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2003 - 09:15 am: |
POISON MASTER has copped a 4 star review in British media magazine SFX, and in a footnote I have been declared 'officially interesting.' And there was I fearing secret dullness...
|Posted on Friday, June 27, 2003 - 05:23 am: |
Great news, Liz!
(just had to pop in on your message board, as you've popped in on mine)
Which of your novels would you recommend I read first, out of curiosity? No fair saying all of 'em (I'm a slow-ass reader).
Also, was "Banquet of the Lords of Night" taken from a novel? I dug that tale quite a lot.
|Posted on Friday, June 27, 2003 - 05:25 am: |
Ah, just found my answer from your SFRevu interview. I'll be adding POISON MASTER to my queue.
|Posted on Friday, June 27, 2003 - 05:55 am: |
HI Mike - yes, I float around these boards, gate-crashing shamelessly...
Doesn't really matter which one you start with as they are all completely different! (I haven't gone down Ye Mightie Trilogie route. Yet, anyway). But if you liked the Asimov's story, then POISON MASTER is probably a fair choice. Elizabethans in space on drugs, basically - it started out in Paris and with a male protagonist. Then it changed, what can I say?
|Posted on Monday, June 30, 2003 - 11:01 am: |
Cool. Glad to see each novel stands on its own.
Did the changes happen as you were drafting, or in rewrites? I'm curious, as I'm trying to rewrite a novel of my own that appears to be quite flawed...
|Posted on Monday, June 30, 2003 - 11:57 am: |
It happened in this case pretty much from the outset. I started writing PM, then realised that it tied into the earlier story.
I go through huge changes in revision stage, though. Most of my novels end up with at least 20-30 pp snipped. In the case of Empire, it was more like 60 pp. I hate it and it hurts, but usually it's got to be done. Then it gets revised again once my agent has had a look at it, and again at various editorial stages - sometimes quite substantially.
At the moment, I'm about 3/4 of the way through a first draft, but have now gone back and am revising without having completed it. I do this a lot - mainly to try to make sense of the plot.
|Posted on Friday, July 18, 2003 - 03:11 pm: |
EMPIRE OF BONES has been reviewed at 4 stars (maximum of 5) by SFX magazine, which says it is 'excellent.' Thanks, SFX!
|Posted on Saturday, August 16, 2003 - 02:22 pm: |
ARCs of NINE LAYERS OF SKY have just arrived, along with this from PUBLISHERS WEEKLY:
" Williams (The Poison Master) does a wonderful job of describing the
character of a place through the people who inhabit it and through the
manifestations of their dreams. A difficult book to describe, this work will
nonetheless satisfy readers with its rich settings and mythological power."
|Posted on Sunday, August 17, 2003 - 02:46 am: |
Very nice. Yeah. Think it describes the book pretty well too.
|Posted on Sunday, August 17, 2003 - 03:37 am: |
|Posted on Wednesday, September 10, 2003 - 04:45 am: |
And another very positive review here:
|Posted on Wednesday, September 10, 2003 - 04:48 am: |
And not a bad one here, too:
|Posted on Wednesday, September 10, 2003 - 08:59 am: |
I sew Nine Layers of Sky got a good review in Locus. Looking forward to it.
|Posted on Wednesday, September 10, 2003 - 09:09 am: |
Thanks, Gabriel - people keep telling me this but Locus never hits the mat on this side of the Pond until some while after it's out in the States. However, I'm going to check out their website now.
|Posted on Wednesday, September 10, 2003 - 09:13 am: |
Some time later - Locus review isn't up but this is, from the San Francisco Chronicle:
|Posted on Wednesday, September 10, 2003 - 10:28 am: |
Nice last para there. You're rocking on the review front Dr. Williams.
|Posted on Wednesday, September 10, 2003 - 10:54 am: |
Thank you, Dr Caselberg!
|Posted on Tuesday, October 14, 2003 - 08:26 am: |
And many thanks to David Kennedy for his review of NINE LAYERS, to be found here:
|Posted on Tuesday, October 14, 2003 - 10:22 am: |
This is terribly self-serving of me, but:
|Posted on Tuesday, October 14, 2003 - 10:25 am: |
Congrats on the great reviews, Liz!
|Posted on Tuesday, October 14, 2003 - 10:43 am: |
Not at all, Cheryl. Many thanks. And thanks to you too, Jeff!
Website has also been updated, BTW: http://www.arkady.btinternet.co.uk/
|Posted on Tuesday, October 21, 2003 - 08:22 am: |
And a review of THE POISON MASTER can be found here:
|Posted on Saturday, August 21, 2004 - 02:48 am: |
On Amazon, re BANNER OF SOULS:
"Readers who aren't put off by the mind-bending oddness of Williams's universe will find themselves rapidly flipping the pages..."
Publisher's Weekly thinks I "may have gone too far." My work here is finally done!
The next one will be a bit more normal.
|Posted on Wednesday, January 05, 2005 - 01:59 am: |
Very kind words from LOCUS and The Agony Column:
I've actually read a lot more than usual this month, thanks to the Thanksgiving holidays. My favorite was Banner of Souls by Liz Williams, an excellent SF novel. Williams isn't a one-note author. I also read her collection, The Banquet of the Lords of Night & Other Stories, which is also excellent, in an entirely different way. It has a new story, 'Skindancing,' which was wonderfully creepy."
And the Agony column:
|Posted on Sunday, July 03, 2005 - 11:58 am: |
Latest reviews are here:
SNAKE AGENT review
Well, half of it is, anyway! A slight headbanging moment when the bookshop is mentioned, but otherwise a big thank you to Jonathan Strahan.
I've only just caught up with it. I tend, for the sake of my health, not to go looking for reviews very often. Nor do I check the Amazon ratings very often (about every 3 months). That way madness lies.
Also reviews of BANNER here:
also from the New York Times:
Gerald Jonas has reservations about the technology, but that's fair, I think, although the lack of an underpinning rationale was intentional.
I've also just found out that the Kansas City Star (USA) has just listed the top ten science fiction titles of 2004 and very kindly ranks Banner of Souls second (I think! I need to check the rating with them). It's also got a kind mention in the 'Best of' list of The SF Site:
And an interesting discussion of a STRANGE HORIZONS story here:
Thank you, folks. People ought to know - the trouble they take to read a novel and write a review is appreciated, whether the result is positive or negative.
|Posted on Sunday, July 03, 2005 - 09:39 pm: |
Liz: In a case of weird karma, the bookstore that had never heard of you is currently running a going out of business sale. A new specialist SF store, hopefully better informed, is due to open here shortly, which should redress the situation.
|Posted on Tuesday, July 05, 2005 - 03:14 am: |
MWAHAHAHAHAHA! My powers are legion!
Oh, sorry. Should really keep that quiet. ;-)
|Posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2005 - 09:16 am: |
SNAKE AGENT reviews
SNAKE AGENT (shipping date is early Sept, I'm told) has been garnering some pleasingly positive reviews:
"This exotic amalgam of police procedural, SF, comic fantasy and horror is a delight from start to finish." (LOCUS)
"Twice nominated for Philip K. Dick awards, Williams should easily qualify for another with this original and stirring blend of futuristic technology and chilling excursions into post-mortem landscapes." (BOOKLIST)
"...Williams (The Banquet of the Lords of the Night ) provides a sleuthing feast for those with a taste for the exotic." (PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY).
There's also a nice review from Rich Horton on the SF Site here: http://www.sfsite.com/08b/sa206.htm