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Ted Chiang

I sent my review of The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate by Ted Chiang off to IROSF just now. Crossing my fingers that they like what I've got to say. It was nice to get back to writing reviews again after 2-plus years.

And with that out of the way, I'm going to knock out the last pages on Fallen, print out a hard copy to read and try to get it out to an agent by month's end. Only trick to the latter is finding an agent willing to look at something that's a mixture of mainstream and horror that tackles the Un-Dead from a new angle.



May. 1st, 2007 10:03 am (UTC)
BTW I'm looking forward to seeing what you thought of Chiang's work. Would you recommend The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate?

I reviewed a collection of his stories about a year ago for Albedo1 and was ambivalent about many of them. I thought his ideas were great and one or two of the stories were very interesting.

May. 1st, 2007 03:16 pm (UTC)
You're right about that collection. There were 2-3 standouts for me -- such as "Tower of Babylon" and "Hell Is the Absence of God" -- and it was small enough so those could carry the others. As for this latest ... I'll say that I liked it, and if you're a Chiang fan it's probably worth the $20+ price, especially because Subterranean Press puts out beautiful books.
May. 2nd, 2007 09:20 am (UTC)
"Hell Is the Absence of God" was my favourite and I liked "Tower of Babylon". "Division by Zero" struck my fancy as my daughter was studying Maths at college and I was joking her that she would discover something that would undermine her whole raison d'etre.

I also liked the social commentry of "Seventy-Two Letter". This was a case of liking the idea, but not being totally impressed with the characterisation, etc...
May. 2nd, 2007 12:19 pm (UTC)
Yeah, 72 was a tough one. It's not that you need sympathetic characters as much as the ability to help readers identify with the character.

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