08 February, 2006

First UK review of Black Juice

Reviewer Saxon Bullock says:

All we need now from her is a full-length fantasy novel that maintains this level of eye-opening quality, and we'll know for sure that a seriously talented new voice has officially arrived.
Oh, is that all.


Blogger Perry Middlemiss said...

Of course that's all!! Margo, if you're going to conquer the universe you have to get with the program. Novel first, life later.

08 February, 2006 11:50  
Blogger Tansy said...

Yah, no pressure, Margo!

08 February, 2006 15:51  
Blogger Among Amid While said...


08 February, 2006 17:47  
Blogger Farah said...


The next time I see Saxon I will sit him down and Explain to him, in No Uncertain Terms, why the short story is not a Mere Stepping Stone to the novel.

You just keep writing your exquisitely crafted short stories ma'am and let the more verbose of the world work on their novels.

08 February, 2006 19:30  
Blogger Among Amid While said...

Go, Farah! *sharpens quill, gazes into trees outside window, awaits short-story muse* :)

08 February, 2006 23:02  
Blogger Trent said...

What Farah said. I love the compliment half of the comment. But grrr--the dude has little comprehension of the literary forms.

09 February, 2006 10:31  
Blogger Saxon said...

Blimey. I thought my ears were burning.

Okay- never previously had the experience of finding out someone I've reviewed is narked at what I wrote, so this is rather new. All I wanted to say is that it wasn't my intention to denigrate the short story form, and it was intended as a compliment. No offence was meant in any way.

It was just my point of view, and when you're writing for SFX, you've got to approach things from an occasionally slightly blunt commercial perspective. And, having really enjoyed Black Juice, I actually wanted to read something longer- especially with the kind of world building you were doing. Seeing something like that on a larger scale in a framework is something I'd genuinely like to see.

10 February, 2006 09:51  
Blogger Among Amid While said...

Hi Saxon, and welcome! Actually, I wasn't narked; it's just that I've spent a year bashing away at a novel that hasn't come good, so your phrase "All we need now" sounded a bit cavalier to my ears, as I stood swaying, dazed, depressed and covered in dust from collapsed novel! (What - that didn't come across in those four words?)

I do understand, and even share, the "blunt commercial perspective' that says that novels sell better than short stories, which is why I've been trying to complete a novel(I've written YA naturalistic novels in the past, but nothing in the vein of the Black Juice stories). And I'll keep trying.

I'll also keep writing short stories - because short stories are the form that has done best for me so far, and because they're so quick and so flexible and so much fun.

(Farah, just how hard did you hit this man with your short-story cudgel?)

10 February, 2006 13:44  

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