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Oh, my!

First up, I did another interview with Kenda at Lurv ala Mode, who asked some truly awesome questions, and was, as always, a joy to chat with. Get some hints about Late Eclipses, find out which of Toby's boys I'm 'shipping, and enter to win a copy of any of the first three Toby Daye books. It's fun! And thanks again, Kenda, you rule.

We have some fresh Rosemary and Rue reviews hitting as An Artificial Night approaches. Our first for today is from Fiona and Sara at Inspired Quill, who say, "With a cast of characters that are perhaps not immediately endearing but absolutely real, Seanan McGuire brings the darker side of faerie home to California with Rosemary and Rue. It's very easy to see exactly why this new author has been nominated for a 2010 Campbell Award for Best New Author—Toby's world is a place that Hamilton doesn’t begin to touch, a world where any reader is reminded of the original stories we humans have heard about the fae." Awesome, all around.

Tansy Rayner Roberts has posted a very interesting examination of Rosemary and Rue. She says, "Rosemary and Rue and the rest of the October Daye series may not appeal to the urban fantasy readers who like their sexy magical creatures to be banterific and uncomplicated. Those who appreciate the darker crime novels that are the root of this genre, however, and are looking for a more grown up, hardboiled example of this genre, should definitely check out Rosemary and Rue."

Cookies, Books, and Bikes (love the name) has posted a Rosemary and Rue review, and says, "This was a great book." for me, really. I am a simple soul.

I leave you for now with the Fresh Fiction review of An Artificial Night, which says, "The third in a series featuring October 'Toby' Daye, this story ratchets up the suspense as she literally comes face-to-face with her own death. But despite the grim subject matter, there's a lot of humor, much of which comes from Toby's dry wit and sarcastic attitude. The world building is vivid and realistic, whether it's the human world or one of the fae realms. Readers of the previous books will appreciate the many returning characters, and Blind Michael is a truly chilling villain. This book could be read as a standalone, but I do recommend reading the first books, Rosemary and Rue and A Local Habitation, beforehand. It helps with the rather complex backstory, and they are just as good as this one. Besides, if you're a fan of urban fantasy, this whole series should be in your library anyway!"

See you at the bookstore!

Date: 2010-08-17 04:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
find out which of Toby's boys I'm 'shipping

Ooh, the teases of Late Eclipses make me excited. Except I don't remember Toby raising the dead in book two. Did I miss the zombie chapter?

Readers of the previous books will appreciate the many returning characters, and Blind Michael is a truly chilling villain.
I like villains who are chilling!

Date: 2010-08-17 06:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
In the basement, toward the end of the book. Tybalt was there. Remember?

Date: 2010-08-17 05:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That bit about Tybalt makes me wonder how you write characters that are hundreds of years old, yet still interested in those not-hundreds of years old. The classic "What the hell does Edward want with a 16-year old?"

Any thoughts?

Date: 2010-08-17 06:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
In this case, Toby isn't sixteen; she's fifty, which is old enough to have become an adult, even if she's not an adult who was around when Tybalt was her age. Which, well. He likes the modern female attitude, so he's good with that.

I think it works better when you have people who are both adults, and who do different things, which means they're playing on a fairly level least in that regard.

Date: 2010-08-17 07:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Gotcha. I know Toby's not sixteen and making a career of being mopey, but with an age difference over 50 years... it's a dynamic that's not terribly explored in real life.

I find it interesting how different authors handle old fae differently. The Luideag, for example, isn't totally batshit the way you'd imagine something that's been around for thousands of years would be, because in your series, I guess they're mentally equipped to handle that. In another series, when the fae start accumulating hundreds of years, they wipe their memories and start over because it becomes too much. In yet another, the past fades until it seems like another life, more removed than I, at least, remember the past.

Most of the time, I imagine sentient beings who live that long to be more like Buddhist monks, who've internalized a lot of dharma. However, that's the human experience, which tends to have a lot of suffering and experiences that the Fae, I imagine, don't go through, especially if they're stuck on their own lands like Lily.

Fae theory... I could talk all day.

Date: 2010-08-18 04:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
There's a lot of psychology behind it, most of which I thought about way, way too much. I should post something.

Date: 2010-08-17 05:13 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] deakat
My favourite quote from the interview: I sort of wish the sex was less the goal, and more a fun side-dish. You know, like when you put too much bacon in your cobb salad, you wind up with a plate of bacon and an appointment at Weight Watchers, rather than a delicious, layered meal. Sex is the bacon of urban fantasy.

Date: 2010-08-17 06:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I liked that, too. :)

Date: 2010-08-18 12:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You beat me to it! Or someone let you know, or your GoogleFu is just that amazing, because I wrote that Inspired-Quill review and was going to point it out to you once I got to something with internet! Yay!

Date: 2010-08-18 04:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
All hail the Google spider!

Date: 2010-08-18 03:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Sex is totally like bacon. At least it should be. That's what I like about you--there's no need to dodge the bacon to get to the important stuff in the book. (That metaphor made more sense in my head...)

Great interview!

Date: 2010-08-18 04:09 am (UTC)

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