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All Things Considered…including THE HEAT DEATH OF THE UNIVERSE!

Well, look what happened this morning on amazon.com’s Movers and Shakers list for digital books!

(Yeah yeah, at one point Ten Billion Days and One Hundred Billion Nights was #1 on the list, but by the time I woke up we were beaten by some sexy book.)

What happened? Simple: National Public Radio’s All Things Considered reviewed the book and it was a rave! It’s a perfect Christmas gift too—as Jesus is in it, and he’s a vengeance-seeking cyborg three billion years in the future!

Look what came in today’s mail!

Why yes, it is the advance copy of Mirror Sword and Shadow Prince! Coming your way next month. Feel free to use this photo as a guide to the size of the old crappy book you’ll need to throw away in order to make room for this one!

We also got our first ever Publishers Weekly review for a Haikasoru title, with this week’s Mirror Sword and Shadow Prince capsule: larmed at the transformation of her childhood friend and at the carnage that follows Oguna, the iron-willed Toko begins a quest that will take her across the empire in search of the pieces of Misumaru neckace, itself the manifestation of godly power. Ogiwara avoids the temptation to write a simple quest story; the representations of divine power are more burdens than gifts, weighing possessors down with obligation and terrible temptations… the review reads in part. Check it out!

A Week of Links!

It’s been quite, eh? Over at the Haikasoru Week and lots of fun was to be had.

The brand new Tow Ubukata novelette “Two Hundred Below”, a Mardock Scramble adventure, went live on Tuesday.

Wednesday saw this neat and insightful review of both Rocket Girls and Rocket Girls: The Last Planet.

And on Thursday, we had a short essay on Japanese science fiction by me.

Oh, and speaking of me, and speaking of the end of the week, the World SF Blog also encouraged Beatrice.com’s Ron Hogan to publish my interview with Cathy Hirano and Jim Hubbert. Ms. Hirano translated Dragon Sword and Wind Child and the forthcoming Mirror Sword and Shadow Prince for us, and Mr. Hubbert has been quite busy: he translated The Lord of the Sands of Time, The Next Continent, and The Ouroboros Wave for us. Gotta catch ’em all!

Mardock is everywhere!

A couple of pics of Mardock Scramble for ya!

Turn your monitor on its side for this one by translator Edwin Hawkes himself:

Right next to Jack Vance, in his local Waterstones over in the United Kingdom!

And here it is in Kinokuniya in Tokyo, in the foreign-language section. Note the yellow-covered Japanese title—it’s a magazine, actually, containing a list of ten must-read mysteries, many of which are also on the display. Also interesting is the call-outs for Orange Prize winning books. (The Orange Prize is awarded to women’s writing.)

Finally, here’s a neat review of Mardock Scramble, which reads, in part, Oefcoque comes across as a mixture of Stuart Little and T-1000 from Terminator 2…and if that wasn’t weird enough, the names of many of the characters are based on wordplays or references to certain recurring themes. Such as eggs.

PS: We had a couple of votes for a Facebook page for Haikasoru. If this interests you leave me a comment. If the demand is high enough, I’ll be sure to make one for you all.

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