Peter Heck has given Barbarians of the Beyond, the authorized sequel to Jack Vance’s Demon Princes, series a fine review in the latest Asimov’s.
Hughes puts together a complex plot, full of shady
characters and exotic settings, worthy of Vance himself. Little touches—the
cuisine of distant worlds, the names of ordinary things, the dance music of a
far-future culture—are all reminiscent of Vance’s characteristic world
building. And there are occasional side glances at the original Demon Princes
novels—subtle hints I might have missed if I hadn’t recently re-read them—that
help blend this new novel into the work that inspired it.
The audiobook of 9
Tales of Raffalon is now available on Amazon. They tell me it will be up on iTunes in a day
or two. The Amazon price is US$21.83.
It’s unabridged from the original eight stories that ran in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science
Fiction, plus the first-ever Raff story (and the last one in the
collection) that appeared in the bestselling anthology Rogues, edited by George R.R. Martin and the late Gardner Dozois.
You can hear a five-minute sample in the Cockneyfied voice
of Jack Wynters, who did a wonderful job of capturing the wry humor that
infuses the stories.
I’m making an effort to grow the subscriber list for my monthly email newsletter. Starting now, I’m going to send a free Kindle ebook to every new sign-up.
The book is 9 TALES OF HENGHIS HAPTHORN, incorporating the six Hapthorn stories that led up to the novels, MAJESTRUM, THE SPIRAL LABYRINTH, and HESPIRA, plus some additions.
Hapthorn is the foremost freelance discriminator of Old Earth in the ancient planet’s penultimate age. A superb rationalist, he is horrified to discover that the universe is about to shift its fundamental operating principle from cause-and-effect to “sympathetic association” — in other words, magic.
If I get a sprinkle of interest, I’ll send the ebook myself to new subscribers. I’ll have to wait for Mailchimp to let me know about new sign-ups, so there may be some hours’ delay between subscribing and receiving the book.
If the sprinkle becomes a flood, I’ll buy a better membership in Mailchimp and let them handle the work.