Sunday, August 26, 2012

Silhouette and K.W. Jeter

For my first post at this new blog, I thought it would be appropriate to write about the first endorsement blurb I have ever received for my fiction writing. To my delight, it came from an author I respect and enjoy (which is saying a lot, because I'm very picky!). K.W. Jeter read an advance copy of my novel Silhouette and had this to say about it:
"Swavely updates the roman policier genre with a high-tech gloss. I was bowled over by the hyper-paced action and caught up by the deep political connections and archly hip, bleeding-edge cultural references. If Steve McQueen's 1969 Mustang in BULLITT could've actually flown, it would fit right into the chrome-&-neon streets of SILHOUETTE's future San Francisco. I'll be waiting impatiently for the next installment of the Peacer saga."
This is a big-time thrill for me, not only because someone liked my book:), but also because I admire and appreciate Jeter. In fact, as inspiration for my own writing, I've been re-reading some of his novels recently. I started with Death Arms. This is an older novel by Jeter that shows some of its age (it's hard to write science fiction that doesn't), but holds up relatively well and kept me interested all the way till the end (which is also saying a lot, because I rarely finish reading books I start, for various reasons that I'll go into some other time). Then I purchased copies of Jeter's trilogy of Blade Runner sequels, The Edge of Human, Replicant Night, and Eye and Talon (the last one was hard to get). I finished the first one and thought it was great, and am halfway through the second one as I'm writing this. I can see why Jeter lost many readers with the second, because he goes in different directions than just reliving the appeal of the movie, but I admire him for expanding the vision and I'm finding the new directions interesting.

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