OOTW Reviewed by Charles de Lint in F&SF Magazine
Long-time readers of this blog may remember that last year around this time, I got kinda ridiculously excited when I found out that Charles de Lint had written a nice review of Into the Wild in his column in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Well, that was a long time ago when I was but a naive, easily-excitable, newbie writer, far from the grounded, professional novelist that I am today. So recently, when I found out that Charles de Lint has written another nice review, this time for Out of the Wild, to appear in the very same "Books to Look For" column in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, I reacted in a much calmer, more collected, and professional manner:
CHARLES DE LINT READ OUT OF THE WILD!
CHARLES DE LINT LIKED OUT OF THE WILD!!
CHARLES DE LINT WROTE A NICE REVIEW OF OUT OF THE WILD!!!
CHARLES DE LINT'S NICE REVIEW OF OUT OF THE WILD WILL APPEAR IN THE JUNE 2008 ISSUE OF THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION IN HIS "BOOKS TO LOOK FOR" COLUMN!!!!
Uh, sorry about that. Just kinda slipped out. But c'mon, Charles de Lint is one of my all-time favorite authors. He wrote Dreams Underfoot, The Blue Girl, Widdershins, Moonheart, Memories and Dreams... and a few dozen other genre-defining novels. And this is the very first print review for Out of the Wild. And it's good! And, and, oh, at the risk of being reduced to a catch-phrase... Snoopy Dance of Joy!!!
Here's a quote:
"Durst's second novel is as inventive as the first book, upping the stakes, but not to preposterous heights. Instead, Out of the Wild is yet one more example of how, these days, books for younger readers often offer a fresher take on fantasy than do the books ostensibly written for adults. And this is also one of those rare occasions when the sequel is as good as the first book, if not better. Though, in my estimation, they make two halves of one story, and a wonderfully entertaining story it is." -- Charles de Lint, F&SF Magazine
The June 2008 issue of F&SF magazine should start appearing on magazine racks any day now, and there's already an online version of the column posted on the F&SF website. So you can click here to read the full review.
Did you click? Why not? Go click! GO! CLICK!!!
Oh well, so much for calm, collected, and professional...