I don’t want to get into discussing things like New Weird or Old Peculiar, and I’m not going to pretend that I can do a good job at it. All that I know is that Newton has created an amazing story that dances among various genres and sub-genres. It is a dangerous thriller but it also contains traits of horror. It is fantasy but it also touches science-fiction. All this is mixed so well in this book that it was a true delight to read.
If I had read Nights of Villjamur in 2009, the year of its publication, it would have been one of my top two books of 2009. Now that I read in 2010, even though the year is very young, it’s going to be hard to best it. The bar is raised very high.
Note: he’s also reading City of Ruin – so if you’re a reviewer and want a PDF, drop me a line.
And in other business, do you wish you could start up a review blog and talk shop? Well, have a look at The Speculative Scotsman. In a remarkably short period of time he’s built up an attractive, intelligent, regularly updated and well-connected site. There’s a good mix of opinion and review, as well as a healthy dose of cynicism. It’s a lesson in how to get started.