I’ve kept quiet about some of this until I knew it would happen. Several months ago I discovered a favorite author of mine, Guy Gavriel Kay, has his next novel, “Under Heaven” coming out and it’s set in Alternative World Tang Dynasty China. Once I recovered from shock (he’s always stayed in Europe before) I contacted his press agent and was given the go ahead to receive a galley for review purposes. The reviews will go up in China History Forum Online’s newsletter, The Historical Novel Review site (where I currently have “Ransom” by David Malouf reviewed), The Ron Empire, my facebook account, She Writes, GoodReads and anywhere else I can think of to put it. It hasn’t arrived yet, but I feel like a bird of prey hovering over my mailbox.

It did not come this morning. I hope it arrives by Friday as I will have two hours of mine-all-mine reading time that morning. Can we say excited? I thought we could. πŸ™‚




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13 Responses to β€œStoked”

  1. Dara says:

    Oh, I look forward to reading your review! How exciting that you get to do this πŸ™‚

  2. Sandy Shin says:

    That's so awesome! I'm looking forward to the review!

  3. Victoria Dixon says:

    Me too! I've clapped all weekend after the press agent responded. She wrote yesterday and said it was sent. Clapping, clapping!

  4. Janet Johnson says:

    Yay! Very Awesome. πŸ™‚

  5. TK Richardson says:

    That is so exciting and very impressive! I look forward to your review, too. πŸ™‚

  6. Sarah Skilton says:

    Congrats, that's great!! Happy reading and reviewing.

  7. Victoria Dixon says:

    Sadly, it did not arrive on time for my blessed two hours of reading time. Which I'm now interrupting to surf. LOL

  8. Endy says:

    Wow. It seems like the more I see in the world, the more I really need to get moving on that wuxia game of mine. While this book is set in the Tang dynasty, according to you, it just goes to show that China has such a rich and deep history that stealing from it or altering it is a pretty good idea for a fantastic tale.

    Have a good time with the book, I await your review with bated breath.

  9. Victoria Dixon says:

    Yes, I really believe Asia is the future of a lot of fantasy. We're on the leading edge of the wave, my friends.

  10. Michael Kan says:

    Very interesting, I'll have to check out your review in the future. Very cool blog too.

  11. Victoria Dixon says:

    Thanks for stopping in, Michael!

  12. Jeannie Lin says:

    How awesome!!! I'm reading Tigana now and it's absolutely mesmerizing. It's been a while since I had a book I could sink my teeth into.

  13. Victoria Dixon says:

    Tigana's my favorite of his. It has the best of everything he does well, in my opinion, although he's recently got away from doing some of the things that tend to distract me in Tigana. Like slipping into first tense, reiterating phrases often, etc.

    I am about 1/8 of the way into "Under Heaven" now and am enjoying myself. ;D

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