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More Three Parts Dead Reviews!

I’ve been out of town this weekend, attending a wonderful wedding, but let me check in briefly to report a few excellent reviews for Three Parts Dead!

  • All Things UF – “THE GIRL WITH A DRAGON TATTOO meets THE HUNDRED THOUSAND KINGDOMS, THREE PARTS DEAD is the perfect mixture of character, mystery, and world building. Gladstone deftly interweaves a dazzling, intricate world with a passionate, magical plot that had my heart afire for Kos Everburning and his long lost love.”  A five bat review!  Five whole bats!  I do not believe it is possible to have more bats than this.
  • SFRevu – “A tour de force…. Gladstone successfully combines fantasy, a legal thriller, and diverse, complex characters in a wonderful story. His world building provides a nice change from the usual urban fantasies.”  Aw shucks.
  • Watchamacallit Reviews – “The first thing I have to say about this book is wow.”  Cool!

More soon—and I promise that sometime in the next week or two I’ll progress from hurried status updates to more complex, complete thoughts.  Right now life’s moving quickly, which is wonderful, but I can barely keep up with my daily word count.  Not that I’m complaining.  Life’s awesome.

First Three Parts Dead Signing: Done! Second Three Parts Dead Signing: Tonight!

Last night was the first signing for Three Parts Dead!  We had a wonderful crowd at the Harvard Book Store, despite the drizzle.  If you’re in the area, but missed the event, you’re in luck!  We have a signing tonight at 7:30 at Pandemonium Books & Games!  My friend Aaron came last night, brought his photographer’s kit, and snapped some excellent shots:

Some great questions asked.  How did questions of systemic trust figure into my portrayal of the gods?  Will we ever see the God Wars?  What other narrative forms (other than noir, which is being done a decent amount now) could be crossed over with fantasy to good effect?  (Still pondering that one!  I tried to write a fantasy rom-com once but people started stabbing each other.  Maybe for another day.)

More blog tour madness ensues:

  • I wrote a post called Freedom to Name for World in the Satin Bag, about how the world’s fantastical, and the literature we use to represent it should also be comfortable with the fantastic.
  • I finally stopped lurking on reddit and commented on an r/fantasy posting of Alyssa Rosenberg’s awesome review; a cool discussion ensued, people were very welcoming, and the post stayed at the top of r/fantasy the entire day.  Pretty cool!  During the conversation I realized that I need to learn more about how ebook rights work…
  • I picked up some amazing laser-burned bookmarks for Three Parts Dead.  More about these soon!

That’s it for the moment.  I have to get some more writing done before my event tonight.  Have a great day.

Three Parts Dead In Stores Now!

Today my morning walk passed by a bookstore; I peeked in, and what did I see but my book, sandwiched between William Gibson and Terry Goodkind.

Way to go, little book.

I’m on Day 2 of a rocking blog and media tour.  Would you like to know more?

  • Alyssa Rosenberg of ThinkProgress posted an incredible review of Three Parts Dead: “That question of what is strange, and what is possible, and at what point we suspend logic and skepticism and take off into belief is at the heart of Three Parts Dead. It’s a luminous, wonderful book. And I hope that if I’m lucky, for a future birthday, Max will take me back to Alt Coulumb.
  • I wrote at Fade into Fantasy about why magic would be big business, and how you get from wizard schools to cube farms.
  • I don’t always write about writing (in fact I rarely write about writing), but when the redoubtable David Coe asked me for something on that theme, I couldn’t resist.  Check out some thoughts on writing, silence, and pacing that I contributed to his site.
  • I’m the featured author for October over on Drey’s Library.  Drey has posted an excellent interview with me, in which I deny all rumors that I am a nanocloud located in the Kuiper Belt, and explain why you should look both ways before crossing the street, even in an ancient temple.  Drey’s also giving away a few copies of the book; her event will run through the end of October.
  • On the subject of giveaways, Layers of Thought should have one live today.  I’ll post the link when that hits the airwaves.

And that’s all for now, folks!  I have to stop writing in my browser and start writing fiction.  Rock on.


Three Parts Dead Release!

Three Parts Dead is now in the wild.  Off to school.  I know that at least one person read it on the way to work this morning—because he texted me to tell me so.  The next few weeks will be a haze of travel, signings, and promotion.  For the moment, I’m trying to remember to breathe.

If you’re waiting patiently for the mailman, or staring at your Kindle waiting for a download, consider the following short reads:

And if you haven’t bought the book yet, what’s keeping you?  Buy it from your local store, or from any of these fine retailers: (Amazon.comBarnes & NobleBooksamillionIndieBoundPowells).

More to come throughout the day!

Come See Me at New York Comic Con!

Since the website’s already updated, I finally feel comfortable announcing the news: I’ll be speaking at New York Comic Con!  I’m delivering a panel on Friday, a panel on Saturday, and signing books.  Here are the juicy juicy details!

In Panel 1, CHARACTERS: HARD CORE VS. BADASS, I will break at least two of the rules of Fight Club, and talk about characters’ strengths, challenges, and the disparity between them.  This one is all me, no backup, no other panelists, no moderator.  Fear for your lives.

Date: Friday, October 12
11:00 am – 11:45 am

Location: Unbound Stage

Speaker: Max Gladstone

What makes one character Hardcore and another Badass? Is there really a difference? Novelist Max Gladstone breaks it down by dissecting some of the greatest heroes and villains from books, gaming, comics, film and television, revealing the unique alchemy of each one and what every writer needs to think about in order to create truly unforgettable characters.

And Panel 2, HOCUS POCUS: MAGIC & MONSTERS IN SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY, in which I share the stage with some seriously terrifying people, talking about the seriously terrifying powers, and phenomena that fill our work, and from which we all expect (foolishly, I think) to be allowed to leave unaccompanied by nice men in white coats:

Date: Saturday, October 13
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Location: 1A08

Speakers: Andrea Cremer , Beth Revis , Cecil Castellucci , Jacqueline Carey , Jocelynn Drake , Kim Harrison , Max Gladstone , Richard Kadrey , Victoria Schwab

Science-Fiction and Fantasy authors discuss the costs and consequences of “magic” in their novels. Moderator Beth Revis will have authors Andrea Cremer, Jacqueline Carey, Jocelynn Drake, Kim Harrison, Max Gladstone, Cecil Castellucci, Victoria Schwab and Richard Kadrey dishing about the scary, hairy and dangerous creatures that lurk in the worlds they have created. Moderated by Beth Revis.

And of course: BOOK SIGNINGS (signings inings nings ings ngs gs s…):

Max Gladstone: Saturday, 2:45-3:45pm. Autographing tables 2,3, and 4

Presumably I’ll be at one of those three tables, unless the Javits Center has some creepy co-location magic of which I’m unaware.

If you’re in NYC and want to brave the wilds of Javits, come see me!  Hear me!  Rock out!

LibraryJournal Day of Dialog Panel Aftermath

Short version: the panel, everyone on it, the entire experience-wonderful!

The longest version would start to look like one of my dispatch emails from China and Cambodia, which could run for well over 10 pages, so advance warning: that one might not ever see print, and certainly won’t now, since I’m running to get out the door in 20 minutes for Stephanie’s birthday present to me: a trip for the two of us to Rockport (the one in Massachusetts) where I’ll be cranking away on the manuscript for Two Serpents Rise (book 2!) in style in a beach cabin, and maybe (depending on weather quality) swimming.

Medium-long version: the panel was in the gray-and-red upholstered McGraw Hill Auditorium, and I was a bit nervous, since this was my first time out of the gate.  Public speaking isn’t new to me, but public speaking about something I’ve spent so much time stewing over, and thinking and more importantly caring about, is.  The closer a subject gets to your heart, the harder it is to talk about it, especially to a stranger (or a roomful of strangers).  I thought at first that I was the only one feeling a little shaky, but as we all walked up to the front of the auditorium, I could detect a little aura of nervous energy from all of us in our own ways, which made me a bit bolder.  If everyone’s nervous, then there’s nothing weird about being nervous in a situation, and you can enjoy it.  Fear gives an edge.

I wish I had a recording of the event, but in the Buster Keaton haze of my excuse for a usual morning ‘ritual,’ I’d forgotten my camera (and my business cards); maybe later when I have more time I’ll assemble some of the notes I made while preparing for the panel and post them here.  The questions ranged all over, from the responsibility of the historical fiction writer (depending on how you cut it four out of the five of us were historical fiction folks) to write accurate history to the nature of writing voices.  I talked about how Three Parts Dead grew out of uncertainty, out of a desperate scrambling attempt to understand an economy that, in the fall of 2008, tripped, stumbled, and fell into a meat grinder, and out of a sudden appreciation for the vast immortal and invisible systems that ran on faith and investment and dreams and, once in a while, died–and then, to stave off disaster, had to be resurrected by hardworking young men and women who wear suits and speak Latin.  I talked about Bryn Terfel and how operatic voices mature and develop over time, and about the many uses of the wonderful household maintenance tool called a five-way, and about a lot of things really.

The laughs came in all the right places, but I could hear the silences too, between my words, which is always encouraging when working with an audience.

Afterward my editors took me to Tor’s amazing Manhattan offices, where, walking about, we ran into Cory Doctorow, John Scalzi, and Charles Stross, who were all as amazing class-act type guys as you might imagine from reading their books and their essays scattered through the web.  They were in town to give a panel on DRM at BEA (Acronyms!  Not just for the consulting world any more!), but if I ever learn that Tor offices aren’t constantly full of excellent writers in smoking jackets, I think my vision of the world will tilt from its axle and explode.

Now really running up against my time limit, so let’s make the longer story even shorter.

In the afternoon we returned to the LibraryJournal event to sign books, which means for the first time I got my hands on a real live ARC of Three Parts Dead!  They’re beautiful.  The cover art looks even more amazing in person.  And we gave a *ton* of them away, often to people who walked up to me saying, “I don’t often read fantasy, but the way you talked about the book at the panel really intrigued me!”  Which was maybe the best part of the day, outside of, you know, all the other parts of the day.

And time!  Twenty-five minutes elapsed, now I need to run downstairs and catch the shuttle to Rockport.  Best to everyone, and I promise I’ll share some more exciting news come Monday!


Three Parts Dead to publish with Tor!

For the last couple weeks, many tumblers have been falling into place in many locks – but at last, I can announce:  Tor will publish my novel, Three Parts Dead.

I’m so excited that it’s difficult to figure out what more to write – maybe I should just take a page from Victor Hugo’s publisher and post a single exclamation point.  I spend a lot of time in front of my keyboard, and it’ll be wonderful to see the product of that time out in the world.  My editor at Tor is really supportive, and excited about the book; Weronika’s been wonderful in shepherding the manuscript through various stages of submission and review.  The folks at Operation Awesome made the initial introduction, and if it hadn’t been for my friend Sam Justice’s urging, I wouldn’t have decided to buckle down and query in December.  Not to mention the constant encouragement I’ve received from wife, family, and friends down the years, without which I would have thrown my keyboard through the window, and followed it soon after…

And now I start to hear the Oscar band playing off stage, and the host advances with his shepherd’s crook…

The funniest thing about this whole process is that the further you get, the more work there is to do.  A long road stretches from here to final publication, and along that road I need to turn in at least one more book (hopefully more than one!) in addition to the marketing, planning, and general madness.  Oddly, this prospect doesn’t phase me one bit.  I feel like the young gentleman in the painting on the cover of Lord Byron’s Novel, who has obviously just reached the peak of one mountain, and stares out at an endless vista of further mountains to climb.

Well, let’s climb some more mountains.

Curious about the details?  Want a basic description of the plot?  Publishers Marketplace has the capsule description, but I think it’s behind a paywall – Weronika’s posted it to her tumblr.  Publishers Weekly’s description is in the free and clear on their website.