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Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Hype, reviews and the Lies of Locke Lamora

There's been a lot of controversy recently about this review: http://www.strangehorizons.com/reviews/2006/06/the_lies_.shtml
and in particular, about these two sentences:
Sometimes, as in the case of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, the praise seems
warranted. Far more often I want to know how the reviewer was bribed to tell me
such lies.


We've seen responses from across the blogging speculative fiction community: http://www.emcit.com/wordpress/?p=2760

http://nihilistic-kid.livejournal.com/793588.html

http://notesfromthegeekshow.blogspot.com/2006/06/hype-hype-hoorah.html

So there's not really a lot to add, so I'll limit myself to a couple of brief
comments:

1. Morrison made a very bad choice of words. On the internet
that is deadly. What was implied was pretty insulting, but I think that
most of us actually understand that it was just poor phrasing rather than a
deliberate attempt to slander the vast majority of reviewers on the
internet.

2. We have yet to see a sensible debate on the actual novel of Lies of Locke Lamora. I haven't yet read the book, but other than that one review, I've almost exclusively seen praise for it. It would be far more informative for the debate to have been one on the book rather than on semantics. And it would have been very useful to see some sensible criticism on it, rather than a dislike of it because it wasn't the same book as Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell.

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