Yes, that’s a really big picture of the title of Joe Abercrombie’s first book. I’m a pretty big proponent of his work, in case anyone wasn’t aware yet. I posted it in celebration of my first post at Tor.com which was published this morning. In it I review Abercrombie’s newest short story “Some Desperado”.
I had not really considered writing for Tor.com until recently when they let Jared Shurin from Pornokitsch in the door. Two things became apparent: (a) I couldn’t let Jared do something I wasn’t also doing and (b) I figured they’ll let anyone write for them. And here we are.
The story I’m reviewing today features Red Country protagonist Shy South and will appear in the George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois anthology, Dangerous Women. Perhaps more significant though, I’m announcing the OFFICIAL (unofficial) reread of Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy which I will be writing for Tor.com.
The reread begins on August 7 with the opening scenes of The Blade Itself. For any of my readers who’ve been waiting on reading Abercrombie’s work this would be an awesome time get on the ball and join me for a wild ride.
Here’s an excerpt from today’s post:
Joe Abercrombie is the author of several novels that I consider some of the finest pieces of fiction from the last decade. I admit that Abercrombie may be a blind spot for me. I can’t see 30-something white British men–really–to the degree that I can’t quite figure out what’s making those women bounce around so much in Game of Thrones. Despite that, I’ve managed to voraciously devour everything he’s written. I even published a review he wrote of his own debut novel, The Blade Itself, as part of Speculative Fiction 2012: The Year’s Online Best Reviews and Commentary. From the First Law Trilogy, to his three subsequent standalone novels, to his short story in Swords and Dark Magic (ed. Lou Anders), to his more recent, and slightly more underground, exploration of unicorn slash fiction, his work has consistently pushed the envelope of what’s expected within the traditional second world fantasy.