Monday, October 28, 2013

Some Hild-ish bits and bobs

A lovely review of Hild by Ilana Teitelbaum in Shelf Awareness:

Hild is an immersive experience, its exquisite language serving as a portal to a distant time and place... Griffith brings a remarkable sensuousness to the setting, beautifully evoking the lush physicality of the joys, hardships and sheer work involved in a life so intertwined with the vagaries of the natural world. The language is strung with unexpected gemlike turns of phrase: women ride in a wagon "like coddled eggs," their boots "the colour of owl breasts."
No comparisons to other writers, though, so our competition score still stands at 10...

...Or it would if you didn't count reviews on Goodreads. And today I do. So now we add Marion Zimmer Bradley to Hilary Mantel, Sigrid Undset, T.H. White, George R.R. Martin, Ellis Peters, Rosemary Sutcliff, J.R.R. Tolkien, whoever wrote Beowulf, the person to whom we attribute the Arthur legends, and Seamus Heaney.

That makes the count:

11 total: 2 undeclared, 4 women, 5 men
Also, I won't be going to Miami next month. But I might possibly be in Chicago at Women and Children First, Madison for Room Of One's Own, and Gary to talk to a class of UIN students. There are still plenty of details to work out, so as and when that firms up I'll let you know.
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