Sean Williams

some local reviews

posted on 6 Aug 2005 at 9:04 am

Tim Lloyd of the Adelaide Advertiser (he of the legendary “vacuous” review for TRM) was more impressed with this year’s releases.

Of THE BLOOD DEBT he had much to say: “South Australian writer Sean Williams has been deeply ensconced in his Austral fantasy land for some years now, but his latest book is his clearest vision of the place. It is as though it has been gradually emerging as Williams writes, and now, in THE BLOOD DEBT (…), the plot lines are clearer and more engaging, and the landscapes more closely articulated.

“Williams has been wrestling with a setting that was larger than any single book, and that is a very satisfactory thing. Most fantasy writers have a set-piece, battlefield kind of approach to their worlds, adding extra levels of fable or fiction to keep them interesting. But Williams has been much less mechanical in his approach, stepping through time, and coming from unexpected angles. This time, however, the sense of connectedness in all his landscapes and books is palpable, and various difficult-to-resolve threads have begun to twirl together. …

“Williams’ writing is suffused with themes of orphanhood, broken parenthood and flawed relations, and in this book the emotional themes and the physical landscape truly begin to reflect one another. It’s the best of the books so far…”

He also liked GEODESICA: ASCENT, calling it “high-class”, for which I’m very grateful.

When the Advertiser reported the Ditmar/Aurealis win, they omitted the word “fantasy” from the all-important sentence — “THE CROOKED LETTER is the first novel in Australian history to win the Ditmar and Aurealis awards — but it was still great to get a mention.

SA LIFE, a fancy glossy spread that comes out once a month, ran an article about “Men of Words, Ideas & Flair”. Fellow author (and dude) Max Anderson interviewed me for the piece, and he very kindly described me as “an especially good writer, one very dedicated to his craft. The rhythm and meter in his prose works a deft magic on his readers; he very quickly renders himself invisible, the perfect “glass pane” through which we see his imaginings.”

Max is a forthcoming Big Book Club author, so anyone reading this in SA should check him out.