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posted on 25 Nov 2006 at 9:23 am

Well, I’m back at my desk. And whew: it’s boiling here in Adelaide. It is, however, quite pleasant with the curtains closed, and I do love to mushroom over the summer months…

While I was away, Rob Bedford posted a couple of items to SFF World, namely a review of The Blood Debt (choice quotes below) and an interview with yours truly. The interview covers everything from balancing SF vs F, writing with Shane Dix, fantasy world-building, the Books of Change/Cataclysm, Astropolis, covers, Star Wars, and more. (Thanks for the interesting questions, Rob, and for the great review too!)

Also, the excellent Darren Nash of Orbit has blown a little secret I’ve been keeping for months: that one of the major landmarks in Saturn Returns name-checks my very dear friend, Cat Sparks. At her request, I should add, for anyone who thinks the reference disrespectful.

There are quite a few personal references in the book, some more covert than others. More on that soon, I suspect…

“Williams infuses his brand of originality along with familiar elements of fantasy freshly enough for The Blood Debt to stand on equal footing with its predecessor – both in this specific series and the genre as a whole…

“I don’t know that subverting is exactly the right word for what Williams does, but the way he plays with the clichés, his creativity and his storytelling ability make The Blood Debt a uniquely satisfying work…

The Blood Debt is truly unique in that it is a ‘middle’ book of a multi-volume saga but also works very well as an ‘entry’ book to a multi-volume saga. Between the characters, the strange creatures, and the landscape, The Blood Debt gives readers something fresh and mildly familiar in Epic Fantasy with his Books of the Cataclysm.”

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