Monday, December 15, 2008

Review of Winterstrike, a novel by Liz Williams

David McWilliam of the website Strange Horizons has a detailed review of Winterstrike (September 2008), a new novel by British author Liz Williams and the first in a planned Gothic SF trilogy. Featuring the city of Winterstrike on a colonized Mars, the novel made Amazon UK’s list of The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of 2008.

McWilliam pulls no punches in his analysis, concluding “Williams clearly has the imagination and skill to engage the reader and draw them into her fictional worlds; it's keeping them interested where she falls down.” An interesting review if you’re not afraid to read a spoiler or two.

Winterstrike was also reviewed by the blogs Fantasy Book Critic, Walker of Worlds,, Cheryl’s Mewsings, and the newspaper The Guardian.

The fact that so many critics and fans are taking the time to review Williams’ new novel is encouraging. I’ll be scrounging up the money to buy this book when it is released in the United States. But, I already know how that story will end: “No, thank you, please don’t trouble yourself by ordering a copy of Winterstrike for me, I’ll just buy it off Amazon. Thanks.”

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