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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-09-29 16:31
Subject: [books] Madness of Flowers gets a star from PW
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Madness of Flowers cover

Madness of Flowers has received a starred review from Publishers Weekly.

Readers unfamiliar with 2006's Trial of Flowers will be baffled by this sequel; those who have read the former are likely to be both delighted and flabbergasted by the latter. The City Imperishable is the decadent relic of a magical empire in which human and numinal forces struggled until the Old Gods were almost forgotten — but this familiar-sounding background doesn't set up a predictable heroic fantasy yarn. The city's diverse inhabitants, including demigods and manmade dwarves, are subject to violent physical and moral transformations, and Lake's lushly energetic writing pulls readers through startling developments. Major concerns this time include bloody political intrigue, a blockade by corsairs and an expedition to the North that may lead to the city's rebirth or its doom. The result is exuberantly odd, melodramatically ironic and dangerously wonderful.

Originally published at jlake.com.

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Matthew S. Rotundo: Typewriter
User: matthewsrotundo
Date: 2009-09-29 23:33 (UTC)
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Whoa! Dude! Majorly awesome.
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User: deborahjross
Date: 2009-09-29 23:51 (UTC)
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Keyword:Deb and Cleo
"Lushly energetic writing"! Oh, my. Well done!
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Christopher Kastensmidt
User: ckastens
Date: 2009-09-29 23:59 (UTC)
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User: catsparx
Date: 2009-09-30 00:27 (UTC)
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what a beautiful cover!
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User: shelly_rae
Date: 2009-09-30 02:28 (UTC)
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That's a great cover!
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Michael Curry: alton
User: mcurry
Date: 2009-09-30 03:47 (UTC)
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Hurray and congratulations!
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User: beth_bernobich
Date: 2009-09-30 10:53 (UTC)
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Keyword:ballet dancers
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Lawrence M. Schoen
User: klingonguy
Date: 2009-09-30 11:40 (UTC)
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I look forward to reading this, and seeing if it pushes my squick meter to new levels.
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Jay Lake: writing-Trial_of_Flowers
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-09-30 12:37 (UTC)
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Actually, for the most part it's somewhat less squicky than the previous book. Or to be more precise, the squick is a bit different.
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Lawrence M. Schoen
User: klingonguy
Date: 2009-09-30 13:05 (UTC)
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But, but, but... you've carved out a niche for you as the master of nonconsensual, homosexual, dwarf sex.

You have a responsibility to your fans, sir!
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User: twilight2000
Date: 2009-09-30 15:34 (UTC)
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User: mrtact
Date: 2009-10-01 02:16 (UTC)
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Hmm, I should really give Trial of Flowers another go. The first time around, it really wasn't my cup of tea -- so much so that I actually stopped reading it, which rarely happens. Also odd because I deeply enjoy similar artifacts from that geological stratum, such as Perdido Street Station and VanDermeer's Ambergris stories. And also, there are ash junipers on the FIRST FUCKING PAGE! (Yeah, baby! Where else but Texas would you find exploding trees?)
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