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The first review of CLOCKWORK PHOENIX 4

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Over the past two weeks, I’ve begun sending out advance reviewer copies of Clockwork Phoenix 4. As it shakes out, Lois Tilton of Locus Online ends up having the first word on my Kickstarted anthology, turning around a review more or less immediately (click here to go read.)

She notes that this is her first-ever crack at one of the Clockwork Phoenix anthologies and says, in part:

a rare original anthology … takes best of show this time. … The tone ranges from dark to heartwarming and simple. The overall quality is high … Several of the pieces are quite challenging. Readers will do well to pick up a copy.

Kenneth Schneyer’s “Selected Program Notes from the Retrospective Exhibition of Theresa Rosenberg Latimer” not only receives a “Recommended” rating, but also her “Good Story Award,” the only one she declared in February. She calls it “A piece that rewards re-reading.”

She also gives a “Recommended” to Nicole Kornher-Stace’s “On the Leitmotif of the Trickster Constellation in Northern Hemispheric Star Charts, Post-Apocalypse.” (Yay, long titles!) She calls it “A fascinating puzzle of a fiction.”

She also offers particular lauds to stories by Ian McHugh, Richard Parks, Gemma Files, Tanith Lee, Corinne Duyvis, Benjanun Sriduangkaew and Patricia Russo, and, notably, has very little that’s critical to say about the stories she didn’t actively praise.

Because it’s not clear from the review, I feel the need to clarify: Lois read an uncorrected proof, provided to her just two weeks ago. (That is one spectacular turnaround time.)

However, the anthology will not be publicly available for sale until July. (The others, of course, can all be had now.) Ideally, Kickstarter backers will receive their e-book and/or trade paperback copies in May/June, assuming I can keep the schedule on course. Regardless, by then it will have been proofread.

Perhaps it’s worth mentioning that I still have a few trade paperback ARCs left if there’s a reviewer out there who’s interested.

Originally published at DESCENT INTO LIGHT. You can comment here or there.

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On March 1st, 2013 05:08 am (UTC), rushthatspeaks commented:
Would review if you send-- on my blog, or I could ask if SH are interested if you haven't already sent them one. No guarantees there, though.
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On March 1st, 2013 05:13 am (UTC), time_shark replied:
Hee! I queried Strange Horizons to request a review as their guidelines instruct, got no answer at all — which is what usually happens — so have not sent anything there.

I'm happy to send: I can provide PDF or trade paperback. What's your poison?
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On March 1st, 2013 05:50 am (UTC), asakiyume replied:
Aaaahhh! I want people to get the corrected version! I must work faster!
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On March 1st, 2013 05:54 am (UTC), time_shark replied:
Ha! Well, I've only got four left, if that's any consolation.
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On March 1st, 2013 05:56 am (UTC), time_shark replied:
But of course there's also a PDF version...
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On March 1st, 2013 06:15 am (UTC), asakiyume replied:
LOL, yeah :-P
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On March 1st, 2013 05:49 am (UTC), asakiyume commented:
Yeah, when I saw the remark on putti, I was like, I would have caught that! If she'd gotten a **corrected** proof, that wouldn't have been there! But anyway, yeah, great to have such an early--and positive--review!
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On March 1st, 2013 05:53 am (UTC), time_shark replied:
Yeah, I told her it was an ARC, so I did think that was a bit odd, but oh well. On the other hand, she misspelled the name of the main character in Yukimi's story. Glass houses and all, hee.

It's hard for me to get too worked up at the odd snark or misinterpretation when she clearly liked the book a lot overall.

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On March 1st, 2013 06:14 am (UTC), asakiyume replied:
And while I totally agreed with her about Nicole's story (which is *awesome*), I very much disagreed with her about Yukimi's. I loved the tone in that one.
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On March 1st, 2013 06:18 am (UTC), time_shark replied:
Her summation of it at the end makes me wonder if she, um, missed something? A very major something? Hee. And that's not the only summation where I feel that way. But of course she's right when she praises and wrong when she doesn't, eh? ;-p

(But, yeah, I'm a bit biased, but in my opinion the pieces she dismissed with a handwave are all packed with astonishing stuff. Which of course is why I bought 'em. But there will be other reviewers, other eyes. This is just the first. And one of the toughest, so whew!)

Edited at 2013-03-01 06:27 am (UTC)
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On March 1st, 2013 06:41 am (UTC), asakiyume replied:
LOL, yes on both counts :D
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