Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Worth the wait

Eight years.  Four major rewrites.  That's part of Rachel Hartman's journey to publication of her book, Seraphina, available in bookstores yesterday.
There's been a lot of hype, many reviews, four (four!) starred reviews - and since she and I have been reading each other's blogs and sending each other encouraging email regarding the writing of books for several years - I was looking forward to it.  I was thrilled for her, and yet I wondered - could this book live up to the hype?

I bought it for Kindle yesterday, and I started to read.  "I remember being born."  Great first line, I thought.   I read the second line. "In fact, I remember a time before that."


And really, the only reason I put it down is that the inlaws are on their way here, and there was laundry to do, and also I had to sleep.  I finished it in the bath this morning, even though Kindles and baths should be mixed very, very carefully.

I was kind of braced for ...well, envy.  Rachel's been focussed and determined and passionate and gotten the job done, and gotten the book out there , and I - haven't.  (Yet.)

But I couldn't find any envy.  I was enjoying reading it too much.  This is a beautiful book, beautifully written, some gorgeous turns of phrase,  a plot that intrigues (and really impressed me!) and a really really likable heroine.  Some fascinating constructs - she thought up new things! Interesting things.  I'm not telling you what they are because, really, if you love words, and you love story, and you like a richly imagined world populated by a fantastic variety of characters will love this book.  And you should go buy it, so Rachel can write another one, and another one, and another one after that.


ccap said...

Two comments for the price of one. 1. That IS a great first line and a great second line.
2. My favorite word of this post: yet. :-)

Anonymous said...

AND...besides all that, I hope Rachel will be able to write a similar blogging comment about YOU one of these near, near days!

Best wishes for you - C.C.