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July 28th, 2010

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02:43 pm - On Sale Reminder: Clockwork Phoenix 3
This is just to let people know, or remind them if they already knew, that Clockwork Phoenix 3 is out in the wild and can be ordered online now.

See why Publishers Weekly says: "Allen's third volume of extraordinary short stories reaches new heights of rarity and wonder . . . Without a wrong note, all the stories in this anthology admirably fulfill Allen's promise of 'beauty and strangeness.'"

Be sure to read my story, "Your Name Is Eve" and discover why Adam Callaway at Sensawunda says "It almost felt like a folktale; it almost felt like a poem...", why Leigh Kimmel at The Billion Lightyear Bookshelf calls it "a very allusive story, almost literary in the delicacy of its handling of the characters and their activities" and why Nate Winchester at Impish Idea claims "...this one is my favorite so far. This is how you blur the line between metaphor and reality and draw the readers in and invest them in your work."

With stories by Tanith Lee, Marie Brennan, Shweta Narayan, Gregory Frost, John Grant, Cat Rambo, John C. Wright, and more, this is one anthology that's sure to astound, amaze, and blow the mind. And not just because I'm in it.
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Date:July 28th, 2010 07:01 pm (UTC)
Done and done; thanks for the reminder. I'm looking forward to a bunch of the stories in this one, and I'm hoping to submit when Mike opens it up again, so hooray, reading it can double as market research.
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Date:August 1st, 2010 05:14 am (UTC)
Hope you enjoy the anthology. I don't know when the next one will open, but keep your eyes peeled for announcements. I'm trying to encourage Mike to edit other awesome things, but he's insisting on being a writer for a while. :>
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Date:August 1st, 2010 07:23 am (UTC)
I'm really liking it a lot--just finished your story this evening and also liked it a great deal. I thought it was a little reminiscent of Gaiman, without being derivative at all. The descriptions of the dreams were wonderfully vivid.

So far I think it's a great mix of ideas and voices. If the rest of the stories deliver, I might just have to go pick up the first two volumes, which I sadly don't yet own.
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Date:August 1st, 2010 01:57 pm (UTC)
The other two are okay, but they don't have me, :) Seriously, they're awesome.

Glad you liked my story. I knew I ran the risk of being compared to Gaiman, who pretty much wrote the book on dreams, but I tried to steer clear of any direct influence.

It's funny. "Your Name Is Eve" is essentially my Gaimanesque dark romance, while "Claus of Death" was my answer to Jim Butcheresque noir urban fantasy/mysteries, and "Keys" was my attempt to do YA short fiction in a Charles de Lint voice. I wonder whose style I'll pay homage to in my next regular sale! (No clue if I was invoking anyone in particular for any of my Circlet stuff....)

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