A Traitor to Dreams is still getting positive reviews. I appreciate any reviews, since it means people have read the book and care enough to share their thoughts, but positive reviews are obviously preferable.
I just find it interesting that I keep getting comments like these:
“. . . was both what I was expecting in a lot of places and not at all what I was expecting in others.”
“I truly don’t know how to describe this book in an intelligent way without surrendering some critical plot elements . . .”
“This book is hard to peg . . . I would classify this story as pure weird fiction, the type that would have been serialized in a modern day edition of Weird Tales, if one existed, and still remembered its roots. The story manages to get stranger and stranger as it goes but it never loses its grounding as an adventure story.”
“This deviation from common tropes is worth a read.”
“A Fun and Strange Adventure”
I’m not bothered or offended by any of these. I’m just interested in the fact that everyone seems to find the book so weird. I’m actually flattered, because that means A Traitor to Dreams sits in its own little niche and isn’t too derivative of the works which influenced it–a common fear for all authors.
I just find it humorous because I don’t think I or my writing is all that weird.
But as with any art, it’s not up to the artist to make this call, popular conceptions of the artisté be damned. It’s up to the audience.
My book’s inherent weirdness is a testament to the joy I’ve discovered in the Pulp Rev community. Pulp Rev is full of men and women of all colors and creeds and whatnot who don’t view political considerations or the narrative of the day as the litmus test for whether art is good.
We’re people who love joy, wonder, adventure, heroism, fun, style, escapism, and entertaining along with truth and beauty and everything belief in such things entails.
We are not about rigid genre definitions and the inclusion of diversity quotas in our books.
We read and enjoy old stuff as much as the new stuff, and use everything as an influence.
I’ve moved from being a literary snob with a penchant for brick-sized epic fantasy to a literary snob with a penchant for brick-sized epic fantasy who also likes daring escapes, fast-paced action, flaming swords (lots of flaming swords), romance, and good triumphing over evil.
Becoming a published author after over a decade of writing multiple, not-ready-for-prime-time novels of all genres has been an educational trip for my writing and my soul. I can safely say I’ve loved every minute of it.
To hear A Traitor to Dreams–a decidedly modern novel in the sense that it’s written from the deep POV so prevalent in today’s fiction and one with plenty of internal monologue–described as “weird fiction” is an absolute and unmitigated honor.
So to everyone whose bought A Traitor to Dreams, thank you. To everyone who’s reviewed it, thank you as well, because you provide valuable feedback and encouragement. But most importantly, thank you to everyone who’s read my book. I hope I was able to entertain you for a few hours, made you feel better, and maybe even make you think about something a bit differently than before.
Some Other Absolutely Bonkers Pulp Rev and Pulp Rev Adjacent Works You Might Enjoy:
- You like weird fiction? Check out Dominika Lein’s entire oeuvre. I particularly liked I, the One and We, the Two.
- Rawle Nyanzi’s genre-defying mechs-meets-superheroes-meets-ninjas alternate history Shining Tomorrow is anime on crack and a guaranteed good time for all. And don’t forget his first book, Sword & Flower about a Japanese pop star and a sword-wielding pilgrim uniting to fight demons.
- Benjamin Cheah’s Dungeon Samurai is out now, and tells the tale of demons who whisk a martial arts dojo away into a dungeon. I’m simplifying the premise, but trust me, it’s absolutely bananas in the best way possible.
- Brian Niemeier’s Soul Cycle series is like if Star Wars crashes a party hosted by The Divine Comedy, where Dune and The Thing are guests.
- Jon Mollison’s Sudden Rescue is about a long-haul trucker in spaaaaaaace who stumbles across a princess and has to avert an intergalactic war. Fun stuff!
- I haven’t yet read Jill Domschot’s The Minäverse–it’s on my iPad waiting–but just . . . just read the description and tell me you’re not hooked.
- J.D. Cowan’s Grey Cat Blues is a nigh-indescribable rockabilly inspired interplanetary sci-fi beat ’em up noir mystery. In other words, awesome.