These things have been piling up, so . . . .
I answer six questions for Jeff VanderMeer’s Amazon blog. Some of them are standard. Some of them are very much not.
Doug Knipe, Sci-Fi Guy, liked the book.
So did Graeme Flory, though he felt a bit overwhelmed by the historical detail.
By contrast, Emily Huck didn’t see much actual history in it, at least in the sense of specific events. (She will find this flaw remedied and then some in the next book, if she picks it up.)
Gayle Surrette of SFRevu forgot to take review notes while reading, which is encouraging.
Matt Staggs of Enter the Octopus thought the ending was a bit rushed, but liked it anyway.
Kathy, the Oklahoma Booklady, gave it 4.5 out of 5.
And more good things from Aliette de Bodard, who’s the first person I’ve seen peg it as a secret history. (Which is how I view it — that and “historical urban fantasy” are my personal labels for it. Which answers a question in Graeme’s review, I suppose.)
I’ve gotten way fewer e-mails about this book than I did after Doppelganger came out, but many more reviews, both professional and casual. Interesting.