Bound proofs (18/9/08)

The first bound proofs arrived in the post this morning. As did the following from one of the Gollancz publicity team. Now, they might not be exactly impartial, but this is the first time anyone who didn’t have anything to do with creating The Adamantine Palace has written to me about it, so I’m just going to pretend that they’re impartial and revel in it.

“…I’m not usually someone to heap praise on a book I’ve not finished yet, but I just had to write and let you know that I took Adamantine Palace home last night and promptly missed my tube stop, I was so gripped. I’m around 150 pages into it (I was even late for a friend’s birthday as I lost track of time)  and I already know that I’m reading my favourite fantasy novel in quite a long time… I’m absolutely gripped – the characters are fantastic, the backstage political machinations utterly gripping and not too complex or heavy to follow and the dragons! With the most sparse of descriptions, you’ve brought these things to life… Their size, their power, their majesty – I can see these things living and breathing (fire) and they’re awesome.

As I said, I’m only 150 or so pages in but you’ve got me. You’ve got me really good.”

Apologies to anyone who has/had to have some sort of social interaction with me with me for the next few days – I’ll try to keep the big happy grin under control…

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4 Responses to “Bound proofs (18/9/08)”

  1. Karina says:

    ……I can see your permanent grins even glow to Hamburg :)

  2. Gusted of Tunbridge Wells says:

    We’re grinning with you.

  3. Hilde says:

    Grin away, my dear!

  4. Adam Whitehead says:

    Just reading the review copy now that Simon sent me and I’m very impressed so far and will be doing a review next week. We very briefly talked at the Gollancz party (there was a dragons versus wereducks discussion going on), although there was much free wine flowing around. Just wanted to say congrats on a very good debut book!

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