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    Any one seen Surface Detail reviews?

    Good one in the new SFX (issue 201)
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    Have SFX published the Fannish Inquisition interview, where they asked for questions from fans?

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    I believe that's in the next issue (202) on sale mid October-ish.

    I did have some questions for that, but by the time I got my ass in gear to send them it had gone passed the deadline, ahh well.
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    Part one's up on the SFX site, dave
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    Bl**dy brilliant book, that's all I'm going to say.
    Drink, but very carefully...

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    what he just said ^
    hmmm, thinking...

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    Pretty good (is that a back-handed compliment or what?). What bothers me, as others have pointed out, is a lack of strong editorial oversight. There seems to be a tendency in the Algebraist, Matter, and SD, toward filler in the form of loose threads and extraneous characters. To my mind the whole Yime Nsokyi bit is mostly pointless, as is a lot of the Pavulean stuff. Yime seems there mostly to provide exposition, to introduce the Bulbitian idea, and then dissipates like smoke towards the end. After the initial Hell introduction, most of the Pavulean material is irrelevant. It seems to me the book could easily have been tightened to around 450-500 pages without losing anything in the process. The extra 100+ pages don't ruin the book for me, far from it (being a fan and exponent of tangential thought), but it might make a more enticing read for those not as enamored of the Cultureverse as I am.

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    Fantasy author Jeff Vandermeer reviews Surface Detail in the Los Angeles TImes.

    http://articles.latimes.com/2011/jan...eview-20110101
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    Hmm seems more a synopsis than a review.

    Also:
    "A section in which the character Chay refuses to give up hope and is banished by the head demon to the Refuge, a kind of virtual monastery, is especially poignant"
    I thought the point was that she had given up all hope, or did I get that wrong?
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