Everything Is Nice

Beating the nice nice nice thing to death (with fluffy pillows)

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My review of God Of Clocks by Alan Campbell is up now at Strange Horizons.

In my first draft I went off on one about the evils of trilogies, missed deadlines and modern publishing in general. Thankfully for you lot most of this got cut. However, I will take this opportunity to reproduce the full quote from Richard Morgan that I mention in the review:

See, I’d always talked a good fight about making each book in this trilogy a self contained novel, but it wasn’t until quite recently that I realised how deeply satisfied I was with the ending of The Steel Remains. Sure, there are loose ends, but when wasn’t that true of one of my books? But my characters all ended up where I wanted them to be, they bedded down into the consequences and outcomes of what they’d seen and done with the pleasing clunk of emotional deadbolts falling into place – so rolling them all out of bed again, splashing water on their faces and getting them to open up and let in the morning light has proved a lot more problematic than I’d expected. I started at least twice and then had to tear up what I’d written because it was some weak-assed shit. Worse still, when I did finally get onto what felt like the right track, it involved at least a couple of scenes that I really didn’t want to write. If you guys thought The Steel Remains was brutal, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

Written by Martin

3 July 2009 at 08:23

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  1. Niall also cut my thoughts on whether George RR Martin is, in fact, your bitch so I guess those will have to wait for another day.


    3 July 2009 at 10:40

  2. Could you post the cut material here? :)


    3 July 2009 at 12:15

  3. I, too, would be interested in your thoughts regarding whether GRRM is anyones bitch.

    Nick H.

    3 July 2009 at 18:39

  4. ‘George RR’ Martin is one thing; the question is whether ‘Everything-Is-Nice’ Martin is anyone’s bitch.

    Adam Roberts

    4 July 2009 at 10:29

  5. I don’t think my thoughts are worth posting on their own (plus they are implied by the review). However, I will have a look at my original draft when I get back from holiday and see if they are worth sharing.


    9 July 2009 at 13:54

  6. […] last year’s Strange Horizon fund drive. I volunteered as I had been a fan of Campbell’s previous work. I’m very happy with the outcome – the pull quote for the review is “Alan […]

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