I don't know if I can ever explain just how freaking awesome it was today to wake up to the review of Light at Out in Print: Queer Book Reviews this morning. Jerry was incredibly kind, and it was enough to make a fledgling writer fella sniffle more than a bit.
Seriously. Best feeling ever.
Also, even though the book hasn't reached its release day yet, somehow someone managed to post a review over at Amazon, and it's a five-star, so that's freaking awesome. If you want a copy of the book right away - and after that review at Out in Print, even I wanted to buy a copy - it's available right now, no waiting, at Bold Strokes Books (e-formats available to the top-right of that link). Even better, if you pick up a few things, you can key in TEN% in the "coupon code" field during checkout and get 10% off an order of $25 or more. Did I mention Greg Herren's latest Scotty Bradley mystery is out?
This whole ride has been amazing. Feedback has been good - and constructive - and I can't be unhappy about that. People have been asking me about the book launch (details here, where you can RSVP if you're local and/or willing to take a trip to Canada).
Basically, I'm just really happy people are liking the book.
"Rumspringa," by Jason Sanford
This gem of a story is tucked in the middle of Beyond the Sun, an anthology I bumped into thanks to Anthony Cardno - I owe him a thank you - and have been enjoying a story at a time lately on my little trip to read a short story a day for a year.
What's done cleverly here is to take something with a strong contemporary cultural presence - in this case, the Amish - and step generations into the future and to a new world and play out that same culture with even more of a drastic gap between the Amish and the world (and technology) that has developed since then. Toss in the tradition of the Rumspringa (don't feel bad, I had to look it up, too) and you've got a phenomenally told story in one of the styles that Science Fiction does so well.
The world building here is fantastic (as is the verisimilitude Sandord creates around both cultures) and the crisis, conflict, and ultimate direction of the story had just enough unexpected to it to feel like a surprise, even if you do suss out a lot of what you think might be going on. Again, this collection gives me another name to watch out for.