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John C. Wright is almost too ridiculous to make fun of anymore, much less arouse in me any genuine anger. He's become this grotesque self-parody of a grotesque self-parody. Anyway...

Yesterday, I wrote 1,588 words on Chapter Two of Red Delicious ("The Girl"). Late in the day, the meeting with Dark Horse went very well, and perhaps there will be news I can pass along soonish.

It rained most of the day, and quite a lot of the snow melted. Winter becomes ugly again. Snow cat has become a puddle of her/his former self. But at least Spooky can get out of the driveway now. We've pretty much decimated our cache of blizzard rations, and the rain probably saved us from scurvy.

My thanks to all the Sirenia Digest subscribers who have taken part in last night's poll. And if you're a subscriber and haven't yet done so, please do. If you're not a subscriber, please don't do so. Thanks.

Nice to see Blood Oranges up to 4.5 stars on Amazon. Also, from the department of "I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this, but it must be sort of cool," much of Paul Goat Allen's B&N.com article "Paranormal Fantasy’s Top Ten Butt-Kicking Heroines" is devoted to Siobhan Quinn. I won't get into the redundant absurdity of a phrase like "paranormal fantasy," but I do confess being a little squicked out at finding myself lumped into the hold-a-weapon-while-glowering-alluringly-over-your-shoulder tramp-stamp crowd. Still, there's high (and articulate) praise here for the novel, and I don't want to seem too ungrateful. I'm going to quote this in full, behind the cut, because it may someday go away over at B&N (and apologies to Mr. Allen for doing so):

Besides wanting to get a realistic list out there of the baddest of the badass paranormal fantasy heroines, I also wanted to shed some light on a recently released novel that absolutely blew me away: Blood Oranges by Caitlin R. Kiernan (writing as Kathleen Tierney). I am a big fan of Kiernan’s dark fantasy and when I heard she was releasing an urban fantasy (the beginning of a series), I couldn’t wait to read it.

In Blood Oranges, Kiernan turns the badassery up to 11. I have never read a paranormal fantasy with a female lead that is so acerbic, so ill tempered, so foul-mouthed, so nasty, and irrevocably flawed. And that’s the genius of this novel. Kiernan has written what is essentially a paranormal fantasy parody in which she takes some of the genre’s tropes and exaggerates them tenfold. Take the novel’s antihero, Siobhan Quinn, for example. Here is a hardcore heroin junkie who gets bitten by a werewolf and a vampire in the same night and has her already dismal existence turned upside down when she realizes she has become a supernatural weapon in a grudge match between “nasties.”

A satirical look at the tropes of paranormal fantasy, the black-hearted humor in this novel is just relentless. Nothing is safe from Quinn’s ire. The commentary is brutal. Here she rips into Stephenie Meyer:

“And take it from me, vampires sure as hell don’t sparkle… or glitter… or twinkle, no matter what that silly Mormon twit may have written, no matter how many books she’s sold, and no matter how many celibate high school girls have signed themselves up for Team Edward.”

I loved this novel; Kiernan’s wit is razor sharp and there are so many brilliantly sardonic sequences throughout. It’s a treasure trove of great one-liners and it's filled with literary references, from Lovecraft to King to Blake.
Blood Oranges is darkly comedic but it’s also incredibly smart and more than a little disturbing.

And Siobhan Quinn… I challenge anyone to find a female paranormal fantasy lead that has an attitude as bad that Kiernan’s monstrous ex-junkie with piranha teeth!

Yes, Quinn actually does refer to Stephenie Meyer as "that silly Mormon twit."

Okay, time to write. Oh, and we're now into the very last hour of the Very Special Alabaster Auction*, so please have a look if you are so inclined. Remember. Calico bunny cozy! Plus, there are other current auctions.

I Say Shit,
Aunt Beast

Sold for $201.02. Very good.


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Feb. 12th, 2013 05:23 pm (UTC)
The more I hear about Blood Oranges, the more I wanna read it. :D
Feb. 12th, 2013 06:34 pm (UTC)
I'm glad your book didn't get stuck with one of those boring covers. They look ridiculous, especially when you grouped together like that. Thankfully you're here to kick this genre in the ass.
Feb. 12th, 2013 07:21 pm (UTC)

Yep. I was actually happy with that cover.
Feb. 12th, 2013 07:15 pm (UTC)
That is a great review which touches upon all the elements which make the novel such a compelling - and fun - read; I doubt I could say better and so will have to resort to a rewording-of-sorts when I post my Amazon review. I suppose the one thing I plan to stress is beneath all the razor-sharp satire there is a true (undead) heart which gives life to Quinn's world and enjoyment to those of us who visit it.
Feb. 12th, 2013 07:22 pm (UTC)
A resounding yes! Out of curiosity will there be another piece accompanying each chapter or would each issue only contain the Fay Grimmer chapter?
Feb. 12th, 2013 07:24 pm (UTC)

Out of curiosity will there be another piece accompanying each chapter or would each issue only contain the Fay Grimmer chapter?

Feb. 12th, 2013 08:57 pm (UTC)

What she means is... you get a chapter and a new piece each month.
Feb. 12th, 2013 09:18 pm (UTC)

Feb. 12th, 2013 07:22 pm (UTC)
John C. Wright reminds me very strongly of one of my undergraduate roomies who was a moderately smart guy who'd gone to a fairly lousy high school in which he was the smartest guy around, and who had got it so stuck in his head that he would always be the smartest guy around that he was blithely incapable of grasping that at a good university he was surrounded by people at least as smart if not smarter. There is a certain degree of entertainment to be had from watching him flounder on panels with significantly smarter people who are not averse to making that clear, in an intellectual bear-baiting sort of way; in an ideal world I would get to watch him stuck between James Morrow and Peter Watts in a panel on the nature of consciousness, which I think makes me not a nice person.

Provided it's on the shelves as Chapters/Indigo claim, I shall be buying a copy of Blood Oranges this evening after work.
Feb. 12th, 2013 07:25 pm (UTC)

I shall be buying a copy of Blood Oranges this evening after work.

Thank you.
Feb. 12th, 2013 07:49 pm (UTC)
Received my copy of "Blood Oranges" in the post yesterday. Woot!
Thought it was "interesting" that this book has a glossy cover, while the covers on your regular CRK books have a flat matte finish.

Reaffirming my yes on the poll. Intrigued as hell to read Fay Grimmer.

Edited at 2013-02-12 08:22 pm (UTC)
Feb. 12th, 2013 08:26 pm (UTC)
...the baddest of the badass paranormal fantasy heroines...

Which amuses me because, by and large, the violence is described in a manner suggesting it being incredibly short-lived and brutally resolved. Well not that the injuries are resolved or that there aren't consequences, but there aren't large, action-movie, operatic scenes of River Tam/Buffy Summers ass kicking. Blood Oranges is less of an action-packed slugfest and more of a (quickly paced) noir/gumshoe tale. With a werepire. Nosferaloup. Pirhana Furry. Whatever.

Quinn sort of exists in a world where there is tons of shit going on around here, big rivalries and bloody feuds between supernatural creatures and mythological beings. Yet, she trudges through it, eyes firmly planted on the sidewalk, while muttering a constant string of "fuck" "asshole" "douchebag" and wondering when the next bag of shitty troll diapers is going to fall on her. She's pretty much the opposite of the archetypical "chosen ones" these kinds of novels set up. She's unique, which everyone acknowledges; rather than this giving her a privileged status among the supernatural, she's treated even worse than the lowest sack of crap on the planet.

Good stuff.
Feb. 12th, 2013 09:20 pm (UTC)

Which amuses me because, by and large, the violence is described in a manner suggesting it being incredibly short-lived and brutally resolved.

Which is usually how violence goes.

Thank you.
Feb. 12th, 2013 08:50 pm (UTC)
And Yes, Quinn actually does refer to Stephenie Meyer as "that silly Mormon twit." is one of the many reasons to love your work.
Jada Walker
Feb. 12th, 2013 09:10 pm (UTC)
Great review/ commentary on B&N. And you have a tramp-stamp, I just know it ;-)
Who got the bunny-cozy Alabaster book? I tried but didn't win! I'd love another bunny-cozy chance sometime.
Feb. 12th, 2013 09:21 pm (UTC)

And you have a tramp-stamp, I just know it


Who got the bunny-cozy Alabaster book?

Honestly, I have no idea.
Feb. 12th, 2013 09:52 pm (UTC)

(rising to the surface to briefly wave before sinking back into the morass of undergraduate teaching)

Blood Oranges arrived last week (on my b'day, serendipitously) and I scarfed it down in one sitting. A very fast and twisted read, with truly memorable characters and situations. You did a glorious reverse-grind on the genre's tropes, taking a batch of mundane hamburger and turning it into beautiful sizzling steak.

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