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-o
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,
Sold for $201.02. Very good.