Friday, August 08, 2008

Ink and Steel

Since my review of Elizabeth Bear's Ink and Steel probably won't be posted for a while, let me just say that it was awesome, possibly better than Whiskey and Water, and I loved it.

More telling: I actually paid money for the book and also for Hell and Earth (which came in the mail yesterday).

I beseech thee, go buy it. Spend money on it. You may tell yourself that you're doing it to support Bear, and you are, but you're really doing it to support me. How am I possibly supposed to read more Promethean Age novels if people don't buy them? This is about me, you see, and my need for Bear to write Balm and Oil and Unsuitable Metal.

Think of the kids.

That is all.


Anonymous said...

Joe, you seem pretty passionate about these books but I really know little to nothing about the style and genre about them. Could you shoot me your best sale on them? If not you, who else would do it? I'd do the same with GRRM but there are sooooo many more literate than I ;-)


Joe said...


Here are my reviews of the first two Promethean Age novels

Blood and Iron
Whiskey and Water

Hope that helps. :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks Joe, it does help. Sounds like something I might want to try out. I take it I should start with "Blood and Iron"?


Joe said...

Todd: Doesn't really make too much of a difference. Blood and Iron is the first published Promethean Age novel, but you don't really need to have read it to enjoy Ink and Steel.

Blood and Iron is a bit more modern day (1997, I think) and Ink and Steel is set back in the day of William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe (actually, these are the two protagonists).

It all connects and, overall, is linked together, but the novels are reasonably self contained.

Blood and Iron and Whiskey and Water are a linked duology, but are not necessary for Ink and Steel. Hell and Earth is really the second half of I&S

I guess I'd start with B&I, but whatever is the most interesting to you.