Went to a reading by Joe Abercrombie at Waterstone’s Manchester Deansgate last night. Far better event than the Robin Hobb one last year.
Mr. A opened with a few good gags (scripted, but hey there’s nothing wrong with that) and then read a decent section from his new book The Heroes. Then we bounced into a Q&A session and he was just as witty dealing with those questions, although he wasn’t convincing as to why there wasn’t that much magic in his books (a problem also shared by the likes of Scott Lynch, of course, so he’s in good company).
Definitely worth the £3! And better than that: the hard back of The Heroes is half price in Waterstone’s at the mo, so what with the £3 taken off the cover price as well, I got a signed copy for £4.49 (with points on my Waterstone’s card too)!!! How can anyone actually make money on that sort of price?
I asked Mr. A how many copies he sold at his Waterstone’s Guildford signing event in Jan. 70! Oops, I won’t beat that on 26 Feb, methinks, as the store has only ordered 70 copies total for me. Oh well. I’m better looking than he is.
As for The Heroes, is it any good? Well, I’ve only read the first chapter so far and that’s enjoyable. The writing style is a bit curious (as my mate Mike quickly pointed out) – all sentence fragments for the paragraphs of description. It’s a bit like a stream of consciousness (albeit a deconstructed one, which is probably an oxymoron?) that serves to make the description as immediate as a first person narrative while still remaining in third person. It works… when it’s not overdone. I’ll let you know more when I’ve got further with it.