Youmans (pronounced like 'yeoman' with an 's' added) is the best-kept secret
among contemporary American writers. --John Wilson, editor, Books and Culture Marly Youmans is a novelist and poet out of sync with the times
but in tune with the ages. --First Things

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Dazzle

"Hell, Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant was the subject of this kind of [sf/f/h] community outrage last summer, but it’s the best Fantasy novel I’ve read in years. American poet Marly Youmans’ Thaliad might be the best post-apocalyptic book I’ve ever read. Neither of these writers come from traditional genre backgrounds, but they’ve shown up and produced dazzling works nonetheless." --Tom Atherton (UK)

Love when a book of mine finds an unexpected compliment in a review that belongs to someone else.... Thank you, Tom Atherton.

And here's his first review of Thaliad. And he kindly wrote about the book again in a review of Glimmerglass at Strange Horizons.

8 comments:

  1. I hope you do not mind this one:
    http://solitarypraxis.blogspot.com/2016/08/the-poet-and-golem-by-marly-youmans.html
    v/r
    Tim

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  2. And Frank Wilson responds:
    http://booksinq.blogspot.com/
    v/r
    Tim

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  3. Dazzling, gratifying! Congratulations, Marly, on how the praise keeps coming!

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    1. Oh, I'm an obscure little person who doesn't like marketing. But it's very nice when somebody I respect has good things to say.

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  4. Always glad to see a mention of "Thaliad." It's really something special.

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    1. These days, it's amazing when a poetry book keeps selling, four years after publication. Hope it keeps trickling on.

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Alas, I must once again remind large numbers of Chinese salesmen and other worldwide peddlers that if they fall into the Gulf of Spam, they will be eaten by roaming Balrogs. The rest of you, lovers of grace, poetry, and horses (nod to Yeats--you do not have to be fond of horses), feel free to leave fascinating missives and curious arguments.