Booklist, another publishing trade industry juggernaut, has weighed in with a review of Riot Load. Even though there is no really great pull quote like Publishers Weekly had, they still seemed to enjoy it and get what I was trying to do. That’s what counts. You can find the full review at Booklist Online, but here are a few of my favorite passages:
“This is hardly the first book about writing a book, but usually they tend toward the arty—Lawrence Durrell’s Alexandria Quartet, for example. Quertermous is after something different.”
And that’s true. I was aiming for the opposite of arty. I like this one too:
“Readers must abandon expectations for a conventional crime novel and enjoy, if they can, the way one absurd situation flows into another. Eventually, we get a glimpse of the novel he’ll (Dominick, not me, that would really change the tone of this review) write, and if we’re never sure it’s a novel we would want to read, we can’t quite stop ourselves from reading about it.”
Again, right on. While the overall tone kind of hedges on coming right out and saying the book is good, I think the reviewer really got what I was trying to do with the book and seemed to appreciate it. I’ll take it.