Real-Time Review Reaches the End

Des Lewis finished his real-time review of Hieroglyphs of Blood and Bone, in case you were waiting to read the whole thing at once. Thanks, Des!

Here’s a teaser:

“A truly remarkable novel that both frustrates and inspires, and I feel increasingly confident that the deliberate-seeming balance between frustration and inspiration is perfectly poised.

Here’s a link to the full real-time review:

https://dflewisreviews.wordpress.com/2017/03/08/hieroglyphs-of-blood-and-bone-michael-griffin/

Maybe S.P. Miskowski Will Convince You

It makes my day to see such a wonderful review of AN IDEAL RETREAT by one of my favorite writers. Yes!

Here’s just a sample:

This is fiction for grownups who know the meaning of compromise and sacrifice. This is writing for people who have made mistakes and survived. Highly recommended.

Read S.P. Miskowski’s full review on Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1943524875

As of early this morning, I’m told Dim Shores only has 5 copies remaining of the edition of 200, so if S.P.’s review has convinced you, I’d hurry up and grab a copy.

http://dimshores.storenvy.com/products/18112772-an-ideal-retreat

Aaron J Besson Reviews Hieroglyphs

Now that Hieroglyphs of Blood and Bone has been out for a couple weeks, the reviews are starting to come in, the latest by Aaron J Besson on his review blog Hex Libris. Here’s a pull quote:

“Griffin does a magnificent job of a crafting a story where the reader has little choice but to join in the unsureness (he almost does away with an ongoing sense of time altogether)… Even at the end there is much unanswered, but it cannot be said that the questions asked are not beautiful, extraordinary, and weird.”
-Aaron Besson, Hex Libris

Link to full review:
http://www.aaronjbesson.com/book-reviews-1/2017/3/8/hieroglyphs-of-blood-and-bone-mike-griffin

My thanks to Aaron for the great coverage!

Hieroglyphs Real-Time Review by Des Lewis

The excellent Des Lewis is undertaking one of his “real-time reviews” of HIEROGLYPHS OF BLOOD AND BONE.

LINK:

https://dflewisreviews.wordpress.com/2017/03/08/hieroglyphs-of-blood-and-bone-michael-griffin/

In these real-time reviews, he offers comments along the way, throughout his reading of a book or story, rather than reading the whole thing then summarizing his thoughts at th end. It’s always interesting to see what Des thinks of a story! He’s just started on this one, so if you want to see his reactions to the latter parts of the book, it will be necessary to keep checking back at the above link.

Hieroglyphs Reviewed at This Is Horror

The first review of Hieroglyphs of Blood and Bone just appeared on This is Horror. You’ll have to follow the link to read the whole review, but here’s a pull quote:

“The relentless sense of foreboding which has built from the first page until the very last remains with the reader long after the book is closed.”

LINK: http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/book-review-hieroglyphs-of-blood-and-bone-by-michael-griffin/

My thanks to reviewer Kev Harrison for the coverage!

Nightscript 2 Real-Time Review by Des Lewis

Any observer of Weird/Horror Fiction over the past several years has probably see the Real-Time Reviews of Des Lewis, in which Des posts commentary along the way while reading a book. His insights are always interesting, and worth a look.


(image by Des Lewis)

Des has just begun his real-time review of Nightscript II, starting off with the lead story, my own “The Carnival Arrives in Darkness.” The page for the Nightscript II review is HERE. You’ll need to scroll down to see what Des thinks of each story in the comments below.

I plan to check back, day by day, and see what he thinks of the rest of the book! For now, I thank Des for his remarks on my contribution.

Review of An Ideal Retreat at This Is Horror

Thomas Joyce at This Is Horror has wonderful things to say about AN IDEAL RETREAT, my novella upcoming from Dim Shores. Among other things, the reviewer says:

“Griffin’s command of language is clear: his prose is exquisite, his descriptions divine.”

The full review is HERE.

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You can pre-order AN IDEAL RETREAT HERE.

The book will be 112 pages, printed in an edition of 200 copies, which appears to be already roughly 1/3 sold out with a few more weeks left in the preorder period.

My sincere thanks to Thomas Joyce and This Is Horror for the kind words.

Teodor Reljic on “The Human Alchemy”

Teodor Relic’s ongoing read-through and story-by-story analysis of Eternal Frankenstein has reached my novelette, “The Human Alchemy.”

He finishes with “An urbane and superbly structured little chiller that is intellectually engaging more than it is viscerally scary, but that is all the more rewarding for it,” and has a lot more to say leading up to that. Read the full review HERE.

My thanks to Teodor for the interesting appraisal and analysis of my story, not to mention all the other stories in the book he’s already covered, as well as those to come.

Eternal Frankenstein read-a-thon #8 | Michael Griffin

Eternal Frankenstein Reviewed in Rue Morgue

The latest issue of Rue Morgue magazine includes Dejan Ognjanovic’s review of ETERNAL FRANKENSTEIN, the Ross E. Lockhart edited anthology in tribute to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

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I can’t quote the review here, so you’ll have to seek out Rue Morgue for yourself, but I’m pleased to see that Dejan referred used the phrase “The best of the bunch” to refer to my novelette, “The Human Alchemy.”

So far, reaction to ETERNAL FRANKENSTEIN has been very positive, and I look forward to additional feedback as more readers get their hands on a copy. We sold and signed quite a few copies at HPLFF on Saturday!

At Word Horde – http://wordhorde.com/product/frankenstein-bundle/
At Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/Eternal-Frankenstein-Autumn-Christian-ebook/dp/B01KFAZR52

Benoit Lelievre Review at Dead End Follies

It’s been quite a week for reviews of The Lure of Devouring Light. First S.T. Joshi, then John Claude Smith. This morning, Benoit Lelievre has posted a review on his blog, Dead End Follies.

http://www.deadendfollies.com/blog/book-review-michael-griffin-the-lure-of-devouring-light-2016

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Lelievre also references points brought up in previous reviews by Bob Pastorella at This Is Horror, and this week’s controversial Joshi review.

It’s always interesting to see the ways different reviewers see the same book — not just whether they like it or don’t, but which pieces they hold up as particular strengths, and what aspects they consider to be weaknesses. I believe the best way to get a sense of any given book is to read many reviews of the same work in different places, and I’m very pleased to see my book receiving such a variety of coverage. My thanks to Benoit Lelievre for this review.