Magic or Madness is Boingled

I know you’ve all seen this already—cause, I mean, who doesn’t read boingboing?—but I was boingled. My very first! And what a blush-making boingle it was. And what an immediate impact it had. I woke up to my amazon numbers having zoomed from six figures to below 2,000 and my site getting hammered. Bless you, Cory Doctorow and bless you, boingboing. Here’s my fave thing Cory said about MorM:

Magic or Madness wonderfully mixes a genuinely creepy system of hereditary magic with Australian bush lore, sweet and canny details about New York’s East Village, daily life in Australia, fashion and mathematics, sneaking lectures into dialog and description so subtly you never know they’re there, only that you’re getting the charge of soaking up new knowledge about how the world works.

Tee hee. I am a sneaker of lectures (though not in a shoe way)! I have a major allergy to the infodump (unless it’s written by Kim Stanley Robinson who makes even infodumps sexy) and am always looking for ways to get the necessary info across without breaking the novel or the reader’s brain, so the above fills me with chuffage.

The last few weeks have been chock full of good news. I can’t tell you how bursting I am to tell you the embargoed stuff! Stupid embargo.


  1. romance gal on #

    Congratulattions!!!!!!!!!!!! I heart that blog!!!!!!!!

  2. margo on #

    “Stupid emargo”–hey, watchit!

  3. Justine on #

    Oops! I didn’t mean you! Honest. Not even in a Freudian slip kind of a way. Will fix this instant.

  4. Rachel Brown on #


    …now how do I get Cory Doctorow to write about meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee?

  5. Justine on #

    I have no idea. Slip him your book at a convention? I can’t imagine him or anyone else not loving it.

    It’s strange isn’t it how much influence boingboing and the other big blogs have? I mean not strange—it’s a fabbo blog—It’s just that I can’t imagine how it’d feel to have your reviews cause an instant boost in sales. I think it would paralyse me. Just as well I’m over here in the obscure part of town, eh?

  6. nathaniel on #

    w00+! congrats, sugar! now if only that book was available in South Africa….

  7. Justine on #

    Little Willow & Nathaniel: Gracias!

    Nathaniel: Hmm, you know I have no idea who holds the South African rights . . .

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