Excellent Reviews of Jack Dann’s Shadows in the Stone

In the latest edition of Asimov’s Science Fiction, a wonderful review has been posted for Jack Dann’s Shadows in The Stone, a powerful alt-history fantasy published back in November 2019.

It reminds us that COVID-19 has had a serious effect on the publishing industry and our products published late in 2019 and early in 2020, have not had the opportunity to be marketed as well as we wanted. And yet, we appreciate quality magazines and ezines continuing to review our work, even if some time has passed – we thank them.

To remind readers of the awesomeness of Jack Dann’s latest novel, we would like to pick three particularly notable reviews:

Asimov’s Science Fiction, reviewed by Peter Heck (current issue)
Much is said, and all glowing, but his closing paragraph is notable:
“Dann has always been willing to color outside the accepted lines of genre fiction, while drawing on a stunning range of source material to ground his visions. If you’re in the market for something completely different—in the best possible way—Shadows in the Stone fills the bill.”

Galaxy’s Edge, reviewed by Richard Chwedyk (Jan 2020)
Again, a glowing review, including:
“At heart, I believe, Dann is a science fiction writer, which is why his alternate worlds of magic and wonder are so unquestionably vivid. He scrutinizes angels and demons as if they were aliens from a newly-discovered world. He creates his own physics to allow for magic, and follows its rules fastidiously. And, like many a good science fiction writer, he measures the consequences of great power practiced by we ever-fallible humans. It’s what we do.

And Jack Dann does it brilliantly.

Into the bargain, we get a phantasmagorically brilliant cover by ever-reliable Bob Eggleton.

Now that’s class.”

Locus, reviewed by Paul Di Filippo (Dec 2019)

“With flavors of the work of Gene Wolfe and John Crowley, James Morrow and K.J. Parker, Dann’s new book is guaranteed to take the reader on a whirlwind journey of danger and enlightenment behind the cardboard reality we mistake for the universe’s true substance.”

We want to remind readers of these reviews and what Jack Dann’s masterpiece can offer to them. Next year, with an expectation that industry sales figures will improve, IFWG will be taking steps to roadshow its many new titles that were meant to be published in 2020, as well as ensuring that those that were caught on the cusp – such as Shadows in the Stone – are given an opportunity to be properly showcased. Stay tuned.

Excellent Review of Ian C Douglas’ The Infinity Trap

Taken from author and bloggist Lee Murray’s blog site:

http://www.leemurray.info/infinity-trap/

The Infinity Trap is what happens when Ender’s Game, Harry Potter, Star Wars and Grange Hill are popped in a Tardis and shaken about a bit to create a wonderful, gripping could-be-the-end-of-the-world tale for those reluctant boy readers. With strange languages, bots and prophecies, The Infinity Trap is the story of Zeke, who has cheated on his entrance exam in order to get himself to Chasm, an elite off-world school for psychics, where he hopes to pick up the trace of his missing father. But something more sinister than the usual school bullying is going on at Chasm and when the school’s youngest student, Pin-mei, is kidnapped, Zeke must abandon his quest and set out to find the creature who took his friend. After all, the future of the universe could be at stake. But in a school where everyone has a psychic skill, it’s a tall order. Terrific dialogue, some wonderful technology and edge-of-your-seat plotting, makes The Infinity Trap the perfect book to drag middle graders and younger teens away from the screen and into reading.

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