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Publishers Weekly Review of Black Sheep

"Society has fractured into three supposedly pure race factions and multiculturalism is a crime in this bleak Orwellian debut, set in the far future. After the Culture War more than a century earlier, the United Nations divided the races to prevent violence and bigotry. Sydney, Australia, has become Asian-Sydney, Caucasian-Sydney and African-Sydney, and crossing the borders is strictly forbidden. Isao Dazai, a recent immigrant from Asian-Tokyo, dares to wonder what the other cities are like, despite fearful warnings from his wife, Kumiko. When she turns him in for speaking multicultural heresy, Isao is sent away for Assimilation, a dehumanizing procedure that strips him of his individuality. Thirteen years later, Isao manages to overcome his programming and becomes desperate to confront Kumiko, who has built a political career on her patriotic betrayal. Although the characters rarely rise above the roles of philosophical mouthpieces, Peek sketches chilling images of a future where individuality is deadly and only sameness provides safety."

—Publishers Weekly.


I'm not exactly sure what the deal is with Publishers Weekly, but I got no complaints with reviews like this. I did an interview with them last week, too, though I'm not sure when it'll be up (or printed, whichever way it works).

But hey, you bought the book?

No?

Amazon, Galaxy, or wherever else you want to go. Don't let some nice reviews, a few interviews, and some offers to write here and there fool you: I've still got to sell a shitload and get word of mouth out for it to mean a thing. That be the lesson for the evening.

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ex_chrisbil
Nov. 26th, 2007 04:10 pm (UTC)
I did buy it!
benpeek
Nov. 26th, 2007 10:16 pm (UTC)
yay!
tanuja
Nov. 26th, 2007 11:44 pm (UTC)
I bought it and have just been told (almost a week later) that Amazon are going to post it.

Quick question (to which you may not have an answer), why are books so much more expensive in Australia than the US or even the UK?

benpeek
Nov. 26th, 2007 11:47 pm (UTC)
i have no idea, but then everything is more expensive in australia, i think. maybe it's just that.
frogworth
Nov. 26th, 2007 11:54 pm (UTC)
I bought it, and then I wrote to Sean who will post me the proper version. Which is nice, really. I can give the badly-printed version away to someone, or I can burn it in a little ceremony in my backyard. Your choice.
benpeek
Nov. 26th, 2007 11:56 pm (UTC)
go with what's in your heart.

(the popular choice appears to be, 'keep the book until i die, and then sell it later for a slight profit.')
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