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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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