It’s Silver on the Road‘s Paperback Release Day!Â And I really really want to make some brilliant pun on the silver standard and paper currency, butÂ I’m sure one of you folk will pick up the slack… meanwhile, I’m just going to kvell.
A year ago, I was stressing over the release of a new, ambitious, very different project.Â I had no idea how people would like it (although the early reviews had been positive), I had no idea if it would fall down in the opening strides and never be heard from again, or be the book that Made My Name.
Well, neither of those things happened.Â I’m not a NYT bestseller, Hollywood didn’t come knocking (yet), I wasn’t a Hugo Loser or a Nebula winner.Â On the other hand, the book didn’t stumble and fall, either.Â People liked it.Â Some people liked it a lot.Â And it got talked about.Â A lot.Â It got an award nomination (the Endeavor Award for Speculative Fiction). And it kept selling.
And now I’m thrilled to see it come out in trade paperback,Â so that people who just can’t justify $20+ for a book (I hear you, my people, I hear that pain), and don’t like ebooks, can see what I – and many others – love about this book so much.
NPR said: â€œSilver on the Road take(s) on the sheen and weight of forgotten historyâ€¦.and itâ€™s that echo in the brain that makes the thing hard to put down, because reading Silver on the Road is not like falling into some new and unfamiliar world.Â Itâ€™s more like a true American myth being found.â€
Publishers Weekly said: â€œIn this delightful start to The Devilâ€™s West seriesâ€¦ Gilman skillfully plays with western folklore and history, infusing them with ambiguity and subtle strangeness to deliver a memorable adventure out on the untamed frontier. â€
BarnesAndNoble.com said: â€œHer cocktail of Western folklore, Native American mythos, and known history are seamless, and will be a particular treat to fans of the other master of that kind of mashup, Neil Gaiman.â€
Asimov’s Magazine said:Â “[Gilman] has created a fascinating world for her characters (and her readers) to explore. A lot of the fun comes from her twists on what look at first like familiar tropes from the mythos of the American Westâ€”saloons, mining towns, Native Americans, Spanish missionariesâ€”all taking on a new meaning in the Devilâ€™s West. Recommended.”
RT Reviews said:Â â€œâ€¦Takes an underused setting for fantasyâ€”the American Westâ€”and uses it to explore coming of age, the limits of power and responsibility, and the importance of mingling compassion and justice. Itâ€™s fresh and original and the language is both stark and lovely. The descriptions of the natural landscape of the West fit beautifully with descriptions of talking animals, travelling magicians and terrifying supernatural forces. 4.5 starsâ€
And more.Â More enough that I start to blush with pride on behalf of the entire series.
And now it’s available in paperback.Â :-D