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I'm not sure what inspired Charles de Lint to rescue Set This House from the depths of his to-read pile (he was at my Richard Hugo House reading in October, though, so maybe he liked what he heard), but I'm glad he did. This is one of the nicest reviews I've gotten in a while:

This is the sort of book for which the f/sf field exists. It's moving, dramatic, funny, and completely original, using the speculative strengths of the genre to tackle real world problems in a way that allows us to understand something with which most of us have no firsthand experience... This is a gorgeous and important book from a writer who always challenges the norm, and inevitably does so with success.

Full text is here.

This seems like a good place to mention that I still have some signed first editions of Set This House in Order (and Bad Monkeys, and Sewer, Gas & Electric) on hand. If you'd like to buy one, drop me an email. (If you've already got a copy -- any edition, including an ARC -- and you'd just like to send it to me to get it signed, use this email link instead.)

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thija
Mar. 2nd, 2009 10:21 pm (UTC)

Well deserved at any time for sure ...


(Just nitpicking:
"... Brutalized by his stepfather as a little boy ..."
Did he miss that point ? Or couldn't he think of no other way to not spoil the story ?)
paula_abroad
Mar. 3rd, 2009 07:46 am (UTC)
signing...
would this apply to overseas readers too?
:)
matt_ruff
Mar. 3rd, 2009 03:33 pm (UTC)
Re: signing...
Sure. The only catch is that shipping to Europe is pretty expensive right now, as the USPS no longer offers surface mail for small parcels overseas. But drop me an email and I can at least figure out what it would cost you.
mystickeeper
Mar. 4th, 2009 12:25 am (UTC)
I don't mean this to be offensive, but I recently read your book for a book club that I'm part of, and we are wondering what, if any, part of your book is supposed to be science fiction.
matt_ruff
Mar. 4th, 2009 07:59 pm (UTC)
Don't worry, that's a perfectly reasonable question -- one that I got asked a lot after Set This House won the Tiptree Award. My best shot at an answer is that while the book's premise isn't, strictly speaking, a science-fiction premise, it feels like a science-fiction premise, and it excited me as a writer for all the same reasons a good science-fiction premise would. Likewise, my approach to writing the book, to imagining myself into Andy and Penny's rather unusual headspaces, was the same one I'd use tackling a more traditional SF subject.

So it's maybe not SF, but it's SFnal, if that makes sense.
(Anonymous)
Mar. 4th, 2009 09:20 am (UTC)
First of all: You really earned that review! It's one of the best books I ever read. But now to something completely different: When I went to my local bookstore I discovered, that Bad Monkeys is now available as audiobook. Maybe this is no news to you, but it's the details that's important: it's the german version. I am happy about that because this means, your popularity in germany increases which maybe leads to a higher chance of hearing you read in public (like Frankfurt/Bad Monkey Reading). And again, you really earned it!
ext_170999
Mar. 7th, 2009 01:24 am (UTC)
Surprised
When I first read StHiO, I was taken aback. It wasn't what I expected but it was absolutely superb--it was so well written and so well done. The subject matter was handled in such an original manner--I was really blown away...a great book.
dissociative
Apr. 17th, 2010 03:55 am (UTC)
Hi, We have not had a chance to read your books yet but are eager to do so. We just found out about them after hearing about Set This House In Order from somewhere on LJ last year. Unfortunately we havent had the money to buy books lately & our local library sucks when it comes to anything dealing with multiple personalities or other subjects like that.

We just wanted to say from our own mpd perspective, we have heard about the analogy of the rose garden and the little rose bushes and for us it is the best description we have ever heard of how a multiple system reacts to attempted integration. Every system is different so we can only speak for ourselves but we find it very touching and cant wait until we can afford to buy the book!
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