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The Mirage



Second-pass galleys are done. (There were a whopping seven corrections this time. I could have made it nine, but decided to let a couple of borderline style issues* slide as a way of convincing myself I was actually finished.) Bound galleys are next, then actual books.

Meanwhile, as you can see, we have a cover. And for those of you who've been wondering what the story is actually about, I've posted jacket copy on the Mirage page of my website. Enjoy!

*Because someone is sure to ask, both involved colons: in the first case, whether the colon in question should have been a period, and in the second, whether the word following the colon should have been lowercased instead of capitalized. Heavy stuff.

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holyoutlaw
Jul. 11th, 2011 06:16 pm (UTC)
Looking forward to it!
scarlettina
Jul. 11th, 2011 06:25 pm (UTC)
Its a great cover, Matt. Congratulations!
mastadge
Jul. 11th, 2011 10:41 pm (UTC)
Can't wait to read this one.
icarus4ever
Jul. 13th, 2011 08:06 pm (UTC)
Reminds me of...
The plot reminds me of "The Man in the High Castle" by Philip K. Dick - or am I totally mistaken?
Of course this won't stop me from reading the book, but that's obvious, I think. I can't really wait to have it here ...
Thank you for your great work.
matt_ruff
Jul. 13th, 2011 11:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Reminds me of...
There are some obvious parallels to The Man in the High Castle, and I expect to see that comparison in a lot of reviews, but I don't think the stories are that similar. Dick had the Nazis and the Imperial Japanese running the world. In The Mirage, the dominant world power, the United Arab States, is a liberal democracy. Of course there are the inevitable superpower hijinx -- allying with third-world dictators, invading the wrong countries, blowing up innocent wedding parties with Predator drone strikes, etc., etc. -- but the Arab-Muslim protagonists are at least trying to be good guys...
icarus4ever
Jul. 14th, 2011 07:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Reminds me of...
Thank you for your reply. I didn't mean to imply you were copying anything. I just saw the parallels and felt like asking.
I suppose, both Dick and you draw the specific details from the times they live in. He was probably affected by WW II while you are closer to the events around 9/11.
So far, I've read all your books and loved them all. I am intrigued by your imagination; and I am looking forward to "The Mirage".
thija
Jul. 15th, 2011 10:28 am (UTC)
Looks and sounds all very promising. I hope it's got 1,002 pages at least.
molosovsky (AWM)
Jul. 21st, 2011 03:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the trailer. Sounds great.
I've translated the synopsis into German and posted it to my literature & fantastic circles on google+, and will blog about it on my next weekly review.
(Anonymous)
Jul. 28th, 2011 04:48 pm (UTC)
As we say in Germany: Juhu!
joxn
Jul. 12th, 2013 03:26 am (UTC)
I was recommended The Mirage only recently -- I got it during my yearly pilgrimage to Uncle Hugo's in Minneapolis -- and came here to tell you I loved it. Thanks very much.
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