Thursday, April 03, 2008

Mostly Regarding Martin Millar

I saw two sights today that literally made me stop and stare in wonder. The first was a flock of migrating Trumpeter Swans. I might have taken a quick look and dismissed them as geese, but I have been hanging out with the Birdchick a lot this year, and she is teaching me Bird Skills. They were white, and had long necks and sang differently that geese do. SO lovely.

(ok, the second was a BUTT in the grocery store. Not a crack. A BUTT. You would think the guy might have noticed, BUT neither myself, nor anyone else in that asile felt able to mention it to him. Cleared the place OUT...)

I have been following the release of Martin Millar's Lonely Werewolf Girl with pride and satisfaction. His publisher mentioned to me that Barnes and Noble has got behind it and that it is currently hanging out at #4! That's the way to do it!! Here is a bit from the Telegraph in the UK I quite liked.....And another from Softskull And yet another fine review from a Gentleman who started off skeptical and ended up raving!, just sent to me by Softskull Press........

And here is a lovely picture of Martin. You will have to go to his website to find the answer to WHY the chainmail bikini is very important. Hey, we're all for it! (Having seen my bandmate Malena in one, I am here to tell you, they ain't half bad!)



Ok, ok, here's a link to MALENA in leather, chainmail bikinis and some regular clothes just for fun. For those of you who think Martin isn't exciting enough. To look at compared to Malena, anyway (heck, who IS??) but, the man can write.

Very, very well. Now back to Martin....

Starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist! (tho Publishers Weekly seems a little at odds with itself as to whether or not they are raving or nix'ing the book. The things they seem to think of as "Problems" are pretty much what makes this such a great book. Our sort of people get this sort of thing.)

Here are my favorite couple of sentences, from Booklist, which I think, sum Lonely Werewolf Girl up better than I ever could..To read the entire review, on Review of the Day , I might add, click HERE.

Booklist:

This complex romp features scores of characters,
multiple races, enchanting fashion trappings, business, family dynamics, music, sex, enduring love,romance, business, eating disorders, drug addiction, back-alley fights, epic battles, politics, and, most prominently, the contrary nature of werewolves, not to mention 236 (!) chapters. And it’s so compelling you don’t want to it end. The grungy, gory, glorious world that World Fantasy Award–winner Millar has created is unforgettable.

— Diana Tixier Herald


I knew before this book that Martin's writing was good. Better than good. And then some. He makes me laugh. He makes me think. He takes the half formed fancies I dream about and brings them to life.

In Lonely Werewolf Girl, he will show you the world as it just might actually exist.

At any rate, it does now. And this makes us happy.

Love and Werewolves,
Lorraine

50 Comments:

At 7:17 PM , Blogger merryhousekeeper said...

I'm on board! Going to get my copy this weekend, hubby is taking me shopping! Wheeeee!
ok, BUTT??? LOL, you must have been either been busting a gut or looking for for an exit!
Good on ya Martin!
Enjoy the birds, there are many coming back, quite reassuring.

 
At 7:18 PM , Blogger Kitty Cat said...

a resounding yes to chain-mail.
(as we know, my Drew is quite the chain-mailer...)
Can't shake the LWG werewolves from my mind.
Gawain, i miss you.
i ask you, Kalix, did she flush her pills? or...

and the fire elementals...maybe next book, we will get a closer look at the Fairie Queen. and where are the other elementals? water? earth? wood? air?

I have already (somewhat sadly) sent my copy off to a friend who is too broke to buy it, i will go soon and buy another to support the artist/author....
Go MM go, we would like more...
Quiche, i saw you were thanked, lovely!
signed a total fan, Kitty Cat
ps i will be quietly underground working the Bonjovi shows for the next couple days, "shot through the heart....!"

 
At 7:19 PM , Blogger Kitty Cat said...

oh man, you brought up thoughts of Lewis, the trumpet swan of EB White's loved novel...

as for second sighting, no thank yew...

 
At 7:25 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Our Boss got a coy of the manuscript a couple years ago, which I devoured, and told everyone I could. Softskull were the smart ones here in the US.

Swans, so nice. The other.....ACK! (why is the people who end up naked in public are never the ones you might WANT to see naked.....)

Can't wait to hear what you think of Lonely Werewolf Girk, Merry...This is not a place you've been before, and I am thinking you will be enchanted.

 
At 8:08 PM , Blogger Hera said...

hehe.. I have one too (chainmail bikini)

Yes very much looking froward to reading this book :)

*oh and www.cuteoverload.com featured the video!!
wonnderful site!

 
At 8:23 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Hera, YOU are cute overload! Congrads! Chainmail bikini, eh?

 
At 8:31 PM , Blogger Maureen said...

Not rump roast or pork butt, but BUTT? Of all the places I'd expect to see butt in a grocery store, your neck o' the woods is down at the very bottom (no pun intended) of the list. It's so doggone smalltown *normal*.

There has to be a full moon joke in there someplace. :-D

 
At 9:20 PM , Blogger Hera said...

ehm.. yes.. tmi?

I learnt to make chainmail a long time ago from a professional viking in the UK
(although the bikini I bought.. not too many opportunities to wear it..) ;)

 
At 9:31 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

No TMI, we are a fan of this look!!!!

See? People everywhere would LOVE to see you in Viking chianmail!

Now Mr Full Moon...I shudder. This is COMMON??????

Paul had a lot of jokes ready , about standing by him saying things like..BUTT Steak? I'd love to BUT....

 
At 10:38 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

I love the book JUST AS YOU TOLD ME I WOULD, for which I thank you because I am not really into werewolves stories so might have passed it despite my loving the Good Fairies.
I have ordered the magazine btw, although I might not see it at all - depending on how they send it.
If it is in plastic foil, as is often the case, either the custom or the postman (or a neighbour as our postman often is slack about in whose box he puts things in) are likely to keep it.
If it does come in a regular envelope however, I so want to see the look on Cesare's face... (quite looking forward to that, actually).

Now as far as this butt is concerned, I might have felt tempted to ask the guy (was it a guy? It usually is) if he did not feel cold. It's not like temperatures are tropical yet - in particular in your area.
Mah! Crazy people.
Am jealous about the swans.

 
At 5:52 AM , Blogger ivenotime said...

Our Barnes and Noble had both of Martin's books prominently displayed - I picked up both, not sure which I will read first. and butt? the last time i saw butt it was a temporary instructor giving a demo on the potter's wheel, who kept encouraging the students to gather round when you could tell by their faces they wanted to flee. it was quite comical, and i just couldn't undestand either why he didnt realize he was completely exposed.

 
At 7:49 AM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

Where did the PW review go? I thought the end of it was rather insulting and wanted to re-read it to see if I'd just totally read it wrong, now that I'm fully awake. I must have, since they gave it a star, right?

 
At 9:23 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Well, here's the weird thing on the PW review. I thought t was great, ( and Martins fans on various sites were saying it was great, and starred) and then re-read it a couple of times, and went, HEY??? What the heck, are they a bit snarky at the end there????

I mentioned it to Martins agent, and publisher this morning, and they both thought that is stung a little there at the end too, and I thought, perhaps I should not have this on the front page, and have Boss link to it, bringing millions of people from all over the world to read how great a writer Martin is, with something as odd as the PW bit ended up.

The even odder thing, was the bits at the end of the review the things they don't like, are pretty much what makes this such a great book.

Not a "Tragedy of Errors" but a comedy of one on a Shakespearean level.

You can read it still over at Amazon.com. It is strange if you read it closely.

Softskull are sending me some more reviews shortly, and I am going to put them up on the page as soon as I get them.

 
At 9:26 AM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

Yah, it seemed a little crazy; like, "We love it! Great book! Here's why it's bad." *blink* *blink*

Don't worry, though, we all have it on Good Authority that it's awesome. The snarky powers of PW cannot possibly withstand the full force of a FabLo endorsement!

 
At 10:24 AM , Blogger Yoga Gal said...

Lorraine-How cool learning about birdies with the Bird Chick! I'm green with envy! We don't have many colorful birds here in L.A. (the most colorful birds are our wild parrots! You got it right big green parrots! I love them but a lot of people bitch because they make so much noise .) You have so many beautiful birds in your part of the country. Well, you, Kitty and certainly Mistress Malena have the right stuff to fill the top of a chain mail biniki but on me I would look like I was wrapped by a chain link fence. Great blog!

 
At 12:13 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

I'm with you , Dan. It was like " Oh yes, it's great" then...No. We don't. Just weird is what it was.

 
At 1:46 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

There, just added a couple more links to some more reviews to the post, for more fun reading on Martin and Lonely Werewolf Girl...

 
At 6:02 PM , Anonymous kagerou said...

I just finished that book last night and it was excellent! I heartily support Kalix/Decembrius, ahaha. Here's to hoping he has a sequel in mind. I'm now on a quest to pick up Fairies. :D

 
At 6:39 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Hi Kagerou, nice to meet you!

Actually, Martin IS working on a sequel, hurrah, I say! He has spoken on it over at www.martinmillar.com

I can't wait....

 
At 8:38 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

kk ummmm how can everyone else refrain from commenting on MALENA...omg VaVaVoom!!

Also the book does sound absolutely awesome, I will have to get my hands on a copy!

 
At 9:17 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just bought a copy today! Then I got back home and saw the link to your post in Neil Gaiman's blog.

 
At 9:41 PM , OpenID kali-licious said...

A butt in the grocery?? EWWWW.

I'm getting rather impatient with my library for making me wait for Martin's book.:(

Kitty, your Drew makes a VERY COOL wallet chain. I likee!:)

 
At 1:49 AM , Blogger Hageltoast said...

I ended up buying four copies of this book, three got sent out to friends who I knew would love it but not buy it. Have invested in some of Millar's other books since, love Thraxas!

 
At 2:17 PM , Blogger Hera said...

Hello again :) someone just sent me this and I thought of you..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aVLdeIKZuM
wouldn't it be wonderful! :)

 
At 5:26 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Hi Hageltoast, nice to see you here, I've seen you over at Matrins Blog....


Many thanks Hera! I've seen that vid, and yup, that's Bengals, unlimited energy!

 
At 7:38 AM , Blogger Kitty Cat said...

ok you chain mail bikini wearers!
i am on my way back to the venue, have gotten out for a wee bit of sleep. Quiche, Dolly Parton came to the BonJovi show! a real music royalty...Heidi Klum was there, no Seal...anyway, today is the Bruce show #1, tomrw #2 and then back to BonJovi, saw so many roadies I know...will do a blog when i resurface...
My Scottish friend just received her Lonly WereGirl, i can't wait to hear her review...yes, more story please, MM!
love & neckbiting,
Kitty Cat

 
At 4:36 PM , Blogger Carl V. said...

I saw it in B&N the other day and was wowed by the fascinating cover art. I have a copy of The Good Fairies of New York that I have yet to read (I know, boo, hiss....I've got a lot to read!!!) but on your recommend I will succumb to temptation and will go ahead and buy this one as well.

 
At 4:52 PM , OpenID pantagruel said...

So how did the butt's owner not know it was on display? Or was that intentional? You know, in LA, I don't think I'd even have looked twice on seeing someone's ass in public.

And I, too, have a chainmail bikini.

 
At 5:30 PM , Blogger Malena said...

living in LA, the land of the Juicy, I must say I've seen WAY TO MANY women's butts in my gorcery store. BUTT al...ass, a woman's is better than a man's I say! In public circumstances anyway.

I gotta say, chainmail rocks, but wear bikini bottoms underneath, trust me on this one, unless you are a PB bunny. Don't get me started on this topic PLEASE!
Ouch!

So, what I want to know is when does the "lonely werewolf girl" book come out on audio, for us LA crazy busy folks? Right now I am reading (listening) to THE ART of WAR *and* The War of Art. Both books are a must.

I've been so busy these days, I really miss you all. I check on the blog and wehooooooooooooo 25,000comments later I catch up.

Love you all!
Mad Madame M
(the human one)

 
At 6:24 PM , Blogger Bookhouse said...

Found this blog the same way I found martin millar, via Mr. Neil.

Awesome awesome book. I've read it twice now. Softskull is a great company and they publish some awesome books, and yes, they are smart as hell for putting this out. I gave Good Fairies of New York out as a christmas gift last year to numerous people, and I plan to the same with LWG this year.

Here is the review I wrote for Good Fairies, which this website was nice enough to post for me:
http://www.battlemouth.com/?p=40

Keep up the crusade.

 
At 9:22 PM , Blogger Inkpot said...

Hi. This book sounds really cool, must look out for it. Seeing swans in flight is a really magical sight. There is a field near the beach where I sometimes walk my dog and in the winter it is full of swans. One day as I going to the beach about ten flew really love over my head. It was amazing.

 
At 5:33 AM , Blogger Malena said...

Dolly Parton! She is my hero! Kitty, you have the most interesting FUN life!

 
At 5:55 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Like your life is boring?
Malena, dear, REALLY...
But I am a little jealous of Kitty's life too.
(Now I am having visions of Dolly Parton in a chain mail bikini. It must be that working with engineers that does that. Everything in life is a problem to be solved)

 
At 8:38 AM , Blogger Kitty Cat said...

well, Quiche, i got miss Maddy some Daughtery swag, he was so sweet when I met him, i didn't know who he even was--doh! i had to text MAddy & ask her. Same with Rachel Bilson last night @ Bruce show, I texted Maddy to find out which starlet she was, since we old people were all stumped, hahahHAHA....
Meanwhile Bruce was AMAZING, and now I am headed back for a second night. Tom Morello of Rage against Machine did a duet w/Bruce on stage "Ghost of Tom Joad"---the crowd was stunned.
sorry to hijack blog, i miss you ladies, and will resurface SOOON....plenty of BUTT showing at the JBJ shows, all female.

 
At 4:29 PM , OpenID pantagruel said...

Ooh, Malena -- I love the War of Art! I've given out so many copies of it! Well, okay, pressed it into friends' hands and told them that they have to read it now Or Else. It ought to be handed out at the entrance to every writing workshop, art school, and music conservatory.

Also -- if wearing a chainmail bikini, use sunblock. Use it liberally. Use it everywhere. I've seen too many women at Faire broil themselves because they somehow think that sun can't shine through metal rings.

 
At 4:39 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Just hopped on for a moment here, to see how you have all been gettiing on. Have what I think is Bronchitis. Nasty and evil it is.

I have no brain to say anything else.

Aghh. (Which I think means this is truly no fun)

 
At 10:59 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

A zombie called "Bronchitis" ate your brain?
Yickes. Get well soon.

 
At 3:31 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Broncitis it is, says Dr Dan. Now I have 4 medicines. And still feel ghastly.

 
At 3:50 PM , Blogger Rubius said...

Get better soon, Fablo.

Best wishes on a speedy recovery.

Talk to you soon.

 
At 4:22 PM , OpenID pantagruel said...

Bronchitis? Ugh. I hope you feel better soon!

 
At 5:22 PM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

Ooof. Not a fan of the sickness. I hope you find some relief and feel better soon!

 
At 6:57 PM , Blogger ivenotime said...

awww, hope the meds do their job and the nasties leave quick - feel better!

 
At 7:44 AM , Blogger scored4life said...

Fell better soon Ms. Fabu! It's good you started the meds right away as it should decrease the length of the evil thing.
Is it just me or do these "common" viruses seem to be getting worse and worse each year? How many more years before we start thinning the herd, as it were?

 
At 11:10 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Yr right on that, Mr Score. Scary it is. Remember when we only got "colds"????

 
At 7:59 AM , Blogger Matt Staggs said...

I'm so pleased to hear that you enjoyed "Lonely Werewolf Girl" as much as I did.
I recently completed an interview with Martin, which you can find here:
http://mattstaggs.blogspot.com/2008/03/interview-with-martin-millar-author-of.html

If the comment window clips off part of the URL, just come to www.skullring.org and search "Martin Millar."

 
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