Another review for Oracle’s Fire…

I must admit, it’s a relief to see a few reviews trickling in and reactions on Goodreads to ‘Oracle’s Fire’. That first month or so after publication is a bit of a nail-biter for me. I never know how people are going to react to the books – not because I doubt the relative merits of the stories, but because I wonder whether I’ve managed to ‘click’ with my readers this time. It isn’t a given.

There’s always a subtle interplay going on in a book, between the story an author wants to tell and the story people want to read. Believe me, this isn’t the same thing! Readers come with personal tastes, baggage, expectations, and so it should be. A decent author can usually win a reader over to ‘their’ version of the story, even if it isn’t the one the reader expects or likes. But that doesn’t happen every time… and even the best of books can fail to ‘hook’ us for some reason. 

Luckily, the folks at Kiwireviews appear to be hooked: Oracle’s Fire review

Good readers, gentle readers, thank you. Thank you for expressing your reactions, support, constructive criticism, wholehearted appreciation… whatever it is. Thank you for writing me a note, even if it’s just a line, to say how much you enjoy the books. This is gold. 

Now… back to work.  🙂

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16 Responses to Another review for Oracle’s Fire…

  1. Kim Falconer says:

    Mary, wonderful post. I so understand this feeling. The writing is only half the story. The other half happens inside the reader’s imagination and yes, it’s a sense of completion, of wholeness, to hear back!

    You’ll be hearing back from me too, when I dive into my copy of Oracle’s Fire!

    🙂

  2. Olga says:

    Sometimes readers get a little speechless in the presence of genius 😉 That’s a great review.

  3. Bahiyyih says:

    SUCH an affirmation to hear someone enjoy the book as well as it has been written. BRAVO to you, Mary! And bravo to the gentle reader who summed up why the praise is so well-deserved.

    • MaryV says:

      Well, it’ll chime with some and won’t chime with others, I expect, but yes it’s lovely to hear from the ones who enjoy…

      • Bahiyyih says:

        “Critics are like horse-flies which hinder the horses in their ploughing of the soil. The muscles of the horse are as taut as fiddle-strings, and suddenly a horse-fly alights on its croup, buzzing and stinging. The horse’s skin quivers, it waves its tail. What is the fly buzzing about? It probably doesn’t know itself. It simply has a restless nature and wants to make itself felt — “I’m alive, too, you know!” it seems to say. “Look, I know how to buzz, there’s nothing I can’t buzz about!” I’ve been reading reviews of my stories for twenty-five years, and can’t remember a single useful point in any of them, or the slightest good advice. ” Anton Chekhov.

      • Bahiyyih says:

        Better still:

        “Critical articles, even the unjust, abusive kind, are usually met with a silent bow. Such is literary etiquette. Answering back goes against custom, and anyone who indulges in it is justly accused of excessive vanity. … The fate of literature (both major and minor) would be a pitiful one if it were at the mercy of personal opinions. ”

        Chekhov again.

  4. Tyson Perna says:

    I feel guilty that I haven’t started reading it yet. I haven’t been reading anything lately. I always feel like I should be doing something else instead of reading. But I will be starting shortly! (I read about half of the draft you sent me, so I still don’t know how it ends.)

    • MaryV says:

      Don’t feel guilty. I’m reading other peoples’ books at snail’s pace too, at the moment. There is simply so much else to fit in.:)

      I’ll look forward to hearing your thoughts when you’re done, but don’t rush… I think this book works best when people have some time to concentrate on it, rather than reading in dribs and drabs.

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