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Locus magazine review

This doesnt say very much, but its my first foreign review, and my first SF-magazine review, so thought I’d post it. Thanks Ani for sending me the scan. This is Simoqin reviewed in Locus magazine, Aug 05 issue.


About Samit Basu

Novelist. Best known for fantasy and science fiction work. Most recently, The City Inside (Tordotcom)/Chosen Spirits (Simon and Schuster)


13 thoughts on “Locus magazine review

  1. Review warmed cockles of my heart etc. Darn good. Stupid Indian critics can chew cud.

    Posted by The Marauder's Map | August 16, 2005, 9:06 am
  2. Never judge a book by its cover/never read a book by its critic’s comment.

    Posted by shyamali | August 16, 2005, 12:16 pm
  3. hey… great!

    Posted by Teleute | August 16, 2005, 4:06 pm
  4. Whered u read the review?

    Posted by Shobhik | August 16, 2005, 4:53 pm
  5. Stupid Indian critics and readers are the ones who sustained SP. The International fantasy scene did not exactly … but whatever.
    Who did your marketing is what many readers would like to know? How come a whole lot of pretentious crap gets reviewed everywhere and something fresh and fun gets lost in the noise. The problem also is that so many of your references are so topical, Bridget Jones e.g. and the Western trend is to madly dash on to the next big thing and to label”dated” anything not of the moment, witness the Golden Gate now being dismissed as a “dated tribute to yuppy culture”…Harder to relaunch. OK I need to get back to work!You’ll figure it out 😉

    Posted by www.gypsynan.blogspot.com | August 16, 2005, 5:50 pm
  6. Congratulations. 🙂

    Posted by Sonia Faleiro | August 17, 2005, 12:50 am
  7. Bagchi: What did Indian critics do now? They were very nice to me on the whole.

    sonia, teleute: thankee, thankee.

    shyamali: um, ok. i dont, actually.

    gypsynan: the ones who sustained simoqin were clever indian readers and critics, thank you very much.

    Posted by samit | August 17, 2005, 7:37 am
  8. Hi Samit, good for you! I’ll try to get hold of that issue of Locus! I think this is a positive review and you should be proud! Also nice is the fact that the reviewer actually admits that there are Indian references he may not have gotten!

    I’ll be getting in touch soon about that interview… am still jet-lagged.

    Posted by Vandana | August 17, 2005, 2:23 pm
  9. that’s quite a decent review.
    should send overseas sales shooting up.
    if you weren’t bunking the next writer’s group meet to be in cal, guess who’d be paying the bill?

    ps – will miss opprtunity to play footsie with the duck.

    Posted by Anand | August 18, 2005, 6:54 pm
  10. *peers at the print whimsically*

    enlightened company, your Prophesies keep, Saheb. The only ones left out are Peter Pan, and Haroun and his sea of stories. Speaking solely from a genre angle… sigh.

    Perhaps with good reason. Perhaps not.

    Still, have found that the only books read on the authority of a critic are cookbooks, anthologies of Neruda and those that deal with the foreign policy dart-boarding of Bush.

    *gestures, and sets off the million goldfish buglers trumpeting a herald to the sequel*

    All Hail, every 2nd tuesday of every month. And whether “pleasantly self-contained” or outrageously all-encompassing…

    Here’s to it!

    Posted by The Wizard of Odd | August 18, 2005, 6:57 pm
  11. Good for you Samit! I’ve always enjoyed the people at Locus over the years (known many from SF conventions and LASFS (Los Angeles SF Society–one of the oldest SF groups here in this neck of the woods). It’s a good sign that you are getting noted there. Locus covers the world–well, mostly the U.S., Canada and Britain, but the fact that you’re getting noted is fantastic! This is coming from an SF fan going back to the Heinlein/Asimov era of the ’60’s.

    Came across your blog by accident as I was searching for Bollywood/Indian SF films. Outside of “Mr. India,” “Koi Mil Gaya” and “Rudraksh,” I’m a little lost in my search, as I’ve not had much luck with finding any others.

    I find it a little surprising considering the depth of SF writers in the region. Been looking at the Indian market to understand why I’m not more familiar with SF from India. Kind of thinking about SF as counterfactual, alternative history since the time of Mary Shelley as a representation and expression of (Western) Enlightenment thinking.

    Anyway, cheers to you!
    Just a thought.
    Just Ken

    Posted by Just Ken | August 21, 2005, 6:51 am
  12. I am a GREAT fan of your book (you prolly get this everyday).
    Can’t wait for the sequel.

    Posted by Sphinx | August 30, 2005, 2:37 pm
  13. I admire you Samit, not many people have the guts to give up IIT for fantasy writing. Id love to sneer at all the people around me who think Im stupid to prefer writing to engineering( not that I can totally give up engineering either 🙂 ).

    Posted by Edgewood Dirk | November 18, 2005, 4:38 am

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