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Liz Williams at Live Journal
Read FBC Interview with Ms. Williams
Read FBC Review of the Inspector Chen short stories
Read FBC Review of The Shadow Pavilion
Read FBC Reviews of Bloodmind, Darkland, Winterstrike
Liz Williams is a prolific author & her books have always had absorbing subject matter be it her Sci-fi ones or her urban-fantasy comedic thrillers. I became a fan of her writing when I happened upon "Snake Agent", the first Inspector Chen novel. It opened up a world wherein Chinese mythology met advanced technology in a city called Singapore Three and therein resided characters such as Chen, Inari, Zhu Irzh & Badger. Thus with such intriguing characters and unique-ish world setting, Liz Williams gave us 4 tales set in the universe she had created.
After last year's "Shadow Pavilion" I was highly anticipating "Iron Khan" this year as February was supposed to be its release month. I asked Night Shade books for an ARC copy and they gladly obliged. However February went by without the release of the book & according to Amazon the release was delayed unto April or later. Even April went by with no release & the release date was further pushed back. It was around June that I thought of asking Liz Williams about this & then I happened upon this LJ post of hers; to my disappointment I discovered that Night Shade books had dropped her remaining 2 Inspector Chen novels [This year's Iron Khan & next year's Morning Star]
She also went to recount how she had not heard back from her publishers and so had to take this drastic step after she realized that her books were dropped without any formal communication from Night Shade. It is regrettable that the books have been dropped and even more so that Night Shade choose to do it in the manner they did. Liz also informed in another LJ post 4 days later as to how she received a formal apology & she accepted it.
Now while it's not surprising for any publisher to drop a series which they deem unsuccessful, I'm saddened that such a wonderful series has been dropped & all the fans will have to wait indefinitely for the further Inspector Chen novels. Though it must be said about Night Shade, that while a small press it has so far published an impressive array of titles in both Fantasy & SF.
The previous 4 Inspector Chen titles have been published in 4 gorgeous covers & also had a special edition wherein each title had an extra short story set in the same world released along with it. I hope that Liz Williams does manage to find another publisher for her remaining titles & hopefully if everything goes right Liz might announce it in the near future.
Now on a side note Liz Williams has also announced a short story sale on her blog the details which you can read over here and on the plus side there will be more Inspector Chen short stories along with other interesting titles about which you can learn more in Liz's post. I for one will definitely be subscribing & hopefully like the previous ones, will be reviewing them here as well.
Note by Liviu: Liz Williams is a favorite author here at FBC and while I am less interested in the Inspector Chen novels, I am a big fan of her sf novels which I have read almost all and of which I own all; Robert reviewed the duology Darkland/Bloodmind set in the universe of her debut The Ghost Sister , while I reviewed Winterstrike set in the universe of her multiply award nominated - and awesome novel by the way - Banner of Souls, so we all hope that these difficulties are temporary and we will see new Liz Williams novels and stories soon.