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The Booklist review is out, so now I'm posting it:

Starred review:

Marzi works at Genius Loci, a coffee shop in Santa Cruz, California, whose claim to fame is the murals in it, painted by Garamond Ray, who disappeared after the 1989 earthquake. Marzi also writes a neo-western comic called The Strange Adventures of Rangergirl, in which the heroine battles otherworldly versions of the villains of westerns. When one of the shop’s regulars shows up claiming to worship the god of the earthquake, and moments later a quake rocks the place, and Marzi sees an oddly dressed figure running off – well, then, things are clearly becoming strange. Life begins to imitate art too closely for comfort: a woman made of mud, part of a story in Marzi’s comic, is wandering the streets trying to achieve her own mysterious goals, and the villain of the same piece – a primal force from the otherworld behind the locked door in the Desert Room of Genius Loci – turns out to want to destroy California. With Lindsay, a friend from art school, and Jonathan, who lives in Genius Loci’s attic apartment while he is studying the murals for his thesis, Marzi travels beyond the possible into a grand and magical western, indeed.

–Regina Schroeder, Booklist

And I didn't even realize there was a nice (if spoiler-filled) Library Journal "Xpress Review", but here it is. I won't quote it, in case some of you want to be surprised by plot developments. But the last lines are "Narnia meets Blazing Saddles in this debut fantasy novel featuring a fetching cast of desperadoes. For larger sf and fantasy collections."

Heh. All y'all got larger sf and fantasy collections, right? So I'll fit right in!

I'll cop to Blazing Saddles, but I could never even get through book one of the Narnia series. I know what the reviewer means, though -- there's one element Rangergirl does have in common with Narnia (and I ain't talking about a reverence for the lord Jesus Christ. Or lions.)

I got a big box of finished copies this week. The on-sale date is November 29. I'm one excited young man.

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