A couple of 4-star reviews bumped down my perfect-5 record to a measly 4.7-star book, but that’s fine. Sales seem to be ticking over and the reviews – although I still sort of know the people who made them – were very flattering. In fact, they’re flattering in a sense because I know the people involved. I know these guys wouldn’t dole out false praise. Similar to my extremely flattering review from Mr. Thepatriot in that regard.
Old Bill “Will in New Haven” Reich, my respected (but don’t tell him that!) frienemy from Usenet, hit me with a cute review in which he bemoaned the lack of sex scenes featuring Sally.
Only Will would put an apostrophe in “well”.
I suspected he would like the Sally character, and I’m glad he did. Even if “I liked the characters better than the story” can be taken negatively, I don’t take it that way – the characters will be following from tale to tale, so it’s more important to like them anyway. And yes. It is certainly a point well-made that sooner or later these red-blooded humans are going to have to get laid. It’s just a little tricky, when the characters are at least initially and loosely based on people you know, to throw them into bed – either with each other, or with an assortment of strangers. But I’m working on it!
 Another issue I am wrestling with is their ages, which I am considering leaving unstated in any specific way except for the Blaran. The humans of the “39th Century”, you see, live to the age of two hundred or so. So sixty might well be the new twenty for these guys. But putting the young-spacegoing-professional characters into the 65-85-year-old demographic (not that this is what I am thinking of doing) is going to seriously freak out the readers and their preconceptions. They may never be ready for that. So, I’m going to have to think about it and it’s probably a topic for another blog post. I could use some outsider thoughts.
Then there was a review from “posous”, who I suspect might be APo from this very blog, compared me to a combination of Pratchett and Wodehouse, which is amazingly flattering and cool even if I am puzzled that a combination of two such amazingly witty and talented authors only apparently merited 4 stars.
Okay, “Practhett”, which may be someone else entirely but come on, close enough.
Even so, awesome stuff and I appreciate it greatly. The more reviews I get, the more attention Amazon pays to this story and the more it propagates around the place.