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Author:  Alexander Stark [ Thu Aug 11, 2011 6:36 pm ]
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Interzone, Black Static and Crimewave veteraness (!) Nina Allan has a new book coming out from Eibonvale Press. To be launched, with readings and signings at this years Fantasycon in Brighton in September:
http://www.eibonvalepress.co.uk/books_silverwind.htm

Author:  Alexander Stark [ Thu Aug 11, 2011 6:39 pm ]
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Ms Allan herself writes eloquently about the new book at her blog, explaining some of the background and inspiration, here:
http://www.ninaallan.co.uk/?p=160

Author:  Alexander Stark [ Sat Aug 20, 2011 6:06 pm ]
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And here is the finalised jacket blurb for "The Silver Wind"...

Martin Newland is fascinated by the nature of time. Watches and clocks are for him metaphorical time machines, a secret means of coming to terms with his clouded past and voyaging forward into the future. But was his first timepiece a Smith, given to him on his fourteenth birthday, or the Longines he received as a present four years later? Was it the small brass travelling clock unearthed in a run-down house for which he is to act as estate agent? Who is the maker of these time machines? Clues abound but contradict each other: was it an ex-seaside circus performer, or a 'miracle dwarf' engaged in a government project to subvert the course of time into parallel realities? As Martin pursues these mysteries, is he haunted by the spirit of his dead brother, or by the death of his beloved sister? The answer to all these questions is yes.

A complication is the description a watch-maker gives to any extra feature added to a clock or watch that goes beyond the simple display of time, and The Silver Wind is a book of complications. Nina Allan has constructed a remarkable and original narrative in which five separate segments of story interlock and interweave like the perfectly honed cogs of a watch mechanism. Time, memory, love, hope and regret all complicate Martin’s quest for the truth. In the implied spaces and overlaps between these five moments in time the reader is granted a mysteriously enriching vision of the everyday world.

Author:  Roy [ Sat Aug 20, 2011 8:25 pm ]
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Where does the Interzone 233 story fit into this? Is it one of the 5 segments or has it been completely rewritten for the book?

Author:  Alexander Stark [ Sun Aug 21, 2011 5:37 pm ]
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Roy wrote:
Where does the Interzone 233 story fit into this? Is it one of the 5 segments or has it been completely rewritten for the book?


It is one of the 5 segments, Roy. The 5 parts each describe a similar but crucially different reality from each other, so that their accumulative interplay does something rather odd and indefinable to the brain. A bit like your first curry, but better:-)

The running order is:

Time's Chariot
My Brother's Keeper
The Silver Wind
Rewind
Timelines: An Afterword

Author:  Alexander Stark [ Sun Oct 16, 2011 9:39 pm ]
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Nina Allan's Silver Wind collection has been reviewed in The Telegraph:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/8812957/Sci-fi-and-fantasy-round-up-October-9.html

Author:  Alexander Stark [ Sat Oct 29, 2011 3:25 pm ]
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The Silver Wind and Nina's first book A Thread Of Truth are currently available from Eibonvale at a reduced rate if purchased together, see here: http://www.eibonvalepress.co.uk/specials.html
Also The Silver Wind has been reviewed (twice!) over at Strange Horizons by Niall Harrison and Sofia Samatar:
http://www.strangehorizons.com/blog/2011/10/sunday_reading_7.shtml
http://www.strangehorizons.com/reviews/2011/10/the_silver_wind.shtml

Author:  Alexander Stark [ Sat Dec 17, 2011 11:43 am ]
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Just to say that The Short Review have just run an interview with Nina Allan in which she answers questions about her new novel/collection "The Silver Wind", here: http://www.theshortreview.com/authors/NinaAllan.htm
Also a review of the book itself by Mario Guslandi:
http://www.theshortreview.com/reviews/NinaAllanTheSilverWind.htm

Author:  Alexander Stark [ Sat Jan 28, 2012 9:58 am ]
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The title story from Nina Allan's The Silver Wind has just been shortlisted for the BSFA awards.
Also, the book itself can currently be purchased (both hardback and paperback) at shockingly reduced prices while Eibonvale Press move premises:http://www.eibonvalepress.co.uk/specials.html

Author:  quentinscrisp [ Sat Feb 11, 2012 9:18 pm ]
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Not sure if I'm doing this right - I don't seem to have posted on these forums before.

Anyway, I just wanted to say that I read, enjoyed and reviwed The Silver Wind last year. Here's my review on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/review/RPR6C16C8VNED/ref=cm_cr_dp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1908125055&nodeID=266239&tag=&linkCode=

Perhaps because I spent some time as an English teacher, I am not especially generous with stars. (Let's face it, marks out of five is a terrible way to recommend a book, anyway.) Anyway, it's a great book and I hope it gets plenty of readers.
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Author:  Alexander Stark [ Fri Apr 06, 2012 7:39 pm ]
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quentinscrisp wrote:
Anyway, I just wanted to say that I read, enjoyed and reviwed The Silver Wind last year. Here's my review on Amazon:


Thanks, Quentin, great review.

Meanwhile over at the prestigious "SF Site" the book has been named as No.7 in the Editor's top ten best books of 2011:
http://www.sfsite.com/columns/best12.htm

It's right up there with China Mieville and Christopher Priest... !

Author:  Pete [ Fri Apr 06, 2012 9:19 pm ]
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Alexander Stark wrote:-
It's right up there with China Mieville and Christopher Priest... !



I sincerely hope Nina doesn't get between them :lol:

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