unless you live under a rock (or have never read my blog before), you know i’m a big Martin Millar fan. i love “urban” fantasy (i.e. fantasies set in real/realistic urban locations) and no one does it quite like Millar (except for maybe Mieville, but that’s a different review). his characters are another draw for me: his books are populated entirely with outcasts and misfits, human and otherwise, with a nice dose of absurdity.
LONELY WEREWOLF GIRL introduced us to Kalix, a werewolf for whom being a werewolf is the least worrisome part of life. addicted to laudanum, suffering from depression, on the run from family and foes alike, she assembles a bizarre clan of allies (including two perfectly normal, rather Goth university students and a flighty if enthusiastic fire spirit nicknamed Vex) and survives crazy political, magical, and just plain violent attacks. CURSE OF THE WOLF GIRL, the sequel, on the surface looks to be Kalix: The College Years, but takes off in new and unexpected (and immensely entertaining) directions, and is possibly even funnier than the first — an immense accomplishment. i am continually surprised at the balance Millar manages to strike between comedy and pathos, reality and fantasy, gore and hijinks.
to celebrate the release of WOLF GIRL, i asked Martin if he’d answer some questions from fellow readers here on the blog … and he said yes! the questions some LOVELY INTELLIGENT AND ATTRACTIVE fellow fans asked are below — keep your eyes peeled for the answers later this week! congrats to Lucy, Lydia & Mia, who won copies of WOLF GIRL in thanks for their questions.
from Mia: “I loved The Good Fairies of New York. Reading it, I was taken by the warm and vivid peripheral characters and terrain like the city itself is a character… the voices of the phone sex TV commercials, the way the fairies traveled by hitching rides on bicycles wheeling through Manhattan, the ever present homeless people and the way the fairies tried to help. It actually made me feel more benevolent towards NYC (where I live) when I was done reading it.
from Lucy: “Your heroine in “Good Fairies of New York” has Crohn’s disease, and “The Lonely Werewolf Girl” is plagued with many issues – depression, eating disorders, and substance abuse, to name a few. What made you take your characters in this direction?”