I remain haunted by this song. It helped build a book in my brain which I'd love to put to paper. Too bad I'll have no time to do that. Stupid Dieter and his Top 10 Book In Contemporary Fantasy are to blame.
I'm plain staggered by the crazy surge Zero Sum is having right now—and I cannot thank you all for your kind reviews. There can be no doubt that your strong endorsement of the characters and the plot are what is driving new readers to the series. For that, I owe you some more books.
Only a few years ago, a select few decided what could be read. They were a dignified lot, but their views didn't represent everyone's. The arrival of the e-reader changed all that. Now readers can assume some of the risks. They can try out some titles they've never seen before. They can try out titles that have never even been reviewed. Sure, some of the books they take a chance on are going to be terrible—but sometimes these literary spelunkers come across some real gems, and they are kind enough to share them with the rest of us.
I want to thank the folks taking these risks. Dieter's story would have remained balled up in my skull if they take those chances. And it's crowded up there. I've got all those coagulation pathways to keep track of.