From reading [Elizabeth] Bear’s LJ for the past few months, I feel like I’ve gotten to know her as a person and as a writer, and in reading her novel I could detect her voice and style quite clearly. It felt comfortable and familiar, which was a pleasant change. Most books I read are by authors I know very little about, and as a result the stories feel somewhat isolated to me. This was more like being told a story by a friend. I’m looking forward to getting to say hi to Bear next weekend at Boskone, although I most likely won’t get to go to her signing session, since I have a lunch date elsewhere in the city that I’ll need to be leaving for at that time.