The Mirage publication week recap

by Matt Ruff on February 12, 2012

Mirage cover in 3D!Hard to believe The Mirage has only been out since last Tuesday. I’m having a crazy fun time so far. Here’s a quick recap of the highlights:

Reviews

  • Publisher’s Weekly (STARRED REVIEW) — “Both entertaining and provocative, exactly what the best popular fiction should be.”
  • io9.com — “An addictive, fascinating read, which keeps you guessing.”
  • John Clute — “excellent”
  • The Seattle Times— “One of the most daring 9/11-inspired novels to emerge after that horrific day more than a decade ago.”
  • Locus magazine — “A Man in the High Castle for the age of global terror.”
  • The Associated Press — “A unique and compelling read… the juxtaposition of realities provides keen insight into the real world.”
  • The New York Post — “Like Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America, in which Nazi-sympathizer Charles Lindbergh defeats FDR for president, the premise behind Ruff’s alternate-history novel is chilling.”
  • Cory Doctorow on BoingBoing.net — “This is one of those books that you read while walking down the street and long after your bedtime, a book you stop strangers to tell about.”
  • The Stranger — “Ruff is a world-class world builder who, perhaps better than any other writer, can create exotic, mysterious worlds and communicate their unique rules and consistent logics both clearly and concisely.”

Essays and interviews

Finally, a reminder that I’ll be in Portland, Oregon at Powell’s City of Books (1005 W. Burnside) at 7:30 PM tonight, and at Murder by the Book (3210 SE Hawthorne Blvd.) at 7 PM tomorrow night. On Tuesday evening at 6 PM I’ll be at Sunriver Books & Music in Sunriver, OR. For more upcoming Mirage events, check out the appearances page.

Holger Breme February 12, 2012 at 11:20 am

Dear Mr Ruff,

congratulations to your new book! I was fascinated the whole time.
Two things I haven’t quite understood in the end: Who is the tall person Osama Bin Laden meets at the book’s conclusion? Which city is the destination of the three heroes? Is there an answer or will it stay a mystery?

Best regards
Holger Breme (The State of Israel? Northern Germany?)

Matt Ruff February 14, 2012 at 8:15 am

Holger, for now I want to let readers make up their own minds what the answers are, but eventually I’ll have an FAQ up on the site.

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