What they said about The Pericles Commission

I hope you'll allow me a brief moment of pride. It's traditional to ask other, better-known authors who write in a similar vein if they'd care to comment about one's forthcoming book. The requests are typically made by the editor, not the author, and those interested receive an Advance Reader Copy. Receiving an ARC is no obligation to blurb the book; that's only done if the reader is so inclined.

Here are the blurbs that will appear on the back cover of The Pericles Commission. The words are a delight to this debut author, but it's the names attached to the words which make me puff
out
my chest.


The Pericles Commission is a rollicking romp through ancient Athens, with captivating characters and engrossing, suspense-filled turns as twisty as the Attic streets. Debut author Gary Corby has not only made Greek history accessible—he’s made it first-rate entertainment.”
—Kelli Stanley, award-winning author of Nox Dormienda and City of Dragons


“Gary Corby’s ambitious series debut delivers an unexpected dividend—a lively sense of humor which leavens the weighty subject matter: the messy birth of democracy in Athens, attended by riot, revenge, and, of course, murder.”
—Steven Saylor, international bestselling author of Roma


The Pericles Commission is a most original and enjoyable interpretation of classical Athens. Corby vividly and lucidly describes the intricacies of the city . . . in this exciting saga of flesh-and-blood characters who jostle and fight, love and hate as they approach the climax of murderous intrigue.”
—P. C. Doherty



19 comments:

H Niyazi said...

Great work Gary! Those are some fine names indeed. You should be proud!

H Niyazi
threepipeproblem.blogspot.com

Amalia T. said...

Congratulations, Gary! This is some high praise!!

Philangelus said...

Awesome! You must be dancing with pride! :-)

Vicky Alvear Shecter said...

Outstanding! Often a good blurb from a respected author will tip the scale toward purchase if I'm undecided about a book and I'm guessing I'm not alone on this. Yay for a boost in sales!

Ricky Bush said...

Hey, Gary, two thumbs up for you here!

Loretta Ross said...

Way to go, Gary! Congratulations!

It's almost here, are you excited? Also, any more info on your book tour as far as places/dates?

Peter Cooper said...

Gary, you can be justly proud! Congratulations and well done.

I meant to ask, is there a release date for here in Australia?

Gary Corby said...

Thank you very much, everyone!

RWMG said...

Wow. Well done, Gary.

Julie said...

Congratulations, Gary! Is it October 12th yet? I'm dying to read it.

Gary Corby said...

Hi Julie. Only 4 weeks to go. Which is sort of scary in a way. But also the end of a long, long effort. The first version of this story I began in October 2004. It'll be almost exactly 6 years when the book goes on sale.

Gary Corby said...

Woops, forgot to reply to your question, Peter:

Pericles Commission releases in Australia some time in January.

I don't have an official date from Penguin, but I was in my local Borders the other day, and out of morbid curiousity looked up my own book in their online catalogue. Pericles Commission is already listed with an on sale date of 4th January. That might be a random furfy though.

C. N. Nevets said...

Well-earned pride, Gary. :) Congratulations on such a stellar array!

Leonie Corby said...

I am so excited for you. Congratulations!!

Bill Kirton said...

Next year, authors will be coming to you for such blurbs. Imagine how it'll make you feel when you read things such as 'Wow, you got a quote from Gary Corby. Awesome.' Well done. Your pride's totally justified.

L. T. Host said...

Those are some awesome quotes! I of course haven't read the book yet but based on your blog alone I completely agree with them. :)

Gary Corby said...

Thanks Leonie and Nevets!

Gary Corby said...

Bill, that idea is too weird for words. I'd feel like the blind leading the sighted.

Gary Corby said...

Thanks Lessa! I guess I just have to hope the blog sounds like the book (which in fact, in terms of voice, it does).