This morning I finished reviewing the audio for The Worms Of Heaven. Brandon McKernan delivered another stellar performance. Assuming that Audible doesn’t find any technical glitches in the files, I expect it will be available before Christmas–just barely, but still before Christmas.
There is nothing quite like hearing someone read your own work–particularly when the reader is both talented and passionate. There were some sections that brought me to tears. Parts of this book are simply brilliant. Pure poetry.
Overall, though… I have very mixed feelings about it. Where it works, it works very well. I’m just not sure that it really hangs together as a novel. The pacing feels uneven. The first half feels too long, and the second half feels rushed. In places the sequence of events is unclear–I know what I meant to describe, but my phrasing was ambiguous.
Is it a good book? I suppose it is. I’ve gotten some positive feedback, and I think that there are enough good parts–and some very arresting imagery–to keep readers going.
It’s just not as good as I wanted it to be.