Monday, March 12, 2007

To Ken!

Ken Bruen has been kind to me though he doesn't know me personally. We've met a couple of times at various B'cons. I've read several of his books and when it comes to writing, the man knows not how to do wrong. The novels are all pitch perfect. Unlike some writers I know who will break out of voice and annoy readers with dissonance, Ken does not know how to do this.

Now as a person, I am, as readers will know biased. He gifted me with a blurb that could only have been written by my own mother...if she could write. And...he actually read the book. I wasn't expecting that he'd actually pepper his blurb with references to parts of the novel. Somewhere on this blog, there is his complete blurb which runs on to about 200 words. This is, of course, a kindness that he's shown to other authors, but recall that we've only passed a few dozen words between us and most of those AFTER he wrote the blurb. That is generosity.

This generosity is also on display whenever Ken is a panel moderator or member.

Could I say more about Ken? Possibly not. I hope to know him better in future and buy him a beer. Will he be at B'con Anchorage?


Blogger Daniel Hatadi said...

There's something about Ken that makes being biased towards him a very cool thing.

And hey, when are you coming over to Crimespace?

March 12, 2007 7:38 PM  

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