Wednesday, September 10, 2008
The Hound of Rowan Review Part 2
A while ago I posted a review of the book The Hound of Rowan by Henry H. Neff. I'll be the first to admit that the review wasn't exactly glowing (you can read it here), not because of the writing or story, but just because I felt it was too similar to Harry Potter.
Well, the author stopped by and left a comment. Here are some things Henry Neff could have said:
* Oh yeah, lady! Let's see you do better.
* Who's the one with the book deal, hmm?
* I read the excerpt of your work and guess what? It sucks rocks!
* Obviously my agent and editor disagree with you. Do you have an agent? Didn't think so.
* The gazillion people who have bought the book have better taste than you.
* Did you notice I also illustrated the book? I can sketch in my sleep better than you. (Probably true.)
* Whatever. What do you know anyway?
* I don't see you with a national title.
* Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries! (For those going "huh?" it's a Monty Python and the Search for the Holy Grail reference.)
I wouldn't have blamed him for any of those comments, but he didn't say anything like that. In fact, he was very gracious.
So because I am impressed with his response, I'm going to pick up the second book in the series and read it. I'm hoping I like it better, because after checking a little more into the author, he seems like a genuinely nice guy. I mean, how could you not like a guy that admits on a public website that he's a terrible dancer ? I quote: "If you ever see me cavorting on a dance floor, please call me a cab." You can find out more about Henry H. Neff at his website. And the illustrations were pretty cool.