He’s not just good — he’s good enough that I will now read anything by him, even things I wouldn’t normally read, because I know he’ll deliver.
Horror novel? I generally dislike horror, but when I went to a live reading of his at Readercon last year, he read from We Are All Completely Fine, and I instantly pre-ordered it.
Zombies? I zombies. Raising Stony Mayhall? Snatched it up.
There’s something especially engaging about Gregory’s characters. I think that (like Robert Charles Wilson, another favorite of mine), he’s particularly good at giving the reader a strong sense of how remarkable and shattering events effect the real people stuck in the middle of it all, the ground-level experience. And he’s able to make me love his characters — possibly in part because he so clearly loves them himself.
Read the rest of Kirstein’s essay at her eponymous site.
For information on We Are All Completely Fine, visit the Tachyon page.
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