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REVIEWS

Review: The Astonishing Mistakes of Dahlia Moss
Kirkus Reviews, 1/1/17

“A decidedly twitchy personality finds herself investigating the geek-gamer world of a video game tournament, with only her roommate’s boyfriend and some highly questionable followers to give her support. … Endorsed by Charlaine Harris, another author in love with her feisty female lead.”

Revel in the geekery of The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss
Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog, 10/16/15

“The plot’s delightful, the writing witty, the window dressing buoyant, but none of it would matter if Dahlia’s slumping shoulders couldn’t carry the weight of such fandom. But she shines, even at her low points. Dahlia’s complicated. She’s not just a geek girl; in fact, she’s strenuously trying to straddle the line between ‘normal’ and ‘Zoth guild material.’ ”

Review: The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss
Booklist, 9/1/15

“Undeterred, [Dahlia] plunges into the role of private detective with hapless enthusiasm, encountering bizarre characters, both in-game and out, who only complicate the mystery of the spear and Jonah’s death. Dahlia’s misadventures feel like Stephanie Plum meets The Guild web series, filled with comic circumstances and geek culture. A hilarious, delightful start to a new mystery series.”

Review: The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss
Kirkus Reviews, 7/29/15

“Wirestone combines the traditions of several genres to great effect here, such that a mystery reader will enjoy the book as much as an MMORPG aficionado. … Even the acknowledgments are fun to read. A clever mystery featuring a delightful amateur detective. Or, in online parlance: Dahlia Moss FTW!”

Books & Blog: July 16, 2015
Charlaine Harris

“The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss, in contrast, is a hoot. The unemployed Dahlia, who is both quirky and geeky, is living with her friend Charice and going to dispiriting interview after dispiriting interview. Out of the blue, she is approached to investigate the theft of a virtual spear from an on-line game, “Kingdoms of Zoth.” All too soon, her employer is killed with same spear. But wait — wasn’t it virtual? This book is a barrel of fun, and it will be out in OCTOBER. Mark your buying calendar!”

PIECES BY MAX

The Virtues of Girl Detectives
Library Journal, 10/20/15

“The girl detective is a figure we’re all familiar with, especially those of us who were readers as kids. She’s zealous about righting wrongs—and perhaps a little disillusioned with the adults around her who aren’t doing a good job of it. She sometimes gets in over her head, but always triumphs in the end.”

My Turn: 15 easy steps to writing your very own novel
Concord Monitor, 10/18/15

“There’s one question that authors get asked more than anything. It has nothing to do with plotting or characters or genre. The question is, simply, “How?” How did you get published? Some authors, particularly the grizzled and prickly, bristle at this question, perhaps because they have gotten tired of answering it. But me? I’m fresh off the unpublished boat, and I’m happy to field this one.”

How to get away with murder (at comic-con)
Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog, 10/7/15

“Cons have become a staple of geek culture – including everything from video games to role-playing to niche interests likeDark Shadows and Discworld. They’re a chance for geeks to celebrate the things we love with others who love them. It’s a judgment-free space, and if you want to dress as an Elizabethan or a Klingon, or even a Elizabethan Klingon, you know that not only will you not be judged, you’ll be celebrated. You know what would fit in great there?  MURDER.”

INTERVIEWS

Interview with Max Wirestone
The Quillery, 10/19/15

“My heart belongs to the stylists– Raymond Chandler, P.G. Wodehouse, Ngaio Marsh, Raymond Carver — writers that you instantly recognize because they have voices that jump right out at you. It’s funny, because they don’t necessarily have voices that that are similar to each other. I think perhaps I just appreciate their confidence. Also, most of them are funny, especially Raymond Chandler, who really doesn’t get enough credit for his comedy writing.”

Writing the “geek girl”: An interview with Dahlia Moss author Max Wirestone
Paper Droids, 10/6/15

“A reference that no has noticed yet is that all the police have names of old Magic: The Gathering artists. It’s not really a joke– just a little detail that a geek might notice. Somewhere, in the margins, someone will write ‘I see what you did there.’ ”