[Editor’s Note: In 2011, Tom O’Donnell’s epic fantasy novel, Gormstander Kron: Requiem for a Barbarian Emperor of Tulgarth was published by Minim Press. The book received an unfavorable review from SF Signal. After several repeated requests, we have finally agreed to post Mr. O’Donnell’s response to that review.]
Response to SF Signal’s Review of Gormstander Kron: Requiem for a Barbarian Emperor of Tulgarth
by Tom O’Donnell
On March 3rd, 2011, SF Signal gave my novel what some have called “the most negative review of any book, ever”. Below, I will address and refute, point by point, the specific criticisms this review so unfairly aimed at Gormstander Kron: Requiem for a Barbarian Emperor of Tulgarth.
Tom O’Donnell has written for McSweeney’s, Atari, and the upcoming show TripTank, on Comedy Central. His comic strips have been featured in the New York Press, the Village Voice and other papers. He lives with his wife in Brooklyn, NY. Follow Tom on Twitter as @TomIsOkay. Follow Chorkle, the hilarious five-eyed alien from his new middle-grade sci-fi novel Space Rocks!, on Instagram and on Twitter as @ChorkleFromGelo.
by Tom O’Donnell
My comedic middle-grade sci-fi novel, Space Rocks!, is the story of an human-alien encounter-as told from the alien’s point of view. It was a fun conceit because it allowed me to imagine how bizarre everyday human behavior might look to a member of another species.
Think about what you did today. Myself, I got up, I brushed my teeth and then played an obscene amount of Batman: Arkham Asylum on Xbox 360. Any aliens secretly observing me foam at the mouth and then pound the Joker’s henchmen into the ground for two hours might incorrectly conclude that I’m a psychopath who loves the taste of Crest (instead of correctly concluding that I’m simply a dude with mild anxiety/terrible time-management skills who is too cheap to buy new video games). It’s this sort of detached anthropological take on of humanity that comes into play in Space Rocks!